Nostalgia rules the roost this weekend. Time to get out previous Weekend To-Do Lists (I know you’ve got them lovingly indexed and laminated in a special file) and pore over them, remember the good old days of yesterday, last week, and the week before that. Entertainment-wise, you’ll have some help misting over:
Pixar ain’t steered us wrong yet, and their latest lapidary offering, Cars, seems poised to continue the studio’s winning streak. Nothing like a classic auto to get you reminiscing about the good old days, when cars spoke with the voice of Paul Newman. Nowadays, you’re lucky if they sound like Paul Reiser.
If you’re looking for an answer to the age-old question "Has your family tried a Powdermilk?" then A Prairie Home Companion might be your destination. Robert Altman’s latest is a real hot item.
Or maybe what you’re craving isn’t classic Americana. The cad-ish hero of Russian Dolls has a little Antoine Doinel in him. And a lot of "narcissistic womanizing bastard." Not that the two are mutually exclusive.
And speaking of womanizing, narcissism, and the like, Entourage (pictured) returns on Sunday.
As does Deadwood, everyone’s favorite f—ing Western, which enters what may be its last season.
(And yes, we will have TV Watches for both of these up Monday morning.)
Also on Sunday: The Tony Awards. If cowboys of the classic and contemporary varieties are not what you’re after, perhaps Harry Connick, Jr., can soothe you with a little "Hey there." That, to my knowledge, is the silkiest way of screaming yesteryear.
Looking to Go down in the Delta? Dip into The River in Reverse, by Elvis Costello and Alan Toussaint.
Cure nostalgia is the purest of all. And Cali-bred AFI has it in spades on DECEMBERUNDERGROUND.
Any entertainment journalist can tell you: The outtakes are the best parts of the interview. Rolling Stone writer Jancee Dunn has collected some of her choice cuts in But Enough About Me…
Dysfunctional Families are sometimes better forgot than mooned over in memoirs. But they go down a lot easier when they’re in comics-art form, as in Fun Home by Alison Bechdel.