The ShowBuzz Weekly Forecast

Rap musician Tupac Shakur is shown in this 1993 photo. Another rapper, Proof, was shot in the head Tuesday, April 11, 2006, on the same Eight Mile Road in Detroit that he and Eminem made famous in movies and songs. He joins a long list of rap stars including Shakur, the patron saint of slain rappers, who was famously doomed by his fascination with the "thug life." (AP Photo)
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If you're looking for some new music to play while you're whipping up a Thanksgiving feast, want a movie to go see after the big meal, or a book to get into over your long weekend, there's plenty in store for you here.

Late rapper Tupac reaches back from the after-life once again with a new album, as fellow rappers release their latest sets.

Madonna, Christina Aguilera, Ludacris and Tony Bennett are among the wide range of artists who'll be performing on different TV specials.

There are lots of comedies for different ages on DVD this week, and critics are raving about the story of Jack Black's mock rock band Tenacious D, which hits the big screen Wednesday.

Plus there are new books from Thomas Pynchon and Tony Hillerman, the American Music Awards on TV Tuesday, and Macy's fires up the big balloons for their annual parade.


There are several big rap releases this week, including "Pac's Life," a new posthumous album from Tupac Shakur. The set features appearance from Ludacris, Ashanti, T.I., Snoop Dogg and many other stars.

Other rap albums include "Welcome To My Block" from Young Joc, "The Blue Carpet Treatment" from Snoop Dogg, Jay-Z's "Kingdom Come," and "Southern Flows — Vol. I" from Chingo Bling.

Pop fans can enjoy Natasha Bedingfield's "Live In New York City" DVD, Jesse McCartney's "Right Where You Want Me" and Il Divo's "Siempre."

Legendary Beatles producer George Martin and his son Giles have created a set of 26 new mixes of the band's classic songs, using the master tapes of their entire catalog.

Music from "The Beatles: Love" is featured in the new Cirque du Soleil show of the same name.

U2 is out with "18 Singles," a compilation CD/DVD of tracks culled from albums dating back to 1980's "Boy" through 2004's "How to Dismantle An Atomic Bomb." It also includes two new studio tracks produced by Rick Rubin.


3Enjoy back-to-back Charlie Brown specials on ABC Monday night, beginning with the 1973 classic "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" and a new special based on the last script written by the late Charles Schulz, "He's a Bully, Charlie Brown."

Christina Aguilera, Stevie Wonder, Elton John and many other stars celebrate the 80th birthday of a music legend on "Tony Bennett: An American Classic" Tuesday on NBC.

The American Music Awards, airing live Tuesday night on ABC, feature performances by Tenacious D, Beyonce, and Gwen Stefani among many others.

Madonna's "Confessions: Tour Live" special airs Wednesday on NBC, but you won't see the diva perched on a cross during one number. Religious groups protested the scene so NBC will be airing it using alternate camera angles.