Saturday, April 13, 2024

Around the Tubes: April 13, 2024


I have gotten a plethora of cool press releases have been flooding my inbox recently that you may find interesting. This post includes blurbs on ShardlakeCurb Your Enthusiasm, The Contestant, Slash and Chris Stapleton, Stephen Sanchez, and Photographic Justice: The Corky Lee Story.

- SHARDLAKE: A Thrilling New Series based on the internationally popular Tudor murder mystery novels by C.J. Sansom.  Premieres Wednesday, May 1 on Hulu in the U.S., Star+ in Latin America and Disney+ in Select Territories.  Starring:  Arthur Hughes (“Then Barbara Met Alan''), Sean Bean ("Game of Thrones," “Time”), Anthony Boyle (currently starring as John Wilkes Booth in "Manhunt," “Masters of the Air”) and more!

For the first time ever, all episodes from HBO’s award-winning original series are brought together in one set with the release of Curb Your Enthusiasm: The Complete Series. On October 8, get ready to binge on all 120 episodes from the series’ twelve critically acclaimed seasons, along with all the previously released special features including The Seinfeld Reunion: It Could Only Happen on Curb Your Enthusiasm.  For fans looking to complete their DVD library, Curb Your Enthusiasm: The Twelfth and Final Season will also be available to purchase on DVD on October 8.  Curb Your Enthusiasm: The Twelfth and Final Season and Curb Your Enthusiasm: The Complete Series are available now to purchase Digitally from Amazon Prime Video, AppleTV, Google Play, Vudu and more.

THE CONTESTANTThe incredible true story will premiere Thursday, May 2, only on Hulu.  This true story of a Japanese reality TV star left naked in a room for more than a year, tasked with filling out magazine sweepstakes to earn food and clothing, prompts innumerable questions about our culture of oversharing.  Before the onslaught of reality television in the West, there was an ominous harbinger in Japan of what was to come in our oversharing-obsessed culture. "The Contestant" traces the experience of aspiring comedian Tomoaki Hamatsu, nicknamed Nasubi, who unwittingly became an extreme case study.

SLASH the iconic, GRAMMY®-winning guitarist and songwriter will return with his star-studded debut blues album and sixth solo album of his career, Orgy of the Damned, May 17, 2024 on Gibson Records, pre-order HERE. Today, SLASH has released the new track “Oh Well” which features outlaw country star Chris Stapleton on vocals, and is a transcendent and electrified, bluesy folk-infused take on the Fleetwood Mac gem, written by original founder Peter Green.  Stream SLASH’s “Oh Well” featuring Chris Stapleton on vocals HERE, and watch/share the visualizer for the new song HERE.

Multi-platinum emerging artist Stephen Sanchez expands his acclaimed debut album, Angel Face, with Angel Face (Club Deluxe), out April 26th via Mercury Records/Republic Records. Pre-save HERE.  Stephen is extending the LP with five brand new tracks, as well as the fan favorite duet version of his 3x-platinum smash “Until I Found You” [with Em Beihold]. On Club Deluxe, Stephen builds upon the story of Angel Face, showcasing the scope of his signature style and dipping into everything from cinematic balladry to boisterous rockabilly. 

PHOTOGRAPHIC JUSTICE: THE CORKY LEE STORY will be released theatrically in New York (DCTV’s Firehouse Cinema) on April 19 and in Los Angeles (Laemmle Glendale) on April 26 with a regional expansion to follow.  For 50 years, Chinese American photographer Corky Lee documented the celebrations, struggles, and daily lives of Asian American Pacific Islanders with epic focus. Determined to push mainstream media to include AAPI culture in the visual record of American history, Lee produced an astonishing archive of nearly a million compelling photographs. His work takes on new urgency with the alarming rise in anti-Asian attacks during the Covid pandemic. Jennifer Takaki’s intimate portrait reveals the triumphs and tragedies of the man behind the lens.  Trailer:

Sunday, April 07, 2024

57 Channels and Only This Is On: April 7, 2024


The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Lived:  So do Rick and Michonne need to go look for Daryl and Carol now?  Who exactly was looking after those kids?


Shōgun:  Well, not quite Danny Crowe stabbing himself while trying to test out the 21-foot rule, but that was one of the most pathetic exits in television history.


Survivor:  Venus was right, though it was dumb of her to make a woman thing out of it.


Resident Alien:   So they are just going to leave the mom on the moon?  But I guess Harry is up there too.  But just when did the Mantis switch out with Harry?


A Gentleman in Moscow:  It is day 412, and I am surprised that Rostov has not regrown his wings.  He was so proud of them.  Maybe he wants to seem less noble.  I did get the inkling during the premiere that the little girl was just a figment of Rostov’s imagination, and her just appearing out of nowhere in the new room really made it seems more likely.  Then that scene directly followed by flashbacks of Rostov’s curly redheaded sister really made it seem like she was his vision of his sister when she was little.  Except, then Anna had a conversation with her and later the waiter acknowledged her.  Though, that was a little weird because the waiter did not really directly address her, just slightly turned his head.  But I guess that sort of makes her seem more real.