Hereâ€™s a collection curated by The Associated Pressâ€™ entertainment journalists of whatâ€™s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week.
â€œDa 5 Bloodsâ€: Itâ€™s always the right time for a Spike Lee joint and thankfully Netflix has his latest ready to debut Friday. Four veterans travel back to Vietnam to try to find the remains of their squad leader in this film that traverses decades and genres. Full of complex ideas, â€œ Da 5 Bloods â€ is guaranteed to enlighten and provoke. Case in point? Heâ€™s made one of the veterans (Delroy Lindo) a Donald Trump supporter.
Celebrating Pride: Pride parades will be few and far between this year, but a number of channels are celebrating the LGBTQ community with special programming. On Friday starting at 8 p.m., film critic Alonso Duralde will be on TCM discussing three formative films, â€œOur Betters,â€ â€œVictimâ€ and â€œWord is Out.â€ And on Sunday, the Criterion Channel drops the second installment of its Queersighted series, with seven films including Jean Cocteauâ€™s â€œOrpheus,â€ Gus Van Sanâ€™s â€œMy Own Private Idahoâ€ and CÃ©line Sciammaâ€™s â€œWater Lilies.â€
â€œArtemis Fowlâ€: Originally intended for theaters, Disney Plus is releasing Kenneth Branaghâ€™s big budget adaptation of Eoin Colferâ€™s â€œ Artemis Fowl â€ Friday. In the film, a young Irish genius (Ferdia Shaw) discovers a magical world in a quest to save his father (Colin Farrell) from a pack of fairies. Judi Dench and Josh Gad also star.
– AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr
Chloe x Halle: The sophomore album from Chloe x Halle was originally supposed to be released last week, but the duo decided to push it back out to honor Black Out Tuesday and the music industryâ€™s plan to turn off the music and take time to reflect and implement change in response to the death of George Floyd and the killings of other black people. â€œ Ungodly Hour â€ will be released Friday and features a more grown-up side of Chloe, 21, and Halle, 20. The girls co-wrote, co-produced and engineered the album, which features the viral R&B hit, â€œDo It.â€
Norah Jones: Over the last two years Norah Jones has held monthly recording sessions with various musicians to create epic singles instead of a full album. The result of those gatherings, along with unreleased songs from her 2019 project, make up â€œ Pull Me Up Off the Floor â€ – a new 11-track album coming out Friday. Jones produced nine of the songs alone and wrote seven of the tracks by herself. Collaborators include Jeff Tweedy, Emily Fiskio and Sarah Oda.
– AP Music Editor Mesfin Fekadu
Gabrielle Union, engaged in a battle with NBC over her firing from â€œAmericaâ€™s Got Talent,â€ is firmly in control on â€œ L.A.â€™s Finest,â€ the drama she produces and stars in with Jessica Alba. The series returns for season two on Spectrum, with the first three episodes out Monday. To set the scene: detective Syd (Union) is searching for a friendâ€™s killer, her partner McKenna (Alba) is dealing with marital woes, and then a crime wave hits.
Medical practitioners can be heroic with or without a pandemic to battle, as made clear in the docuseries â€œ Lenox Hill, â€ shot before the COVID-19 crisis. Cameras follow two brain surgeons, an ER physician and an obstetrician at New Yorkâ€™s Lenox Hill Hospital as they pour their energies and dedication into their patientsâ€™ care while also tending to their own lives – a challenge that includes pregnancy for two of the doctors. The eight-episode series is out Wednesday on Netflix.
If mystery is your cup of tea â€œ Grantchester â€ is here to oblige, returning 9 p.m. EDT Sunday to PBSâ€™ â€œMasterpiece.â€ Set in an English village in the 1950s, the series boasts an unlikely pair of crime-busters in the Rev. Will (Tom Brittney), and police detective Geordie (Robson Green). Also back are closeted man of the cloth Leonard (Al Weaver) and Tessa-Peake Jones as an indispensable if stern housekeeper.
– AP Television Writer Lynn Elber
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