Welcome to Crush This, your weekly guide to what’s new in movies, music and TV. We’ve navigated the inner reaches of our entertainment-obsessed brains in search of all the pop culture landscape has to offer. This week, we’re getting into the summer movie season with big releases like Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood with Russell Crowe in the lead role and romantic comedies Letters to Juliet and Just Wright. And don’t miss this week’s season finales of some of your favorite TV shows like Vampire Diaries — especially if they haven’t been renewed by the networks yet.
Movies: We may not need another Robin Hood remake, but this week’s version starring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett — in theaters Friday — actually looks pretty good. It’s written by Brian Helgeland, who wrote one of our favorite movies about knighthood, A Knight’s Tale, as well as action packed movies like L.A. Confidential, Conspiracy Theory and Green Zone and it’s directed by Ridley Scott. That’s good enough for us.
For romantic comedy, Letters to Juliet, with Amanda Seyfried and Christopher Egan, looks sappy and satisfying, and Just Wright, starring Queen Latifah and Common, is saucy and seductive. Or try TiMER, starring Emma Caulfield best known from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which is in limited release in New York starting Friday.
TV: Mid-season shows are pretty much done premiering, but on Monday you can watch the debut of VH1′s newest show Undateable, which is pretty much what is sounds like — you’ll learn all those things that make men “undateable” that they may not be aware of.
We’re also getting to season finale time. Vampire Diaries and Supernatural on CW will be having their finales on Thursday and NBC’s Trauma and Mercy wrap up their first seasons on Monday and Wednesday, respectively. Other finales this week: Private Practice on Thursday, Smallville on Friday and Desperate Housewives and Brothers & Sisters on Sunday. The networks have yet to reveal their full schedules for the coming season — and some of these shows, like Private Practice, are on the bubble. So make sure to watch this week, because it might end up being the series finale!
Also this week, watch the season finale of Saturday Night Live with guest host Alec Baldwin and musical guest Tom Petty. It’s Alec’s 15th time hosting the historic late night show — but can he top Betty White in terms of comedic genius?
Music: If you’ve been really enjoying this season of American Idol (we have our own thoughts) you won’t want to miss this season’s new CD release, out Tuesday. This 10-track album — called American Idol: Season 9 — features a song each from the season’s top 10 finalists, including favorite Crystal Bowersox‘s “Me and Bobby McGee” and just-eliminated Aaron Kelly’s “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing.” Also out on Tuesday, the first mainstream album from Christian singer Jennifer Knapp, one month after she revealed she was gay in The Advocate. The albums title, Letting Go, reveals Jennifer’s feelings on revealing her sexuality and making the move into the mainstream music scene.