Out this week
- What’s Your Pleasure? by Jessie Ware: The English singer’s fourth album; comes after Glasshouse (2017); includes the singles ‘Adore You’, ‘Mirage (Don’t Stop)’, ‘Spotlight’, and ‘Ooh La La’.
- Women in Music Pt. III by Haim: Third album by the American sisters, the follow-up to Something to Tell You (2017); includes the singles ‘Summer Girl’, ‘Now I’m in It’, ‘Hallelujah’, ‘The Steps’, ‘I Know Alone’, and ‘Don’t Wanna’.
- Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (starring Will Ferrell, Rachel McAdams, Pierce Brosnan, Dan Stevens, Demi Lovato) – comedy; two aspiring Icelandic musicians (Ferrell, McAdams) are given the chance to represent their country at an international song competition.
- Irresistible (starring Steve Carell, Chris Cooper, Mackenzie Davis, Topher Grace, Natasha Lyonne, Rose Byrne) – comedy; a Democratic strategist (Carell) tries to help a retired Marine colonel (Cooper) win an election in a small right-wing town.
- My Spy (starring Dave Bautista, Chloe Coleman, Kristen Schaal, Ken Jeong) – comedy; a CIA agent (Bautista) goes undercover to surveil a family.
- Ali Zafar (@AliZafarsays): Rest in peace Tariq Aziz Sahab. You gave us an era. A childhood full of memories. You gave us gifts and so much more. We forget our heroes too soon. But I am confident you shall never be forgotten. Such was your presence. #RIP #TariqAziz
- Mahira Khan (@TheMahiraKhan): Legend is what legend does. He served us all. For so, so long. Pakistan is indebted to you Tariq Aziz Sir. Truly the end of an era. May Allah bless you. My condolences to his family and all of Pakistan.
- Born on 26th June 1993 in Boca Raton, Florida,U.S.
- Has an older half-brother, Frankie.
- Parents separated when she was a child.
- Started performing in children’s theatre productions as a kid.
- Gained recognition for playing Cat Valentine in the Nickelodeon sitcom Victorious (2010 – 2013) and its spinoff Sam & Cat (2013 – 2014).
- Subsequently embarked on a music career, becoming one of the most successful artists in the world.
- Has released five albums so far: Yours Truly (2013), My Everything (2014), Dangerous Woman (2016), Sweetener (2018), and Thank U, Next (2019).
- Was previously engaged to comedian Pete Davidson. Is currently dating real estate agent Dalton Gomez.
Also born today: Jennette McCurdy, Jason Schwartzman, Ryan Tedder, Nick Offerman
Da 5 Bloods
Cast: Delroy Lindo, Jonathan Majors, Clarke Peters, Norm Lewis, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Chadwick Boseman
Director: Spike Lee
- War drama; a group of aging Vietnam War veterans return to the country seeking the remains of their fallen squad leader (Boseman) and the treasure they buried there.
- Each of the five main characters – Paul, David, Otis, Eddie, and Melvin – has the same first name as members of the vocal group The Temptations, while their faller leader – Norman – has the same first name as The Temptations’ producer Norman Whitfield.
- The film was originally titled The Last Tour with Oliver Stone set to direct. Spike Lee came on board after Stone dropped out, and gave the story an African American perspective.
- Had a production budget of around $35–45 million.
- Is Spike Lee’s first feature length film for Netflix.
- Was the top-streamed film on Netflix the weekend of its release.
- Has received critical acclaim, earning praise for the story, direction, and performances.
- Score composed by Terence Blanchard.