More mawk­ish melo­drama from Mar­shall

Di­rec­tor at the helm for an­other big-cast, hol­i­day-themed flick

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‘You don’t need a weath­er­man to know which way the wind blows,’ but th­ese days, a guide through the seem­ingly end­less flurry of pop cul­ture of­fer­ings is just what we need. With that in mind, here is what’s on the radar in TV, mu­sic and film for the com­ing week.


BIG EVENTS: Spe­cial Cor­re­spon­dents (Fri­day, Net­flix, 2:01 a.m.); Jazz at the White House (April 30, ABC, 7 p.m.) BIG PIC­TURE: Net­flix is in the movie busi­ness, and thank­fully it’s not only Adam San­dler flicks. Eric Bana and Ricky Gervais put their spin on the buddy- cop rou­tine as two ra­dio jour­nal­ists who fake their war-zone cov­er­age of Ecuador from a hide­out in New York City, only to be forced into the fray af­ter be­ing re­ported MIA. Gun­fights and one-lin­ers en­sue, but they’re ac­tu­ally funny (largely thanks to Gervais). Vera Farmiga and Amer­ica Fer­rera co-star. Mean­while, Jazz at the White House sums up this spe­cial. U.S. Pres­i­dent Barack Obama and the first lady will host the fifth an­nual In­ter­na­tional Jazz Day All-Star Global Con­cert, fea­tur­ing per­for­mances by the likes of Aretha Franklin, Buddy Guy, Her­bie Han­cock and Diana Krall. If the Oba­mas suc­ceed in ed­u­cat­ing the masses and mak­ing jazz cool again (con­fes­sion: I’m al­ready a jaz­zophile), they need to plan other live spe­cials be­fore he leaves of­fice: Gram­mar at the White House, Walk­ing With­out Star­ing at Your Smart­phone at the White House, Read­ing News­pa­pers at the White House, Tak­ing Photos that Aren’t Self­ies at the White House, Read a Book In­stead of Trolling for News About What the Kar­dashi­ans Did Last Night at the White House. FORE­CAST: A Ricky Gervais TV ap­pear­ance is al­ways spe­cial; the Oba­mas will start a post-pres­i­dency ca­reer as a jazz trio, with Bill Clin­ton on sax (Hil­lary will want to en­sure he stays far away from the Oval Of­fice). HONOURABLE MEN­TION: The 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in­duc­tion cer­e­mony (Satur­day, HBO Canada, 7 p.m.). In­ductee N.W. A. and Gene Simmons of Kiss feuded af­ter the lat­ter sug­gested hip-hop had no place in the Hall. The big­ger ques­tion: who wants to be in­ducted into an in­sti­tu­tion based in Cleve­land?


Jen­nifer Anis­ton (left) and Kate Hud­son star in the Garry Mar­shall film Mother’s Day.


Eric Bana (left) and Ricky Gervais star in the Net­flix film Spe­cial Cor­re­spon­dents.

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