August 10, 2008
In theaters Friday (unless noted):
Fly Me to the Moon 3-D
Who's who: Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin Jr., Christopher Lloyd, Robert Patrick, Nicollette Sheridan, Tim Curry.
What's what: A 3-D animated adventure about three young house flies who stow away aboard the historic Apollo 11 mission to the moon.
Henry Poole Is Here
Who's who: Luke Wilson, Adriana Barraza, Radha Mitchell, Cheryl Hines, George Lopez.
What's what: The discovery of a neighborhood "miracle" disrupts a dying man's plan to live out his days in seclusion and quiet desperation.
Who's who: Kiefer Sutherland, Paula Patton, Ezra Buzzington, Erica Gluck, Cameron Boyce.
What's what: Sutherland is a department store security guard who becomes wrapped up in a mystery involving the store's mirrors.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Who's who: Anthony Daniels, Matthew Wood.
What's what: Jedi Knights Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi return in a new animated chapter in the saga of the Star Wars universe.
Who's who: Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr., Jay Baruchel, Nick Nolte.
What's what: Stiller, Black and Downey Jr. are Hollywood actors on the set of a war movie where everything goes wrong.
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Who's who: Javier Bardem, Patricia Clarkson, Penelope Cruz, Scarlett Johansson, Rebecca Hall.
What's what: Johansson, Cruz and Bardem become amorously entangled in the latest film from director Woody Allen.
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Masterpiece Mystery! When last seen, Thomas Lynley (Nathaniel Parker) of Scotland Yard had suffered the loss of his wife, Helen. The seventh season of "The Inspector Lynley Mysteries" begins with Lynley in a dark place and his partner, Barbara Havers (Sharon Small), is worried. He's soon got more to bedevil him, as he's drawn into the long-unsolved abduction of his godson and a trip to Rome ends in another tragedy and Lynley's arrest for murder. Can he prove his innocence? 9 tonight, WNET/Channel 13.
Gone Country The new fish-out-of-water cast includes Sean Young, Mikalah Gordon, Lorenzo Lamas, Jermaine Jackson, Chris Kirkpatrick, Irene Cara and Sebastian Bach. John Rich is host. 8 p.m. Friday, CMT.
In Plain Sight Mary McCormack's brother, Will, drops by for a guest-starring stint as this crime drama begins to wrap up its successful freshman season with the front end of a two-part finale. U.S. Marshal Mary Shannon (McCormack), who usually protects federal witnesses, finds herself in need of help when she becomes the victim of a kidnapping. That sends her fellow marshals into overdrive as the Albuquerque Police Department and the FBI also join the hunt. 10 tonight, USA.
Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List Sharp-tongued Griffin may prove to be just what the doctor ordered for soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington. Griffin, who has entertained U.S. forces in Afghanistan and Iraq, had compassion and comedy in mind when she met and entertained injured soldiers at the facility. She bonded with a corporal over his "questionable tattoo," we're told, and the brassy comedian couldn't resist a sergeant and her therapy dog, George. 10 p.m. Thursday, Bravo.
The American Mall If you can set a musical in a high school, why not a shopping center? "The American Mall" invites us to sing and dance along as it focuses on the trials of a singer-songwriter (Nina Dobrev) who works in her mom's music store, and her boyfriend (Rob Mayes), a mall janitor and wannabe rocker. 9 p.m. Monday, MTV.
Saving Grace A big stash of cash is found in her Porsche. The ensuing probe focuses on a wealthy developer, a slain highway patrolman, and the car's previous owners including former Dallas Cowboys coach Barry Switzer, who appears as himself. 10 p.m. Monday, TNT.
Wipeout If the Olympics competition just isn't goofy and twisted enough for you, there's always the summer's highest-rated new show. The inaugural Wipey Awards are handed out in categories that include Dizziest Dummy and Best Big Balls Technique. 8 p.m. Tuesday, ABC.
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In stores Tuesday:
Extreme, "Saudades de Rock" (Open E Records) Trying to recapture the magic of 1990's "Pornograffitti."
