Janet Jackson, Rihanna, Adam Lambert And The Woodie Awards: This Week’s Deep Cuts

Look, we all know what you’re doing this weekend. You’re not preparing for Thanksgiving, raking the last of your leaves before the snow arrives or indulging in this year’s batch of Beaujolais Nouveau. Rather, you’re going to be at your local cinema watching Taylor Lautner’s perfectly-sculpted abdominal muscles in “The Twilight Saga: New Moon.” And we can’t blame you — it’s a heck of a roller coaster ride through teenage angst and vampire mythology. But in between screenings (because you’re obviously seeing it more than once), you should catch up on everything you missed this week here on the Newsroom blog.

» Last weekend saw a couple of cool-looking flash mobs in honor of Janet Jackson’s Number Ones, and we had a first-person account from one of the dancers. (Be sure to catch Janet this Sunday on the American Music Awards, where she’ll open the show.)

» MTV mourned the passing of comedian, TV producer and “Remote Control” host Ken Ober with classic clips and testimonials from friends.

» Rihanna premiered the hotly-anticipated video for “Russian Roulette,” which really made us think about the head wound Balthazar Getty received in a David Lynch movie.

» Are you a hardcore fan of Adam Lambert, Kris Allen or Allison Iraheta? Make sure you enter our photo contest, with the winner receiving an autographed copy of the new issue of Elle magazine, which features all three!

» There was no shortage of other “American Idol” news this week. For example, we now know why Kris Allen changed his Twitter name.

» We also got to see Lambert’s new band, none of whom Jim Cantiello is interested in tickling, including Lambert himself.

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