‘Don’t Look Up’, new ‘Matrix’ and ‘Sing 2’ – Red Deer Advocate

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

MOVIES

– Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem star as Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz in Aaron Sorkin’s “Being the Ricardos,” a smart and fun showbiz pic that takes audiences behind the curtains of a week-long awkward relationship particularly charged with “I Love Lucy”. None of the stars particularly resemble the icons they portray, and the filmmakers received understandable criticism over casting Bardem, who is Spanish, as Cuban-American, but they seem to capture the spirit of the characters and everyone else. . their fascinating contradictions. “Being the Ricardos” will be available on Amazon Prime Video on Monday.

— It’s hard to believe it’s been 22 years since the red pill/blue pill conundrum entered our lives, but Lana Wachowski has returned to make us question our realities once again with “The Matrix Resurrections”, in theaters and streaming on HBO Max starting Wednesday. Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Ann Moss return as Neo and Trinity in a massive cast that includes Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Neil Patrick Harris, Christina Ricci and Priyanka Chopra. And if you need a quick refresher before diving into the fourth installment, the first three are also currently streaming on HBO Max.

– Leonardo DiCaprio leads an all-star cast including Jennifer Lawrence, Cate Blanchett and Meryl Streep in “Don’t Look Up” a doomsday comedy that begins streaming on Netflix on Friday. Directed and co-written by Adam McKay, who also confronted the Cheneys in “Vice” and the financial crisis in “The Big Short,” this allegory of climate change features DiCaprio and Lawrence as scientists who discover a comet the size of of an extinction heading towards Earth. The problem is that no one seems to care.

— Tireless “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda lent eight original songs to Disney’s latest animated charmer, “Encanta”, about a magical Colombian family and a girl who seems to have missed out. AP’s Mark Kennedy wrote in his review that “‘Encanto’ is a film about the pressure to meet high expectations and the fear of revealing imperfections. They are outcasts and misfits in plain sight. Families who couldn’t make it to the theater to see it over Thanksgiving will have another chance when the film hits Disney+ on Friday, just in time for the Christmas holidays.

— Lindsey Bahr, AP Cinema Screenwriter

THE MUSIC

— A posthumous Chuck Berry live album is being released this Christmas for digital download. “Live from Blueberry Hill” is taken from performances recorded between July 2005 and January 2006 at the Blueberry Hill cafe in St. Louis, one of Berry’s favorite places to perform. The album features Berry ripping through classics like “Roll Over Beethoven”, “Sweet Little Sixteen”, and “Johnny B. Goode”. Other songs from the live album include “Rock and Roll Music”, “Let It Rock”, “Carol/Little Queenie”, “Around and Around”, “Nadine” and “Mean Old World”.

– New music from U2 is included in the animation soundtrack “Sing 2” which opens Wednesday. The sequel to the film – which features band singer and songwriter Bono voicing a character called Clay Calloway – also features Billie Eilish’s “bad guy”, Elton John’s “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” and Scarlett Johansson singing “Stuck In a Moment You Can” by U2. don’t get out of. Taron Egerton covers “A Sky Full of Stars” and Halsey tackles “Could Have Been Me” by The Struts. Another U2 song – “Where the Streets Have No Name” – features Tori Kelly, Taron Egerton, Johansson, Reese Witherspoon and Nick Kroll.

– Mark Kennedy, AP Entertainment Writer

TELEVISION

TCM is in marathon mode, streaming holiday movies — or those with enough spirit to count — nonstop this week until Christmas Day. Among the headliners: 1944’s “Meet Me in St. Louis” (8 p.m. EST Tuesday), featuring Judy Garland’s timeless version of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”; 1940s “The Shop Around the Corner” (2:00 p.m. EST Friday), featuring Margaret Sullavan and James Stewart in a romance so enduring it’s been remade twice, including 1998’s “You’ve Got Mail” ; and 1947’s “The Bishop’s Wife,” starring Cary Grant as a well-dressed angel sent to aid David Niven and his wife Loretta Young (8 p.m. EST Friday).

– Tune in to the Kennedy Center Honorees, stay for the impressive line-up of actors, singers and comedians on hand to salute their contributions to American culture. In the spotlight for the 44th edition “Kennedy Centers Honors” are opera singer Justino Díaz; Motown founder Berry Gordy; Lorne Michaels, creator of “Saturday Night Live”; actress-singer Bette Midler; and singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell. Among those paying tribute are Andra Day, Herbie Hancock, Scarlett Johansson, Steve Martin, Chita Rivera and Stevie Wonder. The two-hour special airs Wednesday at 9 p.m. EST on CBS.

— In the grand tradition of British ghost stories, Christmas comes “The Mezzotint” debuts Friday on the BritBox streaming service. Rory Kinnear stars as the curator of the university museum, Mr. Williams, who receives an engraved image that appears to simply show a country house at night. But is there a figure in the corner, one that keeps moving, and is there a scary story behind it? Yes of course! If you want to whet your appetite for the half-hour special adapted by actor-writer Mark Gatiss from a short story by MR James, BritBox has a host of equally chilling British tales from the 1970s and beyond. , starting Monday.

— Lynn Elber, AP Television Writer

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Find AP’s entertainment coverage here: https://apnews.com/apf-entertainment.

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