Ypulse Essentials: Sneak Peek Of The Nook Tablet, 'A Very Gaga Thanksgiving,' Big Time Movie

Nook Tablet Barnes & Noble will debut the newest member of its Nook family on Monday (but Engadget has a sneak peek. The new version, called the Nook Tablet, looks a lot like the Nook Color and will have twice the RAM and built-in storage of the Kindle Fire. It also comes with “the best in HD entertainment,” aka Netflix, Pandora, and Hulu Plus connectivity. Meanwhile, the old Nook Color will drop in price to match the Kindle Fire’s $199 tag. While Kindle has name recognition, the Nook Tablet looks to have the upper hand in entertainment and storage)

- Shaquille O’Neal will host the second-annual Hall of Game Awards (a sports award and entertainment event for kids on Cartoon Network. The show will air in early 2012. Last year’s show attracted nearly 1.5 million viewers and kids cast more than 37 million online votes for the favorite sports stars trophy. Speaking of TV specials, we’re curious about having “A Very Gaga Thanksgiving.” The show, directed by Mother Monster herself, will include performances, an interview by Katie Couric, and deep-fried turkey and waffles. While the special promises a behind-the-costumes look at Gaga, we’re sure the performance art won’t end at cooking Thanksgiving dinner) (Kidscreen) (TV Newser)

- Nickelodeon is prepping for a ‘Big Time Movie’ (starring the boys from Big Time Rush. Heading to London for a tour, the boys’ bags get swapped and they find themselves in possession of a device that could destroy the world. Hilarity and musical performances ensue, including a few numbers from their upcoming second album. Speaking of music and movies meeting, we hope that Rockapella is tapped for the soundtrack to the live-action version of the 80s and 90s video games and TV series “Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego?” which will be produced by — and possibly star — Jennifer Lopez) (Cynopsis) (AV Club)

- Music fans will have plenty to cheer about (at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. They’ll see performances from Cee Lo Green, Scotty McCreery, Cobra Starship, and more, not to mention a special performance from Broadway’s Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark…which we hope has gone through extensive rehearsal. In other music trends, we’ve been hearing rumblings of a resurgence of heavy metal music from a few sources. We have to agree with Trend Central that when a metal band makes it to the up-and-comers showcase that is CMJ Music Marathon, the trend is gaining momentum) (Billboard)

- Here’s the list of the best 10 illustrated children’s books of the year (according to The New York Times. Speaking of books, we’re curious to see what Suzanne Collins has included in “The Hunger Games Tribute Guide,” which Scholastic will release in advance of the first film based on the book series. We’re crossing our fingers for more on the tributes’ back stories…or really any tidbit that will help tide us over until the movie’s premiere) (GalleyCat)

- We love UN Youth Champion Monique Coleman’s latest project (to get youth talking about community service. Teens can submit their videos about what they’re doing to draw support and attention to issues they’re working to address to win a Skype chat with the champion herself. The second-annual contest from the National Priorities Project asks kids to submit a video about what they’d do if they had a trillion dollars to get them thinking about the federal budget and how it’s allocated) (Just Jared Jr)

- And finally for a little Friday fun… (We’re cracking up at this Jimmy Fallon parody of Justin Bieber singing “(It’s Not My) Baby.” We won’t speculate on the rumors, but we will speculate that this will make you laugh) (Popdust)

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