Does the prospect of sorting through dozens and dozens of fall film and TV offerings have you feeling a little overwhelmed? Anxious about finding a few shiny needles in an ever-growing entertainment haystack?
Well, don’t worry: Straight Up Hollywood has you covered. Our intrepid correspondents point you toward some of the most promising fall movies and TV shows in this week’s edition of USA TODAY’s Los Angeles-based entertainment podcast.
Opening serve comes from West Coast entertainment editor Andrea Mandell (@AndreaMandell), who recommends Battle of the Sexes (premieres Sept. 22), a film re-creating the epic 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell).
She’s also intrigued by mother! (Sept. 15), directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Jennifer Lawrence, and wants to see Suburbicon (Oct. 27). Its pedigreed ensemble includes actors Matt Damon and Julianne Moore, director George Clooney and writers Joel and Ethan Coen.
Movie reporter Bryan Alexander (@BryAlexand) enthusiastically advocates Blade Runner 2049 (Oct. 6), the follow-up to Ridley Scott’s 1982 film classic. Harrison Ford returns in the new film, which stars Ryan Gosling and is directed by Denis Villeneuve, who creates a look worthy of the iconic original, Alexander says.
On the small screen, TV writer Bill Keveney (@billkev) offers a lightning round of viewing options, including HBO’s The Deuce (Sept. 10), which stars James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal in a story about the rise of the pornography business in 1970s New York.
He eagerly anticipates the return — after a six-year absence — of Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO, Oct. 1) and the upcoming second season of NBC’s This Is Us, a ratings hit and broadcast TV’s best hope of breaking a decade-long drought in the outstanding drama series category at this year’s Emmys.
Speaking of the Emmys (CBS, Sept. 17), the Straight Up Hollywood team is excited to see what late-night host Stephen Colbert has in store when he hosts this year’s ceremony.
Hope you got your rest this summer. There’s plenty to watch now that it’s fall (at least on the entertainment calendar)!
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