Sony Network Entertainment Marketing Manager Christopher Lastrapes is here with this weekend's PlayStation Video Store and Music Unlimited updates below, as follows:

James Franco (28 Days Later 127 Hours) stars in the prequel to one of the most beloved film franchises in history as Rise of the Planet of the Apes hits New Releases this week.

Be sure to catch the motion-capture performance of Andy Serkis (The Lord of the Rings) as the ape Caesar, garnering much critical acclaim.

Too much jolly this time a year? Switch it up with a littler horror with Fright Night this week in Movies. Starring Colin Farrell (Horrible Bosses), a vampire terrorizes victims in a suburban town and only one son can stop them. Also, check out the eye-popping action in the third dimension in Available in 3D.

Cowboys & Aliens triumphed as the winner in Bout 6 of our Theatrical Throwdown. Rent the film for just $0.99 in SD or 1080p HD from 2 pm Pacific Friday to 11 pm Pacific Sunday. Find it in our $0.99 Movie Rents section of Rent Now!

Have you been naughty or nice this year? Either way, we have something for you in our Holiday Featured Collection now in Collections & Sales through the end of the year. Find great discounted films to own in the Holiday Sale or rent a festive flick in $0.99 Holiday Rentals.

Get your sleuth on in our Deal of the Week with Detective Movies! Find amazing discounts to own films like Die Hard with a Vengeance, From Hell, 12 Rounds and Max Payne now through Monday.

And for some high-speed action, check out the great Fast Five Dynamic Theme available now in the game section of the PlayStationStore.

Here's a taste at what's new this week...

New Release Movies

US Store: Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Fright Night (also in 3D), Kung Fu Panda 2, Tanner Hall, 13 Assassins, and many more.
Canada Store: Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Fright Night, Kung Fu Panda 2, Tanner Hall, Champions, and many more.

Top US Movie Purchases

Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes
The Hangover Part II (HD plus Bonus Features)
The Hangover Part II
Kung Fu Panda 2
Mr. Popper's Penguins
The Smurfs
Friends with Benefits
Cowboys & Aliens
Cowboys & Aliens (Extended Version)
Men in Black II

Top US TV Shows Purchases

Sons of Anarchy | Season 4 - To Be - Act 2
American Horror Story | Season 1 - Smoldering Children
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia | Season 7 - The High School Reunion
The Walking Dead | Season 2 - Pretty Much Dead Already
Family Guy | Season 10 - Cool Hand Peter
The Walking Dead | Season 2 - Secrets
Family Guy | Season 10 - Grumpy Old Man
The Walking Dead | Season 2 - Chupacabra
The Walking Dead | Season 2 - Cherokee Rose
The Walking Dead | Season 2 - What Lies Ahead

Top Video Themes

Walking Dead Theme
South Park Dynamic Theme
Fast Five Dynamic Theme
SpongeBob SquarePants Dynamic Theme
The Dark Knight™: Joker Theme
Halloween Dynamic Theme
Sons Of Anarchy Theme
Jackass 3.5 Dynamic Theme
The Dark Knight: Batman Theme
Sports Illustrated Swimsuits 2011 Dynamic Theme

As we wind down another year, 'tis the season for the Music Unlimited service team to gather all of our favorite albums/songs and provide you with a comprehensive run down of the year's best tunes.

You can find many of these songs in our limited time Best of 2011 Premium Channel now available! Below is our staff's personal picks by genre. We'd love to hear your thoughts - leave a comment and let us know what made your list!

Jeff Safran - Marketing Manager, Music Unlimited

Top Albums

Pop: Adele - 21
R&B: Charles Bradley - No Time For Dreaming
Rock: My Morning Jacket - Circuital
Dance: Katy B - On a Mission
Electronic: James Blake - James Blake
Indie Rock: Bon Iver - Bon Iver
Alternative: Tune-Yards - WhoKill
Rap: Shabazz Palaces - Black Up
Country: Pistol Annies - Hell on Heels
Holiday: She and Him - A Very She and Him Christmas
Soundtrack: Book of Mormon- Original Soundtrack
Metal: Mastodon - The Hunter

Top Songs

Pop: Adele - "Rolling in the Deep"
R&B: Charles Bradley - "No Time for Dreaming"
Rock: My Morning Jacket - "Holding On To Black Metal"
Dance: Katy B- "Witches Brew"
Electronic: M83- "Midnight City"
Indie Rock: Lykki Le - "Get Some"
Alternative: Foster the People - "Pumped Up Kicks"
Rap: Tyler the Creator- "Yonkers"
Country: Civil Wars - "Barton Hollow"
Holiday: Family of the Year - "OMG It's XMAS"
Soundtrack: Drive Original Movie Soundtrack - "Night Call"
Metal: Anthrax - "The Devil You Know"

Ashley Harris - Marketing Coordinator, Music Unlimited

Top Albums

Pop: The Script - Science & Faith
R&B: Marsha Ambrosious - Late Nights and Early Mornings
Rock: Augustana - Augustana
Dance: David Guetta - Nothing But the Beat
Electronic: M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
Indie Rock: Blind Pilot - We are the Tide
Alternative: Incubus - If Not Now, When?
Rap: Childish Gambino - Camp
Country: Taylor Swift - Speak Now World Tour Live
Holiday: Scott Weiland - Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Soundtrack: Jonsi - We Bought a Zoo
Metal: Mastodon - The Hunter

Top Songs

Pop: Pitbull feat. Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer - "Give Me Everything"
R&B: Charles Bradley - "No Time for Dreaming"
Rock: Grouplove - "Colours"
Dance: Future - "Tony Montana"
Electronic: Little Dragon - "Ritual Union"
Indie Rock: Manchester Orchestra - "Simple Math"
Alternative: Incubus - "Switchblade"
Rap: J. Cole - "Work Out"
Country: Lady Antebellum - "Just a Kiss"
Holiday: Family of the Year - "OMG It's XMAS"
Soundtrack: Bruno Mars - "It Will Rain"
Metal: Attila - "Smokeout"

Top 20 Songs on the Music Unlimited Service in 2011

Wiz Khalifa - "Black And Yellow"
Lady GaGa -"Born This Way"
Pitbull feat. Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer - "Give Me Everything"
Nicki Minaj - "Moment 4 Life
Jennifer Lopez - "On The Floor"
Lil Wayne - "6 Foot 7 Foot"
Diddy - Dirty Money - "Coming Home"
Adele - "Rolling In The Deep"
Nelly - "Just A Dream"
Rihanna - "What's My Name?"
Lil Wayne - "How To Love"
Bruno Mars - "Grenade"
Waka Flocka Flame - "No Hands (feat. Roscoe Dash and Wale)"
Wiz Khalifa - "Roll Up"
Rihanna - "S&M"
Lupe Fiasco - "The Show Goes On"
Kelly Rowland - "Motivation"
Enrique Iglesias - "Tonight (I'm Lovin' You)"
The Black Eyed Peas - "Just Can't Get Enough"
Chris Brown ft. Lil Wayne - "Look at Me Now"

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