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What to stream this week: Willie Nelson, Chip & Joanna Gaines, Jim Henson and Benedict Cumberbatch

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What to stream this week: Willie Nelson, Chip & Joanna Gaines, Jim Henson and Benedict Cumberbatch
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What to stream this week: Willie Nelson, Chip & Joanna Gaines, Jim Henson and Benedict Cumberbatch

2024-05-27 12:01

Willie Nelson's 152nd album and Benedict Cumberbatch playing a curmudgeon puppeteer in “Eric” on Netflix are some of the new television, movies, music and games headed to a device near you.

Also among the streaming offerings worth your time as selected by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists: George Clooney’s sports drama “The Boys in the Boat,” the British musical comedy “We Are Lady Parts” returns for a second season and home improvement gurus Chip and Joanna Gaines fix up a mid-century modern lake house on HGTV.

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This cover image released by Interscope shows "Honeymind" by Ben Platt. (Interscope via AP)

Willie Nelson's 152nd album and Benedict Cumberbatch playing a curmudgeon puppeteer in “Eric” on Netflix are some of the new television, movies, music and games headed to a device near you.

This cover image released by SM Entertainment shows “Armageddon” by Aespa. (SM Entertainment)

This cover image released by SM Entertainment shows “Armageddon” by Aespa. (SM Entertainment)

This cover image released by BMG shows "Pepito y Paquito" by Paco de Lucía and Pepe de Lucía. (BMG via AP)

This cover image released by BMG shows "Pepito y Paquito" by Paco de Lucía and Pepe de Lucía. (BMG via AP)

This image released by MGM Pictures shows Callum Turner, center, in a scene from "The Boys in the Boat." (Laurie Sparham/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures via AP)

This image released by MGM Pictures shows Callum Turner, center, in a scene from "The Boys in the Boat." (Laurie Sparham/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures via AP)

This image released by MGM Pictures shows Callum Turner, center, in a scene from "The Boys in the Boat." (Laurie Sparham/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures via AP)

This image released by MGM Pictures shows Callum Turner, center, in a scene from "The Boys in the Boat." (Laurie Sparham/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures via AP)

This combination of of photos shows promotional art for "Fixer Upper: The Lake House" debuting June 2 on Magnolia Network, left, "The Life and Murder of Nicole Brown Simpson" two-night event airs June 1 and 2 on Lifetime, center, and "We Are Lady Parts" premiering May 30 on Peacock. (Magnolia Network/Lifetime/Peacock via AP)

This combination of of photos shows promotional art for "Fixer Upper: The Lake House" debuting June 2 on Magnolia Network, left, "The Life and Murder of Nicole Brown Simpson" two-night event airs June 1 and 2 on Lifetime, center, and "We Are Lady Parts" premiering May 30 on Peacock. (Magnolia Network/Lifetime/Peacock via AP)

This image released by Magnolia Pictures shows Mads Mikkelsen in a scene from "The Promised Land." (Henrik Ohsten/Magnolia Pictures via AP)

This image released by Magnolia Pictures shows Mads Mikkelsen in a scene from "The Promised Land." (Henrik Ohsten/Magnolia Pictures via AP)

This image released by Disney+ shows promotional art for "Jim Henson: Idea Man," premiering May 31. (Disney+ via AP)

This image released by Disney+ shows promotional art for "Jim Henson: Idea Man," premiering May 31. (Disney+ via AP)

This image released by Magnolia Pictures shows Mads Mikkelsen in a scene from "The Promised Land." (Henrik Ohsten/Magnolia Pictures via AP)

This image released by Magnolia Pictures shows Mads Mikkelsen in a scene from "The Promised Land." (Henrik Ohsten/Magnolia Pictures via AP)

– Jim Henson died in 1990 at the age of 53 but his Muppet creations and their rambunctious spirit have long outlived him. Ron Howard’s “Jim Henson Idea Man” (Friday, May 31 on Disney+) is an attempt to document the life and imagination behind one of the most beloved entertainers. Howard made the film with the involvement of the Henson family and use of its extensive archive

— George Clooney’s “The Boys in the Boat” (Tuesday on Prime Video) is an almost daringly old-fashioned sports drama that makes “Seabiscuit” look comparatively cutting edge. It tells the true-life tale of the University of Washington rowing team who in 1936 reached the Olympics in Berlin. In her review, AP National Writer Jocelyn Noveck wrote that “Clooney has gone for stirring and a bit stodgy, pleasing and a bit predictable.”

