• Mon, Aug 16 2010

Crush This: Gird Your Loins! Jennifer Aniston Stars In ‘The Switch,’ Joey Lawrence Returns In ‘Melissa And Joey’

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 harken the big-screen arrival of The Switch, starring Jennifer Aniston , in addition to the ABC Family debut of the soon-to-be-classic sitcom Melissa And Joey, co-starring washed-up ’90s teen icons Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence.

Movies: So The Switch, formerly titled The Baster, arrives in theaters on Friday with some controversy attached (thanks to Bill O’Reilly calling Jennifer’s defense of single parenthood “destructive to our society“). Meanwhile, websites like this one are bringing ever more Bill backlash and rallying around “Team Jen” like it’s 2005. So somewhere a bunch of suits are going, “Thanks for the plug, Bill!” But we’re not going to the movie to support Jen during this difficult time. We’re going because – guess what? – for a Jennifer Aniston movie of late, The Switch actually looks pretty funny and snappy and substantive. The actress portrays a woman named Cassie who has decided to have a child via artificial insemination; the plot thickens when her neurotic best friend (Jason Bateman) gets drunk at her “insemination party” and knocks Cassie’s “donation” into the toilet; he then fills the cup with his personal offering.

The trailer!

TV: At long last, the ABC Family premiere of Melissa And Joey. This update of the beloved ’80s sitcom Who’s The Boss? (it was Mona, it was ALWAYS Mona) graces us Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET. It features Melissa Joan Hart of Sabrina: The Teenage Witch fame and Joey “WHOA” Lawrence of Blossom fame together on the same show; she plays a working mother of teenagers who employs “Joey” as her new manny after he loses his white-collar job following a Ponzi scheme scandal. Ooooh he has edge. The dialogue, however, desperately lacks it (“Did you hair get sick of you and leave?”). So naturally, we’ll be watching.

Music: Ray LaMontagne - whose “Trouble” song always makes us think of Chris Sligh‘s Idol version (dear god, we know) – comes out with a new album Tuesday, called God Willin’ And The Creek Don’t Rise. It’s good moody music for gray rainy days, like this one.

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