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1) Madonna: She lands her eighth No. 1 album with “MDNA.” FNTSTC.
2) Justin Bieber: Believers take “Boyfriend” to a No. 2 debut on the Billboard Hot 100 as the song breaks the record for first week airplay on Billboard’s Mainstream Top 40 chart. His fans are finally tall enough to reach the radio dial.
3) Lionel Richie: “Tuskegee” lands the ex-Commodore his highest debut on the Billboard 200 in 26 years. That’s one and a half Justin Bieber lifetimes.
Apologies for going quiet on you like that -- my March flu has returned with reinforcements, and I've been too groggy to get much of anything done. The Easter weekend couldn't be more sympathetically timed.
Anyway, welcome back to Cinejabber, your weekend space to bandy about any random movie-related thoughts you may have on your mind.
Any of you planning to go to the movies over the holiday, or are you nesting at home with chocolate eggs and DVDs? With "Titanic 3D" casting its shadow over the multiplexes, the week's new wide releases don't look too tempting -- though if you live in New York or LA, I urge you to hurry off to "Damsels in Distress," which beguiled me in Venice, wound up on my 2011 Top 10, and stands comfortably as my favorite comedy of the last couple of years.
If I were a betting man, I'd bet that Gary Ross does end up making the second film in the "Hunger Games" series.
Whoever ends up directing the film, it's going to have to shoot this fall, and that means the heat is on for Simon Beaufoy, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of "Slumdog Millionaire," to get the script in shape. If Ross does return, he and Suzanne Collins are going to take a crack at it again as well, and that's going to take a little time. They've got to be working at a gallop right now.
And now that the schedule is set for "Catching Fire," Fox is able to claim a January start date for a sequel to "X-Men: First Class," once again directed by Mathew Vaughn. And just like that, Jennifer Lawrence is sort of officially a movie star.
The rotation at the top of the Billboard 200 continues as Nicki Minaj prepares to assume the top spot next week with “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded.” That will make six different titles at No. 1 in the past six weeks.
Minaj’s sophomore set looks good for sales of up to 235,000, which will lead it to handily come in above Adele’s “21,” which will bounce back up to No. 2 with sales of up to 165,000, according to Hits Daily Double. Three other titles look good to bow in the top 10: Rascal Flatts’ “Changed” will move up to 120,000 copies for No. 3, while gospel artist Marvin Sapp’s “I Win” will likely come in at No. 7 with up to 50,000 sold.
You've got a lot of options for what to watch and how, and we want to help you plan your weekend with a new column where we'll highlight three things you can see in theaters, three things you'll find streaming, and three titles new to home video. Appropriately enough, we call this The Weekend Watch.
IN THEATERS NOW
There are certainly new movies to see this weekend. I'm not sure I'd really recommend "American Reunion," but I have a feeling you know already if it's something you'd enjoy or not. It is, in every way, an "American Pie" film. I did not make it to an early screening of Whit Stillman's "Damsels In Distress," but I'll be catching up with it ASAP. I've also got "We Have A Pope" here in the house, and I'll be seeing that this weekend at some point. Morgan Spurlock's "Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope," a documentary about geek culture and what draws people to San Diego in record numbers every year now, also opens in limited release, and it's worth seeing. For my money, though, these are the three films in theaters this weekend most worth your attention:
Talk about an ice age. Drake and Rihanna’s clip for “Take Care” is visit to the frozen tundra of your heart.
The two characters want to take care of each other, but are too scared to let themselves be vulnerable. In the strikingly shot, primarily black and white clip, a minimalist aesthetic that matches the starkness of the loneliness both Drake and Rihanna feel perfectly matches the tone. There is a buffalo, bird and fish thrown in for good measure, as well as beautiful nature footage of a snow-covered landscape.
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“I’m tired of the underdog mentality. I’m older and I am not cool.“
Willie Nelson can seldom do wrong in our book. Today, he released his cover of Pearl Jam’s “Just Breathe,” which is featured on his May 15 album, “Heroes” (listen here, via Rolling Stone). We already heard his interpretation of Coldplay’s “The Scientist” on a Chipotle commercial during the Super Bowl.