Your Weekend: A Selective Guide

Movies: “The Expendables 3” features every older action star in Hollywood, plus rare appearances from Mel Gibson and Wesley Snipes. Television: You know it’s the late-summer doldrums when I’m thinking of watching “Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge.” PBS is on another round of fundraising, so you’ll have to wait till next month for more Miss Marples. Music: Robin Williams’ ancient “A Night at the Met” has zoomed back onto the bestseller list, even though it’s technically out of stock. Why am I listening to Nina Stemme’s recording of “Four Last Songs” again? Books: I have my doubts about Haruki Murakami’s latest novel, but may take the plunge anyway. Sports: I couldn’t care less about Johnny Manziel debuting for the Browns: he’s not terribly admirable off-the-field, he’s not good-looking, and he isn’t even an official starter yet. Finally: If Shakespeare or Mozart or Einstein had just died, do you think they’d rate the media blitz that Robin Williams got?

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