Here’s a curated collection from the Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s coming to TV, streaming services and music platforms this week.
— Surprisingly, “Drive My Car” wasn’t Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s only film last year. His acclaimed adaptation of Haruki Murakami certainly garnered the most attention, culminating with the International Feature Film Oscar last month, but his three-part anthology film “Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy” also deserves more (it has was a finalist at the Berlin Film Festival). The triptych follows three young women navigating between romantic pursuits, ex-loves and strange triangles. And it will be available to stream on the Criterion Channel starting Thursday. Don’t worry, this one only lasts two hours.
— Modern, albeit French, relationships are also at the heart of “Paris, 13th” in black and white by Jacques Audiard, available on VOD on Friday from IFC Films. Adapted from the graphic novels by Adrian Tomine, the film follows various young Parisians living in the less picturesque corner of the City of Light as they struggle to form real connections and relationships in a Tinder world. Fans of “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” should be thrilled to know that filmmaker Céline Sciamma helped co-write the film and Noémie Merlant co-stars.
– Continuing the international slew of new movies to air this week, Filipino director Brillante Mendoza drew inspiration from the true story of boxer Naozumi Tsuchiyama for his drama “Gensan Punch,” which arrives Friday on HBO Max. The Japanese athlete with a prosthetic leg traveled to the Philippines to practice boxing after being denied the opportunity in his home country.
— Lindsey Bahr, AP Cinema Screenwriter
— Jewel’s first new studio album in seven years, “Freewheelin’ Woman,” finds her leaning into a heavy, soulful sound. The single “Living With Your Memory” gives it a retro yet timeless R&B vibe with a band full of horns. “I roll / roll / roll / Turn back time,” she sings. On “Long Way ‘Round,” his voice shifts in thrilling gear, as comfortable as a favorite pair of jeans. Jewel is also a contestant in NBC’s new music competition series “American Song Contest,” where she represents the state of Alaska among emerging and established artists from across the country competing for the best song.
– Guess who else is on “American Song Contest”? Electronic music group The Crystal Method, which will release its seventh studio album, “The Trip Out”, on Friday. A few days before – Monday – The Crystal Method will represent Nevada on the NBC contest and release their song “Watch Me Now”. The dance icons recently teamed up with Iggy Pop for “Post Punk,” a menacing, futuristic jam with a relentless beat that sounds perfect for a rave on a mission to Mars.
– Mark Kennedy, AP Entertainment Writer
– Hugh Laurie pretty much wears all the hats for “Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?” from BritBox? Laurie directed, produced, wrote and starred in the three-part mystery series based on Agatha Christie’s 1934 novel of the same title – A Murder Victim’s Last Words. Lady Frances and her friend Bobby (Lucy Boynton, Will Poulter), who found the dying man, turn into amateur sleuths to solve the case. Laurie plays the clinical director of a sanitarium, which should suit former Dr. Gregory House. The limited series debuts Tuesday on the streaming service.
— America’s national parks are undeniable gems, but not a monopoly. “Our Great National Parks,” a five-part Netflix series, offers a holistic view of public lands and the wildlife that inhabit them. Episode one plays hopscotch across parks and countries, including Hanauma Bay in Hawaii; Loango National Park, Gabon; Yakushima National Park, Japan, and Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica. Subsequent episodes focus on Chilean Patagonia; Tsavo, Kenya; Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary in California and Gunung Leuser in Indonesia. Former President Barack Obama produced and narrated the series which will debut on Wednesday.
– When “The Brothers Garcia” aired on Nickelodeon in the early 2000s, it was one of the few shows with a Latino cast and creators. Nearly two decades later, a reboot of the sitcom for HBO Max still represents a television dearth. “The Garcias” revolves around the family from San Antonio, Texas, as they gather for summer vacation at their beach house in Mexico. Actors reprising their roles from the original series include Jeffrey Licon, Bobby Gonzalez, Alvin Alvarez, and Vaneza Pitynski as the Garcia siblings. Jeff Valdez, co-creator of the Nickelodeon show, created and is the showrunner of “The Garcias,” which debuts Thursday on the streaming service.
— Lynn Elber, AP Television Writer
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