New this week: ‘House of the Dragon’, Lakers doc and Lovato | Entertainment news

Here’s a roundup curated by Associated Press entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week.


— In the nearly 25 years since Princess Diana died, there has never been a shortage of content examining the enormous impact and intrigue of her short life. But a new documentary from director Ed Perkins, The Princess, which debuted earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival and is available on HBO (and HBO Max) on Saturday, August 13, has us looking back. The film has no talking heads or voice-overs, instead using only archival footage to tell a different kind of story. It’s a meditative, transportive experience that’s surprisingly effective.

— Two of this summer’s most delightful theatrical releases, Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris’ and ‘Mr. Malcolm’s List” are now available to rent on demand and watch from home. The first is a grounded fantasy embellished with mid-century design traditions, featuring Leslie Manville as a post-World War II British housekeeper and widow. She dreams of owning a Christian Dior dress and has to travel to Paris to get one (and her moment with middle-aged Sabrina). Mr. Malcolm’s List, meanwhile, is an ode to Jane Austen — a Regency-era novel full of gossip, intrigue and high-society shenanigans, starring Freida Pinto, Zoe Ashton and តកpẦ́ Dírìsù as the titular Mr. Malcolm .

— To other streamers, Lili Reinhart, of “Riverdale” fame, hosts Netflix’s “Look Both Ways,” about a high school senior whose life splits into parallel realities on graduation night. In one, she gets pregnant and has to move back home to Texas. In another, she heads to Los Angeles to launch her career. Starring “Top Gun: Maverick’s” Danny Ramirez, “Look Both Ways” hits Netflix on Wednesday. And for those looking for a scare, Paramount+ debuts Orphan: First Kill on Friday, August 19. The film is a prequel to Jaume Collet-Serra’s 2009 horror Orphan and follows Esther’s escape from an Estonian mental institution and heads to America.

— AP Film Writer Lindsay Barr


— Demi Lovato’s next album flirts with NSFW. “Holy Fvck” is both a song and the title of the 16-track album, which is released on Friday, August 19. “I felt like it was a great, eye-catching title track for the rest of the album,” the pop star told SiriusXM. “And especially because there are songs on the album that have some religious undertones, there are songs on the album that have this dichotomy of good and bad, and this song kind of represents both.” The album’s first punk single “Skin of My Teeth” is about Lovato’s struggles with sobriety. “The reaper is knocking at my door/’Cause I’m addicted to more,” she sings.

– What did you achieve during the pandemic? Indie rock band Mountain Goats have released three new studio albums, and a fourth is on the horizon. This latest album, Bleed Out, is due out on Friday, August 19, and is described as a “cinematic experience inspired by action films from the 60s, 70s and 80s.” The first single, “Training Montage,” comes with a video that’s all kinds of silly, with the band doing push-ups, running down stairs and skateboarding. Oh, and while you’re waiting for the album, frontman John Darnielle also managed to release the true crime novel Devil House earlier this year.

“Don’t panic, Brendan Urie is back.” His band Panic! At The Disco presents Viva Las Vengeance on Friday, August 19, led by the sweet single “Middle of a Breakup” and the high-energy title track. “’Viva Las Vengeance’ is a look back at who I was 17 years ago and who I am now with the love I didn’t have before. “I didn’t realize I was making an album, and there was something about the tape that made me honest,” says Uri. This is Panic’s first music since the release of “Pray for the Wicked” in 2018. You can also catch the band at this year’s MTV VMAs on August 28.

— AP Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy


— The high-stakes drama is off the court in “Legacy: The True Story of the LA Lakers,” a 10-part docuseries debuting Monday on Hulu. The series promises to detail how real estate mogul Jerry Buss’ acquisition of the team in 1979 led to its transformation into a championship, multibillion-dollar franchise — including business and family conflicts. There is a Buss connection to the series: Jeanie Buss, his widow and the CEO and controlling owner of the Lakers, is an executive producer. Director Antoine Fuqua (“Training Day”), with Shaquille O’Neal, Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar among the interviewees.

— Tatiana Maslany won the 2016 Emmy for Best Actress for playing a half-dozen characters in Orphan Black. A nine-episode Disney+ comedy series set in the Marvel universe gives her two sides of the same coin to work with. She-Hulk: Lawyer Jennifer Lewis’ career takes a turn after a blood transfusion from her cousin Bruce Banner, aka the Hulk, turns her into a very reluctant superhero and courtroom lawyer for her peers. Familiar Marvel faces in the series, which debuts Thursday, include Mark Ruffalo as the Smart Hulk, Tim Roth as Emil Blonsky the Abomination and Benedict Wong as Wong.

— It’s been over three years since Game of Thrones called it a finale, but who’s counting? Fans have been waiting for its prequel, House of the Dragon, finally arrives on Sunday, August 21 on HBO. Set two centuries before Game of Thrones, the story of House Targaryen is based on George RR Martin’s Fire and Blood. The cast includes Paddy Considine as King Viserys Targaryen, whom the lords of Westeros have chosen to succeed his grandfather, and Matt Smith as Prince Damon Targaryen, his younger brother with “true dragon blood”. Could there be brewing issues?

— AP Television Writer Lynn Elber

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