Country queen

Carrie Underwood, above, turned into one of the queens of country music after winning "American Idol" in 2005. Underwood has become a multi-platinum selling recording artist and twice won the Academy of Country Music Awards' Entertainer of the Year. She performs Friday in the arena at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.

Other entertainment in town includes comedienne Judy Gold on Saturday in the Superstar Theater at Resorts Casino Hotel and singer Lisa Marie Presley on Saturday in the Xanadu Theater at Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort.

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Bond by himself

No other movie wanted to compete with the new James Bond film, "Skyfall," so it will be the only nationwide release Friday. Daniel Craig, above, returns as agent 007. He is joined by a host of fine actors, including Javier Bardem, Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes, Albert Finney and Naomie Harris.

Ne-Yo's new CD

Grammy Award-winning R&B singer-songwriter Ne-Yo has had four consecutive top 10 CDs. He follows up his last CD, "Libra Scale" from 2010, with his fifth full-length album, "R.E.D.," released Tuesday. "R.E.D." stands for Realizing Every Dream.

Miracle woman

A winner of the National Humanities Medal in 2000, a new book by Barbara Kingsolver, titled "Flight Behavior: A Novel," will be released Tuesday. A restless farm wife hikes up a mountain road behind her house and sees a silent, forested valley filled with what looks like a lake of fire. When her community learns about it, people line up to judge her and her miracle.

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