This weekend, the best thing you could talk about is: "Ponyo."
Behind the films "Spirited Away" and "Howl's Moving Castle," Hayao Miyazaki might be the only person with a track record in animation as consistent and beloved as Pixar's. The Japanese director-illustrator's latest is "Ponyo," the story of a young fish who wants to become human. Along the way she'll befriend a 5-year-old named Sosuke. A bit like "The Little Mermaid"? Yes, but quirky in the best way. (Friday)
The second best thing you could talk about is the aliens among us in: "District 9"
The "prawns" that have descended on Johannesburg, South Africa, are now right up there alongside the "Roswell" kids, the visitors of "V" and E.T. Yes, they look like giant cockroaches, but the humans that have segregated them are far worse. "District 9" pulls off splatterstick and touching at the same time. (Friday)
You should be talking about: Jessie James
She's kind of like Taylor Swift, slightly older, slightly more edge. A lot more rock 'n' roll. A rough-and-tumble Carrie Underwood. Plus, she's already worked with our favorite "American Idol" judge, Kara DioGuardi (who will be back next year -- yes!). James' self-titled debut is out this week, country pop fans. (Tuesday)