This week: King Arthur, Lehane, “Anne” and Norm!

Even the star of “King Arthur” looks skeptical

“Since We Fell” by Dennis Lehane (Ecco) After she loses it on air, former journalist Rachel Childs has barely left the house. And then an encounter causes her life, marriage and possibly sanity to fall apart. Look, it’s the new Lehane; of course you’re curious. (May 9)

Norm Macdonald: Hitler’s Dog, Gossip & Trickery (Netflix) The newest special from the great Norm Macdonald. (May 9)

Zac Brown Band, “Welcome Home” (Southern Ground/Atlantic). The very embodiment of frat-country releases their seventh studio album, just in time for the end of college finals and the start of summer vacation. (May 12)

Harry Styles, “Harry Styles” (C(olumbia). Styles, former singer with One Direction and possessed of some of the greatest hair in popular music, makes his solo debut. Columbia is praying it has another Justin Timberlake on its hands. (May 12)

 “Anne” (Netflix). This is an eight-episode adaptation of the foundational 1908 all ages/children’s book “Anne of Green Gables,” about a complicated Canadian orphan girl and her adventures with friends and (adopted, more or less) family. You may make your own “bosom friends” joke here. (May 12)

Various artists, “The Bob’s Burgers Music Album” (Sub Pop). A double album with 112 songs from the first 107 episodes of one of the best animated shows of its era. (May 12)

“King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.” Look, I love a King Arthur movie. Even bad ones (2004’s “King Arthur,” we’ll never forget you). But let’s be real: Does anyone remember the last time a King Arthur movie made any money domestically? Or any movie set in the Middle or Dark Ages? Was it in the 21st century? They tend to do OK overseas, but not so much in the States. Anyway, this one stars Charlie Hunnam as Arthur and Jude Law as Vortigern. Yes, I will see it, but I will be astonished if anyone else does. (May 12)

“Snatched.” Amy Schumer is the daughter, Goldie Hawn is the mother. They go on vacation. Hijinks ensue. (May 12)

‘I don’t feel at home in this world anymore’ on Netflix Feb. 24 and other cultural happenings

“I don’t feel at home in this world anymore.” Austin filmmaking 16807109_10202566880731066_1936925860904908797_nreasserted itself in dramatic fashion at Sundance when River City actor/writer/director Macon Blair’s “I don’t feel at home in this world anymore” took the festival’s Grand Jury Prize for U.S. feature. It is Blair’s directorial début.

Blair, a native of Northern Virginia, directed Austinite Elijah Wood, Melanie Lynskey (“Togetherness”) and former Austin resident/Scratch Acid/Jesus Lizard frontman David Yow (whose acting career seems to be growing by the second) in the thriller about a burglarized woman who tries to track down the thieves and finds herself over her head. Blair shot the film last year in Portland, Ore. (Feb. 24)

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Dirty Projectors, “Dirty Projectors” (Domino). First music since 2012 for this act, which is probably just pretty much guitarist/songwriter David Longstreth at this point. Word has it it’s a breakup album about former bandmate Amber Coffman (who has her own solo record coming out later this year). Solange, Tyondai Braxton, Mauro Refosco and Dawn Richard all guest star. (Feb. 24)

 The Feelies, “In Between” (Bar/None). Man, all the old folks are putting out records. This is the second album this decade and sixth LP overall for these indie rock godfathers, who celebrated their 40th year of existence in 2016. (Feb. 24)

 Old 97’s, “Graveyard Whistling” (ATO). New music from Ryan Adams and these Americana lifers in the same month? Somewhere, Statesman music critic (and former “No Depression” co-editor) Peter Blackstock is firing up the turntable. (Feb. 24)

How to watch the shows that won big at the Golden Globes

The Golden Globes is, outside of the Emmys, television’s most significant prize-giving  event and, not unexpectedly, streaming services and cable TV cleaned up while traditional broadcast shows went away with exactly one (well-deserved) award.

Here’s what won and how you can watch:

Best drama series went to the first season of the Netflix series “The Crown,” all of which is currently streaming on the ever-increasingly-powerful service.  (Claire Foy also won best actress in a drama for her role as Queen Elizabeth in the show.)

 (l-r) Keith Standfield as Darius, Golden Globe winner Donald Glover as Earnest Marks, Brian Tyree Henry as Alfred Miles in "Atlanta" (Guy D'Alema/FX_
(l-r) Keith Standfield as Darius, Golden Globe winner Donald Glover as Earn Marks, Brian Tyree Henry as Alfred “Paper Boi” Miles in “Atlanta” (Guy D’Alema/FX)


The stunning first season of the FX comedy “Atlanta” won for best comedy, and its insanely talented creator Donald Glover (aka Childish Gambino) picked up a best actor in a comedy trophy.

Sadly, the whole thing can not longer be seen on the FXNow app (cable login required). Nor can “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” which won best television movie or miniseries. (Sarah Paulson won best actress in a miniseries in her role as Marcia Clarke for “O.J.,” for which she also picked up an Emmy). Both can now be purchased on Amazon.

The AMC miniseries “The Night Manager,” based on the John le Carré novel of the same name, picked up three acting awards: best actor in a mini for Tom Hiddleston, best supporting actress for the perpetually underrated Olivia Colman and best supporting actor for Hugh Laurie. The totally excellent thriller can be found on Amazon Prime.

Amazon is also the home of “Goliath,” for which Billy Bob Thornton picked up lead actor in a drama.

"black-ish" (ABC)
“black-ish” (ABC)

And last but very much not least, we come to Tracee Ellis Ross, who won best actress in a comedy or musical for her role as Dr. Rainbow Johnson in the wonderful ABC comedy “Black-ish,” which deserves absolutely every viewer it gets. It’s in the middle of its third season, and its writing has never been stronger. Check out all three seasons on Hulu.

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RELATED: Photos from the 74th annual Golden Globes


This week in popular culture (other than ACL): Bruce’s memoir, Bon Iver’s new album and “Luke Cage”

rs-227987-btr-700x1057Bruce Springsteen, “Born to Run” (Simon & Schuster). Pretty much the most anticipated music book of the past decade or so. Reportedly a blast and built for the faithful and non-believers alike. I am looking forward to it.  (Sept. 27)

Bon Iver “22, A Million” (Jagaguwar).  Justin Vernon project’s first since 2011 contains song titles such as “15 – CRΣΣKS” and “33 “GOD”” and “29 #Strafford APTS” so we’ll see how this goes.  (Sept. 30)

Joan of Arc “He’s Got The Whole This Land Is Your Land In His Hands” (Joyful Noise Recordings). Ever since the emo bubble burst in, oh, let’s say around 2004, this band has been calmly putting out records whenever they feel like it. (Sept. 30)

 blonde-redhead-masculin-fminin-1Blonde Redhead “Masculin Féminin”  (Numero Group). A four-LP or two-CD, 37-song compilation of the band’s first two albums for Steve Shelley’s Smells Like Records from back when they really, really sounded like Sonic Youth. (Sept. 30)

The Rolling Stones “The Rolling Stones in Mono”  (UMe). A 16-LP or 15-CD box set of early recordings, with a new compilation titled “Stray Cats” featuring non-album B-sides and rarities. All of you know when my birthday is and hey, look there, Christmas is coming! (Sept. 30)

“Marvel’s Luke Cage” (Netflix) What all of your nerdy and not so nerdy pals will be doing on Friday (watching this, I mean, possibly all of it). With Mike Colter in the title role,  alongside Mahershala Ali, Alfre Woodard, Simone Missick, Theo Rossi, Frank Whaley, and Sonia Braga. (Sept.30)

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)