New this week: Roddy Ricch, ‘Swan Song’ and ‘The Larkins’

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This combination of photos shows promotional art for "larks" a series aired on Acorn TV on December 13, "Swan song," a film broadcast on December 15 on Apple TV + and "Great view" a series presenting its first two episodes on December 14.  (AcornTV / Apple TV + / NBC via AP)

This combination of photos shows promotional art from “The Larkins,” a series airing on Acorn TV on December 13, “Swan Song,” a movie airing December 15 on Apple TV +, and “Grand View” a series featuring its two first episodes on December 14 (AcornTV / Apple TV + / NBC via AP)

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Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press entertainment reporters on what’s coming to TV, streaming services, and music platforms this week.

MOVIES

– What could be better than a performance by Mahershala Ali? And two ? In Benjamin Cleary’s “Swan Song”, Ali plays a terminally ill family man who turns to an experimental cloning lab (Glenn Close plays his primary doctor) in order to spare his pregnant wife (Naomie Harris) pain and to his young son (Dax Rey). to lose it. The process of duplication is total, even in his most unconscious memories. It’s a dark, emotional sci-fi drama, full of existential dilemmas as Ali’s dying struggles with his decision and the difficulty of letting go. It begins Wednesday on Apple TV + and in the cinema.

– In “The Hand of God”, Italian filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino, who directed the luminous Roman odyssey “The Great Beauty”, turns south to his hometown of Naples for an autobiographical film based on his childhood in the 1980s In my review I wrote that “Sorrentino, a melancholy but ecstatic filmmaker with an enthusiastic and energetic camera, is pretty much in the same frame of mind here, finding divine splendor in the everyday and the secular.” “The Hand of God,” which begins airing Wednesday on Netflix, won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and was shortlisted for Best Films by The Associated Press in 2021.

– In an unusual twist, Walt Disney Co.’s recent release “Ron’s Gone Wrong” will land on Disney + and HBO Max on Wednesday after its theatrical release. The unusual arrangement is due to a soon-to-be-terminated release deal between 20th Century Fox (which Disney acquired) and Warner Bros. But for now, you have a choice of either platform to stream this comedic animated adventure about tech addiction. and human company. While all of the other kids have more stylish and capable computer sidekicks, Barney Pudowski (Jack Dylan Grazer) has a damaged and faulty bot that cannot connect to the internet (voiced by Zach Galifianakis). In his review, AP’s Mark Kennedy said the film “thinks it’s subversive when it’s very, very corporate.”

– AP Screenwriter Jake Coyle

MUSIC

– Almost two years ago, rapper Roddy Ricch released his debut album “Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial,” which landed at the top of the Billboard 200 chart and included his Grammy-nominated hit “The Box.” On Friday December 17th, Ricch is back with his second album, “Live Life Fast”. The melodic Compton-based rapper won a Grammy for his collaboration with Nipsey Hussle and Hit-Boy on the song “Racks in the Middle” and performed on the Grammy stage with DaBaby on their hit “Rockstar”. His new album reflects the young artist facing sudden fame and money and includes the chart-rising track “Late Night”.

– A host of musical artists will join an online concert on Wednesday, December 15 to benefit environmental causes. The Lumineers, Jack Johnson, Black Pumas, Rhiannon Giddens and Ben Harper will appear at the “Peace Through Music” event hosted by Playing for Change and the United Nations Population Fund, on the Playing for Change YouTube channel. Designed to promote environmental sustainability, the concert will raise funds for organizations like Conservation International, American Rivers and the World Wildlife Fund. It is inspired by a similar concert in 2020 that raised funds for social justice causes.

– AP Entertainment writer Kristin M. Hall

TELEVISION

– Acorn TV’s “The Larkins” is a well-set period family drama set in Kent, England, and based on HE Bates’ 1958 novel “The Darling Buds of May” (Shakespeare credit for the title ). The Larkins include Pop (Bradley Walsh), Ma (Joanna Scanlan) and their six children, including the restless Mariette (Sabrina Bartlett, who played Siena in “Bridgerton”). The rural setting of the 1950s is idyllic and the family generous and generous, but Pop’s sketchy business connections provoke village gossip. The series opens Monday, December 13 with two episodes, with other weeklies on the streaming service.

– Two creators of the late “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” Phil Augusta Jackson and Dan Goor, return to the sitcom’s pool with NBC’s “Grand Crew.” It takes place in a Los Angeles wine bar where young professional buddies get together to share the ups and downs of their lives (“Cheers” minus beer?). Among them: Nicole Byer (host of “Nailed It!”) As an ambitious real estate agent and Anthony (Aaron Jennings, “Insecure”) who is married to his career. “Grand Crew” gets a preview of two episodes at 8 p.m. EST on Tuesday, December 14, moving into its 8:30 p.m. EST time slot on January 4.

– If the success of “Yellowstone” for Paramount + makes it a difficult act to follow, how about a prequel to the Dutton family saga? “Yellowstone” co-creator Taylor Sheridan is obliging with “1883,” described as a tale of Western expansion through the impoverished family’s journey to a new chapter in pre-state Montana. Sam Elliott, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and Billy Bob Thornton star in the drama which begins Sunday, December 19. “Yellowstone,” Dutton’s modern story starring Kevin Costner as the patriarch of a ranching empire, is in its fourth season in a streaming service.

– AP television writer Lynn Elber


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