Kanye West unveils 10th studio album at Soldier Field in Chicago on Thursday


Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press entertainment reporters on what’s coming to TV, streaming services and music platforms this week.


• Here’s another listening session from Kanye West. This time around, the 22 Grammy Award winner is set to unveil his 10th studio album “Donda” on Thursday at Soldier Field in Chicago. This is the third time West has hosted a listening session for her highly anticipated album, which is named after her mother, Donda West, who died at the age of 58 in 2007. Her first two massive sessions both have took place in front of the crowds at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Several big names who participated include Rick Ross, Khloe Kardashian and his ex-wife Kim Kardashian West, who showed up with their children.

• Sturgill Simpson knows how to make a concept recording. His latest, “The Ballad of Dood & Juanita”, proves once again that he is a prodigious musical chameleon. It couldn’t be more different from his latest original material album, the 2019 fuzz rock, the soundtrack to the “Sound & Fury” anime. In between, he recorded a few bluegrass records covering his own songs. “Dood & Juanita” has more in common with the two most recent records, both released last year, and even employs the same top-notch band. Willie Nelson takes a guest turn on the track “Juanita”. In his review, Scott Bauer said the album almost sounded like a “1940s radio series”.

– AP Entertainment writer Jonathan Landrum Jr.


• Choices are a bit slim for new movie streaming options at the end of August, but there are a few new selections. On the one hand, TikTok star Addison Rae (she has over 4.7 million YouTube subscribers) makes her acting debut in a remake of the 1999 teen comedy by Freddie Prinze Jr. and Rachael Leigh. Cook “She’s All That”, which itself was loosely based on “Pygmalion.” But no, Rae isn’t playing an updated Laney Boggs. She is the character of Freddie Prinze Jr. because this version, called “He’s All That”, is gender reversed. “He’s All That” will be released on Netflix on August 27.

• For something a little more grown-up and a little less covered by Gen Z influencers, Hulu has an R-rated comedy “Vacation Friends” coming up on August 27 in which chaotic revelers played by John Cena and Meredith. Hanger decide to break up the marriage of a couple (Lil Rel Howery and Yvonne Orji) they met while on vacation in Mexico and “thought” they are linked.

• Or for a more serious entry, the underrated Cold War thriller “The Courier” hits Amazon Prime Video on Friday. The film, based on a true story about a Soviet whistleblower (played Merab Ninidze) and the regular British businessman (Benedict Cumberbatch) recruited by intelligence agencies to exchange information, was somewhat buried more early this year in the preparation for the Oscars. . Filmmakers take liberties with the story, which isn’t even really accepted by the history books, but it’s still an exciting watch for anyone who misses the classic spy thrillers aimed at adults.

– AP film writer Lindsey Bahr


• Looking for something to get you out of the late summer slump? Trust “American Horror Story: Double Feature” to get the job done. The two-part series opens in a seaside town, where a father with Writer’s Block, a pregnant mother and their daughter have come to expect a calm winter but are bound to be disappointed. The second part moves towards the desert, in particular the Valley of Death. Uh, oh. The FX series premieres at 9 p.m. Wednesday (Thursday on FX on Hulu) with Sarah Paulson, Frances Conroy, and Macaulay Culkin among the cast.

• Want more anxiety? Try the Netflix thriller “Clickbait,” in which a seemingly ideal family man disappears and then resurfaces, but not in a good way. An injured Nick (Adrian Grenier) is seen online holding a sign saying, “I abuse women. At 5 million views, I die.” A rescue effort from his sister (Zoe Kazan) and wife (Betty Gabriel) uncovers what they didn’t know about Nick, as the drama promises to explore the divide between “our virtual and real characters.” The eight-part series debuts on Wednesday.

– AP television writer Lynn Elber


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