Entertainment: New this week: Radcliffe Gets Weird, ‘Causeway’ and Phoenix (10/31/22)

This image combination features promotional art for Manifest, a series airing Friday, November 4th on Netflix; “Enola Holmes 2,” a film premiering on Netflix on Friday, November 4; and Causeway, a film premiering Friday, November 4 on Apple TV+.

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Here’s a collection of what’s hitting TV, streaming services, and music and video game platforms this week, curated by entertainment journalists at The Associated Press.

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* Elvis, Elton John and Freddie Mercury all got the biopic treatment. Now it’s finally Weird Al’s turn. In “Strange: The Al Yankovic Story”. Daniel Radcliffe plays the parody pro through his entire life — or at least one version of his life. Yankovic himself co-wrote and co-produced “Weird,” directed by Eric Appel. And, as you might expect, singer-songwriter “White and Nerdy” fills the story with plenty of satirical touches that follow standard music biopic conventions. But it is also full of surprises. In my interview with Yankovic and Radcliffe, Yankovic said, “Weird” “is funny because it shouldn’t exist.” “Weird,” Roku’s first original film, will stream on the streaming device on Friday, November 4th.

* Enola Holmes (Millie Bobby Brown) is back on the case. The Netflix sequel Enola Holmes 2, which debuts Friday, November 4, quickly follows the charming 2020 film that adapted the Nancy Springer book series and Arthur Conan Doyle spin-off. The sequel joins the younger Holmes with her famous older detective brother (Henry Cavill) for a multi-layered mystery that picks up some of the strands of the original (Helena Bonham Carter returns as Enola’s mother) while focusing on working conditions in London factories of the 19th century.

* In her first starring role in four years, Jennifer Lawrence stars and produces in Causeway, Lila Neugebauer’s drama about a US soldier named Lynsey (Lawrence) who is rehabilitating at home in New Orleans after a brain injury sustained while touring in has moved to Afghanistan. A gentle indie about trauma and recovery, “Causeway” is carried by the warmth of Brian Tyree Henry, who plays a local mechanic with his own painful past who befriends Lynsey. Debuting Friday, November 4th on Apple TV+.

— AP film writer Jake Coyle

This image combination shows album art for “Me vs. Myself” by A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie; “Special” by Dermot Kennedy; and “Alpha Zulu” by Phoenix.

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* A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie returns with his fourth studio album and shows a lot of variety. Singles from ‘Me vs. Myself’, out Friday November 4th, include the sluggish ‘Take Shots’, which features Tory Lanez, teaming up with HER for the pop smash ‘Playa’ and a collaboration with Roddy Ricch “BRO”. (Better Ride Out)”, with the lyrics, “I came from the bottom, I came straight out of poverty/ I had to look around to see who was with me and who wasn’t with me.” Boogie is also featured as a celebrity guest be heard on Pink Sweat$’s sexy “Lay Up N’ Chill” where the lyrics read: “Sippin’ on that rose really get you in your feel.”

* Not many synth-pop bands get to record at the Louvre in Paris, but Phoenix is ​​one of the lucky ones. Their 10-track Alpha Zulu, due for release on Friday November 4th, was recorded in a wing of the world-famous museum. The band’s first album since 2017’s ‘Ti Amo’ has spawned the single ‘Tonight’, a catchy duet with Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig that combines the band’s lovely melodies with their characteristically odd lyrics: ‘Could I be the best to jump ahead/Your feet hurt less with moccasins.” Other singles include “All Eyes on Me”, “My Elixir” and “Winter Solstice”.

* Ireland has given us so many great artists – Sinead O’Connor, U2, Niall Horan, Hozier and Glen Hansard. Dermot Kennedy could be the next big thing in the nation judging by his sophomore album, Sonder. With his expressive voice and impassioned songs, Kennedy has amassed almost 4 billion streams across all platforms and has released Ireland’s best-selling debut album of the millennium, Without Fear. The singer-songwriter’s new album is preceded by singles “Dreamer,” a piano-driven ballad, and wistful dance track “Something to Someone.”

— AP entertainment writer Mark Kennedy

TV

* George Lopez’s new sitcom is a family affair. In NBC’s Lopez vs. Lopez, the actor and comedian stars opposite real-life kid Mayan Lopez. Her fictional versions of father and daughter are unlikely roommates with a troubled relationship. The 2002-2007 comedy George Lopez remains one of the few Latino-led hits on television that continues to struggle to portray America’s second-largest ethnic or racial group behind non-Latino whites. “Lopez vs. Lopez,” starring Selenis Leyva and Al Madrigal, debuts Friday, November 4 at 7 p.m.

* Abrupt terminations and unresolved stories used to be a common affront to viewers. Now other platforms can come to the rescue of a canceled series, as is the case with Manifest. After NBC ended its run after three seasons, it redeemed itself in reruns on Netflix and earned a chance for a decent finish. A total of 20 new episodes will be released on the streaming service in two parts, with the first half releasing on Friday, November 4th. To recap the premise, an airliner lands safely in New York after a bumpy flight, but passengers are relieved to walk away to realize that five years have passed in a matter of hours. Stars Melissa Roxburgh, Josh Dallas and JR Ramirez are back for the big reveal we finally want.

* With patience, even an 18th-century novel can get a TV prequel. It helps that the present book is “Dangerous Liaisons,” an amorality tale that has been repeatedly adapted for stage and screen, including the Oscar-winning 1988 film. In the new Starz version, billed as a “brave opener,” Camille and Valmont are young, in love and in Paris as revolutionary towers. Alice Englert and Nicholas Denton play the couple destined to become the architects of scandal and tragedy as the Marquise de Merteuil and Vicomte de Valmont. Lesley Manville plays the reigning Marchioness in the series, which debuts Sunday, November 6 at 8 p.m.

— AP TV writer Lynn Elber

video games

* Most people associate video games with fast-paced, over-the-top action, but there’s a huge audience for soft farming sims like Stardew Valley and Harvest Moon. Square Enix’s Harvestella strikes a middle ground. Sure, you can spend hours tending to your crops and chatting with your neighbors. But an ever-growing threat looms over your rural town, and sooner or later you’ll have to put down the ax and pick up a sword. The demo promises the kind of apocalyptic showdowns Square is known for – afterward, your home-grown zucchini will be so much more satisfying. Harvestella is coming to PC and Nintendo Switch on Friday, November 4th.

– Lou Kest

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