The It Record: Wild new competitors sequence ‘Dodgeball Thunderdome’ premieres, ‘Prepare to Busan’ sequel ‘Peninsula’ opens in theaters, Tim McGraw drops new album and the very best in popular culture the week of Aug. 17, 2020


The It Record is Yahoo’s weekly take a look at the very best in popular culture, together with films, music, TV, streaming, video games, books, podcasts and extra. Through the coronavirus pandemic, when most of us are staying at residence, we’re going to highlight issues you’ll be able to take pleasure in out of your sofa, whether or not solo or in small teams, and miss the remaining. With that in thoughts, listed here are our picks for Aug. 17-23, together with the very best offers we may discover for every. (Yahoo Leisure could obtain a share from purchases made by way of hyperlinks on this web page.)

WATCH IT: Go ballistic within the Dodgeball Thunderdome

Get able to get hit within the face with a brand new competitors sequence. Dodgeball Thunderdome transforms the traditional gymnasium sport right into a sporting journey — with the prospect to win a $25,000 money prize. The grownup rivals vary from seasoned athletes to individuals who’ve by no means thrown a ball of their life. YouTube persona David Dobrik hosts the sequence together with co-hosts Erin Lim and former NFL vast receiver Andrew Hawkins. — Taryn Ryder

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Dodgeball Thunderdome premieres Wednesday, Aug. 19 at 9 p.m. Discovery.

STREAM IT: American Black Movie Pageant goes digital

The 2020 American Black Movie Pageant was initially slated to happen in its normal sunny digs of Miami Seashore, Fla. in June, however like so many occasions this 12 months, was sidetrack by the coronavirus. Underneath the stewardship of founder Jeff Friday, although, the present will go on — just about — streaming greater than 90 movies over 10 days, with highlights together with Muta’Ali Muhammad’s HBO doc Yusuf Hawkins: Storm Over Brooklyn, Addison Henderson’s oh-so-timely pandemic thriller G.O.D. (Givers of Dying), Antoine Allen’s feminine boxing story Lola, Jay Snow’s first date rom-com Flawd, Moise Morancy’s secretive Brooklyn-set story When a Tree Falls, Alana Barrett-Adkins’s marital drama Asunder: One Flesh Divided and Solomon Onita Jr.’s coming-of-ager Tasmanian Satan starring Beasts of No Nation breakout Abraham Attah. Not solely does the ABFF boast some main expertise ready to be found, this 12 months’s fest can even embrace the inaugural John Singleton Award for Finest First Characteristic for a director of African descent. — Kevin Polowy

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The American Black Movie Pageant takes place Aug. 21-30 at abff.com.

WATCH IT: There are not any trains — however nonetheless loads of zombies — within the Prepare to Busan sequel, Peninsula

Think about Snowpiercer crossed with 28 Days Later, and also you’ve bought the 2016 South Korean horror hit Prepare to Busan — one of the very best scary movies of the 2000s. For the sequel, Peninsula, returning director Yeon Sang-ho takes inspiration from cult motion favorites like Escape From New York and The Warriors. Set 4 years after the occasions of the primary movie (and that includes not one of the unique forged), the story follows a guilt-ridden soldier (Gang Dong-won) who infiltrates the zombie-populated metropolis of Incheon as a part of a snatch-and-grab operation to recuperate a giant payday. Nevertheless it seems that the ruined metropolis is stuffed with small bands of human survivors who’ve created their very own model of civilization… one which’s nearly as vicious because the strolling lifeless. Peninsula’s emphasis on gun-heavy motion over close-quarters scares may disappoint those that cherished the ebb and movement of Prepare to Busan’s claustrophobic stress. However, Yeon deserves to be counseled for refusing to simply repeat the earlier movie, and going the John Carpenter route yields loads of leisure worth. Perhaps the third entry may be full-fledged zombie musical. — Ethan Alter

Peninsula opens in U.S. theaters Friday, Aug. 21.

