Will Smith, “Tag, tag… Boom!” and Adele

Will Smith, “Tag, tag… Boom!”  and Adele

Here’s a compilation curated by Associated Press Entertainment journalists on what’s on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week.


– Forget anyone? In King Richard, Will Smith plays Richard Williams, father and tennis teacher to Venus and Serena Williams. The film, directed by Rinaldo Marcus Green, is a licensed theatrical depiction (the Williams family was heavily involved) of the long-running probabilistic origin story of two of tennis’ greatest stars. The King Richard movie, to be released by Warner Bros. Friday in theaters and on HBO Max, is a picture of their father’s coach guiding them in their youth on and off the field. Often portrayed as a reckless self-promoter—one of Smith’s most sensitive and highly acclaimed performances—”King Richard” portrays Richard Williams as a pioneering and inspiring parent whose vision of his daughters from Compton, California, led them onto the world stage.


In Robert Greene’s unconventional documentary “Parade,” Greene brings together a group of six survivors of child sexual abuse by Midwest priests. In search of some sense of completion, they write, direct, and perform their stories in a therapeutic exercise in filmmaking. Green eventually co-authors “The Procession,” a collaborative catharsis effort, with the film’s themes. Friday afternoon on Netflix.

Lin-Manuel Miranda made his film directorial debut with “Tick, Tick…Boom!” , adapted from Jonathan Larson’s musical about writing a musical. Larson, played by Andrew Garfield, was the playwright of the Broadway movie Rent. But before that production was a success for Larson, he struggled to produce a future rock musical called “Superbia”. Larson then turned that experience into a biographical presentation on the pressures of achieving something as an artist before he turned 30. In Miranda’s movie, on Netflix on Friday, “Tick, Tick…Boom!” It is a poem of affectionate Larson, musical theater and Broadway dreams.


AP Film Writer Jake Coyle


The wait is almost over, world. Adele released “30” on Friday, and we’re ready with the tissues. Since the singer’s latest “Rolling in the Deep” album, “25,” Adele has gone through divorce and depression, and her albums have always captured specific times in her life. What’s clear is that there’s a pent-up demand for her voice: The new group’s first single, “Easy on Me,” became the artist’s fifth Hot 100 No. 1 song and the first since Hello’s 10-week reign in 2015-16. The video for the song has been viewed more than 152 million times, and the holiday charts are dedicated to it.

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss hope to repeat it. Fourteen years after their surprising success with critics and fans, “Raising Sand,” the unexpected duo are back with another album of covers, “Raise the Roof,” released on Friday from Rounder Records. It follows the scheme of the former, including many of the musicians themselves and the production wit of T Bone Burnett. Something special happens when these singers tackle deep cuts from the likes of Merle Haggard, Allen Toussaint, The Everly Brothers, Anne Briggs, Geeshie Wiley, Bert Jansch and Betty Harris.


— Sting addresses a year of turbulent turmoil on “The Bridge,” a new album released Friday featuring tracks by bassist and songwriter. “The new group finds him reflecting on personal loss, separation, turmoil, closure, and extraordinary social and political upheaval,” the press material says. Among the ten tracks are “Rushing Water” that you find funky, and “If it’s Love” that is unabashedly optimistic and Broadway-ish. Elsewhere, there are weary and foggy figures, cold gods and references to the Bible.

— Associated Press entertainment writer Mark Kennedy

the television

– Carol Baskin gets a second chapter upon discovery +. In the Netflix hit “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness,” enemies and potential victims are Joe Exotic, who was sentenced to prison in 2020 after being convicted of a botched pay-murder plot targeting Baskin. In the two-part documentary “Carole Baskin’s Cage Fight,” which appeared on Saturday, the animal activist and her husband, Howard, investigate the treatment of big cats in what characterizes Discovery+ as a personal risk. “Tiger King” is also making a comeback, with season two premiering Wednesday on Netflix.


A flash of nudity during the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show is the focus of “Malfunction: The Dressing Down of Janet Jackson,” a documentary that premiered at 10 p.m. ET on Friday, on FX and Hulu. The moment Justin Timberlake briefly revealed Jackson’s chest influenced her career and became a cultural and racial flashpoint, reconstructed in film and discussed by cultural critics, music industry insiders, and members of the Jackson family. Part of the “The New York Times Presents” series, the documentary takes its title from what was then called a “wardrobe malfunction.”

Attention, jazz fans and bold artists: Esperanza Spalding, Grammy Award-winning bassist and singer, performs Wayne Schurter’s “Gaia” in “Great Performances: San Francisco Symphony Reopening Night.” Jazz Great Shorter intended to feature the piece spalding, which was joined by three guest musicians. Also part of the evening with conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen: Silvestre Revueltas “Noche de Encantamiento” from his film score to “La Noche de los Mayas”. The PBS show airs Friday, November 19 (check local listings), and is available online and on the PBS Video app.


– AP TV writer Lynn Elber


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