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New of the Week: 'Athena', 'Sidney' and 'Quantum Leap' Return | Arts & Entertainment

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This is a curated collection of content coming to TV, streaming services and music platforms this week, curated by Associated Press entertainment journalists.


— Less than a year after the death of Sidney Poitier, who died in January at the age of 94, comes the documentary Sidney, produced by Oprah Winfrey. The work, which premieres on his Apple TV+ on Friday, is a poignant portrait of the groundbreaking actor who paved the way for countless black actors in Hollywood and revolutionized the way they were portrayed on screen. . Filmed by Reginald Hudlin before Poitier died, ‘Sydney’ was produced at the Poitiers estate (where several of Poitier’s daughters appear in the film) and with the cooperation of many celebrities. Like Winfrey, Denzel Washington, Spike Lee, Morgan Freeman, George Nelson, Robert Redford and Halle Berry have all been interviewed for “Sydney.”

— In “Athena,” director Romain Gavras brings spectacular flares and long, muscular shots to a panoramic thriller about a police siege in a fictional house on the outskirts of Paris. The film, which premiered at the Venice International Film Festival and opens on Netflix on Friday, September 23, is a violent yet ballet shot by Costa Gabras, the youngest son of the Oscar-winning Greek director. A Greek urban tragedy. This is his third feature film for the French filmmaker (he has also produced his videos for music such as his Kanye West and his Jamie xx). He wrote alongside Elias Belkeder and Raj Lee, who dealt with similar territory in the 2019 film Les Miserables.

— “On the Come Up,” based on the best-selling young adult novel of 2019 by Angie Thomas (“The Hate U Give”), follows a 16-year-old girl (Jamila Gray) whose rap ambitions is both urgent and urgent (her family needs money) and poignant (her late father was a hip-hop legend killed by gang violence).Toronto International The film, which premiered at the festival, will stream on Peacock on Friday, September 23, and will also play in select theaters.

— AP Film Writer Jake Coyle


— Kelsea Ballerini may sound pretty good on her new album, but it seems perfect for a 15-track set titled ‘Subject to Change’. With her Poppy’s first single, “Heartfirst,” she decides to dive into a relationship that may or may not last: “Who knows what’s going to happen/Isn’t it always magical?” sing. In the ballad “Love is a Cowboy,” Ballerini sings: The new music comes after she and her husband Morgan Evans decided to divorce after nearly five years of marriage, and the album will be released on her Friday, Sept. 23.

— You already have Carrie Underwood’s Denim & Rhinestones album, so get ready for Nashville singer-songwriter Nikki Lane’s Denim & Diamonds. For Lane’s first album in five years, she enlisted Queens of the Stone Her Age frontman Joshua Home to produce and mix, plus Arctic Her Monkees’ Matt Her Herders. The singles include ‘Black Widow’ and ‘First High’ with the amazing lyrics ‘Take me back to the first dream/501 blue jeans/Tighter than goddamn Springsteen’.

— The new 5 Seconds of Summer album is coming just as fall approaches. Their fifth album, ‘5SOS5’, has already spawned ‘Blender’, ‘Take My Hand’, ‘Me, Myself & I’ and the pop-rock anthem ‘COMPLETE MESS’. Another early single was the ballad “Older”, which features vocals and co-writing credits to Sierra Deaton, fiancée of lead singer Luke Hemmings, with the lyrics: The majority of the new album was written by the band with Michael Clifford leading the production.

— AP Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy

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— “Quantum Leap” returns to television as a sequel to the 1989-93 science fiction series about a scientist trapped in the past by a failed experiment. Thirty years later, physicist Ben Song (Raymond Lee) suffers a similar fate when he is part of a team trying to decipher the nature of a quantum leap accelerator. But his colleagues (including co-stars Ernie Hudson and Caitlin Bassett) are determined to save him. Original series star Scott Bakula has vowed online that he has nothing to do with NBC’s newcomer, but he wishes him “good luck and a happy leap! It debuts Monday.” .

— Hulu’s ‘reboot’ is a clever take on a cheesy early 2000s family sitcom and the comeback of a former star whose career didn’t quite flourish. The ensemble cast of Keegan-Michael Key, Johnny Knoxville, Judy Greer, Paul Reiser, Rachel Bloom, Callum Worthy and Christa Marie Yu are alluring, but the marquee names are the creators and executives. Producer Stephen Levitan. “Reboot” marks the return of the award-winning “Modern Family” co-creator to television, and he’s happy to tease network TV’s love of repetition. The series debuts in his three episodes on Tuesday.

— Norman Lear turned 100 last July, but belatedly begging the legendary TV producer and activist to party, especially when he’s going all out, is petty. “Norman Lear: 100 Years of Music and Laughter,” which airs Thursday on his ABC, celebrates Lear’s life and achievements, including the groundbreaking sitcoms “All in the Family” and “The Jefferson There is a George Clooney, Rita Moreno, Anthony Anderson, Jennifer Aniston, Jimmy Kimmel, Octavia Spencer and more are set to star in a two-hour special that promises comedy, performance and a surprise reunion.

— AP TV Writer Lynn Elver

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