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Here’s a collection curated by Associated Press entertainment reporters of what’s coming to TV, streaming services, and music platforms this week.


– In the nearly 25 years since Princess Diana’s death, there has never been a shortage of content to examine the enormous impact and intrigue of her short life. But a new documentary from director Ed Perkins, “The Princess,” which premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival and is available on HBO (and HBO Max), flips us over. The film has no talking heads or voiceovers, it just uses archival footage to tell a different kind of story. It is a surprisingly effective meditative and transport experience.

– Two of the most delightful movie releases this summer “Mrs. Harris goes to Paris “and” Mr. Malcolm’s List ”are now quietly available for rent on request and home viewing. The first is a fantasy grounded in the tradition of the mid-century designer, with Lesley Manville as a post-WWII British housekeeper and widow. She dreams of owning a Christian Dior dress and has to travel to Paris to get one (and her moment of her middle-aged Sabrina). “Mr. Malcolm’s List”, meanwhile, is an ode to Jane Austen, a Regency-era love story filled with high society gossip, intrigue, and hijackings starring Freida Pinto, Zawe Ashton and Ṣọpẹivali Dìrísù as the owner Mr. Malcolm.

– On the other streamers, Lili Reinhart, famous for “Riverdale”, hosts a Netflix movie “Look Both Ways” about a college senior whose life splits into parallel realities on graduation night. In one, she becomes pregnant and has to move home to Texas. In another, she heads to Los Angeles to start her career. Starring Danny Ramierz in “Top Gun: Maverick’s,” “Look Both Ways” will arrive on Netflix on Wednesday. And for those looking for a scare, Paramount + will debut Friday with “Orphan: First Kill”. The film is a prequel to Jaume Collet-Serra’s 2009 horror “Orphan” and follows Esther as she escapes from an Estonian psychiatric facility and heads to America.

– AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr


– Demi Lovato’s next album flirts with NSFW. “Holy Fvck” is both a track and the title of the 16-song album, due out on Friday. “I felt it was a great and catchy title track for the rest of the album,” the pop star told SiriusXM. “And mostly because there are songs on the album that have, like, religious overtones, there are songs on the album that have this dichotomy of good and bad, and that song somehow represented both.” The first punk single from the album “Skin of My Teeth” is about Lovato’s struggles with her sobriety. “The reaper knocks on my door / ‘Because I’m addicted to something more,” she sings.

– What did you accomplish during the pandemic? Indie rock band The Mountain Goats have released three new studio albums with a fourth on the horizon. The latest album, “Bleed Out”, will be released on Friday and is described as “a cinematic experience inspired by action films of the 60s, 70s and 80s”. The first single, “Training Montage”, comes with a video that is completely silly, with the band doing push-ups, running down the stairs and skateboarding. Oh, and while you wait for the album, frontman John Darnielle also managed to release the real crime novel, “Devil House,” earlier this year.

– Don’t panic, Brendon Urie is back. The band panicked him! At The Disco is offering the album “Viva Las Vengeance” on Friday, led by the sugary single “Middle of a Breakup” and the high-energy title track. “’Viva Las Vengeance’ is a look back at who I was 17 years ago and who I am now with the affection I didn’t have before. I didn’t realize I was making an album and that there was something about the recorder that kept me honest, ”says Urie. It is Panic’s first music since the 2018 release of “Pray for the Wicked”. You can also see the band at this year’s MTV VMAs on August 28th.

– AP Entertainment writer Mark Kennedy


– The high-stakes drama is off the pitch in “Legacy: The True Story of the LA Lakers,” a 10-part docuseries that premieres Monday on Hulu. The series promises to detail how the acquisition of the team by real estate mogul Jerry Buss in 1979 led to its transformation into a championship, multi-billion dollar franchise, including conflicts between business and family. There’s a Buss connection to the series: Jeanie Buss, his daughter and Lakers CEO and controlling owner, is an executive producer. Director Antoine Fuqua (“Training Day”) directed, with Shaquille O’Neal, Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar among those interviewed.

– Tatiana Maslany won an Emmy for Lead Actress in 2016 for playing half a dozen characters in “Orphan Black”. A nine-episode Disney + comedy series set in the Marvel Universe gives her two sides of a coin to work with. “She-Hulk: Attorney at Law,” Jennifer Lewis’s career takes a turn after a transfusion of her by her cousin Bruce Banner, aka the Hulk, makes her a very reluctant superhero and a court advocate for her peers. . Marvel’s familiar faces in the series debuting Thursday include Mark Ruffalo as Smart Hulk, Tim Roth as Emil Blonsky-the Abomination and Benedict Wong as Wong.

– It’s been more than three years since “Game of Thrones” called it a conclusion, but who counts? Fans who have been waiting for his prequel, “House of the Dragon”, have finally arrived on HBO on Sunday. The story of the House of Targaryen, set two centuries before “Game of Thrones”, is based on George RR Martin’s “Fire & Blood”. The cast includes Paddy Considine as King Viserys Targaryen, whom the lords of Westeros have chosen to succeed his grandfather, and Matt Smith as Prince Daemon Targaryen, his younger brother with “true dragon blood”. Could there be fermentation problems?

– AP TV writer Lynn Elber

This story has been corrected to show that Jeanie Buss is the daughter of Jerry Buss.

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