Nov. 18, 2012 at 12:44 PM ET
Thanksgiving always makes for slightly bizarre weeks in the entertainment world. This week, some movies open on Wednesday, some on Friday, and of course, we'll be treated to T-day TV specialties such as the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and turkey day football. Here are our picks for the top three entertainment events of the week.
WEDNESDAY: 'Rise of the Guardians'
The title is bland and boring, but the movie is spirited and charming. The premise: Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Sandman and the Tooth Fairy are all pals, and they look out for the world's children. In the film, they enlist a young outsider, Jack Frost, to help them fight Pitch, the Nightmare King. Jude Law, Alec Baldwin, Chris Pine, Isla Fisher and Hugh Jackman provide the voices. A neat outing for kids during this holiday week. (Opens Nov. 21.)
Alfred Hitchcock still fascinates us, he of the distinctive silhouette, purring voice and oh-so-memorable movies. The new film "Hitchcock," which opens the day after Thanksgiving, features Sir Anthony Hopkins as the filmmaker and Helen Mirren as his wife, Alma. The film takes place as Hitchcock is trying to get his classic "Psycho" made, discovering that it's not an easy sell. Tip: Shower before you go -- you may be too scared to do it later. (Opens Nov. 23.)
SUNDAY (Nov. 25): 'Downton Abbey Revisited'
Our British chums are already enjoying the third season of "Downton Abbey," but we Yanks have to wait until January. But if you're jonesing for a little Bates, Anna, Lady Mary and Dowager Countess, tune in to "Downton Abbey Revisited." Angela Lansbury, herself a big fan of the show, hosts the program, and the cast and crew share favorite memories and behind-the-scenes dish. You'll even get tidbits about the newest cast member, Shirley MacLaine, who plays Lady Grantham's American mother. (Nov. 25, 8 p.m., PBS.)