What to read and watch in 2022


Nicholas Cage shines in The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent in which he plays a fictionalized version of himself (Courtesy of Lionsgate)


The unbearable weight of massive talent
Nicolas Cage has carved out one of the most fascinating careers in film history. Oscar-worthy turns in dramas like Adaptation and Leaving Las Vegas, to mega-star roles in action blockbusters Air conditioning and Front/Off, Cage has recently made a living producing a string of direct-to-digital B-movies — more than 15 roles in the past three years alone. His next film, The unbearable weight of massive talentis a wink and nod to a career turning point that few could have predicted.

Cage, who plays a fictionalized version of himself – a dissatisfied movie star gone from his prime – finds himself in the middle of a plot straight out of the movies that made him famous: having to save his wife and daughter. daughter of a billionaire drug lord who paid Cage a million dollars to attend his birthday party.

The reality show that surpassed, foiled and survived them returns for its 42nd season in March. Originally slated to air last year, the pandemic delayed production as the cast and crew were unable to travel to Survivorat the dedicated location in Mamanuca Islands, Fiji. Because the season was filmed on a condensed schedule – 26 days (including a two-week quarantine) instead of the usual 39 – the action promises to be even quicker than usual.

Law and order
In the spirit of today’s entertainment landscape, where ideas are recycled, reused and rebooted,Law and order is about to make its return to the small screen. After going off the air in 2010, NBC is relaunching the police procedural that earned more than 50 Emmy nominations. It remains to be seen who of the original cast will appear, but the show is poised to make history when it returns.

The four co-hosts of the No Such Thing as a Fish podcastThe No Such Thing as a Fish co-hosts share their favorite stories on the weekly podcast (Photo by Matt Crockett)


Let’s do some science fiction
What happens when three comedian friends set out to create the perfect, binge-worthy sci-fi show? That’s what Maddy Kelly, Mark Chavez and Ryan Beil will find out on Let’s do some science fiction, a new series from CBC Podcasts. With each episode, the trio seek advice and guidance from writers, actors, directors, props and some of the genre’s biggest heavyweights. It’s the podcast that attempts to peek under the hood into the creative process and the hard work, talent, planning, and luck that goes into getting a show off the ground.

Nothing like a fish
This is the podcast where it’s always quiz night. Started by four researchers for the BBC’s long-running game show QI, the podcast has become an entertaining dumping ground for the countless interesting facts that haven’t been shown on TV. Each episode, one of the four co-hosts presents the group with their favorite cutting room trivia and hilarity ensues.

From the creators of the famous YouTube channel ASAP SCIENCE comes the podcast Remark. Science educators and animators Greg Brown and Mitch Moffit, who launched their YouTube channel in 2012 and grown their platform to nearly 10 million subscribers today, take complex topics and present them in engaging, fun, and highly consumable ways. . Each week, Greg and Mitch dive deep into everything from the science behind dreams and space exploration to what happens to your brain during a midlife crisis.


The man who could move the clouds
In what has been described as a “stranger than fiction” memoir, novelist Ingrid Rojas Contreras shares her story of growing up in Colombia in the 80s and 90s, her fortune-telling mother and a period of amnesia that left her bet on a course to rediscover the history of his family. The man who could move the clouds takes readers on an inventive journey down memory lane, peppered with supernatural encounters and family secrets, while masterfully interweaving tales of Colombian history along the way.

All on me!
From his humble upbringing in Brooklyn, NY as Melvin Kaminsky, to serving in World War II and, of course, a Hollywood career most could only dream of, comedy icon Mel Brooks tells the whole story. story in his new memoirs, All on me! Whether it’s writing about Sid Caesar Your show of showswriting, starring and directing iconic films like The producers, Blazing Saddles and Young Frankensteinproducing The Elephant Man and more, when Brooks shares his story, it doesn’t take long to find out why “it’s good to be king.”

1000 years of joys and sorrows
In 1000 years of joys and sorrows, world-renowned artist and activist Ai Weiwei eloquently unpacks his life and career while tracing the life of his father, the famous poet Ai Qing. Both have been detained by the Chinese government for their art, activism and cries for overturning the status quo. Ai Weiwei also tells the story of China over the past century, while taking the reader into the creative process behind his iconic sculpture work and elaborate art installations.


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