Toodles to 2009. It’s time to look forward at the entertainments to come! Here are 25 things we are looking forward to in the new year!


Tuesdays at 10pm beginning 12 January
Season 1 DVD out on 26 January
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We’re happy to see that the lost puppy that is ‘Southland‘ has found a new home on TNT. The season 1 DVD is on its way as well (without all the bleeping). If you haven’t seen this fantastic show yet, then your time has come.

American Idol

12 + 13 January

It’s almost that time again, and now Ellen joins the judges in Hollywood. Here are your key dates to be mindful of:

  • Top 24 Semifinalists Revealed Wednesday, February 17
  • Voting Begins Tuesday, February 23
  • Finalists Revealed Thursday, March 11
  • Finalists Perform for First Time Tuesday, March 16


Premieres 17 January

Kicking off with a 2-night, 4-hour, event, the eighth season of ’24’ brings Kiefer Sutherland back for another pile of crazy. Also in this year’s cast, Elisha Cuthbert is back and Kate Sackhoff is in the mix. Nice.

Life Unexpected

The CW
Premieres on 18 January at 9pm

You can check back for our review in the next couple weeks, but for now we’ll just say that this new CW drama is one of the best new shows of the season, and we’re thrilled to see Shiri Appleby back on the tube. Love her.


Premieres on 22 January

Before the new Starz series has even begun, it has a green light for season two. Since no one on the show wears any clothes, they must have saved a lot of money there, so that makes sense…

Valentine’s Day

New Line Cinema
12 February

Gary Marshall‘s ensemble homage to the big day of love. The cast includes Ashton Kutcher, Kathy Bates, Anne Hathaway, Jamie Foxx, Jessicas Alba and Biel, Bradley Cooper, Shirley MacLaine, Patrick Dempsey, Topher Grace, Queen Latifah, Taylors Swift and Lautner, George Lopez, Eric Dane, Hector Elizondo and Jennifer Garner. Sign us up.

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Shutter Island

DreamWorks Pictures
19 February

The trailer gives us the creeps, that’s all we know.

The September Issue

Lionsgate Home Entertainment
23 February
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One of the best docs we’ve seen in a while, and not just for the subject of Anna Wintour and a new vantage point into the world of fashion…

Mad Men: Season 3

Lionsgate Home Entertainment
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What’s even more exciting than this show is the limited edition DVD packaging that comes with it. This season promises a “lowball” look, which we look forward to seeing on the JoyHog shelf.

The Addams Family

From 4 March

The show is earning good marks on its Chicago tryout and heads to Broadway this March with Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth in the leading roles. Composer Andrew Lippa is another reason to keep your eyes on this one…

Clash of the Titans

Clash of the Titans
Warner Bros. Pictures
26 March

Well it was only a matter of time

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy Blu-ray

Warner Home Video
6 April
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FINALLY! Have a look at these features.

A Nightmare on Elm Street

New Line Cinema
30 April

If only we could get the image of Johnny Depp getting sucked into his mattress out of our heads…. The newest take brings about the backstory of Freddy. Creepy.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Universal Orlando

The park has yet to reveal itself, but we’re just DESPERATE to get down there and see it!

Iron Man 2

Paramount Pictures
7 May

I mean, Mickey Rourke is scary enough as is, but he is looking especially menacing in the new movie.


by Sebastian Junger
Twelve Books
11 May
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“The Perfect Storm” author returns with his on-the-ground account of a 15-month tour of duty in the most dangerous outpost in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley.

Letters to Juliet

Summit Entertainment
7 May

For all those lovers of “Under the Tuscan Sun“-ness except here comes the teen version. Amanda Seyfried plays a young lady happily engaged (to a young fella played by Gael García Bernal) but when she travels to Verona and visits the wall of letters written to Shakespeare’s Juliet for advice on love (ummmm, is this a real thing?) she finds a hidden letter! Its author is now somewhat older (Vanessa Redgrave older) but now our heroine is on a mission and may just fall for that dude from the short-lived series, ‘Kings‘ (Christopher Egan). The trailer looks smaltzy, but still gives you a little pitter patter.

Lilith Fair


10 years later, Sarah McLachlan’s festival has returned and the first artists have already been announced – Mary J. Blige, Sheryl Crow, Colbie Caillat, Erykah Badu, Ke$ha, Tegan and Sara, Miranda Lambert and Metric. Stops on the tour thus far include:

Atlanta, GA
Boston, MA
Calgary, AB
Chicago, IL
Dallas, TX
Denver, CO
London, UK
Los Angeles, CA
Minneapolis, MN
Montreal, QC
New York, NY
Philadelphia, PA
Portland, OR
Seattle, WA
San Francisco, CA
Toronto, ON
Vancouver, BC
Washington, DC

Sex and the City 2

Sex and the City 2
New Line Cinema
28 May

Yup, the girls are back. And apparently there are cupcakes and camels involved in their latest adventure. Hopefully this one won’t have the boo-hoo-hoo botched marriage act the last one did – once was enough, thanks.

Knight and Day

20th Century Fox
2 July

Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz and their large, pretty faces are teaming up for an action-comedy filmed in Massachusetts, home state to the majority of the JH staff!

The Postcard Killers

by James Patterson & Liza Marklund
16 August
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So goes the book’s synopsis: “NYPD detective Jack Kanon is on a tour of Europe’s most gorgeous cities. But the sights aren’t what draw him–he sees each museum, each cathedral, and each restaurant through a killer’s eyes. Kanon’s daughter, Kimmy, and her boyfriend were murdered while on vacation in Rome. Since then, young couples in Paris, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, and Stockholm have become victims of the same sadistic killers. Now Kanon teams up with the Swedish reporter, Dessie Larsson. Every killing is preceded by a postcard to the local newspaper–and Kanon and Larsson think they know where the next victims will be.”

Imperial Bedrooms

by Bret Easton Ellis
15 June
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The author of “Less Than Zero” has a new one which may very well bring us back to thoughts of that classic. A synopsis from Knopf’s website:

Clay, a successful screenwriter, has returned from New York to Los Angeles to help cast his new movie, and he’s soon drifting through a long-familiar circle. Blair, his former girlfriend, is married to Trent, a powerful manager who’s still a bisexual philanderer, and their Beverly Hills parties attract various levels of fame and fortune. Then there’s Clay’s childhood friend Julian, a recovering addict, and their old dealer, Rip, face-lifted beyond recognition and seemingly even more sinister than in his notorious past.

But Clay’s own demons emerge once he meets a gorgeous young actress determined to win a role in his movie. And when his life careens out of control, he’s forced to come to terms with the deepest recesses of his character—and with his proclivity for betrayal.

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Summit Entertainment
30 June

Please make it stop. This is the last one, right? We would give you the run-down as the what it’s about, but if you care at all you’ve already read the books and are presently wearing your Team Edward / Team Jacob pajamas.

The Social Network

Columbia Pictures
15 October

Aaron Sorkin penned the screenplay, David Fincher is directing, we’re all over it like a cat on curtains. Justin Timberlake and Jesse Eisenberg are playing the boy geniuses of Facebook, Sean Parker and Mark Zuckerberg. To chime in alongside like 11,000 other people, become Sorkin’s FB friend.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part I

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I
Warner Bros.
19 November

Such a tease, splitting the final book into two films, but what’s a JoyHog to do but just lap it up?