What to watch or play this week: Chris Stapleton, Call of Duty, ‘The Killer,’ and Tim Allen’s Santa return

Country music star Chris Stapleton’s latest album and a documentary featuring Albert Brooks with appearances by renowned celebrities like Steven Spielberg, David Letterman, Ben Stiller, Larry David, Chris Rock, and Wanda Sykes are among the new entertainment options coming to your screens.
call of dutyIn the world of entertainment, there are exciting releases on the horizon. Notable highlights include Chris Stapleton’s upcoming fifth studio album, and a documentary about Albert Brooks featuring famous figures like Steven Spielberg, David Letterman, Ben Stiller, Larry David, Chris Rock, and Wanda Sykes.

But that’s not all. There’s more to look forward to as recommended by The Associated Press’ entertainment experts. This includes Michael Fassbender taking on the role of a hitman in David Fincher’s “The Killer,” Tim Allen returning as Santa Claus for the second season of “The Santa Clauses,” and “The Buccaneers,” an eight-episode series on Apple TV, offering an answer to the popular show “Bridgerton.”

So, entertainment enthusiasts have some exciting choices to anticipate in the world of television, movies, music, and games.


Michael Fassbender stars as an unnamed hitman in “The Killer,” directed by David Fincher, set to premiere on Netflix on November 10. The movie is based on a French graphic novel and written by Andrew Kevin Walker, known for his work on “Seven.” In the film, the hitman shares his strict rules for his profession with the audience, but things take a drastic turn during a job in Paris, leading to a thrilling international pursuit. While it may not be considered one of Fincher’s top-tier films, reviews have generally been positive. One critic describes it as a deep exploration of mortality and retribution served in a calculated and captivating manner.

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Rob Reiner gathers a star-studded cast, including Steven Spielberg, David Letterman, Ben Stiller, Larry David, Chris Rock, and Wanda Sykes, to reflect on the impact of Albert Brooks in the new documentary “Albert Brooks: Defending My Life.” This documentary will be available for streaming on Max starting on November 11. Reiner, a long-time friend of Brooks, sits down with him for a personal conversation about his career, spanning from stand-up comedy to becoming a renowned writer and filmmaker known for classics like “Lost in America” and “Modern Romance.” The discussion takes place in a cozy restaurant with comfortable red leather booths, and Brooks humorously notes that it took making this documentary to finally hear a compliment, joking that he can’t wait to hear more when he’s gone.

Dumb Money is a film that delves into the GameStop stock frenzy, where amateur investor Keith Gill, also known as Roaring Kitty, gained notoriety for his endorsement of GameStop on Reddit in 2021. The movie initially had a somewhat unnoticed theatrical release but is now set for video-on-demand starting Tuesday. The film’s screenplay was written by former Wall Street Journal reporters Lauren Schuker Blum and Rebecca Angelo, and it was directed by Craig Gillespie, known for “I, Tonya.” The star-studded cast includes Paul Dano, America Ferrera, Seth Rogen, Anthony Ramos, Pete Davidson, Sebastian Stan, Shailene Woodley, and Nick Offerman. According to Mark Kennedy’s review, “Dumb Money” emphasizes support for the average investor and aims to counter the narratives presented in movies like “The Wolf of Wall Street” and “The Big Short.”


Country superstar Chris Stapleton is back with his fifth studio album, “Higher,” set to release on Friday, November 10. Known for his unique and versatile voice, Stapleton continues to captivate audiences with his music. The album was recorded at Nashville’s famous RCA Studio A and features a talented team, including producer Dave Cobb, bassist J.T. Cure, pedal steel player Paul Franklin, drummer Derek Mixon, and multi-instrumentalists Morgane Stapleton (Chris’s wife) and Lee Pardini. “Higher” offers a diverse mix of energetic rock songs like “White Horse” and heartfelt harmonies in tracks like “It Takes a Woman,” which Chris performs alongside Morgane. With Stapleton’s powerful ballads, no one can resist the magic of his music.

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The K-pop group aespa, known for their unique AI avatars, is back with their fourth mini album titled “Drama.” While their AI avatars garnered attention, aespa’s music always shines through. Their lead single “Better Things” features upbeat production and a sassy chorus, with lyrics like “I’ve got better things to do with my time than you.” The group continues to showcase their distinct style in this high-energy album.


Apple TV‘s “The Buccaneers” is like its version of “Bridgerton,” set in 1800s London with a modern twist. The show follows a group of American girls who journey to London for the social season to find husbands. They’re considered outspoken and independent. The series stars Kristine Froseth in a love triangle and features other notable actors. “The Buccaneers” premieres on Wednesday.

Octavia Spencer is the executive producer of the new series “FEDS” for ID, which takes you inside the FBI to reveal some of their most unusual and high-profile cases. The show provides an unprecedented look at the FBI, with active agents sharing their stories. “FEDS” premieres on Wednesday on ID and will also be available on Max.
SantaTim Allen returns as Santa Claus in season two of “The Santa Clauses,” starting Wednesday on Disney. The series continues the story from the films, with Scott Calvin, who is also Santa Claus, ready to retire but struggling to find a suitable replacement. Elizabeth Mitchell also reprises her role as Mrs. Claus. Eric Stonestreet and Gabriel Iglesias join the second season, with a special guest appearance by Tracy Morgan.

In a new Showtime series called “The Curse,” Emma Stone and Nathan Fielder play a married couple with their own home improvement show. While their on-camera lives seem perfect, things get messy behind the scenes after a young girl curses them with bad luck. The series is created by Fielder and Benny Safdie, who plays their producer. “The Curse” premieres on November 10 on Paramount and November 12 on Showtime.

Brian Cox, known for his role as Logan Roy in HBO’s “Succession,” hosts a new game show on Prime Video called “007: Road to a Million.” The competition features nine pairs participating in James Bond-inspired challenges across the globe. They are tested physically and mentally to answer questions hidden by Cox, who acts as “The Controller.” The winning team has a chance to win £1 million. All eight episodes will be available on Prime Video starting November 10.


Call of Duty, a popular video game series, started in 2003 and has become a massive success over 20 years and 20 games. The latest installment, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III, brings back the infamous villain Vladimir Makarov, who was behind a major terrorist attack in the series. Players take on the role of Task Force 141 to stop Makarov and prevent a global conflict. Many fans enjoy the campaign but quickly switch to multiplayer battles. The game is set to be released on November 10 for PlayStation 5/4, Xbox X/S/One, and PC.

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Sega’s Yakuza/Like a Dragon series, which has been around for a long time, is hugely popular in Japan but more of a niche favorite in the West. The latest installment, Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name, continues the story of Kazuma Kiryu, who faked his own death and got pulled back into the world of organized crime. Kiryu can choose to fight aggressively or use advanced gadgets for precise takedowns. Alternatively, he can relax by singing karaoke or racing slot cars. The Yakuza story can be complex for newcomers, but if you’re in the mood for unpredictable and sometimes quirky storytelling, it’s worth a try. The game will be available on November 10 for PlayStation 5/4, Xbox X/S/One, and PC.


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