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Here's a look at what's in store this week in the world of entertainment:Pictures: Summer movies 2012
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Channing Tatum takes a page out of his own life on Friday with "Magic Mike." Set in the world of male strippers, the film, directed by Steven Soderbergh, finds the hunky actor in a story inspired by his pre-Hollywood life -- as a young dancer.
From DreamWorks Pictures comes "People Like Us," a drama/comedy about family, inspired by true events, starring Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks, Michelle Pfeiffer and Olivia Wilde.
And Mark Wahlberg arrives in theaters Friday in the raunchy comedy "Ted" from "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane. The bear he stars alongside of may look cute, cuddly and innocent, but he's not: This film is rated R, folks.
Coming out on DVD and Blu-ray Tuesday is the 2012 redo of "21 Jump Street," starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum. Also due out is the Oscar-winning, black-and-white silent film "The Artist," Sam Worthington and Liam Neeson's fantasy/action feature, "Wrath of the Titans," and the Snow White makeover "Mirror Mirror."
TV says goodbye to TLC's "Extreme Couponing" with the series finale on Monday, and on Tuesday "The Real Housewives of Orange County" winds down on Bravo.
But summer TV heats up with a slew of season premieres and series debuts.
Former "Beverly Hills 90210" star Tori Spelling hosts the new 10-episode series "Craft Wars" on TLC, starting Tuesday. "Final Witness," the true-crime limited series, gets under way Wednesday, as does VH1's "Hollywood Exes," which follows the lives of five ex-wives of famous men, including Eddie Murphy and Prince. Comedian Louis C.K. is back to write, direct and star in his FX comedy, "Louis," on Thursday. Then on Friday, Reelz begins airing its new spy series, "XIII," with Stuart Townsend and Aisha Tyler. And on Sunday, Showtime brings fans the season premiere of Matt LeBlanc's comedy, "Episodes," as well as the season eight premiere of the hit series "Weeds."
Pop, rock and R&B fans are in luck this week, as Maroon 5, Linkin Park and R. Kelly have new albums due out.
The Adam Levine-led group Maroon 5 will release studio album No. 4 on Tuesday. "Overexposed," the band's fourth album in 10 years, features the hit single "Payphone."
R. Kelly, meanwhile, recently made headlines for owing a reported $5 million in back taxes. He may now be able to rake in some extra money after his new album, "Write Me Back," hits stores and digital retailers Tuesday. The set comes on the heels of 2010's "Love Letters."
And Linkin Park returns with "Living Things," its fifth album and first since 2010's "A Thousand Suns."
Tuesday also sees the release of the self-titled debut album from season 10 "American Idol" finalist Casey Abrams.
And for anyone itching to hit the beach or go poolside with a book, there are plenty of new options this week.
Karen Thompson Walker received a reported $1 million advance for her first novel, "The Age of Miracles," out Tuesday. The coming of age book isn't even out yet, but the film screen rights have already been optioned by River Road Entertainment.
Also out Tuesday is Mitch Winehouse's, "Amy, My Daughter" about the late Amy Winehouse, along with "The Receptionist," Janet Groth's story about working at The New Yorker.
New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult and her teenage daughter publish "Between the Lines," their first-ever novel for teens.
Tell us: What are you looking most forward to this week?