New this week: ‘Spirited’, Pokémon, ‘Nope’ and ‘Slumberland’ | Culture & Leisure

Here’s a curated collection from the Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s coming to TV, streaming services, and music and video game platforms this week.


— In ‘Nope’, Jordan Peele once again achieved a Hollywood rarity: an entirely original film that was also a box office success. In his third film as writer-director, following ‘Get Out’ and ‘Us’, Peele expands his dark and unsettling work into science fiction. The film, which arrives Friday on Peacock after hitting theaters this summer, is about a mysterious alien force that hovers in the clouds above a California ranch. The film reunites Peele with the star of “Get Out” Daniel Kaluuya, whose character runs a family business of horse fights with his sister (Keke Palmer). In his review, AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr said “No” “offers a lot to chew on, which is more than most major summer shows can promise.”

– Family movies have been rare in theaters lately, but they’re proliferating on streaming services. One of Netflix’s biggest forays into the realm is “Slumberland,” a $90 million fantasy adventure from “Hunger Games” director Francis Lawrence. The film, which debuts Friday, November 18 on Netflix, is about a young girl (Marlow Barkley) who enters the dream world of Slumberland, where a thug named Flip (Jason Momoa) helps her try to find her late father. It is loosely based on Winsor McCay’s early 20th century comic book stream, “Little Nemo in Slumberland”.

— Holiday movies are already happily making their way onto home screens. “Spirited,” a riff on “A Christmas Carol” featuring Will Ferrell and Ryan Reynolds, debuts Friday, November 18 on Apple TV+. A sumptuous song-and-dance musical that transfers the Charles Dickens classic to the present day and reimagines it from the perspective of ghosts. (Ferrell plays “Present”.) In his more measured review than humbug, Bahr said that “Spirited” “is short as a musical”, but “is still quite enjoyable”.

AP screenwriter Jake Coyle


– Neil Young & Crazy Horse have a new 11-track studio album, “World Record”, produced by Rick Rubin and Young. The first track, “Love Earth”, is a relaxed ballad of love about the planet, with the lyrics “Love Earth, such an easy thing to do / I love the Earth, until the water and the ‘air be clean’ and a video of a barefoot young man walking in the desert. The new album examines the state of the Earth, its uncertain future, and even Young’s relationship with cars (on “Chevrolet”). Neil Young and Crazy Horse have had a prolific few years: in 2019 they released “Colorado”, followed by “Barn” in 2021.

– Scotty McCreery fans have reason to smile: A small truckload of new songs from his recording sessions for 2021’s “Same Truck” album. “Same Truck: The Deluxe Album” is out Friday, Nov. 18. “Nothin’ Right” is one of six new tracks featured on the deluxe album. “We had more songs I loved ready for the original ‘Same Truck’ release than we could fit on this album, so I’m glad Triple Tigers asked me to do a deluxe edition where I could add six more songs,” McCreery said. . “On It” reunites McCreery, Jessi Alexander, Jonathan Singleton and Frank Rogers — the writing team responsible for his 2020 No. 1 hit “In Between.”

– Broadway stars and husband and wife Colin Donnell and Patti Murin release their joint debut album, “Something Stupid,” on Friday, Nov. 18. The pair tackle 12 tracks from Bruce Springsteen, Sara Bareilles, Jason Robert Brown, Paul Simon and more. Murin played Princess Anna in Disney’s “Frozen” on Broadway and was a recurring character on NBC’s “Chicago Med,” a show that also starred Donnell. His Broadway credits include “Violet”, “Anything Goes” and “Jersey Boys”.

AP entertainment writer Mark Kennedy


– Chris Hemsworth, aka “Thor,” puts himself through his paces in National Geographic’s “Limitless,” as part of an effort to discover the durability of the human body and the best way to cope with aging. Accompanied by presumably nervous friends and family, Hemsworth undertakes challenges including swimming in a near-frozen Arctic fjord, climbing a 100-foot rope suspended over a canyon, and living with a simulation of what could look like his body at almost 90 years old. . Created by filmmaker Darren Aronofsky, the six-part series debuts Wednesday on Disney+.

– He was born Steamboat Willie in a 1928 animated short, but like many older stars, he changed his name to a catchier one. It’s finally getting the documentary treatment with “Mickey: A Mouse’s Story,” which debuts Friday, Nov. 18 on, of course, Disney+. A fruit of Walt Disney’s fertile imagination, Mickey has become the beloved of children and adults alike and a mouse to Disney’s growing entertainment empire. Chipper Mickey has also proven to be an adaptable icon, as detailed in the film by director Jeff Malmberg and producer Morgan Neville (who both worked on the Fred Rogers documentary, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” ).

– Fox Nation’s four-part series marking the 150-year history of beautiful Yellowstone National Park has the fitting host in Kevin Costner, star of the Paramount + drama “Yellowstone.” In “Yellowstone: One-Fifty,” which premieres Sunday, November 20, Costner follows the path of an 1870s geological expedition to the western region that later became America’s first national park; visit Yellowstone during an inhospitable winter with temperatures of minus 40 degrees and explore the park’s thousands of years of human history.

— Lynn Elber, AP Television Writer


— “Pentiment” is one of the most intriguing experiences of autumn. It’s a murder mystery set in 16th century Bavaria. His art is inspired by illuminated manuscripts and woodcuts of the time. And there’s no voice acting – instead, dialogue is presented in medieval typefaces, with fonts and colors changing depending on the status of the speaker. It’s a highly focused labor of love from Obsidian Entertainment director Josh Sawyer, best known for his sprawling role-playing epics like “Fallout: New Vegas” and “Pillars of Eternity.” This journey through time launches Tuesday on Xbox X/S, Xbox One, and PC.

– Long-time Pokémon players know they can count on Nintendo to regularly introduce new batches of battling creatures. Meet Sprigatito, a fascinating grass cat; Fuecoco, an excitable fire croc; and Quaxly, a duck with an ugly kick. They are the starting characters of “Pokémon Scarlet” and “Pokémon Violet”. Nintendo says trainers will be able to freely explore a larger open world, moving away from the linear storylines of previous games. Fans can resume the never-ending effort to catch them all on Friday, November 18 on the Nintendo Switch.

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