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Here’s a roundup of Associated Press entertainment reporters on 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 about the enormous impact and intrigue of her short life. But director Ed Perkins’ new documentary Princess , which debuted earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival and is available on HBO (and HBO Max) on Saturday, August 13, 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 most enjoyable theatrical performances this summer, “Mrs. Harris goes to Paris” and “Mr. “Malcolm’s List” is now 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 List is an ode to Jane Austen, a Regency-era novel full of gossip, intrigue and high-society fiction, starring Frida Pinto, Zaveh Ashton and Ọpẹ́ Dírìsù as the titular Mr. Malcolm.

— In other streamers, Lili Reinhart of Riverdale fame hosts Netflix’s Look Both Ways , about a senior who finds her life torn apart into parallel realities on prom night. In one of them, she becomes pregnant and is forced to move back home to Texas. In another, she goes to Los Angeles to start her career. Look Both Ways starring Danny Ramire in Top Gun: Maverick’s hits Netflix on Wednesday. And for those looking for a scare, Paramount+ debuts Orphan: First Kill on Friday, August 19. The film is a prequel to Jaume Collet-Serra’s 2009 horror The Orphan and follows Esther’s escape from an Estonian psychiatric hospital. and heading to 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 was released on Friday, August 19. “I thought it was a great, catchy title track for the rest of the album,” said the pop star. said 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 did you do during the pandemic? Indie rock band Mountain Goats have released three new studio albums, with a fourth on the horizon. This latest album, Bleed Out, is set to drop on Friday, August 19, and 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 skateboarding. Oh, and while you’re waiting for the album, frontman John Darnielle also managed to release the true crime novel House of the Devil earlier this year.

– Don’t panic, Brandon Urie is back. His band Panic! At The Disco presents ‘Viva Las Vengeance’ on Friday 19th August, led by the sweet single ‘Middle of a Breakup’ and the energetic title track. “Viva Las Vengeance” is a look at who I was 17 years ago and who I am now, with a love like no other. I didn’t realize I was making an album, and there was something about the tape that kept me honest,” Urie says. This is Panic’s first music since 2018’s Pray for the Wicked. You can also catch the band at this year’s MTV VMAs on August 28.

— AP Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy


— High-stakes drama takes place off the court in Legacy: The True Story of the LA Lakers, a 10-part docuseries that debuts 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. Bass attached to the series: Jeanie Bass, his widow and the Lakers’ CEO and controlling owner, is an executive producer. Directed by Antoine Fuqua (“Practice Day”), interviewees include Shaquille O’Neal, Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

— Tatyana Maslany won the 2016 Emmy for Best 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. She-Hulk: The Lawyer Jennifer Lewis’ career changes after a blood transfusion from her cousin Bruce Banner, aka the Hulk, makes her a very reluctant superhero and lawyer in a 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.

– It’s been more than three years since “Game of Thrones” was closed, but who’s counting? Fans have been waiting for its prequel, House of the Dragon, to finally arrive on Sunday, August 21st on HBO. Set two centuries before Game of Thrones, the story of House Targaryen is based on George RR Martin’s novel 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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