Thursday, November 26, 2020

The It List: WWE pits champions of Raw and SmackDown towards each other at Survivor Series, Megan Thee Stallion drops ‘Good News,’ the ‘Lego Star Wars Holiday Special’ debuts and one of the best in popular culture the week of Nov. 16, 2020

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The It List is Yahoo’s weekly have a look at one of the best in popular culture, together with films, music, TV, streaming, video games, books, podcasts and extra. During the coronavirus pandemic, when most of us are staying at home, we’re going to highlight issues you possibly can get pleasure from out of your sofa, whether or not solo or in small teams, and omit the remaining. With that in thoughts, listed below are our picks for Nov. 16-22, together with one of the best offers we may discover for every.(Yahoo Entertainment might obtain a share from purchases made by way of hyperlinks on this web page.Survivor Series, the second-longest operating annual occasion in WWE historical past, airs this Sunday on the WWE Network. While each WWE pay-per-view options expertise from each Monday Night Raw and Smackdown, Survivor Series is the one occasion that pits the celebs from the 2 manufacturers towards one another. On the cardboard this Sunday are contests between WWE Champion Randy Orton and WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns, WWE Raw Women’s Champion Asuka and WWE Smackdown Women’s Champion Sasha Banks — who’s coming off her Disney debut as Koska Reeves in The Mandalorian — and two conventional five-on-five Survivor Series elimination matches.The greatest and most emotional second of the night time will come because the Undertaker (actual title: Mark Calaway) says his “final farewell” to WWE. The Undertaker debuted at Survivor Series on Nov. 22, 1990 and has had one of many biggest and most influential careers in WWE historical past. Undertaker’s farewell caps off an unprecedented yr for Calaway, who was the topic of a multi-part documentary, titled The Last Ride, which highlighted a part of his profession and journey from WrestleMania 33 in Orlando to his remaining match which occurred this previous April at WrestleMania 36. — Anthony Sulla-HeffingerSurvivor Series airs Sunday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. on the WWE Network.Nickelodeon stays a well-liked vacation spot for the 13-and-under TV viewers, however there’s no query that the community’s glory days have been throughout The Orange Years of the ‘80s and ‘90s. That’s when video games reveals like Double Dare and Nick Arcade, collection like Clarissa Explains It All and Are You Afraid of the Dark? and cartoon reveals like Doug and Rugrats had thousands and thousands of Gen Xers and Millennials glued to their televisions after college and on weekends. Directors Scott Barber and Adam Sweeney chronicle that slime-tastic period in a brand new documentary that’s assured to push all your nostalgia buttons. Featuring new interviews with former Nickelodeon executives, present creators and stars — together with Kenan Thompson and Melissa Joan Hart — in addition to a treasure trove of classic clips and behind-the-scenes footage, The Orange Years is an unabashed “play the hits” celebration of Nickelodeon’s previous that solely glancingly addresses a number of the errors made alongside the way in which. (Most manifestly, the filmmakers utterly elide the disturbing historical past of Ren & Stimpy creator John Kricfalusi.) Clarissa Darling stans will certainly wish to watch this unique clip that options Hart discussing the present’s groundbreaking legacy, and showcases some alternative early ‘90s technology and fashions. — Ethan AlterThe Orange Years: The Nickelodeon Story is available Tuesday, Nov. 17 via on-demand services including iTunes, FandangoNOW and Redbox.It’s going to be a Hot Girl Winter, because the savage new hip-hop celebrity lastly drops her long-awaited, just-announced, aptly titled debut album, Good News. “Through this rough-ass year we’ve all been having, I felt like we could all use a lil bit of good news,” the rap diva introduced just lately on Instagram, though