The Week: Most Recent Entertainment Posts recent posts.en-usSun, 14 Sep 2014 14:00:00 -0400http://theweek.com Recent Entertainment Posts from THE WEEKSun, 14 Sep 2014 14:00:00 -0400Jason Segel's 6 favorite books<img src="" /></P><p class="p1"><strong> Infinite Jest</strong> by David Foster Wallace (Back Bay, $18). I had the honor of playing David Foster Wallace in an upcoming film. I feel that<em> Infinite Jest</em> did a real service to humanity in an age where you're told to sit and accept television and advertising. Wallace makes you work for satisfaction. As you trudge through the difficult sections and progress through the book, you feel a real sense of accomplishment. It changed my life and my relationship to reading.</p><p class="p1"><span class="s1"><strong>Charlie and the Chocolate Factory</strong> by Roald Dahl (Puffin, $7). Dahl's books provide wish fulfillment: You discover that you've been chosen...</span></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffSun, 14 Sep 2014 14:00:00 -0400Your weekly streaming recommendation: Veronica Mars<img src="" /></P><p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src=";color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false"></iframe></p><p>Watch a promo for season one of <em>Veronica Mars</em>:</p><p><iframe width="640" height="480" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p><p>Watch <em>Veronica Mars</em> on Amazon Instant Video.</p><p><strong>Listen to more of <em>The Week's</em> streaming recommendations:</strong></p><ul><li>Your weekly streaming recommendation: <em>Paranorman </em></li><li>Your weekly streaming recommendation: <em>A Teacher</em></li><li>Your weekly streaming recommendation: <em>Only God Forgives</em></li></ul><p> </p><p ><em><strong>*You can also find The Week's mini podcasts on iTunes, SoundCloud, and TuneIn.*</strong></em></p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Fri, 12 Sep 2014 17:50:00 -0400Girls on Film: Why the Toronto International Film Festival is the best platform for female filmmakers<img src="" /></P><p>The Toronto International Film Festival is huge. While most film festivals offer 50 to 100 films, TIFF offers <em>hundreds</em> of selections, ranging from mainstream Hollywood fare to obscure foreign films that you pretty much can't see anywhere else.</p><p>By sheer virtue of the festival's size, the usual stats regarding women in film take on a new dimension. As a percentage, female directors make up only 19 percent of the 284 features shown at the 2014 Toronto festival &mdash; a number much lower than this year's Cannes festival, which boasted 30 percent. But while 30 percent means just 15 female directors...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/monika-bartyzel" ><span class="byline">Monika Bartyzel</span></a>Fri, 12 Sep 2014 12:11:00 -0400This week I learned the simple solution to making chocolate taste even better, and more<img src="" /></P><p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src=";color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false"></iframe></p><p><strong>Read more about the facts mentioned:</strong></p><p>Chocolates and life sweeter when shared <em>(Medical Xpress)</em></p><p>How a dentist popularized cotton candy <em>(Priceonomics)</em></p><p>How many Lego bricks would it take to build a bridge between London and New York <em>(Guardian UK)</em></p><p>The genius who invented brunch <em>(Mental Floss)</em></p><p><strong>Listen to more of</strong> <strong><em>The Week</em>'s mini podcasts</strong>:</p><ul><li>Can sci-fi save the romantic comedy?</li><li>Welcome to the age of ambivalent feminism</li><li>Your weekly streaming recommendation: <em>ParaNorman</em></li></ul><p> </p><p ><strong>*You can also find <em>The Week</em>'s mini podcasts on iTunes, SoundCloud, and TuneIn.*</strong></p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/lauren-hansen" ><span class="byline">Lauren Hansen</span></a>Thu, 11 Sep 2014 18:12:00 -0400Toronto International Film Festival: 6 movies you should know about<img src="" /></P><p ><strong> 1. <em>Still Alice</em></strong></p><p ><br /> (<em>Courtesy of TIFF</em>)</p><p>Directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland<br />Starring Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart, and Kate Bosworth</p><p><strong>What's it about? </strong>Alice Howland (Julianne Moore), a renowned linguist, discovers that she has early onset Alzheimer's. Her affliction is rare; it's hitting her rapidly at the early age of 50, and it's the result of a deterministic gene &mdash; which means that her children have a 50-50 chance of having the gene, too. As her condition worsens, Alice struggles to hold on to her memories, and tries to plan for the future as her family grapples...