New this week: “Peacemaker”, film by Elvis Costello and Macbeth


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

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

MOVIES

– In Joel Coen’s first movie without his brother Ethan, he directs the brutal and expressionist “The Tragedy of Macbeth”, with Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand. The film, which begins airing Friday, January 14 on Apple TV +, is shot in black and white and dense in atmosphere. And with two main roles in his sixties, he brings a new dimension to the portrayal of Shakespeare’s ambition and destiny. In her review, the AP’s Jocelyn Noveck called Coen’s “Macbeth”. “Brilliantly imagined, brilliantly executed. “

– The franchise “Hotel Transylvania” is now ten years old and its fourth part, “Hotel Transylvania: Transformania, ”Will be his last entry. Once slated by Sony Pictures to open in theaters, it will debut on Amazon Prime on Friday instead. With a voice cast including Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kathryn Hahn and Jim Gaffigan, “Transformania” turns the franchise upside down when a “Monsterfication Ray” goes haywire, turning monsters into humans.

– AP Screenwriter Jake Coyle

MUSIC

– Elvis Costello and his band The Imposters release “The Boy Named If” on Friday January 14th. The collection of 13 songs is described as “urgent and immediate songs with bright melodies, itchy guitar solos and a quick step towards rhythm.” The first single is “Magnificent wound” – a rocker with a hammering backbeat and an organ from the 70s. The album will be available on vinyl, CD, cassette and streaming services. It will also come in an edition with an 88-page hardback storybook, containing 13 illustrated short stories whose titles match the song titles.

– “Brightside”, the fourth studio album by The Luminous, lands on Friday January 14, and it has a song inspired by a car accident. “Where We Are” revisits the accident that guitarist and singer Wesley Schultz and his girlfriend-turned-wife, Brandy Schultz, had about 10 years ago. The mid-tempo song has the lyrics “Where are we / I don’t know where we are, but it’ll be fine.” The new album was also preceded by the release of three singles: “Brightside”, “Big Shot” and “AM Radio”.

– AP Entertainment writer Mark Kennedy

TELEVISION

– John Cena reprise his role as “The Suicide Squad” in the DC Universe spinoff series “Peacemaker.” No surprise to fans of the John Gunn film, but there is a lot of violence, vulgarity and, yes, comedy. The cast includes Danielle Brooks (“Orange Is the New Black”) as newly introduced character Leota Adebayo; Freddie Stroma as Vigilant; Jennifer Holland as Harcourt and Robert Patrick as Auggie Smith. The eight-episode series, written and directed largely by Gunn, kicks off with three episodes Thursday on HBO Max, with the remainder airing on consecutive Thursdays.

– The best incentive to check out attic or cruise garage sales is back. PBS ‘ “Route of Antiquities” is in its 26th season and is once again visiting U.S. cities in search of local treasures after circumventing a travel disruption caused by a pandemic. The series, which airs Monday (check local listings for time), has been taped at places such as the Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown, Connecticut, and Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. A very expensive find: a 1926 illustration featured on a cover of the “Saturday Evening Post” and valued at $ 400,000 during a stop at Sands Point, New York.

– The BroadwayHD The streaming service is bringing an eclectic new list of theatrical productions, musical films and documentaries in January. “Les Misérables 25th Anniversary Concert”, recorded in London in 2010 and available now, stars Alfie Boe as Jean Valjean, Lea Salonga as Fantine and Nick Jonas as Marius. Fans of Robert Morse in “Mad Men” should check out his performance as ambitious young J. Pierpoint Finch in the 1967 screen version of “How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying”, the Frank Loesser musical that won Morse a few years earlier. a Tony. The film is now on service, with a stage cover of “Camelot” in 1980 with Richard Harris arriving Thursday.

– AP television writer Lynn Elber

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