Best Bets: The CMAs, "Flight" and Cee Lo's album
Hosts Carrie Underwood, left, and Brad Paisley talk to Miss Piggy during the 45th Annual CMA Awards in Nashville, Tenn., Nov. 9, 2011. / AP Photo/Mark Humphrey
Country music takes the spotlight this week as stars gather in Nashville Thursday for the 46th annual Country Music Association Awards.
Eric Church leads the nominees with five nods, followed closely by husband-and wife-singers Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton, with four nominations each. Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley return as hosts of the awards ceremony, which features performances by Lady Antebellum, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Kelly Clarkson, Little Big Town, The Band Perry and the Zac Brown Band.
ABC will air the ceremony live from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.
Earlier in the week, country singer-songwriter Toby Keith will release his 16th studio album, "Hope On The Rocks." Also coming out with new albums on Tuesday are "The Voice" mentor Cee Lo Green with "Cee Lo's Magic Moment" and rocker Neil Young and Crazy Horse with "Psychedelic Pill." Rod Stewart's holiday album, "Merry Christmas, Baby" also hits stores that day.
Denzel Washington's new thriller "Flight" opens in theaters Friday as does the animated feature "Wreck-It Ralph," featuring the voices of John C. Reilly and Jack McBrayer. The heavily promoted "Flight" has already been getting good reviews from critics who cite director Robert Zemeckis' tightly wound plot and Washington's nuanced performance.
On the small screen, "Last Man Standing," an ABC sitcom starring Tim Allen begins its second season on Friday. Allen stars as a worker at an outdoor sporting goods store whose world at home is filled with women -- a wife and three daughters.
Just in time for Election Day, "The Campaign," starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis arrives in Blu-ray and DVD on Tuesday. Also being released this week is "Ruby Sparks" with Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan.
A couple of celebrity memoirs will be published Tuesday. Singer Courtney Love's "Unti Memoir' comes out as does "Full of Heart: My Story of Survival, Strength and Spirit," a soldier's story by actor and "Dancing With the Stars" competitor J. R. Martinez.
Also look for "Astray," a collection of short stories about characters on the move by Irish author Emma Donoghue and "Gift of Hope," best-selling author Danielle Steele's memoir about helping the homeless.
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