New this week: Bruce Springsteen, “The Big Brunch” and Sonic
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.
— Did you follow all the fuss of “Don’t Worry Darling” and forget to watch the movie behind it all? Well, don’t worry, sweetie, Olivia Wilde’s mid-century style psychological thriller will air on HBO Max starting Monday. For those who managed to stay blissfully unaware of spit-gate and dressing and “Miss Flo,” Wilde’s film takes us to a planned community in the desert, where martinis flow, women clean up and men go. work during the day. But Alice (Florence Pugh) begins to see cracks in her seemingly perfect life with Jack (Harry Styles) and begins to question the mysterious company he works for, run by an enigmatic leader played by Chris Pine. In his review, AP Film Writer Jake Coyle wrote that “‘Don’t Worry Darling’ is ‘ultimately neither worthy of all the off-screen hype nor quite the on-screen disappointment it has. been imagined. “
– Film critic and historian Elvis Mitchell delves into the history of black cinema and “a group of artists who changed culture forever” with seminal films from the 1970s in a new Netflix documentary, “Is It that black is enough for you?!?” streaming Friday, November 11. Using excerpts from over 100 films and new interviews with the likes of Harry Belafonte, Samuel L. Jackson, Laurence Fishburne, Whoopi Goldberg and Zendaya, Mitchell examines the impact of black voices, creators and actors on the cinema and argues that blaxploitation was not just a niche moment, but as influential and important as what the new generation of white male filmmakers were doing in the 70s. The adaptation of “Where the Crawdads Sing” and, Thursday, Lindsay Lohan’s romantic comedy “Falling for Christmas” also arrives on Netflix on Saturday, November 12.
– Disney+ gets one of the best documentaries of the year from Friday, November 11 in “Fire of Love” about Katia and Maurice Krafft, famous French volcanologists who died on Mount Unzen in Japan in 1991. Sara’s experimental documentary Dosa about a strange love triangle between man, woman and volcano is compiled from hundreds of hours of Krafft’s wild cinematic footage of their explorations. Dosa drew on the aesthetics of French Nouvelle Vague films to help shape the film’s tone and style, including playful split screens and zooms. They delved into the absurdity and depth of the story with “deadpan and curious” narration by Miranda July and a “retro-futuristic” original score by Nicolas Godin of French music duo Air.
– Bruce Springsteen takes on the Four Tops, Temptations, Supremes, Frankie Wilson, Jimmy Ruffin and other soul legends in a covers album due out Friday, November 11. The “Only the Strong Survive” disc is named after the Jimmy Butler song, among 15 other covers. Among the songs he tackles are the Commodores’ ‘Nightshift’, the Walker Brothers’ ‘The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore’ and the Four Tops’ ‘When She Was My Girl’. The disc arrives three months before the start of his tour with the E Street Band.
— Louis Tomlinson seems to be in an optimistic mood judging by the title of his second album, “‘Faith in the Future.” It’s the former One Direction member’s first album since 2020’s “Walls” and lead single “Bigger Than Me” has a massive pop hook. Tomlinson says the goal is “to produce a collection of songs suitable for an anthemic live performance”. Another single, “Out Of My System”, has a darker, more hard rock vibe with the lyrics “Demons, I’m takin’ all of my demons/ Putting them where I will’t see them/ ‘Cause I just wanna feel alive.”
— Morris Day, lead singer of The Time, calls time. His fifth solo album, “Last Call,” will be his last, he says, and he’s brought some friends over to say goodbye. ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons appears on “Too Much Girl 4 Me”, “Grown Man” with Big Daddy Kane and “Use to Be the Playa” with Snoop Dogg on board. Other guests include E40, Flo-Rida, Tech N9ne and Trinidad James. Day rose to prominence in the 1980s as the frontman of The Time, a band formed by Prince, which released several classic albums and singles, including ‘Jungle Love’, ‘777-9311’ and ‘The Bird’. .
– Travel by car! The owners of the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop leave their home base “Pawn Stars” in Las Vegas for The History Channel’s “Pawn Stars Do America” show. Father-son store owners Rick Harrison and Corey Harrison and friend Austin “Chumlee” Russell visit eight states in the eight-part series, which premieres Wednesday, November 9. Stops include Austin, Texas; Denver; and Savannah, Georgia. Among the finds: a letter from George Washington, shield of French King Henry II and a photo signed Yousuf Karsh of Ernest Hemingway.
— Dan Levy of Emmy-winning “Schitt’s Creek” fame offers a change of pace with “The Big Brunch,” a cooking contest he created and hosts. The HBO Max series, which kicks off with the first three of its eight episodes on Thursday, Nov. 10, aims to boast “inspiring and unknown culinary voices” from across the country. Ten chefs vying for a $300,000 prize will be judged by Levy — who calls brunch “the ultimate connector” — along with chef Sohla El-Waylly and restaurateur Will Guidara.
– In Netflix’s “The English,” foreign aristocrat Lady Cornelia Locke and Eli Whipp, a former Native American cavalry scout, join forces on a perilous trek across 1890s America to reach a fledgling town in Wyoming that is isn’t a safe haven – she’s plagued by murders. Emily Blunt and Chaske Spencer star in what’s been described as both an epic chase western and a “parable of race, power and love.” The series, with an ensemble cast including Stephen Rea, Valerie Pachner, Toby Jones and Ciarán Hinds, premieres Friday, November 11.
— Lynn Elber, AP Television Writer
– Kratos, the brooding, tattooed protagonist of Sony’s “God of War: Ragnarok,” is more complicated than your average piece of beef pie. Of course, he would love nothing more than to drive his ax into the skull of any Norse deity that crosses his path. On the other hand, he wants to protect his teenage boy, Atreus, who is trying to master his own supernatural talents. Together with their pal Mimir – the disembodied head of “the smartest man alive” – they embarked on an odyssey spanning multiple dimensions. 2018’s “God of War” reboot did a stellar job of blending overwhelming battles with mind-blowing exploration, and “Ragnarok” promises even more of both. It releases Wednesday on PlayStation 5 and 4.
– It’s been five years since the last video game starred Sonic the Hedgehog, but the spiky blue speed demon has become a movie star in the meantime, starring in two blockbuster feature films. Sega hopes this momentum will carry over to “Sonic Frontiers.” The producers are pitching it as the series’ first “open-world” adventure, promising that Sonic will be able to explore his vast islands in all directions while retaining the thrills fans have enjoyed since 1991. We’ll see if this formula works when Sonic returns to PlayStation 5 and 4, Xbox X/S and One, Switch and PC on Tuesday.
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