Movies opening this Friday:
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The world is coming to an end again. "The Day After Tomorrow" stars Dennis Quaid and Jake Gyllenhaal (pictured).
"The Day After Tomorrow": Director Roland Emmerich is still mining the disaster flick genre. After blowing up the White House in "Independence Day" and razing Madison Square Garden in his remake of "Godzilla," Emmerich now does a number on planet Earth, as decades of global warming cause deadly meteorological conditions, a la monstrous-sized earthquakes, floods, tornadoes and tidal waves.
Dennis Quaid plays a "paleoclimatologist" scrambling to find his son (Jake Gyllenhaal) in a storm-plagued and rapidly freezing New York City, while superstorms ravage the world. (PG-13)
"Raising Helen": A successful Manhattan modeling agency assistant, played by Kate Hudson, is forced to change her fab metropolitan lifestyle when her sister and brother-in-law die in a car accident and she is given custody of the couple's three children. Garry Marshall directs, and the supporting cast includes John Corbett, Joan Cusack and Helen Mirren. (PG-13)
"Soul Plane": Snoop Dogg plays a guy who starts his own all-black airline with beaucoup money won in a legal settlement. The maiden flight of the cleverly named NWA (cribbing from the infamous Compton gangsta group's title) gets off to a rocky start when a white family is mistakenly re-routed onto the plane. The raucous comedy also stars Method Man, Gary Anthony Williams, John Witherspoon, D.L. Hughley, Tom Arnold and Mo'Nique. (R)
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The most downloaded songs of the week, as listed by apple.com/ itunes:
1. "The Reason" Hoobastank
2. "Roses" OutKast
3. "This Love" Maroon 5
4. "Hey Mama" Black Eyed Peas
5. "Naughty Girl" Beyoncé
6. "Everytime" Britney Spears
7. "Don't Tell Me" Avril Lavigne
8. "Ch-Check It Out" Beastie Boys
9. "Burn" (Radio Mix) Usher
10. "Ocean Avenue" Yellowcard
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