The Week: Most Recent Entertainment Posts recent posts.en-usWed, 27 Aug 2014 08:31:00 -0400http://theweek.com Recent Entertainment Posts from THE WEEKWed, 27 Aug 2014 08:31:00 -0400Captain Blackadder really did fight in World War I<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>BBC's <em>Blackadder</em> is one of the funniest historical TV comedies <em>ever</em>. The four series, which ran from 1983 to 1989, follow the conniving, cowardly Edmund Blackadder and his sidekick Baldrick through various epochs.</p><p class="p1">The final series, <em>Blackadder Goes Forth</em>, is set in 1917. It features Captain Blackadder, a British Army officer on the Western Front, who did his sneaky best to stay alive while everyone else seemed madly determined to get killed.</p><p class="p1">But guess what? There really <em>was</em> a Captain Blackadder who fought in World War I. And a Private Baldrick, a Captain Darling and a Lieutenant George &mdash...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Michael PeckWed, 27 Aug 2014 08:31:00 -0400Your literary playlist: A guide to the music of Haruki Murakami<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">Earlier this month, Haruki Murakami's latest novel, <em>Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage,</em> was published in the United States. Its title is a reference to Franz Liszt's "Years of Pilgrimage" suite, which plays a central role in the novel's narrative. The pointed reference isn't exactly a major detour from Murakami. His favorite tropes are so omnipresent that a fan recently put together a Bingo card collecting them: "Speaking to Cats," "Parallel Worlds," "Weird Sex," and &mdash; of course &mdash; "Old Jazz Record."</p><p class="p1">At times, reading Murakami's work can feel like flipping through...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Tue, 26 Aug 2014 06:05:00 -0400What Keeping Up With the Kardashians can teach America about interracial marriage<img src="" /></P><p class="Normal1"><em>Keeping Up With the Kardashians </em>is generally viewed, at best, as a guilty pleasure. For those who don't treat the reality series as appointment viewing, the ninth season has recently seen the various members of the Kardashian clan contend with health problems, divorce, and marriage.</p><p class="Normal1">While all those situations are relatable to the average viewer, most would hesitate to call the Kardashians "typical." Khlo&eacute;'s split from husband Lamar Odom has been carried out under the watchful glare of the paparazzi. Kim and Kanye West happily tied the knot &mdash; after their rehearsal dinner at the Palace...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Sarah TurbinFri, 22 Aug 2014 14:04:00 -0400Girls on Film: 5 ways movies can be as diverse as television<img src="" /></P><p>Last Saturday, <em>Orange is the New Black</em> actress Uzo Aduba was named "Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series" at the Creative Arts Emmys. Her win &mdash; and the soaring success of <em>Orange is the New Black </em>in general &mdash; is the latest sign that television continues to far outpace the Hollywood film industry when it comes to diversity.</p><p>As Aduba tells it, she had just quit the business when she got the role of Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren. "The day &mdash; the very day &mdash; I got this job, I had quit acting about an hour beforehand," she said in an interview with <em>Today</em>. "I had been trying...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/monika-bartyzel" ><span class="byline">Monika Bartyzel</span></a>Fri, 22 Aug 2014 09:20:00 -0400The best online movies to watch this weekend<img src="" /></P><p class="p1"><strong>1. <em>The Zero Theorem</em></strong> (Directed by Terry Gilliam. Starring Christoph Waltz, David Thewlis, M&eacute;lanie Thierry, Matt Damon)</p><p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p><p class="p1"><strong>For fans of: </strong>1<em>2 Monkeys</em>, <em>Brazil</em>, dystopian sci-fi<br /><strong>How to watch it:</strong> Now available iTunes, Amazon Instant, VOD for $9.99</p><p class="p1">In 1985, Terry Gilliam kicked off his so-called "Orwellian triptych" with the classic dystopian satire <em>Brazil</em>. Ten years later, he returned to those themes with the trippy time-traveling thriller <em>12 Monkeys</em>. Now, finally, he's capping the series off with <em>The Zero Theorem</em>.</p><p class="p1">Fans of <em>Brazil</em> will quickly see stylistic and narrative connections to the 1985...