The ShowBuzz Weekly Forecast

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - AUGUST 20: Singer/actress Jessica Simpson arrives at the 8th Annual Teen Choice Awards at the Gibson Amphitheatre on August 20, 2006 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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This week's highlights include the MTV's Video Music Awards hosted by Jack Black, the release of Jessica Simpson's new album "A Public Affair," and the season finale of "Rescue Me" on FX.


"Lassie," a heartwarming remake based on the classic book, movie and TV series, hits theaters Sept. 1. Samantha Morton, Peter O'Toole and fresh-faced newcomer Jonathan Mason star in the film which was shot on location in Scotland and England.

Mark Wahlberg and Greg Kinnear star in "Invincible," the true story of Vince Papale, a substitute teacher/bartender with no prior football experience who tried out for the Philadelphia Eagles. It's released nationally on Sept. 1.

Also in theaters nationally on Sept. 1, "Trust the Man," a romantic comedy from writer/director Bart Freaundlich, is a tale about the challenges two modern New York City couples face. The film stars David Duchovny, Julianne Moore, Billy Crudup, and Maggie Gyllenhaal.2

Ed Burns, Rachel Dratch, and Eric Krumholtz star in "Looking For Kitty," which hits theaters Sept. 1. Burns directs the film about a high school coach (Krumholtz) who is trying to track down his wife who has run off with a musician.

Neil LeBute's "The Wicker Man" is a modern take on the 1973 cult hit about a sheriff (Nicolas Cage) and his search for a missing girl.


Jessica Simpson's "A Public Affair" hits stores this week. Her first post-Lachey album features 12 tracks, nine of which she co-wrote.

"Modern Times," Bob Dylan's first new album in five years (which People magazine gives 4 out of 4 stars), will be available on Aug. 29. Rolling Stone calls the album's opening song "Thunder on the Mountain," "rollicking blues you've heard a million times before and yet which magically seems to announce yet another 'new' Dylan."

Hip-hop band, The Roots', follow up their 2004 album "The Tipping Point" with a new release, "Game Theory," available Aug. 29.


Jack Black hosts MTV's Video Music Awards airing live at 8 p.m. on Aug. 31. "My plan is to bring the thunder," Black said. "I've got my top men working on it as we speak, in my thunder laboratory. Radio City Music Hall will never be the same."3

Stars such as Cheech Marin, Lucy Lawless and Alfonso Ribeiro will step up to the mic on Simon Cowell's new reality show, "Celebrity Duets," which premieres Aug. 29 on FOX.

Two reasons to be sad: Denis Leary didn't win the Emmy for best actor in a drama and Rescue Me's season finale airs at 10 p.m. on Aug. 29.