Red Hot Chili Peppers and ‘Apollo 10½’ arrive this week

A list curated by The Associated Press of what’s coming to streaming services, music platforms, movies and television in the United States. Dates may vary in other countries.


— Richard Linklater returns to animation with “Apollo 10½,” which will debut on Netflix on Friday, April 1. But this isn’t “Waking Life” or “A Scanner Darkly,” though parts of it do use the rotoscoping technology he used in those films. This story is about a boy in Houston during the summer of the Apollo 11 moon landing and is loosely inspired by Linklater’s own childhood. Glen Powell and Zachary Levi voice NASA workers, newcomer Nilo Coy plays the lead role of Stanley, and Jack Black plays the adult version of him. Critics called it a sweetly nostalgic film after its favorable debut at the South by Southwest film festival.

— Space travel is apparently a big topic streaming this week. HBO Max will premiere the romantic comedy “Moonshot” on Thursday. Produced by Greg Berlanti and directed by Chris Winterbauer, “Moonshot” stars Cole Sprouse as a barista who sneaks out on a ship to colonize Mars and teams up with the “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” star (“To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before”). To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before”) Lana Condor to avoid being found out. Zach Braff also stars.

— For the family, Disney+ will premiere “Better Nate Than Ever” on Friday, April 1. The musical comedy based on Tim Federle’s 2013 novel follows a 13-year-old from Pittsburgh (Nate, played by Rueby Wood) who dreams of being a Broadway star and decides to take matters into his own hands and go to New York with another theater fanatic, her friend Libby. Lisa Kudrow plays Nate’s aunt. Federle wrote and directed the film.

— Lindsey Bahr


— The Red Hot Chili Peppers will release a new album on April 1 for which they summoned old friends. “Unlimited Love” is their first production with guitarist John Frusciante since 2006’s “Stadium Arcadium” and their first with longtime collaborator and producer Rick Rubin since 2011. “Black Summer” is the first single from the album, set to be played on arenas, and includes Flea’s energetic bass, as well as multiple Frusciante solos. The second is a delightful funk song titled “Poster Child” that celebrates music: “The ’70s were such a win/Singing the Led Zeppelin/Lizzy looking mighty Thin/The Thomson’s had another Twin” (The 70s were great/Singing Led Zeppelin/Lizzy looked incredibly skinny/The Thomsons had another twin).

— Thomas Rhett will release “Where We Started” with Katy Perry as a guest on the album’s title track and last on the list. Riley Green, Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line, and Russell Dickerson also collaborated on the album. Everyone, including Rhett, hoped that after “Country Again: Side A” he would release “Country Again: Side B”, but the album was postponed in favor of “Where We Stand”. About the new production Rhett said: “There are songs that will make you cry on the album, there are songs that will make you kiss the person you love, there are songs that will make you want to dance and there are songs that will make you want to party.”

—Mark Kennedy


— A decade after the death of Whitney Houston, CBS will remember the life of this music great, as well as her last days, in “Whitney, A Look Back”, which will be broadcast on Saturday, April 2, on the channel of television and streaming on Paramount+. The hour-long special, produced by “Entertainment Tonight,” promises “missed performances and weird moments” with Houston, as well as new interviews including one with Dionne Warwick, Clive Davis and CeCe Winans. Houston, who was 48 when she died, accidentally drowned in the bathtub of her hotel room in Beverly Hills, California, in 2012. Coroners ruled that heart disease and drug use were contributing factors in her death. her.

— Jane Seymour stars as an English teacher beginning a new chapter in her life in “Harry Wild,” which premieres in two episodes Monday, April 4 on the Acorn TV streaming service. A mugging has caused Harriet “Harry” Wild to reconnect with her son Detective Charlie (Kevin Ryan), who is embroiled in a murder case. The case has parallels to a little-known Elizabethan play, and who better to join the hunt for clues than the well-educated Harry? Teenager Fergus (Rohan Nedd) joins the hunt for the eight-episode mystery series set in Ireland.

— Adam McKay, the Oscar-winning writer-director of “Big Short” and this year’s nominee for “Don’t Look Up,” turns to nonfiction as a producer executive of the HBO documentary series “The invisible Pilot”. Filmmakers Phil Lott and Ari Mark explore the life of a pilot and family man in a small town in Arkansas that in 1977 seemed to have come to a tragic end, leaving his family and friends dumbfounded. Years passed before this tangled tale of a double life and drug dealing began to take shape, and that’s just the beginning, HBO promises. The three-part series, including interviews with those who knew Betzner, police officers and journalists, will premiere weekly episodes beginning April 4.

—Lynn Elber

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