Ahead of the Curve: Weekly pop culture cheat sheet
July 31st, 2011
04:30 PM ET

Ahead of the Curve: Weekly pop culture cheat sheet

The plot is nothing new, but, with leading men like Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman, we can't wait to see this weekend's "The Change-Up."

The two men make the fateful wish to switch lives - one trades in his playboy lifestyle for that of a family man, and vice versa.

Here's what else is happening this week:

Sunday:

  • It's finally here! Discovery Channel's "Shark Week" kicks off its annual week of exciting - yet educational - programming at 9 p.m. ET. Don't forget to check out our interview with Chief Shark Officer Andy Samberg.
  • To celebrate the 30th anniversary of MTV, VH1 Classic is airing a marathon weekend of the network's programming, concluding with the first hour of its 1981 launch Sunday at midnight.

Monday:

  • Lady Gaga is performing and acting as a co-host on "The View" at 11 a.m. ET. The pop star is expected to sing her latest single, "You and I."

Tuesday:

  • Greyson Chance - the talented kid who kicked-off his career with millions of YouTube views - releases his first album, "Hold On 'Til the Night."
  • There might only be 12 episodes, but you don't want to miss catching up on season 3 of "United States of Tara." Toni Collette is hilarious in the award-winning show.
  • The movie based on surfer Bethany Hamilton's inspiring story, "Soul Surfer," comes out on DVD. Carrie Underwood also displays her acting skills in the summer flick.

Wednesday:

  • Since leaving the "CBS Evening News," Katie Couric will head to daytime TV on "The View."

Thursday:

  • With all her success, it's still a surprise that Pia Toscano didn't make it further on "American Idol." The singer will promote her new single on "So You Think You Can Dance," which will also feature Christina Applegate as a guest judge.

Friday:

  • "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," a remake of the 1968 original, stars Freida Pinto and James Franco. Between his TV guest roles and other movies, 2011 has been a busy year for Franco.
  • It's opening in limited release, but, if the trailer is any indication, "The Whistleblower," starring Rachel Weisz, will showcase an effortlessly stunning performance. Check to see if it's in a theater near you.
Harry Belafonte disappointed with Obama
Harry Belafonte says President Obama should stop listening to "the voices that shout the loudest."
July 30th, 2011
03:30 PM ET

Harry Belafonte disappointed with Obama

Harry Belafonte, at 84 years old, is still making headlines.

On Thursday, CNN talked with the actor/humanitarian/activist at the Television Critics Association Tour in Beverly Hills. He was there to promote his upcoming HBO documentary “Sing Your Song," which chronicles his longstanding career and work alongside many notable civil rights activists.

But what caught our attention during the interview were his outspoken words on President Obama and the current budget impasse.

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A star-studded Marine Corps Ball
July 30th, 2011
11:30 AM ET

A star-studded Marine Corps Ball

Scarlett Johansson is the latest star to get an invite to the Marine Corps Ball, according to People.com. Unfortunately for Sgt. Dustin L. Williams, ScarJo already has plans for November 10.

"In my absence, I raise a glass to you and all the men and women of the U.S. Marine Corps, past and present, in thanks for your continued commitment to preserving the safety of our nation,” the actress, 26, writes in a statement to Zap2it. And graciously, Johansson is sending the soldier a case of Moët and Chandon to ease the sting of rejection.

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While you were working...
July 29th, 2011
06:00 PM ET

While you were working...

Today's news you might've missed:

  • Victoria just gave birth to the Beckhams' fourth child, but David is already thinking of having more kids. (PEOPLE)
  • Somebody hugged and made up - former BFFs Lindsay Lohan and Paris and Nicky Hilton were spotted having dinner. (X17)
  • Doesn't Crystal Harris know you can't take your words back? Hugh Hefner's ex is putting the blame on radio host Howard Stern for her less-than-considerate remarks about their sex life. (E! Online)
  • In a goosebumps-inducing scenario, Katherine Bigelow was working on a project called "Killing Bin Laden" long before the terrorist leader was killed in May. Now, the movie is in the works, and Bigelow has announced an October 2012 release date. (Deadline)
  • Sounds like the drama off camera is almost as crazy as what you see on-screen. Kelly Ripa and husband Mark Consuelos announced they'll be producing reality-TV show "Dirty Soaps," which will go behind the scenes and delve into the lives of soap-opera stars. (New York Post)
  • Miss the premiere of Heidi Klum's "Project Runway"? Season 9 already looks to have some memorable contestants. (Entertainment Weekly)
The Broadway lights dim on 'SYTYCD'
July 29th, 2011
06:00 PM ET

The Broadway lights dim on 'SYTYCD'

Really, I was just happy to know he made it this far.

Thursday night's episode of "So You Think You Can Dance" marked the end of the road for Jess LeProtto, as voters rallied to keep Ricky in the competition (which once again goes to show that the voters can and will change their patterns late in the season).

Jess was definitely one of my favorites, the best Broadway dancer we've seen in the history of the series. Even so, it had to be an uphill battle for him to make it all the way to the top 8. When he spoke to reporters on Friday, however, he disagreed that he might have had an especially hard time.

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Did Amy Winehouse reach out to Dr. Drew?
July 29th, 2011
03:51 PM ET

Did Amy Winehouse reach out to Dr. Drew?

Amy Winehouse may have reached out to Dr. Drew Pinsky before she died on Saturday.

When former model and "Celebrity Rehab" contestant Janice Dickinson stopped by Pinsky's HLN show on Wednesday, she told Dr. D that she took the liberty of passing his number along to a member of Winehouse’s camp.

Though Pinsky says no contact was ever established between him and Winehouse, or any member of her camp, for that matter, he told KROQ on Thursday he recalls receiving a missed call from an unknown international number.


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