The latest James Bond flick, “Quantum of Solace” hopes to leave you as shaken and stirred as 007’s martini. Craig returns as the suave British spy who has a way with the ladies and an eye for revenge. And here’s hoping he removes his shirt, too.
The various factions of a large French family, including Catherine Deneuve, gather together for a holiday reunion in Arnaud Desplechin’s “A Christmas Tale.” Salon’s Andrew O’Hehir called the film “a marvelously rich visual, intellectual and emotional experience.”
TVAmericans seem a lot less fascinated with the British Royal Family since the 1997 death of Princess Diana, but there's good news for the Anglophiles out there still hanging on. The six-hour miniseries, "Monarchy: The Royal Family at Work," will air beginning this week, tied to Prince Charles' 60th birthday on Nov. 14. A royal treat indeed. (PBS, airing Wednesdays Nov. 12-26, 8 p.m.)
It's "Project Runway" with food, but "Top Chef" is an addictive meal all on its own. New judge this season: Toby Young, the author of "How to Lose Friends and Alienate People." (Season premiere Nov. 12, 10 p.m., Bravo.)
Many fans were shattered when "ER" killed off Dr. Mark Greene (Anthony Edwards) in 2002. Viewers will get a chance to see Greene again, via one character's memories, on this week's episode. Also returning: Dr. Kerry Weaver and Dr. Robert "Helicopters Hate Me" Romano. It's old home week for longtime fans of the medical drama, which is in its final season. (NBC, Nov. 13, 10 p.m.)
DVDTom Cruise's film, "Valkyrie," about the failed 1944 plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler, won't be out until Dec. 26. But if you want to bone up on the real details of what happened, buy or rent "Operation Valkyrie: The Stauffenberg Plot to Kill Hitler." How different might our world have had the plot succeeded. (Out on DVD Nov. 11)
MusicOMG, “American Idol” runner-up and terminally nervous-looking David Archuleta is releasing his first, CD. Here’s a surprise, it’s self titled and full of pop ditties. If you don’t buy it, don’t be surprised if Archie’s well-meaning stage dad shows up at your door and shakes his fist at you.
In her first album since her terrible that took the life of a fellow motorist, Brandy is back with “Human.” The singer told , “The songs are really personal.” Of the accident, she told Seacrest, “I don’t even think I’m all the way over it … I don’t think you can ever get over something like that.”