Right here’s a group curated by The Related Press’ leisure journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming companies and music platforms this week.
— To some, an evening out on the films is synonymous with the vacation season, usually the busiest and most festive time for moviegoing. This 12 months, there are nonetheless a handful of notable films arriving in cinemas — Paul Greengrass’ “Information of the World,” with Tom Hanks; Emerald Fennell’s jolting, subversive “Promising Younger Girl,” starring Carey Mulligan; and Italian filmmaker Matteo Garrone’s “Pinocchio,” with Roberto Benigni as Geppetto. However with greater than half of U.S. theaters closed, two of the largest films of the 12 months — “Soul” and “Marvel Girl 1984” — will probably be going straight to streaming.
— Pete Docter’s “Soul,” the most recent from Pixar, premieres Friday on Disney+. Not like “Mulan,” “Soul” will probably be out there to subscribers at no further cost. It’s probably the greatest household movies of the 12 months, and a worthy metaphysical companion piece to Docter’s “Inside Out.” A middle-school band trainer and gifted jazz musician (Jamie Foxx) will get the large break he’s at all times wished, however destiny intervenes, and “Soul” travels to each the afterlife and a “earlier than” life to ponder some very massive questions on achievement and remorse, whereas working in some terrific music scenes and a cat.
— Additionally arriving Christmas Day is “Marvel Girl 1984,” Patty Jenkins’ sequel to her barrier-breaking 2017 movie. It premieres on HBO Max within the first of a parade of Warner Bros. movies to stream by means of 2021. With Gal Gadot returning, “Marvel Girl 1984” fast-forwards from 1918 to the “greed is sweet” decade. The Related Press known as it “spirited, purposeful and blessedly missing in grandiosity” in a sequel that once more positions Marvel Girl as “an ethical and muscular counterweight to ego-driven male misdirections, steering historical past by means of the repeating pitfalls of megalomaniacs intoxicated by energy.”
—AP Movie Author Jake Coyle
— When you yearn for theater this vacation season, head over to Broadway On Demand, the theater-focused streaming platform. There’s a one-man manufacturing of “This Great Life” wherein actor Rob Johansen recreates greater than 30 characters from the movie at madcap pace, in addition to the studying of a brand new play, “The Santa Hat,” starring Ed Asner, Michael Urie, Gregory Jbara and Lucie Arnaz. There’s additionally Shoshana Bean celebrating the season with a model new vacation particular, “Sing Your Hallelujah,” filmed dwell at New York Metropolis’s famed Apollo Theater.
— Broadway veterans Rebecca Luker and Sally Wilfert have a good time Christmas with their new album, “All of the Women.” The duo are calling it “a celebration of womanhood” and it contains songs by Stephen Sondheim, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Fred Ebb & John Kander. The album, from PS Classics, is customized from the stage present of the identical identify, showcasing the singers’ private bond. It’s able to stream Friday.
— AP Leisure Author Mark Kennedy
— Shonda Rhimes’ first scripted sequence for Netflix is “Bridgerton” and its being described as if “Downton Abbey” blended with “Gossip Woman.” Primarily based on Julia Quinn’s romance novel sequence, it facilities on the romantic entanglements of English society’s higher crust and has a multiethnic forged and an nameless gossip columnist — voiced by none aside from Julie Andrews. The primary season debuts Friday.
— Gritty reboots of beloved children’ literary characters takes one other step with “The Hardy Boys.” The sequence follows brothers Joe (Alexander Elliot) and Frank Hardy (Rohan Campbell) as they spend the summer season in a small city and searching into the suspicious circumstances round their mom’s loss of life. The TV-PG sequence comes on the heels of The CW’s “Riverdale” and “Nancy Drew.” “The Hardy Boys” started on the prime of the month but it surely’s not too late to analyze.
— AP Leisure Author Mark Kennedy
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