New this week: ‘Power of the Dog’, ‘Annie’ live and Kenny G | A&E

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Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press entertainment reporters on what’s coming to TV, streaming services and music platforms this week.

– Jane Campion, whose last film was “Bright Star” in 2009, makes a triumphant return to cinema in “The Power of the Dog”, a frontier psychodrama starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Jesse Plemons. Adapted by Campion from Thomas Savage’s 1967 novel, Cumberbatch plays a domineering Montana rancher who is after his brother’s new wife and son. Widely hailed as one of the best films of the year, “The Power of the Dog” begins airing Wednesday on Netflix. In my review, I called it a “masterful vision of the West” that plays out “in a juxtaposition of rugged exteriors and darker, more mysterious interiors”.

– Documentary filmmakers E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin last performed Oscar-winning “Free Solo” about mountaineer Alex Honnold. In “The Rescue” (broadcast Friday on Disney +), they trade the high peaks for aquatic depths, recounting the 18-day rescue of 12 young footballers and their coach in a flooded cave in Thailand. As well-covered as this 2018 event is, the gripping documentary once again details how a global coalition and a handful of cave diving enthusiasts achieved an extraordinary feat. In her review, AP screenwriter Lindsey Bahr called “The Rescue” “affirmative, truthful, funny, macabre, and unadorned,” and said “it makes something extraordinarily difficult for a man to achieve. worldwide report that ended three years ago: it makes you feel like you’re there. “

– Director Matthew Heineman (“Cartel Land”, “A Private War”) has filmed in an active war zone before. In “The First Wave” (airing on Hulu from Sunday), he dives on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic in an intimate and invigorating portrait of doctors, nurses and patients in the first four months of COVID- 19 in New York. Heineman shot his film at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Queens amid the first wave of the virus to create an emotional and vital time capsule of the health crisis.

– AP screenwriter Jake Coyle

– Five decades have passed since The Doors released “LA Woman”, their double platinum album which featured “Love Her Madly”, “Riders on the Storm” and the title track. To honor its anniversary, Rhino Records released a box set on Friday, December 3, which contains the remastered album and adds over two hours of unreleased recordings, including covers of Junior Parker’s “Mystery Train,” “Crawling King.” by John Lee Hooker Snake “,” Baby Please Don’t Go “by Big Joe Williams and” Get Out Of My Life Woman “, Lee Dorsey’s funky 1966 classic, written by its producer Allen Toussaint.

– Saxophone legend Kenny G will release his first new album in six years, “New Standards”, on Friday December 3rd via Concord Records. The collection of 11 songs of original compositions is inspired by jazz ballads of the 50s and 60s. Some songs on the set include “Paris By Night”, “Rendezvous”, “Blue Skies” and “Moonlight”. He writes: “I really hope you all experience the same wonderful sensations that I had the pleasure to experience whenever I listen to the amazing sounds of my predecessors.”

– AP Entertainment writer Mark Kennedy

– “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” has ended its two seasons on NBC, but there’s another chapter for the musical starring Jane Levy. In “Zoey’s Extraordinary Christmas”, the main character is determined that her family receive the memorable Christmas that her now ill father has always given. The film, which picks up where the series left off, debuts Wednesday, December 1 on Roku and stars Mary Steenburgen, Skylar Austin, Bernadette Peters. Peter Gallagher plays Father Mitch, who suffers from a neurological disease. The holiday movie is available for free on the channel, as are all 25 episodes of the series.

– The sun rises Thursday, December 2 for NBC’s live production of the hit Broadway musical “Annie”. Based on the comic book “Little Orphan Annie”, the show includes the tunes “Tomorrow” and “It’s the Hard Knock Life”. Celina Smith has the title role, supported by co-stars including Harry Connick Jr. as Annie’s lifeguard, Daddy Warbucks and Taraji P. Henson as Miss Hannigan from the orphanage. Nicole Scherzinger, Tituss Burgess and Megan Hilty are also cast on “Annie Live!”, Which airs at 8 p.m. EST and directed by Lear deBessonet and Alex Rudzinski.

– If the big city vibe doesn’t meet your vacation expectations, UpTV offers a travel-free solution with its new reality series “Small Town Christmas”, hosted by Megan Alexander from “Inside Edition”. Each episode (airs at 9 p.m. EST) promises to share the “heart and magic of Christmas celebrations” in cities across the country, showcasing their music, entertainment, food and faith. Destinations and broadcast dates: Branson, Missouri, Sunday, December 5; Charleston, South Carolina, Sunday, December 12; Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Sunday, December 19; and Natchitoches, Louisiana, Friday, December 24.

– AP television writer Lynn Elber


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