New this week: ‘The Offer’, Kehlani, ‘I Love That for You’
Here’s a curated collection from the Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s coming to TV, streaming services and music platforms this week.
— Here’s an offer that will be hard to refuse: Paramount+ will host The Godfather Trilogy starting Thursday, April 28. Sure, Francis Ford Coppola’s movies aren’t hard to find (they always seem to be playing somewhere on cable), but that’s in conjunction with the first three episodes of their making-of miniseries “The Offer.” (see below). So leave the gun, grab the cannoli, and settle in for 1 p.m. from Corleone.
– Not to be confused with Judd Apatow’s Netflix satire “The Bubble” from last month, the streamer also has an anime called “Bubble,” directed by Tetsurou Araki and written by Gen Urobochi coming Thursday about a Tokyo that has been cut off from the rest of the world and overtaken by adventurous young people. Oh, and there are bubbles that break the laws of gravity. Or, starting May 1, you can host a Nora Ephron party with “When Harry Met Sally” and “You’ve Got Mail,” which will also have you quoting “The Godfather.”
– If you’re looking for new rom-com fare, Sophie Marceau stars as an empty nest looking for a fresh start in “I Love America,” a French rom-com coming to Amazon Prime Video on Friday, April 29. So she leaves Paris for Los Angeles where an old friend and current owner of a popular drag club tries to help her start dating again. And Hulu has an LGBTQ teen romantic comedy called “Crush,” starring Rowan Blanchard and Auli’i Cravalho, also premiering Friday, April 29.
— Lindsey Bahr, AP Cinema Screenwriter
— Future has a new album out Friday, April 29, but has yet to reveal its name. It follows 2020’s “High Off Life” and will feature Kanye West, Babyface Ray, Drake and Gunna. Future has released a video for his new song ‘Worst Day’ and the artist – who was just named the best living rapper by GQ magazine – has been busy, appearing on Moneybagg Yo’s ‘Hard for the Next’ single, as well as Drake’s “Certified Lover Boy”. cut “Way 2 Sexy”. Future also produced West’s latest album, “Donda 2”, providing vocals on that project’s “Keep It Burning”.
– Kehlani’s third album – ‘Blue Water Road’ – is out Friday, April 29, and it looks as cozy and sultry as the singer looks on the album cover, pictured on a deserted beach with her hair flowing. Highlights include lead single “altar”, sexy duet “more than I should” with Jessie Reyez and “up at night” with Justin Bieber. (The two worked together on “Get Me” on Bieber’s 2020 album “Changes.”) The new album showcases Kehlani’s effortless ability to shift from pop, R&B, rap, trance and dance. “For me, the album is like a glass house. It’s light, transparent and the sun shines through,” she said in a statement.
– Norah Jones celebrates her breakthrough album “Come Away With Me” with a 20th anniversary reissue featuring 22 previously unreleased tracks, including “Hallelujah, I Love Him So.” The 20th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition also includes the original demos Jones submitted to Blue Note, the full first session demos she made for the label, and the first version of the album Jones made at the studios. Allaire with producer Craig Street, most of whom has never been heard from before. The full digital collection will be released on Friday, April 29.
– Mark Kennedy, AP Entertainment Writer
— ‘The Wire’ creator David Simon returns to Baltimore, the setting of his triumphant 2002-08 drama, with ‘We Own This City’, which he produced with fellow ‘The Wire’ alumni George Pelecanos and Nina K. Noble. The HBO limited series dramatizes the corruption that plagues a Baltimore Police Department task force and its impact on the city. Based on the non-fiction book of the same title by Justin Fenton, the series stars Jon Bernthal, Wunmi Mosaku, Jamie Hector and Josh Charles, as well as a number of “The Wire” cast members. “We Own This City” debuts Monday.
— “The Godfather” fans love to recycle his lines, with “I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse” among the most enduring. “The Offer” is the title of a 10-episode Paramount+ series that dramatizes the behind-the-scenes story of the making of the film, based on the experiences of producer Albert S. Ruddy. Miles Teller plays Ruddy, with Matthew Goode as studio head Robert Evans; Dan Fogler as director Francis Ford Coppola and Patrick Gallo as Mario Puzo, on whom the 1972 novel was based. Three episodes of the series, created and written by Michael Tolkin (“The Player”), debut Thursday, followed by weekly episodes on consecutive Thursdays.
— Showtime’s comedy “I Love That for You” stars former “Saturday Night Live” cast member Vanessa Bayer as Joanna, a woman who aspires to be a home-shopping host. The series also mirrors a real-life chapter of Bayer, overcoming childhood leukemia, with Joanne trying to escape the label of “that cancer girl”. Molly Shannon, another “SNL” alum, co-starred as the channel’s star, with Jenifer Lewis as the founder. “I Love That for You” debuts Friday, April 29, streaming and by subscriber demand, ahead of its May 1 cable debut.
— Lynn Elber, AP Television Writer
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