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Best bets: Winter Olympics go for the gold

Yes, grab your sleds, it's time to luge! Also this week: The star-studded "Valentine's Day" hits movie theaters; and a beauty queen who doesn't think Americans have maps joins the new season of "The Amazing Race."
/ Source: msnbc.com

TVSkeleton! Luge! Curling! Biathlon! Bobsled! Oh yes, and those oh-so-familiar sports, hockey and skating and skiing. The Winter Olympics are coming to British Columbia, Canada this week. It's been four years since Turin/Torino, and we're ready to lean into the wind and chill out with some goofy, frozen sports. USA! USA! What, too soon? (Winter Olympics, NBC and sister networks, Feb. 12-28.)

Need a reason to cuddle up on the couch on Valentine's Day and don't care for the Olympics? You and your significant other can tune in to the new season of "The Amazing Race" instead. One notable contestant: Former Miss Teen South Carolina Caitlin Upton, she who babbled about Americans not having maps and "the Iraq" and "the South Africa." Give her a map, someone, and point her towards "the Iraq." (Feb. 14, 8 p.m., CBS.)

Movies
"Valentine's Day"
sounds like a fairly predictable movie. Pick a holiday, write a light, fluffy story. And that may be true, but it's tempting to buy a ticket for the cast alone. Julia Roberts. Eric Dane. Jessica Alba. Jennifer Garner. Anne Hathaway. Bradley Cooper. Topher Grace. Shirley MacLaine. Taylor Lautner. Taylor Swift. Jessica Biel. Kathy Bates. Jamie Foxx. Did EVERYONE in Hollywood sign on to this flick? Better see it opening weekend, it'll feel weird to see a movie called "Valentine's Day" when the holiday is long past. (Opens Feb. 12.)

DVDThe Oscar nominations are out, and "A Serious Man," the dark comedy from the Coen Brothers, was nominated for both best picture and best original screenplay. The film hasn't received even a fraction of the hype given "Avatar," so if you haven't seen it, you aren't alone. But now you can pick up the DVD, out this week. One best picture contender down, nine to go. (Out on DVD Feb. 9.)

CDSade hasn't released a  CD in 10 years, and it's about time for a new one. The velvet-voiced singer's latest, "Soldier of Love," is her band's first collection of new material since 2000. Billboard.com reported that musician Maxwell told fans he'd heard some of her songs, and that the music "(will) shake you in your shoes."  (Out on CD Feb. 9.)