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Entertainment Essentials: August 17, 2018

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Every Friday, NewsCult Entertainment Editor Jeffrey Malone recommends the entertainment essentials of the week – at least three, often more, and usually at least one cinematic and at least one televisual, but it could be ANY combination.

1. Movie: Crazy Rich Asians (Theatrically Nationwide) – I got over my fear of watching rich people doing rich people stuff long enough to check out this adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s novel from director Jon M. Chu (the man behind the 21st century masterpiece Step Up 3D). It’s being hailed as the rare Hollywood example of major release with a primarily Asian ensemble, and in more general terms, it’s also worth praising for being a rom-com with a bunch of well-defined characters.

2. TV: Disenchantment Season 1 (August 17 on Netflix) – How will the life cycle of Matt Groening’s newest animated series compare to his previous efforts? Since it’s on Netflix, it probably won’t be cancelled and reborn like Futurama was, but on the other end, since we don’t live in a monoculture anymore, it probably won’t be as massively popular as The Simpsons. But somewhere in the middle would be a nice result. Disenchantment follows the adventures of rebellious medieval princess Bean (Abbi Jacobson) and her elf and demon companions (Nat Faxon and Eric Andre, respectively). And keep your ears peeled for Groening regulars like John DiMaggio, Billy West, and Tress MacNeille.

3. TV: 2018 Video Music Awards (August 20 on MTV) – The VMAs are kind of one of the most prestigious awards shows in the history of awards shows. And this year, once again, there is a real chance to honor some legitimately game-changing clips with those Moonman trophies. So VMA voters, do the right thing and select “This Is America” as Video of the Year. “No Tears Left to Cry” and “Apeshit” were also pretty good, but come on, this really is America.

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