particulars in regards to the LP’s tracklist and visitor stars are nonetheless scarce in the intervening time. — Lyndsey ParkerAfter the discharge of final yr’s The Rise of Skywalker and a run of 5 Star Wars films in 5 years, it appeared like Lucasfilm was taking a break from the function movie format to focus on all of the small-screens spinoffs (how about that Mandalorian?). We have been flawed. Disney+’s Lego Star Wars Holiday Special extends that streak to 6 — although the animated comedy is a far cry from the live-action adventures of Rey Skywalker and firm. It’s additionally a a lot wanted antidote to Episode-Debating Overload and a long-awaited rebuttal to 1978’s notorious Star Wars Holiday Special and its Life Day celebrations. A cheeky, spoofy, time-traveling, multiversing journey that will not rival The Lego Movie (too unhealthy they couldn’t get Lord and Miller… oh wait), however affords up loads of Force-light laughs. — Kevin PolowyLego Star Wars Holiday Special premieres Tuesday, Nov. 17 on Disney+.STREAM IT: The 25th anniversary of GoldenEye supplies a quantum of solace throughout a Bond-free yearNo Time To Die could also be on ice till April 2021 on the earliest, however James Bond followers nonetheless have one thing to have a good time. Twenty-five years in the past this week, GoldenEye kicked off Pierce Brosnan tenure as 007 and revitalized the franchise’s box-office energy after Timothy Dalton’s commercially underwhelming (and critically underrated) run. While GoldenEye isn’t Brosnan’s finest Bond journey — that will be 1997’s Tomorrow Never Dies — it was the perfect automobile to introduce him to audiences and reintroduce Bond to the world. Director Martin Campell (who would later launch the Daniel Craig period with 2006’s Casino Royale) brings again a number of the globetrotting glamour that outlined the franchise in its heyday and phases crisply-edited motion sequences which can be over-the-top with out being utterly cartoonish. The film additionally options among the best villainesses in Bond historical past: Famke Janssen’s Xenia Onatopp, who actually crushes on England’s prime spy. And GoldenEye’s influence extends past film screens; Nintendo 64’s online game spinoff is a stone-cold traditional that’s simply as playable at the moment because it was within the ‘90s. — E.A. GoldenEye is currently streaming on Netflix.STREAM IT: Get into the holiday spirit with Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square COVID-19 and all, the vacations are coming. This new film, which options large dance numbers, 14 unique songs and the nation music favourite taking part in an angel, is assured to unfold some pleasure. Parton helps a Scrooge-esque character performed by The Good Fight’s Christine Baranski uncover her kinder self, after the latter callously tries to dump the land in her hometown. Treat Williams, seen final yr in Hallmark’s Chesapeake Shores, and Black-ish’s Jenifer Lewis co-star on this follow-up to Parton’s heartwarming 2019 Netflix collection, Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings. Sounds like the right factor to observe whereas consuming scorching chocolate underneath a large, cozy blanket. — Raechal ShewfeltDolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square premieres Sunday, Nov. 22 on Netflix.BUY IT: Black & White & Weird All Over collects the misplaced (and located) images from “Weird Al” Yankovic’s mid-‘80s period“Weird Al” Yankovic has never been out of fashion, but the new coffee table tome Black & White & Weird All Over preserves the beloved singer/songwriter’s classic ‘80s lewks. Spanning 1983 to 1986 — after Dr. Demento and before UHF — these rare photos come directly from the archive of Jon “Bermuda” Schwartz, Yankovic’s drummer and private shutterbug. Schwartz snapped away whereas his pal filmed the traditional movies for “Ricky” and “I Love Rocky Road,” and combined his accordion-heavy 1986 album, Polka Party!, offering an up-close-and-personal perspective as Weird Al’s star went supernova. “This book will undoubtedly appeal to both Weird Al completists and those who enjoy black-and-white