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New this week in movies and on TV

Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services, and music platforms this week.


— No “101 Dalmatians” love is necessary to enjoy “Cruella,” available to rent on Disney+ starting Friday. This live-action movie starring Emma Stone and directed by Craig Gillespie (“I, Tonya”) is, at best, very loosely related to the 1961 animated film (or the 1996 live-action pic with Glenn Close for that matter). Instead, this is a part punk, part camp origin story set in 1970s London about a girl who has dreams of designing high fashion and gets a shot from Emma Thompson’s slightly sadistic Baroness.

— Based on the true story of the creation of the 1993 Oslo Peace Accords and adapted from J.T. Rogers’ Tony Award-winning play, “Oslo” stars Ruth Wilson as the Norwegian Prime Minister and “Fleabag’s” Andrew Scott as her husband. It premieres on HBO Sunday night.

— Actor David Oyelowo makes his directorial debut with “The Water Man,” a fantasy adventure about a young boy searching for a mythic figure who may have the power to help his ill mother (played by Rosario Dawson). Oyelowo told the AP that the story reminded him of ‘80s classics like “The Goonies” and “Gremlins,” which, he said, “have some heavier themes where kids are still involved.” It’s available to rent on-demand Tuesday.

— AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr


— You may have heard about it, but just in case: The gang from “Friends” is getting together again. The pandemic delayed but didn’t stop HBO Max’s “Friends: The Reunion,” a celebration of the hit comedy that aired from 1994 to 2004. Stars Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer gathered on the show’s Warner Bros. Stage 24 to recall old times, with guests including David Beckham, Cindy Crawford, Tom Selleck, and Reese Witherspoon. The special debuts Thursday on the streaming service.

— AP Television Writer Lynn Elber

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