Here’s a curated collection from the Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s coming to TV, streaming services and music platforms this week.
• Tony Hawk may not have seemed the most obvious Oscars presenter, but he has a new movie coming out. “Tony Hawk: Until the Wheels Drop”, a documentary about the professional skateboarder’s life, debuts today on HBO Max and on HBO. It’s directed by Sam Jones, who directed the 2002 Wilco documentary ‘I Am Trying to Break Your Heart’, and it spans the 53-year-old skateboarding pioneer’s entire career while trying to capture his still-strong obsession with being as good as “Tony competes with Tony”, says fellow skateboarder Lance Mountain in the film. “He was always in competition with Tony.”
• Andrea Arnold, the British director of “American Honey” and “Fish Tank,” are among the most dynamic filmmakers working today. In “Cow,” which makes its theatrical and digital rental debut on Friday, she’s making her first documentary starring an unlikely star: Luma, a dairy cow on a farm in southern England. Arnold filmed “Cow” for four years, capturing the daily rhythms of Luma’s life, giving the bovine the attention and empathy she would bestow on any human protagonist. With movies like 2021 “Gunda” A black-and-white documentary portrait of a pig, “Cow” is part of a recent wave of cinematic use to capture and elevate the life of animals rarely offered in close-up.
• Filmmakers Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin, who directed Oscar-winning film ‘Free Solo’ and last year’s non-fiction ‘The Rescue’, are aiming even higher this time around “Go back to space.” The documentary, which airs Friday on Netflix, is about Elon Musk’s SpaceX and his attempts to transform space travel.
-AP Film Writer Jake Coyle
• Camila Cabello, last year’s Cinderella, is all about the magic of music this week. She releases her third studio album, “Familia”, on Friday. The three-time Grammy nominee has already offered a glimpse of music to come by reconnecting with Ed Sheeran for salsa “BamBam”. Cabello also released the album tracks “Oh Na Na”, featuring Myke Towers, and lead single “Don’t Go Yet”. The day before the album’s release, she’ll perform songs from it as part of a live TikTok concert — “Familia: Welcome to the Family” airs at 7 p.m. ET on Cabello’s TikTok channel.
• Jack White has not one but two albums slated for 2022, the first of which is ‘Fear of the Dawn’, which will be released on Friday, with a title track that uses fuzzy guitars, slamming drums and heavy-duty sound effects. 11. Another early preview is “Hi-De-Ho,” his weirdly wonderful collaboration with A Tribe Called Quest figurehead Q-Tip, which blends electronically enhanced rock with a tribute to jazz hero Cab Calloway. Don’t hang around: White has the second album, ‘Entering Heaven Alive,’ slated for release July 22. To get you in the mood for it, listen to the single “Queen of the Bees.”
– Mark Kennedy, AP Entertainment Writer
• We all know that we think we know Ben Franklin: diplomat, kite, excellent in maxims (“a penny saved…”). Enter Ken Burns, whose four-hour, two-part PBS documentary “Benjamin Franklin” delves into the life and work of the founding father who lived through and helped lead a remarkable period of social, political and scientific change. Franklin even set the template for future comedians such as Mark Twain, according to the documentary directed by Burns and written by Dayton Duncan (“Country Music,” “The National Parks”). Mandy Patinkin gives voice to Franklin in the film, which airs Monday and Tuesday on PBS stations (check local listings).
• Ansel Elgort and Ken Watanabe star in “Tokyo Vice”, an HBO Max crime drama described as “loosely” inspired by Jake Adelstein’s 2009 memoir, “Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan.” Elgort plays Adelstein, who finds himself immersed in 1990s Tokyo, “where nothing and no one is really what it seems,” as HBO intriguingly puts it. The series was filmed in Tokyo, so it’s also an armchair adventure. “Tokyo Vice,” created and written by Tony-winning playwright JT Rogers (“Oslo”), debuts three episodes Thursday on the streaming service, with two episodes released on subsequent Thursdays through the April 28 finale. .
• Celebrities try to trick themselves with stories that may or may not be true in “Would I lie to you?” by C.W. based on a hit British series of the same name. Actor-writer-comedian Aasif Mandvi (“Evil”) hosts the series, which kicks off Saturday with Matt Walsh (“Veep”) and Canadian comedian Sabrina Jalees as captains of the opposing team. Among the guests of the season: Brooke Shields, Amber Ruffin, Laura Benanti, Michael Ian Black, Jordan Klepper and Preet Bharara, a former American lawyer from the Southern District of New York. Legal advice, anyone?
— Lynn Elber, AP Television Writer
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