The Adjustment Bureau (Fri.)
The long-delayed The Adjustment Bureau (which was originally supposed to open in July and then September of last year) finally hits theaters on Friday. Starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt, the film, a loose adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s short story “Adjustment Team,” is about a mysterious group (two members of which are played by Mad Men’s John Slattery and The Limey’s Terence Stamp) that conspires to keep potential lovebirds Blunt and Damon apart. The concept of a group of black-suited and behatted gentlemen who work to ensure that the future turns out the way it should is already being splendidly mined on TV’s Fringe; will this conceit succeed on the big screen as well, considering the release-date musical chairs?
Adjust yourself at the official website.
Kevin Smith's Red State begins nationwide tour (Sat.)
Writer/director/podcast impresario Kevin Smith does a total 180 from his previous feature, Cop Out, with his latest film. Red State, a departure in style and genre for Smith, is a horror movie in which a Fred Phelps-inspired preacher (played by Michael Parks) uses God to justify his bloody hate. Eschewing a typical release pattern, Smith is taking the film on the road before a more traditional nationwide release in mid-October, and the first stop is this Saturday at New York’s legendary Radio City Music Hall. Smith’s fans and the Hollywood Babble-On Garmy will surely be out in full force.
Take Me Home Tonight (Fri.)
Ocean’s Eleven and Twelve secret weapon Topher Grace returns to a starring role with this nostalgic ’80s comedy. Named after Eddie Money’s 1986 hit, Take Me Home Tonight, opening Friday, has a Sixteen Candles-like premise of a group of youngsters looking for love in the middle of a wild night out that includes a booze-filled party. The always funny Anna Faris co-stars, along with the Jack-Black-lite Dan Fogler, Parks and Recreation’s Chris Pratt, and Teresa Palmer. One of our favorite ’80s actors, Michael Biehn (The Terminator, Aliens), plays Grace’s character’s dad.
Go back to the future at the official website.
Wounded Rhymes by Lykke Li (Tue.)
Swedish pop chanteuse Lykke Li’s sophomore album Wounded Rhymes, released Tuesday, features the artist broadening her sound into a baroque stomp that’s equal parts influenced by Kate Bush, Björk, and Motown. Lykke Li’s recent flesh-baring cover story in Spin magazine and the album lyrics suggest that she’s dialing up her sexuality to raise her profile. Her sound remains unique, however, and at a brisk 10 tracks, the new album tops its predecessor.
Season premiere of The Celebrity Apprentice (Sun.)
We haven’t been tuning into The Celebrity Apprentice lately, but that’s going to change Sunday night. Sure, you’ve got the expected appearances by formerly high-profile celebs such as David Cassidy, Jose Canseco, La Toya Jackson, and Lil Jon, but this year’s season also features the amazingly batshit Gary Busey. We’ve missed him since I’m With Busey left the airwaves. Welcome back, Gary -- you’re hired!
Support your pick as the players compete to make money for their favorite charities at NBC's official show website.
Johnny Depp reunites with his Pirates of the Caribbean 1-3 director Gore Verbinski in this latest animated feature from DreamWorks. Rango, opening Friday, stars Depp as the title chameleon, who ends up in the Western town called Dirt. While there, he meets up with several colorful characters, including an iguana (Isla Fisher), a rattlesnake (fellow Caribbean star Bill Nighy), an armadillo (Alfred Molina), and a tortoise (Ned Beatty). The animated deconstruction of the Western genre also features voice work from Timothy Olyphant, Ray Winstone, Abigail Breslin, and Harry Dean Stanton.
Get Dirty at the official website.
Closing the book on last week
|Weekend Box Office Champion (Estimated, U.S. only; source: Boxofficemojo.com)|
|Gnomeo and Juliet 53||$14.2 million; 1st week at #1|
|#1 Album on Billboard 200 (Source: Billboard.com/Nielsen SoundScan)|
|Justin Bieber: Never Say Never: The Remixes||1st week at #1|
|Top-Rated Primetime Broadcast Show (Source: Nielsen)|
|American Idol [Wed] (Fox)||23.2 million viewers; week of 2/14-2/20|