Doctor Strange, Kevin Hart and Woody Harrelson action comedy
New entertainment releases this week include the return of Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange, an action-comedy “The Man From Toronto” starring Kevin Hart and Woody Harrelson, and the 10-episode coming-of-age comedy. adulthood “Gordita Chronicles”. Fans of Jon Stewart can see him receive the Kennedy Center Mark Twain Award for American Humor during a Tuesday PBS special featuring Dave Chappelle, Stephen Colbert and John Oliver. And the top nominees for the 2022 BET Awards on Sunday include Doja Cat, Ari Lennox and Drake. Taraji P. Henson will host the ceremony with Sean “Diddy” Combs to receive a lifetime achievement award.
Here’s a collection of the best of what’s hitting theaters, on TV, and on streaming services this week.
Multiverses are all the rage. After its theatrical release in May, “Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness” arrives Wednesday on Disney+. In it, Benedict Cumberbatch takes a look back at Marvel’s Mystic Arts character and considers some of the fallout from recent developments in the MCU, particularly regarding Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda Maximoff. Directed by Sam Raimi, the film bears some of the “Evil Dead” filmmaker’s comedic horror marks. In her review, AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr said the whole plot juggling “feels a bit like a spinning wheel”. But “Doctor Strange” isn’t the only multiverse movie available at home right now. One of the hits of the year, the brilliant existential mixer “Everything Everywhere All at Once”, starring Michelle Yeoh, is currently available for digital rental.
In another universe, “The Man From Toronto” would be released theatrically by Sony Pictures. But the action-comedy starring Kevin Hart and Woody Harrelson was instead postponed during the pandemic and sold to Netflix, where it will debut on Friday. Patrick Hughes, who helmed “The Hitman’s Bodyguard,” directs the buddy comedy starring Hart as a regular guy introduced into Harrelson’s hitman’s life when they are mistakenly booked into the same Airbnb.
If you haven’t seen it yet, “RRR,” quite possibly the movie of the summer, is streaming on Netflix where the international sensation consistently ranks among the streamer’s most-watched movies. The Indian blockbuster, directed by SS Rajamouli, is a three-hour Telugu-language show set in 1920s colonial India about a pair of revolutionaries (played by Ram Charan and NT Rama Rao Jr.) who team up to an outlandish rescue mission with some truly stunning action sequences. As viewers learn, the dizzying, outlandish heights of “RRR” far exceed the brilliance of most Hollywood fare.
Mark Twain, meet Jon Stewart. The former “Daily Show” host, political gadfly and activist receives the Kennedy Center Mark Twain Award for American Humor during a Tuesday special on PBS. Dave Chappelle, Stephen Colbert and John Oliver are among the peers who greet him during the pre-recorded ceremony, with Bruce Springsteen offering a musical tribute. There are plenty of jokes and loving barbs for Stewart, as well as reflections on his contributions. Chappelle calls it “a miracle to see you working. You are a cure for what ails this country.
In “Gordita Chronicles,” the pursuit of the American dream isn’t so dreamy for a youngster uprooted from Santo Domingo by her father’s job transfer to Miami in the 1980s. The coming-of-age comedy in 10 episodes, which debuts in full Thursday on HBO Max, stars Olivia Goncalves as Cucu “Gordita” Castelli, with Juan Javier Cardenas and Diana Maria Riva as her parents and Savannah Nicole Ruiz as her status- conscious big sister. Eva Longoria directed the pilot episode and serves as an executive producer for the series.
The so-called awards season is endless, as evidenced by Daytime Emmys and BET honors. The nominees for the Daytime Emmy Awards, which air Friday on CBS, include the dramas “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “Days of Our Lives.” Hosts of the ceremony are Kevin Frazier and Nischelle Turner of “Entertainment Tonight”, with Tamron Hall, Natalie Morales and Jerry O’Connell among the presenters. Top nominees for the 2022 BET Awards (Sunday) include Doja Cat, Ari Lennox and Drake. Taraji P. Henson will host the ceremony honoring black accomplishments in music, television, film and sports, along with Sean “Diddy” Combs to receive a lifetime achievement award.
AP writers Lynn Elber and Jake Coyle contributed to this report.