The It Record is Yahoo’s weekly have a look at one of the best in popular culture, together with films, music, TV, streaming, video games, books, podcasts and extra. Listed here are our picks for Aug. 2-8, together with one of the best offers we might discover for every. (Yahoo Leisure could obtain a share from purchases made by way of hyperlinks on this web page.)
WATCH IT: Remy Ma sings her redemption music
Rap icon and Love and Hip Hop star Remy Ma faucets into her personal troubled previous with the legislation to host VH1’s My True Crime Story, which delves into the relatable redemption tales of reformed convicted criminals. The emcee, who was arrested on expenses of tried homicide associated to a 2007 New York taking pictures incident and finally served a six-year jail sentence for intentional assault, has since rebuilt her profession. Now she’s serving to others inform their very own comeback tales — an angle that units My True Crime Story other than the various different, extra salacious TV exhibits and podcasts crowding the true crime market. — Lyndsey Parker
My True Crime Story premieres Monday, Aug. 2 on VH1.
STREAM IT: Paris Hilton whips up a brand new actuality present
Consider Cooking with Paris from socialite/deejay/model Paris Hilton as a mashup of her former actuality present, The Easy Life, and her Instagram, which exhibits her ironing bacon and taste-testing breakfast cereals. In it, Hilton might be joined within the kitchen by movie star associates, akin to her former stylist Kim Kardashian West, plus Demi Lovato, Saweetie, Nikki Glaser and Lele Pons. Mother Kathy Hilton and sister Nicky Hilton make appearances, too. The trailer exhibits Kathy warning her eldest baby that she’s getting the feathers on her gown “in everything.” There’s additionally Paris utilizing her signature phrase — “That’s hot!” — fairly appropriately. — Raechal Shewfelt
Cooking with Paris premieres Wednesday, Aug. 4 on Netflix.
WATCH IT: Blindspotting wraps up inaugural season of must-see TV
Blindspotting, the 2018 drama that paired greatest buddies Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal, was one of many 12 months’s greatest surprises, a humorous but significant riff on friendship, race and gentrification. In response to many critics, the movie’s unlikely TV spin-off is even higher, with the present at present boasting a one hundred pc approval ranking on Rotten Tomatoes. The sequence, which shifts the main focus to a supporting participant within the movie, Jasmine Cephas Jones’s Ashley, wraps up its inaugural season Sunday on Starz. Just like the fellas within the movie, Ashley has been put via the ringer within the first seven episodes, however hopefully will discover some semblance of hope and happiness within the finale. Try an unique clip from the season nearer above. — Kevin Polowy
The season finale of Blindspotting premieres Sunday, Aug. 8 at 9 PM ET/PT on Starz.
WATCH IT: HBO docuseries Obama: In Pursuit of a Extra Excellent Union charts No. 44’s exceptional journey to the White Home
Twenty-five years in the past, a younger neighborhood organizer-turned-politician named Barack Obama gained election to the Illinois state senate. Inside eight years, he was elected to the U.S. Senate, and 4 years after that he entered the Oval Workplace as the primary Black president in America’s historical past. That pioneering path to a history-making second is chronicled in Peter Kunhardt’s expansive three-part documentary, which options new interviews with a few of Obama’s closest political allies and private associates — although notably not with the previous POTUS himself, who feedback on his journey by way of copious information footage and marketing campaign speeches. The primary installment covers President Obama’s early years and the start of his political profession, with the following two episodes chronicling his 2008 marketing campaign and his back-to-back phrases within the White Home, concluding with the 2016 election that introduced Donald Trump to Washington, D.C. This unique clip from the sequence options writer Ta-Nehisi Coates reflecting on Obama’s presidential tenure and what it means for future generations of political leaders from all racial backgrounds. — Ethan Alter
Obama: In Pursuit of a Extra Excellent Union premieres Tuesday, Aug. 3 at 9 p.m. on HBO and HBO Max.
