The ShowBuzz Weekly Forecast

Laura Linney, Nicholas Art, Scarlett Johansson "The Nanny Diaries"
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This week you can indulge in odd-ball British comedy with Mr. Bean, watch a loveable ditz deliver the news or listen to some cool Cali indie rock.

MOVIES

"The Nanny Diaries" is based on the bestselling novel by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus. Starring Scarlett Johansson as a nanny for a ruthless Upper East Side mother played by Laura Linney, the comedy examines class differences.


Photos: Swooning Over Scarlett
In "Mr. Bean's Holiday,"Rowan Atkinson is back as the hapless Mr. Bean. This time, he goes on a vacation to the French Riviera and comedic hijinks follow.

"Resurrecting the Champ" starring Josh Harnett as a young sportswriter, is the story of a homeless former boxing champ played by Samuel L. Jackson. When their paths cross, Harnett becomes obsessed with telling Jackson's story — and in the meantime, learns a lot about himself.

"The Hottest State" is Ethan Hawke's adaptation of his novel about a New York actor who loses the love of his life.

MUSIC

The New Pornographers, a Canadian pop group, have a new album called "Challengers."


Photos: In Concert
The Section Quartet is a classical string quartet that plays rock 'n' roll. Their new album "Fuzzbox" features the Queens of the Stone Age tune "No One Knows" and David Bowie's "The Man Who Sold The World."

"Under the Blacklight" is the sophomore album from California indie band Rilo Kiley.

TV

"Anchorwoman" places bubbly blonde Lauren Hurley at KYTX, Channel 19 in Tyler, Texas, where she will assume the role of anchor. The catch: She is a former Miss New York and featured WWE Diva — and is kind of a ditz.

"Cities of Light: The Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain" airs Wednesday at 9 p.m. on PBS. It goes back in time more than 1,000 years ago, when southern Spain was home to Muslims, Christians and Jews who lived — and flourished — together.

"Blog Cabin" is a three-step do-it-yourself process: You help design it by voting online ... watch it go up ... then (if you're really lucky) win it when it's complete. Now in its second week, "Blog Cabin" airs Thursday at 9 p.m. on the DIY Network.

DVD

"Perfect Stranger" stars Halle Berry as a New York newspaper reporter who is determined to bring down a high-powered executive, played by Bruce Willis, who she suspects of killing her friend.


Photos: Hello, "Stranger"
"The Lives of Others" is both a political thriller and human drama. Set in East Berlin in 1984, it goes through 1991, after the Berlin Wall comes down.

"The Ex" stars Zach Braff and Amanda Peet as newlyweds who move to a small town in Ohio where Braff takes a job with his father-in-law. But Peet's high school flame — a manipulative paraplegic played by Jason Bateman — is constantly hovering.


Photos: "The Ex"
In "Broken English"Parker Posey plays a woman in her 30s who has had terrible luck with men. She finally meets a Frenchman who opens her to love.

BOOKS

Get reacquainted with Dwight Eisenhower, the man who won World War II and later became president, with Michael Korda's biography, "Ike: An American Hero."


Photos: Book People
In "Letters to a Young Teacher, Jonathan Kozol reminds teachers of the power and beauty of their profession. He also dissects some of the problems that plague today's education system.

Jacquelyn Mitchard's "Still Summer" is the story of three girlfriends who ruled their high school as teenagers and were referred to as "The Godmothers," by their peers. Twenty years later, they reunite to sail across the Caribbean until disaster befalls them and they must fight to survive.

THEATER

Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" opens Aug. 23 at the Off Broadway Public Theater — Delacorte Theater.