The Lioness with Zoe Saldaña, the Weasley twins from the travel (and magic) show “Harry Potter” “Fantastic Friends”, the stars of “The Boys” and “Party Down” unite for the horror film “Cobweb” and all the best in pop culture the week of July 17, 2023

The It List is Yahoo’s weekly look at the best in pop culture, including movies, music, TV, streaming, games, books, podcasts and more. Here are our picks for July 17-23, including the best deals we could find for each.

STREAM IT: Zoe Saldaña roars in Taylor Sheridan Special Ops: Lioness

After bouncing around the cosmos in Avatar: The Way of the Water And guardians of the galaxyZoe Saldaña returns to terra firma with Taylor Sheridan’s latest Paramount+ series, Special Ops: Lioness. Based on the real-life all-female squads developed for the Army and Marine Corps, the series follows Saldaña’s hardened Navy on a mission to befriend the daughter of a would-be terrorist. Nicole Kidman and Morgan Freeman also make their Sheridan debut, alongside Britney Spears’ husband Sam Asghari. This may mean that Spears herself will be in season 2 of king of tulsa? —Ethan Alter

Special Ops: Lioness premieres on Sunday July 23 Paramount+.

WATCH IT: Lizzy Caplan and Antony Starr weave their web in killer new cooler Spider

Parents say (and do) the craziest things…especially when those parents are Lizzy Caplan and Antony Starr. That’s what young Peter – played by breakout Go on! Come on star, Woody Norman — discovers in the new thriller Spider Since The boys producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. When Peter hears an incessant tapping emanating from the walls of his family home, he begins to suspect that Mom and Dad are up to no good. This exclusive clip from the movie features a tense family dinner that certainly suggests Caplan and Starr are hiding deep, dark secrets. — EA

Spider premieres Friday, July 21 in theaters; visit fandango for timetable and ticket information.

WATCH THIS: Harry Potter’s The Weasley children reunite Fantastic Friends

Actors James and Oliver Phelps, who are best known as Ron Weasley’s twin brothers in the Harry Potter films, welcome this new six-part series which features them traveling to faraway places to meet their famous friends, such as Bonnie Wright, the actress who played their on-screen baby sister, Ginny. Other friends that appear include their Harry Potter co-stars Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood) and Luke Youngblood (Lee Jordan), plus the likes of Game Of Thrones alum Maisie Williams and Haley Joel Osment, whose credits include the blockbuster The sixth sense. The “fantastic” part is through the incredible settings – think Saint Lucia, Iceland, Ireland, Dubai and more – as well as the magic-themed challenges and competitions they will encounter during their journey. journey. —Raechal Shewfelt

Fantastic Friends premieres Tuesday, July 18 at 9 p.m. on The CW.

WATCH THIS: Barbenheimer – the official BarbieOppenheimer double feature – theatrical release

Artwork by Aisha Yousaf;  Photo: Everett Collection/Universal Pictures

Cillian Murphy in Oppenheimer and Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling in Barbie. (Illustration by Aisha Yousaf; Photo: Everett Collection/Universal Pictures)

It’s finally happened: July 21 weekend, aka the biggest movie weekend of the summer, and also possibly the weirdest double feature ever. According to AMC Theatres, more than 20,000 moviegoers have already purchased tickets for back-to-back screenings of Barbie (Greta Gerwig’s candy-colored spin on the Mattel doll starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling’s Ken-ergy) and Oppenheimer (Christopher Nolan’s intensely heavy 3-hour drama about the development of the atomic bomb). Both highly anticipated, both from Oscar-nominated directors, both star-studded… why would not does anyone see them one after the other? Maybe start with Oppenheimer, but. Barbie is at least A little lighter. — Kevin Polowy

Barbie And Oppenheimer the first two on Friday, July 21 in theaters; visit fandango for timetable and ticket information.

WATCH IT: Timothy Olyphant returns in Justified: City Primeval

Raylan Givens (and his hat) are back eight years later Justified It’s over. In this long-awaited reboot, inspired by the novel by Elmore Leonard City Primeval: High Noon in Detroit, Givens has moved to Miami, Florida, and is concentrating between his job as a U.S. Marshal and his 14-year-old daughter, Willa (played by Olyphant’s real-life daughter, Vivian). But alas, Givens’ plans for a father-daughter road trip are derailed by “the Oklahoma Wildman,” and the rest, well, you’ll just have to tune in to find out what this basic cable marshal is into. beloved embarks on this limited series. — Danica Creahan

Justified: City Primeval premieres with two new episodes on Tuesday, July 18 at 10 p.m. on FX, and will air the following day on Hulu.

