'Total Recall', Phelps vs. Lochte, Joss Stone: The Week Ahead in Pop Culture


A look at the things we're most excited about watching, reading, browsing, and listening to:

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Philip K. Dick's mindbending tale of memory implantation in a dystopian future gets, fittingly, re-imagined again after the 1990 Arnold Schwarzenegger-starring blockbuster for a Total Recall starring Colin Farrell. Reboot-mania quality suspicions aside, the trailer actually looks kind of cool.

Andy Samberg and Rashida Jones, two of-the-moment stars who made their reputations being funny on TV, play a divorced couple trying to maintain friendship in Celeste & Jesse Forever. Like the well-liked Friends With Kids earlier this year, it seeks to buck romantic-comedy tropes with an unconventional romantic setup, and according to a lot of critics, it works: "Celeste and Jesse Forever borrows tropes from the rom-com playbook and has enough laughs to be mistaken for one but ultimately doesn't want to be pigeonholed," writes The Hollywood Reporter.

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Rick Ross has become one of the most powerful names in hip-hop, lending his gutteral voice and materialist-binge rhymes to some of the biggest hits of the past few years. His latest album, God Forgives, I Don't, should provide a neat encapsulation of where commercial rap in 2012 is at.

Grammy-winning U.K. soul singer Joss Stone's The Soul Sessions, Vol. 2 is her sixth album. But it's also the spiritual follow up to 2003's well-received The Soul Sessions and features covers of half-forgotten hits like Womack & Womack's "Teardrops" and Sylvia's "Sylvia."



The Olympics continue this week with a host of events worth watching: the women's team gymnastics final on Tuesday, the second Michael Phelps-Ryan Lochte faceoff on Thursday, and the women's tennis gold-medal match plus possibly Phelps' last Olympic race on Saturday.

And there's also excitement for football fans this week: The NFL Hall of Fame inductions happen on Saturday. Retired greats Jack Butler, Dermontti Dawson, Chris Doleman, Cortez Kennedy, Curtis Martin, and Willie Roaf will all be inducted as this year's class.

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