The Week: Most Recent Entertainment Posts recent posts.en-usFri, 24 Oct 2014 16:35:00 -0400http://theweek.com Recent Entertainment Posts from THE WEEKFri, 24 Oct 2014 16:35:00 -0400Your weekly streaming recommendation: Carnival of Souls<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>Carnival of Souls</em>:</p><p><iframe width="600" height="360" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p><p><strong>Listen to more of <em>The Week's</em> streaming recommendations:</strong></p><ul><li>Your weekly streaming recommendation: <em>The Machine</em></li><li>Your weekly streaming recommendation: <em>The Stuff</em></li><li>Your weekly streaming recommendation: <em>Enemy</em></li></ul><p> </p><p ><em><strong>*You can also find The Week's mini podcasts on iTunes, SoundCloud, and TuneIn.*</strong></em></p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:35:00 -0400Keira Knightley on Laggies, relationships, and surviving your 20s<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">Lynn Shelton's <em>Laggies</em>, a warm dramedy about a woman (Keira Knightley) sorting out her late-20s malaise as she tries to find her true path in life, comes out today. And if you think you can relate to the film's premise, you're definitely not alone. "What was really quite interesting was that every woman I know has been through something like this. Every single <em>person</em> I know," Knightley said in a telephone interview with <em>The Week</em>. "And the fact that this story hadn't been told from a female perspective &mdash; as far as I can remember &mdash; was quite interesting and strange."</p><p class="p1">Knightley plays...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:00:00 -0400Extreme haunted houses: Inside Halloween's most terrifying new trend<img src="" /></P><p>Your typical haunted house might make your heart race, your skin shiver, and your knees go weak &mdash; but all in all, they tend to be pretty predictable. You'll see a few cobwebs, hear a few screams, and get jumped at by a few people wearing cheesy rubber masks.</p><p>But for Halloween junkies who <em>really </em>want thrills, there's another option: haunted houses so boundary-pushing that you need to sign a waiver just to get in the door. They're called extreme haunted houses, and more of them are popping up across the United States every year. Each one is different, but they tend to include a few common...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/charles-moss" ><span class="byline">Charles Moss</span></a>Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:13:00 -0400Let us now praise Billy Joel<img src="" /></P><p>Twenty-one years after releasing his last pop album, 15 years removed from his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, nearly a decade since his last stint in rehab for alcohol abuse, four years after undergoing double-hip-replacement surgery, Billy Joel, at 65, is enjoying an exceedingly rare moment of critical adulation and respect.</p><p>He deserves every bit of it.</p><p>One of the biggest acts in pop music history, selling something on the order of 150 million albums, Joel has been a punching bag for rock critics from the start. As Nick Paumgarten reminds readers in an admiring 10,500-word Joel...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/damon-linker" ><span class="byline">Damon Linker</span></a>Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:12:00 -0400This week I learned the surprisingly dark origins of the Nobel Prize, and more<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><strong>Read more about the facts mentioned:</strong></p><p>How the Nobel Prize was born: A surprising story of bad journalism, existential guilt, and dynamite <em>(Brain Pickings)</em></p><p>1 in 3 Americans are on file in the FBI's criminal database <em>(Factually)</em></p><p>The FBI investigated the song 'Louie Louie' for two years <em>(</em></p><p>A U.S. court thinks the most famous song in history might be stolen <em>(</em></p><p><strong>Listen to more of</strong> <strong><em>The Week</em>'s mini podcasts</strong>:</p><ul><li>Stop hating on cyclists</li><li>Why do fake numbers start with 555?</li><li>Your weekly streaming recommendation: <em>The Machine</em></li></ul><p> </p><p ><strong>*You can also find <em>The Week</em>'s mini podcasts on iTunes...</strong></p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/lauren-hansen" ><span class="byline">Lauren Hansen</span></a>Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:15:00 -0400The best online movies to watch this weekend<img src="" /></P><p class="p1"><strong>1. <em>Listen Up Philip</em></strong> (Directed by Alex Ross Perry. Starring Jason Schwartzman, Elisabeth Moss, Jonathan Pryce)</p><p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p><p class="p1"><strong>For fans of:</strong> Woody Allen, Noah Baumbach, literary comedies<br /><strong>How to watch it:</strong> Now available on iTunes, Amazon Instant, VOD for $6.99</p><p class="p1">Writer/director Alex Ross Perry's <em>Listen Up Philip</em> has a number of clear influences, but the most prominent is author Philip Roth. At least, the <em>imagined</em> Roth, and the arrogant, pseudo-intellectual Brooklyn lifestyle that Philip (Jason Schwartzman) believes Roth embodies. Though <em>Listen Up Philip</em> contains plenty of Woody Allen-esque intellectualism, Perry...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/matt-cohen" ><span class="byline">Matt Cohen</span></a>Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:25:00 -0400A gay superhero is the comic book movie we need<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>America's media landscape is at an interesting point in terms of LGBT representation. Over the last decade, we've seen queer gangsters, cowboys, and even a queer president appear in pop culture. So isn't it time for a queer superhero?</p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b3a6d2e5-1e40-f5f2-51a3-ec51471873c8">We'll get back to that, but first, recognition must be paid to </span>Ezra Miller, who made history last week when it was announced he would be playing The Flash in Warner Brothers' upcoming Justice League franchise, making him the first openly queer actor to be cast as a major superhero. Previously, Ian McKellan, Ellen Page, and Alan Cumming appeared in the <em>X-Men</em> series...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Chris OsterndorfWed, 22 Oct 2014 14:15:00 -0400Recommended streaming: Populaire<img src="" /></P><p><iframe width="640" height="360" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p><p> </p><p><strong>For more of <em>The Week</em>'s videos, subscribe to our YouTube channel.</strong></p><p>Watch another streaming recommendation: <em>A Young Doctor's Notebook.</em></p><p>Watch the trailer for <em>Populaire.</em></p><p>Stream <em>Populaire</em> on Netflix.</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:20:00 -04006 simple steps for making millions on a crappy horror movie<img src="" /></P><p>Halloween comes a little early this weekend with the release of <em>Ouija</em>, a horror movie based on the Parker Brothers board game of the same name. As one of the only horror movies hitting theaters this October, <em>Ouija</em>'s success is virtually assured &mdash; but in its original form, it would have been a much bigger gamble. The original version of <em>Ouija</em> was pitched as a pricey blockbuster costing north of $100 million to produce. But Universal &mdash; skeptical over the film's box-office chances &mdash; drastically retooled the concept, resulting in the $5 million <em>Ouija</em> hitting theaters this weekend...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Wed, 22 Oct 2014 06:07:00 -04005 baffling foreign-language versions of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song<img src="" /></P><p>Most of the time, when an American TV show is sold to other language markets, the opening theme song stays as is. But sometimes, especially if the theme song contains crucial background details, the song will be translated and re-recorded. The '90s hit <em>The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air</em> was also a hit in various dubbed versions all over the world. People wanted to know what that intro, which obviously tells a story, was all about. Here are five foreign language versions of the opening theme song that really put their own twist on the famous origin story.</p><h4>1. HUNGARIAN</h4><p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p><p> </p><p><strong>Show title:</strong> <em>Kaliforni&aacute...</em></p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/arika-okrent" ><span class="byline">Arika Okrent</span></a>Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:11:00 -0400