Toy Story 3 (Fri.)
Disney has long threatened to make a sequel to the hugely successful Toy Story 92 and Toy Story 2 88 films, with or without Pixar's involvement. Fortunately, the 3D Toy Story 3 (in theaters on Friday) is indeed another Pixar film, and while there is little doubt that the groundbreaking animation house will continue its critical and commercial winning streak, the real question is whether the new Toy Story film can single-handedly reverse Hollywood's disastrous summer. Toy Story 3 needs to gross more than $70.5 million to become Pixar's best opener ever, a feat easily within its grasp.
Read the first reviews for Toy Story 3.
The final two episodes of Better Off Ted (Thur., maybe)
Fans of Better Off Ted 84 are used to disappointment. Despite acclaim from critics and viewers, ABC's very funny workplace comedy didn't find much of an audience over its two brief seasons -- not that the network did it any favors by frequently shifting Ted's timeslot and airing the show when it would least get noticed. ABC finally canceled the comedy a few weeks ago, but it has been sitting on two unaired episodes from the most recent season. Those episodes are currently scheduled to air this Thursday beginning at 8pm, but Ted-heads may face one final insult: if the Lakers-Celtics series goes seven games, then the NBA finals will preempt Ted's big night, and those episodes may never get an airing.
Watch the previous five episodes of Better Off Ted on Hulu, or watch this hilarious outtake reel from one particularly memorable episode (definitely NSFW):
Body Talk Pt. 1 by Robyn (Tue.)
Grammy-nominated Swedish pop singer Robyn aims to follow her acclaimed 2005 self-titled release with up to three new albums in 2010. The first of those, the dancefloor-ready Body Talk Pt. 1 83, arrives in stores Tuesday, preceded by a number of strong reviews though it consists of just eight short tracks. The album includes collaborations with Röyksopp and Diplo, and, despite its brevity, it "comes fully loaded with more hooks than your average pop album's entire tracklist," writes Slant Magazine.
Robyn will be touring with Kelis this summer; get the tour dates at Robyn's official site.
Winter's Bone expands to additional cities (Fri.)
The big winner at this year's Sundance Film Festival, Winter's Bone 87 opened on a handful of screens in Los Angeles and New York last weekend. On Friday, moviegoers in additional cities throughout the country will get an opportunity to see what is shaping up to be the best-reviewed American film of 2010 so far. A bleak thriller set in the Ozark mountains, director Debra Granik's Winter's Bone aims for naturalism and authenticity in its portrayal of a teenager's search for her drug-dealing father after he abandons her and her two siblings. Even the few critics who weren't in love with the film as a whole had high praise for its young star, Jennifer Lawrence.
Find out when Winter's Bone is opening in your city at the film's official site.
American Slang by The Gaslight Anthem (Tue.)
It's hard to talk about New Jersey rock 'n' roll without mentioning Bruce Springsteen, especially when a band is as clearly indebted to the Boss as The Gaslight Anthem is. Springsteen himself is a fan, and performed on stage with the group several times after 2008's The '59 Sound 77. Arriving in stores on Tuesday, their follow-up American Slang 78 continues to mine the band's Springsteen-meets-The-Clash sound, with perhaps a bit more gloss this time around. Critics seem to be appreciative so far; both Uncut and Rock Sound named Slang their album of the month.
Get tour dates and more information at the band's official site.
Brothers Jay and Mark Duplass have two low-budget indie films (The Puffy Chair 73 and Baghead 62) under their belts, each with their share of fans and critics. In limited release beginning Friday, the third film for the writer-director tandem has something their previous films lacked: star power. A comedy about a divorced man who meets a seemingly perfect woman at a party, only to discover that he must compete for her attention with her grown son, Cyrus stars John C. Reilly, Jonah Hill, Catherine Keener, and Marisa Tomei. While normally the idea of a partially improvised film might scare us, the cast seems up to the challenge. Reviews from Sundance were mixed, but the critics who liked it had high praise.
Read reviews of the Sundance screening from indieWIRE and Cinematical.
Closing the book on last week
|Most Popular Title on Metacritic.com|
|The A-Team 46||Week ending 6/12/2010|
|#1 Weekend Box Office (Estimated, U.S. only; source: Boxofficemojo.com)|
|The Karate Kid 60||$56.0 million; 1st week at #1|
|#1 Album on Billboard 200 (Source: Billboard.com/Nielsen SoundScan)|
|Jack Johnson: To The Sea 70||1st week at #1|
|Top-Rated Primetime Broadcast Show (Source: Nielsen)|
|NBA Finals Game 2 (ABC)||15.7 million viewers; week of 5/31-6/6|