This week’s new entertainment releases include the reuniting of “Home Improvement” sitcom buddies Tim Allen and Richard Karn for “More Power” and the return of Steve Martin, Martin Short and Selena Gomez as unlikely crime-solving New York City neighbors in Hulu’s “Only Murders in the Building.”
The biggest new movie streaming this week is “The Princess,” coming to Hulu on July 1, starring Joey King as a royal who refuses to marry her intended. And Ken Burns adds his heft to “Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness,” which gives a voice to young people with mental health conditions and those in their lives.
Here’s a collection of the best of what’s arriving in theaters, on TV and on streaming services this week.
Steve Martin, Martin Short and Selena Gomez as back as unlikely crime-solving New York City neighbors in Hulu’s “Only Murders in the Building.” In season two, the amateur sleuths are the talk of the town, or at least their apartment building, when they’re linked to the death of the building board’s president. In a cruel twist, the trio that began a podcast to unravel a murder are under scrutiny by a rival podcast. Shirley MacLaine and Cara Delevingne are among the high-profile visitors when the series returns Tuesday with two episodes and others out weekly.
The biggest new movie streaming this week is “The Princess,” coming to Hulu on Friday, July 1, starring Joey King as a royal who refuses to marry her intended (with good reason, as he’s a sociopath). Still, the act of defiance gets her kidnapped and imprisoned while her betrothed tries to overthrow the kingdom. Le-Van Kiet directed the film, which also stars Dominic Cooper and Olga Kurylenko. Hulu is also getting “Independence Day” on July 1, if you’re looking for a nostalgic watch leading up to the holiday.
Netflix is adding an army of titles starting Friday, including several films featuring recently departed actors. Ray Liotta’s star-making turn as aspiring mobster Henry Hill in Martin Scorsese’s “GoodFellas” is one of them. Liotta, who died last month at age 67, had to fight for the role in that cast of heavyweights like Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci. The intensity of his performance and his memorable narration made him stand out even so. Also arriving on Netflix on Friday, are “The Talented Mr. Ripley” and “Boogie Nights,” featuring two memorable performances by Philip Baker Hall, who died earlier this month at 90, as a dogged detective and an unsentimental producer.
And if “The Talented Mr. Ripley” doesn’t satiate your dreams of an Italian vacation, Amazon Prime Video is getting Ridley Scott’s “House of Gucci” on Saturday, July 2. The gaudy, operatic, two and a half hour family drama stars Adam Driver as the ill-fated Gucci heir Maurizio Gucci and Lady Gaga as his scorned wife Patrizia Reggiani, alongside a starry cast including Al Pacino, Jared Leto (unrecognizable under prosthetics) and Jeremy Irons.
“Home Improvement” sitcom buddies Tim Allen and Richard Karn reunite for “More Power,” a nonfiction series that explores the development and mechanics of tools, from big (bulldozers) to small (batteries). Each half-hour episode focuses on one implement, which gets dissected in Allen’s workshop with help from April Wilkerson of YouTube do-it-yourself fame. Karn explains the tool’s history, followed by field testing and a segment in which a skilled creator is challenged to devise innovative and “crazy new builds.” The series debuts Wednesday on History Channel.
Ken Burns adds his heft to “Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness,” which gives a voice to young people — ages 11 to 27 — with mental health conditions and those in their lives, including parents, teachers and friends, along with mental health care experts. The two-part, four-hour film directed and co-produced by Erik Ewers and Christopher Loren Ewers, with Burns as executive producer, airs Monday and Tuesday on PBS. The film is part of Well Beings, a public media campaign that uses storytelling to help erase the stigma from physical and mental health issues.
AP writers Lynn Elber and Lindsey Bahr contributed to this report.