New this week: Harry Styles, ‘Angelyne’ and ‘The Valet’
Here’s a curated collection from the Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s coming to TV, streaming services and music platforms this week.
– The gripping documentary ‘Hold Your Fire’, directed by Stefan Forbes, chronicles a 1973 Brooklyn robbery that became a turning point in hostage negotiation tactics and de-escalation. The scene, vividly depicted in archival and contemporary footage, captures a classic New York much like that found in Sidney Lumet’s “Dog Day Afternoon.” When four black men attempted to rob a sporting goods store, they were trapped by police and a 47-hour standoff, with hostages and a police officer killed, ensued. on digital rental, shows how a former traffic cop with a degree in psychology turned an often fatal script on its head and used communication, not violence, to settle a crisis and re-establish order.
– You could argue that the live-action cartoon reboot “Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers” is an unlikely project to bring together some of the best “Saturday Night Live” alums. Still, here’s a “Chip ‘n Dale” with John Mulaney voicing Chip, Andy Samberg as Dale, and Lonely Island author Akiva Schaffer directing the new Disney+ version, which airs Friday, May 20. In this “Chip ‘n Dale”, the title chipmunks live in modern Los Angeles and are long gone from the heyday of their television series. Chip has resorted to suburban domestic life, and Dale lives off his long-lost fame. With KiKi Layne, Will Arnett, Eric Bana and Keegan-Michael Key.
– Fans of Best Picture “CODA” might want to check out Hulu’s “The Valet,” starring Eugenio Derbez as a valet hired to act like he’s dating a movie star (Samara Weaving) to deal with rumors of an affair with a Los Angeles real estate mogul (Max Greenfield). The film, which airs Friday, May 20, is a romantic comedy platform for versatile Mexican star Derbez, who memorably played the music teacher in “CODA.”
-AP Film Writer Jake Coyle
“Harries, rejoice! Harry Styles’ third studio album, ‘Harry’s House’, is on the way. The collection, which is due out Friday, May 20, follows his excellent 2019 album “Fine Line.” Styles has just completed a two-weekend stint as a headliner at Coachella, where he was joined by Shania Twain and Lizzo. The new album’s lead single is “As It Was,” a melancholy low-pitched ’80s-based bass that spent three weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 in April. Styles told BBC Radio One that the song was about “embracing change, getting lost, finding yourself, a change of perspective”. Some of the new song titles are “Music For a Sushi Restaurant”, “Late Night Talking”, “Grapejuice”, “Daydreaming”, “Keep Driving”, “Satellite”, “Boyfriends”, and “Love of My Life”.
– Who icon Pete Townshend opens in a new Audible Original, taking listeners through the period between the 1978 death of the band’s drummer Keith Moon and the 2002 loss of bassist John Entwistle. “Pete Townshend: Somebody Saved Me” mixes his memories and songs like “Let My Love Open the Door”, “Slit Skirts”, “You Better You Bet” and “Eminence Front”. Townshend joins other iconic musicians telling their stories on Audible, including Eddie Vedder, Billie Joe Armstrong, Tom Morello, James Taylor, Sheryl Crow, Yo-Yo Ma and Gary Clark Jr.
– Two essential American musicians met and met in the summer of 2011 when legendary singer Mavis Staples visited her good friend Levon Helm of The Band in Woodstock, New York. Staples and his band spent five or six days with Helm and his band, playing music and telling stories. It was the last time they would meet; Helm died in 2012. A recording of their last meeting together is finally released – “Carry Me Home”. The setlist blends vintage gospel and soul with timeless folk and blues, including Curtis Mayfield’s “This Is My Country” and Robbie Robertson’s “The Weight.”
– Mark Kennedy, AP Entertainment Writer
– “Lionel Richie: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song” honors the prolific pop star whose hits include “All Night Long”, “Endless Love” and “Lady”. Anthony Anderson hosts the ceremony which was taped in Washington and includes performances from Gloria Estefan, Boyz II Men, Luke Bryan, Andra Day, Yolanda Adams and Chris Stapleton. Estefan, Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney are among the previous recipients of the award. Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden called Richie an inspiring artist who helped “strengthen our global connections.” The PBS special airs Tuesday.
– Angelyne didn’t have or need the internet to make her an LA celebrity – the billboards scattered around the city from the 1980s did the trick. Her alluring image has earned her surprisingly lasting fame — and now a show based, in a way, on her story. Peacock’s limited series “Angelyne,” starring Emmy Rossum and debuting Thursday, isn’t billed as a traditional biography but, as showrunner Allison Miller described it, a “magical story…about the becoming the person you were meant to be” and about LA and the dreamers it attracts. Martin Freeman, Alex Karpovsky and Hamish Linklater are in the cast.
– Adam Conover, who used comedy to apply the power of critical thinking in “Adam Ruins Everything,” takes a similar approach to the workings of government in “The G Word With Adam Conover,” which debuts Thursday on Netflix. In what is described as a “comedy-documentary hybrid series”, Conover explores how crucial government is – both for good and for bad – in our lives, from weather to food to money and more. The show is based on Michael Lewis’s “The Fifth Risk: Undoing Democracy” (“The Big Short”) and includes a cameo from former President Barack Obama that cements its comedy chops.
— Lynn Elber, AP Television Writer
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