‘Friends’ again, Mike Tyson doc & ‘Cruella’
Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press entertainment reporters of what’s coming to TV, streaming services, and music platforms this week.
– No love “101 Dalmatians” is necessary to enjoy “Cruella”, available for rent on Disney + from Friday. This live action film starring Emma Stone and directed by Craig Gillespie (“I, Tonya”) is, at best, very loosely linked to the 1961 animated film (or the 1996 live action photo with Glenn Close by the way). Instead, it’s a both punk and camp origin story set in 1970s London about a girl who dreams of creating haute couture and gets her picture taken by the Baroness. slightly sadistic about Emma Thompson.
– Based on the true story of the creation of the 1993 Oslo Peace Accords and adapted from the Tony Award-winning play by JT Rogers, “Oslo” stars Ruth Wilson as Prime Minister Norwegian and Andrew Scott in “Fleabag” as her husband. It will air Sunday night on HBO.
– Musician Moby chronicles his own life in the documentary “Moby Doc”, a surreal examination of his tense childhood and his eventful experience with fame, fortune and addiction from director Rob Bralver. David Lynch, David Bowie and Shepard Fairey are just a few of the luminaries talking about his impact and influence. “Moby Doc” is available for hire on request Friday.
– Actor David Oyelowo makes his directorial debut with “The Water Man,” a fantasy adventure about a young boy in search of a mythical figure who might have the power to help his ailing mother (played by Rosario Dawson). Oyelowo told the AP the story reminded him of ’80s classics like “The Goonies” and “Gremlins,” which he said “have heavier themes where kids are always involved.” It is available for hire on request on Tuesdays.
– AP Writer Lindsey Bahr
– DMX’s posthumous debut album will be released on Friday and feature collaborations with Jay-Z, Nas, Bono, Lil Wayne, Alicia Keys, Snoop Dogg and Usher. “Exodus” comes a month after DMX died at age 50. The new material album will be released on Def Jam, where DMX has released most of its albums and made music history. “Exodus” also features tracks with longtime DMX collaborators from collective Ruff Ryders, including The Lox and Swizz Beatz, who also produced the album.
– A collective of hip-hop artists from Oklahoma wrote and recorded a new album to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa race massacre. “Fire In Little Africa” will be released Friday on Motown Records / Black Forum in partnership with the Bob Dylan Center in Tulsa and the Woody Guthrie Center. The 21-track album was recorded in the Greenwood section over a five-day span last March and it even features a guest appearance by soul legend Charlie Wilson.
– AP Music Editor Mesfin Fekadu
– Donuts and the pursuit of the American dream are at the heart of a documentary on Cambodian refugee Ted Ngoy. “The Donut King,” which airs Monday as part of PBS’s “Independent Lens” series (check local listings for now), chronicles Ngoy’s founding of a west coast donut empire that enabled him to live lavishly and create opportunities for fellow immigrants, before his life took a tough turn. Filmmaker Alice Gu has said she wants Ngoy to be seen in a larger context: stories of refugee suffering are common, but we rarely focus on those who stand a chance and make the most of them.
–There are some upcoming one-on-one bios on Mike Tyson, but for now, the boxing genius gets documentary treatment in a two-part ABC News special on consecutive Tuesdays. “Mike Tyson: The Knockout” promises to examine his career and roller coaster life and answer “pressing questions about resilience and reinvention”. ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap and people from Tyson’s inner circle are among those interviewed in the four-hour documentary, which includes previously unseen interview footage of Tyson. Part One airs on ABC Tuesday, Part Two on June 1 (both nights at 8 p.m. EDT).
– You may have heard of it, but just in case: the gang of “Friends” meets again. The pandemic delayed but did not stop HBO Max’s “Friends: The Reunion”, a celebration of the hit comedy that aired from 1994 to 2004. Stars Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer gathered on the Warner Bros. Stage 24 of the show to recall the olden days, with guests including David Beckham, Cindy Crawford, Tom Selleck and Reese Witherspoon. The special debuts Thursday on the streaming service.
– Lynn Elber, AP Television Writer
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