Which brings me to actor Val Kilmer and our first item this week. Let’s get to it, shall we?
Cancer may have robbed Kilmer of his voice, but he has still managed to find a way to have his say.
The “Top Gun” star was one of Hollywood’s early adopters of handheld cameras. Thanks to that, there is plenty of footage from his professional and personal life over the years.
Kilmer is a bona fide movie star — and it’s not often we get such an intensely personal glimpse of the progression of a career in the spotlight, courtesy of what is essentially home movies. The narration by his sound-alike son, Jack, makes it feel all the more intimate.
The film is currently in limited release in theaters and starts streaming on Amazon Friday.
‘Cooking With Paris’
Reserve your answer until you see her in the kitchen.
That is to say, watch it because at some point it has to become a “Jeopardy!” or board game question.
The show is currently streaming on Netflix.
‘A Different World’
Originally conceived as a show for Lisa Bonet’s character Denise Huxtable, she wasn’t on the show long and instead we fell in love with the likes of students Dwayne Wayne (Kadeem Hardison) and Whitley Gilbert-Wayne (Jasmine Guy).
Enjoy a blast from the past with the series when it starts streaming on HBO Max Sunday. (CNN and HBO Max are both part of WarnerMedia.)
Two things to listen to
Strike up the band as Barbra Streisand is releasing music!
“Release Me 2” is the second volume of some of the diva’s rare, previously unheard tracks and her first album since 2018’s “Walls.”
Absolutely no one does it like Babs (we can call her that after all these years, right?). “Release Me 2” is out Friday.
Singer-songwriter Chris Young is releasing his latest studio album, titled “Famous Friends.”
It’s accurate, given that the single of the same name, a duet with Kane Brown, hit No. 1 and he also has collaborations with Lauren Alaina and Mitchell Tenpenny.
The new album drops Friday.
One thing to talk about
Soap operas, daytime dramas, the stories — no matter what you call them — I miss them.
I grew up with my grandmother falling asleep (she worked multiple jobs) in front of “The Young and the Restless,” basically leaving the soap to play babysitter.
Over the years, multiple daytime dramas have gotten canceled, which is why I was thrilled to hear that NBC’s streaming service, Peacock, had ordered “Days of Our Lives: Beyond Salem.”
The limited series is a gift to fans of “Days of Our Lives,” one of the longest-running soap operas ever.
It’s old home week with some popular past and present “Days” stars scheduled to appear, including Deidre Hall, Jackée Harry and Lisa Rinna.
Handclaps of praise!
Something to sip on
Call me cynical, but I don’t view DaBaby’s apology after he started losing gigs a moment of enlightenment.
Keeping it real, hip-hop has always had a problem with homophobia, misogyny and other issues that undercut the rights of “others.”
Not that the genre is singular in that, but the music for years has been underpinned by masculine bravado that has been far from LGBTQ+-friendly.
Here’s hoping DaBaby is getting educated on why he was wrong, not just learning how to keep inflammatory comments to himself.