Check out what’s com­ing in movies, mu­sic, TV and books in Au­gust.

Austin American-Statesman - - FRONT PAGE - By Joe Gross jgross@states­man.com

Here are some of the best and high­est-pro­file new re­leases in mu­sic, movies, TV and more on the hori­zon in Au­gust. As al­ways, dates are sub­ject to change with­out no­tice.

1. “Wet Hot Amer­i­can Sum­mer: Ten Years Later” (Net­flix)

Look, it could be not so great. I fully ac­knowl­edge this. But I also sub­mit that “Wet Hot Amer­i­can Sum­mer” fi­nally get­ting its due over the past few years as one of the great silly Amer­i­can come­dies of the 21st cen­tury has been good for ev­ery­one. And, sure, maybe “Wet Hot Amer­i­can Sum­mer: The First Day of Camp” took four episodes’ worth of funny and stretched it into eight. And, hey, maybe this sec­ond minis­eries, also eight episodes long, might make the same mis­take of too much … ev­ery­thing. But I am also in fa­vor of any­thing that takes place in 1991 and re­unites (deep breath) El­iz­a­beth Banks, Michael Ian Black, Janeane Garo­falo, Joe Lo Truglio, Ken Marino, Christo­pher Meloni, the lit­tle-known-lit­tle-seen Mar­guerite Moreau, Zak Orth, Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Molly Shan­non, Michael Showal­ter and way, way more. Ex­pect more ut­terly over-thetop goofi­ness. For my money, they should do this for 2001 two years from now and 2011 two years later un­til we get to their ac­tual ages. (Aug. 4)

2. “Mrs. Fletcher: A Novel” by Tom Per­rotta (Scrib­ner). The man who gave us “The Left­overs” and “Lit­tle Chil­dren” takes a look at one Eve Fletcher — 46, di­vorced and a newly minted empty-nester try­ing to fig­ure out what comes next when a mys­te­ri­ous text mes­sage sends her into a world of, how to put this, mid­dle-aged erotic thrills and self-dis­cov­ery. Else­where, her frat­tish son Bren­dan is ex­posed to a world of woke col­lege kids who are not wild about, well, his white male­ness just in gen­eral. (Aug. 1)

3. Caro­line Says, “50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can’t Be Wrong” (Western Vinyl). A reis­sue of Austin-based Caro­line

Sallee’s cas­sette. (Aug. 4)

4. Randy New­man, “Dark Mat­ter” (None­such). An Amer­i­can ge­nius re­leases his first al­bum since 2008’s “Harps and An­gels,” which is about right, sched­ule­wise, for him. (His one be­fore that came out in 1999, and it was his only 1990s al­bum.) The first sin­gle is about noted Amer­i­can pa­triot Vladimir Putin. (Aug. 4) 5. “Com­rade De­tec­tive” (Ama­zon). I am not sure con­cepts get much higher — a cop show set in Cold War Ro­ma­nia, pre­sented as if it is a real Rea­gan-era TV show that mixed crime with Com­mu­nist pro­pa­ganda. Fea­tur­ing dub­bing by Chan­ning Ta­tum, Joseph Gor­don-Levitt, Jenny Slate, Jake John­son, Chloë Se­vi­gny, Jer­rod Carmichael, Nick Of­fer­man, Ja­son Mant­zoukas and more. (Aug. 4) 6. “The Dark Tower.” Matthew McConaughey is the Man in the Black, a dark sor­cerer of im­mense power. Idris Elba is the Gun­slinger, the pro­tec­tor of his weird par­al­lel Earth. This is the adap­ta­tion many Stephen King fans have been wait­ing decades for. I sus­pect many, many peo­ple are hop­ing this be­comes a fran­chise. (Aug. 4) 7. “Detroit.” It’s a lit­tle odd to see Kathryn Bigelow be­come a some­what po­lit­i­cal di­rec­tor, but here we are. The “Zero Dark Thirty” helmer de­liv­ers a chron­i­cle of the 1967 Detroit ri­ots with John Boyega, John Krasin­ski, An­thony Mackie, Ja­son Mitchell and many more. (Aug. 4)

8. Down­town Boys, “Cost of Liv­ing” (Sub Pop). Ter­rific con­tem­po­rary soul-punk act makes its Sub Pop de­but with Fugazi’s Guy Pic­ciotto pro­duc­ing. (Aug. 11)

