Here’s a curated collection from the Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s coming to TV, streaming services and music platforms this week.
— “Ice Age” didn’t last forever, but the animated franchise is now ten years old. And it was a very busy prehistoric period. “The Ice Adventures of Buck Wild,” premiering Friday, Jan. 28 on Disney+, is the sixth feature in the series, which also includes TV specials, a slew of video games, and an ice show. This episode, the first released by Disney after taking over 20th Century Fox, centers on Simon Pegg’s one-eyed weasel, Buck Wild, who was first introduced in “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs.”
— Netflix’s Adam Sandler Industrial Complex never sleeps. The latest offering is: “Home Team,” a new Sandler-produced sports comedy starring Kevin James as NFL head coach Sean Payton. “Home Team,” which debuts Friday, Jan. 28 on Netflix, is based on the true story of when Payton was suspended from the New Orleans Saints 2012 season due to the Bountygate scandal, and used that time to lead his son’s Pop Warner. team. Meanwhile, Sandler, whose latest Netflix movie, “Hubie Halloween,” was released in 2020, will have his own sports comedy later this year, playing a former NBA scout trying to sign a foreign NBA player.
– A virtual Sundance Film Festival continues to unfold online in its second week. Although the Park City, Utah festival had to cancel its in-person events due to the omicron-powered surge in COVID-19 cases, a wide range of new independent films can be streamed from home with the purchasing a ticket. Films premiering Monday include Tig Notaro and Stephanie Allynne’s friendship comedy “AM I OK?”, starring Dakota Johnson and Sonoya Mizuno; “The Janes,” a documentary about the underground abortion collective of the 1970s; “Emily the Criminal,” starring Aubrey Plaza as a debt-ridden Los Angeles woman dragged into the belly of a criminal; and “Piggy,” a Spanish horror flick about a bullied teenager.
-AP Film Writer Jake Coyle
– Singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell, who won a Tony Award for the musical ‘Hadestown’, returns to her own music with a new self-titled album, which will be released on Friday, January 28. Made with members of Bon Iver and The National, it’s Mitchell’s first collection of all-new material under her own name since 2012’s “Young Man in America.” in her native Vermont, gave birth and reconnected with her past. The songs that came are very autobiographical and that’s why she chose to self-title the album. “It felt like after so many years of telling other stories, now here are some of my own,” she says.
— The Temptations are always in fashion and have never stopped making music. Their new album “Temptations 60” features tracks written and produced by Narada Michael Walden, hip-hop producer K. Sparks, longtime band member Ron Tyson, founding member Otis Williams and legendary Smokey Robinson, including the classic songs launched the band’s original hit streak. . “Temptations 60” features the first single with Robinson “Is It Gonna Be Yes Or No”. Get ready to snap your fingers on Friday, January 28.
– Mark Kennedy, AP Entertainment Writer
– ‘Downton Abbey’ creator Julian Fellowes has a new series. That’s enough for its admirers, but for those who need more detail: HBO’s “The Gilded Age,” written by Fellowes and Sonja Warfield, opens in 1882 amid heartbreaking economic change in the United States. United that sees the building of massive fortunes. Louisa Jacobson stars as a young woman who leaves the country for New York and life with her elderly aunts, one of whom is at war with a new money mogul. Carrie Coon, Morgan Spector, Cynthia Nixon and Christine Baranski are among the stars of the nine-episode drama which debuts Monday.
– There are horror stories and high school horror stories, and then there’s “Astrid & Lilly Save the World,” a Syfy series that combines the two. Close friends Astrid and Lilly (Jana Morrison, Samantha Aucoin) are social outcasts and, to add to their woes, have accidentally opened a portal to a “frighteningly eccentric monster dimension”, as it is explained. But the duo may be able to turn bad luck into good and fulfill their hero potential by taking on the creatures. The series debuts Tuesday on Syfy (with a simulcast in the United States for the premiere).
– A high school reunion plus a murder equals “The Afterparty,” an Apple TV+ comedy mystery series from filmmakers Chris Miller and Phil Lord (“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” “The Lego Movie”). Described as “a genre-defying series” about the reunion party that ended in death, each of the eight episodes focuses on one character’s retelling of events. Tiffany Haddish, Sam Richardson, Zoë Chao and Ilana Glazer are among the cast of the series, which debuts with three episodes on Friday, January 28. The remaining episodes will air on consecutive Fridays.
— Lynn Elber, AP Television Writer
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