To stave off possible boredom while at home, every week Marhaba delves in to the wonderful world of popular culture to find the best new TV series, movies, books and music.


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Readers of a certain age will likely remember the legal drama Perry Mason from the 1950s and ’60s starring Raymond Burr. The show is now coming back in an all-new reboot, now starring Matthew Rhys (The Americans, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood), and instead of being a defence lawyer, Mason is now a down-on-his-luck private investigator in 1930s Los Angeles. The gumshoe is suffering flashbacks from his experiences in wartime France as well as the aftermath of a broken marriage. LA is doing well after the Great Depression, but after a kidnapping goes horribly wrong, Mason exposes LA for its true colours as he delves further into solving the crime. Perry Mason also stars the always-excellent John Lithgow., as well as Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black). The premiere is on 21 June – watch it on HBO and OSN.


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In celebration of Father’s Day on Sunday 21 June, this week we recommend Dads, a documentary film by actor and first-time director Bryce Dallas Howard. The film features the thoughts and reflections of Bryce of her own father, film director Ron Howard (Apollo 13, Da Vinci Code, and umpteen more successes). Alongside this, there are other celebrity fathers such as Jimmy Fallon, Will Smith, Neil Patrick Harris, Jimmy Kimmel, Patton Oswalt and Hasan Minhaj, together with everyday men from around the world. As well as stories of how fathers have influenced lives, there are video clips of of dads looking after the kids, and the sometimes difficult transition as children become teenagers. Expect humour, heartache and many more emotions as the film takes an intimate look at how dads play an important role in the family. Dads is available from 19 June on Apple TV+.


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Best-selling author Max Brooks is back with his new book Devolution: A Firsthand Account of the Rainier Sasquatch Massacre, available from 16 June. Previous hits include The Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z, the 2006 zombie apocalyptic horror later made into a movie starring Brad Pitt. Brooks is done with zombies for the time being; instead he brings us the story of a small village that has possibly been attacked by Bigfoot. Faithfully recreated by Brooks, the book takes the form of diary entries from Kate, who, with husband Dan, resides in Greenloop, a green community in the rainforest, remote from society, but still connected to the Internet. Then Mount Rainier explodes, taking out the Internet and phone service, and the residents start getting taken out themselves as they are entirely cut off from the world. The tale is one of human survival and resilience, filled with plot twists and action, a slow build-up of spellbinding atmosphere and tension while facing a terrible beast. And of course, plenty of gore.


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Rough and Rowdy Ways by Bob Dylan has a multitude of five-star reviews and it isn’t even officially out until 19 June! This is the artist’s first album in eight years and his 39th studio offering. He is known for his forays into war and civil rights, mortality and religion, and at 79 years of age, it appears Dylan still has much to say. One such masterpiece is the first single that was released back in March, Murder Most Foul, a 17-minute long standalone CD touching on the JFK assassination, and US history and democracy. It is the final song, and as Rolling Stone magazine states, ‘the highlight on an album full of highlights.’ It’s Bob Dylan as we know and love him, the same and yet better.

Author: Sarah Palmer

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