While the rest of the world is anxiously awaiting the results of Tuesday’s election, fans of “The Walking Dead” are singing “We’re on Easy Street/And it feels so sweet.”
And we’re not liking it one bit.
Here’s some of the watercooler talk this morning about “The Walking Dead” and “Westworld” and some other stuff you might have missed over the weekend. (Careful: Some spoilers ahead.)
▪ HBO’s “Westworld” dialed up the intensity Sunday night, as Maeve (Thandie Newton) coerced Henry (Eddie Shin) into giving her a tour of the world behind Westworld and then amping up her intelligence. Meanwhile, Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) discovered the secret family of Dr. Ford (Anthony Hopkins), and Elsie (Shannon Woodward) discovered some of the people behind the hosts’ reprogramming. And did you catch the nod to Yul Brynner and the original movie as Bernard searched for answers in the complex’s basement? Io9 has details here.
▪ Negan and Dwight did their best to break Daryl in Sunday’s “The Walking Dead,” keeping him naked in a lightless cell, feeding him dog food sandwiches and playing the Collapsible Hearts Club’s “Easy Street.” But this episode really belongs to Sherry (Christine Evangelista) and Dwight (Austin Amelio), as we learn what sacrifices they’ve made to stay alive, including Dwight having his face burned and Sherry “marrying” Negan (because everything is Negan’s. Creep.). The Hollywood Reporter talks to Norman Reedus about why Daryl may have lost the will to fight, but he can’t be broken here.
▪ The Star’s music writer, Timothy Finn, took in the Naked and Famous show Friday at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland, writing: “What their music lacks in adventure and risk, they compensate for with compelling shifts in dynamics, as they did on ‘Girls Like You,’ which featured lead vocals from guitarist Thom Powers. The song opened with a soothing Bowie/‘Heroes’ vibe, then slowly combusted and erupted into crashing, chaotic anthem.” The full review is here.
▪ The Star’s classical correspondent Libby Hanssen says the Lyric Opera’s “The Marriage of Figaro” is “as beautiful as it is humorous, as sophisticated as it is raunchy, and the premiere performance Saturday in the Kauffman Theatre was as pertinent to present day society as it was more than two centuries ago.” The full review is here. Performances continue Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
▪ Jason Sudeikis name-dropped Shawnee Mission West teacher Sally Shipley on NBC’s “Today” as someone who inspired him growing up. Sudeikis is now starring in “The Dead Poets Society” at the Classic Stage Company in New York. Watch the full interview here.
▪ Paul Rudd has a new animated film on the way. He and Patton Oswalt voice slackers out to make it big in Hollywood by whatever means necessary in “Nerdland.” The trailer is below.
▪ KCK’s Janelle Monae tells the Los Angeles Times she cried when she first heard the story of mathematicians Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson, the subjects of her upcoming film “Hidden Figures.”
“These are true American heroes; they made America great again. How could they not be mentioned (in history)? I’m appalled, outraged,” she said. “But I’m also excited that we finally get to see a different side of black women. We get to see us as brilliant-minded mathematicians who are necessary to the culture.”
Monae is featured in “Moonlight,” which opens Friday. “Hidden Figures” opens wide after the first of the year.
In town this week
▪ Blue Oyster Cult performs Saturday at the VooDoo. Tickets are $33-$50 through ticketmaster.com.
▪ Singer/songwriter Alejandro Escovedo performs Saturday at Knuckleheads. Tix are $20 in advance. More at knuckleheadskc.com.
▪ John McCutcheon returns to perform Saturday at the National World War I Museum. Tix are $25 in advance. More at theworldwar.org.
New this week
▪ Video: Pixar’s “Finding Dory” and “Army of One,” starring Nicolas Cage.
▪ Music: A Tribe Called Quest, “We Got It From Here, Thank You for Your Service”; Sting, “57th and 9th”; Sleigh Bells, “Jessica Rabbit”; Martha Wainwright, “Goodnight City”; and the Rolling Stones release a live album, “Havana Moon.”
▪ Books: Zadie Smith, “Swing Time”; Trevor Noah, “Born a Crime”; Janet Evanovich, “Turbo Twenty-Three”; Mary Higgins Clark, “The Sleeping Beauty Killer”; and Anna Kendrick, “Scrappy Little Nobody.”
Movies opening this week
▪ “Arrival” (PG-13): Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner are part of a team of scientists investigating alien spacecraft that have touched down in 12 spots around the world. Denis Villeneuve (“Sicario”) directs.
▪ “Almost Christmas” (PG-13): Kimberly Elise, Omar Epps, Danny Glover and Gabrielle Union are among the members of an extended family trying to spend five days of the holiday season together under the same roof without killing each other.
▪ “Moonlight” (R): Writer/director Barry Jenkins’ made-in-Miami drama tells three chapters in the life of a young man growing up and struggling with his sexuality.