— In the Nordic Western “The Promised Land” (Thursday on Hulu), the frontier is Denmark’s remote Jutland heath, where a retired army captain (Mads Mikkelsen) travels with royal permission to cultivate a farm in 1755. His adventures, a loosely true history adapted from Ida Jessen’s 2020 bestseller “The Captain and Ann Barbara,” give Mikkelsen a sweeping backdrop for his magnetic presence.

— AP Film Writer Jake Coyle

— “The Border,” Willie Nelson’s 152nd album — you read that correctly, at least, according to Texas Monthly — arrives Friday, May 31. Across the release, Nelson offers idiosyncratic interpretations of compositions from country songwriting greats: Mike Reid (“Nobody Knows Me Like You”), Rodney Crowell with Will Jennings (“Many a Long and Lonesome Highway”), and Larry Cordle with Erin Enderlin (“I Wrote This Song for You”) among them. The title track, “The Border” is another reimagination of Crowell, a track from his 2019 album “Texas.” It’s a love letter to the Lone Star state, the kind Nelson knows better than anyone else.

— It wasn’t so long ago that every conversation about the K-pop girl group aespa focused on their digital avatars. The quartet are actually an octet, if their AI counterparts are to be counted – an inventive exercise in transmedia storytelling to match their forward-thinking pop sound. But that was then. Now the group is preparing to release their debut full-length studio album, “Armageddon.” Lead single “Supernova” samples Afrika Bambaataa ’s ‘Planet Rock’ from 1982 and brings their electronic experiments even further into the future.

— Grammy-, Tony- and Emmy-winner Ben Platt brings his Broadway-sized pop to a third studio album, “Honeymind.” It’s a cheery pop-rock record (produced by Dave Cobb, known for his work with country greats Chris Stapleton, Brandi Carlile and most recently, Zayn Malik), deeply informed by his own love story and Peter Gabriel melodies. It’s an ideal record for musical theater fans looking for a different change of pace.

— Tanerélle, Republic Records latest signee, is preparing to release a new EP, “Electric Honey.” The Atlanta singer-songwriter’s strength is her rich vocal tone – classic and futuristic-sounding in the same breathy delivery of her grounded R&B. She might be a new name to some, but she’s already landed some impressive co-signs in the form of A-list syncs: Her music has been used in Spike Lee’s “She’s Gotta Have It” and Issa Rae ’s great HBO drama “Insecure.”

— And now for something completely different: On Friday, May 31, BMG Records will release “Pepito y Paquito,” the earliest collection of recorded material from flamenco legends Paco de Lucía and Pepe de Lucía — restored partially by using AI technology – originally captured when they were 11 and 13 years old, respectively. (Before working under their own names, they were known as “Pepito y Paquito.”) There’s a lot to love here, but begin with “Me Falta La Resistencia,” the boys’ adaptation of the La Repompa de Málaga tango.

— AP Music Writer Maria Sherman

— It’s 1980s New York in the new Netflix series “Eric” and Benedict Cumberbatch plays a curmudgeon puppeteer named Vincent with a crumbling marriage. When Vincent’s son Edgar goes missing, he becomes obsessed with finishing a puppet that the boy was drawing, convinced its key to bringing him home. “Eric” premieres Thursday on Netflix.

— Peacock’s acclaimed British musical comedy “We Are Lady Parts” returns for a second season on Thursday. It follows the members of a female all-Muslim rock band in London. The new episodes pick up after a time jump. Lady Parts now has fans, a rival music group to compete with, and they’re gearing up to release a full album. Activist Malala Yousafzai makes a guest appearance in the new episodes.

— A new Lifetime docuseries called “The Life and Murder of Nicole Brown Simpson” shares details of her life before she and Ron Goldman were murdered outside her home, thirty years ago on June 12, 1994. Her ex-husband, O.J. Simpson was acquitted of their murders after a lengthy trial that aired live on TV. Simpson, who died in April from cancer, always maintained his innocence. The two-part docuseries premieres June 1 and 2 on Lifetime and will stream on mylifetime.com. Both parts will also be available for purchase on VOD platforms.

— Chip and Joanna Gaines get a taste of #lakelife with their latest project filmed for TV. They’re fixing up a mid-century modern lake house near Lake Waco, just in time for the 10-year anniversary of “Fixer Upper” on HGTV. “Fixer Upper: The Lakehouse” premieres Sunday, June 2 on the Magnolia Network and HGTV. It will also stream same day on Max and Discovery+.

