This weeks new entertainment releases include an live posthumous album from Tom Petty the criminal profile spinoff series Criminal Minds Evolution a documentary about the plucky Mars Rover Opportunity and a TV series that focuses on the backstage melodrama at the Chippendales male strip clubs. Heres a collection curated by The Associated Press entertainment journalists of whats arriving on TV streaming services and music and video game platforms this week.
When the Mars Rover Opportunity nicknamed Oppy launched in 2003 it was only supposed to last 90 sols or Mars days. But 15 years later it was still out there exploring. The documentary Good Night Oppy coming to Prime Video on Wednesday tells the story of not just Oppy and its counterpart Spirit but the scientists and engineers who cared for the robots and their discoveries on Mars. With shades of some of cinemas most lovable robots from WALLE to R2D2 Good Night Oppy directed by Ryan White is a sentimental and inspiring and a great film to watch with the family over the holiday.
If you missed Viola Daviss turn as an Agojie warrior in The Woman King in theaters the Gina PrinceBythewood epic will be available to rent on VOD starting Tuesday. The $50 million action epic set in 1820s West Africa tells a story about the allfemale army of the Kingdom of Dahomey in the vein of films like Braveheart The Last of the Mohicans and Gladiator. It was a bit of a miracle that the film even got made at the budget it did due to antiquated thinking in Hollywood but Davis told the AP that the success of Black Panther was a turning point. And audiences did clearly want The Woman King which has grossed over $91 million worldwide.
A loner vampire gets a surprise when a teenager shows up claiming to be his daughter in Blood Relatives a road trip comedyhorror coming to Shudder on Tuesday. Its the directorial debut of actor Noah Segan a mainstay of Rian Johnsons films who stars as well alongside Victoria Moroles as the teenage Jane. Filmed over three years during the Cuz I Love You tour through the height of the pandemic and during the recording of Special the new documentary Love Lizzo is an intimate portrait of the superstar musician with candid talk about bodies selflove and being a Black woman. Love Lizzo is streaming on HBO Max on Thursday.
A series of concerts Tom Petty considered a highlight of his career get a new life when Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Live at the Fillmore gets released on Friday. It will feature recordings from the bands 20concert residency at the Fillmore in San Francisco between Jan. 10 and Feb. 7 1997. They played dozens of songs during the run and recorded six of the shows. Signature moments included a handful of guest appearances from the likes of Roger McGuinn Bo Diddley and John Lee Hooker as well as dozens of covers including Bob Dylans Knockin On Heavens Door and The Rolling Stones Time is On My Side. In his review APs Scott Bauer says Its easy to hear the joy in Pettys voice both in the songs and in the breezy onstage banter.
Rapper Rakim will bring fans back to the Golden Age of hiphop Monday as he returns to his album Paid in Full during a payperview livestream concert from New York Citys Sony Hall on the ICONN Live App. Rakim is the latest artist to sign up for the series a list that includes Ja Rule Big Daddy Kane and Raekwon. Released in 1987 Paid in Full had Rakim and Eric B. perform Eric B. Is President I Know You Got Soul and I Aint No Joke.
Josh Groban shows the world how he can fill New York Citys famed 6000seat Radio City Music Hall with Great Performances Josh Grobans Great Big Radio City Show on PBS on Friday. Recorded in April 2022 its billed as Grobans love letter to New York City. Joined by a full orchestra hell perform his signature hits including You Raise Me Up as well as musical theater favorites The Impossible Dream and Bring Him Home. He is also joined on stage by pop legend Cyndi Lauper Broadway star Denée Benton and ballet dancer Tiler Peck.
The risqué shows at Chippendales male strip clubs paled in comparison to the backstage melodrama created by the enterprises founder Somen Steve Banerjee. The events so steeped in greed and criminality that theyve been recounted in movies miniseries and documentaries gets another look in Hulus Welcome to Chippendales. Kumail Nanjiani leads the cast that includes Murray Bartlett Juliette Lewis and Annaleigh Ashford in the series debuting with two episodes on Tuesday.
Pitch Perfect fans of the movies in general and Adam Devines Bumper in particular are in luck. Peacocks Pitch Perfect Bumper in Berlin finds the singer jumping at a chance to become a star in Germany with the help of Pieter Krämers Flula from Pitch Perfect 2. Also along for the ride is Sarah Hyland Devines castmate in their Modern Family days. The series will be out in full Wednesday on Peacock with NBC viewers getting a taste of it when episode one airs Nov. 28.
Its almost criminal how much people love crime dramas. But because they do and because franchises are a solid bet here comes Criminal Minds Evolution on Paramount+. Joe Mantegna A.J. Cook Kirsten Vangsness and Aisha Tyler are among those reprising their original Criminal Minds roles in the spinoff. The mission for the FBI elite criminal profilers track down a network of serial killers formed during the pandemic. The series debuts with two episodes on Thursday as a Thanksgiving chaser.
Look youre going to need some way to shake off the stuffing after that Thanksgiving feast. So why not throw an international dance party with friends from around the world? Ubisofts Just Dance 2023 promises a new online mode that will let you boogie the pounds away with up to five other friends. This years version includes the usual mix of current hitmakers like BTS Dua Lipa Harry Styles and Doja Cat. Theres something for the geezers too The party hasnt started until Grandpa shows off his moves to The Trammps Disco Inferno.
Its available Tuesday for the Nintendo Switch PlayStation 5 and Xbox XS Weve all grown up hearing about Wild West outlaws like Jesse James and Billy the Kid but somehow the storytellers left out the real villains vampires. Focus Entertainment and Polish studio Flying Wild Hog aim to correct that omission with Evil West. The varmints here are faster meaner and thirstier than any gunslinger youd expect to meet in a dusty saloon. Fortunately the heroes weapons like a flamethrower and an electrified gauntlet are more powerful than your standard sixshooter. Evil West moseys onto the PlayStation 5 PlayStation 4 Xbox XS Xbox One and PC on Tuesday.