This weekend, Brad Pitt and his battle-hardened platoon attempt a deadly mission in the WWII drama "Fury," Michael Keaton plays a washed up actor in the critically acclaimed off-beat comedy "Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)," the popular IFC show "Comedy Bang! Bang!" returns for a new season late Friday night, and "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" wraps up its sixth season Sunday on Bravo.

Weekend Watchlist: 'Fury,' Birdman,' 'Real Housewives,' and More

Also in theaters this weekend:
  • "The Book of Life" is an animated film that follows the fantastical adventures of a young man who's torn between his family's expectations and his heart. Zoe Saldana, Diego Luna, and Channing Tatum voice roles.
  • In "The Best of Me," a pair of former high school sweethearts (Michelle Monaghan, James Marsden) reunite after many years when they return to visit their small hometown.
  • "Dear White People" is a comedy-drama that follows four black students at an Ivy League college whose lives converge after an ill-conceived themed Halloween party.
  • "Listen Up Philip" stars Jason Schwartzman as a troubled writer who finds refuge at his idol's summer home while he awaits his novel's publication and his relationship deteriorates.
  • In "The Town That Dreaded Sundown," the so-called "moonlight murders" begin again 65 years after a notorious masked serial killer terrorized the small town.

Also on TV this weekend:
  • "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess" performed by the San Francisco Opera (PBS, 9p ET Friday).
  • "Dane Cook: Troublemaker" is the star comedian's latest stand-up special (SHO, 10p ET Fri.).
  • "Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways" is a new music series from Dave Grohl that is part music-oriented travelogue and part making-an-album documentary (HBO, 11p ET Friday).
  • "Big Driver" is a dark drama based on a Stephen King story. The TV movie stars Maria Bello, Olympia Dukakis, and Joan Jett (Lifetime, 8p ET Saturday).
  • "Transporter: The Series" is an adaptation of the popular action films (TNT, 9p ET Saturday).