— Alicia Rancilio

— For 25 years, Super Smash Bros. has owned its self-created category — goofy, family-friendly, multiplayer brawling — because none of Nintendo’s competitors have its deep bench of characters. Warner Bros. Games could mount a serious challenge, though, with MultiVersus. Why not team up Wonder Woman and Jason Voorhees vs. Bugs Bunny and Steven Universe? And have them fight it out in the Batcave or the throne room from “Game of Thrones”? And it’s free-to-play, although WB hopes you’ll spend cash on season passes and cosmetic upgrades. The initial roster has a couple dozen fighters, and who knows how far WB will dig into its massive film library? Dirty Harry and The Exorcist go toe-to-toe in Casablanca? The battle begins Thursday on PlayStation 5/4, Xbox Series X/S/One and PC.

— Lou Kesten

Catch up on AP’s entertainment coverage here: https://apnews.com/entertainment.

This cover image released by Interscope shows "Honeymind" by Ben Platt. (Interscope via AP)

This cover image released by Interscope shows "Honeymind" by Ben Platt. (Interscope via AP)

This cover image released by SM Entertainment shows “Armageddon” by Aespa. (SM Entertainment)

This cover image released by SM Entertainment shows “Armageddon” by Aespa. (SM Entertainment)

This cover image released by BMG shows "Pepito y Paquito" by Paco de Lucía and Pepe de Lucía. (BMG via AP)

This cover image released by BMG shows "Pepito y Paquito" by Paco de Lucía and Pepe de Lucía. (BMG via AP)

This image released by MGM Pictures shows Callum Turner, center, in a scene from "The Boys in the Boat." (Laurie Sparham/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures via AP)

This image released by MGM Pictures shows Callum Turner, center, in a scene from "The Boys in the Boat." (Laurie Sparham/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures via AP)

This image released by MGM Pictures shows Callum Turner, center, in a scene from "The Boys in the Boat." (Laurie Sparham/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures via AP)

This image released by MGM Pictures shows Callum Turner, center, in a scene from "The Boys in the Boat." (Laurie Sparham/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures via AP)

This combination of of photos shows promotional art for "Fixer Upper: The Lake House" debuting June 2 on Magnolia Network, left, "The Life and Murder of Nicole Brown Simpson" two-night event airs June 1 and 2 on Lifetime, center, and "We Are Lady Parts" premiering May 30 on Peacock. (Magnolia Network/Lifetime/Peacock via AP)

This combination of of photos shows promotional art for "Fixer Upper: The Lake House" debuting June 2 on Magnolia Network, left, "The Life and Murder of Nicole Brown Simpson" two-night event airs June 1 and 2 on Lifetime, center, and "We Are Lady Parts" premiering May 30 on Peacock. (Magnolia Network/Lifetime/Peacock via AP)

This image released by Magnolia Pictures shows Mads Mikkelsen in a scene from "The Promised Land." (Henrik Ohsten/Magnolia Pictures via AP)

This image released by Magnolia Pictures shows Mads Mikkelsen in a scene from "The Promised Land." (Henrik Ohsten/Magnolia Pictures via AP)

This image released by Disney+ shows promotional art for "Jim Henson: Idea Man," premiering May 31. (Disney+ via AP)

This image released by Disney+ shows promotional art for "Jim Henson: Idea Man," premiering May 31. (Disney+ via AP)

This image released by Magnolia Pictures shows Mads Mikkelsen in a scene from "The Promised Land." (Henrik Ohsten/Magnolia Pictures via AP)

This image released by Magnolia Pictures shows Mads Mikkelsen in a scene from "The Promised Land." (Henrik Ohsten/Magnolia Pictures via AP)

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Thousands in Kenya demonstrate against proposed new taxes

2024-06-21 11:31 Last Updated At:11:40

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Thousands of mostly young people demonstrated Thursday in Kenya’s capital and across the country against new tax proposals by the administration of President William Ruto in its annual budget legislation.

The protests brought Nairobi’s central business district to a standstill as horse-riding riot police threw tear-gas cannisters and opened water cannons on demonstrators who advanced towards parliament buildings, where lawmakers debated the finance bill.

The protesters, who began their demonstrations in a first round on Tuesday, are demanding that lawmakers vote against the legislation, which is expected to be burdensome for salaried Kenyans, entrepreneurs and consumers. They say Ruto has gone back on his pledge to reduce taxes and lower the cost of living.

