Culturista: Your Guide To The Week, From “The Smurfs” To “Project Runway”

Let’s face it: keeping up with pop culture is difficult. With more than 1000 channels worth of TV shows, not to mention a new flood of movies and music every week, it’s practically a full-time job to keep up with everything. Luckily, it is my full-time job. So after the jump, your cheat sheet of the TV shows you need to watch, the albums you need to hear, the movies you need to see, and much, much more this week.

On The Big Screen:

  • “Crazy, Stupid, Love,” opens Friday. The name of this flick instantly makes me think of that Kirsten Dunst movie from 2001, “Crazy/Beautiful.” Luckily, it sounds like it will be far superior. Steve Carrell and Julianne Moore are a couple on the brink of divorce. Meanwhile, Ryan Gosling is a player falling for Emma Stone who somehow mentors Steve through his crisis. Amelia saw this movie already and sad it was awesome. Not that she is biased or anything.
  • “The Smurfs,” opens Friday. Mean Gargamel ousts the smurfs from Smurf Village and through the magic of … magic … they end up in New York City. So yeah, it’s basically the Smurfs Take Manhattan.
  • “Another Earth,” wider release this Friday. Yes, I picked this movie last week, too, but you really need to see it now that it’s opening beyond New York and Los Angeles. It’s about a astrophysics student who has been accepted to MIT. As she drives home from a party, she looks out the window to see a newly discovered planet—a doppelganger for Earth—and crashes into a family’s car, killing the wife and son. This movie is beautifully shot, beautifully acted and totally restrained in all the moments it could have turned into either melodrama or full-out sci fi. Great stuff.

On The Small Screen:

  • “The A-List New York,” season premiere, tonight, 10 p.m., LOGO. Not sure what this show is all about? Check out our Q&A with some of the guys. And then watch.
  • “Project Runway,” season premiere, Thursday at 9 p.m. (EST), Lifetime. Tim Gunn looks beyond bored in the ‘Project Runway” posters up in New York. But then again, Heidi is naked in hers, so maybe that balances things out?
  • “The Lady With 700 Cats,” Saturday at 10 p.m. (EST), National Geographic Wild. Warning: this is not the documentary to watch with your roommate if you are trying to convince them to get a cat. But Jane Lynch is narrating. Maybe she’ll rock a Sue Sylvester track suit?
  • The Bachelorette: The Men Tell All,” Sunday at 9 p.m. (EST), ABC. ABC isn’t wanting to interupt our “Bachelorette” continuity, so they won’t make us wait two weeks like usual for the finale. Instead, they’ve moved the “Men Tell All” special to the weekend. Good call.

On Your Headphones:

  • Vanessa Carlton, Rabbits on the Run, out Tuesday. With her fourth album, Vanessa Carlton has put “A Thousand Miles” far behind her. Seriously, this dreamscape of an album escapes the girl with piano cliche. Not only is the album borrow its concept from A Brief History of Time and Watership Down, but it also employs a kid’s chorus.
  • Joss Stone, LP1, out Tuesday. The title of Joss’s new album is kinda boring and that is definitely an indication of what’s inside. The songs here feel like the same old rockish pop tunes sung in a snarly voice, rather than great soul songs coming from an unexpected set of lungs.
  • Little Dragon, Ritual Union, out Tuesday. Ever since singer Yukimi Nagano appeared on Gorillaz’s last album, her band has been blowing up. Expect fun dance tracks with indie, oddity touches. Overall, though, it’s a touch bland. But maybe you will disagree?

On Your Radar:

  • A variety of hobbies is the spice of life. Hopefully, The Frisky’s Get A Hobby Week will help you pick a new one. Or five.
  • Get your dolls ready. Wednesday is National Barbie-in-a-Blender Day.
  • Mmmmm. This weekend brings the annual Garlic Festival in Gilroy, CA. Bad for your breath, but great for your tastebuds.
  • When it gets too hot out, I love having action movie marathons in my nice air-conditioned apartment. So I am glad Jake Gyllenhaal’s “Source Code” is coming out on DVD.

What are you looking forward to this week?