Culturista: Your Guide To The Week, From “Millionaire Matchmaker” To “One Day”

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 Small Screen:

  • “The Millionaire Matchmaker,” season premiere, tonight at 9 p.m. (EST), Bravo. Patti Stanger is back to set up more awesome, stunning, brilliant women with totally awkward guys with gobs of money. But we are very, very excited that this season, she’ll be setting herself up.
  • “The Hour,” series debut, Wednesday at 10 p.m. (EST), BBC America. I would watch Dominic West of “The Wire” read the phone book. So you best bet that I will be checking out his new show, about reporters at a British news program in 1956. How very “Mad Men.”
  • “The Glee Project,” season finale, Sunday at 9 p.m. (EST), Oxygen. This big song-and-dance number show has crept up as one of my favorite series of the summer. I can’t believe it’s already over. On Sunday night, we’ll know which of the hopefuls lands a seven-week arc on “Glee,” proper.

On The Big Screen:

  • “One Day,” out Friday. I love a high concept romantic comedy. This flick checks in with two friends, Emma (Anne Hathaway) and Dexter (Jim Sturgess) every year on July 15th, beginning in 1988 when they met at college graduation through 2008, as they eventually fall in love.
  • “Fright Night,” out Friday. Anton Yelchin and Colin Farrell star in a remake of the classic horror movie in which a high schooler suspects his neighbor is a vampire. Farrell convinced me to see this when he said, “When I heard they were making it, I was kinda like, ‘Oh Hollywood, what a bunch of unoriginal idiots. They’re going to destroy one of my favorite films. But then I read the script and I was like, ‘No. I like it.’”
  • “Flypaper,” out Friday. A little bank has a big problem in this movie starring Patrick Dempsey and Ashley Judd. Two simultaneous bank robberies. Oh, and a customer in love with a teller.

On Your Headphones:

  • NewVillager, NewVillager, out Tuesday. This Brooklyn based art collective won me over with their song “Lighthouse” earlier this year. Not only do they write insanely catchy indie pop songs—they also make ridonk performance art videos to go with them.
  • Jeff Bridges, Jeff Bridges, out Tuesday. A whole album from The Dude? After his performance in “Crazy Heart,” yes please!
  • Mister Heavenly, Out of Love,out Tuesday. Mister Heavenly is a super group of sorts, containing members of Modest Mouse, Islands, and Man Man. Their album swings delightfully between rock anthems and oldies tinged tunes.

Also On Your Radar:

  • It’s looking like a rainy week and it has me wanting to do nothing but movie marathons. This seems like the perfect opportunity to watch Gennifer Goodwin and Kate Hudson in “Something Borrowed,” out on DVD on Tuesday.
  • On Tuesday, Hal Vaughan’s much anticipated book, Sleeping with the Enemy: Coco Chanel’s Secret War hits bookstore shelves. It may make you question the designer who told you to always take off one accessory before you leave the house.
  • Thursday is National Birth Control Pill Day. Which would be a very ironic day for you to accidentally skip a pill.

What are you looking forward to this week?

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