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HEAR IT: The Killers deliver you a grand phantasm

Vegas’s venerable alt-rock stadium stars conjure the magic on their long-awaited sixth full-length album, Imploding the Mirage, recruiting particular friends like Lindsey Buckingham, okay.d. lang, Weyes Blood, the Battle on Medicine’s Adam Granducil, Blake Mills and Lucius. — Lyndsey Parker

Obtain/stream Imploding the Mirage on Apple Music.

STREAM IT: The Mr. Pores and skin-produced documentary Pores and skin gives an eye-opening look into the historical past of nudity in films 

It in all probability shouldn’t be a shock that Jim McBride, aka Mr. Pores and skin, is the chief producer behind this expansive documentary chronicling the historical past of nudity in Hollywood films… with loads of visible proof. However Pores and skin isn’t only a two-hour montage of pictures from his infamous web site: the film filters its topic by way of the lens of the #MeToo motion, celebrating filmmakers’ makes an attempt to interrupt down the trade’s puritanical limitations, whereas additionally recognizing the emotional and psychological toll that was disproportionately positioned on actresses. Director Danny Wolf assembles an in depth assortment of speaking heads starting from movie students and critics to administrators like Amy Heckerling and performers like Traci Lords and Pam Grier. To its credit score, Pores and skin strives for equal alternative within the full frontal division, with quite a few clips of women and men letting all of it hang around. However the movie can be attuned to the way in which actresses have been exploited within the identify of progress. At one level Exorcist baby star, Linda Blair, describes a daunting expertise with a male co-star on the set of 1983’s Chained Warmth that’s all too emblematic of the 2 steps ahead, one step again march in the direction of equality in Hollywood nudity. — E.A.

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Pores and skin: A Historical past of Nudity in Films debuts Tuesday, Aug. 18 by way of on demand companies together with FandangoNOW and iTunes.

WATCH IT: The Vow takes a deep dive into NXIVM

You’ve seen the headlines concerning the women-branding “intercourse cult” NXIVM involving Smallville actress Allison Mack. Now, get an inside take a look at the group with a nine-part documentary sequence on HBO. The Vow follows a number of individuals who joined NXIVM, pitched by founder Keith Raniere as a self-help group. The documentary sequence takes a nuanced take a look at the experiences of among the group’s contributors, spotlighting their need for private progress and their inside conflicts over occasions as they unfold. Raniere was discovered responsible in June 2019 on racketeering, intercourse trafficking, pressured labor conspiracy and different felony costs. — T.R.

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The Vow, A Portrait of NXIVM premieres Sunday, Aug. 23 at 10 p.m. on HBO.

STREAM IT: Chemical Hearts sends us again to highschool with two thrilling younger stars

College could not truly be again in session — on-location, anyway — in lots of states because of the still-spreading coronavirus, however that doesn’t imply we are able to’t nonetheless take pleasure in a superb old school highschool romantic drama. Primarily based on the novel by Krystal Sutherland and written and directed by Richard Tanne (the Obama love story Southside With You), Amazon’s unique film Chemical Hearts groups up-and-coming stars Austin Abrams (The Strolling Lifeless, Euphoria) and Lili Reinhart (Riverdale, Hustlers) for some post-adolescent alchemy. He’s an aspiring highschool newspaper editor, and she or he’s the brand new journalism-minded lady at school coping with the trauma of a previous accident. They may make an ideal match, nevertheless it ain’t gonna be straightforward. Type of like chemistry class, come to think about it. — Okay.P.

Chemical Hearts debuts Friday, Aug. 21 on Amazon Prime.

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HEAR IT: It’s Earth day for Tim McGraw

The nation celebrity’s first album in 5 years appears to be arriving proper on time in a chaotic world. A press launch describes Right here on Earth as “a set of songs McGraw introduced collectively to create vignettes of shared human feelings resembling love, relationships, introspection and enjoyable. The album as a complete gives a musical tapestry of life and a shared expertise that we are able to use to attach all of the totally different lives that we stay, all of the totally different components of the world that we come from and use music because the common language to deliver folks collectively.” — L.P.

