clearn.png
Monday October 19th, 2020 8:31PM

New this week: David Byrne, 'The Amazing Race' & Tommy Lee

By The Associated Press

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

MOVIES

— Broadway is dark and most concert tours have been abandoned, but you can still feel the thrill of being inside a packed house in “ David Byrne’s American Utopia.” Spike Lee's concert film of Byrne's acclaimed stage show debuts Saturday at 8 p.m. on HBO and HBO Max, and it may be one of the best films of the year. Lee's energetic direction combined with Byrne's exuberant staging of Talking Heads classics and other songs makes for a concert film that stands on par with Jonathan Demme's Talking Heads classic “Stop Making Sense.”

— The timing of Aaron Sorkin's “The Trial of the Chicago 7” is remarkably good for a film set in 1969 and 1970. Sorkin's drama, debuting Friday on Netflix after a brief run in theaters, is first and foremost a portrait of protest, in all its messiness, idealism and potential. Made with a starry ensemble including Mark Rylance, Sacha Baron Cohen, Eddie Redmayne and Michael Keaton, the film dramatizes — with Sorkin's characteristic snappy dialogue and sweeping theatricality — the events surrounding the trial of anti-war activists who were charged with conspiracy to incite a riot during the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. In the seminal stand-off between counterculture and government, Sorkin (who wrote and directed) crafts a timely paean to dissent.

— Gretchen Sorin and Ric Burns' “Driving While Black: Race, Space and Mobility in America” was, unfortunately, always going to be of the moment. The documentary, airing 9 p.m. Tuesday on PBS and streaming on PBS platforms, chronicles the experience of African Americans on the road beginning with the advent of the automobile. But is also stretches further back and forward to consider all forms of racist restrictions of movement for Black Americans, spanning Jim Crow-era laws to '60s bus boycotts to contemporary policing. Says historian Christopher West in the film: “I think it’s really, really tough for the majority of Americans to begin to even understand the gut-wrenching horror that is driving in a racist society.”

— AP Film Writer Jake Coyle

MUSIC

— Kelly Clarkson is returning to host this year’s Billboard Music Awards, which will air live on NBC on Wednesday night at 8 p.m. ET. Some of the performances will be live at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, while others were previously recorded. BTS, Post Malone, Bad Bunny, Sia, Alicia Keys, Luke Combs, Doja Cat, Kane Brown and Demi Lovato will hit the stage, where country music icon Garth Brooks and rapper-activist Killer Mike will receive special honors.

— Rocker Tommy Lee is in a collaborative state of mind on his new album, “Andro,” out Friday. The 14-track album, his first solo release in 15 years, includes guest appearances from multi-platinum hitmaker Post Malone, Josh Todd of Buckcherry, South African rapper Push Push, Canadian rocker Lukas Rossi, West Coast rapper Brooke Candy, singer-songwriter King Elle Noir and rapper Killvein, among others. The album also finds the Mötley Crüe veteran covering Prince’s “When You Were Mine.”

— AP Music Editor Mesfin Fekadu

TELEVISION

— CBS’ “The Amazing Race,” with its especially welcome promise of armchair adventure, returns 9 p.m. EDT Wednesday. Eleven teams, including former NFL players DeAngelo Williams and Gary Barnidge and paired Olympians Kellie Wells-Brinkley and LaVonne Idlette, dash from locations in France, Germany, Kazakhstan, Brazil and elsewhere in the quest for bragging rights and a $1 million prize. The 32nd edition of the contest, taped before the coronavirus outbreak, pushed the series to the milestone of 1 million miles of worldwide travel.

— While many of us were making sourdough bread and, if we felt truly creative, posting pet videos, Hilary Weisman Graham (“Orange Is the New Black”) created “Social Distance” to illuminate our response to pandemic isolation. The Netflix anthology series, consisting of eight, 20-minute episodes, dramatizes the early days of the coronavirus quarantine, including our reliance on technology to maintain a version of emotional connection. Oscar Nunez (“The Office”), Asante Blackk (“This Is Us”) and Ali Ahn (“Orange Is the New Black”) are among the actors in the series out Thursday.

— Ready for a winter chill? Sundance Now’s true crime drama “Des” stars David Tennant (“Doctor Who”) as Dennis Nilsen, a serial killer who targeted young men, including the homeless. When he was arrested, Nilsen freely claimed responsibility for a shocking number of murders but couldn’t name his victims. Lacking forensic evidence, police began a daunting effort to identify the victims of the innocuous-looking British civil servant (who died in 2018 while serving a life sentence). The three-part “Des,” debuting Thursday on the streaming service, was a recent U.K. TV hit and drew raves for Tennant’s performance.

— AP Television Writer Lynn Elber

___

Catch up on AP’s entertainment coverage here: https://apnews.com/apf-entertainment.

