New this week: ‘Black Widow’, Jakob Dylan and ‘Gossip Girl’
Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press entertainment reporters on what’s happening on TV, streaming services, and music platforms …
Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press entertainment reporters on what’s coming to TV, streaming services, and music platforms this week.
– It’s not free, but Marvel’s long-awaited “Black Widow” standalone arrives at Disney + on Friday for a rental of $ 29.99 (it debuts simultaneously in theaters nationwide). Not quite an origin story, not quite a farewell, this Cate Shortland-directed movie picks up in the middle with Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff. It takes place after the events of “Captain America: Civil War” and reunites with her superspy sister (a strong and funny Florence Pugh) to take down the organization that stole their two childhoods. “Stranger Things” David Harbor and Rachel Weisz are also on the bill.
– Or if you’re looking for something infinitely dumber and more tropical with some really catchy tunes, “Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar” is finally streaming free on Hulu starting Friday. Arguably the breakout comedy of the year, this absurd, kind-hearted lark follows two panty-loving middle-aged women from Soft Rock, Nebraska, played by “bridesmaids” writers and scribes Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo, who vacation in Florida. There, they meet a loving henchman played by a revealing Jamie Dornan. “Barb and Star” is best enjoyed with a nearby coconut drink.
– AP writer Lindsey Bahr
– Dylan is back, the youngest at least. Jakob Dylan is bringing back his band The Wallflowers for their first new album since “Glad All Over” in 2012. The bright new collection of 10 tracks, titled “Exit Wounds” and released on July 9, includes the singles “Who’s That Man Walking ‘Round My Garden “and” Roots and Wings “. Dylan explained that the album’s title refers to personal baggage: “Wherever you go, even if it’s to a better place, you leave people and things behind, and you think of those people and to these things and you take them with you. These are your exit wounds.
– If freshness is what you’re looking for this summer, look no further than an artist whose name sounds like snow. Snoh Aalegra (pronounced “snow allegra”) is scheduled to release their third album “Temporary Highs in the Violet Skies” on July 7th. Born to Iranian parents in Sweden and now based in Los Angeles, Aalegra is known for her freshness, elegance and discretion in compositions that have R&B, soul and EDM elements – think Sade mixed with Alicia Keys. Her fans include Drake, who sampled her song “Time” for her track “More Life” “Do Not Disturb” and the late Prince, who mentored her in the years leading up to her death. Tyler, The Creator also helped on the new album.
– Entertainment writer Mark Kennedy
– PBS’s “The Latino Experience” takes a creative approach to the diverse experiences of an ethnic group that makes up nearly one-fifth of Americans. The three-part anthology series features 13 short fiction and non-fiction films that each define their own subject, style and tone. The hour-long first episode (Tuesday, check local listings for time) features “Death and Deathability: A Period Piece,” in which a girl (Blanca Ordaz) is baffled by her transition to adolescence, decides that death is near and is preparing a bucket list and “The Blue Cape”, located in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. The other episodes air on consecutive Tuesdays, July 13 and 20.
– Is it ever too early for a reboot of the series? “Gossip Girl” says no. Less than 10 years after the end of the CW series, what is described as “an extension” comes to streaming and broadcast. The chic setting is familiar – the Upper East Side of New York City – but a new generation of privileged teens face a more complicated world of social media. The new iteration stars Jordan Alexander, Eli Brown and Thomas Doherty. The series debuts Thursday on HBO Max and will be available Friday at 8 p.m. EDT on The CW and its online platforms.
– Viewers with fond memories of HBO’s short-lived “Enlightened” series will be eager to check out “The White Lotus,” the new channel entry from creator Mike White. The six-episode limited series, which begins at 9 p.m. EDT on Sunday, is a satirical look at life in an exclusive Hawaiian resort. For those unfamiliar with White’s work, the cast may be enough to entice you: it includes Connie Britton and Steve Zahn as, respectively, an A-type executive and an unappreciated spouse; Jennifer Coolidge as a wealthy but unhappy woman and Molly Shannon as a honeymoon.
– AP television writer Lynn Elber
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