Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (Fri.)
The Boy Who Lived returns to theatres this Friday in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, the first half of his last cinematic adventure. David Yates (director of Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince) returns to send Harry, Ron, and Hermione on a dark scavenger hunt to collect haunted objects of significance called horcruxes. Though it was expected to be in 3D, the film is now being released in 2D only, with Deathly Hallows – Part 2 expected to be released in 2D and 3D on July 15th, 2011.
Prepare for the end at the official website.
Decoded by Jay-Z (Tue.)
Ever the savvy businessman, Jay-Z (aka Shawn Corey Carter) -- not having a new album to release -- is putting out his first ever book on Tuesday, along with his first ever greatest hits album The Hits Collection, Volume One following the week after. At over 300 pages, Decoded is an autobiography by way of having Jay-Z analyze and explain the lyrics to several of his songs. You’ll find out more about the man through looks at songs as far back as “D’Evils” from his classic debut Reasonable Doubt to The Black Album’s smash “99 Problems.”
If you’ve got 99 problems but a book ain’t one, check out the official website.
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (Tue.)
Do you feel the need -- the need for speed? If so, relief comes this Tuesday in the form of Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (available for 360, PS3, Wii and PC), the latest the popular car racing series. This time out, Criterion Games, best known for the Burnout series, take the wheel and graft their trademark crashes and straightforward gameplay onto the high-speed police chases typically found in the Need for Speed series. Advance critical praise seems to indicate that this will be the best racing game of the year, though PS3 owners will finally get a crack at the mythical Gran Turismo 5 later this month.
Burn rubber at the official website.
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood (Tue.)
One short year after the acclaimed Assassin’s Creed II comes Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, arriving in stores on Tuesday for 360 and PS3. The sequel has you once again playing as Ezio Auditore through the genetic memories of Desmond Miles, attempting to rebuild a fallen Rome. Changes to the game include a better combat system, more travelling by horse, and a strong focus on multiplayer that allows players the opportunity to test their stealth and assassination techniques against their friends during online play.
Assassins assemble at the official website.
The Next Three Days (Fri.)
Academy award-winning writer/director Paul Haggis (Crash) returns to the big screen after his little-seen In the Valley of Elah with the hopefully less preachy and more straight-ahead thriller The Next Three Days, opening Friday. The film (a remake of 2007 French film Pour Elle) stars Elizabeth Banks as a woman sent to prison for murder, whose husband (played by Russell Crowe) tries to break her out. Lending a hand is Liam Neeson, who plays an escaped convict who helps Crowe’s character.
Feel wrongly accused at the official website.
Avatar 3-disc collector's edition (Tue.)
James Cameron’s already lengthy Avatar returns to Blu-ray in a lavish 3-disc set that extends the film’s length to north of 3 hours -- making it even longer than the recent theatrical re-release. The most notable new inclusion would be a glimpse at Jake Sully’s life on Earth before he makes his life-changing journey to the extraterrestrial moon Pandora. Completists will be happy to know that all three cuts are here, along with several making-of’s and scene deconstructions that show how one of the most successful films of all time was made.
Blue yourself at the official website.
Closing the book on last week
|Weekend Box Office Champion (Estimated, U.S. only; source: Boxofficemojo.com)|
|Megamind 64||$30.1 million; 2nd week at #1|
|#1 Album on Billboard 200 (Source: Billboard.com/Nielsen SoundScan)|
|Taylor Swift: Speak Now 75||2nd week at #1|
|Top-Rated Primetime Broadcast Show (Source: Nielsen)|
|Dancing with the Stars (ABC)||19.9 million viewers; week of 11/1 -11/7|