Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week.
— “We Are Freestyle Love Supreme": For anyone who didn't get enough of Lin-Manuel Miranda from the live-capture of “Hamilton,” there is more. Debuting Friday on Hulu is this documentary about the improvising hip-hop group that those and others founded before Miranda created “In the Heights” or “Hamilton.” It's a kind of origin story for a troupe that would go on to incredible fame. Or as Miranda and collaborator Thomas Kail recently put it, it's their “Muppet Babies." In her review, AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr called it “essential” to Miranda disciples. After the film's June debut was postponed in solidarity with Black Lives Matter protests, it lands on Hulu on Friday.
—"Flannery": The legacy of Flannery O'Connor is a grand and complicated one that continues to unfold. This new documentary directed by Elizabeth Coffman and Mark Bosco, promises to be illuminating. It draw on recently discovered personal letters and her own works, as read by Mary Steenburgen, and features interviews with Mary Karr, Hilton Als, Tommy Lee Jones and Lucinda Williams. A recent New Yorker article, drawing from some of the same material, delved into the bigotry of her youth. The film, premiering Friday in virtual cinemas, will further the conversation with a four-week series of online panel discussions.
—“Airplane!”: Shirley it hasn't been 40 years since possibly the greatest spoof comedy ever made was released. Yet, it's true. This month marks the anniversary of David Zucker, Jim Abrahams and Jerry Zucker's 1980 pun-stuffed parody. Today, it remains hysterical and — with a roster of “serious” actors including Leslie Nielsen, Robert Stack, Robert Hays and Julie Hagerty — a monument to how often, for the biggest laughs, you need to play it straight. Currently streaming on Netflix.
— AP Film Writer Jake Coyle
— The Chicks: After changing their name and recording their first album in 14 years, Grammy-winning country trio The Chicks will release their new album, “Gaslighter,” on Friday. The album was produced by hitmaker Jack Antonoff, who has helped Taylor Swift, Lana Del Rey, St. Vincent, Sara Bareilles and Lorde craft music. In an interview with the AP, Natalie Maines said now is the right time for the group to release music: “It just seemed like a good reflection on our times.”