‘Summer of Soul,’ ‘Drive My Car’ make Oscars shortlist
Documentaries about Julia Child, “Black Woodstock,” the pandemic and The Velvet Underground and acclaimed international films like Japan’s “Drive My Car,” Iran’s “A Hero” and Norway’s “The Worst Person in the World” just got a little closer to scoring Oscar nominations.
New this week: Roddy Ricch, 'Swan Song' and 'The Larkins'
The Stream This combination of photos shows promotional art for "The Larkins" a series premiering on Acorn TV on Dec. 13, "Swan Song," a film streaming Dec. 15 on Apple TV+ and "Grand View" a series previewing its first two episodes on Dec. 14. (AcornTV/Apple TV+/NBC via AP) (Uncredited)Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. — AP Film Writer Jake CoyleMUSIC— Nearly two years ago, rapper Roddy Ricch released his debut album "Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial," which landed atop the Billboard 200 chart and included his Grammy-nominated hit "The Box." — AP Entertainment Writer Kristin M. HallTELEVISION— Acorn TV's "The Larkins" is a feel-good period family drama set in Kent, England, and based on the 1958 H.E. — AP Television Writer Lynn Elber___Catch up on AP's entertainment coverage here: https://apnews.com/apf-entertainment.wftv.com
'Lost Daughter,' 'Licorice Pizza' top AP's best 2021 films
The Associated Press' film writers picks for best movies of 2021:LINDSEY BAHR:1. "Licorice Pizza": It's a rare film that makes you nostalgic for a time and place you never knew, but Paul Thomas Anderson's breezy, sunny "Licorice Pizza" does just that for the San Fernando Valley of Gary Valentine (Cooper Hoffman) and Alana Kane's ( Alana Haim ) youths. "Licorice Pizza": Paul Thomas Anderson's shaggy-dog story of self-discovery in '70s San Fernando Valley feels to me like a loose, easy-breathing culmination for Anderson, a virtuoso filmmaker here at his most tender and organic. "Licorice Pizza," crammed with the comic chronicles of adolescence and young adulthood, is the most lived-in movie of the year. If Anderson resurrects '70s California in "Licorice Pizza," Hogg's film is just as detailed in its '80s London.wftv.com
French abortion drama 'Happening' tops Venice Film Festival
Italy Venice Film Festival 2021 Closing Ceremony Audrey Diwan holds the Golden Lion award for 'Happening' onstage at the closing ceremony during the 78th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021. Zhao’s “Nomadland” won the prize last year and went on to win best picture, best director and best actor at the Oscars. Zhao’s trajectory was the second time in four years that the Golden Lion winner has won best picture. Venice’s 2019 winner, “Joker,” simply went on to get a best picture nomination (and ten other nods as well). In the Horizons section, “Pilgrims” by Laurynas Bareisa won best picture.wftv.com
Audrey Diwan’s ‘Happening’ wins Venice Film Fest's top honor
Italy Venice Film Festival 2021 Closing Ceremony Audrey Diwan holds the Golden Lion award for 'Happening' onstage at the closing ceremony during the 78th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis) (Domenico Stinellis)Audrey Diwan’s “L’Evenement” (“Happening”) has won the Golden Lion at the 78th Venice International Film Festival. Zhao’s “Nomadland” won the prize last year and went on to win best picture, best director and best actor at the Oscars. Zhao’s trajectory was the second time in four years that the Golden Lion winner has won best picture. Venice’s 2019 winner, “Joker,” simply went on to get a best picture nomination (and ten other nods as well).wftv.com
Sorrentino's 'The Hand of God' a tale of personal loss, hope
Italy Venice Film Festival 2021 The Hand Of God Portraits Director Paolo Sorrentino poses for portraits at the 78th edition of the Venice Film Festival at the Venice Lido, Italy, Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021, where he's presenting his latest movie 'E' stata la mano di Dio' (The hand of God). Sorrentino’s autobiographical “The Hand of God,” which premieres Thursday at the Venice Film Festival, recounts how his otherwise normal childhood in 1980s Naples was upended by the sudden, accidental death of his parents and how a certain athlete had an unintentional role in saving his life. But “The Hand of God” is the film Sorrentino felt he always had to make, and finally found the right moment after he turned 50 and the pandemic interrupted other projects. For the feature of his life, Sorrentino asked a member of his professional family, actor Toni Servillo, to play his father. “In my case, that is what happened.”After a period of loss, grief and uncertainty about finding his way, the young Sorrentino decided he wanted to make films.wftv.com
‘Spencer,’ ‘The Last Duel' set for Venice Film Festival
The Venice Film Festival has unveiled a starry lineup of world premieres for September including Pablo Larrain’s “Spencer,” starring Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana and Ridley Scott’s medieval drama “The Last Duel,” featuring Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Adam Driver.