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Best bets: 'X-Men' travel back to 1962

The mutant superheroes and the Cuban Missile Crisis meet head on. Also this week: "Home Makeover: Weight Loss Edition" and "Platinum Hit" premiere; "Biutiful" comes out on DVD.
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Movies
The X-Men are time traveling. In the new "X-Men: First Class," we're going with them back to 1962, when the young men who would become Professor X and Magneto weren't enemies, but BFFs. And while their own lives are changing, so is the world — the Cuban Missile Crisis comes into play. James McAvoy plays the young Professor X, with Michael Fassbender as Magneto and Kevin Bacon, January Jones and Jennifer Lawrence also playing roles. (Opens June 3.)

Gospel music is the grandfather of rock 'n' roll, of country and western, and of the blues. And it's almost impossible to separate the music's history from the struggles and success of the civil rights movement and of blacks. Music-filled documentary "Rejoice and Shout" tells the story of this fascinating and foot-stomping genre with interviews with just about everyone who's anyone in gospel, including Mavis Staples and Smokey Robinson. (Opens June 3.)

TV
You know about "Extreme Makeover" and "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," but now there's "Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition." Each episode focuses on one extremely obese person and follows them as they take a year to attempt to lose half of their body weight. One year of challenges and setbacks and tears and, we hope, ultimately success, all shared in less than an hour of TV. (Premieres May 30, 10 p.m., ABC.)

You may never have heard of the show "Platinum Hit" before, but you may have heard of Kara DioGuardi and Jewel. DioGuardi, a former "American Idol" judge and a songwriter, and singer/songwriter Jewel will be the main judges on the new music competition show. Twelve singer/songwriters compete for $100,000 and publishing and recording deals. (Premieres May 30, 10 p.m., Bravo.)

DVD
"Biutiful"
earned plenty of attention at Oscar time, though it lost both of the honors it was up for — best foreign-language film and best actor, the latter for Javier Bardem. Bardem plays a single father and Spanish criminal whose death sentence doesn't come from the courts, but from the cancer racing through his body. The L.A. Times called Bardem's performance "unquestionably one of the year’s best," and if you don't mind reading subtitles, it's worth checking out. (Out on DVD May 31.)

Gael Fashingbauer Cooper is TODAY.com's movies editor.