New this week: Dinosaurs, Def Leppard and “The Responder”


By The Associated Press

Here’s a curated collection from the Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s coming to TV, streaming services and music platforms this week.

MOVIES

– In the satirical comedy “Emergency,” college seniors Kunle (Donald Elise Watkins) and Sean (RJ Cyler) embark on an epic evening of partying to get home in a shocking scene: their door is ajar and a woman walks in. fainted. on their floor. The men are black and the woman is white and they know calling the police is not a simple proposition. The film, directed by Carey Williams and written by KD Dávila, was one of the Sundance Film Festival’s breakthroughs earlier this year for its penetrating look at racial dynamics in a heightened comedic setting. It’s currently playing in theaters for a limited time before streaming on Amazon Prime Video starting Friday, May 27.

– “Navalny,” the gripping documentary about Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has made the rounds in theaters and on CNN, but starting Thursday it will also be available on HBO Max. Tense and full of suspense, Daniel Roher’s film is more like a John le Carré thriller than a true story. This has taken on even greater importance since the Russian war on Ukraine, according to many people involved. “It gives so much context to what is happening in Ukraine right now,” Maria Pevchikh, head of Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation investigative unit and executive producer of the film, told the AP.

– While we wait to see what the big escapes will be at the Cannes Film Festival this year, film streaming platform MUBI has one of the festival’s must-sees coming up on Friday, May 27: David Lynch’s “Mulholland Drive,” which Lynch won the directing award at the festival in 2001 (shared with Joel Coen for “The Man Who Wasn’t There”). And when you’re done wandering around the edges of Hollywood with Naomi Watts and Laura Elena Harding, MUBI has a whole Cannes section to explore with movies like Andrea Arnold’s “Fish Tank,” Joachim’s “Oslo, August 31” Trier (for new Trier fans thanks to “The Worst Person in the World”), as well as “The Square” and “Force Majeure” by Ruben Östlund.

— Lindsey Bahr, AP Cinema Screenwriter

MUSIC

– Def Leppard goes back to basics with “Diamond Star Halos”, their 12th studio album and their first work since 2015. The first single, “Kick”, is less hair metal and more classic arena rock. “You never stop” says the lyrics and it sounds good for the band too. Def Leppard have recorded in three different countries, with vocalist Joe Elliott in Ireland, bassist Rick Savage in England, and guitarists Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell, and drummer Rick Allen, in the United States. The album nods to the members’ early collective influences, like David Bowie, T. Rex and Mott the Hoople, among others, and the title comes from T. Rex’s “Bang a Gong (Get It On)” .

— The big movie of the weekend is also a place for new music. The “Top Gun: Maverick” soundtrack includes the singles “Hold My Hand” by Lady Gaga and “I Ain’t Worried” by OneRepublic. There’s the return of Kenny Loggins’ “Danger Zone,” while Miles Teller, who plays Goose’s son, recorded a live rendition of “Great Balls of Fire.” The album also contains original tracks from the film’s composers, but there’s no cover of “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin'” – perhaps that would have been a step too far into the zone of hazard.

– Mark Kennedy, AP Entertainment Writer

TELEVISION

— The good old days of the dinosaurs ended about 60 million years ago, when they possessed the ancient Earth in all its glory. That’s where “Prehistoric Planet” takes place, using a mix of wildlife cinema, paleontological discoveries, and visual effects for a promised “one-of-a-kind immersive experience.” Among the stars: the Mongol Titan and the ugly-clawed Therizinosaurus, which along with other dinosaurs are introduced to their respective land, sea and air habitats. The five-part Apple TV+ series, airing Monday through Friday, May 23-27, features narrator David Attenborough and music by Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer.

— Martin Freeman continues to prove he can play anything. The ‘Sherlock’ and ‘Breeders’ actor stars as a deeply troubled English policeman in ‘The Responder,’ which debuts Tuesday on the Britbox streaming service. Demoted from a detective, Chris Carson patrols the streets of his hometown of Liverpool, England, confronting crime and his own angst. He is also the reluctant partner of a rookie, played by Adelayo Adedayo, and his marriage is in jeopardy. The series, inspired by the experiences of its creator and producer, Tony Schumacher, unfolds over a week of night shifts as Chris attempts to rescue a young drug addict from mortal danger.

– “Keeping Company with Sondheim” follows the creation of the reimagined Broadway version of the Stephen Sondheim-George Furth musical “Company”. The documentary, filmed over a two-year period during the pandemic, also looks back at the beginnings of the original production during a dark time for New York. Marianne Elliott, director of the new production, and members of the original 1970 cast were among those interviewed for the film, which aired Friday, May 27, as part of PBS’s “Great Performances.” Just like Sondheim, the theater giant who died last November at the age of 91.

— Lynn Elber, AP Television Writer

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