My suggestion: Stay inside and watch and listen to some of the offerings here.
‘The Gray Man’
How can you ignore a film that stars Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans and Regé-Jean Page?
The answer is you cannot.
It starts streaming on Netflix Friday.
We can thank Issa Rae for this one, even though she’s not starring.
The “Insecure” star/co-creator served as executive producer and wrote the debut episode for this series about two estranged friends who come together to form a rap duo. “Keep It” podcast host Aida Osman and “Love & Hip Hop: Miami” star and rapper KaMillion play the lead roles.
The comedy is set in Miami and very much giving shades of the real-life rap duo City Girls, but with the wit of Rae and her team in a comedy that’s as much about female empowerment and life as it is hip-hop.
The first two episodes are streaming on HBO Max, which like CNN is part of Warner Bros. Discovery.
‘Virgin RIver’ Season 4
I don’t usually drop shows here that have been on for a while, but I kept hearing about “Virgin River.” And now I understand why.
Set in a small town, it’s soapy and has romance and drama. If that doesn’t scream “addictive comfort viewing,” nothing does.
This season, there’s a question of paternity as a main storyline, along with everything else going on in a remote corner of Northern California. If you’re looking for a binge, start with season one and keep it rolling.
Season four is currently streaming on Netflix.
Two things to listen to
After having released his electric album, “Fear of the Dawn,” in April, Jack White has gone acoustic for his latest.
“Entering Heaven Alive,” out Friday, came together from a bunch of music White had created that didn’t quite fit in the same project.
I, for one, can’t get enough Jack White music, so I’m not unhappy about two distinct albums.
Odesza, the electronic music group currently made up of Harrrison Mills and Clayton Knight, is hoping their latest album brings people out to party in person.
The duo’s accompanying tour is more performance art than DJ sets on some level, and it’s as much designed to dazzle attendees as it is to get them dancing.
“The Last Goodbye” is out Friday.
One thing to talk about
I plead the fifth as my husband reads this newsletter (he’d better and I am no fool), but let’s just say that Lopez and Affleck’s finding their way back to each other after decades had some of us in their feelings.
Much has been made about Lopez’s number of marriages (now four), not to mention multiple engagements and relationships, when in reality she’s hardly the first (or the last) in Hollywood to keep trying when it comes to love.
And isn’t the saying that it gets greater, later? Best of luck to Bennifer 2.0.
Something to sip on
I worked out for the first time in a minute because of Emilia Clarke and have been paying better attention to my diet.
She is just the latest example of a celebrity using a deep personal crisis to inform and help others.
I have so much admiration for how she is using one of the darkest periods of her life to shine a light on an important subject.