Here’s a curated collection of Associated Press entertainment journalists on what’s coming to TV, streaming services, and music and video game platforms this week.
— 95th Academy Award It’s Sunday, March 12th, which means time is running out to catch up on the nominees. The show itself can be streamed starting at 8pm EST on ABC.com and the ABC app, authenticated by a provider, as well as Hulu Live TV, YouTubeTV, AT&T TV and FuboTV. Most of the nominees are streaming or available for digital rent. If you’re up to speed already, many of the shorts are worth watching, including Pamela Ribon’s animation nominee, “My Year of Dicks,” the Russian Arctic documentary “Halout” and “Ice Merchants” by João Gonzalez. On the Criterion Channel, the “Michelle Yeoh Kicks Ass” film series is being broadcast to honor the “Everything Everywhere All at Once” star and Best Actress nominee. The series collects some of her highlights as an action star in Hong Kong, including “Yes Ma’am!” (1985), “Royal Warriors” (1986) and the Ang Lee masterpiece “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” (2000).
‘Does Idris Elba need James Bond?’ when he has John Luther? In “Luther: The Fallen Sun”, Elba returns as the London homicide detective he played for nearly a decade on the BBC crime series. “The Fallen Sun,” streaming Friday, March 10 on Netflix, Luther gets his first feature film. In it, a serial killer (Andy Serkis) terrorizes London while Luther, accused of several crimes, is behind bars.
— Disney’s long tradition of underdog sports movies gets a new entry in Jingyi Shao’s “Chang Can Dunk,” premieres Friday, March 10 on Disney+. Bloom Li stars as an often-underrated 16-year-old high schooler with a mission: bury.
— Miley Cyrus won ALL the flowers. The single “Flowers” from her forthcoming album became the most streamed song in a single week in Spotify history and a top spot on the Billboard Hot 100. It will be on “Endless Summer Vacation,” coming Friday, March 10 with contributions from Brandi Carlile and Sia. Recorded in Los Angeles and produced with Kid Harpoon, Greg Kurstin, Mike WiLL Made-It and Tyler Johnson, Miley describes the album as her “love letter to LA”. The “Flowers” single “I’m Fine Without You” was interpreted as a response song to Bruno Mars’ “When I Was Your Man”. and was released on her ex-husband Liam Hemsworth’s birthday. Fans can also check out the original Disney+ special event, “Miley Cyrus – Endless Summer Vacation (Backyard Sessions),” premiering March 10.
— If you really liked “Asphalt Meadows” by Death Cab for Cutie, but think you might like it a little softer, you’re in luck: “Asphalt Meadows (Acoustic)” is a fresh, stripped-down version of their acclaimed 10th studio album, which The New York Times praised , saying that “the band brings their incisive, angsty writing to a particularly 2022 brand of existential angst.” Fans of the band will also find a new song co-written by vocalist and guitarist Ben Gibbard as the Apple TV+ theme song “Shrinking,” starring Jason Segel and Harrison Ford.
— AP Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy
— Bravo’s “Top Chef” is expanding its scope with an all-star edition for its 20th season, premiering on Thursday. Winners and finalists from different iterations of “Top Chef” will compete. Contestants represent Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Thailand and even Kentucky in Season 20. Episodes were filmed in London, but the ending shifted to Paris. It is the first time that an entire season of “Top Chef” takes place abroad.
— The new series “School Spirits” it’s not about welcome floats or high school mascots, but rather a YA mystery. It stars Peyton List (“Cobra Kai”) as a teenager who is trapped in limbo in the afterlife following her murder. She enlists the help of other spirit friends to help track down her killer. The series is based on a graphic novel by siblings Megan and Nate Trinrud, set for a fall release. The eight-episode first season premieres March 9 on Paramount+.
— Kerry Washington returns to TV in a half-hour comedy called “UnPrisoned” on Hulu. Created by author Tracy McMillan and based on her real life, Washington plays a single mother working as a relationship therapist whose father (played by Delroy Lindo of “The Good Fight”) moves in with her and her teenage son after he is released. from prison. . “UnPrisoned” premieres on Friday, March 10.
— Alicia Rancilio
— Some promising games from smaller Japanese studios are coming to the fore in the coming days. Paranormasight: The Seven Mysteries of Honjo lets you investigate some of Tokyo’s most enduring urban legends. There are jilted lovers, a man on fire and a whispering canal, and then things really get weird: one case involves a giant, bloodied foot that breaks through a mansion’s ceiling and demands to be washed every night. Embrace the Mystery Thursday, March 9th on Nintendo Switch, PC, iOS and Android.
— Oni: Road to being the most powerful Oni explores the oldest folklore. The protagonist, Kuuta, is a small but brave imp who is on a quest to overthrow Momotaro, the human who now rules Onigashima Island after destroying most of its demons. It’s a welcome twist on the monster hunter formula, with vibrant animation and a more forgiving approach to combat than you typically find in this genre. Kuuta’s Quest begins Thursday, March 9 on PlayStation 5/4, Nintendo Switch, and PC.
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