New music from the Jonas Brothers, a double feature of the Ben Affleck/Jennifer Lopez movies and the latest sequel to the popular Zelda games, are among the entertainment titles hitting a device near you this week. Catch up on TV news, streaming services, music platforms and gaming videos this week.
New movies to stream
After successfully making the rounds in theaters, “Air” finally debuted on Prime Video on Friday. Directed by Ben Affleck and written by Alex Convery, the film tells the origin story of the Air Jordan sneaker and how the then-struggling Nike basketball division defied the odds and signed Michael Jordan to an unprecedented deal. It’s the first time Affleck has directed his friend Matt Damon, who plays Nike CEO Sonny Vaccaro, and it’s the first film from their joint company, Artists Equity. They brought in an all-star cast, including Viola Davis as Michael Jordan’s mother, Delores, as well as Jason Bateman, Chris Tucker, Chris Messina and Marlon Wayans, and it’s been widely praised for its well-told story – smart, long and powerful. Powerfully entertaining.
— or you can watch Affleck’s better half, Jennifer Lopez, in her new movie “Mother,” about a killer who hides out to protect a 12-year-old girl she hasn’t seen in years. Unlike the recently released Shotgun Wedding, this is a simpler action movie. “The Mother” was directed by Niki Caro (“Mulan,” “Whale Rider”) and co-starred Joseph Fiennes, Lucy Baez, Marie Hardwicke, Paul Rasi, and Gael García Bernal. It arrives on Netflix this Friday.
Also on Hulu this Friday is “Saint Omer,” which may be the opposite of Mother’s Day weekend movie, but it’s one of the best movies to come out this year. It is a poignant and poignant portrait of a matricide trial that will move and change you. It’s based on a true story, re-imagined and dramatized by French documentary filmmaker Alice Diop, in this unconventional courtroom drama. In her review for the Associated Press, Jocelyn Novick writes that Diop “takes us deeper into the emotional, social and moral divides of this real issue than any documentary. And we do much better for it.”
Associated Press writer Lindsey Bahr
New music to stream
– The Jonas Brothers have been busy lately – stints on Broadway, appearances on “Saturday Night Live” and “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” and now a new album, simply called “The Album,” is out Friday. The trio released “Wings” and “Waffle House”, an ode where they will decompress and connect. They Might Need a Waffle House Soon: The brothers are performing a one-night show at Yankee Stadium on Aug. 12 where they’ll play five albums in one night.
– With “Resound NYC,” Moby reinvented 15 of his vintage tracks recorded or recorded in New York from 1994 to 2010, with guest vocalists like Gregory Porter, Margo Timmins, and Amythyst Kiah. Songs include “Helpless”, “In My Heart”, and “Run On”. Moby adds swell and depth to “In This World” and the new “South Side” with a completely different Kaiser Chiefs’ Ricky Wilson. “Rather than having every song get the same orchestral treatment,” Moby says, “I kind of built a bespoke orchestral approach to each song.”
PBS’ “Great Shows” celebrates 50 years of Broadway with a concert. The special was hosted by two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster, “She Used to Be Mine” from “Waitress” was sung by Sara Parelli, while “All That Jazz” from “Chicago” was sung by Chita Rivera. There is a tap number from “Jelly’s Last Jam” performed by Corbin Bleu, a tribute to “A Chorus Line” and André De Shields’ rendition of “So You Wanted To See the Wizard”. Other stars include Shoshana Penn, Raul Esparza, Ledisi, Norm Lewis, Rob McClure, Patina Miller, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Jesse Mueller, Jessica Fusk, and Vanessa Williams. It airs Fridays on PBS, pbs.org/broadwayonpbs, and the PBS app.
Associated Press entertainment writer Mark Kennedy
New series to broadcast
– Go to Kermit and Miss Piggy’s “The Muppet Show” house band, called Dr. Follows the band – including Animal, Lips, Janice, Zoot, Floyd, and of course, Dr. album. The series is presented in a documentary style with Lilly Singh as the musical director responsible for keeping the band on track. It has “Spinal Tap,” “Daisy Jones & The Six,” and of course, “The Muppets” vibes. Guest stars include Tommy Chung, Lil Nas X, Tommy Lee, and Keisha. All 10 episodes drop on Wednesday.
The use of artificial intelligence, also known as artificial intelligence, has become a hot topic in industries such as government, education, and even the Hollywood writers’ strike, due to concerns about safety, ethics, confidentiality, and work. It’s also the focus of a new limited series called “Class of ’09,” which will hit FX on Hulu on Wednesday. Brian Tyree Henry and Kate Mara portray FBI agents in the story, which takes place across three timelines. Throughout the course of the show, questions are asked about the use of artificial intelligence in law enforcement and whether or not it makes us safer.
The new crime drama City on Fire for Apple TV+ is based on the novel of the same name by Garth Risk Hallberg. The series stars Jemima Kirke, Nico Tortorella, and Chase Sui Wonders and is set in 2003 and begins with the murder of a student at New York University. The investigation uncovers a connection to a series of fires in New York, the city’s music scene, and a wealthy family. “City on Fire” debuts on Friday.
New video games to play
– when Nintendo last released Legend of Zelda – Breath of the Wild in 2017 – it pretty much reinvented the franchise and won nearly every Game of the Year award. So expectations are high for The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. Our hero, Link, has another grueling journey across the vast land of Hyrule, but first he visits a group of mysterious islands that have appeared in the sky. Link can also build structures and vehicles, add strange powers to his weapons, walk across solid objects on him, and even reverse time. Even with all the challenging puzzles you normally find in a Zelda game, how could he possibly lose? Old foe Ganondorf will likely have something to say on the matter, starting this Friday on Nintendo Switch.
– You might be one of those gamers who find Zelda a bit flashy. Red Hook Studios has quite the antidote: Darkest Dungeon II, the sequel to the dark, dark role-playing adventure that plagued us all in 2016. Disease, hunger, and impending psychosis. Red Hook promises a deeper, darker dungeon – 500 feet! – More new enemies and a new gang of desperate fortune hunters ready to risk their sanity. If you’re that kind of masochist, you can dive right into Mondays on PC.