Obtain/stream Right here on Earth on Apple Music.

STREAM IT: HA Comedy Pageant: The Artwork of Comedy is the antidote to a blah weekend

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Whereas it’s fairly not possible — and on the very least unappealing — to hit up a comedy membership in individual about now, this one-hour particular packages the highlights from a number of days of performances that Latinx comics did in February in San Antonio, Tex. Comedians Gina Brillon, David del Rosario, Carmen Lynch, Monique Marvez, Pedro Salinas, Jesus Trejo and Mark Viera seem alongside friends Eva Longoria, Danny Trejo and Eugenio Derbez. Masks are non-compulsory, you’ll be able to sit wherever you’d like and there’s no two-drink minimal! — Raechal Shewfelt

HA Comedy Pageant: The Artwork of Comedy is obtainable Friday, Aug. 20 on HBO Max.

WATCH IT: Drag Race sashays into Sin Metropolis

Whereas there isn’t a nook of the planet that RuPaul’s Drag Race hasn’t infiltrated, let’s face it, Drag Race and Las Vegas go collectively like RuPaul Charles and Michelle Visage. Vh1’s new docuseries, RuPaul’s Drag Race: Vegas Revue, follows six RPDR alumni — Asia O’Hara, Derrick Barry, Kameron Michaels, Naomi Smalls, Vanessa Vanjie Mateo and Season 11 champion Yvie Oddly — as they put together to kick off their RuPaul’s Drag Race Stay! Vegas residency. — L.P.

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RuPaul’s Drag Race: Vegas Revue premieres Friday, Aug. 21 at eight p.m. on Vh1.

WATCH IT: Home of Cardin paperwork the rise of a trend icon

Famed designer Pierre Cardin, the person behind the style empire of the identical identify, is the topic of this documentary movie stuffed with commentary from members of the fashionable set, resembling mannequin Naomi Campbell and actress Sharon Stone. Approved by Cardin himself, it options unique entry to his archives and interviews with the person himself, who turned 98 final month. Administrators Todd Hughes and P. David Ebersole, each producers of The Shining conspiracy idea doc Room 237, chronicle the Italian-born, French-raised clothier’s rise to international fame within the ‘70s and ‘80s, when he grew to become a family identify along with his shirts, fits, footwear, fragrances and extra. — R.S.

Home of Cardin premieres in restricted U.S. theaters on Friday, Aug. 21; it will likely be accessible to stream Sept. 15. 

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WATCH IT: Ethan Hawke and Kyle MacLachlan re-enact Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison’s well-known feud in Tesla 

Twenty years after their modern-day model of Hamlet, director Michael Almereyda and Ethan Hawke re-team for a post-modern spin on the interval piece. Tesla options Hawke as famed inventor Nikola Tesla, who famously tangled with rival Thomas Edison (Kyle MacLachlan) on the daybreak of age. For the movie model of that feud, Almereyda embraces wild flights of fancy that embrace deliberate theatrical units, fourth wall-breaking narration and a show-stopping rendition of “Everyone Desires to Rule the World.” Hawke admirably loses himself in Tesla’s grim quest to see his innovations realized, nevertheless it’s MacLachlan’s devilishly sly efficiency that provides the film its cost. He’s a damn fine Edison — rattling fantastic! — E.A.

Tesla debuts Friday, Aug. 21 in theaters and by way of on demand companies together with iTunes.

