New this week: Luke Combs, Kevin Hart and Woody Harrelson

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Here’s a curated collection from the Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s coming to TV, streaming services and music platforms 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 movie bears some of the comedic horror marks of the “Evil Dead” filmmaker. In her review, AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr said that all the 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 big hits of the year, the brilliant existential mixer “Everything Everywhere All at Once”, with Michelle Yeoh, is currently available for digital rental.

– In another universe “The Man from Toronto” would have been released theatrically by Sony Pictures. But the action comedy, starring Kevin Hart and Woody Harrelson, was instead postponed during the pandemic and instead sold to Netflix, where it will debut on Friday, June 24. 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 caught 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 films. 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.

-AP Film Writer Jake Coyle

– Rock’s coolest new name is back when Soccer Mommy releases “Sometimes, Forever,” an album with weirdness and awesomeness and weird awesomeness. Lead songwriter Sophie Allison teamed up with Oneohtrix Point Never producer Daniel Lopatin for a breakout album, with textured stuff layered into every track. “Shotgun,” the first single, is a propulsive, brilliant love song for a partner who only keeps cold beer and ice cream on hand. “The only things we really need,” she sings. Let’s drink to that.

— French Montana celebrates its sixth studio album, Montega. Her first single “Alcatraz” checks the names of J. Lo, Kay Flock, Joe Rogan, Dr. Dre, James Harden, Nelly, DaBaby, Steve Jobs and Yo Gotti. French Montana’s latest studio album, “They Got Amnesia,” peaked at No. 23 on the Billboard US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Album chart and No. 59 on the US Billboard 200 chart. French Montana is hoping for better than this time, straddling the new singles “Driven by” featuring Baby Face Ray, and “blue shivers”, with the line: “The version of me in your mind is not my responsibility.”

– Country star Luke Combs will release his new album, “Growin’ Up,” on Friday, June 24, kicked off by the regrettable, mid-tempo lament “Tomorrow Me,” about a lover the next morning a little worried about what happens tonight. Produced by Combs, Chip Matthews and Jonathan Singleton, “Growin’ Up” is Combs’ third studio album following 2019’s “What You See is What You Get” and “This One’s For You.” The new album consists of 12 songs, including Combs’ current single, “Do this” a sweet ode to musicians who don’t do it for fame or fortune.

– Mark Kennedy, AP Entertainment Writer

— Mark Twain, meet Jon Stewart. The former host of the “Daily Show”, political and activist gadfly receives the Kennedy Center Mark Twain Award for American Humor in 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 “Chronicles of Gordita”, 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 10-episode coming-of-age comedy, which makes its debut 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 the series’ executive producer.

– The so-called awards season is endless, as evidenced by Daytime Emmys and BET honors. The nominees for the Daytime Emmy Awards, airing Friday, June 24 on CBS, includes 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. The best nominees for the BET Awards 2022 (Sunday, June 26) 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.

— Lynn Elber, AP Television Writer

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