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Entertainment Essentials: May 4, 2018

CREDIT (Clockwise from Top Left): Focus Features; Eddy Chen/Netflix; Mike Yarish/Netflix; David Richard/AP Photo

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: Tully (Theatrically Nationwide) – Charlize Theron is one of our best transformational actors, and Mackenzie Davis is one of best “breath of fresh air” actors. Now the two have teamed up for Tully, the latest Diablo Cody-Jason Reitman collab, with Theron as a mom completely overwhelmed by parenthood and Davis as the titular night nanny who arrives to take care of her. It is the kind of film that burrows in your soul for days.

2. TV: Arrested Development Season 4 Remix: Fateful Consequences (May 4 on Netflix) Arrested Development Season 5 is on its way soon, but in the meantime, you can revisit Netflix’s first revival batch of episodes. Season 4 offered a nice bit of experimentation compared to the original FOX run, but it wasn’t as tightly edited. It was released as 15 episodes of varying length, but now creator Mitch Hurwitz has re-edited it as a more traditional 22 episodes of 22 or 23 minutes each. I guess there’s always money in the edit bay.

3. TV: Dear White People Season 2 (May 4 on Netflix) – Aspirational viewing is a major reality in this day and age, insofar as even those of us who watch TV professionally are not able to be caught on every show we would like to be caught up on. Dear White People is the prime example of that type of show for me. Its first couple of Season 1 episodes had me howling (especially that Scandal parody). Hopefully the rest of the series has been living up to that promise, and hopefully I will one day be fully caught up to confirm whether or not that is the case.

4. Music on TV: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (May 5 on HBO) – There’s always some fresh controversy with the new Rock Hall of Fame inductees, and the whole concept of a Hall of Fame is a little silly, but the ceremony usually provides some worthwhile history lessons and a killer concert. This year’s class includes Bon Jovi, the Cars, Dire Straits, the Moody Blues, and Nina Simone.

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