Summer Entertainment You Shouldn't Miss

Summer's winding down, but you can still take advantage of the season's perks -- including its entertainment.

Dalton Ross, managing editor of Entertainment Weekly, shared a few of the movies, books and other diversions you should take advantage of before summer's end:

In movies, Ross suggested "The Other Guys," which hits theatres today. Ross said this is a big movie for Will Ferrell. He's rebounding off his last movie, "Land of the Lost," which didn't do so well. This one is more up his alley. It's an action/comedy. It's actually a lot like "Date Night," but better, Ross said. Mark Wahlberg is in it. So Mark and Will, they're kind of mismatched partners.

Ross said, "It makes for a lot of laughs: goofy characters trying to solve hardcore crimes. If you want to get your laugh on, see this movie before the summer's over."

For television, Ross is into Showtime's "The Big C," starring Laura Linney.

Ross explained, "Her character has terminal cancer in it. It sounds depressing. It's not. Her diagnosis actually frees her up. She's amazing in the show. Just hand her the Emmy now. She's really remarkable in this role. The show itself is only good, but her performance is great. This one starts August 16th on Showtime."

In DVD releases, Ross suggests "Lost."

He explained the show obviously had a very controversial finale this year. But on August 24th, they release the full series collection, which could clear up some things for viewers.

"They filmed a 12-minute epilogue," he said. "There are commentary tracks, behind-the-scenes footage, some other great bells and whistles. I can't guarantee that it will make you happy with the finale, but it might give you a little more closure."

And for readers who want to read something good this August, Ross suggests reading "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo."

"It's everywhere," he said. "It's by Swedish author Stieg Larsson. It's the first book in his millennium trilogy. And maybe you've heard about all the movie buzz? There was a Swedish movie adaptation released, and an American one is on the way. All the gossip is about who's in it. Daniel Craig will be playing the main male character."

As for the female lead character, Ross said that's "the question of the hour."

"There were a lot of rumors, people were throwing around names like Natalie Portman, but she officially turned it down," he said. "So now they are looking at four relatively unknown stars. So if you haven't read this book, here's your chance to read it before the movie comes out."

And for gamers, Ross suggests Star Craft 2. He said it's a "great thing to waste 312 hours on."

"It's the mammoth sequel to the original Star Craft released in 1998," he said. "(The game) sold more than one million copies in the first 24 hours. It's a military science fiction strategy game you can waste days and days of your life on it."

He added the game is available for both Macs and PCs.
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