Director Steven Antin's new movie musical "Burlesque"-- in which Christina Aguilera stars as a young Hollywood hopeful looking to impress a nightclub impresario played by Cher -- arrives in theaters Nov. 24.
Given his role as one of pop's most respected songwriters, Neil Diamond might be expected to fill a covers album with underappreciated obscurities by tunesmiths less highly regarded than he. Well, perhaps next time.
Older fans of New Orleans music probably know Kermit Ruffins as a co-founder of the Crescent City's famed Rebirth Brass Band. Younger listeners, though, are more likely to recognize him from his recurring role on HBO's post-Katrina series "Treme," on which the singer/trumpeter plays himself.