Set in a Pittsburgh amusement park in 1987, this coming-of-age comedy from Superbad director Greg Mottola follows recent college grad James Brennan (The Squid and the Whale’s Jesse Eisenberg) as he takes a job at Adventureland. Quirky bosses Bobby and Paulette (played by Saturday Night Live’s Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig) and coworker Em (Twilight’s Kristen Stewart) make for a summer to remember. Bonus: The film has a great 80s soundtrack featuring music by the Cure and David Bowie. (Out April 3.)
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Listen to "9 to 5 and Odd Jobs"
Dolly Parton reissues her 1980 album of music inspired by the movie in which she starred as secretary Doralee Rhodes opposite Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda. In addition to the original tracks, including the Grammy nominated “9 to 5” and “But You Know I Love You,” the album has a previously unreleased take on “Everyday People” and two remixes of “9 to 5”―including a karaoke version.
The wedding weekend of boy-next-door Henry Dunn and heiress Trish Wellington on a secluded island becomes the ultimate game of survivor as guests start dropping like flies. With each suspenseful episode, someone is permanently removed from the guest list―and every fellow guest seems to have a motive. (Premieres April 9 at 10 p.m. EDT.)
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Read "Comfort Food"
Now in paperback, the second book from The Friday Night Knitting Club author Kate Jacobs follows Cooking With Gusto! TV show host Augusta “Gus” Simpson as she comes to grips with turning 50 in an industry that keeps getting younger and younger. Her biggest problem: a new cohost (and former beauty queen) who’s challenging Gus’s competitive streak―and her status as network main course. (Available April 7.)
If Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw get major play on your iPod, download this new country album from Eric Church. The North Carolina native’s second disc is filled with upbeat, foot-stomping tunes about women, beer, and trucks. Don’t want to spring for the entire album? Start with standouts “Young and Wild” and “Love Your Love the Most.”
The musical comedy about loving gambling and gambling for love has hit New York City’s Broadway. Lauren Graham (left, TV’s Gilmore Girls) stars as Miss Adelaide, a singer desperate to marry craps-game organizer Nathan Detroit (West Wing’s Oliver Platt). Craig Bierko (Sex and the City) plays smooth talker Sky Masterson, who’s wooing uptight Sergeant Sarah (Kate Jenings Grant from Broadway’s Proof) to win a bet. Can’t get to NYC? Watch a video clip of the play on guysanddollsbroadway.com.
Overly enthusiastic Los Angeles catering company owner Ron (Ken Marino, pictured far left) and his crew of struggling actors work a different party in each episode (a Sweet 16 one week, a gay wedding the next). It’s like Cheers―only the oddball patrons are working the bar instead of ordering from it. (Fridays at 10:30 p.m. EDT.)
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Play "Come on, Get Happy" for the Kids
Has singing “The Wheels on the Bus” left you out of gas? Pop this best-of collection from popular children’s music artist Daddy A Go Go on the CD player. It has the perfect balance of kid-friendly lyrics (“It’s a kids world/So big and blue/It’s a great place/for me and you”) and adult-friendly melodies.