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Best bets: Doomed in ‘2012’? Movie says maybe

Surely, star John Cusack will survive "2012," won't he? Also new this week: "Up" on DVD; remake of 1960s cult hit "The Prisoner."
/ Source: msnbc.com

Movies
Have a craving to see the White House destroyed? How about the Vatican? Well, director Roland Emmerich is here to help with his latest film, “2012.” The Mayans believed that the world would come to an end in 2012, but in Emmerich’s version, surely John Cusack and Amanda Peet will make it through alive. Won’t they? (Opens Nov. 13)

In “The Messenger,” Ben Foster and Woody Harrelson star as soldiers assigned to notify the families of soldiers killed in action in Iraq. Foster’s character develops an attraction to a widow played by Samantha Morton. The Hollywood Reporter wrote that the film “gingerly probes wounds that are still healing with admirable empathy and insight.” (Opens Nov. 13)

Music
With “The Circle,” Bon Jovi puts away the country sound of their last album, “Lost Highway.” Richie Sambora told MusicRadar.com, “When Jon (Bon Jovi) called me up last year and said it was time to start writing, the first thing we asked ourselves was, ‘What do we feel like doing? Where are our heads at?’ And rocking was the answer.” (On sale Nov. 10)

How does infamous R&B singer R. Kelly prepare for an album? “I did my homework on (‘Untitled’) … for three months straight, I threw a party at my house every weekend,” Kelly told MissInfo.tv. “I’d play the music and see how they would react … if they didn’t feel it, I’d go back downstairs and rework it.” (On sale Nov. 10)

DVD
Critics agree: "Up" is uplifting and uproariously funny. Time magazine's Richard Corliss called it Pixar's "most deeply emotional and affecting work." The film tells the tale of an elderly man who ties thousands of balloons to his house and sails away to South America -- but there's a stowaway he hadn't expected. Now this is the original "Balloon Boy." (On DVD Nov. 10.)Up, Nov. 11

TV
Even if you never saw the original 1960s British version of "The Prisoner," you've probably heard of the cult favorite. Now AMC brings the show back as a miniseries, starring Jim Caviezel as Number Six and Ian McKellen as Number Two. Will a whole new generation be as fascinated by the secrets of the mysterious Village as their elders? (Premieres Nov. 15, 8 p.m., AMC.)