Weekend Streaming Suggestions: ‘The Bachelorette,’ Idris Elba, The Weeknd, Sarah Snook and ‘Jack Ryan’

by Gabriel Martinez
Weekend Streaming Recommendations

Look forward to John Krasinski’s swan song in the fourth season of “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan,” Lucinda Williams’ fresh album, and the introduction of the enigmatic video game Crime O’Clock. These new television shows, movies, music, and games are set to arrive on your devices soon.

Selected by The Big Big News’ entertainment journalists, some of the worthwhile content includes Idris Elba experiencing the worst flight ever in the new series “Hijack” for Apple TV+ and a horror movie featuring “Succession’s” Sarah Snook as a solo mother of a young girl who claims she has memories of a previous life.


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Ideal for summertime sleepovers or mother-daughter movie evenings at home. Directed by Kelly Fremon Craig of “The Edge of Seventeen”, Abby Ryder Fortson plays the 11-year-old narrator who is grappling with a move to the suburbs, new friendships, puberty, periods, first loves and her faith. The film is delightful, fun, and respectful of its original material, which isn’t necessary for enjoying the film. The narrative, like the book, is set in the early 1970s as Blume didn’t want the characters to use text messaging. Rachel McAdams also shines as Margaret’s mother. It can be nicely paired with the documentary “Judy Blume Forever,” available on Prime Video.

— Netflix also presents a new film apt for tweens, the animated “Nimona,” which is based on ND Stevenson’s graphic novel about a shape-shifting girl. Chloë Grace Moretz provides the voice for Nimona, a rebellious non-conformist with a punk spirit who lives in a futuristic kingdom with medieval elements. She collaborates with a disgraced knight, Ballister (Riz Ahmed), who is a fugitive after being accused of the queen’s murder. The film is bright, ingenious, with a lively soundtrack and LGBTQ+ themes that are handled skillfully. “Nimona” begins streaming on Friday.

— Available on Netflix is “Run Rabbit Run,” a horror movie starring “Succession’s” Sarah Snook as a single mom of a young girl who insists she has memories of a past life. As an extra incentive, Snook also gets to use her native Australian accent.

— AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr


— The Weeknd fans can look forward to a new album, courtesy of the TV show “The Idol.” In this Sam Levinson-directed HBO series, he portrays a manipulative Svengali, which has produced the fantastic “Popular” with Playboi Carti and Madonna. “The Idol, Vol. 1” features contributions from Suzanna Son, Moses Sumney, Mike Dean, Ramsey, Jennie Kim, and Lily Rose-Depp, who plays pop sensation Jocelyn and sings “World Class Sinner/I’m a Freak.” Still looking for a reason? Listen to “Double Fantasy” featuring Future — and you’ll be captivated, even if, as The Weeknd sings, it’s wrong.

— Dismissing Lucinda Williams would be imprudent — always, but especially this week. Despite suffering a stroke in 2021, the country star returns with “Stories From a Rock n Roll Heart.” On this album, Williams honors rock legends Tom Petty (“Stolen Moments”) and Replacements’ co-founder Bob Stinson (“Hum’s Liquor”), to whom she dedicates the album. The single “New York Comeback” features Patti Scialfa and Bruce Springsteen as backing vocalists.

— A posthumous album of jazz recordings by Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts is being celebrated. “Anthology” covers 20 years of songs, including a live version of “Swindon Swing” from 1978, “Take the ‘A’ Train” from 2001 and ”Lover Man” live in Birmingham in 1991. Some of the collaborators are double-bassist Dave Green, saxophonists Peter King, Evan Parker, and Courtney Pine, trumpeter Gerard Presencer, fellow drummer Jim Keltner, and vocalist and Rolling Stones live band member Bernard Fowler. The album features liner notes by music journalist and broadcaster Paul Sexton.

