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Following is a collection curated by The Associated Press' entertainment supporters of what is coming on TV, streaming music and services programs this week.
Last November arrived HBO Max's"Superintelligence," about a standard girl (McCarthy) combined using a megalomaniacal artificial intelligence (voiced by James Corden). This time, in"Thunder Force," McCarthy is thrust into saving Earth. From the Netflix movie, McCarthy and Octavia Spencer play girls given superpowers -- unintentionally in the event of McCarthy's personality -- to shield Chicago out of supervillains (Bobby Cannavale, Jason Bateman).
In"Mayor," manager David Osit profiles local authorities in a property generally seen through a nationwide lens. Osit paths Musa Hadid, the charismatic and mustachioed mayor of this Palestinian town of Ramallah, as he deals with lots of the problems of any municipality -- could Ramallah brand itself such as, as a single adviser mentions, Minnesota's"Land of 10,000 Lakes"? -- while wrestling with the extreme, geopolitical problems endemic to the West Bank. It is a funnier movie than you would imagine, as Osit finds the sometimes farcical, occasionally painful disagreement of a beset community which demonstrates that, at least in Ramallah, not all politics are local. "Mayor" started streaming Monday about the Criterion Channel.
-- Many of those Oscar-nominated shorts are already readily available to flow, but one worth viewing --"Two Distant Strangers" -- lands on Netflix on Friday. Inside, directors Travon Free and Martin Desmond Roe utilize a"Groundhog Day"-design time to dramatize the persistent injury of police brutality. Brooklyn rapper Joey Bada$$ plays a New Yorker who awakes thankfully again and again at a lady's apartment. But each time that he leaves to go home to feed his pet, an altercation with a police officer is inevitable and tragic.
-- Taylor Swift's defining 2008 record,"Fearless," helped her break onto the pop charts with successes such as"You Belong with Me" and"Love Story." The record went on to win four Grammys, such as her very first record of the year honour. So it is fitting that"Fearless," although it had been her sophomore release, is the first job she has re-recorded after her masters had been sold . "Fearless: Taylor's Version" will be published Friday and contains 27 songs, including 13 in the first record. Keith Urban looks on the tunes"That is When" and"We're Joyful," while"You Over Me" features Maren Morris.
On Friday, the mythical Merry Clayton is publishing her first record in over 25 decades. Aptly titled"Beautiful Scars," the record takes seven decades after Clayton had her legs amputated after a car crash. The Grammy winner, who's recorded with everyone from The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan into Carole King and Stevie Wonder, began talks about recording new songs at the hospital.
-- Ernest Hemingway and doctor-writer Oliver Sacks get the Burns' signature in fresh PBS documentary movies -- the latter out of Ric Burns, the former from his brother, Ken, along with collaborator Lynn Novick. "Hemingway," airing Monday through Wednesday, delves into the famed novelist's life and works to show that the"complicated man behind the myth" Ric Burns interviewed Sacks soon after he had been diagnosed with the cancer that claimed his life at 2015, and talked to those who knew him.
-- Olivia Liang celebrities at CW's"Kung Fu," a reimagining of this 1970s show where David Carradine played with a Shaolin monk from the Old West. From the reboot debuting 8 p.m. EDT Wednesday, Liang plays Nicky, a modern Chinese American who exchanged faculty for schooling in a monastery in China. Returning for her San Francisco hometown, she finds her parents are at the mercy of a gang. Oh, and also the assassin who murdered Nicky's Shaolin mentor is following her.
-- Katey Sagal is a girl on a mission, or assignments, in"Rebel," an ABC drama show debuting 10 p.m. EDT Thursday. Sagal plays Annie"Rebel" Bello, a legal advocate who lacks a law degree but comes with plenty of enthusiasm for causes and individuals in need of a winner. John Corbett plays her husband, with Andy Garcia as the attorney is teamed with. The show takes inspiration from Erin Brockovich, that had been depicted in a 2000 movie by Oscar-winning Julia Roberts, as the real life activist is now.