This week’s new entertainment releases include fresh music from U2 as part of the animated soundtrack to “Sing 2”, a holiday movie marathon on TCM and the end of the world comedy “Don’t Look Up “.
Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press entertainment reporters on what’s coming to TV, streaming services and music platforms this week.
– Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem star Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz in Aaron Sorkin’s “Being the Ricardos”, a clever and fun showbiz pic that takes audiences behind the curtains of a delicate relationship for a week particularly loaded with “I Love Lucy”. None of the stars look particularly like the icons they represent, and the filmmakers have received understandable criticism of the casting of Bardem, who is Spanish, as Cuban-American, but they seem to capture the spirit of the characters and everything. their fascinating contradictions. âBeing the Ricardosâ will be available on Amazon Prime Video on Monday.
– It’s hard to believe it’s been 22 years since the red pill / blue pill conundrum entered our lives, but Lana Wachowski has returned to make us question our realities once again with “The Matrix Resurrections”, in theaters and streaming on HBO Max starting Wednesday. Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Ann Moss return as Neo and Trinity in a massive cast featuring Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Neil Patrick Harris, Christina Ricci and Priyanka Chopra. And if you need a little refresher before diving into the fourth installment, the first three are also currently streaming on HBO Max.
– Leonardo DiCaprio is leading a star cast that includes Jennifer Lawrence, Cate Blanchett and Meryl Streep in “Don’t Look Up,” an end of the world comedy that begins airing on Netflix on Friday. Directed and co-written by Adam McKay, who also faced off against the Cheneys in “Vice” and the financial crisis in “The Big Short,” this climate change allegory features DiCaprio and Lawrence as scientists who discover a comet the size of of an extinction heading towards Earth. The problem is, no one seems to care.
– “Hamilton” indefatigable creator Lin-Manuel Miranda has loaned eight original songs to Disney’s latest animated charmer, “Encanto”, about a magical Colombian family and the one girl who seems to have missed. AP’s Mark Kennedy wrote in his review that “” Encanto “is a film about the pressure to meet high expectations and the fear of revealing imperfections. They are outcasts and misfits in plain sight. Families who couldn’t make it to the theater to see it on Thanksgiving will have another chance when the film hits Disney + on Friday, just in time for the Christmas holidays.
– AP writer Lindsey Bahr
– A posthumous live album by Chuck Berry is coming out this Christmas season as a digital download. “Live From Blueberry Hill” is taken from performances recorded between July 2005 and January 2006 at the Blueberry Hill Cafe in St. Louis, one of Berry’s favorite places to perform. The album features Berry ripping classics like “Roll Over Beethoven”, “Sweet Little Sixteen” and “Johnny B. Goode”. Other songs on the live album included “Rock and Roll Music”, “Let It Rock”, “Carol / Little Queenie”, “Around and Around”, “Nadine” and “Mean Old World”.
– New music from U2 is included in the soundtrack of the “Sing 2” animation, which premieres Wednesday. The movie sequel – which features the Bono singer and songwriter voicing a character called Clay Calloway – also features Billie Eilish’s âBad Guy,â Elton John’s âGoodbye Yellow Brick Roadâ and Scarlett Johansson singing âStuck In a Momentâ. You Can âby U2. do not go out of. Taron Egerton covers “A Sky Full of Stars” and Halsey covers “Could Have Been Me” by The Struts. Another U2 song – “Where the Streets Have No Name” – is performed by Tori Kelly, Taron Egerton, Johansson, Reese Witherspoon and Nick Kroll.
– AP Entertainment writer Mark Kennedy
– TCM is in marathon mode, streaming holiday movies – or those with enough wit to count – nonstop this week until Christmas Day. Among the stars: 1944’s âMeet Me in St. Louisâ (8 p.m. EST Tuesday), featuring Judy Garland’s timeless version of âHave Yourself a Merry Little Christmas); 1940sâ The Shop Around the Corner â(2 p.m. EST Friday), starring Margaret Sullavan and James Stewart in a romance so lasting it’s been remade twice, including 1998’s “You’ve Got Mail”; and 1947’s “The Bishop’s Wife,” with Cary Grant as a well-dressed angel sent to help web man David Niven and his wife Loretta Young (8 p.m. EST Friday).
– Tune in to the Kennedy Center laureates, stay for the impressive team of actors, singers and comedians on hand to salute their contributions to American culture. In the spotlight for the 44th annual Kennedy Centers Honors, opera singer Justino DÃaz; Motown founder Berry Gordy; Lorne Michaels, creator of “Saturday Night Live”; actor-singer Bette Midler; and singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell. Among those paying tribute are Andra Day, Herbie Hancock, Scarlett Johansson, Steve Martin, Chita Rivera and Stevie Wonder. The two-hour special airs Wednesday at 9 p.m. EST on CBS.
– In the grand tradition of British ghost stories for Christmas, here is ‘The Mezzotint’, which debuts Friday on the streaming service BritBox. Rory Kinnear stars as the curator of the university museum, Mr. Williams, who receives an engraved image that appears to simply show a country house at night. But is there a character around that keeps moving, and is there a scary story behind it? Yes of course! If you’re looking to whet your appetite for the half-hour special adapted by actor-writer Mark Gatiss from a short story by MR James, BritBox has a host of equally spooky 1970s British stories and following, from Monday.
– AP television writer Lynn Elber
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