— AP Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy


— In the 20th season of the ABC reality dating show, “The Bachelorette,” Charity Lawson has 25 men competing for her attention. The 27-year-old therapist from Georgia was featured in the previous season of “The Bachelor,” during which Zach Shallcross was distributing roses. Shallcross eliminated Lawson in the eighth week when he visited the ladies’ hometowns and met their families, stating the feelings were not mutual. “The Bachelorette” broadcasts on Mondays.

— In the new series “Hijack” for Apple TV+, Idris Elba finds himself on the most dreadful flight. Elba portrays Sam, a corporate negotiator whose flight from Dubai to London is hijacked. Sam attempts to use his negotiating skills to pacify the situation on the seven-hour flight, ensuring the passengers and crew reach home safely. The seven-episode series premiered this week with two episodes. The remaining episodes will be released weekly on Wednesdays. “Hijack” also co-stars Archie Panjabi.

— John Krasinski takes his last bow in the fourth season of “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan,” which will be available on Prime Video on Friday. The eight-episode season has Jack back in Washington, D.C. (for some time) and the return of Abbie Cornish as his love interest Cathy. Michael Peña also joins the fourth season as the well-known Clancy character Domingo “Ding” Chavez, a CIA special operative. Wendell Pierce, Michael Kelly, and Betty Gabriel also reprise their roles.

— A delightful family show debuting Friday on Netflix is “Is it Cake, Too?” based on the popular internet meme. The simple premise involves people guessing if extremely realistic random objects such as a handbag, a sewing machine, or even a toilet are cakes. Ten exceptionally talented baker artists compete for a cash prize. Guest judges include Joel McHale, “Saturday Night Live” cast member Chloe Fineman, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, and Dixie and Charli D’Amelio.

— Alicia Rancilio


— For gamers who appreciate a bit of mystery, this week is a good one. Crime O’Clock, from French publisher Just for Games, introduces a conspiracy that spans centuries in a massive European city. Your task is to analyze detailed black-and-white maps from five different eras, looking for anomalies as you attempt to mend rips in the space-time continuum. It’s akin to a time-traveling version of “Where’s Waldo?” where your actions in one era might assist you in solving cases in the others. The mystery unfolds on Friday on Nintendo Switch and PC.

— Friday also brings Capcom’s high

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Weekend Streaming Recommendations

What new TV series are recommended to stream this weekend?

Some recommended new series include the 20th season of “The Bachelorette” on ABC, “Hijack” starring Idris Elba on Apple TV+, and the fourth season of “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan” on Prime Video. Another interesting family show debuting on Netflix is “Is it Cake, Too?”

What are some of the new movies available to stream?

There are several movies worth watching. These include a horror movie titled “Run Rabbit Run” featuring Sarah Snook, available on Netflix, and an animated film perfect for tweens titled “Nimona,” also on Netflix.

Are there any new music albums to look forward to?

Yes, there are several new albums to look forward to. These include a new album from The Weeknd produced by the TV show “The Idol,” “Stories From a Rock n Roll Heart” by Lucinda Williams, and a posthumous album of jazz recordings by Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts, titled “Anthology.”

What new video games are recommended?

Two new games recommended are “Crime O’Clock” from French publisher Just for Games and a high-resolution remake of the 2011 cult classic “Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective” by Capcom. Both games will be available on Friday.

Where can I find the latest entertainment coverage by The Big Big News?

You can catch up on AP’s entertainment coverage on The Big Big News’ website at https://bigbignews.net/entertainment.

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MikeTheMovieMan July 1, 2023 - 8:19 am

Wow, lot’s to stream this weekend! Can’t wait to check out that new Weeknd album, and Hijack with Idris Elba sounds pretty intense too. Gonna be a busy one!

MusicLover101 July 1, 2023 - 9:56 am

Lucinda Williams is back!! so excited to hear her new album… Stories From a Rock n Roll Heart, gonna be emotional I reckon…

SarahFan88 July 1, 2023 - 1:58 pm

Oh, Sarah Snook is in a new movie? Loved her in Succession… gotta see this!


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