Ahead of the Curve: Weekly pop culture cheat sheet
July 24th, 2011
04:57 PM ET

Ahead of the Curve: Weekly pop culture cheat sheet

The Smurfs have gotten a 2011, 3-D update in this weekend's movie, which sees the blue creatures taking over Manhattan.

Neil Patrick Harris and "Glee" star Jayma Mays play the couple who are besieged by the little guys, with Hank Azaria starring as Gargamel. An all-star cast voices the Smurfy crew, with Fred Armisen as Brainy, Paul Reubens as Jokey, John Oliver as Vanity and Katy Perry as Smurfette.

Here's what else you shouldn't miss this week:

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Amy Winehouse's early, troubled performances
July 24th, 2011
12:02 PM ET

Amy Winehouse's early, troubled performances

It was March 19, 2007. Amy Winehouse's album, "Back to Black," had just dropped in the U.S., and this was our first up-close and personal look at the talented, but obviously troubled star we'd heard so much about.

As the music from her borrowed band, the Dap-Kings, filled The Roxy in West Hollywood, she somewhat demurely stepped out onto the tiny stage. She was petite - sporting a teal strapless dress, exaggerated cat-eye make-up and an impressive beehive that looked like it could easily house a whole family of crows.

At 23, Winehouse was endearingly awkward, like a newborn colt - all bony elbows and unsure movements. But the girl could sing. FULL POST

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