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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Ah, nerds and coming-of-age teenagers on TV – we’ve all seen them played up for comic relief
on TV shows. And there is a new one coming to Netflix this week, created by Mindy Kaling (star of The Office and The Mindy Project) and Lang Fisher. The show Never Have I Ever is based on Kaling’s experiences while at school, a nerdy 15-year-old daughter of Indian immigrants named Devi. She is also one of the school’s top students, a nerd, uncool and unpopular, and on the hunt for a boyfriend. The show is an honest yet humorous look at adolescence and life as a first generation Indian-American. You will be rooting for lead character Devi all through the series – all 10 episodes go by in a flash.
Fun fact: The show is narrated by American tennis superstar and bad boy John McEnroe, who was asked to be involved by Kaling at a Vanity Fair Oscar Party in 2019.
GET THE POPCORN FOR THIS:
Fans of comic book movies, listen up! Right now iTunes has a promotion offering many of the DC movies at reduced prices. You can choose from DC Bundles, which includes the superb The Dark Knight Trilogy, with the excellent Christian Bale and the late Heath Ledger in his Oscar-winning role as The Joker, and Suicide Squad + Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) featuring Margot Robbie. If you’ve really got a lot of time on your hands, you can get the DC 7-Film Collection for less than you would normally pay for two movies and which includes Shazam, Aquaman, Justice League and Wonder Woman.
If you’ve really really got a lot of time on your hands, buy the Batman 80th Anniversary Collection – 18 movies featuring The Caped Crusader, all with iTunes Extras. You may need to use the Bat-Signal to get more snacks though…
SETTLE IN WITH A CUP OF TEA AND READ THIS:
From the master of suspense and short stories comes a collection of four new novellas. If It Bleeds by Stephen King has a respectable 4.3/5 on Goodreads but we all know we’re in good hands with anything written by Mr King. This new collection follows in the footsteps of other bestselling novellas such as ‘The Body’ (which became the ’Stand By Me’ movie) and ‘Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption’ (Shawshank Redemption). With four new stories on offer here, you’d be right in thinking at least one of them will transfer to the big screen, and it turns out one has. Those that have read King’s latest novel ‘The Outsider’ and watched the accompanying TV show will be familiar with character Holly Gibney, who appears in the eponymous story. Not much can be said about ‘If It Bleeds’ without spoilers – suffice to say it follows Gibney as she pursues another investigation that may be the work of an Outsider. ’The Life of Chuck’ is set in a pre-apocalyptic world, with doubts over humanity’s fate, and it transpires the story is set in reverse. ’Mr Harrigan’s Phone’ references a relationship between two diverse generations, and ‘Rat’ takes us into the mind of an author and his dark torment over finishing his novel. Presumably not about King!
CRANK UP THE VOLUME FOR THIS:
Not an album this week, but a star-studded concert tribute to one of the music world’s greatest composers. Andrew Lloyd Webber: The Royal Albert Hall Celebration is the next in a series of free concerts offered by Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group in collaboration with Universal.
Free broadcasts of his musicals so far have included fan favourites ’Cats’ and ‘Phantom of the Opera’. As well as these musicals, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber is sharing behind-the-scenes footage and video clips, including solo performances at the piano, which can be found on his Instagram and Facebook accounts.
This star-studded concert is a tribute to Lloyd Webber that was performed at the Royal Albert Hall in London on 7 April 1998, in celebration of the composer’s 50th birthday. You can expect renditions of all the hits: ‘Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina’ (Evita) and ‘Memory’ (Cats) sung by Elaine Paige; Glenn Close (Sunset Boulevard); Donny Osmond (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat); Antonio Banderas (Evita, The Phantom of the Opera); and Michael Ball (Jesus Christ Superstar). Ex-wife Sarah Brightman performs with three songs from The Phantom of the Opera, and there are numerous other performances, from Boyzone to Kiri Te Kanawa. Even brother Julian is there on cello!
‘Andrew Lloyd Webber: The Royal Albert Hall Celebration’ is available on YouTube for 48 hours only, starting 1 May 2020 at 6 pm GMT.
Author: Sarah Palmer
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