Here’s a compilation curated by Associated Press entertainment reporters of what’s coming to TV, streaming services, and music platforms this week.
– Among the pleasures of Peak TV is the room that makes for familiar and welcome faces. Acorn TV’s “Darby and Joan”, starring Bryan Brown (“Cocktail,” “Breaker Morant”) and Greta Scacchi (“Emma,” “The Player”) is one such project. Brown’s Jack Darby is a retired Australian homicide detective who sets out on a journey with the little dog Diesel to leave the past behind him. Darby meets the Joan of Scacchi in the hinterland, a recently widowed English nurse and, yes, the opposite is attracted. There are also mysterious events to investigate in the road trip drama that debuts Monday and with two episodes arriving weekly until August 29 on the streaming service.
– Is the Taliban joining their vow to respect women’s rights in Afghanistan one year after the US withdrawal? A PBS “Frontline” investigation instead found what it calls a “heartbreaking” story. Correspondent Ramita Navai interviewed female lawyers who were banned from practicing and women in abusive marriages made increasingly desperate by the Taliban government. “Afghanistan Undercover” also includes what it says is evidence of young girls being kidnapped and forced to marry. A Taliban representative told Navai that the regime’s allegations of mistreatment of women are “baseless”. The film will debut Tuesday on PBS stations (check local listings for the time) and will be streamed on pbs.org/frontline.
– “Five Days at Memorial” dramatizes the torment that 2005 Hurricane Katrina visited at a New Orleans hospital, including the loss of life that led to criminal charges. Based on the book by physician and journalist Sheri Fink, “Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital”, the Apple TV + series is by John Ridley (“12 Years a Slave”) and Carlton Cuse (“Lost” ), its producers, screenwriters and, with Wendey Stanzler, the directors. Vera Farmiga, Cornelius Smith Jr. and Cherry Jones are among the cast members of the limited series which will debut in three episodes on Friday, August 12, with a new episode coming out weekly until September 16.
– AP TV writer Lynn Elber
– One of the best movies of the year is finally streaming. “Belle,” Mamoru Hosoda’s tour-de-force anime of surprising emotional depth, is now on HBO Max, in an English dub. You may have missed it when it hit theaters in early January, but “Belle” is worth recovering. In his eighth feature, Hosoda, the Japanese director nominated for an Oscar for “Mirai”, is aiming for perhaps his most ambitious film, combining a modern riff on “Beauty and the Beast” with a realm of the digital metaverse called “U”. It’s perhaps more history than Hosoda can arrange, but “Belle” is intimately rooted in the life of its 17-year-old protagonist, Suzu (voiced by Kylie McNeill in the English version), a teenager struggling with guilt, the virtual verse. -real identity and self-expression. When I reviewed “Belle” earlier this year, I wrote that Hosada’s films “even in their most elaborate form, can reach such mind-boggling emotional levels that they seem to free themselves from everything you are prepared for in a movie. animation”.
– Each month, the Restoration Screening Room hosts free live screenings of restored classics from the Film Foundation, the non-profit organization founded by Martin Scorsese. On Monday at 7pm EDT, the virtual theater launched this spring will host a gripping film noir of Arthur Ripley’s “The Chase” (1946) and Edgar G. Ulmer’s “Detour” (1945). Both take road encounters in delightfully dark directions that still seem unpredictable and fresh. The Restoration Screening Room platform also gives you the ability to watch alongside other viewers and experience a number of special features, in this case including videos featuring Benicio Del Toro and director Guy Maddin, both movie fans.
– In “Day Shift,” premiered Friday, August 12 on Netflix, Jamie Foxx plays a working father who cleans pools with a secret side concert: hunting and killing vampires for money. Dave Franco and Snoop Dogg are the co-stars. “Vampires, they live among us,” Foxx tells Franco in the trailer. “And they’re just killers. It’s not ‘Eclipse, New Moon, Breaking Dawn Part 1’, it’s not like that. “
– AP screenwriter Jake Coyle
– What do you get when you put two of the most beautiful people in music together? Something to check. Roots’ Black Thought and super-producer Danger Mouse teamed up on the album “Cheat Codes”, with the lead single “No Gold Teeth” and the immortal lines: “Yo, I’m at the top where he’s lonely / I got robbed all like Nick Nolte. Some of the collaborators include Run the Jewels, A $ AP Rocky, Raekwon, Joey Bada $$, the late MF Doom and Michael Kiwanuka in the superb “Aquamarine.” Danger Mouse and Black Thought had collaborated on music in the early years 2000, but they shelved it and rekindled their collaboration for the new album.
– Goo Goo Dolls fans will ignore superstition as the band releases their 13th studio album, “Chaos in Bloom”. Frontman John Rzeznik is producing for the first time and the band claims it is an album of “biting sarcasm, stadium-ready choruses” and “edgy script”. The first single is “Yeah, I Like You” is a critique of online celebrity culture, with the lyrics “You’re so cocky but you’re insecure / You’re always busy but you look so bored”. Rzeznik and bassist and songwriter Robby Takac say the album is grappling “with observations of our dystopian modernity as it seeks optimism and pushes for a more empathic world.” Another single is the extraordinary anthem “You Are the Answer”.
– AP Entertainment writer Mark Kennedy