Hope everyone has recovered from food coma brought on by a festive Thanksgiving holiday! The big news last weekend was that Sony was the target of a cyber attack that is rumored to be the work of North Korean hackers teaching the big studio a lesson for their involvement with the upcoming Seth Rogan/James Franco comedy “The Interview.” The film is about two entertainment journalists who land an interview with Kim Jong-un, played by Randall Park, and are tapped by the CIA to assassinate the dictator. When the first trailer was released, a North Korean spokesperson on behalf of the Pyongyang government called the film an act of terror and made a complaint to the United Nations.
As a result of the hacking, five Sony films (four unreleased) have been leaked online and downloaded, presumably costing the studio a lot of money in future ticket sales. The FBI is currently investigating.
In brighter news — what to watch this week!
“The Walking Dead“ — AMC accidentally revealed a big spoiler in the mid-season finale on their Facebook page before the episode aired on the West Coast, and they released a statement apologizing to their angry fans for spoiling it. We’ll learn from their mistakes and not spoil it for you, but catch up if you haven’t seen it. It’s a big one.
“The Mentalist“— The seventh season premiered last week, and there’s a new detective in town: Agent Michelle Vegas (played by new series regular Josie Loren) who looks like she might be a new love interest for Tim Kang’s Kimball Cho. Meanwhile, Patrick Jane and Teresa Lisbon are trying to keep their romance a secret.
“Survivor: San Juan del Sur – Blood vs. Water“— Catch up on Wednesday’s 2-hour episode, as we’re down to the final eight competitors — including Natalie Anderson, who had put herself in pretty good position going into this week’s challenges. If you don’t remember, Sri Lankan American Natalie is one of twin sisters who had previously competed on “The Amazing Race;” her sister Nadiya didn’t fare so well in “Survivor,” as she was voted off the very first episode.
Everyone’s Talking About:
“Selfie“— The before-canceled ABC sitcom, starring Karen Gillan and John Cho, has been picked up by Hulu. Read about the fan campaign to keep the show going in our XFINITY blog, and catch up on the first season before jumping to the new episodes.
“Jurassic World“ — A trailer was released of the upcoming installment of the “Jurassic Park” series, starring Chris Pratt, and it’s a shot-for-shot remake of the original 1993 trailer. Brian Tee (“The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift“) plays Hamada, head of security, B.D. Wong (“Law & Order’) will be reprising his role as Dr. Henry Wu from the original film, and Irrfan Khan (“Life of Pi“) is Simon Masrani, the head of the Masrani Corporation and the owner of Jurassic World. The film takes place 22 years after the third film, which premiered 13 years ago.
“True Detective“ – Justin Lin has been tapped to direct the first couple episodes of the season, taking the reigns over from Emmy Award-winner Cary Fukunaga — who is working on a film about child soldiers in West Africa. The cast of season two has slowly been revealed: Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn will be joined by Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch, and Kelly Reilly.
“The Mindy Project“ — The mid-season finale of FOX’s critically-acclaimed comedy will air next week, so make sure to catch up on Mindy and Danny’s relationship before then.
“Action Jackson” — The Bollywood action film starring Ajay Devgn and Sonakshi Sinha hits theaters this Friday. This is the third time director Prabhu Deva has worked with Sinha, including 2013’s “R…Rajkumar,” a love story that takes place in the drug dealing world.
“Parks and Recreation“— The NBC hit comedy starring Amy Poehler, Aziz Ansari and more has an official premiere date for its seventh and final season: January 13, 2015. There will be two back-to-back episodes every Tuesday until February 24. Catch up on the episodes of last season before then!
Weekend Date Night Pick:
“The Playback Singer“ — The indie Indian American flick directed by Suju Vijayan is about a newly-married couple, Ray (Ross Partridge) and Priya (Navi Rawat), who get a visit from Priya’s cranky estranged father Ashok (Piyush Mishra), who used to be a playback singer — a singer whose music is recorded for playback in Bollywood films. Though the two men butt heads, Priya soon finds her father and husband have more in common than they think, for better or worse. Rawat is known for her role on “Numb3rs” and “The O.C.,” while Mishra has acted in numerous Bollywood films including “Rock Star” and “Dil Se.”