The Week: Most Recent Entertainment Posts recent posts.en-usTue, 25 Nov 2014 06:10:00 -0500http://theweek.com Recent Entertainment Posts from THE WEEKTue, 25 Nov 2014 06:10:00 -0500Adam Sandler's 'Thanksgiving Song': Explaining the 22-year-old tune's pop-culture references<img src="" /></P><p>In 1992, Adam Sandler sat behind <em>Saturday Night Live</em>'s Weekend Update desk and introduced the world to his holiday tune, "The Thanksgiving Song."</p><p>And while you've probably heard this song every Turkey Day for the past 20-something years, if you really give it a close listen, several of Sandler's lyrics might make you go, "Huh?"</p><p>To save you the time of going to Google, we've defined a of few of the song's more dated references in this annotated video. Enjoy!</p><p><iframe width="660" height="398" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p><p>Read more on this story.</p><p><strong>For more of <em>The Week</em>'s videos, subscribe to our YouTube channel.</strong></p><p>Recent videos from <em>The Week</em>:</p><ul><li>Watch Liam...</li></ul> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/lauren-hansen" ><span class="byline">Lauren Hansen</span></a>Tue, 25 Nov 2014 06:10:00 -0500Dick Cavett's 6 favorite books<img src="" /></P><p class="p1"><strong> Act One</strong> by Moss Hart (St. Martin's, $20). Hart rose from grinding poverty in Brooklyn to the heights of Broadway success in writing and directing. <em>Act One</em> is easily the best show &mdash; business autobiography &mdash; a riveting story that risks promoting the foolish idea that if you chase your dream and never give in, you will succeed. Bull. A few will. Hart did.</p><p class="p1"><span class="s1"><strong>Zen in the Art of Archery</strong> by Eugen Herrigel (Vintage, $14). Herrigel, a German philosopher-teacher, goes to Japan for instruction, intrigued by tales of an archer who hits his target without aiming or caring and the swordsman whose...</span></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffSun, 23 Nov 2014 14:00:00 -0500Getting past the bad stuff: An interview with Megan Amram<img src="" /></P><p>Asking Megan Amram what she's doing or thinking at any given moment is probably the easiest way to give the zany roulette wheel that is her bawdy brand of comedy a good, forceful spin.</p><p>The 27-year-old writer for TV shows like <em>Parks and Recreation &mdash;</em> who also just published a faux science education book called <em>Science...For Her! &mdash;</em> answers that question more or less daily for her nearly 450,000 Twitter followers. And the way she does so makes the platform a solid entry point into the mind of one of the sharpest, most subversive young comedy writers working today.</p><p>Indeed, the microblogging...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Andy MeekFri, 21 Nov 2014 11:05:00 -0500The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1: 10 major differences between the book and the movie<img src="" /></P><p><span class="nfinitial"><em>The Hunger Games: Mockingjay &mdash;</em></span> <em>Part 1</em> arrives in theaters today. It is adapted from the first half of Suzanne Collins' <em>Mockingjay,</em><span class="nfinitial"> the final volume in the <em>Hunger Games</em> trilogy</span><span class="nfinitial">. (<em>Part 2</em>, which will conclude the film series, will arrive in 2015.)</span></p><p><span class="nfinitial">Splitting <em>Mockingjay </em>into two parts gave screenwriters Peter Craig and Danny Strong more room to tell the story </span>&mdash;<span class="nfinitial"> but that doesn't mean that changes haven't been made to the source material. Here are 10 major differences between the book and the movie:</span></p><p><strong>1. </strong><strong>Katniss' visit to the decimated District 12 is delayed</strong><br /> The book opens as Katniss visits...</p> <a href="">More</a>By John HanlonFri, 21 Nov 2014 10:07:00 -0500Girls on Film: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay isn't an action movie. It's a war movie.<img src="" /></P><p>After two widely-acclaimed installments, the tenor has changed in the first reviews for <em>The Hunger Games</em>: <em>Mockingjay Part 1</em>. The long-beginning of Katniss Everdeen's final fight, like <em>Harry Potter </em>and<em> Twilight</em>, has been broken into two parts &mdash; and not everyone is happy with the decision.</p><p>The complaints over <em>Mockingjay Part 1</em> extend beyond the perceived cynicism of stretching a wildly popular franchise as far as possible. It's a disappointment of tone, as the <em>Hunger Games </em>franchise moves away from many of the things that made it so popular in the first place. The Games are finally over, war...