Plus four other things we love in pop culture this week
Following the superb political documentary Weiner earlier this year, Tickled marks yet another buzzy non-fiction film birthed from the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. The film revolves around journalist David Farrier, who begins what he thought would be a harmless exploration of an online tickling competition, only to be met with fierce opposition from the other side, prompting the journalist to uncover a dark underworld of deception and exploitation, culminating in a terrifying conclusion that’s sure to give you the chills.
The film was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize in the World Cinema section’s documentary category at Sundance, and EW called the film “so crazy that it feels like a hoax” in its review. So far, the film stands at 93 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, making it one of the must-see documentaries of the year so far.
Tickled opens in limited release on June 17.
Having dominated the sports headlines for several years, you might think you know all there is to know about tennis star Serena Williams, but the Epix documentary Serena will prove you wrong.
“2015 was a defining time in my life and career. I think my story will be relatable to audiences whether you love tennis or not. It’s a story of perseverance, failure and triumph,” the 34-year old previously said of the documentary. “It’s the most intimate I’ve ever allowed myself to be on film. It was a scary but ultimately really gratifying experience, which I’m hoping inspires others to pursue their dreams.”
Offering a candid look at Williams’ personal and professional life, the film explores her various endeavors as an athlete, designer, and businesswoman, whose prize-winning totals alone have netted her a gargantuan $77.6 million across her career on the court.
Serena premieres June 22 at 8 p.m. ET on Epix.
Neko Case, k.d. lang, and Laura Veirs are each irresistible on their own, and even better when making music together, as they did on the new joint album.
Simply titled Case/Lang/Veirs, the folk-tinged LP followed an old email lang sent to Case and Veirs, which read “I think we should make a record together.” What resulted was a 14-track album that highlights the strengths of the individual artists, yet brings about a synergistic energy oozing with sonic goodness.
Preceded by lead single “Atomic Number,” the three-woman, 14-track musical journey otherwise known as Case/Lang/Veirs is available for purchase on June 17.
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In-line with such series as Getting On, The Office, and Absolutely Fabulous, Raised by Wolves continues the ongoing tradition of stellar British comedies making waves stateside.
Written and created by sisters Caitlin and Caroline Moran, the series is a loose adaptation of their own childhood upbringing, set in modern times. It stars Helen Monks and Alexa Davies as the eldest sisters in a large family as their single, working-class mother attempts to raise them. U.K. publication The Telegraph called the show’s second season “fizzingly funny,” likening it to a “feminist” version of Showtime’s Shameless.
Raised by Wolves is available to stream on Acorn TV.
After 10 hilarious episodes across the series’ first season, Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome are back for more time-hopping hilarity on the Comedy Central hit Another Period.
The sitcom revolves around the Bellacourt clan, Rhode Island’s first family at the turn of the 20th Century. Leggero, known for her frequent appearances on the Chelsea Lately roundtable, plays the second eldest daughter, Lillian Abigail Hitler Schmemmerhorn-Fish, whose younger sister, Beatrice Tiffani Amber Thiessen Downsy (Lindhome), is considered an object of ideal beauty in the show’s early 1900s setting. Michael Ian Black and Christina Hendricks costar, while Tim Heidecker, Ben Stiller, Moshe Kasher, Chris Parnell, Lou Diamond Phillips, and Missi Pyle have guest-starred over the series’ first 10 episodes.
Another Period‘s second season airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET on Comedy Central.