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Entertainment, AP Online TV News, AP Online Movies News, AP Online Recordings News, APOnline Celebrity News
© Copyright 2020 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Chief: No reason to fire Wisconsin officer who killed teen
The police chief of a Milwaukee suburb that has seen protests and unrest since an officer was cleared of criminal wrongdoing in the fatal shooting of a Black teenager says he sees no reason why the officer should be fired
3:41PM ( 21 minutes ago )
Health care law on line at court, but is it likely to fall?
To hear Democrats tell it, a Supreme Court with President Donald Trump’s nominee Amy Coney Barrett could quickly get rid of the Affordable Care Act
3:40PM ( 21 minutes ago )
Belarus ramps up crackdown on protests, detains over 700
Police in Belarus detained 713 people during Sunday's mass protests against reelection of the country’s authoritarian leader, the harshest crackdown on protesters in weeks
3:34PM ( 27 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
The Latest: Tennessee worship event violates health measures
Nashville officials are investigating a worship event outside the historic courthouse Sunday that packed together a big, largely unmasked crowd, despite rising new case counts of COVID-19 in Tennessee
3:09PM ( 53 minutes ago )
New this week: David Byrne, 'The Amazing Race' & Tommy Lee
This week’s new entertainment releases include Kelly Clarkson as host this year’s Billboard Music Awards and the return of CBS’ “The Amazing Race.”
2:52PM ( 1 hour ago )
Joe Morgan, driving force of Big Red Machine, dies at 77
The Hall of Fame second baseman Joe Morgan has died
11:48AM ( 4 hours ago )
AP Entertainment
Paris Hilton protest calls for closure of Utah school
Paris Hilton has been speaking out about abuse she said she suffered at a boarding school in Utah, and on Friday she took her push nearly to the school’s front doors
8:53PM ( 2 days ago )
Outtakes: Stevie Nicks on Petty, Prince, Beyoncé and Harry
Stevie Nicks — who is releasing a new song Friday and a concert film later this month — discusses the TV miniseries she’s working on as well as her relationships with Tom Petty, Prince, Beyoncé, Harry Styles and the members of Fleetwood Mac in outtakes from a recent 90-minute-plus interview with The Associated Press
10:41AM ( 4 days ago )
'Speak up!' — 'Sesame Street' tackles racism in TV special
“Sesame Street” has always pressed for inclusion
8:42AM ( 4 days ago )
AP Online TV News
New Bosnian film on Srebrenica screened at place of massacre
Bosnian writer-director Jasmila Zbanic has presented her new film about the Srebrenica massacre to an audience packed with survivors and witnesses of the 1995 slaughter and young Bosnians still burdened by their country's brutal past
1:53PM ( 2 days ago )
Pixar's 'Soul' bypasses theaters, will stream on Christmas
The Pixar film “Soul” will skip theaters and instead premiere on Disney+ on Christmas, sending one of the fall’s last big movies straight to streaming
9:20PM ( 3 days ago )
On edge of 72, Stevie Nicks just wants to sing a song live
Stevie Nicks has spent the last 10 months homebound, mainly due to the coronavirus pandemic
10:50AM ( 4 days ago )
AP Online Movies News
The Latest: Dr. Fauci: Avoid large gatherings without masks
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious-disease expert, is again cautioning against large-scale gatherings of people without masks
10:10AM ( 2 days ago )
China classical music festival to feature Wuhan musicians
China's first classical music festival since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic is featuring musicians from the former epicenter of Wuhan
5:41AM ( 2 days ago )
China's classical music festival to feature Wuhan musicians
China's first classical music festival since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic is featuring musicians from the former epicenter of Wuhan
3:33AM ( 2 days ago )
AP Online Recordings News
Bridgewater's 2 TDs, Burris pick lead Panthers over Falcons
Teddy Bridgewater threw for 313 yards and two touchdowns, Juston Burris made a huge interception in the end zone and the Carolina Panthers held on for a 23-16 victory over winless Atlanta
5:40PM ( 22 hours ago )
ABBA’s Björn Ulvaeus pens support for Day of the Girl Child
ABBA’s Björn Ulvaeus is using the examples of strong women in his life to lend support to Sunday’s International Day of the Girl Child
11:00AM ( 1 day ago )
The Latest: Judge won't block NY plan to limit gatherings
A federal judge has refused to block New York’s plan to temporarily limit the size of religious gatherings in COVID-19 hot spots
7:34PM ( 2 days ago )
APOnline Celebrity News
Chief: No reason to fire Wisconsin officer who killed teen
The police chief of a Milwaukee suburb that has seen protests and unrest since an officer was cleared of criminal wrongdoing in the fatal shooting of a Black teenager says he sees no reason why the officer should be fired
3:41PM ( 21 minutes ago )
Health care law on line at court, but is it likely to fall?
To hear Democrats tell it, a Supreme Court with President Donald Trump’s nominee Amy Coney Barrett could quickly get rid of the Affordable Care Act
3:40PM ( 21 minutes ago )
Belarus ramps up crackdown on protests, detains over 700
Police in Belarus detained 713 people during Sunday's mass protests against reelection of the country’s authoritarian leader, the harshest crackdown on protesters in weeks
3:34PM ( 28 minutes ago )
Slovakia's far-right leader sentenced to 4 years in prison
The leader of a far-right party with seats in the Slovak parliament has been convicted of illegal use of neo-Nazi symbols and sentenced to four years and four months in prison
3:34PM ( 28 minutes ago )
Mullen brushes aside criticism for wanting to 'pack Swamp'
Florida coach Dan Mullen was given several more chances to clarify any confusion regarding his comments about wanting to pack 90,000 screaming fans inside Florida Field during the coronavirus pandemic
3:33PM ( 29 minutes ago )