9. Guided by Voices, “How Do You Spell Heaven?” (GBV). The 101st al­bum GBV leader Bob Pol­lard has made. Yep. The 101st al­bum of pop, punk, psych and prog. Do you own them all? (Aug. 11) 10. Ke­sha, “Rain­bow” (Ke­mosabe/RCA). She’s back! With pro­duc­tion from Ryan Lewis, Ricky Reed and Ben Folds. Dolly Par­ton guests, which is awe­some. (Aug. 11)

11. Buck Owens, “Live From Austin, TX” (New West). An Oc­to­ber 1988 “Austin City Lim­its” set, on CD and DVD, from the coun­try leg­end. (Aug. 11)

12. Dwight Yoakam, “Live From Austin, TX” (New West). A 1988 “Austin City Lim­its” set, now on CD and DVD; he was younger than Buck Owens. (Aug. 11)

13. “Dark Knights: Metal” #1 by Scott Sny­der and Greg Ca­pullo (DC). Bat­man is usu­ally thought of as a street-level char­ac­ter — fight­ing psy­chos, rob­bers, the Joker, noth­ing too cos­mic un­less he was with the Jus­tice League. But there is also a para­nor­mal side to Bat­man. Sny­der, who is well on his way to be­ing one of the great Bat­man writ­ers, has gone buck wild with this sto­ry­line that puts Bat­man at the cen­ter of a mul­ti­verse-span­ning ad­ven­ture. Should be good and weird. (Aug. 16)

14. “Mage: The Hero

De­nied” #1 (Im­age). Not com­pletely sure why it has taken Matt Wag­ner 33 years to wrap up his “Mage” tril­ogy, but here we are. The story of Kevin Match­stick, the in­car­na­tion of the Pen­dragon, starts to close. This is the first of a 15-is­sue run with story and art by Wag­ner. (Aug. 16) 15. Griz­zly Bear, “Painted Ru­ins” (RCA). The art-rock­ers’ new­est is their first in five years, which will be fol­lowed by their first tour in four years. (Aug. 18)

16. Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer, “Not Dark Yet” (Sil­ver Cross / Thirty Tigers). These sis­ters have made their first al­bum to­gether and cover Merle Hag­gard, Jessi Colter, Townes Van Zandt, Bob Dy­lan, the Killers and Nir­vana. Pro­duced by Teddy “son of Richard” Thompson. (Aug. 18) 17. “Mar­vel’s the De­fend­ers” (Net­flix). Af­ter years of se­ries that were good to ehhhh, Net­flix fi­nally gets around to unit­ing Dare­devil, Jes­sica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist as the De­fend­ers, pit­ting them against Sigour­ney Weaver play­ing some­one named Alexan­dra, who may or may not be run­ning the

ninja clan the Hand. And Elek­tra is prob­a­bly back from the dead. (Aug. 19) 18. “Halt and Catch

Fire” (AMC). Af­ter a some­what mixed first sea­son, the sec­ond and third sea­sons of this story of the com­puter in­dus­try in Texas and Cal­i­for­nia were just ex­cel­lent. Look for this fourth and fi­nal sea­son to ex­plore the early days of Web 1.0 and the way in which per­sonal com­put­ing be­came part of ev­ery­one’s ev­ery­day lives. (Aug. 19)

19. Queens of the Stone Age, “Vil­lains” (Mata­dor). The pro­ducer is Mark Ron­son of Amy Wine­house fame. Hey, if Jon Theodore is still the drum­mer, I will check it out, no ques­tions asked. (Aug. 25) 20. “Death Note” (Net­flix). A live-ac­tion adap­ta­tion, in English (and set in Seat­tle), of the mega-pop­u­lar manga se­ries about a high school kid who finds a book that al­lows him to kill any­body. With Nat Wolff, Mar­garet Qual­ley, Lakeith Stan­field, Shea Whigham and Willem Dafoe. (Aug. 25) Con­tact Joe Gross at 512-912-5926.


Mar­guerite Moreau and Paul Rudd star in “Wet Hot Amer­i­can Sum­mer: Ten Years Later.”


Ke­sha has a new al­bum that also fea­tures guest Dolly Par­ton.


“Detroit” tells the story of the 1967 Detroit ri­ots.


Finn Jones, Mike Colter and Krys­ten Ritter star in “Mar­vel’s the De­fend­ers.”

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