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Entertainment Essentials: August 4, 2017

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

1. Movie: Detroit – The latest from director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal got started in limited release last week and is now expanding nationwide. They are the team behind The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, and their latest collaboration – set during the title city’s 1967 12th Street riot – is no less of a war film. I am not entirely sure how to recommend watching something this painful (it’s not exactly a crowd-pleasing popcorn flick), but whatever way you feel comfortable watching it, you should, because it is essential.

2. TV: Comrade Detective Season 1 (August 4 on Amazon) – Just when you thought we were out of ideas, Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt arrive to restore your faith in everything. The idea is that they are dubbing over their favorite 1980s Romanian cop show. But the thing is, that show never actually existed, until now, as Romanian actors of today have been hired to act out the visual portion while Tatum and Gordon-Levitt (plus Nick Offerman, Jenny Slate, Jason Mantzoukas, and plenty of others) provide the audio.

3. TV: Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later (August 4 on Netflix) – Two years ago, we got the prequel series, but now two years later, and sixteen years after the original, it is finally ten years later. The gang’s all back, though some of them may have gotten a little bit of work done. What I want to know is, is Miss Patty Pancakes still making a mess out of everything?

4. TV: Difficult People Season 3 Premiere (August 8 on Hulu) – Watch out, New York – your best friends are back! With respect to The Handmaid’s Tale, this is the best Hulu original series. For those of us saturated in all pop culture, Billy and Julie are our fictional avatars, nourishing us with their bottomless knowledge, proffering a referential quip for every situation. Also of note: Season 3 is guest starring John Cho.

5. TV: SNL Weekend Update Summer Edition (August 10 on NBC)SNL has occasionally brought Saturdays to Thursdays with half-hour editions of Weekend Update. Usually they do it in election years when there is a corresponding surplus of political material. When they do it any other season, it tends to feel like overkill. But in an era when a new scandal erupts every second, there is no shortage of satirical targets. Live from New York, it’s everyone being driven slowly insane!

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