The Week: Most Recent Home Page Posts recent posts.en-usFri, 01 Aug 2014 17:09:00 -0400http://theweek.com Recent Home Page Posts from THE WEEKFri, 01 Aug 2014 17:09:00 -0400Your weekly streaming recommendation: Ravenous<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 trailer for <em>Ravenous:</em><br /></p><p> </p><p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p><p>Watch <em>Ravenous</em> on Amazon Instant Video.</p><p>Watch <em>Ravenous</em> on Netflix.</p><p><strong>Listen to more streaming recommendations:</strong></p><ul><li>Your weekly streaming recommendation: <em>Dredd</em></li><li>Your weekly streaming recommendation: <em>Headhunters</em></li><li>Your weekly streaming recommendation: <em>Black Death</em></li></ul><p> </p><p ><em><strong>*You can also find The Week's mini podcasts on iTunes, SoundCloud, Swell, and TuneIn.</strong>*</em></p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:09:00 -0400Jennifer Lawrence is single again</P><p class="p1">If you've been nursing a crush on <em>Hunger Games</em> star Jennifer Lawrence, the odds just tipped ever so slightly in your favor. According to <em>E! News</em>, the Oscar-winning actress is single again after a quiet split with <em>X-Men</em> costar Nicholas Hoult.</p><p class="p1">"They spent a lot of time apart because of work, and it was difficult on their relationship," said a source. The source added that the breakup "was very amicable," which means there's always the chance that they'll rekindle by the time the next <em>X-Men</em> rolls around &mdash; so don't throw out that Mystique/Beast fanfic you've been working on just yet.</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:07:00 -0400Tara Reid debuts her Sharknado-inspired perfume</P><p>Were you watching SyFy's <em>Sharknado 2: </em><em>The Second One</em> on Thursday thinking, '<em>Man</em>, I wish I could smell like this shark-infested natural disaster!'</p><p>Well, the movie's star, Tara Reid, has graciously answered your prayers with Shark by Tara.</p><center><p><br /></p></center><p> </p><p>For the literal among us, Shark does not appear to smell like a mix of dead fish, blood, and the crushed dreams of '90s stars. Rather, the scent is light and refreshing, "perfect for day-to-day wear."</p><p>To achieve that bouquet, the perfume combines iced mint, violet, lemon, jasmine, tuberose, muguet (lily of the valley), cool blue rose, amber, and musk...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/lauren-hansen" ><span class="byline">Lauren Hansen</span></a>Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:30:00 -0400Obama: 'We tortured some folks'</P><p>At a press conference Friday, President Obama admitted that some of the actions taken by the CIA in the U.S.'s fight against terrorism were "wrong," including torture.</p><p>Obama didn't mince words, admitting that after the Sept. 11 attacks, "We tortured some folks. We did some things that are contrary to our values." The remarks were notable for their bluntness, since both Obama and his predecessor had refrained from using the "t" word to describe the CIA's "enhanced interrogation techniques" against suspected terrorists, a phrase that has been widely criticized for covering up U.S. crimes.</p><p>Obama...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/meghan-demaria" ><span class="byline">Meghan DeMaria</span></a>Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:30:00 -0400The week's best editorial cartoons<img src="" /></P><p ><br /><br /><br /> <br /><br /><br /> <br /><br /><br /> <br /><br /><br /> <br /><br /><br /> <br /><br /><br /> <br /><br /><br /> **See more cartoons**</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 01 Aug 2014 15:19:00 -0400Summer movie guide: All the films you should see in August<img src="" /></P><p><strong> August 1:<em> Guardians of the Galaxy</em></strong></p><p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p><p class="p1"><strong>What it is: </strong>The latest (and wackiest) entry in Marvel's sprawling cinematic universe tasks a ragtag team of alien outlaws with saving the galaxy.</p><p class="p1"><strong>Why you should care: </strong>In a summer packed with underwhelming, over-serious blockbusters like <em>The Amazing Spider-Man 2</em> and <em>Transformers: Age of Extinction</em>, the well-reviewed <em>Guardians of the Galaxy</em> is poised to be the fun shot in the arm that the box office needs. It's hard to come up with a more inherently likable leading man than <em>Parks &amp; Recreation</em> alum Chris Pratt, and the film's intriguingly offbeat supporting...