Watch “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” on Bravo
Welcome back, y’all! On the (high) heels of the New Jersey–centric season, the Atlanta friends return for a second go-round. In the premiere, Kim is still fuming from Nene’s song about her potential as a singer, while recently divorced Sheree gets into a verbal brawl with her party planner (and, yes, the phrase “yo mama” makes a comeback). Southern hospitality, indeed. (Premieres July 30 at 10 p.m. EDT.)
In this New York City story, lonely Adam (Confessions of a Shopaholic’s Hugh Dancy), who suffers from Asperger’s syndrome, yearns to connect with beautiful girl next door Beth (Damage’s Rose Byrne), an aspiring author. As the two share their struggles and strengths (astronomy for Adam; communication for Beth), a sweet, unlikely love develops. (In movie theaters on July 29.)
Watch Season 2 of “Mad Men” on DVD
In the second season of AMC’s Golden Globe–winning drama series, Don Draper (Jon Hamm, right) struggles to keep his secret identity hidden while new mom Peggy (Elisabeth Moss) puts her career first. After watching the 13 episodes, check out the special historical features on the rise of the working woman and the fashion of the 1960s.
To buy: $50, amazon.com.
Listen to “Blazing Red,” by Anne Heaton
The Boston-based singer-songwriter has a melancholic, sweet voice akin to Jewel (for whom she’s opened) and Tori Amos (one of Heaton’s inspirations). If you like what you hear in her third album, visit the Life Is Alchemy project, where you can commission the singer to write a song just for you (prices available on request).
To buy: $10, iTunes.
Work Out to “So You Think You Can Dance: Get Fit”
Even the samba-challenged can get their grooves on with these two exercise DVDs inspired by the hit competition TV show. Cardio Funk features instructors Courtney Galilanno, Travis Wall, and Lauren Gottlieb, while Stephen “Twitch” Boss, Dmitry Chaplin, and Katee Shean front Tone and Groove.
To buy: $17, amazon.com.
Read “The Accidental Billionaires,” by Ben Mezrich
The author of the best-selling Bringing Down the House (which became the movie 21, starring Kevin Spacey and Kate Bosworth) releases a juicy tale based on the founding of Facebook (highlights: lawsuits, college dropouts, groupies). Keep your eyes peeled for the upcoming movie written by The West Wing’s Aaron Sorkin.
To buy: $25, amazon.com.
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