This week in popular culture: Philippa Gregory, “The Get Down” and “Pete’s Dragon”

three-sisters-three-queens-9781476758572_hr“Three Sisters, Three Queens” by Philippa Gregory (Touchstone). The best-selling historical fictioneer takes on King Henry VIII’s sisters Mary and Margaret, along with Katherine of Aragon, which I didn’t mean to read as “Angelica! Eliza! And Peggy!” as it does. (Aug. 9)

  “The Get Down” (Netflix). Baz Luhrmann recruited writer Nelson George (as well as Grandmaster Flash, DJ Kool Herc and Afrika Bambaataa) to contribute to this insanely ambitious-sounding new Netflix musical drama about New York during the 1970s and the rise of hip-hop, punk and disco. Starring Jimmy Smits, Giancarlo Esposito and Jaden Smith. (First six episodes released Aug. 12)

  “Pete’s Dragon.” Texas director David Lowery remakes the 1977 Disney animated film as a live-action adventure with a CGI dragon, transporting the action from early-20th-century Maine to the modern Pacific Northwest. With Robert Redford, Bryce Dallas Howard and Oakes Fegley as the orphan Pete. Look for an interview with Dallas director David Lowery and a review on Thursday.  (Aug. 12)

 Rae Sremmurd, “SremmLife 2” (EarDrummer/Interscope). There have been so many singles (four) over the past six months for this thing that I thought it was already out. But, nope, here is the second album from the Southern hip-hop duo. (Aug. 12)

The Dead C's "Trouble" (photo: Ba Da Bing)
The Dead C’s “Trouble” (photo: Ba Da Bing)

The Dead C., “Trouble (Ba Da Bing). The newest album from this long-time New Zealand trio, which, in its 30 of so years of existence, have become underground rock icons for moving from rough-hewn, no-fi noise rock to long improvisational excursions. They still sound like nobody else, and nobody else sounds like them. (Aug. 12, but probably in stores now)

Author: Joe Gross

Joe Gross has covered books, movies, music and culture for the American-Statesman since 2002. He tweets at @joegross.

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