New this week: Jennifer Lopez, Sam Smith and 'You People'

Streaming HUBJanuary 23, 2023

Here’s a collection curated by entertainment journalists from The Associated Press about what’s coming to TV, streaming services and music and video game platforms this week.

Movies

— Jennifer Lopez, rom-com queen, returns to her most recognizable genre with “Shotgun Wedding,” premiering Friday on Amazon Prime Video. Lopez stars alongside Josh Duhamel as a couple whose Philippines beach-resort destination getaway goes awry when the wedding party is taken hostage. For Lopez, who married Ben Affleck in a Las Vegas drive-thru chapel last year, this is her second wedding-themed romantic comedy after 2022’s “Marry Me.” This one, at least, features “White Lotus” star Jennifer Coolidge (it’s now Hollywood law that she must star in all exotically located stories).

— “Black-ish” creators Kenya Barris and Jonah Hill wrote “You People,” a new Netflix comedy about an interracial Los Angeles couple and their families’ culture clashes. Lauren London and Hill star as a couple, Eddie Murphy and Nia Long play their Muslim parents, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus and David Duchovny play their Jewish parents. Barris is directing the film, streaming Friday.

– AP Film Writer Jake Coyle

music

Singer-songwriter Sam Smith is releasing “Gloria,” an album the singer-songwriter calls “coming of age.” Early singles include the epically sexy arena pop “Unholy” featuring Kim Petras, and the intimate, self-affirmation ballad “Love Me More”: “Every day I’m trying not to hate myself / But lately It ain’t hurting. It did before. Smith recorded the album in Jamaica, Los Angeles and London and said: “It feels like an emotional, sexual and spiritual liberation. It was great to be able to sing freely again with this album. Weirdly, it feels like my first record. And it feels like coming of age.

— Celebrate one of music’s greatest voices, Robert Flack, in a feature-length documentary, “Roberta,” airing Tuesday as part of the PBS “American Masters” series. The film “explores the depth and complexity of her lyrical and thematic choices, as well as her style on a sophisticated mix of classical and soul.” This year marks the 50th anniversary of the release of Flack’s landmark fourth album, “Killing Me Softly,” and he has a new children’s book chronicling his musical beginnings, “The Green Piano: How Little Me Found Music.”

—look no further than Elle King for a wistful look at life, whose edgy album “Come Get Your Wife” will be a welcome addition to 2023. The country collection captures all sides of the artist as “a hot mess, a fabulous extra and a woman coming into her own.” is looking for a relationship because the men in her life are letting her down.It is accompanied by a hysterical video in which she is all dressed up as bad guys as she shops at a dollar store.

– Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy

Television

– The new Fox series “The Accused” has an interesting premise. Each episode features a new cast, including a person on trial for a crime. The series then tells what happened – from the point of view of the defendant, up to the outcome of the trial. Cast members include Michael Chiklis, Jill Hennessy and Malcolm-Jamal Warner. Howard Gordon, who produced “24” and “Homeland,” is an executive producer. “The Accused,” which debuted on Sunday, is based on the BBC program of the same name.

— “Knives Out” and “Glass Onion” writer, director Rian Johnson describes his new show “Poker Face” starring Natasha Lyonne as “the how” and “the who.” Leone plays Charlie, an intelligent, friendly wanderer who has an uncanny ability to instantly know when someone is lying. Charlie is on the run from a casino heist, working odd jobs and meeting new people. When she suspects someone isn’t telling the truth, she often finds herself with a front row seat to secrets, setting off her internal lie detector. If the critics are correct, “Poker Face” could be Peacock’s first hit. Its first three episodes will drop on Mondays and the rest of the season will be released one by one on a weekly basis.

– Alicia Rancilio

Video game

New York, New York: If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere. Which bodes well for Frey Holland, the heroine of Square Enix’s Forspoken, who finds herself cast out of the Big Apple and plunged into a dazzling but terrifying world called Athia that’s ruled by a trio of evil wizards. Luckily, Frey picks up some spells and some mad parkour skills, and she’s armed with a talkative, sarcastic bracelet who’s eager to help her find her way home. The designers at Forspoken worked on Final Fantasy XV in 2016, and while their new game may not be quite as epic, it may hold fans over until Final Fantasy XVI arrives this summer. Frey’s adventure begins Tuesday on PlayStation 5 and PC.

Lou Keston

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