The Week: Most Recent Entertainment Posts recent posts.en-usWed, 01 Oct 2014 10:31:00 -0400http://theweek.com Recent Entertainment Posts from THE WEEKWed, 01 Oct 2014 10:31:00 -0400Fall film guide: All the movies you should see in October<img src="" /></P><p><strong> October 3: <em>Gone Girl</em></strong></p><p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p><p><strong>What it is: </strong>An adaptation of Gillian Flynn's icy bestseller about a man (Ben Affleck) who becomes the subject of intense media scrutiny &mdash; and eventually, "the most hated man in America" &mdash; when his beautiful wife (Rosamund Pike) mysteriously disappears.</p><p><strong>Why you should care: </strong>At a time when the box-office is dominated by generic action vehicles like <em>A Walk Among the Tombstones </em>and <em>The Equalizer</em>, <em>Gone Girl</em> arrives to inject some actual thrills back into the thriller. Ben Affleck is perfectly suited to play <em>Gone Girl</em>'s handsome-but-sketchy protagonist (and can undoubtedly...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Wed, 01 Oct 2014 10:31:00 -0400Recommended streaming: A Young Doctor's Notebook<img src="" /></P><p><iframe width="640" height="360" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p><p><strong>For more of <em>The Week's</em> videos, subscribe to our YouTube page.</strong></p><p>Watch another streaming recommendation: <em>Escape From Tomorrow</em>.</p><p>Watch the trailer for <em>A Young Doctor's Notebook</em>.</p><p>Stream <em>A Young Doctor's Notebook </em>on Netflix.</p><p> </p><p> </p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Wed, 01 Oct 2014 06:07:00 -0400Why do fake phone numbers start with 555?<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>As soon as an actor in a movie or TV show starts rattling off a phone number, every viewer knows what the first three digits will be: 5-5-5. How did "555" become the convention for fake phone numbers, and are there any real 555 numbers? Let's dial up some answers.</p><p>Why do TV and movies need the fake 555 numbers? Just ask anyone who had the misfortune of having the number 867-5309 how their life changed after Tommy Tutone's 15 minutes of fame. Apparently some tiny fraction of the population &mdash; we're guessing a fraction that largely consists of adolescent boys &mdash; thinks it's hilarious...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Ethan TrexTue, 30 Sep 2014 15:35:00 -0400How the Simpsons/Family Guy crossover revealed the worst of both shows<img src="" /></P><p>After 26 seasons and 552 episodes, it's hard to stay fresh. Nonetheless, <em>The Simpsons </em>is trying, employing two big gimmicks in its season premiere Sunday night: a bizarre, buzzy couch gag from animator Don Hertzfeldt and a long-teased character death that underwhelmed pretty much everybody. Still, the strategy worked; this was <em>The Simpsons'</em> highest-rated premiere in years.</p><p>But the main event came an hour later, when <em>Family Guy</em> premiered "The Simpsons Guy," which brought the Griffin family to Springfield for an extended encounter with the Simpsons.</p><p><em>The Simpsons</em> and <em>Family Guy </em>each inspire constant...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Tue, 30 Sep 2014 06:05:00 -0400Inside the biggest show nobody on the internet watches<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>The most-watched television drama worldwide isn't a hip new Fox show or an irresistible BBC classic. It's <em>NCIS</em><em>, </em>the long-running CBS procedural that the internet loves to forget, but one that 57 million viewers around the world manage to remember just fine. The show, which premiered its 12th season last night, illustrates a fascinating phenomenon: the huge divide between the Internet and the rest of the world when it comes to entertainment.</p><p>How can a show get this many viewers with almost no internet presence? It seems to run counterintuitive to the idea that tech determines the pulse of popular...</p> <a href="">More</a>By S.E. SmithMon, 29 Sep 2014 15:06:00 -0400Lawrence Wright's 6 favorite books<img src="" /></P><p class="p1"><strong> The Earl of Louisiana</strong> by A.J. Liebling (Louisiana State Univ., $19). In 1959, Liebling, one of <em>The New Yorker</em>'s greatest and most amusing writers, arrived in Baton Rouge to chronicle the campaign of Earl Long, Huey's younger brother. Earl, who had just checked out of a mental asylum in Texas to run for re-election as governor of Louisiana, was a great character, and Liebling made a full meal of him.</p><p class="p1"><span class="s1"><strong>A Child of the Century</strong> by Ben Hecht (out of print). Hecht was one of our great playwrights and screenwriters, with <em>The Front Page</em> and <em>Notorious </em>among his credits. But it is his memoir that I treasure...</span></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffSun, 28 Sep 2014 14:00:00 -04009 films inspired by the works of Oscar Wilde<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>These days, Oscar Wilde's literary legacy is often reduced to the bevy of pithy witticisms the Irish hero of the page left behind &mdash; the poet, playwright, novelist, and essayist penned such memorable lines as "One can survive everything nowadays except death" and "There is no sin except stupidity" &mdash; but Wilde's larger works continue to inspire plenty of cinematic endeavors, even if that's not always obvious from the outset. Arguably Wilde's most famous and well-known work, the play <em>The Importance of Being Earnest</em>, has spawned plenty of big screen adaptations (and more than a few versions...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Kate ErblandSat, 27 Sep 2014 11:00:00 -0400Girls on Film: A documentary series that finally puts women back in the history books<img src="" /></P><p>In a perfect world, there would be no need for a media platform highlighting groundbreaking women in history. But if history has taught us anything, it's that female achievements are often forgotten or filtered out. Female journalists, spies, investigators, pilots, soldiers, and even cinematic pioneers are only now being rediscovered and added back into the historical narratives where they always belonged.</p><p>The progress is slow. Earlier this year, New York's Department of Education included only one woman in its list of notable people in world history (until public outcry shook them out of their...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/monika-bartyzel" ><span class="byline">Monika Bartyzel</span></a>Fri, 26 Sep 2014 09:45:00 -0400Why Connie Britton is the most inspiring woman on TV<img src="" /></P><p dir="ltr">The tabloid age has made it harder and harder to truly admire celebrities. When every romance and baby, indiscretion and dimpled thigh is fodder for a cover story, it can be nearly impossible for stars to maintain honest adoration from their fans. Few entertainers have managed to pull this off, and no, they aren't all named Meryl Streep.</p><p dir="ltr">Connie Britton, who stars in TV's <em>Nashville</em>, which had its season premiere this week, is one of those rare stars who women not only love, but love to love. She incites a deep respect and an immense joy among her many fans. She's someone we'll root for, listen...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/elissa-strauss" ><span class="byline">Elissa Strauss</span></a>Fri, 26 Sep 2014 07:05:00 -0400The best online movies to watch this weekend<img src="" /></P><p class="p1"><strong>1. <em>God Help The Girl</em></strong></p><p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p><div><br class="Apple-interchange-newline" /><strong>For fans of:</strong> Twee indie romances, musicals, Belle &amp; Sebastian</div><div><strong>How to watch it:</strong> Now available on iTunes, Amazon Instant, VOD for $6.99</div><p class="p1">Artists who switch mediums aren't always successful &mdash; but given the right project, the crossover can be potent. <em>God Help The Girl </em>sees Belle &amp; Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch make the leap from indie-rocker to filmmaker, delivering a light, quirky indie musical anchored by a strong cast and an infectiously catchy soundtrack.</p><p class="p1"><em>God Help The Girl </em>opens with Eve (Emily Browning) stuck in a hospital being treated for anorexia and a host...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/matt-cohen" ><span class="byline">Matt Cohen</span></a>Thu, 25 Sep 2014 14:15:00 -0400