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Here’s a collection from entertainment journalists from the Associated Press about what’s coming this week on TV, streaming services and music platforms.

Streamers have an embarrassing wealth to offer moviegoers this week, starting with a few charming highlights from this year’s Sundance Film Festival: Good Luck Leo Grande debuts on Hulu June 17, and Cha Cha really”. Smooth,” also begins streaming on Apple TV+ on Friday. “Cha Cha” tells the story of post-graduate illness through the eyes of 22-year-old Andrew (played by writer/director Cooper Reiff) who strikes up a friendship with a single mother (Dakota Johnson) and her daughter (Vanessa Burghardt). while working as a bar mitzvah organizer. “Leo Grande” focuses on a character at a different stage in life: Emma Thompson plays a 50-year-old widow and retired teacher who hires a handsome young sex worker (played by breakthrough Daryl McCormack) to snap her out of her funk. It’s a lot sweeter than it might seem.

Netflix also has some high-profile films this week. First up is Jennifer Lopez’s Half Time documentary, which starts airing on Tuesday. The document focuses on the months leading up to her 2020 Super Bowl halftime performance and promises candid and vulnerable moments, including the morning she found out she didn’t get an Oscar nomination for The Strippers. Then, on Friday, the sci-fi thriller Spider Head will debut. Based on a story by George Saunders, Chris Hemsworth plays an eccentric scientist who runs a state-of-the-art prison and injects prisoners with experimental emotion-control drugs (Miles Teller, Jurnee Smollett among them). It was directed by Joseph Kosinski, who flew high after the success of Top Gun: Maverick. The AP review said the film is “a little unsure of what it is or what it should be.”

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“And a new remake of Father of the Bride comes out on HBO Max on Thursday. Andy Garcia and Gloria Estefan play the bride’s parents (Adria Arjona). Not only do the parents have their own family issues, but Sophie’s fiancé, Adam (Diego Boneta), is Mexican, leading to some cultural clashes with her Cuban family. The stars said they were delighted to be part of a story that represents different Latin cultures without stereotypes.

— AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr

The members of Foals love to dance, and who can blame them for that? British indie fans have spent 2019 releasing a complex two-part social commentary – “Whatever is not saved will be lost” – and now it’s time to have some fun. Life Is Yours is a brilliant album of airy, uplifting songs, punctuated by 2001, a brilliant piece of smeared disco funk, and 2AM, a rousing ode to not walking home alone. The electronic composition “Wild Green” could have been released in 1982, and the falsetto of frontman Yannis Philippakis fuels the sun-drenched “Crest of the Wave”.

Alanis Morissette once famously sang “I’m Not a Doctor,” but this summer she has some soothing advice. On Friday, the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter will release The Storm Before the Calm, a guided meditation album co-written with Dave Harrington. 11 tracks have titles such as “Calling Generation X” and “The Other Side of Stillness”. The creator of “Jagged Little Pill” said: “Making the record kept me super connected and responsible during COVID when I felt like I was just going to disappear and float away.”

Two iconic bands, The Beach Boys and Frank Zappa, have streaming deals this week. Sounds of Summer: The Very Best of The Beach Boys, originally released in 2003, has been updated in both song count and audio quality, bringing the original 30 tracks to 80. And Zappa/Erie is the new six-disc box set/digital compilation containing over seven hours of unreleased material, including a trio of live performances recorded from 1974-76. Of the 71 tracks, only 10 minutes had been released so far.

— AP Entertainment writer Mark Kennedy

Queen Elizabeth II had a platinum jubilee extravaganza and now Queen Elizabeth I would appreciate your attention to her 16th century backstory. In Becoming Elizabeth, out this week on Starz, Alicia von Rittberg plays an orphaned teenager destined to take the English throne, but not without a fight, as shown by series creator and writer Anja Reiss. When King Henry VIII is succeeded by his 9-year-old son Henry (Oliver Zetterström), the boy, Elizabeth and their sister Maria (Romala Garay) find themselves caught in a struggle between English insiders and European outsiders for control of the country.

Wow, 30 years have passed since the debut of Martin and BET+ is celebrating the anniversary with the release of Martin Reunion. Original cast members Martin Lawrence, Tisha Campbell, Tichina Arnold and Carly Anthony Payne II revisit the 1992-97 sitcom with music and celebrities including Snoop Dogg, Brian McKnight, Tracey Morgan and Marla Gibbs. Debuting Thursday, the program includes a tribute to the late Thomas Mikal Ford, who played Tommy Strawn on the Fox series. It was a network hit, but overshadowed by Campbell’s allegations of sexual misconduct.

The Robertson family of Duck Dynasty fame has a new venture with the 10-part series Treasures of the Duck Family, which will debut Sunday on the Fox Nation streaming service. Brothers Jace and Jep Robertson are in the spotlight as they search for, yes, buried treasure, including artifacts and gems, with the help of Uncle Cy Robertson and friend Mary Crow. The brothers’ wives and other family members will be part of the show, along with the “people, places and lessons” they find along the way.

— AP TV writer Lynn Elber

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