Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press entertainment reporters on what’s coming to TV, streaming services and music platforms this week.
– The western gets an elegant and kinetic update in “The Harder They Fall” by Jeymes Samuel. The film, co-produced by Jay-Z and starring a star-studded cast, is based on real black characters from the Wild West who have generally been overlooked in the genre. Jonathan Majors plays Nat Love, a cowboy whose gun crew takes on the outlaw Rufus Buck (Idris Elba) who killed Love’s parents years ago. The large cast also includes Regina King, LaKeith Stanfield, Delroy Lindo, Zazie Beets and Danielle Deadwyler. In her review, AP’s Jocelyn Noveck called “The Harder They Fall” a sleek and daring western “telling a sorely under-represented story in cinema.” It lands on Netflix on Wednesday.
– Benedict Cumberbatch has been widely acclaimed for his leading performance in Jane Campion’s upcoming gothic western “The Power of the Dog”, but he also gives a very different and extremely charming performance in “The Electrical Life of Louis Wain”. The film, which debuts Friday on Amazon Prime Video, is a poignant and dashing biopic of the illustrator of anthropomorphized cats in Victorian England. Written and directed by Will Sharpe (creator of the British series “Flowers”), “The Electrical Life of Louis Wain” is the portrait of an eccentric spirit always at work, and often misunderstood. With Claire Foy.
– More than two decades after Tom Hanks played primarily against a volleyball player in “Cast Away”, he has a little more company in “Finch”. In Miguel Sapochnik’s film, a man, a dog and a robot take a road trip through post-apocalyptic America. Hanks plays the last man alive on Earth, who created an android (voiced by Caleb Landry) for the company. The film, which debuts Friday, is Hanks’ second film to land on Apple TV + during the pandemic, following last year’s WWII maritime thriller “Greyhound.”
– AP Writer Jake Coyle
– Swedish supergroup ABBA is hoping to connect with a new generation when it releases its new album “Voyage” on Friday, 39 years after its latest offering of new music. “They say it’s unwise to wait more than 40 years between albums,” the group joked in a September statement. The quartet behind hits such as “Dancing Queen” and “Take a Chance On Me” hinted at what they look like in 2021 with two new songs, the melancholy ballad “I Still Have Faith In You” and the disco “Don’t Shut Me Down ”, with the words:“ Now you see another me / I have been recharged. “
– What does the book “Girl, Interrupted” look like as a musical? Fans of Aimee Mann can find out when her album “Queens of the Summer Hotel” will be released on Friday, via Mann’s SuperEgo Records. The 15 tracks were created for a yet to come theatrical adaptation of Susannah Kaysen’s memoir of her psychiatric hospitalization in the late 1960s. The songs have Mann’s signature sardonic humor, wry lyrics, moody melodies and a powerful emotional resonance. One of the most powerful songs on the album is “Suicide Is Murder,” a monologue the narrator has about her own suicide attempt.
– Get ready for some vintage Billy Joel coming out Friday. The Piano Man is reissuing his first six albums – from 1971’s “Cold Spring Harbor” to 1978’s “52nd Street” – as part of the nine-album set “The Vinyl Collection, Vol. 1 “as well as on streaming platforms. Only box set owners will receive” Live at the Great American Music Hall – 1975 “, an unreleased concert recording. But streamers can get a taste of this performance live by listening to two digital cuts: “Everybody Loves You Now” and “New York State of Mind”, an earlier version than the album version.
– AP Entertainment writer Mark Kennedy
– Apple TV +, the “Ted Lasso” kindhearted house, features a preschool sibling. “Hello Jack! The Kindness Show” stars Jack McBrayer – the Kenneth Network page on “30 Rock” – and was co-created by McBrayer and Angela Santomero (“The Daniel Tiger Neighborhood”). The series includes stories about the cascading effect of helpful acts and aims to explain how to “solve heart problems.” Cast members and guests include Markita Prescott, Albert Kong and Paul Scheer, with original songs from the band OK Go. debuts on Friday.
– Adam Dalgliesh, the British police poet-detective featured in more than a dozen detective novels by novelist PD James, is back on the small screen. This time around, the brain crime fighter with an appreciation for beautiful cars is played by Bertie Carvel in “Dalgliesh,” a two-part mystery trio debuting Monday, on the streaming service Acorn TV. “Shroud for a Nightingale”, “The Black Tower” and “A Taste for Death” are the suitable books. In previous television incarnations, Dalgliesh was played by Roy Marsden and Martin Shaw (“Inspector George Gently”).
– The players will clean the decks on Saturday. Riot Games’ “Arcane,” a television adaptation of the eponymous video game from the “League of Legends” universe, debuts at 10 p.m. EDT on Netflix. This is the hunter after the annual Riot Games League of Legends World Championship ends in Iceland. The voice cast for “Arcane” includes Hailee Steinfeld and Ella Purnell as sisters Vi and Jinx, and Kevin Alejandro as Jayce. The series will be released in a trio of acts in three episodes, with the first focusing on the origins of the siblings. The following episodes will be released on November 13 and 20.
– AP television writer Lynn Elber
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