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.
Can a movie be a blockbuster on Netflix? The same “red notice” available at home on Friday is expected to be completed. The comedy-action film has a big screen budget of over $160 million and stars three major movie stars in Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot, and Ryan Reynolds. It’s the kind of billing where you don’t need to know what it is (a world-wandering treasure hunt, international criminal and Johnson as an FBI agent) or what the critics are saying (so far so good) Not there). To be fair, it started out as a Universal movie, but like last week’s Apple TV + Tom Hanks “Finch” offering, it was sold to streamers the first summer of the pandemic.
— “Clifford the Big Red Dog” also has some new offerings for the family (or just the kids), coming to Paramount+ on Wednesday and “Home Sweet Home Alone,” streaming Friday on Disney+. Clifford’s photo brings the lovable Scholastic puppy into the home of a middle schooler (Darby Camp, who played Reese Witherspoon’s daughter in “Big Little Lies”) who was struggling to fit in in New York City. “Home Sweet Home Alone,” meanwhile, is somehow the sixth “Home Alone” spinoff. But it recruits talents like Ellie Kemper, Rob Delaney, Kenan Thompson, and Chris Parnell, who might make it worth checking out.
— AP Film writer Lindsay Bahri
– Taylor Swift’s 2012 album “Red” crossed the line between country and pop, as she began working with new producers and expanding her sound. Now fans will get to hear more from her transition period with the release of “Raid (Taylor’s Version)”, which has been expanded to 30 tracks. The album features hits such as “We’re Never Ever Getting Back Together” and “22” and the re-recorded version includes duets with Ed Sheeran, Chris Stapleton and Phoebe Bridgers. He added his own version of “Better Man”, which was first recorded by Little Big Town, and a 10-minute longer version of “All Too Well”.
– Bruno Mars and Anderson.Pak superstar duo Silk Sonic came out of the gate earlier this year with a Grammy performance of their No. 1 hit “Leave the Door Open,” and their first collaborative project is finally dropping. If the first single is any indication, “An Evening with Silk Sonic,” releasing Friday, will be filled with ’70s-inspired smooth R&B grooves that are perfect for the dance floor. According to the album’s introduction, the duo was dubbed by none other than Silk Sonic by funk star Bootsy Collins, a high honor indeed.
– Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett is back with new music after an extended lockdown in her native country due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Recording her third solo on Friday, “Things Take Time, Take Time,” the singer embraces the meltdown on songs like “Rae Street,” where she depicts people she can see from her window. “Time is money, and money is no man’s friend,” says the Grammy-nominated singer. If you have extra time, fans can remix some of her new songs with an interactive stem mixer on her website, allowing users to adjust or fade out different instruments or vocals.
— AP Entertainment Writer Kristin M. Hall
— In the 2013 finale of “Dexter,” Michael C. Hall’s serial killer is seen living and working in a Pacific Northwest lumber camp after disappearing off the Florida coast. Hall, who shared others’ disappointment with the ending, is back in Showtime’s “Dexter: New Blood” to fix things. Set a decade after the end of the series, the 10-episode sequel finds Dexter Morgan as Jim Lindsay, a local store worker in an upscale New York city. Part of their new life: Harrison (Jack Alcott), the son Dexter left behind and, in fact, the return of his late sister, Deb (Jennifer Carpenter).
—The human rights activist stars in “The Young Leaders – One Young World Stories,” a documentary debuting Thursday at 7 p.m. EDT on Ovation TV. Among them: a Rwandan genocide survivor who founded an organization to promote healing through the arts, and a Brazilian who emerged from poverty in Sao Paulo to study at Harvard and become an elected official in his country. He and others in the film are among the “ambassadors” of One Young World, a global platform that identifies and connects a new generation of leaders whose shared goal is to “build a better world”.
– Jeremy Renner, Diane Wiest and Kyle Chandler head the cast of “Mayor of Kingstown,” a Paramount+ series created by “Yellowstone” creators Taylor Sheridan and Hugh Dillon. Set in a Michigan city whose only concern is its prison industry, the 10-episode drama focuses on the McCluskey family, described as powerbrokers “trying to bring order and justice to a city.” There are brawls and car accidents in the store according to a series trailer, so the conflict is more than philosophical. Dylan, who will be seen as Sheriff Donnie Haskell in “Yellowstone,” also appears in the new series debuting Sunday.
— AP Television writer Lynn Elbe
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