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The Priority Report: 1/23 to 1/29

By Jeannine Stanley

jeannine@nobomagazine.com

Looking for something to help fill in your entertainment calendar? Learn what to follow in television, film, music, and books with this week’s edition of The Priority Report.

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Film

Haywire

We overlooked this film last week in our Priority Report, and decided to include it this week with several lackluster releases scheduled for release this Friday. This Steven Soderbergh movie follows a black ops super soldier seeking payback after she was betrayed and set up during a mission. Taking in just $9 million this weekend, the movie may or may not take off in the coming weeks. It is rated R, is currently in theaters, and runs for 1 hour and 32 minutes.

One for the Money

Katherine Heigel as a Jersey girl turned recovery agent for a bail bonding company where she encounters a former flame and murder suspect. Suddenly, her job isn’t as easy as it once seemed. The flick doesn’t look too enjoyable, and will more than likely bomb at the box-office in the coming weeks. One for the Money opens Friday, January 27, 2012. It is rated PG-13, and runs for 1 hour and 46 minutes.

Man on a Ledge

Starring Avatar’s Sam Worthington as an ex-cop turned fugitive, he now stands on the ledge of a high-rise building while an NYPD hostage negotiator, played by Elizabeth Banks, tries to talk him down who realizes this man may have an ulterior motive the longer they are on the ledge. Man on a Ledge opens Friday, January 27, 2012. It is rated PG-13, and runs for 1 hour and 42 minutes

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Music

The 2012 Grammy Nominees: Various Artists

Wondering who is nominated for what this year?  Before we find out who gets the golden gramophone on February 12, be sure to check out all of your favorite artists, and some of the lesser known nominees. The collection features Adele, Coldplay, Foo Fighters, Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift, and more. The album will be available on iTunes on Tuesday, January 24, 2012. Check back to NoBo Magazine on February 1 to see our predictions for this year’s awards.

Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan: Various Artists

With artists from the Avett Brothers to The Night Watchmen, Patti Smith to Miley Cyrus, the Freewheelin’ Dylan is covered by young and old. The album will be released on Tuesday, January 24, 2012.

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Television

Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best

Joan Rivers, known for her outrageous standup, blistering red carpet commentary, and of course, scary plastic surgery, has a new reality show with her daughter, Melissa. Sure, you tell yourself you won’t watch, but that scratchy voice and ridiculous look just simply draws you in. Who knows? There might just be some heart behind all of that Botox. The show debuts on Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at 9PM on WEtv. Check your local listings for channel information.

Touch

After a hiatus following the successful 24, Keifer Sutherland plays the father of an autistic son who sees patterns in numbers that somehow determine events. The show seems to strive to show how all people are actually connected in one way or another. Touch is produced by Tim Kring, who created NBC’s Heroes, a fabulous show that tapered off at the end of it’s run. The show looks to have a lot of promise, especially with the Fringe audience already residing at Fox as well as Sutherland fans expecting a strong return. The show debuts on Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 9PM on FOX. Check your local listings for channel information.

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Books

Fairy Tale Interrupted: A Memoir of Life, Love and Loss by Rose Marie Terenzio

The Kennedy’s are, if nothing else, America’s fascinating royalty story, with all the drama, intrigue, scandal and tragedy.  This book, like several before it, was written by a Kennedy insider, in this case, JFK  jr’s personal assistant and publicist of 5 years.  JFK jr has always been a sort of Prince, both to the American people and especially the paparazzi.  What he could have become without facing the tragedy of 1999 is anyone’s guess, but Terenzio details his last 5 years of grace under the glaring lights of fame with humor and thoughtful prose.

A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty by Joshilyn Jackson

The author of Gods in Alabama, Between Georgia and The Girl Who Stopped Swimming brings us the tale of three women: Big Virginia, who had her daughter Liza when she was 15, who then had her daughter Mosey at 15.  The Characters, respectively 45, 30 and 15, are all clearly written and moving stories about repeating mistakes, and making the most of being born on the wrong side of the tracks.

There is No Dog by Meg Rosoff

Boston born author Rosoff, (whose previous YA novels include the award-winning How I Live Now and Just in Case ) tackles the ominous question…What if God was one of us (and a teenage boy to boot!).  This God has an assistant named Mr. B.  This God is in charge because his mother, Mona won Earth in a poker game.  While the premise is outlandish, the author takes being a teenager and the stress and nerves and feelings that goes with it, and runs with it, making an incredibly engrossing story! The book will be released on Tuesday, January 24, 2012.

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