Every Friday, NewsCult Entertainment Editor Jeffrey Malone recommends the entertainment essentials of the week – at least three, often more, and usually at least one cinematic and at least one televisual, but it could be ANY combination.
1. Movie: Black Panther (Theatrically Nationwide) – This isn’t the first black superhero movie, but it is perhaps the blackest and the most massive. It doesn’t depart from the overarching MCU narrative, but its own particular corner of that universe is allowed to flourish. And let’s give up for the style. Is this next year’s Oscar winner for Costume Design?
2. TV: The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale Series Premiere (February 18 on Netflix) – Community is my favorite show of all time, and Joel McHale’s lead performance was a big part of that, so I’m inclined to give all of his new endeavors my attention. (Well, except The Great Indoors, I guess.) This weekly talkie looks like it is in a similar vein as his reality show-skewering The Soup, which wasn’t always my cup of tea, but it had its transcendent moments. Fellow Community alums Alison Brie and Jim Rash have already been promised as Season 1 guests.
3. TV: Eric Andre Does Paris (February 18 on Adult Swim) – Who knows when we’ll get new Eric Andre Show episodes, so in the meantime we’ll have to make do with this special, in which our favorite absurdist prankster heads to the land of Champagne and Napoleon. According to the Adult Swim press release, this “award-winning documentary f**king sucks,” which is exactly what we’re hoping for.
4. TV: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Season 5 Premiere (February 18 on HBO) – There’s been a lot of news in the news in 2018, and it’s been months since our favorite exasperated British funnyman has been here to say anything about it. But now it’s finally time to satiate our pent-up appetite for viral social activist stunts, real deep-dive reporting, and “And Now, This’s.”