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Though she risks being upstaged by the great scenery, Julia Roberts is the show in director Ryan Murphy’s Glee version of Elizabeth Gilbert’s autobiographical best-seller. Roberts, as Gilbert, takes off on a literal odyssey of self-discovery after suffering personal disappointments. The quest takes her to India, Italy and Bali, and her encounters en route help her redefine herself. Richard Jenkins gives an especially superb performance in a cast that also includes Javier Bardem, Viola Davis, Billy Crudup and James Franco. DVD extra: “making-of” documentary.
Rated PG-13. Available on Blu-ray.
Leave it to Sylvester Stallone to freshen up a familiar premise, something he does quite successfully in this hugely brawny adventure that he also directed and co-wrote. He plays the leader of a mercenary squad enlisted to put a South American dictator out of action ... but when the troubleshooters see things aren’t exactly as they were told, they proceed their own way. A highlight of the movie is a brief summit between Stallone and two other action icons, Bruce Willis and — in a break from his other role in politics — Arnold Schwarzenegger. Jet Li, Jason Statham, Terry Crews, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Randy Couture, Dolph Lundgren, Mickey Rourke and Charisma Carpenter also star. DVD extras: theatrical trailers; “making-of” documentary; audio commentary by Stallone; deleted scenes; outtakes; TV ads. Rated R. Available on Blu-ray.
THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ALICE CREED
Currently getting strong notices for “Tamara Drewe,” Gemma Arterton (Quantum of Solace) spends lots of time restrained as the disappeared Alice in writer-director J. Blakeson’s melodrama. The character belongs to a rich British family targeted for a big ransom payment by kidnappers (Eddie Marsan, Martin Compston), but the felons don’t realize how skilled their hostage is at turning the tables. DVD extras: audio commentary by Blakeson; extended scenes; storyboards. Rated R. Available on Blu-ray.
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USA at 8 p.m. for The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
The fanciful Disney-produced versions of the C.S. Lewis fantasy novels continue by taking the youngsters (William Moseley, Anna Popplewell, Skandar Keynes, Georgie Henley) from the previous story back to Narnia, where much has changed. It’s 13 centuries later than when they first were there, and the nobleman meant to rule the land — Prince Caspian (Ben Barnes) — has been targeted for death. He involves the siblings in a revolt against the schemers.
WTVM at 8 p.m. for the 2010 American Music Awards
Justin Bieber, Katy Perry and Ke$ha are slated to make their performing debuts at this year’s gala honoring top musical artists. All three are also nominees for artist of the year, along with Lady Gaga and Eminem. Also scheduled to take the stage are Christina Aguilera, Bon Jovi, Pink and Usher.
WJSP at 9 p.m. for American Masters
In a few weeks, it will be 30 years since John Lennon was gunned down outside his New York apartment building. The new film “Lennon NYC” remembers the former Beatle with footage from recording sessions, home movies and concerts, much of it never seen before. As the title indicates, it focuses on his life in, and his love for, his adopted hometown, the Big Apple.
WTVM at 8 p.m. for No Ordinary Family
Jim’s (Michael Chiklis) new career as a crime fighter is in jeopardy when he loses his powers, and Stephanie (Julie Benz) tries to find out what happened. Crime could be happening close to home, as JJ (Jimmy Bennett) gets caught hacking into the school’s computer system and could face charges. Daphne (Kay Panabaker) uses her powers to impress a guy, and Katie (Autumn Reeser) takes a shine to a mysterious new fellow in the new episode “No Ordinary Accident.”
WXTX at 9 p.m. for Hell’s Kitchen
The five remaining chefs take their act on the road in this new episode, as Gordon challenges them to serve their signature dishes from food trucks to a busy Los Angeles lunch crowd. The chef with the most popular dish gets a Beverly Hills hair and fashion makeover, while the also-rans get KP. Gordon finds the dinner service a big disappointment, which, of course, leads to a big tantrum.
WLTZ at 9 a.m. for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
Giant balloons, marching bands, Tom Turkey and Santa — if it’s Thanksgiving, it must be parade day in New York and probably at your house. The 84th edition of the ultimate Broadway show is slated to feature appearances by Miranda Cosgrove (“iCarly”), late-night host Jimmy Fallon, rapper Kanye West, Jessica Simpson and more. Meredith Vieira, Matt Lauer and Al Roker host the festivities.
WRBL at 12:30 p.m. for NFL Football
Nothing goes better with a Thanksgiving feast than football. Three NFL games are on tap this Turkey Day, starting with Tom Brady and the New England Patriots visiting the Detroit Lions on CBS. Then on Fox, Drew Brees and the Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints visit the Dallas Cowboys. Finally, Carson Palmer and the Cincinnati Bengals head to New Meadowlands Stadium to take on Mark Sanchez and the New York Jets in the nightcap on NFL Network.