Culturista: Your Guide To The Week, From Rachel Zoe To “Contagion”

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 to 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 Rachel Zoe Project,” season premiere, tonight at 10 p.m. (EST), Bravo. I kind of wish Bravo had changed the name to “Rachel Zoe Plus One,” because this season, she’s preggers. And hides it all very cleverly under ginormo fur vests.
  • “Famous Food,” season finale, Wednesday at 8 p.m. (EST), VH1. I can’t even begin to explain why I’ve been watching this series which brings together Heidi Montag, Jake Pavelka, and Ashley Dupre among others. But I kind of want to know who wins. Don’t hate.
  • “The Love We Make,” Saturday at 9 p.m. (EST), Showtime. Because Sunday marks the 10th anniversary of September 11th, this weekend’s television roster will contain a steady stream of docs about the tragic event. This is one of the lighter ones, about Paul McCartney as he assembles the Concert for New York.
  • “Dina’s Party,” Saturday at 10 p.m. (EST), HGTV. Get ready to make your very own skin suit. Dina Manzo may no longer be a part of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” but she has this new series that chronicles her planning events.
  • “Entourage,” series finale, Sunday at 10:30 p.m. (EST), HBO. Honestly, I’d feel a little more sentimental about the ending of this series if I didn’t know that a movie will be on the way soon. So I’ll be paying far more attention to the season finale of “True Blood,” which comes on right before it. You?

On The Big Screen:

  • “Contagion,” opening Friday. This thriller about a lethal airborne virus that spreads, and kills, terrifyingly quickly is basically the last thing I want to see ever. But the selling point? That Gwyneth Paltrow is apparently the first victim.
  • “Tanner Hall,” opening Friday. I went to your average public school, so am of course obsessed with the idea of boarding schools. I will definitely be seeing this one about four boarding school friends learning their boundaries. And it’s a good chance to see Rooney Mara before “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.”
  • “Tabloid,” out now. I’ll level with you. A lot of movies are coming out this weekend, but most of them look pretty abysmal. So I direct your attention to this already-out documentary. It’s about the tabloid hoopla that erupted over an American beauty queen who either tried to liberate her fiance from a Mormon cult or kidnapped and raped the man she was obsessed with, depending on who you ask.

On Your Headphones:

  • The Rapture, In The Grace Of Your Love, out today. New York rockers The Rapture somehow manage to swing from jangly surf rock moments to dancy, electronic moments without skipping a beat. Let’s just say that this album is getting me through work today.
  • Hugh Laurie, Let Them Talk, out today. Who knew that Dr. House had musical chops? On his new blues album, Hugh plays piano and sings in a sexy warble. I kind of love it.
  • Tokyo Police Club, 10 Days, 10 Covers, 10 Years, online now. This is one of my fave bands covering songs from every year of the 2000s, from Moby to Kelly Clarkson to LCD Soundsystem to Miley Cyrus. It’s pure genius.

Also On Your Radar:

  • This week, expect to hear lots of early buzz about Oscar contenders. Why? Because the Telluride Film Festival has just wrapped, the Venice Film Festival is in progress, and the Toronto Film Festival is about to start.
  • Thing you will want to celebrate tomorrow? National Salami Day.
  • It’s gonna be a rainy week, perfect for curling up with some new DVDs. My picks? “Vidal Sassoon The Movie” and “X-Men: First Class,” out today. Enjoy.

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