For many of us, summer is now over and that horribly familiar “back to work” feeling is really kicking in. Fortunately, there’s lots going on in the world of pop culture this week to offer a distraction.
1. WHAT TO WATCH AT THE CINEMA IF YOU LIKE A GOOD OLD-FASHIONED OSCAR CONTENDER
This biographical drama directed by Clint Eastwood looks like catnip for the Academy: two-time Best Actor winner Tom Hanks stars as Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the veteran U.S. Airways pilot who was hailed as a modern-day American hero after he managed to land an ailing passenger plane safely in the Hudson River in 2009. Three-time acting nominee Laura Linney adds an extra touch of class as Sullenberger’s wife, Lorraine.
2. WHAT TO WATCH AT AT THE CINEMA IF YOU’VE EVER WONDERED WHAT HAPPENED TO MEG RYAN
Tom Hanks’ Sleepless in Seattle co-star Meg Ryan has kept a relatively low profile in recent years, but she makes her directorial debut with this adaptation of William Saroyan‘s 1943 coming-of-age novel about a teenage boy who becomes the town’s telegraph messenger when his older brother is sent to war. Early reviews suggest it’s a bit muddled, but Ryan fans will enjoy seeing her on screen again as the boy’s mother, especially with the promise of a small supporting appearance from her former leading man Hanks.
3. WHAT TO WATCH AT HOME IF YOU LIKE CLOSE-TO-THE-BONE JOKES
The Brat Pack actor gamely follows in the footsteps of Justin Bieber, Donald Trump and Charlie Sheen by allowing a motley crew of celebrities including Ann Coulter and Bo Derek to make him America’s whipping boy for the night. (Although, apparently, Coulter suffered more than her share of brutal barbs.) Nothing is off limits at a Comedy Central Roast, so expect zingers about Lowe’s career lulls, sexual indiscretions and preternaturally youthful appearance to keep on coming thick and fast.
4. WHAT TO WATCH AT HOME IF YOU’RE CRAVING A SLOW-BURN FAMILY SAGA
Based on Natalie Baszile‘s novel, this OWN network original series follows a trio of estranged siblings who are forced to come together to run their family’s struggling sugarcane farm after an unexpected tragedy. Co-created by Oprah Winfrey with Selma director Ava DuVernay, this 13-part drama looks like a classy showcase for female talent: every episode is directed by a woman, with DuVernay herself helming the first two.
5. WHO TO FOLLOW ON INSTAGRAM IF YOU CAN’T BLAG YOUR WAY INTO NEW YORK FASHION WEEK
New York Fashion Week begins on September 8, and if there’s no space for you next to Vogue’s Anna Wintour on the front row, this Instagram account is a decent substitute. It’s 100% official, so expect pics and clips from all the big shows, which this season include Jeremy Scott, Vera Wang and TV’s Project Runway.
6. WHAT TO BUY IF YOU’VE GOT KIDS TO ENTERTAIN THIS WEEK
If you’ve been watching The Great British Baking Show on PBS, you saw Nadiya Hussain win the season three crown. Published on September 8, her latest book aims to feed imaginations as well as stomachs by pairing tasty-sounding recipes with classic fairytales: one story is called “Jack and the Bean-Patty Stalk.” Think of it as a wholesome, old-timey alternative to Xbox or Pokémon Go.
7. WHICH MUSIC VIDEO TO WATCH FOR GYM MOTIVATION (WELL, POSSIBLY)
Just released, this super-suggestive clip sees Grande lead a spin class and a changing room dance routine before joining Minaj and a squad of male models in the sauna. Obviously Ari and Nicki’s gym doesn’t look like one from real life—everyone has perfect hair, no one looks ready to give up and buy a donut, and there’s a very particular vibe in the air. To borrow a term from Kylie Minogue, let’s call it “sexercise.”
8. WHAT TO LISTEN TO IF YOU CAN’T RESIST A MASSIVE SING-ALONG CHORUS
London band Bastille broke through with their 2013 single “Pompeii,” a fist-pumping pop-rock song that really was about the ancient Roman town destroyed in a volcanic eruption. “Good Grief,” the lead single from their hyped second album, suggests the boys have retained their knack for catchy yet quirky radio hits; this time, they cleverly weave in snippets of Kelly Le Brock‘s dialogue from the John Hughes classic Weird Science.
9. WHAT TO LISTEN TO IF YOU APPRECIATE BEATS AND BLUSTER
If you haven’t checked out this provocative and difficult-to-pigeonhole British artist since her surprise 2008 hit “Paper Planes,” it might be time to reconnect. As well as the usual brags and brashness, MIA’s fifth album (which she’s said could be her last) features some of her most accessible and reflective music yet; there’s even a collaboration with former One Direction member Zayn Malik that turns out be an unexpected highlight.
10. AND, FINALLY, WHAT TO CHECK OUT SO YOU CAN MARVEL AT THE SHEER CHUTZPAH OF IT ALL
On the one hand, this playlist looks like a typically shameless way for “Kimye” to promote their personal brand. But on the other hand, who knows Kanye’s music better than his wife? And, actually, hardcore Yeezy fans reckon Kim’s selections are pretty solid. Check it out now on her website, kimkardashianwest.com.Read More