Ahead of the curve: Weekly pop culture calendar
November 6th, 2011
05:48 PM ET

Ahead of the curve: Weekly pop culture calendar

In his latest film, Leonardo DiCaprio is taking on a controversial man from history: John Edgar Hoover.

DiCaprio is certainly going all out for this role, even donning prosthetic makeup to look more like Hoover. But will his efforts reap box office - and, perhaps, Oscar - benefits?

Clint Eastwood’s “J. Edgar” will be coming to US theaters this Wednesday, November 9. Here’s what else you shouldn’t miss this week:


  • Look out for new episodes of “The Simpsons” and “Family Guy” on Fox because there will be two very special guest stars. On “The Simpsons” at 8 p.m., Jane Lynch will voice Homer’s new assistant at work. On “Family Guy” at 9 p.m.,  Ryan Reynolds voices a character who becomes obsessed with Peter.


  • Melissa McCarthy is on “The Late Show with David Letterman” at 11:35 p.m. ET on CBS, while Taylor Lautner heads to “Jimmy Kimmel Live” at 12 a.m. ET on ABC.


  • New episodes of “Glee” and “New Girl” will be coming to Fox, and romance is in the air. Finn and Rachel are thinking about having their “first time,” and Jess starts to suspect that Nick wants to be more than friends. Watch these new episodes at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. ET.
  • Books to look out for include “11/22/63” by Stephen King, which focuses on a time-traveling adventure to prevent the JFK assassination.
  •  Also look out for “The Change-Up” and part two of the sixth series of “Dr. Who” on DVD.
  • The soundtrack to “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn" will also be released today.


  • Jason Lee will make his first appearance as a recurring character on “Up All Night" tonight at 8 p.m. on NBC.
  • The "45th Annual CMA Awards” will be on live at 10 p.m. ET on ABC. This year’s hosts will once again be Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley.


  • “Jack and Jill,” in which Adam Sandler will play both the brother and the sister, will be coming to theaters, along with the critically acclaimed “Melancholia,” which has been generating Oscar buzz for its lead Kirsten Dunst.
  • There's also Tarsem Singh’s “Immortals,” starring Henry Cavill, Mickey Rourke and Freida Pinto, in theaters today.
  • The release of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” on Blu-ray and DVD is finally here! "Potter" fans will not only see behind-the-scenes footage but also special interviews with J.K. Rowling on the Blu-ray version.


  • On NBC's "Saturday Night Live" this week, Emma Stone will be hosting along with musical guest Coldplay.

soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Starfire

    Didn't know u guys missed me! Lol

    November 7, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. @@jezebeth

    Who iz they bsides Starfire ?

    November 7, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. IMO

    It was kind of funny when he got beat up several weeks back, though. He seems to have little guy complex.

    November 7, 2011 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
  4. IMO

    IMO topher grace sure has turnd out to be an unlikeable person and cruddy actor. I watched the new wall street movie yesterday. He was pretty terrible in it. Badly misscast.

    November 7, 2011 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
  5. tricia

    Sounds like an awesome week to me ! Doooooodie everywhere !

    November 7, 2011 at 7:18 am | Report abuse |
  6. mal

    Jezebeth = FUA

    November 7, 2011 at 5:33 am | Report abuse |
  7. art vandolay

    Just saw the movie "50/50", after all the ranting great reviews. This movie is a dud. Maybe dvd-worthy at best. And who is paying Seth Rogan to co-star as the same drunk fratboy type unfunny obnixious moronic character...in so many movies? He is an awful actor and even worse comedian. -Art

    November 6, 2011 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Beautiful Vixen

    I saw "Tower Heist" this weekend. I thought it was good. I do hope to see more of Eddie Murphy in movies. He still has it and he had me lol. @ Evel.. you should check it out. Slide (Eddie Murphy)...I thought of your crazy azz....had me lmao.

    November 6, 2011 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Namaste

    Finally!!!! The final Harry Poter!!!

    November 6, 2011 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  10. yepindeed

    Can't say I'm all that excited about this week ahead...I would rather do almost anything than watch Leo squint extra hard and speak with that accent for 2+ hours

    He's a total Oscar chaser, I miss the good old days when he was on Growing Pains


    November 6, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Smile

    Don't be disheartened, friend. The darkest hour is just before the dawn.

    November 6, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  12. well I dont know

    Average people sure get tired and disheartened sometimes though. Guess we are lucky to even have jobs now in this era where stockbrokers and corp execs run the world and profit is all that matters.

    November 6, 2011 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  13. well I dont know

    11 11 11 will be friday I think. I hope we all make it until then and our work week wont be too much worse than heck. May your week be super happy and wonderful and really really good.

    November 6, 2011 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jezebeth

    The week ahead ...the roasting of a Starrfire...again!

    November 6, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • @ Jezebeth

      Admit it, as much of an insignificant tool as starrfire is you miss her. Don't give them any mention or credit... so they can go away.

      November 7, 2011 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |

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