New this week: « Reasonable Doubt », « Blonde » and Björk
Here’s a curated collection from the Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s coming to TV, streaming services and music platforms this week.
– Andrew Dominik’s long-delayed, NC-17-rated epic about Norma Jean Baker, or Marilyn Monroe, is finally here. « Blonde, » which premieres on Netflix on Wednesday, looks at the life and mythology of the Hollywood icon, played by Ana de Armas, through an experimental, fictional lens, with stunning recreations of classic film moments from » Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” and “The Seven Year Itch,” brought to life by cinematography by Chayse Irvin, costumes by Jennifer Johnson and committed performance by de Armas. But this isn’t a celebration of Hollywood’s “golden age” or one of its brightest stars; it’s an often blunt critique of this industry and the surrounding culture and how it has failed time and time again.
– For something infinitely lighter and seasonally appropriate, head to Disney+ on Friday for « Hocus Pocus 2, » which brings the Sanderson Sisters witches (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy) back to Salem. The first film, released in 1993, was neither a box office hit nor a critical favorite, but has retained a hold on those who saw and loved it as children. And almost every year since, « Hocus Pocus » has seen a spike in sales around Halloween. This sequel adds some TV comedy favorites to the mix like « Veep » Tony Hale and Sam Richardson and « Ted Lasso » Hannah Waddingham.
— In a new documentary ‘Nothing Compares’, Irish filmmaker Kathryn Ferguson looks at the life and career of Sinéad O’Connor, from his rise to his de facto exile from the pop establishment and beyond. The film, which begins airing on demand for Showtime subscribers on Friday before airing on the channel on October 2, uses archival footage, some never before seen, and a new interview with O’Connor to tell the story. his history.
— Lindsey Bahr, AP Cinema Screenwriter
— The first video for Björk’s new album shows her in a forest of psychedelic mushrooms with a phalanx of bass clarinettists, which seems pretty on-brand. The Icelandic star is releasing ‘Fossira’ on Friday and says the title is a word she coined – the feminine version of the Latin word for ‘digger’. Björk described the collection as a « mushroom album ». Two of the tracks on the album, « Sorrowful Soil » and « Ancestress », were inspired by the death of her mother. His last album was « Utopia », which was light and airy. « This time / the feeling was landing / on the dirt and digging my feet into the ground », she wrote on social media.
— Rita Wilson is flexing her big-name ties with her new album, « Rita Wilson Now & Forever: Duets, » released Tuesday. It sees Mrs. Tom Hanks collaborating with many artists, including Elvis Costello, Keith Urban, Willie Nelson, Smokey Robinson, Leslie Odom Jr., Josh Groban and Jackson Browne. Each track explores songs from the 60s and 70s, from the Bee Gees’ « Massachusetts » to Fleetwood Mac’s « Songbird. » She sings « Let It Be Me » with Browne, « Slip Slidin’ Away » with Nelson and « Where Is The Love? » with Robinson.
« Can’t make it to Broadway for one of the best shows of the fall? » Then just stream the cast album of « Into the Woods » by James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim, with an all-star cast including Sara Bareilles, Brian d’Arcy James, Patina Miller, Phillipa Soo, Gavin Creel and Joshua Henry. In the musical, several classic Grimm fairy tales are tossed into a blender and then emerge intertwined, undocked and unfinished. Bareilles’ version of « Moments in the Woods » is absolutely sublime. The stream begins on Friday.
– Mark Kennedy, AP Entertainment Writer
— Kerry Washington (“Scandal”) is behind the camera as executive producer of Hulu’s “Reasonable Doubt,” which debuts Tuesday. Emayatzy Corinealdi stars as an LA defense attorney who chooses results over protocol and has a complicated personal life. Jay-Z’s debut album and discography are cited as the inspiration for the show and episode titles, with hip-hop, R&B and neo-soul featured on the soundtrack. Michael Ealy and Sean Patrick Thomas co-star in Disney’s Onyx Collective’s first scripted drama, which focuses on programming color makers and underrepresented voices.
— Marcia Gay Harden and Skylar Astin play an odd mother-son couple in CBS’ new comedy-drama « So Help Me Todd, » which debuts Thursday. Harden’s Oscar-winning attorney, Margaret Wright, is organized to perfection; Todd d’Astin is the black sheep of a successful family, an efficient private detective who lost his license because he hesitated to follow the rules. She decides the best cure for her wayward but talented offspring is to put him to work for her law firm as an in-house investigator, and he agrees. Humor, mysteries and family dysfunction are bound to ensue.
– “How I Got Here” combines a journey of root discovery, family ties and a travelogue, which means something for just about everyone. In each episode, a parent returns to their homeland – a young adult child in tow – to explore the sacrifice and circumstances that led to their decision to seek a new home. Each 10-day trip provides time to sample the local cuisine, landscapes and cultural highlights of countries such as Chile, Israel, Italy and Zambia. The BYUtv series debuts at 2:30 p.m. EDT on Sunday, followed that night by episode two in its usual 6 p.m. slot.
— Lynn Elber, AP Television Writer
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