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'He's Just Not That Into You,' Dakota Fanning and 'American Idol's' Melinda Doolittle

February 01, 2009|Denise Martin

Do you want to talk about: "He's Just Not That Into You"? Jennifer Aniston, Scarlett Johansson, Ben Affleck, Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Connelly (and many more) make a romantic comedy just in time for Valentine's Day. What's not to like? Well, it did rip the title from a self-help book written by "Sex and the City" writer Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo, but you know it's not going to be nearly as good as that show. (This film's writers previously wrote "Never Been Kissed." Yeah.) (Friday)

You're already talking about: Dakota Fanning.

Word 'round town is she's been cast as punishing, pint-sized vampire Jane in the "Twilight" sequel "New Moon." And she pulls off creepy quite nicely. Those unconvinced can check her out in the horror film "Push," in which she plays a 13-year-old clairvoyant on the run. (Friday)

Please resume talking about: Melinda Doolittle.

The little girl with the big voice is finally releasing her debut disc, "Coming Back to You," full of Motown-inspired R&B and jazz pop. You remember her, of course, from "American Idol," where she was unjustly booted before Blake Lewis and Jordin Sparks. It's time to help her exact revenge. (Tuesday)

Can't get enough of the cranky doc? Talk about: the 100th episode of "House."

In celebration of the occasion, House is going to have a lot to complain about: Cuddy's got him in her cross hairs, the truth about Foreman's drug switcheroo for Thirteen comes out when she starts to have serious and life-threatening reactions, and the team's latest patient forces it to weigh what's more important: the greater good or personal happiness. Misery for all! (Monday)

Now you can talk about: Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Allegro."

Audra McDonald and Patrick Wilson lend their voices to this first full-recording release of Rodgers & Hammerstein's little-heard musical, written after "Oklahoma" and "Carousel," about the life of an earnest country doc who goes from small town to big city and back again. Expect an experimental work, with snippets of songs moving in and out of the action, while minor characters get the show's standout numbers. (Tuesday)

-- Denise Martin

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