WATCH IT: Cult film legend Udo Kier scores a late-career star flip in Swan Tune
You could not know his identify, however you positively know Udo Kier’s face. The German actor has appeared in over 200 films throughout his 5 decades-and-counting profession, together with such cult favorites as Barb Wire and Brawl in Cell Block 99. Now, author/director Todd Stephens has gone and bumped the consummate scene-stealer to main man standing with the shifting drama Swan Tune. Kier star as Pat Pitsenberger, a former hairdresser who skips out on his nursing dwelling existence for one final job within the small city the place he lived and labored for thus a few years. However when he returns to his former digs, he learns an age-old lesson firsthand: you actually cannot go dwelling once more. This unique clip options Pat discovering how life has moved on with out him… however that does not imply he cannot be taught some new methods. — E.A.
Swan Tune opens Friday, Aug. 6 in theaters and is obtainable the next week on most VOD companies, together with FandangoNow.
WATCH IT: What We Left Unfinished gives a contemporary historical past of Afghanistan via the nation’s cinema
With Afghanistan again within the headlines because the U.S. prepares to withdraw the rest of its armed forces, the brand new documentary, What We Left Unfinished, gives a captivating have a look at one other essential juncture within the nation’s historical past. Drawing on a treasure trove of footage from never-completed films made by Afghani filmmakers between the Seventies and Eighties, in addition to new interviews with the filmmakers and actors that made them, director Mariam Ghani reconstructs that tumultuous interval that encompassed civil unrest, a destabilizing coup and the eventual invasion of Soviet forces. The movies themselves replicate what was taking place off-camera, whilst censors tried to manage the messaging. This unique clip particulars the story behind one deserted film, Downfall, which sought to touch upon how Afghanistan’s flourishing drug commerce helped set the stage for its troubled future. — E.A.
What We Left Unfinished premieres Friday, Aug. 6 in theaters and digital cinemas; go to Fandango for showtime and ticket info.
WATCH IT: Get the Grime on the actual Luke Bryan
The ten-time Academy of Nation Music Awards winner and 75 million-selling nation celebrity will get private in Luke Bryan: My Grime Street Diary. Over the course of this five-part docuseries, Bryan opens up about numerous household tragedies (the surprising, sudden deaths of his brother, sister and brother-in-law), serving to elevate his late sister and brother-in-law’s three youngsters, the pressure that life within the highlight and on the street has placed on his marriage, and the way music has at all times helped him heal. Prepare see a really completely different Luke from the jolly, joking choose sitting subsequent to Katy Perry and Lionel Richie each week on American Idol. — L.P.
Luke Bryan: My Grime Street Diary premieres Friday, Aug. 6 on IMDb TV.
BUY IT: Pixar scores one other near-perfect 10 with Luca, now on Blu-ray
Does Pixar ever get uninterested in all this successful? Even their much less heralded titles as a rule prove as gems, and Enrico Casarosa’s Luca – aka. Sea Monsters, Inc. — actually falls into that camp. Centered round a younger sea creature (voiced by Jacob Tremblay) who discovers he turns human when getting into land (sadly that land occurs to be a small Italian village with a thirst for looking sea monsters), Luca is an absolute pleasure — humorous, charming and touching from star to complete. So, in different phrases, it is a Pixar film. However the large shock right here is it might even be higher echelon. After a June launch on Disney+, the movie now hits DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Extremely HD, with bonus options together with a number of featurettes and deleted scenes. — Okay.P.
Luca is obtainable on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Extremely HD on Tuesday, Aug. 3 at Amazon.
WATCH IT: Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard face off on Household Sport Struggle
Married actors Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard, each common company on the Ellen DeGeneres Present, are spinning off the segments they do there into this new sport present. Bear in mind once they tried to determine meals primarily based on their blindfolded partner’s description? They usually’ll not solely host, however play, becoming a member of separate households to compete in enjoyable contests for money. “It’s interesting for the viewer. It’s interesting for my husband,” Bell joked on Ellen once they introduced the venture final March. “As long as we leave this show, you know, still married, I think it’s gonna be great.” DeGeneres, Bell and Shepard all function producers. — R.S.
