Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press entertainment reporters of what’s coming to TV, streaming services, and music platforms this week.
– Anthony and Joe Russo, the filmmaker brothers behind the “Avengers” movies, turn in a different direction on “Cherry,” a new drama about PTSD and drug addiction. Tom Holland plays the role of a psychologically ailing combat medic after returning from tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. A doctor prescribes OxyContin, and his resulting opioid addiction leads to a life of bank robbery. The film, based on Nico Walker’s best-selling semi-autobiographical novel, will be released on Apple TV + on Friday. In their first directorial project since “Avengers: Endgame,” the Russos use their hit aesthetic on a stylized and indulgent American crime drama.
– The last days of winter, not to mention a pandemic, can drag anyone down. It’s a good time to release some Preston Sturges. Luckily, on Sunday, The Criterion Channel will launch an eight-film series of The Master of Screwdriver – a body of work that bills itself as one of the most sublime and absurdly entertaining of any movie. Many of them come from Sturges’ early 1940s blitz: “The Great McGinty”, “Christmas in July”, “Sullivan’s Travels”, “The Palm Beach Story”, “The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek”. But watch out, too, to the lesser-known 1948 ‘Unfaithfully Yours’, a daringly sinister comedy in which a conductor (Rex Harrison) plays a gig fantasizing about how he’ll respond to the woman (Linda Darnell) he is. he thinks he had an affair. For slapstick, it’s gloriously dark.
– Jake Coyle, AP film writer
– The 2021 Grammys will award 84 awards on Sunday, but what could be more exciting? The interpreters. Taylor Swift, BTS, Cardi B, Billie Eilish, Harry Styles, Bad Bunny, Post Malone, Megan Thee Stallion and Dua Lipa will take the stage. The show, hosted by Trevor Noah, will air from Los Angeles on CBS and Paramount + at 8 p.m. ET. Other performers include Chris Martin, John Mayer, Doja Cat, Maren Morris, DaBaby, HAIM, Lil Baby, Brandi Carlile, Roddy Ricch, Brittany Howard, Miranda Lambert, Mickey Guyton and Black Pumas.
– Selena Gomez draws on her Mexican roots with her first project in Spanish. “Revelación” is released on Friday and features collaborations with Puerto Rican artists Rauw Alejandro and Myke Towers as well as French producer DJ Snake, with whom Gomez worked on the pop and Latin hit “Taki Taki”, also starring Cardi B and Ozuna. Gomez’s singles from his new seven-song version – “Baila Conmigo” (“Dance with Me”) and “De Una Vez” (“Both”) – both reached number four in the Hot Latin Songs charts. from Billboard.
– After having dominated the charts with his brothers, Nick Jonas sets out again solo. The “The Voice” pop star and mentor will release “Spaceman” on Friday. This is the 28-year-old’s fourth solo effort and includes the singles “This Is Heaven” and “Spaceman”, which he recently performed on “Saturday Night Live”.
– AP Music Editor Mesfin Fekadu
– Here is an anniversary that we all ardently hope is unique: that of the coronavirus pandemic. “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” marks the turning point on Thursday with a special episode called “Coronaversary Show”. Biden’s board member Pete Buttigieg, who served as the alternate host a year ago to the day, is back as a guest with Joel McHale and musical guest Adam Duritz. The episode, billed as a commemoration of “our national incarceration,” airs at 11:35 p.m. EST on ABC.
– Adults don’t have a lock on awards, as Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards once again prove. The ceremony promises to be a virtual “mad race” which, yes, will include slime. Among the creative solutions to security during a pandemic: interactive video walls that bring celebrities and families together at home. Top nominees include Justin Bieber, who is expected to be among the performers; Ariana Grande; “Stranger Things” and “Wonder Woman 1984”. Kenan Thompson of “Saturday Night Live” will host the event which airs at 7:30 p.m. EST Saturday on channels such as Nickelodeon and Nick Jr.
– A cold, decades-old case involving a series of disappearances is at the heart of the Irish crime thriller “Bloodlands,” which debuts Monday, March 15 on the streaming service Acorn TV. James Nesbitt stars as a veteran detective forced to explore his own troubled past during the investigation. The country’s history is also part of the mystery: the missing disappeared just before the 1998 peace agreement aimed at ending the sectarian violence entrenched in Northern Ireland. The four-part drama cast includes Charlene McKenna (“Peaky Blinders”) and Ian McElhinney (“Game of Thrones”).
– Lynn Elber, AP Television Writer
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