Here is a collection curated by Associated Press reporters that will appear on television, streaming services and music platforms this week.
– In the satirical comedy “Emergency”, graduates of Kunle College (Donald Elise Watkins) and Sean (Jay Sailer) go to an epic party to return home, where the shocking scene: their door is open and a woman falls unconscious on their floor. Men are black and women are white, and they know that calling the police is not an easy proposition. The film, directed by Carrie Williams and written by K.D. Daville, became one of the breakthroughs of the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year for its insightful look at racial dynamics in a comedic setting. He is currently playing in theaters for a limited time before airing on Amazon Prime Video starting Friday.
– “Bulk” – a fascinating documentary about the leader of the Russian opposition Alexei Navalny is shown in cinemas and on CNN, but from Thursday it will also be available on HBO Max. Daniel Roer’s tense and suspenseful film is more like a John Le Carre thriller than a true story. According to many participants, this has become even more important after Russia’s war with Ukraine. “It gives so much context to what is happening in Ukraine now,” said Maria Pevchykh, head of the Navalny Foundation’s anti-corruption foundation and executive producer of the film.
– While we sit and wait to see what big events will be at the Cannes Film Festival this year, on Friday on the platform of streaming films MUBI will be one of the most popular festivals: David Lynch’s film “Mulholland Drive”, which won the Lynch Director’s Award at the 2001 festival (jointly with Joel Cohen for “The Man Who Wasn’t There”). And when you end up wandering around Hollywood with Naomi Watts and Laura Elena Harding, MUBI has a whole section of absorbing Cana, which can be found in films such as Andrea Arnold’s “Aquarium”, Joachim Trier’s “Donkey, August 31” (for new Trier fans thank “The Worst Man in the World”), as well as “Square” and “Force Majeure” by Ruben Estlund.
– Writer AP Lindsay Bar
– Def Leppard returns to basics with “Diamond Star Halos”, their 12th studio album and first work since 2015. The first single “Kick” – less hay metal and more classic rock arena. “You never quit” sounds in the lyrics, and it also sounds right for the band. Def Leppard has recorded in three different countries, with singer Joe Elliott in Ireland, bassist Rick Savage in England and guitarists Phil Colin and Vivian Campbell, and drummer Rick Allen in the United States. The album refers to the earliest collective influences of participants such as David Bowie, T. Rex and Mott Hupple, among others, and the title comes from T. Rex’s “Bang a Gong (Get It On)”.
– A great movie on the weekend is also a place for new music. The soundtrack from “Top Gun: Maverick” includes the singles “Hold My Hand” by Lady Gaga and “I Ain’t Worried” by OneRepublic. Kenny Logins’ “Danger Zone” is back, and Miles Teller, who plays Gus’s son, has recorded a live performance of “Great Balls of Fire.” The album also features original tracks by the film’s composers, but no rerun of “You’ve Lost That Lovin ‘Feelin'” – perhaps that would be too far into the danger zone.
– Writer AP Entertainment Mark Kennedy
– The good old days of the dinosaurs ended about 60 million years ago, when they owned the ancient Earth in all its glory. The action of “Prehistoric Planet” unfolds using a mixture of films about wildlife, paleontological results and visual effects for the promised “one-of-a-kind exciting experience.” Among the stars: the Mongolian titan and the terribly clawed terinosaurus, which, along with other dinosaurs, fall into the appropriate terrestrial, marine and air habitats. The five-episode series Apple TV +, which airs Monday through Friday, May 23-27, boasts narrator David Attenborough and music by composer Hans Zimmer, an Oscar winner.
– Martin Freeman continues to prove that he can play anything. The actor “Sherlock” and “Breeders” starred as a seriously restless English police officer in the movie “Respondent”, which debuted on Tuesday on the streaming service Britbox. Humiliated from the post of inspector, Chris Carson patrols the streets of his Liverpool, England, hometown, battling crime and his own anxiety. He is also reluctant to be the partner of a newcomer played by Adelayo Adedayo, and his marriage is in jeopardy. The series, inspired by the experiences of its creator and producer Tony Schumacher, unfolds during a week of night shifts as Chris tries to save a young addict from mortal danger.
– “Keeping Company with Sondheim” is following the creation of a reinterpreted Broadway version of the musical “Company” by Stephen Sondheim-George Firth, which is changing gender. The documentary, shot over two years during the pandemic, also looks back on the debut of the original production in the dark for New York. Marianne Elliott, the director of the new production, and the cast of the original cast in 1970 were among those interviewed for the film, which aired Friday as part of PBS’s “Outstanding Performances.” So was Sondheim, a theater giant who died last November at the age of 91.
– AP TV presenter Lynn Elber
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