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PUBLISHED : Sunday, 17 June, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 17 June, 2007, 12:00am

Remember the days when a trilogy was a rare occurrence and only Police Academy and slasher movies dared to stride on past that magic number? Nowadays it seems everyone is doing it. This summer alone we've had the third instalments of the Spider-Man, Ocean's Eleven and Pirates of the Caribbean franchises, while Shrek the Third and the ridiculously named Live Free or Die Hard, Bruce Willis' fourth outing in the apparently bulletproof white vest of New York cop John McLane, will be hitting the multiplexes in the next couple of weeks.

The people at TVB Pearl have obviously been doing their homework as far as release dates go, having scheduled showings of the first Spider-Man and Pirates of the Caribbean films to coincide roughly with their threequels' debuts, and they repeat the trick this week with Ocean's Eleven (today at 9.35pm). After the unsatisfying and too-darn-smart-for-it's-own-good Ocean's Twelve, the original (or rather, the initial remake of the 1960 original ... boy, are they short of ideas down Hollywood way) is a reminder of what made the characters such a hit in the first place.

Brad Pitt and George Clooney (below, from left) are excellent as slick grafters Rusty Ryan and Danny Ocean, who hope to collect the payoff of a lifetime by robbing three Las Vegas casinos owned by the dangerous Terry Benedict (Andy Garcia), while the likes of Matt Damon, Julia Roberts and Elliott Gould round out an impressive cast. This will probably do more for Ocean's Thirteen's local box office than a trailer ever could.

There's entertainment of an altogether grislier nature over on HBO Signature with the premiere of Hostel (Friday at 10pm). This gruesome shocker sees three backpackers (including Jay Hernandez, above) going in search of a Slovakian hostel rumoured to house the most beautiful and promiscuous women in Europe. When they arrive, however, they find the house speciality is far more horrifying - and I don't mean the free breakfast. Predictably, Hostel: Part II has just been released in the US.