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/monika-bartyzel" ><span class="byline">Monika Bartyzel</span></a>Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:20:00 -0400The best online movies to watch this weekend<img src="" /></P><p class="p1"><strong> 1. <em>Starred Up</em></strong> (Directed by David Mackenzie. Starring Jack O'Connell, Ben Mendelsohn, Rupert Friend)</p><p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p><p class="p1"><strong>For fans of:</strong> <em>Bronson</em>, <em>Hunger</em>, gritty prison dramas<br /><strong>How to watch it:</strong> Now available iTunes, Amazon Instant, VOD for $3.99</p><p class="p2"><em>Starred Up </em>begins as Eric Love (Jack O'Connell) arrives in prison. But Eric is no stranger to life behind bars; having been "starred up" &mdash; transferred from a juvenile facility into an adult one &mdash; he knows exactly how the system works, and the first thing he does is create a shiv out of a toothbrush and a razor blade. David Mackenzie's brilliant and visceral new drama...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/matt-cohen" ><span class="byline">Matt Cohen</span></a>Thu, 11 Sep 2014 09:42:00 -0400In defense of Pop, U2's most hated album<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">U2 made Apple's latest product showcase the stage for releasing their new album, <em>Songs of Innocence</em>. It is a heartfelt exploration of the band members' childhoods: their discovery of rock and roll, their shock at the violence in Irish politics. It is another self-conscious return to the sincere, reverb-heavy version of themselves that won them acolytes across the world.</p><p class="p1">The album is good, better than their most recent work. It revisits their big themes: Bono's loss of his mother at age 14, the Troubles, the search for God. And careful listeners will be reminded of a much misunderstood and hated...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/michael-brendan-dougherty" ><span class="byline">Michael Brendan Dougherty</span></a>Thu, 11 Sep 2014 06:07:00 -0400Why Sons of Anarchy was shut out of TV's 'golden age'<img src="" /></P><p class="p1"><em>Sons of Anarchy</em> &mdash; which premiered in 2008, alongside the final season of <em>The Shield</em> &mdash; is the elder statesman of FX's current drama lineup. The ratings of the popular biker drama have routinely dwarfed critical darlings like <em>Justified</em>, <em>The Americans</em>, and <em>Fargo</em>.</p><p class="p1">But last night's movie-length premiere, which kicked off the seventh and final season, went relatively unheralded. Apart from the usual smattering of reviews and a few key interviews, the beginning of the end was a non-event. There were no think pieces on the show's role in the TV landscape, and no grand histories of its evolution...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Wed, 10 Sep 2014 13:05:00 -04009 Oscar-nominated films that we've lost<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>Although you'd be tempted to believe that all the films that have ever been nominated for Oscars &mdash; especially the ones that actually walked away with a little gold man &mdash; have been cherished, cared for, looked after, and tucked away for fans to enjoy for many years to come, you'd be wrong. Sadly enough, plenty of films are considered "lost," and not in the "someone misplaced them somewhere but they're probably okay" way, but more like "don't exist anywhere."</p><p>The numbers on lost films are shocking &mdash; it's believed that the majority of American silent films have been lost, and...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Kate ErblandWed, 10 Sep 2014 09:27:00 -040043 TV shows to watch in 2014<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">It was going to be tough to top the staggering array of high-quality TV shows that aired in 2013, which included Netflix's aggressive forays into original programming, top-tier dramas from England, and the triumphant end of AMC's <em>Breaking Bad</em>. It's been said time and time again, but it bears repeating: We're in the midst of a golden age of television &mdash; and fortunately, 2014's lineup is just as strong.</p><p class="p1">With so many new and returning TV shows hitting the air, which ones are your best bets? A guide:</p><p class="p1"><strong>1. <em>A Young Doctor's Notebook </em></strong>(Ovation, Aug. 19)</p><p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p><p class="p1">Wonderfully offbeat and unlike anything...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Mon, 08 Sep 2014 15:40:00 -0400