Here’s a curated collection by entertainment journalists from the Associated Press on what’s coming to TV, streaming services and music platforms this week.
— In the nearly 25 years since Princess Diana’s death, there has never been a shortage of content examining the enormous impact and intrigue of her short life. But a new documentary from director Ed Perkins, “The Princess,” which premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival and is available on HBO (and HBO Max) on Wednesday, turns the lens back on us. The film has no talking heads or narration, but uses only archival footage to tell a different kind of story. It’s a meditative and transporting experience that is surprisingly effective.
— Two of the most delicious theatrical releases this summer “Mrs. Harris goes to Paris” and “Mr. Malcolm’s List” are now available to rent on demand and watch at home. The first is an ingrained fantasy adorned with the lore of mid-century designers, featuring Lesley Manville as a post-World War II British governess and widow. She dreams of owning a Christian Dior dress and must travel to Paris to get one (and her moment of her middle-aged Sabrina). “Sir. Malcolm’s List”, meanwhile, is an ode to Jane Austen – a Regency-era romance filled with high society gossip, intrigue and shenanigans starring Freida Pinto, Zawe Ashton and Ṣọpẹ́ Dìrísù as the titular Mr. Malcolm.
– On the other streamers, Lili Reinhart of “Riverdale” fame leads a Netflix photo “Look Both Ways” about a high schooler whose life splits into parallel realities on prom night. In one, she becomes pregnant and needs to move to Texas. In another, she heads to Los Angeles to start her career. Co-starring “Top Gun: Maverick’s” Danny Ramierz, “Look Both Ways” hits Netflix on Wednesday. And for those looking for a scare, Paramount+ is debuting “Orphan: First Kill” on Friday, August 19th. and makes its way to America.
—AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr
— Demi Lovato’s upcoming album flirts with NSFW. “Holy Fvck” is both a track and the title of the 16-song album, released Friday, August 19th. said SiriusXM. “And especially because there are songs on the album that have, like, a religious tone, there are songs on the album that have this dichotomy of good and bad, and this song kind of represents both.” The album’s first punk single, “Skin of My Teeth,” is about Lovato’s struggles with sobriety. “The reaper knocks on my door/’Cause I’m addicted to more,” she sings.
— What did you accomplish during the pandemic? Indie rock band The Mountain Goats have released three new studio albums with a fourth on the horizon. The latest album, “Bleed Out”, is set to drop on Friday, August 19th and is described as “a cinematic experience inspired by action movies from the 60s, 70s and 80s”. The first single, “Training Montage”, comes with a rather silly video, with the band doing push-ups, running down stairs and skating. Oh, and while you wait for the album, frontman John Darnielle also managed to drop the true-crime novel, “Devil House,” earlier this year.
“Don’t panic, Brendon Urie is back. His Band Panic! At The Disco delivers the album “Viva Las Vengeance” on Friday, August 19, led by the sugary single “Middle of a Breakup” and the high-energy title track. “’Viva Las Vengeance’ is a retrospective of who I was 17 years ago and who I am now with the affection I didn’t have before. I didn’t know I was making an album and there was something about the tape machine that kept me honest,” says Urie. It’s Panic’s first song since the release of “Pray for the Wicked” in 2018. You can also see the band at this year’s MTV VMAs on August 28th.
— Mark Kennedy, writer at AP Entertainment
– High-stakes drama is off the court in “Legacy: The True Story of the LA Lakers,” a 10-part docuseries premiering Monday on Hulu. The series promises to detail how real estate mogul Jerry Buss’ acquisition of the team in 1979 led to its transformation into a multibillion-dollar championship franchise – including business and family conflicts. There’s a Buss connection to the series: Jeanie Buss, his widow and Lakers CEO and parent company, is an executive producer. Filmmaker Antoine Fuqua (“Training Day”) directed, with Shaquille O’Neal, Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar among those interviewed.
— Tatiana Maslany won an Emmy for Leading Actress in 2016 for playing half a dozen characters in “Orphan Black.” A nine-episode Disney+ comedy series set in the Marvel universe gives her both sides of a coin to work with. “She-Hulk: Attorney at Law”, Jennifer Lewis’ career changes after a transfusion from her cousin Bruce Banner, aka the Hulk, makes her a very reluctant superhero and a defender of her colleagues in court. Familiar faces from Marvel in the series that premieres on Thursday include Mark Ruffalo as Smart Hulk, Tim Roth as Emil Blonsky-the Abomination and Benedict Wong as Wong.
– It’s been over three years since “Game of Thrones” ended, but who’s counting? Fans who’ve waited for its prequel, “House of the Dragon,” finally arriving Sunday, August 21, on HBO. The story of the House of Targaryens, set two centuries before “Game of Thrones”, is based on “Fire & Blood” by George RR Martin. The cast includes Paddy Considine as King Viserys Targaryen, whom the Lords of Westeros chose to succeed their grandfather, and Matt Smith as Prince Daemon Targaryen, his younger brother with “the true blood of the dragon”. Could there be manufacturing issues?
—AP Television Writer Lynn Elber
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