Best Bets: Super Bowl XLVI, "The Voice" and Leonard Cohen album
Madonna, among others, will be a big draw in Indianapolis Sunday, when she provides the half-time entertainment for Super Bowl XLVI. Kelly Clarkson will be getting some press, too, as she sings the national anthem before the New York Giants and New England Patriots take the field.
This year, Steven Tyler - yes, the same Steven Tyler whose national anthem caused such a ruckus - and Carrie Underwood are teaming up for a special "CMT Crossroads" fan event on the eve of the Super Bowl. Jane's Addiction and The Roots are headlining Rolling Stone magazine's fan tailgate party Sunday afternoon and LMFAO, Gym Class Heroes, Lupe Fiasco and Cobra Starship will perform at a Saturday night concert, also sponsored by Rolling Stone.
At least one familiar face will be in the eagerly awaited roster of Super Bowl commercials. According to a trailer released last week, an all-grown-up Ferris Bueller will be looking to play hooky for one advertiser. Other ads will feature race car driver Danica Patrick and celeb trainer Jillian Michaels.
NBC is hoping to continue the ratings growth Super Bowls have seen for the last four years. Last year, 111 million watched the big game, setting a new viewership record.
It is also hoping that enough of those viewers stay tuned for the second-season premiere of "The Voice," a singing competition with Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton, Cee Lo Green and Adam Levine as mentors.
Remember Lana Del Rey, who snagged a singing gig on "Saturday Night Live" without having an album to her credit? Well, her debut album, "Born to Die," comes out Tuesday, as does "Old Ideas," the 12th studio album from Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, who also has four tribute albums to his credit.
Movies opening this week include "Big Miracle" about a campaign to save whales in the Arctic Circle starring Drew Barrymore and John Krasinski; Daniel Radcliffe's ghost story "The Woman in Black," and Madonna's "W.E." about the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.
If you missed it at the theaters, consider renting "Drive," which won praise for Ryan Gosling and Albert Brooks. It is one of the DVDs coming out Tuesday, along with a special anniversary edition of "To Kill A Mockingbird."
Also on Tuesday is the publication of Kristin Hannah's romance "Home Front" about a working mother and a helicopter pilot for the National Guard, whose world turns upside down when she is deployed to Iraq.
"Get Shorty" writer Elmore Leonard is back with another crime thriller, "Raylan," about U.S. Federal Marshal Raylan Givens of Kentucky, the character Timothy Olyphant portrays in the TV series "Justified." This is his third Givens novel; the others are "Pronto" and "Riding the Rap."
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