More mawkish melodrama from Marshall
Director at the helm for another big-cast, holiday-themed flick
‘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.