The new taxes would include a 2.75% levy on income for the national medical insurance plan, as well as increased taxes on vegetable oil and fuel, which would increase the cost of production and trickle down to the consumer.

Proposals to introduce a 16% value-added tax on bread and a new annual tax on motor vehicles were removed from the legislation Tuesday after a meeting between Ruto and ruling party members.

But those who demonstrated Thursday said the amendments did not go far enough and that they want legislators to totally reject the budget legislation.

“Our parents have been taxed dry, yet there’s no development to show for it. We reject any additional taxes and will stay on the streets for as long as it takes,” Ashley Mwai said.

The 19-year-old who has never voted said the new taxes have made her get involved in politics for the first time for the sake of her parents who do not have the energy to join protests.

“As much as I’m not earning an income yet, additional taxes will increase the prices of food and transport, making life unbearable for us young people,” Mwai said.

Businessman Walter Mwangi, 34, said he’s struggling to earn a living because taxes are already crippling his consultancy business. "We are sick and tired,” Mwangi said.

Lawmakers were debating and voting Thursday on the legislation in its second reading. It is due for its third and final reading next week. Meanwhile, demonstrators tried to breach a security cordon to access parliament buildings, carrying anti-government placards and chanting against Ruto.

The president was attending a university event in the southeastern town of Garissa where anti-government protesters lined the street leading to the event venue.

Young people also demonstrated in the president's home turf of Eldoret town, where they told journalists they had been duped into voting for Ruto.

Ruto said earlier in the week that the protests were a constitutional right, but that government institutions must carry out their mandate.

“We are a democratic country. Those who want to demonstrate it is their right, no problem. But decisions have to be made by institutions," Ruto said Wednesday.

"We will make decisions as an executive, take it to the legislature, people of Kenya will speak to it through public participation, others will subject it to court processes and that is how democracy works and I am a great believer in democracy,” he said.

Tuesday's protests saw more than 200 people arrested and later released.

The right to protest is enshrined in the Kenyan constitution and organizers have to notify police who often give a go-ahead unless there are security concerns. Previous anti-government protests in Nairobi have often been met by police force with protesters in the past shot at by the police.

A protester uses a fire extinguisher during a protest over proposed tax hikes in a finance bill that is due to be tabled in parliament in Nairobi, Kenya, Thursday, June 20, 2024. (AP Photo/ Andrew Kasuku)

A protester uses a fire extinguisher during a protest over proposed tax hikes in a finance bill that is due to be tabled in parliament in Nairobi, Kenya, Thursday, June 20, 2024. (AP Photo/ Andrew Kasuku)

Demonstrators run from police during a protest over proposed tax hikes in a finance bill that is due to be tabled in parliament in Nairobi, Kenya, Thursday, June 20, 2024. AP Photo/ Andrew Kasuku)

Demonstrators run from police during a protest over proposed tax hikes in a finance bill that is due to be tabled in parliament in Nairobi, Kenya, Thursday, June 20, 2024. AP Photo/ Andrew Kasuku)

Police officers fire tear gas canisters during a protest over proposed tax hikes in a finance bill that is due to be tabled in parliament in Nairobi, Kenya, Thursday, June 20, 2024. (AP Photo/ Andrew Kasuku)

Police officers fire tear gas canisters during a protest over proposed tax hikes in a finance bill that is due to be tabled in parliament in Nairobi, Kenya, Thursday, June 20, 2024. (AP Photo/ Andrew Kasuku)

Demonstrators run from police during a protest over proposed tax hikes in a finance bill that is due to be tabled in parliament in Nairobi, Kenya, Thursday, June 20, 2024. (AP Photo/ Andrew Kasuku)

Demonstrators run from police during a protest over proposed tax hikes in a finance bill that is due to be tabled in parliament in Nairobi, Kenya, Thursday, June 20, 2024. (AP Photo/ Andrew Kasuku)

A protesters throws back a teargas canister at police officers during a protest over proposed tax hikes in a finance bill that is due to be tabled in parliament in Nairobi, Kenya, Thursday, June 20, 2024. (AP Photo/ Andrew Kasuku)

A protesters throws back a teargas canister at police officers during a protest over proposed tax hikes in a finance bill that is due to be tabled in parliament in Nairobi, Kenya, Thursday, June 20, 2024. (AP Photo/ Andrew Kasuku)

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