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.


BINGE WATCH THIS:

If there’s one ultimate Beatles legend, it is probably Paul McCartney, and in this Hulu documentary, McCartney 3,2,1, Paul stretches his wings as a Fabs fan. Alone in the studio with Rick Rubin, Paul will tell stories and listen deeply to The Beatles and get into fascinating details. If you’re a Beatles fan, you’ve probably heard many of these stories before but there’s always something new in them. Walk down memory lane in all six episodes dropping on 16 July.


GET THE POPCORN FOR THIS:

25 years ago, it was Michael Jordan. Fast forward to 2021, it’s LeBron James’ turn! The 90’s favourite live-action/animated sports comedy film Space Jam is getting a reboot with Space Jam: A New Legacy. In the story, a fictionalised King James becomes a parent to his young son Dom (Cedric Joe) who got trapped in digital space by a rogue AI and in order to get him home safely, LeBron teams up with Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and the rest of the Looney Tunes gang for a high-stakes basketball game against the AI’s digitised champions of the court. It’s more entertaining and better paced than the original and James’ character also got animated for a good chunk of the movie. Can James live up to Jordan’s legacy? Find out this weekend.


SETTLE IN WITH A CUP OF TEA AND READ THIS:

Celebrated author of Dual Citizens, Alix Ohlin, is coming back with another masterpiece. We Want What We Want is a collection of devastatingly sensuous short fiction. Thirteen short stories populated by bad parents, burned potential, and inescapable old flames make up the whole collection. These include the story of a 19-year-old girl who returned from a gap year doing humanitarian work in Ghana to find her father engaged to her childhood best friend – awkward!

 


CRANK UP THE VOLUME FOR THIS:

Continue the nostalgia with John Mayer’s eighth album, Sob Rock, also out this weekend. The 10-track offering is an ode to all the different eras of Mayer’s sound, which makes it feel like a trip through the ages. One of the singles, Last Train Home, is already out online and has a strong 80’s vibe, from the opening keyboards and guitar chords. But for those looking for Mayer’s deeply personal acoustic songwriting, there are also songs on the album for you. Below is the official music video of Last Train Home.


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Author: Weslee Dizon

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