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Ring in the New Year with one of the best rock concert’s ever filmed – Queen’s last tour with the “original” lineup. Their final concert with Freddie Mercury as front man was soon after this one, at Knebworth Park. Because of Mercury’s declining health (due to his AIDS illness), they were never able to tour again.

Queen’s 1986 Magic Tour had been their most successful to date. Regenerated and reinvigorated by their triumph at Live Aid almost exactly a year earlier, the band were on a 26-date tour of the UK and Europe and after a month out of the country returned home to London to play two defining concerts at the ‘place of champions’, Wembley Stadium

These were to be Queen’s biggest dates ever – the biggest stage, the biggest lighting rig, the biggest screen that not only Queen had performed with, but also that Wembley Stadium had ever seen. For director Gavin Taylor, filming it involved the unprecedented use of no less than 15 cameras and a helicopter to capture the aerial shots. “There were things we took out because they were moments when we had tape changes,” says director Taylor. “But we’ve put all that back, together with a lot of footage filmed the previous day and at rehearsals and backstage, which give a complete picture of that weekend.”

Catch ‘QUEEN’ at their best. New Year’s Eve on PRIME, 11pm

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Last Action Hero

The ‘All Movie Guide’ describes the Last Action Hero as ‘a post-modernist action epic adventure, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as a pumped-up, Shakespearian hero.’

Whatever you want to call it, it’s a rollicking ride of a film about a lonely eleven year old boy, Danny Madigan, who escapes his bleak New York reality by watching action movies starring his favourite film character, Jack Slater.

But when his best friend, Nick the projectionist, gives Danny a magic ticket to the new Jack Slater flick, Danny is transported into Slater’s world, where the good guys always win.

It’s a dream come true for Danny, but things take a nasty turn when a movie villain gets hold of the magic ticket and escapes into the real world. Danny and Jack must stop him by traveling to the real world where the good guys don’t always win in the end.

December 31, 8:30pm on Prime.

On New Year’s Eve, this United Travel Getaway Special travels around the world in 90 minutes.

Prime, 7pm, Sunday 31 December.

America will celebrate the January 16th release of their CD HERE & NOW that night with a performance on the “Late Show With David Letterman” featuring special guest Ryan Adams.

The group will perform “Ride On” from HERE & NOW, which was produced by Adam Schlesinger (Fountains of Wayne) and James Iha (Smashing Pumpkins) and features guests like Adams, Ben Kweller, and members of My Morning Jacket and Nada Surf.

HERE & NOW will be released as a double CD with one disc of new material and a live CD with hits like “A Horse With No Name,” “Sister Golden Hair,” “Ventura Highway,” “Tin Man” and others.

L Tunes: Music From And Inspired By THE L WORD, a collection of songs by a host of talented ladies coincides with the American premiere of THE L WORD Season 4 on Sunday, January 7. The album will be available on Tuesday, January 2, 2007.

‘L Tunes’ is a collection of tracks that musically reflect the rich and substantial content showcased in the groundbreaking smash hit Showtime television series.

The CD combines new and classic music from lesbian artists as well as ‘lesbian adjacent’ female artists, including the lead-in track, Kirsten Price’s “Magic Tree,” as well as songs by Goldfrapp, Fiona Apple, Prototypes, Johnny Boy, Pink, Kelis, Da Brat featuring Cherish, PJ Harvey, Nina Simone, Tori Amos, The Cliks, Peaches, and BETTY.

L Tunes: Music From And Inspired By THE L WORD – track listing:

1. Kirsten Price – “Magic Tree” – (http://www.kirstenprice.com)
2. Goldfrapp – “Ride A White Horse” (Radio Edit) – (http://www.goldfrapp.co.uk)
3. Fiona Apple – “Sleep To Dream” – (http://www.fiona-apple.com)
4. Prototypes – “Je Ne Te Connais Pas” – (http://www.myspace.com/prototypes)
5. Johnny Boy – “Fifteen Minutes” – (http://www.myspace.com/johnnyboyuk)
6. Pink – “Long Way To Happy” – (http://www.pinkspage.com)
7. Kelis – “Living Proof” – (http://www.kelisonline.com)
8. Da Brat featuring Cherish – “In Luv Wit Chu”
9. PJ Harvey – “Down By The Water” – (http://www.pjharvey.net)
10. Nina Simone – “Do I Move You (Version II)” – (http://www.ninasimone.com)
11. Tori Amos – “A Sorta Fairytale” – (http://www.toriamos.com)
12. The Cliks – “Complicated” – (http://www.thecliks.com)
13. Peaches – “Boys Wanna Be Her” – (http://www.peachesrocks.com)
14. BETTY – “Barnyard” – (http://www.hellobetty.com)

PRIME is pleased to present daily screenings of the ever-popular THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL.

4:00pm Daily from Monday January 1st 2007

Designed as a sister soap to “The Young and the Restless”, this is a glossy, campy soap with fast-paced storylines about beautiful people behaving badly.

The series focuses upon the Forrester family and its fashion, ‘Forrester Creations’. Spectra Couture is Forrester’s main rival, headed by Sally Spectra.

At the helm of Forrester is the very weak Eric, who is nothing without his strong wife Stephanie and his two sons, Ridge and Thorne. Daughter Kristen is seen less often, while daughters Bridget and Felicia are currently integral parts of the show but have little to do with Forrester Creations. At Spectra, Sally is helped by her daughter Macy and Sally’s receptionist, Darla.

Another key plot element in the serial is the life of Brooke Logan. Brooke has been the heroine of the show during the entire history of the serial. Originally from a middle-class background, her love affair with Ridge Forrester set up much of the storyline beginning in the first season.

The show has a number of unique characteristics that set it apart from other American soaps. THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL has the largest foreign audience of all the American soaps – it is seen in almost 100 countries around the world by more than 300 million viewers – and now Kiwi viewers can catch their daily update of the glitzy goings on in the BB world every weekday at 4.00pm.

Monday 24th November

In this episode, Richard Hammond is hypnotised by Paul McKenna and convinced that he can’t remember how to drive.

The American ‘bling’ machine, the Cadillac Escalade, is driven by Richard who probably wishes he couldn’t drive after five minutes behind the wheel.
James drives an enormous pink Ford from ‘Thunderbirds’ and two Alfa Romeos are featured: the 166 and the 147 GTA. There’s also a look at the glorious McLaren Mercedes SLR.