AP – Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ (AP) entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music and video game platforms this week.
In Nope, Jordan Peele has once again made a rarity in Hollywood: a wholly original film that was also a box-office hit.
In his third film as writer-director, following Get Out and Us, Peele extends his darkly unsettling oeuvre into science fiction.
The film, arrives on Friday on Peacock after a theatrical run this summer in theatres, is about a mysterious alien force that hovers in the clouds above a California ranch.
The film reteams Peele with Get Out star Daniel Kaluuya, whose character maintains a family horse wrangling business with his sister (Keke Palmer). In her review, AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr said Nope “offers a lot to chew on, which is more than most big summer spectacles can promise”.
Family films have been few and far between in theatres lately, but they’re proliferating on streaming services. One of Netflix’s biggest forays into the field yet is Slumberland, a USD90-million fantasy adventure by Hunger Games director Francis Lawrence. The film, which debuts on November 18 on Netflix, is about a young girl (Marlow Barkley) who enters the dreamworld of Slumberland, where a rogue named Flip (Jason Momoa) helps her try to find her late father. It’s loosely based on Winsor McCay’s early 20th Century comic stream, Little Nemo in Slumberland.
The holiday movies are also already merrily making their way onto home screens. Spirited, starring Will Ferrell and Ryan Reynolds, debuts on November 18, on Apple TV+. A lavish song-and-dance musical that transfers Charles Dickens’ classic to modern day and reimagines it from the ghosts’ perspectives. (Ferrell plays ‘Present’).
In her more measured than humbug review, Bahr said Spirited “comes up short as a musical”, but “is still pretty enjoyable”.
Neil Young and Crazy Horse have a new 11-track studio album, World Record, produced by Rick Rubin and Young. The first track, Love Earth, is a relaxed love ballad to the planet, with the lyrics “Love Earth, such an easy thing to do/Love Earth, ‘till the water and the air is pure”, and a video of a barefoot Young walking in the wilderness.
The new album examines the state of Earth, its uncertain future, and even Young’s relationship with cars. Neil Young and Crazy Horse have had a prolific couple of years: In 2019, they issued Colorado, followed by Barn in 2021.
Scotty McCreery fans have reason to smile: A small truckload of new songs from his 2021 Same Truck album recording sessions.
Same Truck: The Deluxe Album is out on November 18. Nothin’ Right is one of six new tracks featured on the deluxe album. “We had more songs I loved ready for the original release of Same Truck than we could put on that album, so I am pumped that Triple Tigers asked me to do a deluxe edition where I could add six more songs,” said McCreery. On It reunites McCreery, Jessi Alexander, Jonathan Singleton and Frank Rogers – the writing team responsible for his 2020 number one hit In Between.
Broadway stars and husband and wife Colin Donnell and Patti Murin release their first joint album, Something Stupid, on November 18.
The couple tackles 12 tracks by Bruce Springsteen, Sara Bareilles, Jason Robert Brown, Paul Simon and more. Murin played Princess Anna in Disney’s Frozen on Broadway and has been a recurring character on NBC’s Chicago Med, a show that has also starred Donnell. His Broadway credits include Violet, Anything Goes and Jersey Boys.
Chris Hemsworth, aka Thor, puts himself to the test in National Geographic’s Limitless, part of an effort to discover the human body’s durability and how best to confront ageing.
Accompanied by friends and presumably nervous family members, Hemsworth undertakes challenges including swimming across an almost-freezing Arctic fjord, climbing a 100-foot rope suspended over a canyon and living with a simulation of what his body might be like at nearly 90 years of age. Created by filmmaker Darren Aronofsky, the six-part series debuts on Wednesday on Disney+.
He was born Steamboat Willie in a 1928 animated short, but like a lot of older stars he rebranded with a catchier name. He’s finally getting the documentary treatment with Mickey: The Story of a Mouse, debuting on November 18, on Disney+.
The product of Walt Disney’s fertile imagination, Mickey became beloved by children and adults and a cash mouse for Disney’s growing entertainment empire. The chipper Mickey also proved an adaptable icon, as detailed in the film from director Jeff Malmberg and producer Morgan Neville (both of whom worked on the Fred Rogers documentary, Won’t You Be My Neighbour?).
Fox Nation’s four-part series marking the 150-year history of magnificent Yellowstone National Park has the appropriate host in Kevin Costner, star of the Paramount+ drama Yellowstone. In Yellowstone: One-Fifty, debuting on November 20, Costner follows the path of an 1870s geological expedition in the western region that later became the first United States national park; visits Yellowstone during an inhospitable winter with minus-40 degree temperatures, and explores the park’s thousands of years of human history.
Pentiment is one of the fall’s more intriguing experiments. It’s a murder mystery set in 16th Century Bavaria. Its art is inspired by the illuminated manuscripts and woodcut prints of the era.
And there’s no voice acting – instead, the dialogue is presented in medieval typefaces, with fonts and colours changing according to the status of the speaker.
It’s a tightly focussed labour of love from Obsidian Entertainment director Josh Sawyer, best known for sprawling role-playing epics like Fallout: New Vegas and Pillars of Eternity.
This trip back in time launches tomorrow for the Xbox X/S, Xbox One and PC.
Longtime Pokémon players know they can depend on Nintendo to regularly introduce new batches of the combative critters.
Meet Sprigatito, a mesmerising grass cat; Fuecoco, an excitable fire croc; and Quaxly, a duck with a nasty kick. They’re the starting characters in Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet. Nintendo said trainers will be able to freely explore a more expansive open world, a shift away from the linear storylines of previous games. Fans can resume the eternal effort to catch ‘em all on November 18, on the Nintendo Switch.