Steve Harvey hosts “Miss Universe” as soon as once more. And right here’s an opportunity to relish within the underdog story that’s “Rocky.”
What’s on TV
MISS UNIVERSE 7 p.m. on Fox. Despite his 2015 misstep, which led, briefly, to the crowning of the flawed Miss Universe, Steve Harvey steps again onstage as host of the competitors. This 12 months, almost 100 ladies from around the globe compete in Bangkok to assert the title. Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, final 12 months’s Miss Universe, returns to crown her successor.
A GINGERBREAD ROMANCE eight p.m. on Hallmark. It’s the height of Christmas film season, and the Hallmark machine has rolled out one other festive flick. Tia Mowry-Hardrict portrays Taylor Scott, a profitable architect whose boss asks her to create a life-size gingerbread home for a contest and blow their rival agency out of the water. Cue the doorway of Taylor’s knight in shining armor: the pastry chef Adam Dale (Duane Henry). Despite their variations, the 2 really feel an intense connection, however now Taylor should decide: Will she take her promotion in Paris or keep behind and construct a life with Adam?
THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING (2014) on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Netflix and Vudu. Eddie Redmayne stars as Stephen Hawking in James Marsh’s biopic about the British physicist. The film is set in the 1960s at Cambridge University, where Stephen fell in love with Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones) and, in his 20s, found out he had Lou Gehrig’s disease, with two years to live. The movie aims to zero in on the humanity that comes partnered with genius and the struggle of making a marriage survive under incredible circumstances. Despite this, A. O. Scott, in his review for The New York Times, wrote that the film “tumbles into a black hole of biopic banality.”
ROCKY (1976) on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Hulu and Vudu. When the scheduled opponent is injured, the heavyweight boxing world champion Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) selects Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), tough guy by day and boxer by night, to step in as his challenger. The film, which was written by Stallone, took home three Oscars, including best picture. Still, The Times’s Vincent Canby called the movie “absurdly oversold” and dismissed Stallone, whom he called an “unconvincing actor imitating a lug.”
SUPERBAD (2007) on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Hulu and Vudu. Jonah Hill, Michael Cera and Christopher Mintz-Plasse star as a group of ragtag high schoolers trying to live it up before graduation in Greg Mottola’s comedy, written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. In her review for The Times, Manohla Dargis called it a “tickly, funny tale” and lauded the producer Judd Apatow for the way he “traffics in such a cute, cuddly vision of modern masculinity.”