The Week: Most Recent Entertainment Posts recent posts.en-usThu, 17 Apr 2014 09:26:00 -0400http://theweek.com Recent Entertainment Posts from THE WEEKThu, 17 Apr 2014 09:26:00 -0400The best online movies to watch this weekend<img src="" /></P><p class="p1"><strong>1. <em>A Field in England</em></strong> (Directed by Ben Wheatley. Starring Reece Shearsmith, Ryan Pope, Michael Smiley)</p><p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p><p class="p1"><strong>For fans of:</strong> <em>Berberian Sound Studio</em>, <em>Kill List</em>, experimental indie thrillers<br /><strong>How to watch it:</strong> Now available on iTunes, Amazon Instant, VOD for $3.99</p><p class="p1">It's the rare film that begins with a health alert warning viewers of &ldquo;flashing images and stroboscopic sequences" &mdash; but believe it or not, that's not the strangest thing about Ben Wheatley's surreal, visceral period piece<em> A Field In England</em>. In his short career, Wheatley has developed a knack for sly genre-bending films, which cleverly...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/matt-cohen" ><span class="byline">Matt Cohen</span></a>Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:26:00 -0400How Community's Dean Pelton broke new ground for sexual politics on television<img src="" /></P><p>Since 2009, NBC's sitcom <em>Community</em> has chronicled the lives of a wacky group of students and staff at Greendale Community College. From the very beginning, <em>Community</em> offered more diversity in race, gender, and age than your average network sitcom. What you might not remember is the first voice viewers hear in the show's pilot: Greendale Dean Craig Pelton (Jim Rash), whose ambiguous sexuality quickly became one of the show's running jokes.</p><p>In an early episode, Dean Pelton is satirized for a misguided attempt to be politically correct when he collaborates with Pierce Hawthorne (Chevy Chase) to create...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Stevie St. JohnThu, 17 Apr 2014 09:09:00 -0400A Minnesotan's guide to Fargo<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">Tonight, FX is set to premiere a limited, 10-episode series based on the Coen brothers' legendary 1996 film <em>Fargo, </em>which scored with audiences and critics alike by infusing a twisty neo-noir narrative with a healthy dose of Minnesota nice. Having seen a few episodes, it's clear that the <em>Fargo</em> series is more than a mere cash grab attempting to capitalize on the movie's legacy; this is a smart, beautifully acted miniseries that honors its source material while carving out some new ground in the crowded TV landscape.</p><p class="p1">Some critics have lavished praise on the new series; others have been more skeptical...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:06:00 -0400How any actor (even a really nice one) can play a truly evil villain like King Joffrey<img src="" /></P><p><em>Game of Thrones </em>fans have spent the past few years nursing a grudge against the actors Lena Headey and Jack Gleeson, who make a strong case for being the world's worst mother-son combination: the vindictive Queen Cersei and the despicable King Joffrey.</p><p>In interviews, however, the actors themselves seem to be the nicest people you could meet &mdash; a distinction that can be a little jarring for the show's loyal fans. Headey has noted that fans are not afraid to tell her that they hate her. "I guess it's a compliment," she told Conan O'Brien last year. "Or people say, 'I love her,' and I kind of...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/mark-juddery" ><span class="byline">Mark Juddery</span></a>Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:51:00 -0400Mad Men premiere recap: 'Time Zones'<img src="" /></P><p class="p1"><em>Mad Men</em> has never been the subtlest show on television. The cleansing, spiritual rebirth of a character was represented by an actual dip in the ocean. An existential fog might be symbolized by an <em>actual toxic fog</em> drifting through Manhattan. Indeed, last season began with the middle-aged, eternally straying Don reading a quote from Dante's <em>Inferno</em>: "Midway in our life's journey, I went astray from the the straight road and woke to find myself alone in a dark wood."</p><p class="p1">Sunday night's season premiere "Time Zones" opens with a similar gambit: A static shot of Freddie Rumsen, staring into the camera and...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Sun, 13 Apr 2014 23:01:00 -0400Game of Thrones recap: 'The Lion and the Rose'<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to pay our respects to King Joffrey Baratheon, First of His Name, who died just a few hours after his wedding to Margaery Tyrell in tonight's "The Lion and the Rose." Though he was just 19 years old at the time of his death, he accomplished so much: Starting a pointless civil war by cutting off Ned Stark's head, killing babies and prostitutes, and claiming credit for a bunch of victories he had very little to do with, including the Battle of Blackwater and the Red Wedding. His final act on earth was a long, pointless attempt to humiliate his Uncle Tyrion...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Sun, 13 Apr 2014 22:01:00 -0400Arianna Huffington's 6 favorite books for self-reflection<img src="" /></P><p class="p1"><strong> Catching the Big Fish</strong> by David Lynch (Tarcher, $14). "Ideas are like fish," writes director David Lynch, who is also a longtime meditator. "If you want to catch the big fish, you've got to go deeper. Down deep, the fish are more powerful and more pure. They're huge and abstract. And they're very beautiful."</p><p class="p1"><span class="s1"><strong>Memories, Dreams, Reflections</strong> by Carl Jung (Vintage, $17). I have long been captivated by Jung's emphasis on dreams and archetypes. This autobiographical work, one of my favorite books, helped me explore the possibility that our nighttime dreams, far from shutting us off from "the real world...</span></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffSun, 13 Apr 2014 14:00:00 -0400Girls on Film: Aspiring female filmmakers need male mentors, too<img src="" /></P><p>To become a Hollywood power player, you need a good mentor.</p><p>When Steven Spielberg accepted the Cecil B. DeMille award, he stressed: "None of the movies I've made throughout my whole life would have been possible [...] without someone believing in me." He noted that Noel Coward mentored David Lean. Roger Corman mentored Francis Ford Coppola (as part of the large "Corman Film School"). Coppola then mentored George Lucas, who then mentored Ron Howard. Spielberg himself helped Robert Zemeckis, who in turn sponsored Peter Jackson. "We all had a hand pulling each other up in life."</p><p>The list goes on...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/monika-bartyzel" ><span class="byline">Monika Bartyzel</span></a>Fri, 11 Apr 2014 08:50:00 -0400Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner reflects on the show's legacy<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">We're just a few days away from what AMC has dubbed "the beginning of the end" for its critically beloved drama <em>Mad Men</em>. On Sunday night, the network will premiere the first of seven episodes that mark the first half of the period drama's final season. (The second half of the season, which will also consist of seven episodes, will air in 2015.)</p><p class="p1">It's a surreal moment for the show's cast and crew, who have been immersed in the show's distinctive take on '60s life and culture since 2007. How do you bring a dense, sprawling TV series like <em>Mad Men</em> to a close? During a recent conference call, series...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Fri, 11 Apr 2014 06:12:00 -0400Want better film criticism? Stop rewarding the trolls.<img src="" /></P><p class="normal">Earlier this year, <em>The Lego Movie </em>was released to rave reviews, earning a stunning 96 percent on the Rotten Tomatoes meter. Critics almost universally praised the film's "beautiful animation," "laugh-a-minute gags," and "surprisingly thoughtful story." Audiences agreed; <em>The Lego Movie</em> earned a massive $410 million worldwide on a $60 million budget.</p><p class="normal">It seemed like the rare movie pretty much everybody enjoyed &mdash; until a review surfaced by Kyle Smith of <em>The New York Post</em>.</p><p class="normal">Smith's take on the movie, which he deemed "a blockheaded adventure," is a better example of snark than criticism. The review...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Sam FragosoWed, 09 Apr 2014 06:15:00 -0400