Ahead of the Curve: Weekly pop culture calendar
November 4th, 2012
06:14 PM ET

Ahead of the Curve: Weekly pop culture calendar

Sam Mendes' "Skyfall" has already taken over the international box office, thus far having earned $287 million globally and setting high expectations for its U.S. open this Friday.

If early reviews are any indication, James Bond fans and franchise newbies alike are in for a spectacular ride. The Hollywood Reporter calls "Skyfall" a "beautifully made film ... [that] leaves you wanting the next one to turn up sooner than four years from now."

Entertainment Weekly gave the film an "A" grade, praising it as a "freshly oxygenated entry" in the 50-year-old Bond film series, and a "great, long-lasting jolt of pleasure."

See if you agree when Daniel Craig takes his third turn as 007 in theaters this weekend. Here's what else you shouldn't miss this week:


  • It's playoff season on "The Voice," when the top 20 contestants perform live at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
  • Kristen Stewart (presumably as part of the "Breaking Dawn - Part 2" press tour) is hitting "The Tonight Show" at 11:34 p.m. ET., while Ricky Gervais stops by "Letterman."


  • On November 6, anticipate wall-to-wall election coverage during primetime and beyond.
  • Surely to enter the current debate on climate change, Barbara Kingsolver's new novel "Flight Behavior" arrives today.


  • "The X Factor" and "The Voice" are going head-to-head tonight starting at 8 p.m. On "The Voice," you'll catch the second half of the live playoffs that began on Monday, and on "The X Factor," the top 12 contestants are going to compete.
  • "Top Chef" is back! Don't miss the premiere of the new Seattle season at 10 p.m. ET on Bravo.
  • We can only imagine the topics that'll come up when Russell Brand swings by "Conan" tonight. Catch his appearance at 11 p.m. on TBS - Cat Power's also on tap to perform.


  • Mercedes (Amber Riley) and Mike (Harry Shum, Jr.) return to McKinley High to help the crew cast a production of "Grease" tonight on "Glee" at 9 p.m.
  • "The X Factor" and "The Voice" continue their ratings duel tonight with results shows starting at 8 p.m. ET.


  • Joining James Bond in theaters this weekend in limited release is Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln," with Daniel Day-Lewis as the 16th president, Sally Field as his wife, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as son Robert. "Lincoln" will release widely next weekend, on November 16.
  • We've been hearing plenty of casting reports about the sequel to "The Amazing Spider-Man," which is due out in 2014, but in the meantime, you can catch up with the first installment as it arrives on DVD/Blu-Ray today.

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  1. hi its lori here

    Obama has big ears too. I'm sure he could have protected the east coast from hurricane Sandy with those things. It could have been a nice seal of protection.

    November 5, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  2. Thanks For That Lori..

    He does have big ones doesn't he.

    November 5, 2012 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  3. hi its lori here

    I'm not dead.

    This guy is ugly and would do well as the character as Dumbo. I sure he can fly with those ears.

    November 5, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  4. Confirming--

    just talked to lori again...she's not dead

    November 5, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  5. Do you want to fool around or no.

    November 5, 2012 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  6. Sokman

    Hopefully in 48hrs we'll have a new President to lead us into prosperity. If not, all you God-fearing religious types better pray. The rest of us, the realists & rational ones, should just stick our heads between our legs & kiss our a$ses goodbye

    November 4, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yeah

      I'm hoping Romney wins, too. I think all those policies that Bush had will be much more beneficial for this country. We have already had 8 years of the Bush policies. Is that what this country needs, because that's where we will be again if Romney wins. His policies are exactly the same. And who ruined this country, the Bush administration. Look at all the people Romeny has as advisers. They are all people from the Bush administration. Think people! Do you really want 4 more years of the Bush administration, because that's what you will get with Romney.

      November 5, 2012 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |

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