Ahead of the curve: Weekly pop culture calendar
January 15th, 2012
05:05 PM ET

Ahead of the curve: Weekly pop culture calendar

George Lucas is coming out with another film! Before you start to re-watch the "Star Wars" franchise and brush up on your Jedi knowledge, it's not another "Star Wars" movie. But it is a film of epic proportions.

Lucas serves as executive producer for "Red Tails," an action movie revolving around the Tuskegee Airmen, a group of African American pilots who fought during World War II.

In a recent interview on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" Lucas said that the film is unique because there aren't any white protagonists, and that it's "one of the first all-black action pictures ever made." The film stars Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Ne-Yo, Nate Parker, Michael B. Jordan and David Oyelowo, and will come to theaters on January 20.

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


  • Ricky Gervais is back and promising to be as outlandish as ever as the host of the Golden Globes Awards, live at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
  • There's also the series premiere of the animated take on “Napoleon Dynamite” first at 8:30 p.m. ET with guest star Amy Poehler, and then at 9:30 p.m. ET with guest star Haylie Duff and Rita Coolidge.


  • Catch the series premiere of “Alcatraz” at 8 p.m. ET on Fox, where prisoners who once disappeared years ago show up again. The series stars Sam Neil, Sarah Jones and Jorge Garcia from “Lost.”
  • And at 8 p.m. on NBC, there's “Betty White’s 90th Birthday: A Tribute to America’s Golden Girl.” Stars will honor Betty White with musical performances and memories in this special.


  • “Glee” returns to Fox at 8 p.m. with an all-new episode where Will plans a surprise for Emma and Finn makes an announcement about his future.
  • Also catch new episodes of “New Girl” and “Raising Hope” starting at 9 p.m. ET on Fox.
  • Movies coming out on DVD and Blu-ray are “Courageous,” “The Ides of March” and “Abduction.”
  • A special edition of “Mylo Xyloto” by Coldplay will be released today as well. Other new albums coming out are “Hits and More” by Martina McBride and “Video Games” by Lana Del Rey.


  • Catch the 11th season premiere of “American Idol” at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.
  • Watch the much-awaited “Modern Family” episode at 9 p.m. ET on ABC where Lily drops an F-bomb to Cam and Mitchell’s shock.


  • Kelsey Grammer guests stars on “30 Rock” as himself to help Jenna out with a problem. Watch this episode at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
  • Nia Vardalos from “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” will guest star on “Grey’s Anatomy” at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.
  • Megan Mullally guest stars as a rival talk show host who could be stealing ideas from Ava’s shows on "Up All Night," airing at 9:30 p.m. ET on NBC.


  • Ralph Fiennes’ directorial debut, “Coriolanus,” will be coming to theaters on Friday.
  • Also catch the fourth installment of the “Underworld” series, “Underworld: Awakening,” with Kate Beckinsale.
  • Get ready for fists to fly in new release “Haywire,” starring Gina Carano, Ewan McGregor, Michael Fassbender, Channing Tatum and Antonio Banderas.

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  1. @Get A Room

    You need to except the fact that beautiful vixen replaced you with evel. Get over it and stop causing trouble! She's not coming back man! Troll her all you want. She will not come.

    January 15, 2012 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Beautiful Vixen

    This is all Starrfie, Peace, Alecia's fault! Don't think I did't forget about Fix in Tx. I'm going an fix me a sandwich. Get a room is here. leave me alone! Don't tell evel!

    January 15, 2012 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Coolbreeze

    At whoever is making fun of me and making horrible comments about my family. Learn to spell and face me...I will go ape sh(t on you and you won't survive...oh well. And that's the truth.

    January 15, 2012 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Beautiful Vixen

    Sly Sadie just want attention!

    January 15, 2012 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. @coolbreeze

    ur daughter will be raped an killed before the yr is out.

    January 15, 2012 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. It's call

    F ucking with you and getting normal blggers hating u ! a55holes

    January 15, 2012 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  7. nah

    That's get a room not mr ed.

    January 15, 2012 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. @coolbreeze

    Sly and every1 else knows that's not u. Its some1 jealous of u and sly. How is this for childlike-mr ed = vixen.

    January 15, 2012 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  9. @@@fake coolbreeze

    Eye for eye? What did coolbreeze do to u? Why dont u use yer name? Scared?

    January 15, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Sly Sadie

    Fake Coolbreeze- geeze, I don't think anybody in my life has ever called me that. And because you are not part of my life, I guess it doesn't mean sh!t. If you have something to say to me, bring it troll. @Alecia- I know you didn't say that. I know we don't have any kind of problem. Trolls playing their little childish troll games. They think they are really crafty, but very obvious to everyone. Sorry, it doesn't fool anyone.

    January 15, 2012 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Coolbreeze

      Not me girl. I only treat you with respect. Sleep well pretty girl. The breeze.

      January 15, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. @alecia

    Y call sly that-jealous

    January 15, 2012 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  12. lol

    Mr ed lives and full of sh yt.

    January 15, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. @@fake coolbreeze

    alecia.. R u trying to befriend that kunt sly sadia that think she is all that?

    January 15, 2012 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. @@fake coolbreeze

    U think u can handle it?

    January 15, 2012 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  15. @@fake coolbreeze

    Nothing personal. eye for an eye.

    January 15, 2012 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  16. @fake coolbreeze

    What's ur problem ? Don like peace and quiet ? Got to make trouble, eh ? Once a a55 always a a55.

    January 15, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  17. nerp

    Looks like a cool movie

    January 15, 2012 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Coolbreeze

    yes she is a w hore like sly sadie

    January 15, 2012 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Sly Sadie

    I'm looking forward to the new show Alcatraz. Looks like it might be interesting.

    January 15, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  20. The Måd Råp3r

    Red Tails looks like The Tuskegee Airmen with too much CGI. I miss when you could watch an action movie and things actually looked real. I'm fine if its used sparingly but they go over the top nowadays.

    January 15, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |

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