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Daniel Radcliffe is no Harry Potter in
Daniel Radcliffe is no Harry Potter in

Some big names show up in movie theaters this week. Daniel Radcliffe is onscreen with "Woman in Black," while Madonna is behind the camera with "W.E." And on the small screen, "The Voice" returns with another season of musical competition. Here's our look at the week ahead in entertainment.


Daniel Radcliffe will forever be Harry Potter to many, but in "The Woman in Black," dubbed "Scary Potter" by some, he plays a more adult role. Radcliffe's character is an English lawyer and young father who travels to a spooky house where all kinds of creepy things are going on -- maybe you've seen the shivery posters featuring old photographs with scratched-out eyes. Unfortunately, this time Radcliffe doesn't have his Potter powers to help out. This looks like a regular scare-fest, and it's good to see Radcliffe back on the big screen. (Feb. 3)

Madonna goes behind the camera for "W.E." The pop star directed and co-wrote the film, which tells the story of Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII's romance through the eyes of a modern New York woman, Wally Winthrop,  who's obsessed with the historic romance. Look for Madonna's daughter, Lourdes, as a young Winthrop, and stay through the ending credits to hear "Masterpiece," Madonna's Golden Globe-winning song. (Feb. 3)


"The Voice" has grabbed the prime spot after the Super Bowl and will premiere there before moving to Mondays. Music coaches Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green and Blake Shelton are all returning, as is host Carson Daly.  (Feb. 5, NBC, after Super Bowl ends)

"Grey's Anatomy" delves into alternate history this week. What if Meredith's hard-driving mother, Ellis, hadn't had Alzheimer's? What if Derek, Cristina, Bailey and the others had all traveled different paths on their way to Seattle Grace? This episode promises to be a fun trip for "Grey's" fans, with their usual dark and twisty Meredith replaced with a sweet smiler who wears pink, at least in a photo in TV Guide. (Feb. 2m 9 p.m., ABC)

College sororities are an American tradition for the most part, but can they transfer across the pond? The new show "Sorority Girls" tries to do just that by taking five American women to England to try and start a sorority there. (Jan. 31, 9 p.m., TLC)


Fans of Ryan Gosling's dark and chilling "Drive" were upset last week when the film wasn't nominated for any of the major Oscars. Don't let the title throw you off as it did one Michigan woman -- "Drive" is no "Fast & Furious." Instead, it's a quietly menacing drama about a movie stunt driver with a criminal side. Albert Brooks really should have been Oscar-nominated for his role as the producer-criminal who meets up with Gosling, and some thought Gosling himself earned a nod. Judge for yourself whether the film was unfairly snubbed -- it hits DVD and Blu-ray this week. (Jan. 31.)

"Stand up! Your father's passing." That scene, from "To Kill a Mockingbird," has been proclaimed one of the best in movies, and the movie itself is often touted as one of the best films ever made. "Mockingbird" is 50 this year, and a special anniversary DVD and Blu-ray is being issued. It included three hours of bonus material, including two documentaries, as well as a hardcover book that reproduces some script pages complete with star Gregory Peck's handwritten notes. (Jan. 31.)

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