Out this week
* But Here We Are by Foo Fighters: Eleventh album by the American rock band, their first since the death of their drummer Taylor Hawkins last year; drums performed by frontman Dave Grohl; includes the singles ‘Rescued’, ‘Under You’, and ‘Show Me How’.
* Council Skies by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds: The English rock band’s fourth release; comes after 2017’s Who Built the Moon?; includes the songs ‘Pretty Boy’, ‘Easy Now’, and ‘Dead to the World’.
* Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (with the voices of Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld, Brian Tyree Henry, Luna Lauren Vélez, Jake Johnson, Jason Schwartzman) – animated adventure, sequel to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018); Miles Morales (Moore) and Gwen Stacy (Steinfeld) go on a mission across the multiverse against a supervillain (Schwartzman) but find themselves at odds with a team of Spider-People known as the Spider-Society.
* The Boogeyman (starring Sophie Thatcher, Chris Messina, Vivien Lyra Blair, David Dastmalchian) – supernatural horror, adaptation of Stephen King’s 1973 short story; a desperate patient (Dastmalchian) shows up at a therapist’s (Messina) house asking for help, bringing in a malicious entity that preys on the family.
* Born on 2 June 1988 in Stony Brook, New York, U.S.
* Is the daughter, and only child, of a Chinese American father and a Korean American mother.
* Graduated from the State University of New York at Albany in 2011, with a major in journalism and women’s studies.
* Started rapping when she was 13. Released her debut album, Yellow Ranger, in 2014 and the EP In Fina We Trust in 2018.
* Appeared in the comedy series Girl Code (2014 – 2015) and subsequently had supporting roles in movies including Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016), Ocean’s 8 (2018), Crazy Rich Asians (2018), and Jumanji: The Next Level (2019).
* Has since starred in films like The Farewell (2019) and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021), and her own television series Awkwafina Is Nora from Queens (2020 – present).
* Upcoming projects include an as-yet-untitled comedy movie in which she stars alongside Sandra Oh.
Cast: Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, John Cena, Jordana Brewster, Helen Mirren, Brie Larson, Rita Moreno, Jason Statham, Jason Momoa, and Charlize Theron
Director: Louis Leterrier
Tagline: The end of the road begins.
* Action; Dom (Diesel) and his family are targeted by the vengeful son (Momoa) of drug kingpin Hernan Reyes.
* Is the sequel to F9 (2021), the tenth main instalment and the eleventh instalment overall in the Fast & Furious franchise.
* Had a budget of around $340 million; has grossed around $387 million in nearly a week.
* Has received mixed reviews from critics who found it ridiculous but enjoyable.
* Score composed by Brian Tyler.
* Is the first of a three-part finale. Two sequels to end the franchise are in development.