Fun Things To Do
Watch the 100th episode of “How I Met Your Mother”
In the milestone episode of this smartly written comedy about the Manhattan adventures of a group of friends, sharply dressed Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) considers giving up his trademark suits while unlucky-in-love Ted (Josh Radnor) moves one step closer to meeting the mother of his future children. Project Runway’s Tim Gunn and Rachel Bilson guest star. (January 11 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.)
See “Crazy Heart”
In his prime, country music rebel Bad Black (Jeff Bridges) lived hard and played hard. Now, at 57, he bounces from small town bar to small town bowling alley bar. When he meets an earnest reporter (Maggie Gyllenhaal), the alcoholic has-been is inspired to get his act together. Listen for the original music from T-Bone Burnett (O Brother, Where Art Thou?) in this bittersweet film.
Listen to “Contra” by Vampire Weekend
In its second album, the electro pop group that brought you feel-good songs like “Oxford Comma” outdoes itself. Check out the dizzying tune “Cousins” and the joyous “Horchata.” (Out January 12.)
To buy: $15, amazon.com.
Work Out With Your Shape Featuring Jenny McCarthy
In this fitness game, available for a Wii or a PC, McCarthy coaches you through more than 400 exercises. It comes with a motion-tracking camera that projects your image onto the screen so you can correct your form as you do each move. Add free weights or a balance ball for a better workout.
To buy: $70, amazon.com.
Tune in to “Big Love”
The ninth season premiere finds the polygamist Henrickson clan at a crossroads. While Bill (Bill Paxton, pictured) puts the finishing touches on his new casino, Margie (Ginnifer Goodwin, pictured far right) gains ground in her home-shopping business, and Nicki (Chloe Sevigny, pictured second from right) learns a shocking secret from her mother. (January 10 at 9 p.m. ET on HBO.)
See “The Young Victoria”
Director Jean-Marc Vallée directs this coming-of-age story about the 18-year-old Queen of England (The Devil Wears Prada’s Emily Blunt, pictured) as she tries to balance an overbearing mother (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’s Miranda Richardson), a self-serving advisor, Lord Melbourne (A Beautiful Mind’s Paul Bettany), and a growing affection for her cousin Albert (Pride and Prejudice’s Rupert Friend, pictured).
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