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:10:00 -0400Kerry asks Turkey and Qatar to secure release of Israeli soldier</P><p>On Friday morning, Israel reported that one of its soldiers had been captured by Palestinian militants using a Hamas tunnel. Later on Friday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry chimed in, asking Turkey and Qatar for their help in securing the soldier's release.</p><p>"Hamas, which has security control over the Gaza Strip, must immediately and unconditionally release the missing Israeli soldier, and I call on those with influence over Hamas to reinforce this message," Kerry said in a statement. "The international community must now redouble its efforts to end the tunnel and rocket attacks by Hamas terrorists...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/meghan-demaria" ><span class="byline">Meghan DeMaria</span></a>Fri, 01 Aug 2014 14:44:00 -0400Get your first glimpse of Josh Brolin as Thanos, the ultimate Marvel villain</P><p class="p1">At the end of 2012's superhero blockbuster <em>The Avengers</em>, Marvel threw fans one last curveball: the introduction of Thanos, a sadistic, ruthless extraterrestrial who is routinely held up as one of the greatest supervillains of the Marvel universe. Thanos didn't show up in <em>Iron Man 3</em>, <em>Thor: The Dark World</em> or <em>Captain America: The Winter Soldier</em>, but he finally rears his purple head again in this weekend's <em>Guardians of the Galaxy</em>.</p><p class="p1">But if you'd rather not wait to see Josh Brolin's debut in the role, Marvel has just released a special treat: a brief glimpse of Josh Brolin in the role. (Brolin hadn't...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Fri, 01 Aug 2014 13:54:00 -0400American tourists detained in North Korea ask for help from U.S. government</P><p>Three months ago, two American tourists were detained in North Korea after being charged with "anti-state" crimes. Now, the two men are asking for the U.S. government's help in avoiding prison sentences.</p><p>Matthew Todd Miller and Jeffrey Edward Fowle told the <em>Associated Press</em> that they were "in good health and were being treated well," but they are still awaiting a trial, for which a date has not been set.</p><p>"I don't know what the worst-case scenario would be, but I need help to extricate myself from this situation," Fowle told the <em>AP</em>. "I ask the government for help in that regard."</p><p>According to...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/meghan-demaria" ><span class="byline">Meghan DeMaria</span></a>Fri, 01 Aug 2014 13:38:00 -0400The week's best photojournalism<img src="" /></P><p ><br /> Clowns gather for a group picture during the sixth annual Latin American Clown Congress in Guatemala City. | (<em>AP Photo/Moises Castillo</em>)</p><p ><br /><br /> <br />A crew member checks guide wires as a hot air balloon inflates at the QuickCheck New Jersey Festival of Ballooning. | (<em>AP Photo/Mel Evans</em>)</p><p ><br /><br /> <br />Yeoman Sergeant Bob Loughlin walks through the art installation "Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red," marking the 100th anniversary of World War I, at the Tower of London. | (<em>REUTERS/Neil Hall</em>)</p><p ><br /><br /> <br />People look on as participants ride goats and sheep during a race in Fengshan, China. | (<em>REUTERS/China Daily</em>)</p><p ><br /><br /> <br />Men rest their...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/sarah-eberspacher" ><span class="byline">Sarah Eberspacher</span></a> and <a href="/author/lauren-hansen" ><span class="byline">Lauren Hansen</span></a>Fri, 01 Aug 2014 13:34:00 -0400Israeli newspaper removes post on Gaza titled, 'When Genocide is Permissible'</P><p><em>The Times of Israel</em> on Friday briefly carried a post on the current Israel-Gaza conflict entitled, "When Genocide is Permissible," which was subsequently taken down from the site's opinion section.</p><p>The author, Yochanan Gordon, wrote:</p><p >The sad reality is that Israel gets it, but its hands are being tied by world leaders who over the past six years have insisted they are such good friends with the Jewish state, that they know more regarding its interests than even they do. But there's going to have to come a time where Israel feels threatened enough where it has no other choice but to defy international...