Black Swan (Fri.)
Darren Aronofsky follows the critical success of The Wrestler 81 with a return to his psychological thriller roots. Black Swan, opening Friday, stars Natalie Portman (Brothers) and Mila Kunis (Date Night) as rival ballerinas vying for a role in a New York City production of Swan Lake. Portman’s character journeys into darkness on her way to becoming the Black Swan, running into Winona Ryder, Vincent Cassel (Eastern Promises), and Barbara Hershey (Beaches) along the way, and possibly earning Portman an Oscar nomination in the process.
Stand on your tippy toes at the official website.
A Twin Peaks reunion on Psych (Wed.)
It’s been 20 years since Twin Peaks revolutionized the television landscape, and the USA Network series Psych is celebrating with a special episode Wednesday at 10pm that features several cast members from that groundbreaking show. Twin Peaks’ Sheryl Lee (Laura Palmer), Dana Ashbrook (Bobby Briggs), Sherilyn Fenn (Audrey Horne), and Ray Wise (Leland Palmer) are just four of the returning actors now playing residents of the town of Dual Spires. Stars James Roday and Dulé Hill assume the FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper role and show up to investigate a murder that happened during the town’s cinnamon festival. Twin Peaks + cinnamon. It doesn’t get much better than that!
Visit the damn fine official Psych website.
Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! Chrimbus Special (Sun.)
It’s been a while since Tim and Eric said farewell after five wonderful seasons of Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, and they’re finally returning to the boob tube this Sunday at midnight on Adult Swim with their first Christmas -- make that "Chrimbus" -- special. Following their highly successful Awesome Tour 2010, the holiday special supposedly features "Wharf" and "P’kard" from “the Star Trek” and might include a send-up of not only Jaws, but Jaws 2 as well. Whatever happens, we don’t want Tim and Eric to go away, so please watch in record numbers so we can hopefully see T&E on the big screen in Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie sometime soon. Cinco©.
Find your Chippy at Tim and Eric's official website.
Grammy nominations announced (Wed.)
Wednesday brings all things Grammy, starting with the announcement of nominations for the 53rd year for the popular music awards. (We’re predicting several nominations for Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance.”) LL Cool J hosts the one-hour Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! on CBS at 10pm. The special will reveal the nominees in several categories, and feature performances by potential nominees Justin Bieber, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry, and Miranda Lambert. But you'll have to wait until February 13, 2011 to find out who wins.
Go Gaga at the official Grammy Awards website.
Disney Epic Mickey for Wii (Tue.)
Nintendo follows the release of the acclaimed GoldenEye 007 with another highly anticipated release for the Wii. Disney Epic Mickey comes out on Tuesday, and has you playing as icon Mickey Mouse, wielding a paintbrush that will add platforms to levels with paint or take obstacles away with paint thinner. Several locations and characters will seem familiar to fans of Disney lore, but the game also shines a light on early, long-forgotten characters such as Oswald the Rabbit.
Paint a path towards the official website.
I Love You Philip Morris (Fri.)
After a string of questionable movies, Jim Carrey tackles his most interesting role in years as con man and multiple prison escapee Steven Jay Russell in the long-delayed I Love You Phillip Morris. The film, already released outside of the U.S., comes out Friday in select cities after legal shenanigans prevented its initial release. Ewan McGregor co-stars as the titular lover, who falls in love with Russell in prison and becomes his partner in crime. Leslie Mann (Funny People) co-stars as Russell’s unsuspecting wife.
Escape to 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||$50.3 million; 2nd week at #1|
|#1 Album on Billboard 200 (Source: Billboard.com/Nielsen SoundScan)|
|Susan Boyle: The Gift 59||2nd week at #1|
|Top-Rated Primetime Broadcast Show (Source: Nielsen)|
|Sunday Night Football (Giants/Eagles) (NBC)||23.2 million viewers; week of 11/15 -11/21|