The ShowBuzz Weekly Forecast

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Some of the most accomplished men in rock are out with new albums. Check out Ringo Starr and Joe Cocker's new "Greatest Hits" CDs, and Lyle Lovett has a new release. Venture into the bizarre with "Balls of Fury," or test your bravery with "Halloween."

MOVIES

"Balls of Fury" tells the sordid tale of the underground world of extreme ping-pong. This bizarre comedy stars Dan Fogler as a bedraggled former ping-pong champ who tired to regain his stature. He must face down the evil Feng, played by Oscar-winner Christopher Walken, as well as many other unruly characters.

"Halloween", directed by rocker Rob Zombie, is a remake of the 1978 John Carpenter film featuring the notorious, unstoppable murderer Michael Myers.


Photos: Movie Monsters
"Death Sentence" stars Kevin Bacon as a businessman who is never the same after he witnesses man's inhumanity to man firsthand.

Photos: Six Degrees Of Kevin Bacon
John August's film "The Nines" is actually three different stories: One about a television star under house arrest; another about the behind-the-scenes drama of a television sitcom; and another about a video-game designer and his family who get stranded in the woods. The three tales are connected together on a metaphysical level. The film stars Ryan Reynolds, Hope Davis and Melissa McCarthy.

MUSIC

Lyle Lovett is back with a new album, It's also available in a deluxe edition with a DVD performance.

"Photograph: Very Best of Ringo Starr" is a CD and DVD set which features songs like "Don't Come Easy," as well as film clips.


Photos: Ringo Starr
Hippie singer songwriter Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals have a new album, "Lifeline," which comes on the heels of their nine-month European tour.

"Classic Cocker" contains some of Joe Cocker's biggest hits like "Unchain My Heart" and "Up Where We Belong" with Jennifer Warnes.

TV

Two years after Katrina, the pace of recovery is all too slow for New Orleans homeowners. A new CNBC documentary, "Against the Tide: The Battle for New Orleans," examines the business side of the New Orleans recovery effort as homeowners struggle to rebuild their lives from the foundation up. The program premieres 10 p.m. ET Sunday.

On Valentine's Day 2003, Kris Carr was diagnosed with a rare and terminal cancer. Just a few weeks later, the 31-year-old actress-photographer began filming her story. The result is "Crazy Sexy Cancer," an irreverent, witty documentary which makes its television debut on TLC at 9 p.m. Wednesday.

The latest edition of "World's Funniest Commercials" is hosted by comedian-actor Kevin Nealon and wife Susan Yeagley ("Friends," "Curb Your Enthusiasm"). It airs 9 p.m. Thursday on TBS.

The new Nickelodeon series "Tak and the Power of Juju" is adapted from the popular video game. The show follows teenage jungle boy Tak and his fellow Pupununu villagers as they face various wacky challenges. With computer-generated animation and top-notch voice talent (including Maurice LaMarche, John DiMaggio and Patrick Warburton), "Tak" is colorful, chaotic fun. It opens with back-to-back episodes 8 p.m. Friday.

DVD

Relive all the moments of one of the most popular shows on TV — "Heroes: Season One" is now available on DVD.

"Blades of Glory" stars Will Ferrell and Jon Heder as two competitors in male figure skating who come together to perform as a pair.


Photos: "Blades Of Glory" Premiere
Feeling nostalgic for Oscar and Felix? Well, you are in luck because the second season of "The Odd Couple" is now out on DVD.

Go back to the 1980s with the "Crocodile Dundee Triple Feature" which features "Crocodile Dundee," "Crocodile Dundee II" and "Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles."

BOOKS

"Bones to Ashes" is Kathy Reich's 10th Temperance Brennan forensic thriller. This time she encounters some old bones of an adolescent girl who she thinks could be her childhood friend.


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"The Elves of Cintra" by Terry Brooks is the second installment of a trilogy that blends his "Shannara" and "Void" series.

"Drop Shot" by Harlan Coben is sports agent Myron Bolitar's second appearance in a book after "Deal Breaker." This time, he is searching for the killer of a 24-year-old former tennis star about to make a comeback.