Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer” coming to Peacock and a Jennifer Lopez documentary and album are some of the new TV, movies, music and games headed to a device near you.
Also among worthwhile streaming deals, selected by Associated Press entertainment reporters: ‘Young Sheldon’ returns for its seventh and final season, Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. explores the power of gospel in documentary Two-part PBS and pirate-themed video game Skull and Bones from Ubisoft.
NEW MOVIES TO SHOW
— If you’ve been waiting for “Oppenheimer” to stream, now’s your chance to catch up before the Oscars (March 10), where it’s up for 13 awards, including best picture, best director for Christopher Nolan and best actor for Cillian Murphy. The film arrives on Peacock on Friday, February 16. Nolan and Emma Thomas, his producer and wife, are strong advocates of the big screen experience, but they also know that most people will watch their films at home – sometimes even when their first time. That’s how the two discovered some of their favorites, they said. In an interview with the Associated Press, Thomas added: “The nice thing about Chris’s films is that they are very rich and reward multiple viewings, I think they are perfectly suited to one viewing home.”
— Jennifer Lopez has a new movie coming to Prime Video on February 16. She co-wrote “This is Me…Now: A Love Story,” a musical about the search for love that she called “the most personal thing I’ve ever had.” done.” It’s a star-studded project, with appearances from her husband, Ben Affleck, Keke Palmer, Sofia Vergara, Post Malone and more, and is tied to her first studio album in a decade (see below.) Emma Seligman’s comedy “Bottoms” about the “gay high school fight club” is also coming to Prime Video, starring Rachel Sennott and Ayo Edebiri as a few misfits who start a fight club to flirt with the sexy cheerleaders (Kaia Gerber and Havana Rose Liu). In his review, AP Film screenwriter Jake Coyle wrote that “the rites and rituals of high school raunchy comedy can be as prescribed than a class program. But what makes Emma Seligman’s “Bottoms” such an anarchic thrill is how much it doesn’t care.
—And finally, Taika Waititi’s “Next Goal Wins” arrives on Hulu on Thursday. It is based on the real-life story of the American Samoa men’s soccer team as they seek to qualify for the FIFA World Cup after a historic 31-0 loss to Australia. Michael Fassbender plays the coach who tries to help. In his AP review, Mark Kennedy wrote that “‘The Next Goal Wins’ is most winning in how it handles the team’s star player, Jaiyah Saelua, who became the first non-binary player to participate in a FIFA men’s qualifying tournament. Played with real tenderness and joy by non-binary actor Kaimana, the way the team and coach relate to Saelua is genuine and touching.”
—Lindsey Bahr, AP writer
NEW MUSIC TO BE BROADCAST
— Get ready for a second dose of J.Lo. On Friday, February 16, she releases the Amazon original film “This is Me…Now: A Love Story” (see above) as well as her album “This Is Me…Now.” Song titles from the 13-track set include “To Be Yours”, “Mad in Love”, “Greatest Love Story Never Told” and “Dear Ben Pt. II”, an apparent sequel to a track from his album 2002 “This Is Me…Then”. The video for a new pop single, “Can’t Get Enough,” has JLo strutting as much as all of Paris Fashion Week. Lopez’s last album, “AKA,” was released in 2014 and peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard 200.
— Blackberry Smoke — a Georgia-based band that has been around for 24 years and seven studio albums — makes a comeback with “Be Right Here,” blending blues, southern rock and Americana. The album features the arena country “Hammer and the Nail,” the rock “Little Bit Crazy,” and the bluesy “Dig a Hole.” The band gets more acoustic with the melancholic “Azalea,” about a loved one making a bad decision, with the lyrics “Coming back doesn’t mean you leaving here was a mistake/Sorry, it’s not the same as to move on to something else.”
— Mark Kennedy, AP Entertainment writer
NEW SHOWS TO BROADCAST
— In a new documentary series for PBS, Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. examines how sermons and songs have long been a source of strength and wisdom in America, particularly among Black Americans. “Gospel,” a four-part series airing over two nights, includes interviews with Dionne Warwick, U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock and more. “Gospel” airs Monday Tuesday on PBS.
— Ben Mendelsohn and Juliette Binoche star as Christian Dior and Coco Chanel in new historical drama “The New Look” for Apple TV+. The 10-episode series is set against the backdrop of the re-emergence of Paris after the Nazi occupation during World War II. Dior’s designs helped elevate an oppressed France and its culture with an elegant, modern shine. As Dior grew in prominence, a rivalry developed between other established designers, including Chanel. “The New Look” also stars Maisie Williams, John Malkovich, Emily Mortimer and Glenn Close. The first three episodes of “The New Look” release Wednesday on the streamer.
— Before Sheldon Cooper met Leonard, Penny or Amy, he was a child prodigy growing up in East Texas. Iain Armitage plays the adult version of the character in the CBS comedy “Young Sheldon.” Emmy winner Jim Parsons, who played Sheldon on “Big Bang” for 12 seasons, says. “Young Sheldon” returns Thursday for its seventh and final season.
— Amy Schumer’s Hulu comedy-drama “Life & Beth” charmed viewers in its 2022 debut, and the series returns for a second season on Friday, February 16. Schumer writes, directs and stars as Beth alongside Michael Cera, who plays John, a farmer. . The two fell in love in the first season despite their differences and personal baggage. Today, the couple plans to get married. Schumer said the story was semi-autobiographical, inspired by her real-life marriage to chef Chris Fischer. All 10 episodes of season two will be available on the premiere date.
NEW VIDEO GAMES TO PLAY
— Batten down the hatches: Ubisoft’s Skull and Bones is finally ready to launch after more than a decade of development and delays. You are the captain of a pirate ship in the Indian Ocean in the 18th century. You have a decent ship to start with, but if you want to make it truly deadly you need to start collecting loot. That means plundering merchant ships, battling rival scalawags, dodging authorities, and even surviving the occasional sea monster to become the pirate leader. You can team up with friends or fight against them in an epic naval war – something Ubisoft has shown a talent for in some of its Assassin’s Creed games. Set sail on Friday, February 16 on PlayStation 5, Xbox X/S or PC.
— Banishers from Focus Entertainment: Ghosts of New Eden travels to the New World in the 17th century. The protagonists are a couple of paranormal investigators, Red and Antea, who try to eliminate the tormented specters of a haunted colony. They can help lost souls ascend or banish them to eternal misery, and these choices have consequences down the line. Everything gets more complicated when Antea is killed – but luckily, she can use her supernatural powers to help Red finish the job. Banishers comes from French studio Don’t Nod, best known for its story-rich cult films like Vampyr and Life Is Strange. You can get it on Tuesday on PlayStation 5, Xbox X/S or PC.
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