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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)

PARIS (AP) — French anti-terror police have detained an alleged neo-Nazi sympathizer suspected of wanting to target the Olympic torch relay, Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said Wednesday.

The Paris prosecutor's office said the man was detained Wednesday morning at his home in the Alsace region of eastern France. It said he runs a group titled “French Aryan division” on the social media channel Telegram, and was detained for questioning about death threats, hate speech and other postings he allegedly made.

The prosecutor's office said his alleged comments that triggered the probe by its unit dedicated to fighting online hate didn't specifically target the Paris Olympics, which kick off with a high-security opening ceremony on July 26.

Darmanin, however, said: “There was a willingness to intervene during a stage, evidently, of the torch relay."

The Olympic torch is nearing the end of its months-long trip around France and overseas French territories before the Games' opening.

Darmanin, who is staying on in a caretaker role at the interior ministry until a new government is formed in the wake of legislative elections earlier this month, said the suspect has previously been flagged by police “for ultra-right ideas, which can be termed neo-Nazi."

“We know that he had, a priori, a desire to hit political targets or people with immigrant backgrounds,” he said.

The prosecutor's office said that as well as alleged death threats and posts inciting hate, the suspect is also being investigated on suspicion of having shared personal information that put people at risk and of sharing bomb-making instructions.

The French capital's security operation for its first Olympic Games in a century involves up to 45,000 police and gendarmes, plus a 10,000-strong military force that is patrolling streets and sites in the Paris region and carrying out other security missions.

French Interior Gerald Darmanin, left, flanked by Paris police prefect Laurent Nunez, speaks during a meeting regarding the activation of the anti-terrorist perimeter (SILT) starting Thursday July 18, 2024, Wednesday July 17, 2024 in Paris, ahead of the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. (Julien de Rosa, Pool via AP)

French Interior Gerald Darmanin, left, flanked by Paris police prefect Laurent Nunez, speaks during a meeting regarding the activation of the anti-terrorist perimeter (SILT) starting Thursday July 18, 2024, Wednesday July 17, 2024 in Paris, ahead of the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. (Julien de Rosa, Pool via AP)

French Interior Gerald Darmanin, center left, flanked by Paris police prefect Laurent Nunez, center right, speaks during a meeting regarding the activation of the anti-terrorist perimeter (SILT) starting Thursday July 18, 2024, Wednesday July 17, 2024 in Paris, ahead of the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. (Julien de Rosa, Pool via AP)

French Interior Gerald Darmanin, center left, flanked by Paris police prefect Laurent Nunez, center right, speaks during a meeting regarding the activation of the anti-terrorist perimeter (SILT) starting Thursday July 18, 2024, Wednesday July 17, 2024 in Paris, ahead of the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. (Julien de Rosa, Pool via AP)

A woman pulls her luggage by Paris 2024 Olympic banners, just nine days before the start of the Paris Olympic games, Wednesday, July 17, 2024 in Paris. (AP Photo/Aurelien Morissard)

A woman pulls her luggage by Paris 2024 Olympic banners, just nine days before the start of the Paris Olympic games, Wednesday, July 17, 2024 in Paris. (AP Photo/Aurelien Morissard)

A soldier patrols on a footbridge over the Seine river, Wednesday, July 17, 2024 in Paris. France's armed forces held a demonstration of the security measures planned on the River Seine, both in and out of the water, to make it safe for athletes and spectators during the opening ceremony of the Paris Olympics. Organizers have planned a parade of about 10,000 athletes through the heart of the French capital on boats on the Seine along a 6-kilometer (3.7-mile) route at sunset on July 26. (AP Photo/Aurelien Morissard)

A soldier patrols on a footbridge over the Seine river, Wednesday, July 17, 2024 in Paris. France's armed forces held a demonstration of the security measures planned on the River Seine, both in and out of the water, to make it safe for athletes and spectators during the opening ceremony of the Paris Olympics. Organizers have planned a parade of about 10,000 athletes through the heart of the French capital on boats on the Seine along a 6-kilometer (3.7-mile) route at sunset on July 26. (AP Photo/Aurelien Morissard)

A soldier and police officers patrol by Paris 2024 Olympic banners, just nine days before the start of the Paris Olympic games, Wednesday, July 17, 2024 in Paris. (AP Photo/Aurelien Morissard)

A soldier and police officers patrol by Paris 2024 Olympic banners, just nine days before the start of the Paris Olympic games, Wednesday, July 17, 2024 in Paris. (AP Photo/Aurelien Morissard)

Soldiers patrol on a footbridge over the Seine river, Wednesday, July 17, 2024 in Paris. France's armed forces held a demonstration of the security measures planned on the River Seine, both in and out of the water, to make it safe for athletes and spectators during the opening ceremony of the Paris Olympics. Organizers have planned a parade of about 10,000 athletes through the heart of the French capital on boats on the Seine along a 6-kilometer (3.7-mile) route at sunset on July 26. (AP Photo/Aurelien Morissard)

Soldiers patrol on a footbridge over the Seine river, Wednesday, July 17, 2024 in Paris. France's armed forces held a demonstration of the security measures planned on the River Seine, both in and out of the water, to make it safe for athletes and spectators during the opening ceremony of the Paris Olympics. Organizers have planned a parade of about 10,000 athletes through the heart of the French capital on boats on the Seine along a 6-kilometer (3.7-mile) route at sunset on July 26. (AP Photo/Aurelien Morissard)

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