Rebel Wilson, The Black Keys, ‘Firestarter’

Here’s a collection curated by the entertainment journalists at The Associated Press, covering what’s hitting TV, streaming services and music platforms this week.


– Stephanie Conway is a popular high school grad in 2002, but a cheerleading accident puts her in a 20-year coma in the New Netflix comedy “Senior Year” debut on Friday. After waking up in 2022 at the age of 37, Stephanie, played by Rebel Wilson, decides to re-enroll and retire from high school. Directed by Alex Hardcastle, a veteran of American sitcoms such as New Girl, Parks and Recreation and The Mindy Project, Sam Richardson, Alicia Silverstone, Chris Parnell and Angourie Rice star as a young Stephanie.

— Netflix also offers the historical drama, “Operation Minced Meat” on Wednesday, based on a real World War II operation in which British intelligence officers use a corpse disguised as a Royal Marines officer to fool the Axis powers and cover up the Allied invasion of Sicily. Directed by John Madden (“Shakespeare in Love”), the film stars Colin Firth and Matthew Macfayden (both coincidentally impersonated Mr Darcy), as well as Kelly Macdonald and Penelope Wilton.


“fire starter”, Stephen King’s chilling tale of a young girl with pyrokinetic powers has a new adaptation from director Keith Thomas coming to Peacock (and in theaters) on Friday. Ryan Kiera Armstrong takes on the role that Drew Barrymore created in 1984 as the girl saddled with the impossible responsibility of protecting her family and herself from the government agency hoping to weaponize her powers. Zac Efron plays her father alongside Sydney Lemmon as mother.

— AP film writer Lindsey Bahr


— The Black Keys celebrate an important anniversary with a new album. Dropout Boogie, out Friday, features collaborations with Reigning Sound’s Greg Cartwright, ZZ Top’s Billy F. Gibbons and Kings of Leon’s Angelo Petraglia. It will be released a day before the release of the 20th anniversary of The Black Keys’ first LP, The Big Come Up. Included early singles from the new album “It’s not over yet”, written by band members Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney along with Cartwright, and “wild child,” a classic rock throwback. The new album captures a series of first takes that reflect the stripped down blues-rock of the duo’s early days when they made music together in Akron, Ohio. The Black Keys will tour North America for the first time in three years beginning in July.


— Becky G is following up her hit single ‘Mamiii’ with her third studio album, the 14-track ‘Esquemas,’ out Friday. “Mamii” starring Karol G debuted in the top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 and in the top 10 on the Billboard Global 200 singles chart. The single – with a music video starring “Euphoria” actor Angus Cloud – has accumulated 350 million streams worldwide to date, including over 150 million streams on Spotify alone. Another track from the album is ‘No Mienten’, a throbbing dance track guided by the plucking of seductive guitar strings. And there’s “Kill Bill,” a somber, slinky banger with the sound of clashing swords and thunder.

— AP Entertainment writer Mark Kennedy


– Duke Kahanamoku gets his due “American Masters: Waterman – Duke: Ambassador of Aloha” by PBS Debuting Tuesday and narrated by Jason Momoa. Kahanamoku won a total of five Olympic medals at the 1912, 1920 and 1924 games and was a champion of his native Hawaii and surfing. The documentary, directed by Isaac Halasima, chronicles Kahanamoku’s rise to fame, his encounters with racism and his role in Hawaii’s transition from a kingdom to a state. Archival footage and new interviews, including with top surfers Laird Hamilton and Carissa Moore, help tell the story.


— Followers of Audrey Niffenegger’s novel The Time Traveler’s Wife made the 2009 film adaptation a success, despite mixed reviews. Perhaps the intricate sci-fi romance is a better fit for a series that HBO is offering with Rose Leslie and Theo James as challenged lovers. “The wife of the time traveler,” Debuting on Sunday and adapted from the 2003 book by the ever-reliable Steven Moffatt (“Sherlock,” “Doctor Who”), it follows the zig-zag relationship between Henry, who was born with a genetic flaw that has plagued him for decades jump away, and Claire, whose devotion to him is timeless.

— Another Book TV Adaptation, Hulu’s “Conversations with Friends” also arrives on Sunday. Based on Sally Rooney’s acclaimed 2017 novel, the 12-part series stars Alison Oliver and Sasha Lane as Dublin college students Frances and Bobbi, ex-girlfriends who remain close friends and collaborators of spoken-word poetry. Their friendship is tested when the women meet an older couple, writer Melissa (Jemima Kirke) and her actor husband Nick (Joe Alwyn). A flirtation with one couple and an affair with another ensues – causing Frances to reevaluate her life and Bobbi’s role in it.


— AP TV writer Lynn Elber


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