The Week: Most Recent Entertainment Posts recent posts.en-usFri, 18 Apr 2014 11:45:00 -0400http://theweek.com Recent Entertainment Posts from THE WEEKFri, 18 Apr 2014 11:45:00 -0400Your weekly streaming recommendation: The Story of Film: An Odyssey<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_artwork=true"></iframe></p><p>Watch the trailer for <em>The Story of Film: An Odyssey</em>:</p><p> </p><p><iframe width="660" height="398" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p><p><strong>Listen to more Netflix recommendations:</strong></p><ul><li>Your weekly streaming recommendation: <em>Terriers</em></li><li>Your weekly streaming recommendation: <em>A Young Doctor's Notebook</em></li><li>Your weekly streaming recommendation: <em>Double Indemnity</em></li></ul><p> </p><p ><strong>*You can also find The Week's mini podcasts on iTunes, SoundCloud, and Swell.*</strong></p><p> </p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:45:00 -04005 years of Girls on Film<img src="" /></P><p>Five years ago, Girls on Film kicked off as a quick, biweekly column looking at Hollywood's ongoing gender problem. At the time, the topic was barely discussed outside of personal blogs and occasional statistical news pieces. Five years later, it feels like a different world &mdash; one that provides an interesting microcosm of how much things can change, and how much they stay the same.</p><p>Back when I started, Hollywood was coming off a year where men ruled the box office. 2008's highest-grossing movies were full of superheroes (<em>The Dark Knight, Iron Man, Hancock</em>), adventurous men (<em>Indiana Jones...</em></p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/monika-bartyzel" ><span class="byline">Monika Bartyzel</span></a>Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:30:00 -0400The man who would save jazz<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p><strong><em>1958</em></strong></p><p><em>Time was running out. The sun had set hours earlier, and with it any lingering goodwill the residents of Newport, Rhode Island had for the crowd in Freebody Park. It was the Fifth Annual Newport Jazz Festival, and, as would come to be the case once every summer for decades, the picturesque town was overrun with artists and fans. The police descended to try to calm the audience.</em></p><p><em>The evening lineup would feature performances by Gerry Mulligan and Dinah Washington, and next up was the Chico Hamilton Quintet. So while the noise levels were being subdued, Chico &mdash; a drummer known for his...</em></p> <a href="">More</a>By Dean Bl. MyersFri, 18 Apr 2014 08:45:00 -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 -0400