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 our 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, we’ve got new albums from Coldplay and Kelly Clarkson, Justin Timberlake and Johnny Depp heating up the big screen, and a new reality show about horrific in-laws.
On The Big Screen:
- “In Time,” out Friday. Hey look, Justin Timberlake is in another movie. I am protesting this film because I do not want to support his decision to prioritize acting over music. I need J.T. the Pop Star back, dammit.
- “Like Crazy,” out Friday. One of the most talked about films at Sundance — it won the Grand Jury Prize — “Like Crazy” tells the story of a British girl and an American guy who fall in love and try and maintain their relationship from a distance.
- “The Rum Diary,” out Friday. Johnny Depp has made another Hunter S. Thompson movie. Alas, this one — based on the journalist/writer’s early novel — looks less entertaining than “Fear and Loathing” and reviews are mixed as well. Still, we’ve never said “no” to Johnny Depp.
- “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” in theaters. This movie actually hit theaters last week, but I forgot to mention it. One of the most talked about films of the year, it’s the story of a woman who escapes a cult and goes to live with her sister and brother-in-law, the details of her ordeal revealed in frightening flashbacks. Expect Elizabeth Olsen (yes, the twins’ sister) to get an Oscar nom.
On The Small Screen:
- “Monster In-Laws,” Monday at 10 p.m. (EST) on A&E. Given that this show is on the same channel as “Intervention” and “Hoarders,” I have high hopes that “Monster In-Laws” will be far more effed up than even that horrible J. Lo movie. In a good way.
- “Revenge,” Wednesday at 10 p.m. (EST) on ABC. Have you been watching ABC’s breakout hit? I have and I am obsessssssed. On this week’s episode, Victoria Grayson — played by the divine Madeline Stowe — throws a Fourth of July party. I wonder what Emily Thorne/Amanda Clark will do to turn into a complete disaster?
- “Project Runway,” Thursday at 9 p.m. (EST) on Lifetime. It seemed like P-Run had jumped the shark after being moved to Lifetime, but season nine has actually been pretty awesome. Who will win in tonight’s finale? I’m rooting for Anja!
- “Psychoville,” Sunday at 9 p.m. (EST) on Fearnet. If you’re into “one-handed clowns and telekinetic dwarves” than this show is for you!
On Your Headphones:
- Kelly Clarkson, Stronger, out today. I’ve been listening to this all day and, aside from giggling at the ridiculous fuzzy math-inspired lyrics in the song “Einstein,” I’ve been enjoying it. Clarkson continues to be one of the most talented and marketable stars — alongside Carrie Underwood — to come out of “American Idol.” Taylor Hicks, she ain’t.
- Coldplay, Mylo Xyloto, out today. I’ll be honest. I find Coldplay pathologically boring. But I know they are popular so, you know, I’m sure this album will sell like hotcakes.
- She & Him, A Very She & Him Christmas, out today. Fairly obscure fact about me: I am OBSESSED with Christmas music. I hate Christmas, the holiday, but nothing brings greater joy to my heart than a good festive Christmas song. I am being dead serious. I even own a Regis Philbin holiday album in which Donald Trump guests on “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” and says, “Rudolph — you’re fired!” Anyway, since not everyone enjoys Christmas music as much as I do, I plan on playing She & Him’s holiday album a lot this year, as their indie folk take on the classics should be more palatable.