RANDALL KING Ñ MOVIES
Steven Spielberg's Lincoln boasts Daniel Day-Lewis in the title role, but it also has one of the most heavyweight supporting casts in recent memory, including Tommy Lee Jones, right, David Strathairn, James Spader, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, John Hawkes, Hal Holbrook and Jared Harris. Lest one think all that talent could be distracting, Spielberg asserts: "By the time this film is five or six minutes in, they're all anonymous and they're all their characters. That's the great thing about hiring talented actors. Their job is to convince you of who they are."
ANTHONY AUGUSTINE / WEB
Story Time With Jalen Rose
If you are a regular listener to Jalen Rose's podcast on The Grantland Network, you already know that the former NBA star, right, and current ESPN TV personality has a treasure chest of amazing stories from his days as part of the Michigan Wolverines' Fab Five in the '90s, his time playing in the NBA and his current role as a basketball analyst. In a new segment for Grantland, Story Time With Jalen Rose takes those adventures and brings them to life on YouTube (http://bit.ly/Jalen_Rose). Illustrated by the No Mas crew, of Doc Ellis & The LSD No-No fame, this is the best new content feature that Grantland has added since it launched last year.
BRAD OSWALD Ñ TV
Kate Hudson gets Glee-fully nasty, again
Among the many nice things that can be said about Fox's still-churning Glee machine is the fact it has provided a few high-profile guest stars the chance to showcase abilities that most folks didn't even know they had. In Season 2, Gwyneth Paltrow turned heads as sexy McKinley High substitute Holly Holliday; this year, it's Kate Hudson, right, who has caused jaws to drop with her performance as Cassandra July, Rachel Berry's damaged and nasty dance instructor at NYADA. In this week's episode (Nov. 15), Cassandra returns to offer Rachel some rather blunt advice about pursuing her Broadway dream.
MORLEY WALKER / BOOKS
Gladwell book to come next fall
Many of the 1,500 people who caught New York-based journalist and author Malcolm Gladwell's Winnipeg presentation at the Centralia convention in October might be wondering when the new book he talked about is coming out. The publishing date has been set for the fall of 2013, a spokesman for distributor Hachette Canada says. The book's title is David and Goliath, and its subject is "the art and science of the underdog."
KEVIN PROKOSH / MUSIC
Shakey still shakin' things up
Neil Young, one of this city's favourite sons, returns this week to where he hung out in folk clubs with Joni Mitchell 40 years ago. Young's latest appearance with Crazy Horse at the MTS Centre Friday finds the music legend at another creative peak with the recent release of his 34th album, Psychedelic Pill, and the publication of his new memoir, Waging Heavy Peace.