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Oprah Winfrey and Prince Harry are teaming up for a series that will delve into mental health issues and feature segments from athletes and stars like Lady Gaga and Glenn Close. The streaming service Apple TV+ plus announced Monday that the multi-part documentary series “The Me You Can’t See” will debut on May 21. The company says Winfrey and the Duke of Sussex will “guide honest discussions about mental health and emotional well-being while opening up about their mental health journeys and struggles.” Winfrey and the duke are the series’ co-creators and executive producers. Other participants include NBA players DeMar DeRozan and Langston Galloway and chef Rashad Armstead.

Documentary maker Alex Gibney considers the opioid crisis no accident. Rather, it's the crime of the century, and in the HBO film of the same name, he meticulously traces the perpetrators. Abuse of opiates has killed nearly a half million Americans in the past two decades. Gibney shows how the drugs that caused the crisis came to be, how they were aggressively promoted and distributed, and how the government failed to act swiftly and aggressively. Although some of those responsible are being held to account, Gibney says he's concerned that much of the story remains hidden and in danger of happening again.


This week’s new entertainment releases include new music from Heart's Nancy Wilson and “The Boy From Medellín,” in which filmmaker Matthew Heineman trails Colombian pop star J Balvin in the week leading up to his first solo stadium concert in his hometown. PBS’ “American Masters” series profiles Amy Tan, the songwriting trio Miranda Lambert, Jack Ingram and Jon Randall come together to create “The Marfa Tapes,” and look out for “Girls5eva,” a TV comedy about a 1990s “girls group” that grabs an unexpected grown-up opportunity to reunite. Plus, eight months after first debuting in theaters, Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” is finally streaming on HBO Max.


President Joe Biden is visiting former President Jimmy Carter in Plains, Georgia, where the 39th president and his wife, Rosalynn, have lived most of their lives. Biden was a young Delaware senator when he endorsed Carter's bid for the presidency in 1976. Biden is the oldest sitting president ever at 78. The 96-year-old Carter is the longest-lived president in history. Biden said of Carter in a new documentary, “CARTERLAND”: “He showed us throughout his entire life what it means to be a public servant." Biden added that Carter has “shown us what we can be as a nation: courageous, compassionate and humble.”

Rocker and filmmaker Dave Grohl thought he was making a nostalgic documentary about the formative days of famous musicians. But then the pandemic happened. Partly by design and also by circumstance, his new film “What Drives Us’” became a surprisingly emotional statement about the power of live music and its absence. Hear Ringo Starr tell about the Beatles huddling together for warmth, or the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea discuss how music was an escape from an abusive childhood. It's all pulled together with infectious enthusiasm by Grohl, who gets behind the wheel of the van used by Foo Fighters in their early days.

A judge has dismissed the lawsuit of a man who alleged that Michael Jackson sexually abused him as a boy. The Los Angeles judge tossed out the lawsuit of Wade Robson on Monday, saying two Jackson entertainment corporations targeted by the lawsuit had no legal duty to protect Robson from Jackson. Robson made the allegation in the HBO documentary “Leaving Neverland.”  His attorney Vince Finaldi said in a statement that the decision sets a dangerous precedent and he plans to appeal. A similar lawsuit from another man in the documentary was dismissed in October. 

Two foundations that serve the needy achieved the kind of spotlight at the Academy Awards telecast that any nonprofit yearns for: A shout-out from a famous celebrity to the 10 million or more people estimated to be watching from home. Time will tell whether the Motion Picture & Television Fund Foundation and the Tyler Perry Foundation will enjoy windfalls from receiving Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Awards. But given the exposure they received, donations for the foundations’ causes are almost sure to rise. The MPTF, the first organization to win the special humanitarian Oscar, received a lengthy personal introduction from Bryan Cranston to celebrate its 100th anniversary of providing for the needy of the industry.



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