WATCH THIS: The last of us infects our Blu-ray shelves

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Props to HBO if it was indeed strategic: Just a week after scoring 24 ravishing Emmy nominations (second only to Succession‘s 27 Names), the network’s post-apocalyptic sensation The last of us – starring Pedro Pascal as the protector cheating on Baby Yoda with Bella Ramsey’s Ellie – is released in 4K Ultra HD. Widely hailed as the best video game adaptation of all time, The last of us arrives in physical form with two hours of bonus material including three new featurettes. — computer

The last of us 4K Ultra HD releases Tuesday, July 18 on Amazon.

WATCH IT: Sunset Strip Stars Get Naked For Revealing Series I wanna Rock

From the creators of the origin story documentary I want my MTV comes the new three-part series from Paramount + I Wanna Rock: the dream of 80s metalwhich focuses on the hairspray-soaked, spandex-covered, pyro-laden excess of this massive but misunderstood network The Headbangers’ Ball time. Kip Winger, Dee Snider, Janet Gardner of Vixen, Dave “Snake” Sabo of Skid Row, former Mötley Crüe singer John Corabi, Taime Downe of Faster Pussycat, MTV VJ Riki Rachtman, former manager of Crue/Poison/ Guns N’ Roses Vicky Hamilton and others dish on life on the Sunset Strip, life after grunge and how the dream of metal still lives on. — Lyndsey Parker

I Wanna Rock: the dream of 80s metal premieres Tuesday, July 18 on Paramount+.

READ IT: Yangchen’s Legacy concludes a two-part saga in the current Avatar Chronicles

(Image: Amulet Books)

(Image: Amulet Books)

Last year, Last Airbender fans got to experience the dawn of Yangchen’s reign as Avatar long before Aang appeared on the scene. The second payment, Yangchen’s Legacy, concludes the story of Air Nomad against a backdrop of conflict that could engulf the Four Nations. But even as Yangchen’s story draws to a close, expect more installments in the Avatar Chronicles book series as Netflix live-action show prepares to air in 2024. – EA

Yangchen’s Legacy will be available Tuesday, July 18 at most major bookstores, including Amazon.

LISTEN TO IT: Blurry is back in the spotlight

Damon Albarn is the hardest working man in Britpop, tying Gorillaz, other supergroups, solo music and various films, theaters, operas and soundtracks over the years. But it all started with Blur, and now, after an eight-year hiatus, Albarn has reunited with Graham Coxon, Alex James and Dave Rowntree for the iconic band’s ninth studio album, Darren’s ballad. The comeback disc release coincides with a string of European festival dates and two sold-out nights at Wembley Stadium in London, with a global livestream featuring Blur’s first and only performance of the album in its entirety planned. for July 25. LP

Darren’s ballad by Blur is available Friday, July 21 for download/streaming on Apple Music.

WATCH THIS: Down to earth with Zac Efron finally gets the airtime it deserves

If you were recently locked out of your Netflix account during the Great Password Sharing Crackdown of 2023, this should soften your landing when you return. down to earth (and the world of network television): Down to earth with Zac Efron will make its network television debut on Tuesday, July 18, about three years after the fun-meets-foodie travel show aired on Netflix. Look at the himbo-adjacent musical high school The star constantly calls everyone “dude” and sings the praises of consuming carbs in eight countries as he learns everything from wellness practices to sustainable farming at this laid-back (but still kind of educational!) road trip series. – CC

Down to earth with Zac Efron premieres Tuesday, July 18 on The CW; new episodes of the show will also be released for free the next day on The CW app And website.

HEAR: Greta Van Fleet returns to the garage

Young Michigan rocker Greta Van Fleet has been slammed for derivatively sounding Zeppelin and delivering a polarizing Saturday Night Live performance at the peak of their hype seemingly overnight. But despite the backlash, it’s safe to say that the Elton John-endorsed Grammy winners introduced many Gen Z kids to classic old-school hard rock and even paved the way for recent rockers like Måneskin. Now, for their third album, Star catcher, GVF is returning to the raw sound they created in their Frankenmuth garage as teenagers. The release of the record also coincides with frontman Josh Kiszka coming out as LGBTQ+. — LP

Star catcher by Greta Van Fleet is available on Friday, July 21 to download/stream on Apple Music.

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