The Week Ahead: November 29 – December 5 2010

The Week Ahead: November 29 – December 5 2010

For more information on upcoming (and historical) movies, TV shows, books, conventions, paranormal happenings, and pretty much anything that interests me, see the ever-growing Measured Circle Pop Culture Timeline.

Movies

The Black Swan (limited release)

Starring Natalie Portman (and featuring Mila Kunis) and directed by Darren Aronofsky, this one will clearly be striking.  It should be Oscar-bait…but will it be widely popular?  I think it’s more of an arthouse type hit.  There will be people who think it is their favorite movie of all time, but I’d be surprised for it to get to 80 million…might make 40, though.

The Warrior’s Way

This may be a bigger movie than it looks.  I mean that in terms of production…yes, the star, Dong-gun Jung is not well-known in the US.  This is the first US credit for the director/writer Sngmoo Lee.  However, it also features Kate Bosworth and Geoffrey Rush.  IMDB estimates the budget at 45 mil, which is substantial.  No question, it’s a martial arts picture…a “warrior-assassin” refuses a mission and hides out in the “Ameerican badlands”.  Somehow, I don’t think it is going to feel like the David Carradine Kung Fu, though…I’m not thinking that much philosophy.  I don’t expect a big opening…seems like an odd week for it.  I’d see it ending up…around thirty to sixty US dogro (domestic gross).

New TV

  • Attack of the Show! (Holiday buyer’s guide) at 4:00 PM on G4 (Monday)
  • Chuck (guest stars include Linda Hamilton and Timothy Dalton in a Thanksgiving-themed episode) at 8:00 PM on NBC (Monday)
  • Cake Boss (3rd season finale) at 9:00 PM on TLC (Monday)
  • The Event (last new episode for a while) at 9:00 PM on NBC (Monday)
  • Lie to Me at 9:00 PM on Fox (Monday)
  • Glee (Sectionals) at 8:00 PM on Fox (Tuesday)
  • The Real Story of Christmas at 8:00 PM on the History Channel (Tuesday)
  • Christmas in Rockefeller Center at 8:00 PM on NBC (Tuesday)
  • No Ordinary Family at 9:00 PM on ABC (Tuesday)
  • Stargate Universe (last new episode for a while) at 9:00 PM on Syfy (Tuesday)
  • Tower Prep at 9:00 PM on Cartoon Network (Tuesday)
  • Freak Encounters (monster spider) at 10:00 PM on Animal Planet (Tuesday)
  • Freak Encounters (Jersey Devil) at 10:30 PM on Animal Planet (Tuesday)
  • Attack of the Show! (Holiday buyer’s guide) at 4:00 PM on G4 (Wednesday)
  • Transformers Prime at 6:30 PM on the Hub (Wednesday)
  • Human Target at 8:00 PM on Fox (Wednesday)
  • Survivor at 8:00 PM on CBS (Wednesday)
  • Ghost Hunters (featuring the Real Housewives of Atlanta) at 9:00 PM on Syfy (Wednesday)
  • The President’s Book of Secrets at 9:00 PM on History (Wednesday)
  • Hollywood Treasure at 10:00 PM on Syfy (Wednesday)
  • Psych at 10:00 PM on USA (Wednesday)
  • Hollywood Treasure at 10:30 PM on Syfy (Wednesday)
  • Attack of the Show! (Holiday buyer’s guide) at 4:00 PM on G4 (Thursday)
  • Transformers Prime at 6:30 PM on the Hub (Thursday)
  • Bones at 8:00 PM on Fox (Thursday)
  • The Santa Suit (Kevin Sorbo) at 8:00 PM on Hallmark (Thursday)
  • The Vampire Diaries at 8:00 PM on the CW (Thursday)
  • Ancient Aliens at 9:00 PM on the History Channel (Thursday)
  • Fringe at 9:00 PM on Fox (Thursday)
  • Nikita at 9:00 PM on the CW (Thursday)
  • Burn Notice at 10:00 PM on USA (Thursday)
  • Fact or Faked (the moon landing) at 10:00 PM on Syfy (Thursday)
  • Attack of the Show! at 4:00 PM on G4 (Friday)
  • G.I. Joe Renegades at 5:30 PM on the Hub (Friday)
  • Transformers Prime at 6:30 PM on the Hub (Friday)
  • Batman: The Brave and the Bold (the Justice League International versus Darkseid)  at 7:00 PM on Cartoon Network (Friday)
  • Ben 10 at 7:30 PM on Cartoon Network (Friday)
  • Medium at 8:00 PM on CBS (Friday)
  • Smallville at 8:00 PM on the CW (Friday)
  • Ghost Adventures at 9:00 PM on the Travel Channel (Friday)
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars at 9:00 PM on Cartoon Network (Friday)
  • Supernatural at 9:00 PM on the CW (Friday)
  • The Haunted at 10:00 PM on Animal Planet (Friday)
  • Sanctuary at 10:00 PM on Syfy (Friday)
  • Celebrity Ghost Stories (Janine Turner, Taylor Hicks) at 9:00 PM on Bio (Saturday)
  • Farewell, Mr. Kringle at 9:00 PM on Hallmark  (Saturday)
  • The Amazing Race (Ninjas!) at 8:00 PM on CBS  (Sunday)
  • The Simpsons at 8:00 PM on Fox  (Sunday)
  • Dexter at 9:00 PM on Showtime  (Sunday)
  • American Dad at 9:30 PM on Fox  (Sunday)
  • The Walking Dead (1st season finale) at 10:00 PM on AMC (Sunday)

Cons

Cons are short for “conventions”, when people who rarely leave the house get together…just kidding, of course, they can be great fun.  For details, I recommend Fanboy’s Convention List.

  • http://www.steelcitycon.com/ Steel City Con, Monroeville, Pennsylvania (Lou Ferrigno, Richard Kiel, Priscilla Barnes)
  • http://www.wizardworld.com/home-atlanta.html Wizard World Atlanta (Linda Blair, Vivica A. Fox, Pam Grier, Ernie Hudson, the Iron Sheik, Richard Roundtree, Burt Ward & Adam West, John Wesley Shipp, Billy Dee Williams, Fred Williamson, Henry Winkler)

Videogames

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle. 

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