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Eric KleefeldFri, 01 Aug 2014 13:09:00 -0400Rick Perry: The U.S. should 'stand with Israel'</P><p>Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) wrote a column for <em>Politico</em> today about why the U.S. should ally itself with Israel in the Hamas conflict.</p><p>Perry writes that he can't imagine "the terror that the people of Israel must live with every day," thanks to potential bombs and Hamas tunnels. Perry also defends Israel's actions against Hamas:</p><p >Thousands of miles away, it might be convenient to criticize Israel for having the temerity to defend itself against these murderous terrorist attacks... Anyone tempted to suggest Israel has used a disproportionate amount of force to defend itself needs to remember the...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/meghan-demaria" ><span class="byline">Meghan DeMaria</span></a>Fri, 01 Aug 2014 12:13:00 -0400Government employees say they're only watching porn at work because they're bored</P><p>An employee at the Federal Communications Commission told investigators that the reason he watched up to eight hours of porn at work every week was "out of boredom." A FOIA report revealed that he is far from alone in having both too little work to do and a rampant porn consumption habit. A Treasury employee who had viewed more than 13,000 pornographic images at work "stated he is aware it is against government rules and regulations, but he often does not have enough work to do and has free time," said the report.</p><p>It is unlikely that these and similarly bored federal employees will undergo significant...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Bonnie KristianFri, 01 Aug 2014 11:33:00 -0400Sharknado isn't just stupid. It's bad for cinema.<img src="" /></P><p>This week, an event of catastrophic proportions occurred. No, New York City wasn't actually ravaged by a series of freak tornadoes full of deadly, man-eating sharks. Instead, the internet was ravaged by the millions of people who watched SyFy's trashy made-for-TV sequel<em> Sharknado 2: The Second One</em>.</p><p>I'm not trying to be a killjoy. In theory, this sounds like a fun premise for a so-bad-it's-good movie, in the vein of cult classics like <em>The Room</em>, <em>Miami Connection</em>, and <em>Troll 2</em>. But there's an important difference between <em>accidentally </em>bad movies and <em>purposefully</em> bad movies. And that distinction is...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/matt-cohen" ><span class="byline">Matt Cohen</span></a>Fri, 01 Aug 2014 11:26:00 -0400Dallas Cowboys brazenly mail season-ticket holders playoff tickets, too</P><p>The Dallas Cowboys have gone 8-8 each of the past three seasons, and the Tony Romo-led team hasn't reached the NFL playoffs in four years. So season ticket holders will probably be a bit surprised when they open their envelopes this week and find not just the usual preseason and regular-season slips, but also a sheet of playoff tickets &mdash; along with a ticket to the NFC Championship game, which hasn't featured the Cowboys since 1995.</p><p><em>ESPN Dallas</em> notes that the seemingly cocky move may actually just be smart business; NFL teams struggled to sell out playoff games last season, because season...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/sarah-eberspacher" ><span class="byline">Sarah Eberspacher</span></a>Fri, 01 Aug 2014 11:22:00 -0400This photo could wreck a one-time GOP presidential hopeful's career</P><p>This is not the kind of image that an ex-politician would really want to be remembered for.</p><p><em>The Washington Post</em> reports that on Friday a key photo was entered into evidence in the federal corruption trial of former Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-Va.) for gifts that he received from donor and dietary supplement CEO Jonnie Williams Sr. The photo shows McDonnell smiling and showing off an expensive wristwatch.</p><p>Williams testified on Thursday that McDonnell sent him the photo via text message in December 2012. The watch is a rather infamous gift that Williams allegedly gave to McDonnell, with a special engraving...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Eric KleefeldFri, 01 Aug 2014 11:20:00 -0400