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Here’s a curated collection from the Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s coming to TV, streaming services and music platforms this week.

– “The Batman,” the biggest box office hit so far this year, lands promptly on HBO Max on Monday immediately after its 45-day run in theaters. In response to the pandemic and a way to bolster its streaming service, Warner Bros. presented its films simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max last year. This year, the studio’s new releases begin streaming after 45 days in theaters — roughly half of what the traditional theatrical window once was. “The Batman,” directed by Matt Reeves and starring Robert Pattinson as the Caped Crusader, features a relatively young Batman new to vigilantism and struggling with his burdens. In my review, I called the three-hour film “a moody, shadowy, rage-infused mood piece that reduced comic book archetypes to abstract silhouettes and grimy human characters.” Following its streaming debut, “The Batman” will also premiere on HBO on Saturday.

– “Navalny” is an invigorating documentary portrait of one of Vladimir Putin’s fiercest and most vocal political enemies in Russia. Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is currently imprisoned. Last month he was sentenced to nine years in prison after being found guilty. “Navalny,” directed by Daniel Roher, was largely shot in late 2020 and early 2021 as Navalny recovered in Germany after an assassination attempt with nerve agent poisoning. The film will air Sunday on CNN and CNN+. (It will also air on HBO Max at a later date.) In her review, AP Film screenwriter Lindsey Bahr said “Navalny” “has all the makings of a Hollywood thriller” and is “even scarier and more prescient.” after Putin’s invasion. Ukraine.

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– Timed for Earth Day, The Walt Disney Co. will debut “Polar Bear” Friday, on Disney+. The Disneynature documentary, narrated by Catherine Keener, follows a mother polar bear and her cubs. It’s directed by Alastair Fothergill and Jeff Wilson, who also directed Disneynature’s “Penguins.”

—- AP movie screenwriter Jake Coyle

— The same month, Bonnie Raitt’s “Nick of Time” was inducted into the National Recording Registry, the singer-songwriter proved that she wasn’t slowing down by releasing a new 10-track album, “Just Like That…”. This is his 21st LP and his first in over six years. The formidable first single is one of his most groovy, “Made Up Mind”, with sliding chords and bluesy riffs. Raitt produced the record herself, working with mixing engineer Ryan Freeland, who partnered with Raitt to win a Grammy for Best Americana Album for their work on his 2012 effort, “Slipstream.”

– Brian May’s second solo album, 1998’s ‘Another World’, was well received even though it didn’t set the charts on fire. So on Friday, the guitarist and songwriter of rock band Queen is giving it another shot with a deluxe reissue. The set contains the remastered original album alongside a 15-track disc that features previously unreleased remixes, rarities, live tracks and cover versions, including his tribute version of Buddy’s rock ‘n’ roll classic Holly “Maybe Baby”.

– Mark Kennedy, AP Entertainment Writer

– Barry Berkman is certain that this is the actor’s life for him and works hard at his craft – all while breaking down the barriers posed by his previous career as a hitman. As HBO’s dark comedy “Barry” returns for its pandemic-delayed third season, the Midwest-to-Los Angeles transplant is looking inward to understand what made him a gun for hire. Bill Hader stars and co-created the Emmy-winning show that airs Sunday and airs on HBO Max. Featured: Henry Winkler as Barry’s former drama teacher and Sarah Goldberg as Barry’s girlfriend.

– ‘Better Call Saul’ and its star, Bob Odenkirk, brilliantly continued the legacy of ‘Breaking Bad’, but now is the time to say goodbye to the spin-off prequel. Or more accurately, begin a long farewell, with the show’s sixth and final season split into two. The first of seven episodes airs Monday on AMC and AMC+, with the final six debuting July 11. Fans of Saul Goodman, the eminently sketchy lawyer also known as Jimmy McGill, have been waiting since season five ended in April 2020. There was a pandemic-caused production delay and, while taping of that season, a health issue for Odenkirk which affected the recording.

— “The Man Who Fell to Earth”, the 1976 film starring David Bowie and directed by Nicolas Roeg, was based on the eponymous novel by Walter Tevis. Both the film and the book are cited as the inspiration for Showtime’s drama series of the same name. Chiwetel Ejiofor stars as the newly reworked alien character who arrives on Earth at “a turning point in human evolution.” Naomie Harris co-stars as a scientist who joins the mission to save two worlds, with Bill Nighy, Jimmi Simpson and Kate Mulgrew also in the mix. “The Man Who Fell to Earth,” created by “Star Trek” TV series veterans Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet, debuts Sunday.

— Lynn Elber, AP Television Writer

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