Jonas Brothers, "A Little Bit Longer" (Hollywood Records) Latest effort from the Wyckoff natives.
New Kids on the Block, "Greatest Hits" (Sony Legacy) Includes "Hangin' Tough,""Step by Step" and "I'll Be Loving You (Forever)" plus rare bonus material.
David Sanborn, "Here and Gone" (Decca U.S.) This is the saxophonist's 23rd solo album.
S.M.V., "Thunder" (Heads Up) S.M.V. is a new bass supergroup featuring Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller and Victor Wooten.
Soundtrack, "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" (Sony Classics).
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In stores Tuesday:
Smart People (2008, Buena Vista, R, $30) Noam Murro's debut orbits around a family of sophisticates straining to connect. Dennis Quaid stars as a grumpy professor who gets his mojo back after beginning an affair with a former student who's now his doctor (Sarah Jessica Parker). "Juno's" Ellen Page and Thomas Haden Church round out the cast of this sly, spiky and unconventional comedy. Extras: deleted scenes, bloopers, outtakes and commentaries.
Also "Felon,""CJ7,""Watching the Detectives,""Irina Palm,""Joy House,""The Wire: The Complete Fifth Season,""Caroline in the City: The Complete First Season,""Tiny Toon Adventures: Season 1, Volume 1,""Masters of Science Fiction: The Complete Series,""The Robert Drew Kennedy Films Collection,""Miss Conception,""Shark Week: Ocean of Fear."
You can never have enough tomatoes until you have too many. If your garden is overflowing or if the sales at the market seem too tempting to pass up, here's how you can make the most of your harvest, with ideas from the Charlotte Observer:
Roast them: Core tomatoes; cut round ones in half horizontally; cut plum tomatoes in half lengthwise. Place in glass baking dish, cut sides up. Drizzle with one-fourth to one-half cup of good olive oil and sprinkle with salt (don't over-salt). Place in a 200-degree oven and bake two to three hours, until tomatoes are collapsing. Cool and refrigerate or freeze along with the oil from the pan. Use the tomatoes in everything from pizza to risotto to salad dressing. Use the tomato-infused oil in salad dressings, to drizzle over bread or brush on baked chicken or fish.
Make salsa: You can throw together a fresh one in less time than it takes to open a bag of tortilla chips: Core and dice two or three ripe tomatoes. Add diced onion, a couple of diced green onions, a diced hot pepper (remove the seeds and ribs), the juice of a couple of limes, 2 or 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro and salt. Fold together.
Make soup: Not canned tomato soup. Fresh tomato soup, using heirloom tomatoes from the local farmstand. Our 15 Minute Chef recipe will show you how.
Make panzanella: Core, seed and dice several large tomatoes. Cut crusty white bread (preferably a little stale) into cubes and add to the tomatoes. Add sliced fresh basil and diced roasted red peppers, about one-fourth cup of really good olive oil, 2 tablespoons balsamic or sherry vinegar and salt and pepper to taste. Toss well and let stand about 30 minutes.
Fry them: Core a couple of green tomatoes and cut them into slices. Dip in a beaten egg and then in a mixture of cornmeal, flour, salt and pepper. Fry in a combination of vegetable oil and a little butter. Serve hot.
Broil them: Cut three or four big tomatoes into slices and lay them on a foil-lined baking sheet. Melt 2 or 3 tablespoons of butter in a small skillet and add one-half cup of dry bread crumbs, salt and pepper and a little grated lemon zest. Sprinkle over the tomato slices and broil 4 to 5 inches from heat just until the crumbs are lightly browned.
Dry them: You can make an overnight, oven version. Core but don't peel or seed the tomatoes (plum tomatoes work great) and cut into one-half to 1-inch-thick slices. (Thin slices get crispy, like potato chips; thick slices stay more leathery.) Lay the slices on a baking pan lined with parchment paper or nonstick foil. Sprinkle with salt if you want. Place in a very low oven (150 to 175 degrees) for eight hours. Store crispy slices at room temperature in a tightly sealed container. Use crispy as a snack, or cover with oil or hot water to rehydrate.
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