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, and the movies you need to see. This week, George Clooney and Ryan Gosling double team us in “The Ides Of March,” Feist counts down “1234″ toward the release of her new album, and Ryan Murphy tries to scare us with his latest, “American Horror Story.”
- “Ides Of March,” out Friday. This movie has two of the hottest co-stars on planet Earth—Ryan Gosling and George Clooney—and one of my favorite posters of all time. You better believe I’ll be there opening night to see the story of a presidential campaign staffer who finds himself in the quicksand of dirty politics.
- “Real Steel,” out Friday. Hugh Jackman plays a retired boxer who failed to make the adjustment when boxing became a robot sport with humans controlling them like in a video game. Part of me is still kind of hoping that this movie is a joke. Or maybe it’s a metaphor for how I need to get on Twitter, finally, lest I become a blogging dinosaur?
- “Dirty Girl,” out Friday. I’m pretty excited about this movie about a bad girl in Norman, Oklahoma, circa 1987 who runs away with her new friend. It appears to be part “Heathers” and part “Juno.” The later parallel made stronger by the fact that the star’s name is Juno Temple.
On The Small Screen:
- “Mad Fashion,” premieres tonight at 10 p.m. (EST) on Bravo. Remember Chris March from “Project Runway”? The former costume designer with a penchant for insanely over-the top designs. In this show, see him go even more out-of-the-box. I am looking forward to seeing his dress crafted out of bras.
- “Raising Hope,” Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. (EST) on Fox. Why should you make this the week to check out this underrated sitcom? Because the Chances go to gamble in Vegas, and Amy Sedaris stars as cousin Delilah.
- “American Horror Story,” premieres Wednesday at 10 p.m. (EST) on FX. This new show from the powerhouse team of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk is somewhere in between “Nip/Tuck” and “Glee.” It stars Dylan McDermott and insanely awesome Connie Britton (“Friday Night Lights”) as a troubled couple who moves into a haunted house. Cliché, but that’s the point—to turn horror standards on their head.
On Your Headphones:
- Feist, Metals, out Tuesday. Feist is best known for wonderfully poppy “1234.” But for her new album, she has done an about-face, heading to Big Sur and recording a subtle, earthy record. Still, it’s awesome.
- New Found Glory, Radiosurgery, out Tuesday. It may not be the genre I listen to most often, but there is something so melodically satisfying about pop punk. If you agree, check out the newest effort from one of the genre’s architects.
- Indigo Girls, Beauty Queen Sister, out Tuesday. Speaking of satisfying things—the wistful twanginess of the Indigo Girls ranks highly. The duo continues their fine tradition on their newest album.
- We Were Promised Jetpacks, In The Pit Of The Stomach, out Tuesday. This Scottish band is known for being better live than on albums. But since I love their band name so much, I will choose to forgive them. Also, they have cool accents. Score.