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 Simple Favor (Theatrically Nationwide) – Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively are perfectly cast in A Simple Favor, which might be the platonic ideal of self-aware mystery thrillers. Kendrick is the type-A, uber-volunteer mom, while Lively is the high-powered, martini-swilling mom who suddenly disappears with no explanation. Pretty soon, everyone’s secrets start emerging. You’ll laugh, you’ll scream, and you’ll rock out to the soundtrack of French-language tunes.
2. TV: Netflix Overload – Netflix releases so much new original content these days, but usually it is spread out enough for viewers to retain some bit of sanity. But September 14, 2018 is the day of reckoning when three new seasons with presumably similar audiences all premiere at the same time. There’s Season 2 of last year’s breakout true-crime mockumentary American Vandal, Season 5 of animated stalwart BoJack Horseman, and the first batch of the shaggy, shambolic Norm Macdonald Has a Show. For you diehards attempting to cram it all into one 24-hour period, I wish you godspeed and insist that you take at least one bathroom break.
3. TV: Forever Season 1 (September 14 on Amazon Prime) – Fred Armisen and Maya Rudolph team up for this comedy as a married couple who mix things up by heading on a ski trip. Apparently, the joys of Forever are based on a twist that absolutely nobody is allowed to spoil. But even if it weren’t so reliant on a big mystery, the promise of an Armisen-Rudolph collaboration would still be worth the price of admission.
4. TV: 70th Primetime Emmy Awards (September 17 on NBC) – The TV Academy is finishing up its seventh decade of honoring the best in its industry. With Veep taking the year off, Atlanta and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel are poised to assert themselves in the Comedy field. Over in Drama, it’s looking like an epic duel between Game of Thrones and The Handmaid’s Tale. It’s NBC’s turn in the rotation, so SNL Weekend Update co-anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che get to host. And be sure to watch the Creative Arts Emmys on Saturday on FXX, and check out my preview!