Wednesday, October 20, 2021

New this week: Documentary on Bieber, Fauci and ‘The Burial’

Here’s a collection curated by entertainment journalists from the Associated Press about what’s coming to TV, streaming services and music platforms this week.


-John Hoffman and Janet Tobias’s “Fauci” The country’s top infectious disease expert has the first big-screen documentary and the ubiquitous face of the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s an intimate portrait of a longtime public servant whose notoriety has risen dramatically over the past 18 months—and with it, the far-right heaped on the veteran of seven White House administrations. The Nation Geographic film, which premieres this week on Disney+ after a three-week run in theaters, surveys the doctor’s career, but focuses exclusively on how the AIDS crisis has left him a How to make it as a Public Health Officer.

—It’s a strange irony that Justin Bieber has one of the highest-grossing documentaries of all time. “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never” made over $73 million at the box office in 2011, a non-fiction total bested only by “Fahrenheit 9/11” and “March of the Penguins”. A lot has changed for both Bieber and the movies in the intervening decade. “Justin Bieber: Our World,” which debuts Friday on Amazon Prime, tracks some of those changes in the now 27-year-old pop star, while focusing on preparing for her first full concert in three years — a New Year’s Eve 2020 Show in Beverly Hills.

– Bieber isn’t the only pop star to make a new documentary this week. Concert film “Madonna: Madame X” Will premiere Friday on Paramount+, featuring the 63-year-old singer’s latest personality, an international secret agent around whom she built her 2019 album of the same name. The film chronicles her “Madame X” album tour, in which Madonna played a string of smaller, more intimate venues for the first time in decades.

—WNN film writer Jake Coyle


– Grammy-winning songwriter Natalie Hemby has made a name for herself as a popular hitmaker in Nashville, writing with Lady Gaga, Miranda Lambert, Casey Musgraves and everyone from Little Big Town. After coming into the limelight as a member of The Highwomen group, Hemby is releasing her second solo record, “Pins and Needles”. on 8 October. The album features their complex and sharp lyrics, which are based on country rock influenced tunes of the 90s. Think Sheryl Crow and Sarah MacLachlan with Lambert’s drama and mother-in-law. “Pins and Needles” features co-writing by Lambert, the brothers Osborne and Maren Morris.

– Country group Old Dominion made their mark as outstanding songwriters and energetic performers with numerous hits for other artists, as well as their own chart-topping singles. The five-piece band, led by vocalist Matthew Ramsey, co-wrote the songs for their new album “Time, Tequila & Therapy”. During a weeklong trip to Asheville, North Carolina on October 8. While recording in the city of Blue Ridge Mountains, the group discovered that legendary soul singer Gladys Knight also lived in the city. So naturally they recruited him to sing with them on “The Lonely Side of Town”, which blends the group’s backing harmony with Knight’s effortless vocals.

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— WNN Entertainment Writer Kristin M. Hall


– CBS’ “United States of Al” It’s dealing with a sad story, one it’s uniquely positioned to do. The Friends comedy centers on the friendship of Riley, a war veteran fighting in the Middle East, and Awalmir, aka Al, the Afghanistan translator who helped bring the U.S. to the U.S. on Thursday (8:31 p.m. EDT) in the second season’s debut airing on Thursday. helped. Al and Riley scramble to get Al’s sister out of Kabul after the fall of the Afghan capital. CBS said the episode was inspired by the experiences of the show’s veterans and Afghan writers, who teamed up to evacuate the family members. The episode then streams on Paramount+ on Fridays.

– Showtime’s documentary “Buried” Investigates the outcome of the 1969 California murder case, which was prosecuted based on the recalled memory claim. Eileen Franklin alleges that nearly two decades ago, when Susan was 8 years old, her father raped and murdered childhood friend Susan Naison. The four-part documentary, which debuts Sunday at 9 p.m. EDT, recounts the debate about the legality of such memories, sparked in the fields of legal and mental health. Family members, neighbors and experts offer their perspectives on the tragedy that ended in a reverse verdict.

Brothers Ilmar and Aldo López-Gavillán, born in Cuba in the 1970s, are musicians whose success coincided with the separation. Ilmar left Cuba as a teenager and became a chamber violinist in the United States (through study in the Soviet Union). Aldo, a pianist trained by his Cuban jazz and classical artists, gained respect in his home country. What was lacking was the opportunity to cooperate, a victim of US-Cuban relations. The journey of the Afro Cuban siblings is told in the acclaimed documentary “Los Hermanos / The Brothers”. Directed by Marcia Germel and Ken Schneider and streaming through October on and the PBS app.

— WNN Television writer Lynn Elbe


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