Series premiere of Conan (Mon.)
Late night survivor Conan O’Brien returns to television with his new nightly talk show Conan beginning Monday night at 10pm on TBS. While Conan and his sidekick Andy Richter are back, gone is bandleader Max Weinberg, with Jimmy Vivino taking his place as the leader of the Basic Cable Band. Will the show still rely on a monologue followed by Conan at a desk with guests on the couch? Will several of Conan’s popular characters from NBC (Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, The Masturbating Bear) return? We’ll have to wait until Monday night to know for sure.
Go support Team Coco at the official website.
Call of Duty: Black Ops (Tue.)
The latest release in the successful Call of Duty video game franchise, Call of Duty: Black Ops comes out Tuesday (for 360, PS3, Wii, PC, and DS), and many gamers are thirsty for blood. The first-person shooter takes place during the Cold War and reportedly has more covert, stealth-like missions. Of course, you can ditch stealth and go crazy during multiplayer, which includes a zombie mode in which you can play as John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, and Fidel Castro as they battle zombies at the Pentagon. Wow.
Be stealthy at the official website.
The Lady Killer by Cee-Lo Green (Tue.)
Cee-Lo Green’s third solo album, The Lady Killer, out Tuesday, is his first solo outing since finding huge success as one half of the duo Gnarls Barkley (with Danger Mouse). The album includes his viral single sensation “Fuck You,” a song so successful that it was recently covered by William Shatner. The general consensus is that the album is a Motown and Stax Records homage that’s much more accessible than his first two more stylized solo albums (Cee-Lo Green and His Perfect Imperfections, Cee-Lo Green… Is the Soul Machine). Other notable singles include “Bright Lights Bigger City” and “It’s OK.”
Opening Friday, the relatively small-budgeted (reportedly just north of 20 million dollars) alien invasion movie Skyline is directed by the Strause brothers, the VFX house-running pair responsible for the pretty terrible Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem. The film, opening Friday, looks like a cross between Independence Day and Cloverfield and stars TV vets Donald Faison (Scrubs), Eric Balfour (24), Scottie Thompson (Trauma), and David Zayas (Dexter). The film has proven controversial; Sony asserts that the Strauses stole ideas from their forthcoming Battle: Los Angeles and incorporated them into their much cheaper movie.
Don’t watch the skies at the official website.
Morning Glory (Wed.)
Notting Hill director Roger Michell returns to the romantic comedy genre with Wednesday's Morning Glory, a mix of Broadcast News and Working Girl. Rachel McAdams (The Notebook) plays a neurotic morning news producer who must juggle two bickering veteran anchors played by Diane Keaton and Harrison Ford. Patrick Wilson (Watchmen) plays the romantic foil and 50 Cent dances with Keaton in what’s sure to be a standout scene.
See Annie Hall meet Indiana Jones at the official website.
Industrial Light & Magic: Creating the Impossible (Fri.)
Documentary filmmaker Leslie Iwerks follows up her acclaimed The Pixar Story with an overview of Industrial Light & Magic on the occasion of the legendary visual effects studio's 35th anniversary. Tom Cruise narrates this one-hour (it could have been double the length) look at how movie magic has evolved from optical model work to the digital computer realm. Interviews with George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, John Lasseter, and JJ Abrams and wonderful behind-the-scenes footage help tell the tale. Creating the Impossible airs Friday at 9pm on Encore.
You won’t believe your eyes at the official website.
Closing the book on last week
|Weekend Box Office Champion (Estimated, U.S. only; source: Boxofficemojo.com)|
|Megamind 64||$47.7 million; 1st week at #1|
|#1 Album on Billboard 200 (Source: Billboard.com/Nielsen SoundScan)|
|Taylor Swift: Speak Now 75||1st week at #1|
|Top-Rated Primetime Broadcast Show (Source: Nielsen)|
|Dancing with the Stars (ABC)||20.4 million viewers; week of 10/25 -10/31|