It's hard to think about entertainment or justify focusing on it when the news today is pretty much all leaning towards an economic apocalypse. Personally, I think there is no better time to think about entertainment than times like this.
Movies tend to thrive in hard times given that people still need that escape for a couple of hours or more. Movies and other forms of entertainment become a very important tool during difficult times, giving us hope that bad times do come and go. Look at EAGLE EYE. Even amongst all the doom and gloom surrounding the banking failures and bailout debacle, EAGLE EYE still managed to make some decent coin at this weekend's box office (approximately $29.2 million).
There are so many great options right now as well. The fall movie season is in full swing meaning that many of the "good" movies are coming that have been saved for awards consideration. Summer movies are coming to DVD (SEX AND THE CITY came out last week and IRON MAN comes out tomorrow) and the new TV season is now in full swing.
So if you find that CNN or Fox News is really getting you down...take a break a see a movie. You'll be glad for the distraction, even if it is only for an hour or so.