Tuesday, November 30, 2021

New this week: ‘Dune,’ ‘Invasion’ and an Elton John album

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.


— Denis Villeneuve’s wonderfully majestic adaptation of Frank Herbert’s 1965 cult sci-fi novel “Dune,” with its grand-scale architecture and thunderous sonic explosions, will certainly be best experienced on the big screen. But “Dune” Simultaneous streaming will be on HBO Max starting Friday, October 22, giving viewers the choice of how and where to watch one of the year’s most anticipated spectacles. “Dune” stars Timothée Chalamet as the successor to House Atreides, who takes charge of mining a precious resource on the desert planet of Arrakis. Little goes according to plan on Arrakis, where locals rebel against industrial occupiers and other challenges. The cast of stars includes Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaacs, Josh Brolin, Zendaya and Javier Bardem. But “Dune”’s biggest appeal may be its broad sands and gorgeous sci-fi cinematography.

— in “Capitals in Four Hours”, Filmmaker Jamie Roberts goes minute-by-minute through the January 6 siege of the US Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump seeking to reverse the election results. The 92-minute film, which debuts Wednesday on HBO and HBO Max, covers first-hand the days of lawmakers, police officers, protesters and rioters. More than 630 people have been indicted in the rebellion.

—AP film writer Jake Coyle


Elton John may be sporting a mask on his album cover, but he’s set to reveal his voice and a cast of popular artists on his new offering, “The Lockdown Sessions.” It is a collaborative album for the multi-Grammy winner, who has recorded most of the songs in the past 18 months after putting his live tour on hold due to the pandemic. The 16-track album is led by Dua Lipa with the single “Cold Heart (Panau Remix)”. The album features a diverse lineup of collaborations including Stevie Wonder, Lil Nas X, Stevie Nicks, Brandi Carlyle, Eddie Vedder, Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj and Young Thug. John said that some recording sessions were conducted remotely via Zoom, which he had never done before during his career. He said that the recording of the “lockdown session” took him from his “comfort zone to a completely new area.”

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— Rapper Nas will engage in an intimate conversation at the Grammy Museum during a week filled with other events in the city of Los Angeles. The hip-hop legend will discuss the recording process behind the rapper’s highly acclaimed album “King’s Disease” Tuesday with producer Hit-Boy, which landed him his first Grammy. Other Grammy Museum events include a Monday special to discuss George Harrison and Eric Clapton’s legendary and turbulent friendship that shaped their careers and rock music in the early 1970s. On Friday, Debbie Gibson will talk about her successful career in music and acting with her new album, “The Body Remembers.” Gibson is expected to perform.

– AP Entertainment Writer Jonathan Landrum Jr.


– “Invasion” Has the potential to be a lesson in geography and a travelogue with aliens. As supernatural beings attempt a global land-grabbing, the 10-part Apple TV+ drama tracks the repercussions for individuals across continents. Among those whose stories are told: a rural American sheriff (Sam Neill), an American soldier stationed in the Middle East (Shamier Anderson) and a Japanese aerospace technician (Shioli Kutsuna). Creators include Simon Kinberg (the “X-Men” and “Deadpool” movies) and David Weil (“Hunters”). Three episodes will be released on Friday, October 22, with new episodes coming weekly.

– Issa Rae’s terrific comedy “Insecure” Its fifth and final season begins Sunday, October 24, on HBO (10 p.m. EDT). Based on her life and her web series “The Mis-Adventures of Awakened Black Girl”, the series follows Rae’s fictional counterpart, Issa Dee, and best friend Molly (Yvonne Orji) through the ups and downs of love and career. is done. Rae’s own star has grown with films (“The Photograph,” “The Lovebirds”), a record label, and more to come. In a 2017 interview, Rae said it was rewarding that “Insecure” proved people wrong who claimed that its authentic stories about characters of color would not find audiences.

— AP Television writer Lynn Elbe


Watch AP’s entertainment coverage here: https://apnews.com/apf-entertainment.


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