photographs taken by drummers,” Yankovic writes within the usually hilarious ahead. Here’s hoping we’ll get to see Schwartz’s snapshots from the 1987-1990 interval that gave us “Fat,” Tapeheads and “Gandhi II.” — E.A. Black & White & Weird All Over: The Lost Photographs of “Weird Al” Yankovic ’83 – ’86 is accessible starting Tuesday, Nov. 17 on Amazon.HEAR IT: Garth Brooks brings the much-needed FunWe all may use a bit enjoyable proper now, and consummate nation entertainer Brooks is simply the person to offer it. The nation megastar’s 12th studio album options duets with spouse Trisha Yearwood (an official studio recording of their viral “Shallow” cowl) and Blake Shelton (the rowdy single “Dive Bar”). While Brooks delayed the album’s launch as a consequence of COVID-19, he just lately defined in a press release, “The pandemic has gone on so long, [the question became] ‘Could we just have a little fun? Toward the end of the year, can we just celebrate a little bit of the healing through music?’ And when an artist gets a chance to be part of the healing through his or her or their music, that’s the greatest honor of getting to be a music or an entertainer or an artist.” — L.P.Download/stream Fun on Amazon.STREAM IT: Baby no extra: Three Men and a Little Lady turns 30The solid of the movie Three Men and a Little Lady in London. From left (again row) Christopher Cazenove, Tom Selleck and Steve Guttenberg. Front Row: Sheila Hancock, Robin Wiseman and Nancy Travis (proper). (Photo: Sean Dempsey/PA Images by way of Getty Images)MoreAnybody who’s parented throughout a pandemic might discover the unique exhausting to abdomen proper now — three thriving males struggling to cope with one child?! Please! — however the sequel to 1987’s Three Men and a Baby retains loads of appeal 30 years after its launch. More rom-com than bachelor-meets-poopy-diaper mayhem, the follow-up sees Tom Selleck’s dashing architect Peter realizing he’s smitten with Jack’s child mama Sylvia (Nancy Travis), simply in time for her very correct, very English countryside wedding ceremony. Look out for Ted Danson impersonating a doddering previous vicar, Fiona Shaw as a hilariously awkward headmistress and the “little lady” in query, cutie pie Mary, performed by a now-36-year-old Robin Weisman. They develop up so quick! — Erin DonnellyThree Men and a Little Lady turns 30 on Saturday, Nov. 21, and is accessible to stream on Amazon and Disney+.READ IT: Doonesbury goes digital for the excellent 50th anniversary assortment Dbury@50(Photo: Andrews McMeel Publishing)MoreGathering a half-century’s value of Doonesbury comedian strips isn’t any simple feat. Fortunately, Garry Trudeau and Andrews McMeel Publishing has made it simple for followers and newcomers alike with the excellent digital anthology Dbury@50. The entirety of Trudeau’s pioneering work is archived on a flash drive contains each Doonesbury strip revealed between 1970 and 2020. The assortment comes with a useful User Manual that incorporates a wealth of details about the cartoonist’s influences, in addition to the real-world folks and historic occasions (together with Watergate and the Gulf War) that discovered their means into his comedian universe. There’s additionally a useful Character Guide that helps readers maintain observe of the strip’s large solid of characters, which continues to broaden 50 years into its run. And in contrast to Bill Watterson and Lynn Johnston, Trudeau reveals no indicators of bringing down the curtain on his signature creation anytime quickly. If something, Doonesbury will proceed to be incisive and well timed because it covers the transition from the Trump Era to the Biden Era. — E.A. Dbury@50 is accessible starting Tuesday, Nov. 17 on Amazon.WATCH IT: Moonstruck makes its approach to Criterion CollectionCher and Nicolas Cage in Moonstruck. (Photo: NY Daily News Archive by way of Getty Images)MoreCher, meet the Criterion Collection. The musician-turned-actress’s most glorious month continues — when you comply with her on Twitter you understand how elated she is over Donald Trump’s defeat — together with her famed rom-com getting