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/matt-cohen" ><span class="byline">Matt Cohen</span></a>Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:09:00 -0400Internet piracy isn't killing Hollywood<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-642f5590-87b6-8648-e5b5-3a44712fd0f3">"</span><em>Hellboy</em><em> II </em>has great reviews," my friend argued. He knew I was loath to spend $12 for a movie ticket to spend two hours watching trash. I checked the internet, and he was right. Critics lauded the film. On <em>Rotten Tomatoes</em>, 89 percent of the top critics found the movie favorable. The tacit endorsement of an internet review aggregator was all I needed. My friends and I headed out to the movie theater, bought our tickets and overpriced snack bar fare, and watched the film.</p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-642f5590-87b6-8648-e5b5-3a44712fd0f3">And it sucked.</span></p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-642f5590-87b6-8648-e5b5-3a44712fd0f3">To </span>borrow from <em>The Simpsons</em>, the film was so formulaic it "could have spewed from the power book of the laziest...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Matt SaccaroThu, 21 Aug 2014 09:22:00 -0400Can sci-fi save the romantic comedy?<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">It's not exactly news to say that the rom-com has seen better days. At this point, declaring the death of the genre is a clich&eacute; in itself, hashed over in think piece after think piece after think piece.</p><p class="p1">As with most things on the internet, the truth has been a little exaggerated. There are plenty of quality romantic comedies released every year. Take last week's <em>What If</em> &mdash; the most conventional entry the genre has seen in 2014. Twenty-five years after <em>When Harry Met Sally</em>, <em>What If</em> boldly asks whether men and women can <em>really</em> be friends, with Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan stepping...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Thu, 21 Aug 2014 06:06:00 -0400The man behind some of the 20th century's most iconic movie posters<img src="" /></P><p>Long before movie posters were just stills from the film, they were works of art in their own right.</p><p>Some of the artists gained name recognition outside the niche industry (think Drew Struzan, who has created iconic images for franchises such as <em>Star Wars</em>, <em>Back to the Future</em>, and more, and is still working today). But the majority flew under the radar, no matter how iconic their work became.</p><p>John Alvin is one such artist.</p><p>"He was more interested in doing a great job and moving on to the next assignment than whether he got his original art back or if his name was on it," Alvin's widow, Andrea...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/sarah-eberspacher" ><span class="byline">Sarah Eberspacher</span></a>Tue, 19 Aug 2014 06:04:00 -0400Lowell's 6 favorite songs for baby-making<img src="" /></P><p>"You live in a man's world, I live in my own world," Lowell sings in a playground-style chant in the opening of "I Love You Money." Indeed, the Canadian musician, born Elizabeth Lowell Boland, is confidently forging her own path. While the release date for her debut album, <em>We Loved Her Dearly</em>, quickly approaches (look for it on September 16), Lowell is already being lauded as a "pop heroine" whose fun ferocity exudes the playful menace of a young Karen O. She's also unafraid to get controversial. "I'm great at drug references, and writing about sex!" she proudly told <em>The New York Times Magazine...</em></p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/samantha-rollins" ><span class="byline">Samantha Rollins</span></a>Mon, 18 Aug 2014 09:14:00 -0400What the 'death of the library' means for the future of books<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p dir="ltr"><em>Forbes</em> contributor Tim Worstall wants us to close public libraries and buy everyone an Amazon Kindle with an unlimited subscription. "Why wouldn't we simply junk the physical libraries and purchase an Amazon Kindle Unlimited subscription for the entire country?" he asks. Worstall points to substantial savings on public funds, arguing that people would have access to a much larger collection of books through a Kindle Unlimited subscription than they could get through any public library and that the government would spend far less on a bulk subscription for all residents than it ever would on funding...</p> <a href="">More</a>By S.E. SmithMon, 18 Aug 2014 07:05:00 -0400