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

  • In the nearly 25 years since Princess Diana’s death, there has never been a shortage of material exploring the enormous impact and intrigue of her short life. But a new documentary from director Ed Perkins, Princess, which debuted earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival and is available on HBO (and HBO Max), has our attention once again. The film does not feature any talking heads or voice-overs, instead using only archival footage to tell a different story. It’s a meditative, transportive experience that’s surprisingly effective.

  • Two of the best cinema programs this summer, Mrs. Harris is going to Paris and Mr. Malcolm’s List, now quietly available to rent on demand and watch from home. The first is a grounded fantasy embellished with a mid-century designer story, featuring Leslie Manville as a post-World War II British housekeeper and widow. She dreams of a Christian Dior dress and must travel to Paris to get it (and her midlife Sabrina moment). Mr. Malcolm’s Listmeanwhile, it’s an ode to Jane Austen, a Regency-era romance full of gossip, intrigue and social fiction starring Frida Pinto, Zaveh Ashton and ỌpẦ́ Dírísù as the titular Mr. Malcolm.

  • On other streamers, Lili Reinhart, of Riverdale fame, leads photo netflix, Look both ways, about a college student whose life dissolves into parallel realities on prom night. In one of them, she becomes pregnant and is forced to move home to Texas. In another, she goes to Los Angeles to start her career. In the main role Top Gun: MaverickDanny Ramige, Look both ways comes to Netflix on Wednesday. And for those who want to be scared, Paramount+ debuts Orphan: The First Kill on Friday. The film is a prequel to Jaume Collet-Serra’s 2009 horror film Orphan and follows Esther, who escapes from an Estonian mental hospital and heads for America.

— AP Writer Lindsay Barr

  • Demi Lovato’s next album will flirt with NSFW. Holy Fvck is both the track and the title of the 16-song album, which will be released on Friday. “I thought it was a great, catchy title track for the rest of the album,” the pop star told SiriusXM. “And especially because there are songs on the album that have some religious undertones, there are songs on the album that have this dichotomy of good and bad, and this song kind of represents both.” The album’s first punk single, “Skin of My Teeth,” chronicles Lovato’s struggles with sobriety. “The reaper knocks on my door/’Cause I’m addicted to more,” she sings.

  • What have you accomplished during the pandemic? Indie rock band Mountain Goats have released three new studio albums, with a fourth on the horizon. That newest album Bleed, due out on Friday, is described as a “cinematic experience inspired by the action movies of the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s.” The first single, “Training Montage,” is accompanied by a silly video of the band doing push-ups, running up stairs, and riding skateboards. Oh, and while you’re waiting for the album, frontman John Darniel has also managed to release a true crime novel Devil’s house earlier this year.

  • Don’t panic, Brandon Urie is back. His band Panic! At The Disco offers an album Long live Las Vengeance on Friday, led by the sweet single “Middle of a Breakup” and the energetic title track. “Long live Las Vengeance it’s a look back at who I was 17 years ago and who I am now, with a love I didn’t have before. I didn’t realize I was making an album, and there was something about the tape recorder that kept me honest,” Urie says. This is Panic’s first music since 2018’s release Pray for the Wicked. You can also catch the band at this year’s MTV VMAs on August 28.

— AP Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy

  • The high-stakes drama continues off the court Legacy: The True Story of the LA Lakers, a 10-part docu-series debuting Monday on Hulu. The series promises to detail how real estate mogul Jerry Bass’ acquisition of the team in 1979 led to its transformation into a multibillion-dollar championship franchise, including business and family conflicts. There is a Bass connection to the series: Jeanie Bass, his daughter and the Lakers’ CEO and controlling owner, is an executive producer. Directed by Antoine Fuqua (Study day) director, among the interviewed Shaquille O’Neal, Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

  • In 2016, Tatyana Maslany won an Emmy for Lead Actress for playing half a dozen characters in Orphan Black. The nine-episode Disney+ comedy series set in the Marvel universe gives her two sides of the same coin to work with. in She-Hulk: The Lawyer, Jennifer Lewis’s career changes after receiving a blood transfusion from her cousin Bruce Banner, aka the Hulk, which makes her a very reluctant superhero and lawyer in the court of her peers. Familiar Marvel faces in the series, which debuts Thursday, include Mark Ruffalo as the Smart Hulk, Tim Roth as Emil Blonsky the Abomination and Benedict Wong as Wong.

  • More than three years have passed since then Game of Thrones called it a wrap but who’s counting? Fans who have been waiting for his prequel, House of the Dragon, finally on Sunday on HBO. The story of House Targaryen, which takes place two centuries ago Game of Thronesbased on George RR Martin Fire and blood. The cast includes Paddy Considine as King Viserys Targaryen, chosen by the Lords of Westeros to succeed his grandfather, and Matt Smith as Prince Daemon Targaryen, his younger brother with “true dragon blood”. Could there be problems with brewing?

— AP Television Writer Lynn Elber

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