Six Picks for the Week of November 8-14

  • Comments: ↓ 1 user comment
  • Publish Date: November 7, 2010

Series premiere of Conan (Mon.)

ImageCoco's new channel

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.)

ImageCold war, hot game

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.)

Image Bad words never sounded so good

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.”

Go crazy at Cee-Lo’s official website, or stream the album in its entirety at NPR until Tuesday.

Skyline (Fri.)

ImageAliens vs. B-list actors

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.)

ImageWhat's the story?

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.)

ImageWatch it, you will

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

We're sorry, but comments are closed for this article.

Comments (1)

  • Will  

    Oh, come on. Just because Skyline and Battle: Los Angeles both are about alien invasion in a big city (coincidentally Los Angeles) does not mean Skyline stole Sony's idea.

What Our Users Are Talking About

  1. /feature/critics-reassess-youre-the-worst-the-leftovers-the-bridge- Image
    Second Opinions: TV Critics Re-Evaluate the Summer Shows
    September 17, 2014 - 2 comments
    1. Duke_Challenger : Masters of Sex: Season 2 is really great. I like the critics started growing tired after a bit, but the show gets... Read »
    2. JRath : What to say about The Leftovers? I initially watched the first three episodes and found myself bored with it so I... Read »
  2. /feature/music-releases-for-the-week-of-september-15-2014 Image
    Music Monday (9/15): This Week's New Albums + Videos
    September 15, 2014 - 1 comment
    1. LamontRaymond : Jeff the Brotherhood hits the road this week in support of their new album. And Bella Novela is putting the... Read »
  3. /feature/film-festival-reviews-2014-tiff-venice-telluride Image
    2014 Fall Film Festival Recap: The Verdict on Films Screening at TIFF, Telluride, and Venice
    September 15, 2014 - 2 comments
    1. Pazzo7 : I was shocked when I saw the score for Chris Rock's movie.WOW.I am really looking forward to it and I am truly happy... Read »
    2. golem64 : I saw Adult Beginners at TIFF starring comedian Nick Kroll. It is a great comedy drama and Kroll is an excellent... Read »
  4. /feature/new-movies-and-trailers-for-the-weekend-of-september-12-2014 Image
    Film Friday (9/12): This Week's New Movies & Trailers
    September 12, 2014 - 1 comment
    1. MarcDoyle : I was surprised by how much I liked The Drop. Read »
  5. /feature/fall-2014-tv-preview-abc-cbs-nbc-fox-cw-new-shows Image
    Fall TV Preview: A Guide to New & Returning Broadcast Shows
    September 11, 2014 - 2 comments
    1. dunker : Duke_Challanger, you are obviously a very discriminating viewer. While I agree that The Good Wife is the best show on... Read »
  6. /feature/destiny-ps4-xbox-early-reviews-and-observations Image
    Destiny: Early Impressions From Critics
    September 9, 2014 - 21 comments
    1. poker909 : I kept telling myself if I played more I would start to like it, but I don't. I love FPS and MMO and understand the... Read »
  7. /feature/best-new-streaming-movies-and-tv-august-2014 Image
    What to Watch Now: Best New Streaming Movies & TV at Netflix, Amazon, iTunes, and Hulu
    August 20, 2014 - 3 comments
    1. unstrucksound : This is a great monthly topic -- very helpful to make an informed decision before viewing. I really hope you keep... Read »
  8. /feature/best-and-worst-films-of-2013 Image
    The Best and Worst Movies of 2013
    January 6, 2014 - 6 comments
    1. ilveirinso : happy to see "Pines" in the top 25 :) Read »