Six Picks for the Week of April 4-10

Your Highness Read Reviews
In theaters Friday

Your Highness, an R-rated comedy homage of sorts to ’80s fantasy flicks like Beastmaster and Willow, opens Friday in theaters. Danny McBride (Eastbound & Down) stars as slacker prince Thadeous, who reluctantly joins his brother Fabious (James Franco) on a journey to save Fabious’ kidnapped fiancée, Belladonna (Zooey Deschanel). Along the way, they meet warrior princess Isabel (Natalie Portman), encounter pot-smoking puppets, and team up to defeat the evil, foul-mouthed wizard Leezar (Justin Theroux). George Washington and Pineapple Express director David Gordon Green helms this ambitious and potentially hilarious effort.

Get High at the official website.

Hanna Read Reviews
In theaters Friday

The latest movie from director Joe Wright (Pride and Prejudice, Atonement) is a departure from his dramatic recent period dramas. Hanna, opening Friday, stars Saoirse Ronan (Atonement, The Lovely Bones) as the title character, a teen who’s been trained by her ex-CIA agent father (Eric Bana) to be the perfect assassin. While on her first mission, she is pursued across Europe by a shady intelligence agent (a terrifyingly icy Cate Blanchett). The stylish action film with dark postmodern fairy tale elements is scored by big beat legends The Chemical Brothers.

Prepare yourself at the official website.

Bossypants by Tina Fey
New book in stores Tuesday

After conquering television as head writer and performer on Saturday Night Live and producer/writer/star of the long-running 30 Rock, Tina Fey can now add author to her list of accomplishments. Bossypants, released Tuesday, is Fey’s first book, a collection of humorous essays on topics ranging from what it’s like to be an intelligent and hardworking woman in a largely male-dominated industry, her honeymoon cruise, Oprah, Sarah Palin, and much more. If the two excellent excerpts that previously appeared in The New Yorker are any indication, this should be a witty and entertaining read.

Find out where to purchase the book at the official website.

The Comedy Awards
Simulcast on Comedy Central, VH1, and other networks Sunday at 9pm

One of the most common awards show problems is the lack of decent humor. So what happens when the awards are about comedy itself? We’ll find out on Sunday as Comedy Central presents the first-ever Comedy Awards. The categories are fairly standard, with the funny being split up between actors and actresses in film and television. Eddie Murphy will receive the Comedy Icon Award, and David Letterman will receive the Johnny Carson Award for Comedic Excellence.

Check out the nominees at the official website.

Colin Quinn Long Story Short
Premieres Saturday at 10pm on HBO

Raspy-voiced curmudgeon and former SNL Weekend Update anchor Colin Quinn has been out of the limelight since his show Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn left the airwaves in 2004. That all changed last year when his Jerry Seinfeld-directed one-man show Colin Quinn: Long Story Short hit Broadway. The HBO-recorded performance, premiering Saturday night, features Quinn telling the history of the world through the downfall of several nations in 75 minutes.

Long story short: go to the official website.

Blood Pressures by The Kills Read Reviews
New album in stores Tuesday

Acclaimed blues-rock duo The Kills (Alison Mosshart, Jamie Hince) return with their fourth full-length album. Blood Pressures, released Tuesday, was recorded in Benton Harbor, Michigan, and as evidenced by crunchy lead single “Satellite,” shows the band evolving and expanding their sound, which could have something to do with Mosshart’s part-time gig as lead singer of umpteenth Jack White band The Dead Weather.

Would it kill you to visit the official website? You can stream the album there, too.

Closing the book on last week

#1 Movie Weekend Box Office Champion (Estimated, U.S. only; source: Boxofficemojo.com)
Hop 41 $38.1 million; 1st week at #1
#1 Album #1 Album on Billboard 200 (Source: Billboard.com/Nielsen SoundScan)
Chris Brown: F.A.M.E. 57 1st week at #1
Top-Rated TV Show Top-Rated Primetime Broadcast Show (Source: Nielsen)
American Idol [Wed] (Fox) 23.9 million viewers; week of 3/21-3/27

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  • Sean  

    Oops. The link for Bossypants is actually the same link as the above, Hanna.

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