WATCH IT: David Tennant and Jessica Hynes are again for recent episodes of There She Goes on Britbox

Former Physician Who, David Tennant, and ex-Spaced star, Jessica Hynes, return to Earth for There She Goes, Shaun Pye’s semi-autobiographical dramedy about two dad and mom, Simon and Emily, elevating a daughter with extreme studying disabilities. The present’s sophomore season — which simply completed airing within the U.Okay. — arrives on Britbox on August 18. Every of the 5 episodes transfer forwards and backwards in time between the household’s current and their previous, simply after younger Rosie’s analysis. This unique clip (watch above) from the second episode of Season 2 illustrates the way in which Tennant and Hynes fastidiously stroll the road between laughs and tears, as Emily tries to make Simon understand why permitting a Christmas-obsessed Rosie to look at House Alone might not be the very best parenting alternative. Watch one episode of There She Goes and also you’ll be thirsty for extra. — E.A.

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There She Goes Season 2 premieres Tuesday, Aug. 18 on Britbox.

HEAR IT: Troye Sivan goals a bit Dream

The out Australian pop star’s six-song assortment In a Dream is a self-described “idea EP,” chronicling a turbulent interval in his life following the breakout success of his acclaimed 2018 sophomore album, Bloom. The queer indie pioneer continues to blossom on uncooked, confessional bangers like “Take Your self House,” “Simple,” and “Rager Teenager!” — L.P.

Obtain/stream In a Dream on Apple Music.

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PLAY IT: Relive the glory days of MTV with a rockin’ throwback celebration sport 

The Instagram technology won’t imagine it, however as soon as upon a time MTV was most well-known for taking part in… nicely, music. Large Potato’s new celebration sport is a nostalgic throwback to these halcyon days, that includes two rousing rounds of gameplay that’ll name upon your reminiscences of lengthy afternoons and evenings watching music movies on Headbanger’s BallWhole Request Stay and Simply Say Julie. Since in-person events are briefly provide in these pandemic instances, get within the MTV spirit by taking part in this explicit celebration sport over Zoom. — E.A.

MTV The Throwback Music Social gathering Recreation is obtainable at Target.

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HEAR IT: Erasure shines vibrant once more

Erasure · Nerves of Steel

Vince Clarke and Andy Bell return with their aptly titled vibrant 18th album, The Neon, which harks again to their clubby traditional ‘80s catalog but sounds extremely fashionable on the similar time. Flooring-fillers like “Hey Now  (Suppose I Obtained a Feeling)” and “Nerves of Metal,” pushed by Bell’s unmistakably brassy, showboating vocals and Clark’s analog synths, are each sturdy last-minute contenders for music of the summer season. — L.P.

Obtain/stream The Neon on Apple Music.

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BUY IT: Park the Thriller Machine at 4 new Scooby-Doo impressed Playmobil playsets

Earlier this 12 months, Scooby-Doo followers of all ages got to construct their own versions of the Mystery Machine courtesy of Playmobil. Now, the toy firm has launched quite a lot of supernatural places — based mostly on locations featured in in style episodes — which you could construct for Scooby and his buddies to discover. Playmobil’s 4 new playsets embrace the Mystery Mansion (the spooky home that’s entrance and middle in the iconic opening credits), a pharaoh’s tomba witch’s cauldron and the Wild West. All 4 playsets include quite a lot of figures, equipment and simple to assemble directions that ought to forestall any ruh-rohs. — E.A.

Playmobil’s Scooby-Doo playsets can be found at Amazon and Walmart.

HEAR IT: Blaqk Audio conjures gothic tropics

Blaqk Audio · Beneath the Black Palms (Side A)

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AFI members Davey Havok and Jade Puget’s synthpop side-project’s fifth album, Beneath the Blaqk Palms, sounds just like the soundtrack to a post-punk remake of Miami Vice, all brooding basslines and driving Jan Hammer synths. Facet A got here out two weeks in the past, however now with the discharge of Facet B, it’s a complete temper. The complete Beneath the Blaqk Palms album can be accessible in stunning candy-pink and neon-rainbow restricted vinyl pressings. — L.P.

Obtain/stream Beneath the Blaqk Palms on Apple Music.

— Video produced by Gisselle Bances

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