New this week: Willie Nelson, Nick race special, 'Hamilton'

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This cover image released by Legacy Recordings shows "First Rose of Spring," the latest album by WIllie Nelson, available on July 3. (Legacy Recordings via AP)

Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week.


— “ Hamilton ”: Disney Plus does not want to throw away its shot. On Friday, the streaming service will debut the much-anticipated live capture of the hit Broadway show. With Broadway theaters dark for at least the summer, it’s the closest anyone can get right now to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s pop-culture sensation — and, at least this way, tickets are far easier to come by. The PG-13 film was shot in summer 2016 over two “Hamilton” performances with the original cast, and it comes complete with an intermission.

“John Lewis: Good Trouble”: “There are forces today trying to take us back to another time,” says the Civil Rights leader and Congressman John Lewis in the opening of Dawn Porter’s documentary. “We have miles to go.” Few voices have echoed louder and more truthfully through the last 55 years of American life than the 80-year-old Lewis. Porter’s film, debuting on-demand Friday, is a sturdy vessel for Lewis’ story.

“Welcome to Chechnya”: David France’s documentary, debuting Tuesday on HBO, is about an underground pipeline rescuing LGBTQ Chechens from the Russian republic where the government has for several years waged a lethal crackdown on gays. France, the filmmaker of the Oscar-nominated “How to Survive a Plague,” went to great lengths to capture LGBTQ Chechens’ road to safety. And to protect their anonymity, he used artificial intelligence to digitally replaced their faces.

—“Western Noir”: Film noir and the Western are the two great, intrinsically American genres of moviemaking and they can feel like diametric opposites. One is harshly bright and mapped across open plains, the other is cloaked in shadow and hustles down dark urban alleyways. But a new series, beginning Sunday on the Criterion Channel, finds common ground in a batch of post-WWII films of frontier gloom, including Anthony Mann’s “The Naked Spur” (1953), with Jimmy Stewart and Robert Ryan; Robert Wises’ “Blood on the Moon” (1948), with Robert Mitchum; and Fritz Lang’s “Rancho Notorious,” with Marlene Dietrich.

—AP Film Writer Jake Coyle