new launch from Blu-ray’s most preeminent label. Cher received her first and solely Oscar (did they actually not see Stuck on You?) for enjoying the Brooklyn bookkeeper who ditches her uninteresting fiancé (Danny Aiello) for his brother (Nicolas Cage). Cher is certainly phenomenal in a efficiency that stands the check of time, however so is Cage, who, even because the hot-blooded Ronny, offers one among his most tempered performances thus far. — Ok.P.Moonstruck from The Criterion Collection is accessible starting Tuesday, Nov. 17 on Amazon.WATCH IT: Holiday Crafters Gone Wild will encourage your subsequent at-home missionYou know these reveals the place they make attractive crafts that make you wish to run to the shop and get provides instantly? This is a kind of, a part of HGTV’s particular end-of-year lineup. In one two-hour particular, 4 groups will compete for $10,000. They’ll make specialty tree toppers, elaborate tablescapes and different spectacular tasks. Former America’s Next Top Model star Jay Manuel hosts, whereas designer Kim Myles (the 2007 winner of HGTV Design Star and host of the community’s Myles of Style) and celeb get together planner Michael Russo sit behind the judges’ desk. — R.S.Holiday Crafters Gone Wild airs Friday, Nov. 20 at 9 p.m. on HGTV.HEAR IT: Neil Diamond is foreverIconic songsmith Neil Diamond retired from touring in 2018 after he was identified with Parkinson’s illness, however the stay Diamond expertise sparkles shiny as ever on Classic Diamonds: Neil Diamond With The London Symphony Orchestra. The double-LP options reinterpretations of his previous classics, with new Diamond vocals paired with orchestral preparations recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London and Diamond’s studio in Los Angeles. — L.P.Download/stream Classic Diamonds: Neil Diamond With The London Symphony Orchestra on Apple Music.BID IT: Bid on Hollywood memorabilia for trigger with the inaugural Celebrity Sale 4 Hope public saleIf you’ve ever wished to personal a chunk of Hollywood historical past, the first-ever Celebrity Sale 4 Hope public sale affords the prospect to bid on uncommon gadgets and help trigger on the identical time. Organized by and benefitting City of Hope, a world-renowned most cancers therapy heart, the public sale incorporates a myriad of memorabilia donated by celebrities from Tinseltown’s previous and current. Some of the classic gadgets embody an unique silver bullet straight from the gun belt of Clayton Moore, who performed the Lone Ranger on the 1950s TV Western collection; a signed manuscript of TV theme songs written by Charles Fox; an autographed drumhead from The Monkees’ Micky Dolenz. From the current day assortment, there’s a signed Billie Eilish Fender Ukulele; an autographed shirt from Hugh Jackman; and an unique portray by Mandy Patinkin. Get an early have a look at {the catalogue} throughout a Nov. 17 VIP preview occasion, and bid in your favourite gadgets between Nov. 17 and Nov. 19. — E.A. Celebrity Sale 4 Hope runs from Nov. 17-19; go to the official website for extra data.WATCH IT: America’s Got Talent’s favourite/least favourite roaster brings his act throughout the pondAlex Hooper didn’t win America’s Got Talent in 2018. Not even shut. But you need to surprise if he ever actually had any intention. He spent his total act mercilessly roasting the judges because the viewers booed loudly (bunch of suck-ups). “Howie, I’m so glad you’re here, I’ve always wanted to know what a big toe would look like if it was a person,” he advised Howie Mandel, every choose sounding their buzzer as they received blitzed. As a consequence, the bombastic Hooper racked up YouTube views and scored a return look this yr, the place this time the judges — gasp! — authorized of his jabs. Now Hooper launches his first YouTube particular, Alex Hooper: When Does the Club Shut?, described as “part abstract comedy show, part travelogue,” with the comedian embedded in London comedy golf equipment pre-COVID. And hopefully nonetheless making enjoyable of England’s (1,000th or so) favourite son, Simon Cowell. — Ok.P.Alex Hooper: When Does the Club