The Week: Most Recent Entertainment Posts recent posts.en-usWed, 22 Oct 2014 14:15:00 -0400http://theweek.com Recent Entertainment Posts from THE WEEKWed, 22 Oct 2014 14:15:00 -0400A gay superhero is the comic book movie we need<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>America's media landscape is at an interesting point in terms of LGBT representation. Over the last decade, we've seen queer gangsters, cowboys, and even a queer president appear in pop culture. So isn't it time for a queer superhero?</p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b3a6d2e5-1e40-f5f2-51a3-ec51471873c8">We'll get back to that, but first, recognition must be paid to </span>Ezra Miller, who made history last week when it was announced he would be playing The Flash in Warner Brothers' upcoming Justice League franchise, making him the first openly queer actor to be cast as a major superhero. Previously, Ian McKellan, Ellen Page, and Alan Cumming appeared in the <em>X-Men</em> series...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Chris OsterndorfWed, 22 Oct 2014 14:15:00 -0400Recommended streaming: Populaire<img src="" /></P><p><iframe width="640" height="360" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p><p> </p><p><strong>For more of <em>The Week</em>'s videos, subscribe to our YouTube channel.</strong></p><p>Watch another streaming recommendation: <em>A Young Doctor's Notebook.</em></p><p>Watch the trailer for <em>Populaire.</em></p><p>Stream <em>Populaire</em> on Netflix.</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:20:00 -04006 simple steps for making millions on a crappy horror movie<img src="" /></P><p>Halloween comes a little early this weekend with the release of <em>Ouija</em>, a horror movie based on the Parker Brothers board game of the same name. As one of the only horror movies hitting theaters this October, <em>Ouija</em>'s success is virtually assured &mdash; but in its original form, it would have been a much bigger gamble. The original version of <em>Ouija</em> was pitched as a pricey blockbuster costing north of $100 million to produce. But Universal &mdash; skeptical over the film's box-office chances &mdash; drastically retooled the concept, resulting in the $5 million <em>Ouija</em> hitting theaters this weekend...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Wed, 22 Oct 2014 06:07:00 -04005 baffling foreign-language versions of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song<img src="" /></P><p>Most of the time, when an American TV show is sold to other language markets, the opening theme song stays as is. But sometimes, especially if the theme song contains crucial background details, the song will be translated and re-recorded. The '90s hit <em>The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air</em> was also a hit in various dubbed versions all over the world. People wanted to know what that intro, which obviously tells a story, was all about. Here are five foreign language versions of the opening theme song that really put their own twist on the famous origin story.</p><h4>1. HUNGARIAN</h4><p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p><p> </p><p><strong>Show title:</strong> <em>Kaliforni&aacute...</em></p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/arika-okrent" ><span class="byline">Arika Okrent</span></a>Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:11:00 -0400The stories behind 22 classic album covers<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p><strong>1. <em>Nevermind</em> (1991)</strong></p><p><em>Nirvana</em></p><p><em>Design by Robert Fisher and Kirk Weddle</em></p><p><br /><br /></p><p>Spencer Elden's first time swimming was a memorable one.</p><p>At four months old, Elden was one of several babies on hand at a Pasadena public pool to audition for Nirvana's album cover.</p><p>"I showed Kurt the baby picture," designer Robert Fisher said, "and he liked it but felt it needed something more. We threw all kinds of ideas around and Kurt jokingly suggested a fish hook. We spent the day thinking of all the things you could put on a fish hook. Although Kurt never gave me a rationale for the design, I must assume that the...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Bill DeMainMon, 20 Oct 2014 16:17:00 -0400Bob Odenkirk's 6 favorite books<img src="" /></P><p class="p1"><strong> The Dog of the South</strong> by Charles Portis (Overlook, $16). A hilarious narrator goes on a loony mission to catch up with his runaway wife, following the trail of credit card receipts she leaves from Arkansas to Belize. He's driven by resentment and pettiness &mdash; and yet he is also clearly entertained by the world around him. This is, to me, a very American voice.</p><p class="p1"><span class="s1"><strong>True Grit</strong> by Charles Portis (Overlook, $8). Two books on one list &mdash; this guy outdid himself! Portis' most famous book is a more traditionally structured story than <em>Dog of the South</em>, and yet its central voice is so likable &mdash...</span></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffSun, 19 Oct 2014 14:00:00 -0400Girls on Film: It's time to push back against 'sexy' costumes for girls<img src="" /></P><p>There's never been a better time to celebrate Halloween. The internet has allowed eager costume-makers to share their ideas and DIY instructions with the rest of the world, from the horns of Maleficent to the bloody saw blades of <em>Cabin in the Woods</em>' Fornicus. The meteoric rise of geek culture had made the mix even sweeter, with a never-ending stream of cosplayers displaying impressive, custom ensembles, from transformable Transformers costumes to Ghostbusters fully equipped to bust ghosts.</p><p>Unfortunately, those costumes are only available to those with the time and skill to make them. Hit any of...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/monika-bartyzel" ><span class="byline">Monika Bartyzel</span></a>Fri, 17 Oct 2014 12:00:00 -0400He said, she said: Dueling interviews with Listen up Philip's Jason Schwartzman and Elisabeth Moss<img src="" /></P><p>At first glance, Alex Ross Perry's terrific new drama <em>Listen Up Philip </em>seems obsessed with its self-obsessed protagonist. Philip &mdash; a reasonably successful novelist played with caustic wit by Jason Schwartzman &mdash; is in the midst of a destructive streak that dramatically affects the lives of everyone around him. Even its first teaser is told entirely from Philip's perspective:</p><p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p><p>But <em>Listen Up Philip </em>hinges on a clever structural conceit: after immersing us in Philip's narcissistic viewpoint, the film suddenly switches to the perspective of his spurned ex-girlfriend Ashley (Elisabeth Moss...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Fri, 17 Oct 2014 11:15:00 -0400The uncomfortable truth in The Giving Tree<img src="" /></P><p dir="ltr">"Once there was a tree and she loved a boy." And so begins Shel Silverstein's <em>The Giving Tree</em>, the bestselling children's book that turns 50 this year and is still, 10 million copies later, one of the most divisive in the canon.</p><p dir="ltr">As its name suggests, the story is a tale about giving. The tree gives the boy her branches to hang from when he longs to play, apples to sell when he needs money, her branches to build with when he asks for a home, her trunk to carve a boat out of when he wants to get away, and a stump to sit on when he must rest his weary bones.</p><p dir="ltr">For its fans, the book is a parable about...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/elissa-strauss" ><span class="byline">Elissa Strauss</span></a>Fri, 17 Oct 2014 09:39:00 -04003 horrific inaccuracies in Homeland's depiction of Islamabad<img src="" /></P><p>I'm at a little caf&eacute; in Islamabad, sipping a cappuccino. A young woman in a ponytail and jeans walks in and orders a dozen chocolate cupcakes; her two small children press their noses up to the glass of the dessert display case. We strike up a conversation, and she mentions that her family has just moved to Islamabad. "Great place to live, isn't it?" she says.</p><p>I agree with her. I should know: I'm an Islamabad girl, born and raised, and there isn't a city in the world I would rather call home. If anything, the city can be <em>too </em>quaint for some; residents of Pakistan's larger metropolises sometimes...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Fatima ShakeelThu, 16 Oct 2014 06:10:00 -0400