Here’s a curated collection from the Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s coming to TV, streaming services and music platforms this week.
– Modern influencer culture is skewered in the clever new satire “Disagree,” streaming on Hulu from Friday, July 29. The film, written and directed by Quinn Shephard, stars Zoey Deutch as Danni, an aspiring writer in her twenties who misses for things to say until she launches into a little lie about the social networks (photos of a “trip to Paris” taken from his apartment in Bushwick). When the landmark she’s supposed to pose with explodes, Danni gets the trauma story she’s been craving. Dylan O’Brien (“The Maze Runner”) also co-stars alongside newcomer Mia Isaac in the recent father-daughter road trip pic “Don’t Make Me Go.”
– For another kind of critique of influencer culture, just watch “Hatching,” the gruesome Finnish body horror about a 12-year-old Tinja (Siiri Solalinna) and her perfectionist mother (Sophia Heikkilä), who runs a blog popular called “Beautiful daily life.” Directed by Hanna Bergholm, in its debut, the film has undertones of both “ET” and “Black Swan”, making it an interesting creature feature. “Hatching” also comes to Hulu on Friday, July 29, and could make for a fun double feature with “Not Okay.”
– A high school girl (“Spider-Man’s” Angourie Rice) is desperate to get into Harvard and tries to beat her competition in the new comedy “Honor Society,” which airs on Paramount+ on July 29. Directed by Oran Zegman and written by David A. Goodman (“Family Guy”), “Honor Society” also stars “Stranger Things” Gaten Matarazzo and “Superbad’s” Christopher Mintz-Plasse.
— Lindsey Bahr, AP Cinema Screenwriter
– Few artists want to rival a Beyoncé release, but Maggie Rogers’ new album also drops on Friday, July 29. During the pandemic, Rogers relocated to coastal Maine, cutting himself off from the outside world to write what became known as “Surrender’s” dozen or so tracks. One single, “Want Want,” features a bolder, more danceable side, while “That’s Where I Am” is a bolder, more confident Rogers that spins something almost an anthem. She goes up and up. One fan must be David Byrne – see if you can spot him in the video.
– Exploring the multiverse is all the rage these days and Wiz Khalifa is about to jump into his. The rapper is releasing “Multiverse” on Friday, July 29, and some of the producers are Hitmaka, Sledgren, ID Labs, RMB Justize, Big Jerm, and IamSu! Khalifa told Vibe, “The title comes from the unique world that I live and live in. It’s one of my favorite projects to date and I’m so excited for fans to come into my world and go crazy. The first single “Bad Ass Bitches” has the immortal line: “Chronic in the air/You don’t need underwear”.
— “Surround me with girls/I love being a girl,” sings Hayley Kiyoko on her second album “Panorama,” which will be released on Friday, July 29. “Bachelorette” parody, with roses, snark and pool dive. Kiyoko shot to viral fame in 2015 with the iconic queer bop “Girls Like Girls” and became known to her fans as “Lesbian Jesus” due to her candor about who she likes. Other singles from the new album include the bubbly “Chance,” the dance-ready “Found My Friends” and the lush pop anthem “Deep in the Woods.”
– Mark Kennedy, AP Entertainment Writer
– Cristin Milioti was caught in a recycled day at “Groundhog Day” in the movie “Palm Springs.” In Peacock’s eight-episode dark comedy “The Resort,” time is once again an issue for Milioti’s character, Emma, who is vacationing with her husband, Noah (William Jackson Harper), when a mystery of 15 years interferes. Andy Siara is the other link between “Palm Springs” and the series: he wrote the first and is screenwriter and showrunner for the second. Siara described “The Resort,” which debuted with three episodes on Thursday, as focusing on people who yearn for a time in their lives “before the hard parts” take over.
— There’s a treat in store for young fans of Paula Danziger’s Amber Brown books and adult admirers of Bonnie Hunt. “Amber Brown,” which debuts Friday, July 29 on Apple TV+, is written and directed by Hunt (“Life with Bonnie”), who infuses the series with his signature humor and warmth. The on-screen iteration of Amber (Carsyn Rose) is slightly older than the original 9-year-old and has an artistic streak that helps her cope with her parents’ separation. Through Amber’s sketches and a video diary, viewers discover her hopes and dreams in the 10-part series starring Sarah Drew as Amber’s mother.
– Comedies about life after a breakup are common, but Netflix’s “Uncoupled” offers a new take. Neil Patrick Harris stars as Michael, who is dumped by his partner Colin (Tuc Watkins) after 17 years. Michael grapples with pain, anger and restless acceptance as he takes on the challenge of being an unattached gay man in his 40s in New York City. Her support system includes loyal friends and her real estate sales partner Suzanne (Tisha Campbell). Creators Darren Star (“Sex and the City,” “Emily in Paris”) and Jeffrey Richman (“Modern Family”) combine heartbreak and laughter in the eight-episode series that premieres Friday, July 29.
— Lynn Elber, AP Television Writer
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