New this week: Luke Combs, Kevin Hart and Woody Harrelson

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


– The multiverse is all the rage. Following its theatrical release in May, “Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness” arrives on Disney+ on Wednesday. In it, Benedict Cumberbatch returns to the mystic-arts Marvel character and with some repercussions from recent developments in the MCU, most notably in relation to Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda Maximoff. Directed by Sam Raimi, the film bears some of the comic horror trademarks of the “Evil Dead” filmmaker. In her review, AP film writer Lindsay Bahr said that all the plot juggling “feels a bit like spinning the wheel.” But “Doctor Strange” isn’t the only multiverse movie available at home right now. “Everything Everywhere All At Once,” the fantastic existentialist blender starring Michelle Yeoh is currently available for digital rental.

– In another universe, “The Man from Toronto” would have been released in theaters by Sony Pictures. But the action comedy starring Kevin Hart and Woody Harrelson has been postponed during the pandemic and sold to Netflix, where it will debut on Friday. Patrick Hughes, who directed “The Hitman’s Bodyguard”, directs the friend comedy with Hart as a regular after they are accidentally booked on the same Airbnb.

— If you haven’t caught it yet, “RRR,” possibly the movie of the summer, is streaming on Netflix, where the international sensation is regularly ranking among streamers’ most-watched movies. Indian blockbuster, directed by SS Rajamouli, is a Telugu-language three-hour spectacle about a pair of revolutionaries (played by Ram Charan and NT Rama Rao Jr.) in 1920s colonial India, who embark on an outlandish rescue mission with some Make a team. Really eye-catching action sequences. As viewers are learning, the gaudy, extravagant highs of “RRR” have wildly exceeded most of Hollywood’s fare.

— AP Film writer Jake Coyle


– The coolest new name in rock is back when Soccer Mommy releases “Sometimes, Forever,” an album with weirdness and weirdness and weird weirdness. Sophie Allison, lead songwriter, has joined with Oneohtrix Point Never producer Daniel Lopatin for a breakout album with layered textured stuff in every track. “Shotgun,” the lead single, is an inspiring, brilliant love song for a fellow who only keeps cold beer and ice cream in hand. “The only things we really need,” she sings. Cheers on this point.

– French Montana celebrates their sixth studio album, Montague. Their first single “Alcatraz” was by J. Lou, Kay Flock, Joe Rogan, Dr. Dre, James Harden, Nelly, Dabi, Steve Jobs and Yo Gotti. French Montana’s last studio album, “They’ve Got Amnesia”, peaked at number 23 on the Billboard US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and number 59 on the US Billboard 200 chart. French Montana will hope to be better, this time riding the new single “Drive By” featuring Baby Face Ray, and “Blue Chills”: “The version of me in your mind isn’t my responsibility.”

— Country star Luke Combs will release his new album, “Grown Up,” on Friday, which began the next morning with a sorry, mid-tempo lament “Tomorrow Me” about a boyfriend who talks about what happens tonight. I am worried. Produced by Combs, Chip Matthews and Jonathan Singleton, “Grown Up” is Combs’ third studio album after 2019’s “What You See Is What You Get” and “This One for You”. The new record includes 12 songs, including Combs’ current single, “Don’ This”, a melodious song for musicians who don’t make it for fame or fortune.

— AP Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy


– Mark Twain, meet Jon Stewart. The former “Daily Show” host, political gadfly and activist receives the Kennedy Center Mark Twain Award for American Humor in a special broadcast Tuesday on PBS. Dave Chappelle, Stephen Colbert and John Oliver are among the teammates who salute him at the pre-taped ceremony, in which Bruce Springsteen pays a musical tribute. There are also jokes and love-filled barbs, along with reflections on his contributions to Stewart. Chappelle called it “a miracle to see you work”. You are the cure for the diseases of this country.”

— In “Gordita Chronicles,” chasing the American dream is not a dream for a young man who was dislodged from Santo Domingo by his father’s job transfer to 1980s Miami. The 10-episode, coming-of-age comedy, which debuts all Thursday on HBO Max, stars Olivia Gonçalves as Cucu “Gordita” Castelli, alongside Juan Javier Cárdenas and Diana Maria Riva as her parents, and Savannah Nicole Ruiz. as her status- the aware elder sister. Eva Longoria directed the pilot episode and is an executive producer for the series.

—the so-called awards season is endless, as the Daytime Emmys and BET honors are here to testify. The nominees for the Daytime Emmy Awards include the dramas “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “Days of Our Lives,” which airs Friday on CBS. Hosts of the ceremony are “Entertainment Tonight”‘s Kevin Frazier and Nichelle Turner, with presenters Tamron Hall, Natalie Morales and Jerry O’Connell. The top nominees for the BET Awards 2022 (Sunday, June 26) include Doja Cat, Ari Lennox and Drake. Taraji P. Henson will host a ceremony honoring Black achievement in music, TV, film and sport, with Sean “Diddy” Combs receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award.

— AP Television writer Lynn Elbe


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