Hard Candy
So she is in her 50s, and some people would also argue Madonna looks pretty good for her age. Well, Madge is now branching out into the world of gym memberships and plans to open her own fitness empire, called Hard Candy. The first locale opens in Mexico City in November.


James Franco
Movie star, actor, artist, grad student, and now, author. James Franco has released his debut novel, Palo Alto, a collection of short stories about teens who drink, get high and shoot guns. Highlights of the collection include Emily, about a girl who can’t get a date for the high school dance, and Killing Animals, about boys who go shooting with a BB gun.


The Pacific
Tom Hanks, Steven Speilberg and Gary Goetzman’s ambitious and much lauded mini series about the Second World War is available Tuesday on DVD. If you missed its HBO run, the series is about the real-life journeys of three U.S. marines during the conflict in the Pacific.


Dead Set
Planning to spend Halloween night inside, lights turned off and avoiding any trick-or-treaters? We’ve got the TV event for you. Space is showing a mini-marathon of the five-part British TV series about zombies, Dead Set.


Toy Story 3
Woody, Buzz Lightyear and Jessie dominated the box office earlier this year, and now they are ready to take over your DVD or Blu-ray. Hitting shelves of Tuesday, the new instalment in the series follows the toys as they are mistakenly donated to a children’s daycare.

How to Squeeze a Lemon
Are you in a cooking conundrum? The fine folks at Fine Cooking magazine — and their readers — have come up with How To Squeeze a Lemon: 1,023 Kitchen Tips, Food Fixes and Handy Techniques to turn you into a domestic diva. The manual is split into seven parts and comes with a handy index.

Katy Perry
Newlywed singer Katy Perry released her newest song, Firework, last week. The song offers encouragement to anyone being bullied or who feels alone — all with Perry’s trademark pop sound.