Shut? premieres Thursday, Nov. 19 at 10 p.m. on YouTube.HEAR IT: Nick Cave is an Idiot savantAustralian post-punk legend Cave actually demonstrated the therapeutic powers of music when he performed a globally live-streamed solo piano present at London’s well-known “Ally Pally” this previous July. That pandemic occasion is now a limited-run live performance movie (the ultimate installment within the cinematic Cave trilogy that features 2014’s 20,000 Days on Earth and 2016’s One More Time With Feeling) and an accompanying stay double-album, Idiot Prayer: Nick Cave Alone at Alexandra Palace. — L.P.Download/stream the album on Apple Music.WATCH IT: Brooke Shields’s notorious Calvin Klein advert turns 40“You wanna know what comes between me and my Calvins? Nothing,” the then 15-year-old mannequin uttered in a suggestive industrial that debuted concurrently with racy print advertisements that includes Shields on Nov. 19, 1980. By Nov. 20, CBS had banned the TV industrial, together with two ABC stations in New York City. A spokeswoman for one mentioned it was “rejected on the basis of taste.” Similar commercials starring Shields have been restricted to early mornings and after 9 p.m. Despite the controversy, the Blue Lagoon star got here out unscathed to proceed performing and create her personal profitable vogue line. The photos taken of the actress, snapped by famed photographer Richard Avedon, have been seen as an promoting coup. In May 2020, Shields defined to Fox News that she’d held onto the denims. “I can get into them, but it looks painful,” Shields mentioned. “I think the last time I fit into them comfortably was probably while I was in Wonderful Town on Broadway [in 2004]. They’re so high waisted.” She went on to say that she was “built like a little boy” as a teen, so she had no want to suit again into them. — R.S.Brooke Shields’s unique Calvin Klein advert is accessible on YouTube.HEAR IT: Josh Groban and pals deliver the candy HarmonyCrossover popera star Groban recruits a slew of celebrity duet companions for a back-to-basics assortment of fan-requested cowl songs, together with Sara Bareilles on the Joni Mitchell traditional “Both Sides Now” and Leslie Odom Jr. on “Shape of My Heart”; Kirk Franklin additionally visitors on the unique observe “The Fullest.” Other highlights showcasing Groban’s impeccable vocals embody “The Impossible Dream,” “Angels,” “I Can’t Make You Love Me” and “Celebrate Me Home.” — L.P.Download/stream Harmony on Apple Music.PLAY IT: A Game of Cat & Mouth supplies explosive board sport enjoyable for cat-fancying householdsThe makers of the addictive Exploding Kittens card sport has some extra family-friendly feline enjoyable in retailer simply in time for the vacations. Billed as a “pinball-ish” motion sport, A Game of Cat & Mouth pits two gamers towards one another at reverse ends of the board, with solely a yawning cat mouth between them. The objective? Flick orbs on the plastic cat’s nostril and enamel, knocking them onto your opponent’s facet. First participant to five factors wins… after which the following challenger is up. Simple to be taught and lightning-fast to play, A Game of Cat & Mouth will actually maintain the fur flying over the vacations. — E.A. A Game of Cat & Mouth is at the moment out there at TargetHEAR IT: Tom Petty guitarist Mike Campbell will get his palms ‘Dirty’In the three years since Tom Petty died, his Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell has turn into a brand new official member of Fleetwood Mac. But Campbell has additionally refocused on his personal band, the Dirty Knobs, which he began as a side-project 12 years in the past. The Knobs’ long-in-the-making debut album, Wreckless Abandon, options contributions from Chris Stapleton and fellow Heartbreaker Benmont Tench, manufacturing from George Drakoulias and canopy artwork from Beatles collaborator Klaus Voormann, and Campbell says it’s “in the spirit of honoring what [Tom and I] did together.” — L.P.Download/stream Wreckless Abandon on Apple Music.— Video produced by Jon San and edited by John Santo

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