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/monika-bartyzel" ><span class="byline">Monika Bartyzel</span></a>Fri, 21 Nov 2014 06:06:00 -0500Why are newspaper comics so terrible?<img src="" /></P><p>"As Willie Sutton robbed banks because that&rsquo;s where the money was, it should never be forgotten that the comics page is where the readers are," said Berkeley Breathed, creator of the beloved newspaper comic <em>Bloom County</em>, in a 2003 interview with <em>Salon</em>.</p><p>It's been more than a decade since that interview, and the media landscape has changed considerably, marked by a sharp decline in newspaper subscriptions. But the basic message hasn't changed. In theory, the newspaper comics page still has fascinating potential: a blend of artwork, humor, and editorial that's accessible to children and adults...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Wed, 19 Nov 2014 06:17:00 -0500Can we reconcile Bill Cosby's alleged sex crimes with his wonderful entertainments?<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">Here are some facts about Bill Cosby. His show debuted on NBC 30 years ago and became perhaps the perfect sitcom. He is consistently ranked as one of the greatest stand-up comedians of all time. He has been accused of drugging and sexually assaulting multiple women.</p><p class="p1">In the mid-2000s, 13 women accused Cosby of sexual assault in a civil suit. They spoke up on the <em>Today </em>show and to <em>People </em>magazine, leaving their stories out in the open domain of the web, where they have been mostly forgotten in the years since. But despite an absence of any new revelations, the charges were thrust back in the spotlight...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Sabrina ImblerTue, 18 Nov 2014 12:10:00 -0500What The Good Wife gets so brilliantly right about American politics<img src="" /></P><p><em>The Good Wife</em> is ostensibly a show about the law. It's set in a law firm. Its characters are lawyers. Each episode features a legal cliffhanger that's solved in 48 minutes of fine television writing.</p><p>But the show, at its heart, has always been about politics. Its name comes from the iconic image of protagonist Alicia Florrick standing mute at a press conference next to husband Peter, the powerful state's attorney in Cook County, who has just admitted to having an affair with a prostitute. Shades of Eliot Spitzer.</p><p>As the wronged woman who must start her career anew to take care of her family while...</p> <a href="">More</a>Marc AmbinderTue, 18 Nov 2014 10:52:00 -0500The untapped potential in science fiction<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>If we can end the elitism and teach more science fiction to teenagers and young adults, we can change the world. This assertion, while bold, may not be hyperbolic. When asked why she started writing science fiction, the late legendary writer and MacArthur Grant winner Octavia Butler once told Charlie Rose, "Because there are no closed doors, no walls."</p><p>Sci-fi has a reputation for being a clubhouse for white-boy nerds, but for Butler, an African-American woman from Southern California who endured a series of degrading low-wage jobs while developing her voice as a writer, reading and writing science...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Jane Greenway CarrTue, 18 Nov 2014 08:52:00 -0500AFI Fest 2014: 5 movies you should know about<img src="" /></P><p>2014's AFI Film Festival has come to a close. The annual Los Angeles-based film festival, which ran from November 6 to 13, screened dozens of movies, from star-studded Oscar hopefuls like <em>Foxcatcher </em>to smaller festival favorites like <em>Girlhood</em>.</p><p>As you look to the months ahead, which movies should you keep an eye out for? Let <em>The Week</em> be your guide:</p><p><strong>1. </strong><em><strong>Foxcatcher</strong> </em>(Directed by Bennett Miller. Starring Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo)</p><p><iframe width="640" height="360" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p><p><strong>What is it? </strong>A based-on-a-true story film about Mark Schultz (Tatum), an Olympic wrestler who lives in the shadow of his older brother Dave (Ruffalo)....</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/kerensa-cadenas" ><span class="byline">Kerensa Cadenas</span></a>Mon, 17 Nov 2014 14:01:00 -0500