Tune in each week as Marhaba delves into the wonderful world of popular culture to find the best new TV series, movies, books, and music.


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‘My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman’ Season 4
Netflix, 20 May

David Letterman sits down and gets personal with another batch of guests who need no introduction. The fourth season of the Netflix special premieres this Friday featuring Will Smith, Cardi B, Kevin Durant, Billie Eilish, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Ryan Reynolds. Previous subjects have included Kim Kardashian, Robert Downey Jr., Dave Chappelle, Lizzo, Kanye West, Jay Z, George Clooney, and Barack Obama.


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‘A Perfect Pairing’
Netflix, 19 May

If you like wine and romantic comedies, you won’t want to miss this ‘perfect pairing’ of two of the biggest Netflix stars around! Afterlife of the Party‘s Victoria Justice stars alongside Sex/Life‘s Adam Demos for another Netflix rom-com premiering this Thursday. In the film, Justice plays Lola, a wine executive who is looking to land a huge account. The pursuit takes her to Australia, where she finds herself working as a ranch hand and falling for her gruff boss, Demos’ character Max. But of course, it will not always be rainbows and butterflies for the two of them.

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‘The Island’
Adrian McKinty

What should be a fun family holiday turns into a shocking nightmare, in Adrian McKinty’s new psychological thriller The Island. Widower Tom Baxter, his younger new wife Heather, and his surly children decide to take a trip from the US to Australia. Trying to bond as a family, the Baxters join a Dutch couple on a visit to a private island to photograph the wildlife. And they are all given strict instructions to be quick and not venture too far. But there is a tragic accident, leaving everyone trapped with murderous locals out to kill them. This is a nail-biting, high-octane page-turner with pitfalls and traps in an inhospitable environment, and Heather is a strong feminine lead, a mashup of Die Hard’s John McClane and Bear Grylls. There is no doubt you will stay up late to read which characters make it out alive at the end. Thanks to glowing reviews, Hulu has snapped up the rights to turn the novel into a limited series.


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‘Harry’s House’
Harry Styles, 20 May

This weekend also sees the comeback of Harry Styles for his third solo record after a three-year drought. What critics have described as funky, smooth, and intimate, the album features 13 new tracks including the album’s lead single As It Was which Styles performed during his headline appearances at Coachella last month.


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