This is a curated collection of content coming to TV, streaming services, music and video game platforms this week, curated by Associated Press entertainment journalists.
tv set— Get into the Halloween mood with Netflix’s Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities. This is an anthology created by an Oscar-winning filmmaker that aims to challenge “traditional” expectations of horror. The eight stories include “The Autopsy,” based on a short story by Michael Shay and starring F. Murray’s Abraham, Grinterman, and Luke Roberts. The HP Lovecraft-based Dream of the Witch’s House starring Rupert Grint and Ismael Cruz Cordova and two episodes starring Tim Blake Nelson and Elpidia Carrillo based on del Toro’s original story “Lot 36” which is one of them. Episodes are released daily in pairs from Tuesday to Friday.
— “Putin Attacks Ukraine: A Chronicle of War Crimes,” which premieres Tuesday on PBS’s “Front Lines” (check your local list), chronicles Russia’s war on Ukraine and holding Russia accountable for its actions. It details the difficulty of inflicting. This documentary is part of a joint effort between Frontline and AP that includes collecting, examining and cataloging potential war crimes, and co-publishing stories and videos from AP and Frontline war coverage. will be The joint initiative, which includes the War Crimes Watch Ukraine interactive experience, has documented more than 500 cases of him, including potential war crimes, since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine last February.
— HBO’s A Tree of Life: The Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting looks at the shooter’s deadly attack on the chapel, its causes, and its ensuing consequences, which premieres Wednesday at 9 p.m. EDT. Directed by Trish Adlesic, the film delves into his 11 lives lost in the October 2018 tragedy and its impact on families, survivors and communities at large. This attack is also seen in the context of an increase in hate speech and hate actions. The film’s notable executive producers, Michael Keaton, Billy Porter, and Mark Cuban hail from the Pittsburgh area. The original song “A Tree of Life” is performed by Broadway and movie star Idina Menzel.
— AP TV Writer Lynn Elver
movie— Jessica Chastain plays an overworked ICU nurse and single mother in the new Netflix movie The Good Nurse. She begins to suspect her new colleague Charlie, played by Eddie Redmayne, after the patient’s death. Danish filmmaker Tobias Lindholm has directed the thriller, which will be streamed Wednesday, based on the script 1917 and The Last Night in Soho screenwriter Krysty Wilson Cairns. For something more family-friendly, Netflix has also released a stop-motion animated picture of him, “Wendell & Wild,” featuring the voices of Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele as their demon brothers. It’s the original idea of director Henry Selick, who directed spooky, children’s classics The Nightmare Before Christmas and Coraline. ‘Wendell & Wild’ will begin streaming on his October 28th.
The first is “Pearl,” a technicolor horror prequel from Ti West, starring Mia Goth as a farm girl in a pandemic-plagued Texas town in 1918, dreaming of movie stardom. She pisses her off a little. There are references to everything from “Singin’ in the Rain” to “The Wizard of Oz,” but with a sinister, murderous edge. Ahead of its premiere at this fall’s Venice Film Festival, West said, “For lack of a better term, I became interested in making a children’s film with a crazier adult story.” and ends with an epic monologue almost in one take.
— Also coming to VOD on Tuesday is The Barbarian, a low-budget indie horror movie starring Justin Long. In “The Barbarian,” Long’s character, a television actor facing sexual misconduct allegations, is inadvertently double-booked with a stranger (“It’s” Bill Skarsgård) at his Airbnb in the spooky Detroit area. It stars Georgina Campbell as a woman who has Writer-director Zach Cregger pitched every studio that’s made horror in the last 15 years a film with an unconventional structure that essentially resets in the middle, and everyone said no. To date, over $40 million has been made against a production budget of $4 million.
— Lindsey Burr, AP Film Writer
music— Breakout Country Artist of the Year Rainie Wilson’s new studio album is out Friday and features 14 songs. Singles from ‘Bell Bottom Country’ include the sweet first love songs ‘Watermelon Moonshine’ and ‘Heart Like a Truck’, whose lyrics read: gasoline. “Wilson won the Academy of Country Music’s Best New Female Artist of the Year award in 2021 and last year won the coveted Song of the Year award for her smash hit single “Things a Man Oughta Know.” was awarded.
— It’s time to celebrate garbage. The new compilation, called ‘Anthology’, will be available from Friday on major online streaming platforms, as well as double transparent yellow vinyl and his two CD editions. Includes hits “Stupid Girl,” “I Think I’m Paranoid,” “Why Do You Love Me,” and “Only Happy When It Rains.” Among the 35 songs is a rare recording called “Witness to Your Love”. Lead singer Shirley Manson said of the compilation, “Nearly 30 years of creative work together, our collective tenacity, and our ability as a group to endure ritual humiliation on a regular basis. It’s a testament to his terrifying abilities,” he said.
— It may be a little early, but it’s always time for a Louis Armstrong Christmas album. Satchmo’s holiday tunes are classic Christmas songs, but he never released a Christmas album during his lifetime. Now, for the first time, Louis Wish You A Cool Youle was released digitally on Friday, followed by a CD, red vinyl, and limited edition vinyl picture on November 11th, his first ever. ‘s official Christmas album. The 11 tracks include ‘Cool Yule,’ ‘Christmas Night in Harlem,’ and the swinging ”Zat You Santa Claus?’ Armstrong fans can also check out his Apple TV+ movie, “Louis His Armstrong’s Black & Blues,” which airs on Friday, October 28.
— “Till,” director Chinonye Chukwu’s factual account of Emmett Till’s mother’s quest for justice, was a powerful film, made all the more moving by its score. Composed, orchestrated and conducted by Abel Korzenevsky, the piece opens Friday and features moving strings, dark pulses and thrilling sequences. Listen to “This Is My Boy” and try not to let your heart be moved. Korzeniowski said:
— AP Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy
— The venerable Call of Duty series returns on Friday for its annual gun-filled chaos. This year’s chapter, Modern Warfare II, comes from Activision’s Infinity Ward studio. Activision’s Infinity Ward studio is commonly regarded as the publisher’s premier storyteller for solid single-player campaigns. Special Operations Force 141 is back on the prowl. This time, you’re fighting a terrorist network and drug cartels that have collaborated on a plan to launch stolen missiles in the United States. As always, there are plenty of options for multiplayer mayhem, from competitive battle royales to cooperative raids. available.
— ‘Bayonetta 3′ brings Platinum Games’ flamboyant, demon-hunting witch — imagine Kim Kardashian and Tina Fey crossing in full Dominatrix gear — returns to Nintendo Switch Friday Longtime fans may miss the original voice actor behind Bayonetta, who skipped this sequel due to wage disputes and called on fans to boycott it. Fans of flashy, high-octane hack-and-slash action can’t resist the call of the Siren.
— Lou Kesten