Six Picks for the Week of November 22-28

My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kanye West (Mon.)

ImageFrom GOOD to great

The long run of GOOD Friday singles has led to Kanye West officially releasing his fifth album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, on Monday. Previously leaked tracks “Power,” “Monster,” and “Runaway” all appear, and guest stars include Jay-Z, Drake, Nicki Minaj (whose own album, Pink Friday, also comes out Monday), Kid Cudi, John Legend, Elton John, RZA, and Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon; West even sampled Aphex Twin for good measure. The result is an album some critics are calling his best yet.

Imma let you visit Kanye’s official website.

The King's Speech (Fri.)

ImageKing of the Oscar contenders?

Since its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival, The King’s Speech has generated heaping amounts of buzz and even won the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival. Colin Firth (A Single Man) stars as the stammering King George VI, with Geoffrey Rush playing Lionel Logue, his speech therapist, and Helena Bonham Carter as the supportive Queen Elizabeth. The film, directed by Tom Hooper (John Adams, The Damned United), opens in select markets on Friday.

The Oscar buzz is deafening at the official website.

Gran Turismo 5 for PlayStation 3 (Wed.)

Image A long and winding road

The massively successful Gran Turismo series has had a long run up to the fifth installment; the makers actually released Gran Turismo 5: Prologue in 2008 to keep fans at bay. After a few missed release dates, the real Gran Turismo 5 (a PS3 exclusive) is finally hitting shelves on Wednesday. In addition to the stunning graphics the series is known for, the new game features online multiplayer for the first time in the main series, and will cars will now be able to take damage. Over 1,000 licensed vehicles can be raced in 26 different locations on 71 unique tracks.

Race to the official website.

Michael Jackson's Vision (Mon.)

ImageHe's not like other guys

Posthumous Michael Jackson releases were inevitable (new album Michael comes out December 14th), and they begin in earnest with Monday’s release of Michael Jackson’s Vision. The lavish three-DVD set includes over 40 of Michael’s classic music videos (sorry, no Captain EO) housed with a 60-page book featuring rare behind-the-scenes photographs from the Jackson estate. All of the videos contain restored color and remastered audio, so you have a good excuse to watch “Thriller” all over again.

Remember the time at the official website, or sample the videos here.

Body Talk by Robyn (Mon.)

ImageThird time's the charm

Swedish dance queen Robyn caps her productive year by releasing the final album in her 2010 trilogy, Body Talk on Monday. The album follows the EPs Body Talk, Pt. 1 and Body Talk, Pt. 2, and is, to be fair, a compilation of the best tracks from those first two albums (five songs each including “Dancing on My Own” and “Hang With Me”), and also includes five new songs, including her new single “Indestructible.”

Hang with Robyn at her official website, or watch her borderline-NSFW new video below:

Series premiere of Skating with the Stars (Mon.)

ImageFalling stars

With this season of Dancing with the Stars coming to an end, ABC is filling the void with the inaugural edition of Skating with the Stars, which begins Monday at 9pm. “Stars” may be too strong a word here, with the two most recognizable faces being actress Sean Young (Blade Runner, Dune) and Mötley Crüe singer Vince Neil. Other contestants that will be paired with professional figure skaters include Rebecca Budig (All My Children), Bethenny Frankel (The Real Housewives of New York City), Olympic Gold Medal skier Jonny Moseley, and Brandon Mychal Smith (Sonny With a Chance).

Find some cutting-edge content at the official website.

Closing the book on last week

Weekend Box Office Champion (Estimated, U.S. only; source: Boxofficemojo.com)
Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Pt. 1 68 $125.1 million; 1st week at #1
#1 Album on Billboard 200 (Source: Billboard.com/Nielsen SoundScan)
Susan Boyle: The Gift 59 1st week at #1
Top-Rated Primetime Broadcast Show (Source: Nielsen)
Sunday Night Football (Patriots/Steelers) (NBC) 21.2 million viewers; week of 11/8 -11/14

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Comments (9)

  • A.C.  

    I expect a big improvement from Kanye compared to 808's and Heatbreak. Skating with the Stars would've been a good idea if they actually had stars, not D-listers. What, was Bret Michaels not available?

  • Susan Viebrock  

    Great article. Know "King's Speech" best. Reviewed the film after seeing it in Telluride, where the buzz was overwhelming. Check out what we said @www.tellurideinside.com.

  • Jordan Langer  

    Huge week w/ Kanye and GT5!!

  • Jason Dietz  

    @Theodore: Thanks -- we forgot a zero. That has been corrected.

  • j  

    MY. BEAUTIFUL. DARK. TWISTED. FANTASY. MY BEAUTIFUL DARK TWISTED FANTASY MYBEAUTIFULDARKTISTEDFANTASY!!!

  • Theodore  

    I believe you mean 1000 and not 100 lincenced cars in Gran Turismo 5.

  • Mitch Tough  

    Man, that Robyn video is "hot" - don't know what's flowing through those tubes, but it's certainly cool-lookin.... I might have to buy that album. Swedes sure seem to be making good music these days (The Sounds, Sahara Hotnights, etc.)

  • The Maverick Jester  

    Nothing here that I am that wild about.

  • SKULLbrgr7  

    Aw man none of these picks are my thing. Seems like a mediocre week for entertainment. Hey, at least Gran Turismo 5 is gettin released, which I dont really care about, but its still the best thing on that list IMO.

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