Tom Hanks is back sans terrible haircut for “Angels & Demons,” in which he reprises his role as Professor Robert Langdon. This time he must prevent a terrorist act against the Vatican. This film doesn’t have the controversy of the first movie or the “Da Vinci Code’s” popularity, but it does have director Ron Howard and new castmembers Ewan McGregor and Stellan Skarsgard. (Opens May 15)
The ever-underrated Steve Zahn stars opposite Jennifer Aniston in the indie comedy, “Management.” Zahn plays a hotel manager who falls for Aniston’s traveling salesperson character and ends up following her around the country. Who says stalking can’t be hilarious? (Opens May 15)
Singer-songwriter Steve Earle pays tribute to his friend and mentor, Townes Van Zandt, on his new album, “Townes.” He told Rolling Stone, “The idea was to try to record these songs as close to the way that I remember Townes performing them as possible.” He added, “Townes was a stunning solo performer. I've only seen a handful of people that were as good as he was.” (On sale May 12)
Cam’ron puts aside his battles with 50 Cent and his own crew, The Diplomats, to release his first album in 3 years, “Crime Pays.” After an early listen, XXL magazine’s Dallas Penn wrote, “The new CD hasn’t given me the same energy I had come to expect from Cam. It’s a bit more measured and that makes it sound somewhat straining.” Find out if you agree when it goes on sale May 12.
TV finales are starting to flow fast and furious. We can't possibly mention them all, but here are a few biggies. "Lost" wraps up another season of delicious confusion on May 13 (9 p.m., ABC). Thursday sees both "CSI" (9 p.m., CBS) and "Grey's Anatomy" (9 p.m., ABC) wrapping up their seasons. And on Sunday we bid farewell to "Desperate Housewives" (8 p.m., ABC) for the summer, and crown a new millionaire on "Survivor Tocantins" (8 p.m., CBS).
If you can't stand one more finale, take a gander at this new show. Bruce Lee has been dead more than 25 years, longer than he was alive, but he continues to fascinate. The martial-arts expert is profiled in "How Bruce Lee Changed the World," which takes a detailed look at his rise from the streets of Hong Kong to major global stardom. (Airs May 17, 8 p.m., History Channel.)
It's hard to watch anything with Liam Neeson on it now and not be reminded of what befell his family this spring, when Neeson's wife, actress Natasha Richardson, was killed after a fall on a Canadian ski hill. There's also something eerie about the fact that his most recent film, "Taken," involved Neeson losing his daughter and going on a Rambo-esque hunt to save her. In the movies, we can save our lost loved ones, not so in real life. (Out on DVD May 12.)