Though it doesn’t feel like it right now, it is possible to spend your free time productively without hunting Pokémon. Here are 10 ways to entertain yourself this week that don’t involve taking an unplanned two-hour diversion every time you head home.
1. WHAT TO WATCH AT THE CINEMA SO YOU KNOW IF THEY’VE REVIVED THE FRANCHISE
After sitting out 2013’s The Bourne Legacy, Matt Damon returns to his most famous role for the first time in a decade. Two-time Bourne director Paul Greengrass is back too, and the supporting cast includes recent Oscar winner Alicia Vikander, so it all seems rather promising on paper. Just don’t expect lashings of witty dialogue—Damon apparently has just 25 lines in the entire film.
2. WHAT TO WATCH AT HOME SO YOU FINALLY GET WHAT ALL THOSE FACEBOOK STATUSES ARE ABOUT
Since it debuted on Netflix on July 15, this sci-fi series set in ‘80s Indiana has become one of the summer’s word-of-mouth hits. The plot involves a missing 12-year-old boy and a mysterious teenage girl with telekinetic powers; there are some cute references to classic Spielberg movies; and Winona Ryder slays in what feels like her big comeback role.
3. WHAT COOL COFFEE TABLE BOOK TO PRE-ORDER IF YOU’RE FEELING FLUSH
Due in September following a successful crowdfunding campaign, this limited edition book features more than 300 photographs of cult British singer-songwriter Kate Bush taken by Guido Harari between 1982 and 1993. Alongside official press shots for her most revered album, 1986’s Hounds of Love, it includes outtakes, test Polaroids, and personal notes made by Bush herself while she collaborated with Harari. Fascinating for casual fans, essential for hardcore Bush aficionados.
4. WHOSE IMDB PAGE TO INVESTIGATE
This 26-year-old actor has just been cast as Han Solo in a highly-anticipated Star Wars spin-off focusing on the iconic character’s younger years. Though you probably don’t recognize his name, you may have seen Ehrenreich in recent films by Woody Allen (Blue Jasmine) and the Coen Brothers (Hail, Caesar!). As ever, the peerless Internet Movie Database (IMDB) has his full filmography so you can find out what random movie he looks familiar from.
5. WHO TO FOLLOW ON TWITTER FOR EFFORTLESS LOLS
She keeps a pretty low-profile these days, but the popular British comedy actress (known for her collaborations with Harry Enfield and French and Saunders in the ‘90s) is back on the big screen in this month’s Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie. Her Twitter feed’s witty but relaxed tone is neatly encapsulated by her current bio: “Burkey with the good hair.”
6. WHO TO FOLLOW ON TWITTER FOR PRE-OLYMPIC GAMES INSIGHT
You may know that Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt is aiming for his third consecutive 100m title at next month’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. But did you know that another Jamaican athlete, Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce, is competing for an 100m hat-trick of her own? Where Bolt has some four million Twitter followers, Fraser-Pryce has under 100,000, so glimpses of her pre-games prep will feel a little more exclusive.
7. WHICH INSTAGRAM TO FOLLOW FOR PUNK AND DISCO STYLE GOALS (AND THE ODD PAIR OF FLARED PANTS)
This account has a pretty simple remit: to share cool and nostalgic pictures from the decade of shaggy hairdos and platform shoes. But because it does it so well, posting well-chosen photos of everyone from Farrah Fawcett to Fleetwood Mac three to four times a day, @the70z has now amassed more than 100,000 followers. Best enjoyed with Carole King‘s Tapestry album playing in the background.
8. WHAT TO LISTEN TO WITH A FROZEN MARGARITA OR A PITCHER OF ICED TEA
This British singer-songwriter, whose CV includes a jazz degree and a stint as a backing singer for indie band Pulp, calls her debut album “wonky funk.” Set off by her distinctive high-pitched voice, it’s a fresh and accessible collection of intriguingly-textured electro-R&B songs. The perfect soundtrack to a balmy summer evening.
9. WHAT TO LISTEN TO IF YOU’RE KINDA CRAVING ’90s NOSTALGIA
Released 20 years ago this week, when Fiona Apple was still only 18, Tidal is one of the great debut albums of the ’90s. Featuring her alternative pop classics “Criminal” and “Shadowboxer,” it remains a life-affirming and relatable account of one girl’s sometimes clumsy journey into womanhood. Just try to block out her much-mocked acceptance speech from the 1997 VMAs (“This world is bulls—!”) as you listen.
10. WHAT BOOK TO BUY IF YOU’RE STILL MISSING HARRY POTTER
Previewing now in London’s West End, where early reviews have been positive, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a two-part stage play set 19 years after the final novel featuring J.K. Rowling’s Hogwarts squad of Harry, Ron, and Hermione. If you can’t stretch to snap up a transatlantic ticket (to say nothing of the pricey tickets to the show) right now, the full script will be published in hardcover and Kindle versions this Sunday (July 31).Read More