Upcoming Attractions: What’s New in Entertainment This Week |
Here’s a curated collection from the Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s coming to TV, streaming services and music platforms this week.
Movies– Adam Sandler, long a pick-up player, channels his affection for basketball in Jeremiah Zagar’s “Hustle,” which debuts Friday on Netflix. In the film, produced by Lebron James, Sandler plays Stanley Sugarman, a Philadelphia 76ers scout who discovers a streetballer in Spain (played by Utah Jazz forward Juancho Hernangómez). Filled with real NBA players and TV personalities, “Hustle” captures a surprisingly authentic take on professional basketball and the people behind it driven by their love for the game.
– “The Janes” by Tia Lessin and Emma Pildes is about a group of women who banded together in Chicago in the late 1960s and early 1970s to clandestinely provide illegal abortions to women in need in the years preceding the 1973 decision of Roe v. Wade. The film, which debuts on HBO and HBO Max on Wednesday, has clear new relevance after a leaked draft opinion suggests the US Supreme Court is set to overturn the landmark decision legalizing the ‘abortion. “The Janes” compiles the stories and testimonies of an earlier generation of women’s rights advocates.
– The summer movie season, with its massive big-budget franchise movies, is in full swing. But the Criterion Channel this month argues that less can be more. The streaming service hosts a series of microbudget movies made for $150,000 or less. Many of them are classics despite – or because of – their gritty leanness, including noir villain “Detour”, Melvin Van Peebles’ Blaxploitation triumph “Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song”, Jim Jarmusch’s breakthrough “Stranger Than Paradise” and Christopher Nolan’s debut “Following”. .”
-AP Film Writer Jake Coyle
Television– “All Rise” was canceled by CBS after two seasons, but the verdict was overturned when the OWN channel gave the legal drama a new home. Simone Missick stars as Lola Carmichael, a respected former assistant district attorney who is making waves as a new judge. “All Rise,” which debuts Tuesday, picks up six months after the end of season two as it follows the personal and professional lives of Judge Carmichael and prosecutors, public defenders and others in the hive of a courthouse in Los Angeles court. Wilson Bethel, Jessica Camacho and Marg Helgenberger are part of the cast.
– Stephen Merchant moves to radically different ground with BritBox’s “The Barking Murders,” a three-part drama based on the real-life story of a British serial killer, how the police investigated crimes and their effect on the gay community he was targeting. Merchant is known as a comedy creator and actor (the original “The Office”, “Extras”) who appeared in dramas (“Logan”, as Caliban), but here he takes on the lead role of Stephen Port, who is serving a life sentence for rape and four murders. “The Barking Murders” debuts Tuesday on the streaming service.
– The characters are Gen Z middle schoolers, but the comedy caters to adults in “Fairfax,” the Amazon Prime animated series returning for its second season on Friday, June 10. Billy Porter, Camila Mendes, Yvette Nicole Brown and Guy Fieri are among the guest voice actors who appear in the series, which takes a bewildered look at four besties growing up in a world dominated by social media amid familiar challenges and anxiety of the first years of adolescence. Star of Skyler Gisondo, Kiersey Clemons, Peter S. Kim and Jaboukie Young-White.
— Lynn Elber, AP Television Writer
Music– Carrie Underwood seems to be aiming for that happy medium between country and pop with her new album due out Friday, June 10, “Denim & Rhinestones.” The title track is a perfect mix of genres with the lyrics: “You’re the cool and I’m the fire/No, we’re never go of style. Underwood co-wrote 11 of the 12 tracks on “Denim & Rhinestones” with several of his frequent collaborators such as David Garcia, Hillary Lindsey, Josh Miller, Ashley Gorley, Josh Kear and Chris DeStefano. Some new co-writers include Michael Hardy and Lydia Vaughan, who co-wrote “If I Didn’t Love You,” Underwood’s hit duet with Jason Aldean.
– A lot of BTS drop Friday and we mean a lot. The three-disc anthology album, “Proof,” features 48 tracks featuring many of the group’s hit singles as well as three new songs, including “Yet to Come (The Most Beautiful Moment).” Additionally, the collection will feature an entire disc of previously unreleased demos and fan-favorite tracks, including solo versions of the hits “Spring Day” and “DNA.” Also, look out for takes on individual songs like Jimin and V’s “Friends,” Jungkook’s “Euphoria,” and RM’s “Intro: Persona,” among others.
— Summer means the return of cherries and how sweet the sound of Neneh Cherry’s songs is coming this week. A cover collaboration, “The Versions,” features classic Cherry hits by female artists inspired by her work. The first two singles from the album are Robyn’s version of “Buffalo Stance” and Sia’s reworking of “Manchild”. Other artists on the album include Anohni, Greentea Peng, Seinabo Sey, Kelsey Lu, Honey Dijon, Jamila Woods and Sudan Archives. Cherry’s daughter, Tyson, brings her own sultry attitude to mom’s “Sassy.”
– Mark Kennedy, AP Entertainment Writer
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