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Murphy and Stiller lead all-star cast pulling 'Tower Heist'

MoviesNew crime comedy "Tower Heist" is stuffed with stars. Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy lead the way, but Matthew Broderick, Alan Alda, Casey Affleck and Gabourey Sidibe are also in the cast. It's a little like "Ocean's Eleven" but with a modern twist — this gang of would-be criminals lost their money in a Wall Street Ponzi scheme run by Alda's character, so they decide to break into his apartm
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Movies

New crime comedy "Tower Heist" is stuffed with stars. Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy lead the way, but Matthew Broderick, Alan Alda, Casey Affleck and Gabourey Sidibe are also in the cast. It's a little like "Ocean's Eleven" but with a modern twist — this gang of would-be criminals lost their money in a Wall Street Ponzi scheme run by Alda's character, so they decide to break into his apartment and steal back their own money. There are some great comics in the cast, including the uber-talented Murphy. Let's hope the movie utilizes its skyscraper full of talent well. (Opens Nov. 4.)

Harold and Kumar are back, and they're in a 3-D holiday mood. The two goofy, marijuana-loving pals return in "A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas." In this one, Harold is a married family man, but he just can't seem to avoid getting into trouble with laid-back Kumar. The pair can be pretty hilarious, but the easily offended should probably stay away. We can't even imagine what's going to be jumping out at the audience in the extra dimension. (Opens Nov. 4.)

TV

It's always fashion week on "Project Runway." Now "Project Runway All-Stars" is premiering, bringing together some of your favorite designers from past seasons, including Austin Scarlett, Mondo Guerra and Kara Janx. But we're mostly tuning in because we've been promised Miss Piggy as a guest judge. (Premieres Nov. 3, 9 p.m., Lifetime.)

Ambitious "Rock Center With Brian Williams" is the first new newsmagazine to be launched by a network news division in nearly two decades, and it's star-studded. In addition to Williams, the show will feature work by Ted Koppel, Meredith Vieira, Richard Engel, Matt Lauer and Ann Curry. (TODAY.com is powered by msnbc.com, which is a joint venture between Microsoft and NBC Universal.) With everything in the news these days, they won't run out of material any time soon. (Premieres Oct. 31, 10 p.m., NBC.)

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs will be remembered in "Steve Jobs — One Last Thing," premiering on PBS this week. Interviews, including one with Steve Wozniak, and commentary will look at what made the late inventor such a success. (Nov. 2, 10 p.m., PBS.)

Singer Susan Boyle took the world by storm when she stepped up on "Britain's Got Talent" as an unknown Scottish woman. Once she opened her mouth, she stunned judge Simon Cowell and the world. A new documentary, "Susan Boyle: An Unlikely Superstar," examines her life. (Nov. 6, 8 p.m., TLC.)

DVD

"Cars 2"
didn't earn the rave reviews of the original film, but we bet a lot of parents will be picking this up on DVD this week. Lightning McQueen and tow truck pal Mater are back, and this time they're meeting all kinds of foreign cars as they head overseas to compete in a global race. The spy comedy jokes may go over the littlest viewers' heads, but they'll probably love seeing the familiar characters again. (Out Nov. 1.)

Robert Pattinson is best known as vampire Edward in "Twilight," but the handsome actor is breaking out in other roles. In "Water for Elephants," based on the bestselling book, he plays a would-be vet who finds himself working in a traveling circus during the Depression. Romance and intrigue follow, of course. The film wasn't that well-reviewed, but fans of Pattinson and the book may want to seek it out now that it's on DVD. (Out Nov. 1.)

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