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SHOW TIME & SHIPPING NEWS (article first published : 2003-11-13)

M-Net’s November Movie Calendar will feature two premiers on the pay channel: Show Time and Shipping News.

Screened at 20h00 on November 16, Show Time is a comedy with Robert De Niro, Eddie Murphy, Rene Russo and William Shatner. Based on E Annie Proulx's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, it’s the story of a no-nonsense LAPD detective forced by department brass to team up with a brash actor wannabe on a new reality-based TV Show.

When patrol officer Trey Sellars (Murphy) stumbles into an undercover operation by detective Mitch Preston (De Niro), he blows months of work to a nail of drug gang. And when a TV news crew barges in with lights blazing, Mitch's temper explodes. It may be a police fiasco, but it's a ratings bonanza. Now, network executive Chase Renzi (Rene Russo) wants to star the two in a series--Sellars' dream come true and Preston's worst nightmare.

The long-awaited drama The Shipping News will be screened on November 17 at 20h00. Starring Kevin Spacey, Julianne Moore, Judi Dench, Rhys Ifans, Pete Postlethwaite and Cate Blanchett, it’s the story of a widower who moves to a seaside town with his young daughter. He gets a job at a local newspaper and finds romance with a widow.

Quoyle’s sultry wife ran off with their six-year-old daughter Bunny, and then his parents committed suicide. To make matters worse, his wife sold Bunny to an illegal adoption agency – before dying in a car crash. Fortunately, Quoyle gets Bunny back, but what now? His aunt has the solution. Join her in Newfoundland, she says, in a small fishing village where there are a newspaper and eccentric but good people. Quoyle does just that, and his life changes slowly but surely for the better.




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