Here’s a curated collection from the Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s coming to TV, streaming services and music platforms this week.
– Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi’s latest masterpiece, “A Hero,” hits Amazon Prime Video on January 21. returns a bag of gold to its owner, is “one of the most labyrinthine moral tales you’re likely to encounter…Farhadi’s film increasingly complicates itself with fiction to cover up the truths, and back again” .
– The Sundance Film Festival kicks off Thursday evening and, like last year, it’s entirely virtual and moviegoers around the world can buy tickets to see the films when they premiere from the comfort of their homes. Opening night offerings on January 20 include “La Guerra Civil,” a documentary about Oscar De La Hoya and Julio César Chávez’s 1990s rivalry directed by Eva Longoria, Jesse Eisenberg’s directorial debut “When You Finish Saving the World,” starring Julianne Moore and “The Princess,” a documentary about Princess Diana that turns the lens to the audience. Or if you can’t get tickets to any of the Sundance movies this year, MUBI features escapes and unsung gems from years past, like “But I’m a Cheerleader” (January 23), “Tarnation (January 23). 20) and “Whirlybird” (January 22).
– It’s the fall of 1938 and tensions are boiling over as Hitler prepares to invade Czechoslovakia and Britain seeks peace in ‘Munich: The Edge of War,’ which hits Netflix on Friday. Based on the book by Robert Harris, this fictional tale directed by German filmmaker Christian Schwochow centers on two former Oxford classmates, a Briton (George MacKay) and a German (Jannis Niewöhner), who are sent to the conference of Munich for negotiations. Jeremy Irons plays Neville Chamberlain and Ulrich Matthes is Hitler.
— Lindsey Bahr, AP Cinema Screenwriter
– In the fall of 2021, two quintessentially American singer-songwriters came together for a song about how to make the most of the time we have left. John Mellencamp and Bruce Springsteen’s “Wasted Days” is just a highlight of Mellencamp’s upcoming album, “Strictly a One-Eyed Jack,” slated for release Friday. Mellencamp’s deep vocals and roots rock are omnipresent in the 12-track collection, the sound of an artist who looks back with some regret and on the present with a critical eye. “Worries occupy my brain,” he sings in one song. However, it’s not all gloomy: In the single “Chasing Rainbows”, Mellencamp says our search should end: “At the end of the rainbow/Turns out it’s not somewhere /Look around, it’s everywhere/For everyone who cares.
– Norwegian pop star Aurora’s album is back with a divine new album, “The Gods We Can Touch”, which will be released on Friday. This time, she leans into religion and Greek myths, such as the track “Giving In to the Love”, which is inspired by Prometheus stealing fire for humans and has the phrase: “I want to live my life, be all his pages/And point out that I’m no angel.” The first single, “Cure For Me”, is a radical offhand pop assertion that dismisses the need for outside approval.
— Keb’ Mo’ releases the 13-track album “Good To Be” on Friday. Darius Rucker, Kristin Chenoweth and Old Crow Medicine Show all make appearances and Vince Gill has produced three cuts. Some of the singles include “Good Strong Woman”, “Sunny and Warm”, “The Medicine Man” and a cover of Bill Withers’ “Lean on Me”. The album was written between Nashville and his childhood home in Compton, California. “Good To Be (Home Again)”, says the musician, “sounds like the title song of my life”.
– Mark Kennedy, AP Entertainment Writer
— When a title is as catchy as “How I Met Your Mother”, there is reason to think that it will be recycled. Say hello to Hulu’s iteration, “How I Met Your Father,” starring Hilary Duff as the woman in search of love and a tale for future offspring. Kim Cattrall, who skipped the ‘Sex and the City’ sequel, is Sophie circa 2050, telling her son about her origin story and her frisky salad days. Co-stars Christopher Lowell, Francia Raisa, Tom Ainsley, Tien Tran and Suraj Sharma play friends and others in Sophie’s circle. The series begins on Tuesday.
— Writer-producer Jason Katims, who brought ‘Friday Night Lights’ and ‘Parenthood’ to TV, is directing Amazon’s ‘As We See It,’ an adaptation of an Israeli series about 20-something housemates years navigating the road to adulthood. Jack (Rick Glassman), Harrison (Albert Rutecki), and Violet (Sue Ann Pien) share something else: they’re all on the autism spectrum. (The actors who play them also identify as part of the spectrum). The eight-episode comedy drama, which also stars Sosie Bacon, Chris Pang and Joe Mantegna, was released on Friday.
– It’s party time again for Gobo, Red, Mokey, Wembley and Boober on the Apple TV+ reboot “Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock,” which debuts Friday. New friends are also promised in the 13 puppet-populated episodes with roots in the 1983 series created by Muppet mastermind Jim Henson. Signature elements: bouncy tunes, silly jokes, and goodwill. The streaming service also hosts all 88 episodes of the original show, as well as “Fraggle Rock” shorts and specials.
— Lynn Elber, AP Television Writer
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