Plus three other things we love in pop culture this week
It’s time to crack open a bottle of pinot noir to welcome Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt back into your binge-watching schedule. The comedy series, from creator (and recurring cast member) Tina Fey, sees the return of Ellie Kemper, Jane Krakowski, Carole Kane, and Tituss Burgess for a 13-episode second season debuting Friday. Season 2 also features new characters played by Anna Camp, Jeff Goldblum, Zosia Mamet, David Cross, Amy Sedaris, and Fred Armisen.
Actor/director Jon Favreau continues his upward streak with Disney’s adaptation of The Jungle Book. EW calls the live-action/CGI hybrid “one of the biggest surprises of 2016” for its “tender and rollicking” rendition of the time-tested novel by Rudyard Kipling, which Disney previously adapted as an animated feature in 1967. Featuring an all-star voice cast that includes Bill Murray as Baloo, Ben Kingsley as Bagheera, Idris Elba as Shere Khan, Lupita Nyong’o as Raksha, and Scarlett Johansson as Kaa, The Jungle Book opens Friday in theaters.3. Silicon Valley
From Veep to Girls, HBO’s collective comedy slate is in top form, and Silicon Valley is no exception. Returning April 24 for a 10-episode third season, the series, which centers on six young tech professionals who begin a startup company in Silicon Valley, California, stars a handful of comedic actors, including T.J. Miller, Martin Starr, and Kumail Nanjiani.
After going pure pop with their 2013 album Heartthrob, sister-sister duo Tegan and Sara evolve their affinity for glacial electronic pop/rock production with two new singles: “Boyfriend” and “U-Turn,” both taken from from their upcoming album, Love You to Death. “U-Turn” was produced by pop hit goldmine Greg Kurstin (Gwen Stefani, Carly Rae Jepsen, Adele, Sia). Their first full-length release in over three years, Tegan and Sara’s Love You to Death is out June 3.
Director John Carney continues his one-man quest to bring movie musicals back to the forefront of the industry with the release of Sing Street, a music-centric film about a teenager (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) who escapes a troubled personal life by starting a rock band to woo a girl (Lucy Boynton). Sing Street proudly bounds ahead along the foundation built by Carney’s recent filmography, which includes the Oscar-nominated Keira Knightley musical romance Begin Again and the Oscar-winning drama Once, which also spawned a stage adaptation of the same name. Sing Street is in theaters April 15.
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