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: A Star is Born (Theatrically Nationwide) – There’s a lot new about A Star is Born, insofar as it is Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut, it is Lady Gaga’s first lead movie role, and Andrew Dice Clay (as Gaga’s dad) is totally unrecognizable. But there’s also a lot old about it, insofar as it is the fourth Star is Born to grace our cinemas (following the 1937, 1954, and 1976 versions). But it is in the re-telling of an oft-told tale that it derives much of its power. Also, RuPaul’s Drag Race fans, take note: Shangela and Willam both have significant parts.
2. TV: Big Mouth Season 2 (October 5 on Netflix) – Big Mouth is one of the dirtiest TV shows around, but only insofar as life is dirty and especially so during puberty. And thus the fact that Big Mouth doesn’t shy from how hormones makes our psyches and bathrooms so very messy makes it also one of the smartest shows around. Not too shabby for a goofy little cartoon, although at this point in the history of the medium, we shouldn’t be surprised about animation displaying plenty of intelligence. Big boobs and shame play major parts in Season 2.
3. Music on TV: Flight of the Conchords: Live in London (October 6 on HBO) – Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie may be New Zealand’s fourth most popular folk parody duo, but they are also the most hilarious musical duo in HBO history. Flight of the Conchords’ eponymous sitcom lasted only two seasons, but it created enough goodwill to last a lifetime. Thus it is essential viewing whenever Bret and Jemaine team up again to perform tunes both new and classic. Millions of adoring fans? Present.
4. TV: Doctor Who Series 11 Premiere (October 7 on BBC America) – Gender is just the latest part of Doctor Who to get the timey-wimey treatment, as Jodie Whittaker becomes the first woman to play the title Time Lord in the show’s 50-plus year history. The premiere is being simulcasted to have it sync up with its BBC One airing. So that means that while Whittaker makes her debut in the evening in the UK, she’ll arrive Stateside at 1:45 PM ET. Sounds brilliant to me!