Here’s a curated collection by The Associated Press entertainment journalists of what’s coming to television, streaming services and music platforms this week.
— Is it really time to say goodbye to Jamie Lee Curtis’ Laurie Strode? That’s the idea behind “Halloween Ends,” which promises some sort of conclusion to the Michael Myers saga, which has lasted 45 years and, as promos tease, “only one of them will survive.” Director David Gordon Green returns to close his modern trilogy, which opens in theaters and in Peacock on Friday. The last movie, “Halloween Kills,” ended on a cliffhanger with a mob rising to hunt down Michael Myers. Green said in a recent interview that, “whatever frustration has been expressed about the last one, I just smile and say, ‘Hold on tight, here we go.'”
— “Booksmart” star Kaitlyn Dever lends her comedic chops to “Rosaline,” a cheeky twist on the “Romeo and Juliet” story centered around Romeo’s briefly mentioned ex. Dever plays the main character who has just found out that her crush (Kyle Allen) has taken an interest in someone else, Juliet (Isabela Merced), and she takes it upon herself to try to sabotage the new relationship. “Rosaline,” which hits Hulu on Friday, is based on a young adult novel by Rebecca Serle, adapted for the screen by “(500) Days of Summer” writers Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber and directed by Karen Maine (“Obvious Child”). Co-star of Minnie Driver and Bradley Whitford. She could do a thematically appropriate double feature with Lena Dunham’s “Catherine Called Birdy” on Prime Video.
— On video on demand, you can also watch “Piggy,” a horror movie that generated a lot of buzz at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. The film stars Laura Galán as an overweight teenager harassed by locals in the Spanish countryside where she spends her summers. But things change when she discovers that her torturers have been kidnapped and she has to decide what to do about it. It is the feature film debut of Carlota Pereda, who wrote the screenplay and whose work on the film drew comparisons to Brian De Palma and “Carrie.”
— AP Film writer Lindsey Bahr
— With “Being Funny In a Foreign Language,” The 1975 continue their tradition of long, cryptic album titles. The only clues to the direction of their latest 11-track collection are a few of its singles: the funky “Happiness,” the sweet, uncynical throwback “I’m In Love With You,” and the ambitious, totally cynical, progressive “Part of the Band,” with singer Matty Healy’s memorable lyric: “Am I wryly awake? The butt of my joke? Or am I just some skinny, average, post-coke guy calling his ego imagination?” So where does that seem to lead? So far, only good music.
— Red Hot Chili Peppers aren’t ready to stop bringing life to our lives this year. His album “Return of the Dream Canteen” is out Friday, his second album release of 2022, following April’s “Unlimited Love.” Once again, they joined forces with longtime producer and creative confidante Rick Rubin, and one of their first singles was “Tippa My Tongue.” Between albums, the band won the prestigious Global Icon Award and performed at the MTV Video Music Awards. The band says the new album “is everything we are and have always dreamed of being. It’s packed. Made with our hearts’ blood.”
— If you feel bad, who is there? Exactly. We refer to the dancing diva Betty Who. It’s virtually impossible to be depressed after hearing his “BIG!” of 14 tracks. — overflowing with self-love and acceptance. “I won’t apologize for taking up space / I won’t fight / I belong out of place,” she sings on the title track. The project’s debut single, “Blow Out My Candle,” is pure empowerment pop, and “She Can Dance” sees Betty looking back at an earlier, less aware self: “Second choice and second best/Couldn’t say the things I wanted to say / Or find the missing pieces that were broken / But she could dance.
— World pioneer and provocateur MIA is back and you better make room. “Beep, beep! Yeah, I’m trying to get through,” she sings on the hypnotic “Beep” from the new album, “Meta.” Other singles include “The One” and “Popular,” where MIA’s sarcastic take on fame is hard to hide: “Suddenly it’s about me, about me/Now you want to be around me, around me.” The follow-up to 2016’s “Aim,” “Mata” has been years in the making, with compositions recorded in London, Los Angeles, Italy, Bali, Jakarta, and St. Vincent.
— AP entertainment writer Mark Kennedy
— “Supernatural,” which ended its 15-year run in 2020, spawned a series of comics, novels and eventually a spinoff about the parents of brothers Sam and Dean Winchester. Dean (Jensen Ackles) serves as the narrator for “The Winchesters,” which chronicles the love story of John Winchester (Drake Rodger) and Mary Campbell (Meg Donnelly) in the 1970s. He is a recent Vietnam War veteran. returned, she is fighting her own battles as a demon hunter, and they intend to discover the secrets kept by her two families. The series debuts Tuesday on the CW.
— “High School,” the 2019 memoir from indie pop duo and twins Tegan and Sara Quin, has been adapted for a self-titled series set in 1990s Canada. TikTok creators Railey and Seazynn Gilliland, also twins, play the teenage versions of, respectively, Tegan and Sara, in the grunge-era-flavored coming-of-age story. Cobie Smulders and Kyle Bornheimer guest-star as the twins’ parents in “High School,” which premieres Friday on the Amazon Freevee streaming service.
— “Shantaram” is another series based on books, this time the novel of the same name by Gregory David Roberts. In vividly depicted 1980s Bombay, India, fugitive Lin Ford (Charlie Hunnam) is trying to disappear into a new life, but discovers that old patterns and love stand in the way. It’s a grueling journey for Lin, as it was in the novel, which Roberts says incorporates elements from his own life, including drugs, prison and an unlikely role as a healer. The Apple TV+ series debuts with three episodes on Friday, with the remaining nine episodes releasing weekly.
— AP television writer Lynn Elber
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