Household Sport Struggle premieres Sunday, Aug. 8 at 10:30 p.m. on NBC.
BUY IT: O.G. animated Transformers film rolls out on 4K UHD
It isn’t fairly often with any mega-franchise that the animated model trumps most of its dwell motion. Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse, possibly? However past the 2018 spin-off Bumblebee, is there any Transformers film higher than the 1986 animated model, referred to as merely Transformers: The Film? On the very least it is going to at all times have one of the best solid (sorry, however Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox aren’t any Leonard Nimoy and Orson Welles, even when we simply get their voices). The nostalgia-soaked flick celebrates its thirty fifth anniversary with a brand new 4K UHD switch and restricted version steelbook courtesy of Shout! Manufacturing unit, with extras together with audio commentary with director Nelson Shin, new storyboards, featurettes and a documentary. — Okay.P.
Transformers: The Film is obtainable on 4K Extremely HD Tuesday, Aug. 3 on Amazon.
WATCH IT: Adam Driver sings the Sparks within the wild new musical Annette
Recent off the success of starring in one of many 12 months’s most acclaimed documentaries, sibling musicians Ron and Russell Mael — aka Sparks — are actually two of the artistic forces behind certainly one of 2021’s wildest, weirdest films. The duo wrote the music and lyrics for Annette, a lavish cinematic opera from French filmmaker Leos Carax, whose earlier credit embody such unusual delights as Holy Motors and The Lovers on the Bridge. Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard star as unlikely movie star lovers, whose high-profile romance takes a flip for the tragic. In the meantime, their daughter, Annette, proves to be a prodigy in her personal proper. The film provoked a divisive response when it premiered on the Cannes Movie Pageant final month, and never all moviegoers might be on its peculiar wavelength. But when your coronary heart already dances to Sparks’s beats, you might simply get swept away. — E.A.
Annette opens Friday, Aug. 6 in theaters; go to Fandango for showtimes and ticket info.
WATCH IT: Lin-Manuel Miranda will get animated (once more) in Netflix’s musical journey, Vivo
Earlier than Hamilton — however after the stage model of Within the Heights — Lin-Manuel Miranda dreamed up the concept for Vivo, the animated story of a music-loving kinkajou (voiced by the Tony-winning author and performer) who embarks on a wild journey to honor the final needs of his greatest pal. Initially arrange with DreamWorks in 2010, the movie ended up at Sony Footage Animation, which in flip licensed it to Netflix. Bowing on the streaming service on Aug. 6, the movie options lushly animated recreations of Havana and Miami cityscapes, kid-friendly chase sequences and enjoyable supporting vocal performances by Gloria Estefan, Nicole Byer and Bryan Tyree Henry. However the primary attraction listed below are the 11 new songs from Miranda, together with a breakout rap quantity for the film’s younger star, Ynairaly Simo, who makes an enormous impression in her first main position. — E.A.
Vivo premieres Friday, Aug. 6 on Netflix
BUY IT: Mikey and the Goonies gang get the D&D therapy with Funko Video games’ new tabletop journey
It is your time — to discover the caves beneath Astoria, Oregon with Funko’s newest licensed tabletop journey, Goonies: By no means Say Die. Based mostly on the late Richard Donner’s beloved 1984 film, By no means Say Die takes a Dungeons & Dragons type method to its gameplay, with one participant appearing because the “Goondocks Master” that places Mikey and his adventure-seeking buddies via their paces. It is an opportunity to pursue One-Eyed Willie’s treasure, whereas additionally avoiding his a number of booby traps and the machinations of the Fratelli household. We could by no means get to see a Goonies sequel, however this sport gives loads of replay worth. — E.A.
Goonies: By no means Say Die is obtainable now completely at Goal.
— Video produced by Anne Lilburn and edited by Jimmie Rhee