New this week: Lizzo, ‘Criminal Minds’ and ‘The Woman King’
– If you missed Viola Davis’ turn as warrior Agojie in “The Woman King” in theaters, the Gina Prince-Bythewood epic will be available to rent on VOD starting Tuesday. The $50 million action epic, set in 1820s West Africa, tells a story about the Kingdom of Dahomey’s all-female army in the vein of movies like “Braveheart,” The Last of the Mohicans” and “Gladiator”. It was a bit of a miracle the movie even made it on the budget it had, due to outdated thinking in Hollywood, but Davis told the AP that the success of “Black Panther” was a turning. And audiences clearly wanted “The Woman King,” which grossed over $91 million worldwide.
– A lonely vampire gets a surprise when a teenager shows up claiming to be his daughter in “Blood Relatives,” a road-going comedy/horror hitting Shudder on Tuesday. It is the directorial debut of actor Noah Segan, a mainstay of Rian Johnson’s films, who stars alongside both Victoria Moroles and teenage Jane.
– Shot over three years, during the ‘Cuz I Love You’ tour, at the height of the pandemic and while recording ‘Special’, the new documentary ‘Love, Lizzo’ is an intimate portrait of the musical superstar , with a candid talk about body, self-love and being a black woman. “Love, Lizzo” airs on HBO Max on Thursday.
– A concert series that Tom Petty considers a career highlight takes on new life when ‘Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Live at the Fillmore’ is released on Friday, November 25. It will include recordings from the band’s 20-concert residency at the Fillmore in San Francisco between January 10 and February 7, 1997. They played dozens of songs during the run and recorded six of the shows. Signature moments included a handful of guest appearances from the likes of Roger McGuinn, Bo Diddley, and John Lee Hooker, plus dozens of covers, including Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” and “Time is On My Side.” of the Rolling Stones. .”
– Rapper Rakim will take fans back to the golden age of hip-hop on Monday as he looks back on his “Paid in Full” album during a live pay-per-view concert from New York’s Sony Hall on the Iconn Live app. Rakim is the latest artist to sign up for the series, a roster that includes Ja Rule, Big Daddy Kane and Raekwon. Released in 1987, “Paid in Full” featured Rakim and Eric B. performing “Eric B. Is President”, “I Know You Got Soul” and “I Ain’t No Joke”.
– Josh Groban shows the world how he can fill New York’s famous 6,000-seat Radio City Music Hall with “Great Performances: Josh Groban’s Great Big Radio City Show” on PBS Friday, Nov. 25. Recorded in April 2022, it is billed as “Groban’s love letter to New York”. Joined by a full orchestra, he will perform his signature hits, including “You Raise Me Up,” as well as musical theater favorites “The Impossible Dream” and “Bring Him Home.” He is also joined on stage by pop legend Cyndi Lauper, Broadway star Denée Benton and ballet dancer Tiler Peck.
— Risky shows at Chippendale men’s strip clubs have nothing to do with the behind-the-scenes melodrama created by company founder Somen “Steve” Banerjee. The events, so steeped in greed and crime that they’ve been chronicled in movies, miniseries and documentaries, get another look in Hulu’s “Welcome to Chippendales.” Kumail Nanjiani leads the cast which includes Murray Bartlett, Juliette Lewis and Annaleigh Ashford in the series which debuts with two episodes on Tuesday.
– Fans of “Pitch Perfect” movies in general and Adam Devine’s Bumper in particular are in luck. In Peacock’s ‘Pitch Perfect: Bumper in Berlin’, the singer jumps at the chance to become a star in Germany with the help of Pieter Krämer’s Flula (from ‘Pitch Perfect 2’). Sarah Hyland, Devine’s teammate during the “modern family” era, is also on board. The series will be released in full Wednesday on Peacock, with NBC viewers getting a taste of it when the first episode airs November 28.
“It’s almost criminal how much people love crime dramas. But because they do, and because franchises are a solid bet, here’s “Criminal Minds: Evolution” on Paramount+. Joe Mantegna, AJ Cook, Kirsten Vangsness and Aisha Tyler are among those reprising their original “Criminal Minds” roles in the spinoff. The mission of the FBI’s elite criminal profilers: track down a network of serial killers formed during the pandemic. The series debuts with two episodes on Thursday as the Thanksgiving hunter.
— Lynn Elber, AP Television Writer
“Look, you’re gonna need a way to get the stuffing out of here after this Thanksgiving. So why not organize an international dance party with friends from all over the world? Ubisoft’s “Just Dance 2023” promises a new online mode that will let you lose weight with up to five other friends. This year’s release features the usual mix of current hitmakers like BTS, Dua Lipa, Harry Styles, and Doja Cat. There’s something for the geezers, too: The party didn’t begin until Grandpa showed his steps to The Trammps’ “Disco Inferno.” It is available Tuesday on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5 and Xbox X/S.
– We all grew up hearing about Old West outlaws like Jesse James and Billy the Kid, but somehow the storytellers left out the real bad guys: vampires. Focus Entertainment and Polish studio Flying Wild Hog aim to correct this omission with “Evil West”. The varmints here are faster, meaner, and thirstier than any gunslinger you’d expect to encounter in a dusty saloon. Luckily, the heroes’ weapons – like a flamethrower and an electrified gauntlet – are more powerful than your standard six-shot. Tuesday, “Evil West” arrives on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox X / S, Xbox One and PC.
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