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The week ahead at the movies and on TV

Big screen

Opening Friday

The Hobbit (PG-13) Director Peter Jackson ( The Lord of the Rings) returns to Middle Earth with this first installment in a $500 million trilogy of films based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel. Martin Freeman is the young Bilbo Baggins who accompanies the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and a gang of dwarves on a series of adventures. Shot in 3D and 48 fps, which essentially doubles the resolution of normal 35mm film.

Rene Rodriguez

Small screen

Miracle on 34th Street (8 p.m. Sunday, AMC) Edmund Gwenn as a department-store Santa. Natalie Wood as the little girl who doesn’t believe in him. And Maureen O’Hara as the mom who counsels her, “Faith is believing in things when common sense tells you not to.” If you can watch this lovely 1947 film without crying, you really should try out for a role as one of The Walking Dead’s zombies.

Mel Brooks Strikes Back! (9 p.m. Monday, HBO) A cross between a one-man stage show and a documentary, with comic genius Brooks looking back on pee-your-pants-funny films like Blazing Saddles and The Producers.

White Christmas (8 p.m. Saturday, AMC) For decades, the annual NBC telecast of this 1954 Johnny-comes-marching-home romantic comedy was the event of the TV Christmas season. In a world where a lot of Johnnys — and Janies, too — will spend their Christmas in Afghanistan, it still resonates. Funny, sentimental and tuneful — and, yeah, Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney sing that song.

Glenn Garvin

Let Miami Herald TV critic Glenn Garvin program your TiVo! Just click on his best bets for the week at http://www3.tivo.com/tivo-tco/mix/index.do

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  • Coming to town

    Spend the night with Joan Collins

    Cue the Dynasty music and break out the shoulder pads — Joan Collins is coming to town Friday night with her one-woman show. But don’t expect the Hollywood legend, 80, to focus on her time as bitchy Alexis Carrington Colby on the famed ’80s night soap opera. Collins has quite the acting pedigree, having debuted on the London stage at the age of 9 before she made it on the big screen in such 1950s movies as The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing and Rally Round the Flag Boys. Still quick as a whip, the glamorous as all get-out Brit will tell you all about her illustrious career and more during One Night with Joan at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek.

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    Actor David Birney is 75. Actor Lee Majors is 75. Actress Blair Brown is 66. Actress Joyce DeWitt is 65. Director Michael Moore is 60. Actress Judy Davis is 59. Actress Valerie Bertinelli is 54. Comedian George Lopez is 53. Actor Scott Bairstow (“Party of Five”) is 44. Actor John Lutz (“30 Rock”) is 41. Actor-comedian John Oliver is 37. Actor Kal Penn is 37. Singer Taio Cruz is 31. Actor Dev Patel is 24. Actor Matthew Underwood (“Zoey 101”) is 24.

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