Upcoming attractions: New this week in entertainment |

Upcoming attractions: New this week in entertainment |

Here’s a curated collection from Associated Press entertainment reporters of what’s coming to TV, streaming services and music platforms this week.


— Among the delights of Peak TV is the room it 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 hits the road in his diesel to put the past behind him. Darby crosses paths in the back with Scacchi’s Joan, a recently-widowed English nurse and, yes, in front of them. There are also mysterious events to investigate in the road trip drama that debuts Monday and has two episodes arriving each week through Aug. 29 on the streaming service.

— Are the Taliban sticking to their pledge to respect women’s rights in Afghanistan a year after the US withdrawal? A PBS “Frontline” investigation instead uncovered what it calls a “tricky” story. Correspondent Ramita Navai interviewed female lawyers barred from practice and women in abusive marriages made increasingly desperate under Taliban rule. “Secret Afghanistan” also includes what it says is evidence of young girls being kidnapped and forced into marriage. A Taliban representative told Navai that allegations of mistreatment of women by the regime are “baseless”. The film debuts Tuesday on PBS stations (check local listings for times) and will be streamed at pbs.org/frontline.

— “Five Days at Memorial” dramatizes the ordeal that 2005’s Hurricane Katrina visited on a New Orleans hospital, including the loss of life that led to criminal charges. Based on the book by physician and reporter Sheri Fink, Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital, the Apple TV+ series is from John Ridley (“12 Years a Slave”) and Carlton Cuse (“Lost”). , producers, writers and, with Wendey Stanzler, directors. Vera Farmiga, Cornelius Smith Jr. and Cherry Jones are among the cast members in the limited series that debuts with three episodes on Friday, August 12, with a new episode every week until September 16.

— AP Television Writer Lynn Elber


— One of the best movies of the year is finally airing. “Belle,” Mamoru Hosoda’s anime with surprising emotional depth, is now on HBO Max, playing in an English dub. You may have missed it when it hit theaters in early January, but Belle is worth catching. In his eighth feature, Hosoda, the Oscar-nominated Japanese director of Mirai, aims for perhaps his most ambitious film yet, combining a modern-day riff on Beauty and the Beast with a digital metaverse realm called “U”. It’s probably more of a story than Hosoda can tell well, but “Belle” is loosely based on the life of its 17-year-old protagonist, Suzu (voiced by Kylie McNeill in the English version), a teenager struggling with guilt, verse virtual. -real identity and self-expression. When I reviewed “Belle” earlier this year, I wrote that Hosada’s films, “even at their most elaborate, can reach such shockingly emotional heights that they seem to break free of anything you’ve prepared for in a animated film”.

— Each month, the Restoration Screening Room hosts free live screenings of classics restored by the Film Foundation, the nonprofit organization founded by Martin Scorsese. On Monday at 7pm EDT, the virtual theater launched this spring will host a compelling noir double of Arthur Ripley’s The Chase (1946) and Edgar G. Ulmer’s Detour (1945). The two take street dating in deliciously dark directions that still feel unpredictable and fresh. The Restoration Showroom platform also allows you to watch with other viewers and try out a host of special features – in this case including videos with Benicio Del Toro and director Guy Maddin, both movie buffs.

— In “Day Shift,” premiering Friday, Aug. 12 on Netflix, Jamie Foxx plays a blue-collar dad who cleans the pool with an undercover gig: hunting and killing vampires for money. Dave Franco and Snoop Dogg co-star. “Vampires, they live among us,” Foxx tells Franco in the trailer. “And all of them are murderers. It’s not ‘Eclipse, New Moon, Breaking Dawn Part 1’ — it’s not.”

– AP Film Writer Jake Coyle


— What do you get when you combine two of the coolest people in music? Something to see. The Roots’ Black Thought and super-producer Danger Mouse collaborated on the album Cheat Codes, featuring lead single “No Gold Teeth” and the immortal lines: “No, I’m on top where it’s lonely/I made them all villains like Nick Nolte.” Some of the collaborators include Run the Jewels, A$AP Rocky, Raekwon, Joey Bada$$, the late MF Doom and Michael Kiwanuka on the amazing “Aquamarine.” Danger Mouse and Black Thought had collaborated on music in the early 2000s, but they let it go. They rekindled their collaboration for the new album.

– Goo Goo Dolls fans will ignore superstitions as the band releases its 13th studio album, Chaos in Bloom. Frontman John Rzeznik is producing for the first time, and the band says it’s an album of “biting sarcasm, stadium-ready choruses” and “spear-sharp song fusion.” The first single, “Yeah, I Like You” is a critique of internet 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/songwriter Robby Takac say the album confronts “observations about our dystopian modernity, while seeking optimism and pushing for a more empathetic world.” Another track is the stunning anthem “You Are the Answer”.

— AP Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy

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