Here’s a look at what’s to come for television and movie theaters in April.
Turner Classic Movies recently launched Noir Alley, a new programming franchise hosted by Eddie Muller, founder and president of the Film Noir Foundation. Muller will explore the genre from every angle as he introduces a different noir classic each week. Noir Alley began last month and airs Sundays at 10 a.m. ET. Film noir, with its gritty and dark style, was a favorite among 1940s and 1950s moviegoers and continues to be one of the most popular genres of classic film today.
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CONTINUING A FRANCHISE
On the heels of 2015’s “Furious 7,” one of the fastest movies to reach $1 billion worldwide in box-office history and the sixth-biggest global title of all time, comes the newest chapter in one of the most popular and enduring motion-picture serials of all time: “The Fate of the Furious.” Now that Dom and Letty are on their honeymoon and Brian and Mia have retired from the game — and the rest of the crew has been exonerated — the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman (Oscar winner Charlize Theron) seduces Dom into the world of crime he can’t seem to escape and a betrayal of those closest to him, they will face trials that will test them as never before. The film stars Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, Elsa Pataky and Kurt Russell.
In theaters — April 14, 2017.
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“Veep” April 16, 10:30 p.m. ET on HBO
The Emmy-winning comedy series is set to kick off its ten-episode sixth season April 16. “Veep” stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus as former Vice President and President Selina Meyer. The cast also includes Emmy winner Tony Hale, Anna Chlumsky, Reid Scott, Matt Walsh, Timothy Simons, Kevin Dunn, Gary Cole and Sam Richardson.
“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” April 22, 8 p.m. ET on HBO
Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne star in this adaptation of Rebecca Skloot’s critically acclaimed, bestselling nonfiction book of the same name. The film tells the story of Henrietta Lacks, an African-American woman whose cells were used to create the first immortal human cell line. Told through the eyes of her daughter, Deborah Lacks (Winfrey), the film chronicles her search, with the help of journalist Rebecca Skloot (Byrne), to learn about the mother she never knew and understand how the unauthorized harvesting of Lacks’ cancerous cells in 1951 led to unprecedented medical breakthroughs, changing countless lives and the face of medicine forever.
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In the fully animated, all-new take on the “Smurfs,” a mysterious map sets Smurfette and her best friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting and thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest. Filled with magical creatures, the group is on a mission to find a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does. Embarking on a rollercoaster journey full of action and danger, the Smurfs are on a course that leads to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history. This animated feature stars Demi Lovato, Rainn Wilson, Joe Manganiello, Jack McBrayer, Danny Pudi and Mandy Patinkin.
In theaters — April 7, 2017. (Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures Animation)
“The Circle” is a gripping modern thriller set in the not-too-distant future, starring Emma Watson, Tom Hanks and John Boyega. When Mae (Watson) is hired to work for the world’s largest and most powerful tech & social media company, she sees it as an opportunity of a lifetime. As she rises through the ranks, she is encouraged by the company’s founder, Eamon Bailey (Hanks), to engage in a groundbreaking experiment that pushes the boundaries of privacy, ethics and ultimately her personal freedom. Her participation in the experiment, and every decision she makes begin to affect the lives and future of her friends, family and that of humanity.
In theaters — April 28, 2017.
HALL OF FAME
“Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony” April 20, 8 p.m. ET on HBO
The “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony” premieres April 29 and this year’s inductees include Joan Baez, ELO, Journey, Pearl Jam, Tupac Shakur and Yes; the Award for Music Excellence inductee is Nile Rodgers.
THE LOST CITY
Amazon Studios and Bleecker Street presents “The Lost City of Z.” Written and directed by James Gray, the film stars Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller, Tom Holland, Edward Ashley and more. Based on author David Grann’s nonfiction bestseller, it tells the incredible true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett, who journeys into the Amazon at the dawn of the 20th century and discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the region. Despite being ridiculed by the scientific establishment who regard indigenous populations as “savages,” the determined Fawcett — supported by his wife (Miller), son (Holland) and aide de camp (Pattinson) — returns time and again to his beloved jungle in an attempt to prove his case, culminating in his mysterious disappearance in 1925.
In theaters — April 21, 2017.
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“Class” April 15, 10 p.m. ET on BBC America
A new “Doctor Who” spinoff premieres April 15 after the 10th season premiere. “Class” is a new eight-part series that follows four Coal Hill School students who have hidden secrets and desires, navigate a life of friends, parents, school work, sorrow — and possibly the end of existence. Coal Hill School has been part of the “Doctor Who” universe since the very beginning, but that has come at a price. Time traveling over the years has caused the very walls of space and time to become thin. There’s something pressing in on the other side, something waiting for its chance to kill everyone and everything, to bring us all into Shadow.
(Photo courtesy of BBC America)