“The Star”, Diddy and Billy Bob Thornton


Here’s a collection, curated by the entertainment journalists at The Associated Press, of what’s going to hit TV, streaming services, and music platforms this week.

FILMS

– The best way to remember Norm MacDonald who died last week at the age of 61, is likely to surf YouTube late into the night and “Saturday Night Live” clips,scour Twitter for anecdotes and read some of them written about the comedian. But while movies made up a smaller part of MacDonald’s production, his simple, expressionless comedy could be all the more evident on the big screen. If his unique rhythm caught on on “SNL”, he was completely out of place in studio comedies. His first film was Adam Sandler’s “Billy Madison” (available for digital purchase), the first of many with Sandler. MacDonald mostly sat by the pool and played a drunk; as Sandler relates, MacDonald fell asleep in their first scene together. “Dirty work” (1999), currently streamed on HBO Max, was one of the few lead roles played by MacDonald. The Bob Saget-directed film, which was released after MacDonald’s infamous “SNL” exit, points to a film path that never evolved for MacDonald. A cult classic for some.

– Writer and director Theodore Melfi and Melissa McCarthy came to “St. Vincent, ”in which she played Bill Murray’s single neighbor. It was an early indication of McCarthy’s talent as a dramatic actress, several years before her great performance in “Can You Forgive Me?” In Melfi’s “The Star” debuting on Netflix on Friday, the two reunite with McCarthy as half of a couple, Lilly and Jack (Chris O’Dowd), ruined by grief following the death of their child. Lilly becomes obsessed with fighting an annoying star who nests in her backyard, which becomes an unlikely cure for her. Reviews from the Toronto International Film Festival of Film have indicated that this collaboration between Melfi and McCarthy is not so fruitful.

– AP film writer Jake Coyle

MUSIC

– William Shatner is going where no one has gone before, this time with his new spoken word album “Bill”, which will be released on September 24th. As with the Star Trek star’s other albums, there are those unmistakably choppy, stressed words in the music and lyrics that explore aging, fame, and the nature of existence. It turns right to the edge of the camp and then radiates away. Shatner has also brought some famous friends with him: “Clouds of Guilt” shows Joe Jonas, “Made in the Shade” shows Joe Walsh and “So Far From the Moon” shows Brad Paisley.

– Alt rockers X Ambassadors will release their third studio album “The Beautiful Liar” on September 24th. This time around, brothers Sam Nelson Harris and Casey Harris created a concept album that pays homage to the radio plays and taped books they heard as children. It tells the story of a blind teenage girl who discovers her long dormant superpowers and accompanies a variety of musical styles – from the unusual and catchy “Adrenaline” to the ballad “Okay” – with a number of interludes.

– Diddy released new music on September 24th, the album entitled “Off the Grid Vol. 1.” It is Diddy’s first release since his 2015 mixtape “MMM”, which featured artists like Travis Scott, Future, Lil ‘Kim, Big Sean, Ty Dolla $ ign and Wiz Khalifa could be seen. The rapper has not released a full album with “Last Train to Paris” since 2010. Diddy – whose name changed from Puffy to Puff Daddy to P. Diddy, to Diddy and then to P. Diddy – changed his middle name to “Love” and announced the album with the slogan “Welcome to the Love Era!” .

– AP Entertainment writer Mark Kennedy

TV

– The Fox Business Network series “How America Works”, Premiere on Monday at 8 p.m. EDT, is part of a series of new programs that will celebrate “American Industry and Ingenuity,” according to the network. Narrated by Mike Rowe, the hour-long How America Works focuses on those who work around the clock to keep the country’s infrastructure in order. Among the other new series: “American Gold: The Legend of Bear Gulch” (Wednesday 8pm EDT), about a family’s mining company in Montana, and “The Pursuit! Mit John Rich ”(Wednesday 9pm EDT) with the country star in an interview with fellow musicians, celebrities and entrepreneurs.

– “Goliath” and lawyer Billy McBride’s fights come to an end. In the Amazon series, starring Billy Bob Thornton, McBride has pursued redemption in a case that ended in tragedy and undermined his career, psyche and health. Returning to his legal roots last season, he pursues the opioid industry with legal partner Patty (Nina Arianda). The eight-part conclusion will be released on Friday, with Bruce Dern, Jena Malone and JK Simmons on board for the final chapter.

– It’s not normal for Broadway or the Tony Awards. The ceremony, which has long aired on CBS, will instead be streamed on Sunday, September 26th at 7 p.m. EDT on the network’s corporate sibling, the streaming service Paramount +. Audra McDonald will host the event in honor of the best of the pandemic-cut 2019-20 season. CBS holds its hand with “The Tony Awards Present: Broadway’s Back,” which will air on Sunday at 9 p.m. EDT with host Leslie Odom Jr. The special promises a celebration of live theater with “superstar Broadway entertainers”, songs from nominated shows and the presentation of three Tony Awards.

– AP television writer Lynn Elber

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Find out more about AP’s entertainment coverage here: https://apnews.com/apf-entertainment.


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