Analysis: Ansel Elgort leads crime thriller ‘Tokyo Vice’

That means we’ll get some facts, but even more drama. Yes please.

Regular readers know my love for true crime, and this week’s first offering is a crime drama (excuse the pun as I mean it), so let’s get down to business.

Loosely inspired by journalist Jake Adelstein’s non-fiction book about being an American covering the beat for the Tokyo Metropolitan Police, this series was shot in Tokyo, which feels like a character unto itself.

Set in the late 1990s, the crime drama stars Ansel Elgort as Adelstein, who forges a bond with detective Hiroto Katagiri (Ken Watanabe) and descends deeper and deeper into the underworld of Tokyo, with all the struggles of power and the chaos that comes with it. .

The first three episodes air on HBO Max, which is owned by CNN’s parent company.

‘Woke Up’ Season 2

Lamorne Morris stars as cartoonist-turned-activist Keef Knight in

A comedy about race and race relations is not easy to pull off.

Lamorne Morris stars as Keef Knight (based on artist Keith Knight), a cartoonist who in the first season “wakes up” to what’s going on in the world.

In the new season, Knight is an up-and-coming activist trying to make his way in his new world.

It begins streaming on Hulu on Friday.

“The Ultimatum: Get Married or Move On”

(From left) Nick Lachey and Vanessa Lachey present

Another day, another documentary series on relationships.

In it, six couples are about to get married, one ready to get married and the other unsure.

An ultimatum is issued and in eight weeks a decision must be made. And to make it even more intense, each person can choose a possible new partner among the other couples.

Nick Lachey and his wife, Vanessa, who have hosted “Love Is Blind,” are also hosting this new series, which is streaming on Netflix.

two things to listen

Camila Cabello performs on stage during The Global Awards 2020 with at the Eventim Apollo in London.
A lot of attention has been paid to Camila Cabello’s ex, Shawn Mendes, pouring out his heart about their split on his single “When You’re Gone.”

But she’s also a singer-songwriter, and her third studio album, “Familia,” comes out Friday.

According to Cabello, she is also sharing a bit about relationships.

“A lot of it is inspired by my relationships: my relationships with my family, my relationship with my friends, my relationship with my partner… It’s about connections with other people, hence ‘Family,'” she told Billboard. .

The new album includes collaborations with Ed Sheeran and Willow Smith.

Jack White performs during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 25, 2008, in Indio, California.

Jack White recorded two albums during the pandemic, with the first due for release on Friday.

“Fear of the Dawn” finds him sampling the works of others, including the music of the legendary Cab Calloway.

White has a high regard for other artists and spoke with Rolling Stone about where he thinks rock music is headed.

“The genre has been created by thousands and thousands of artists, and some of the people who were the best at doing it did their thing a long time ago. But look at the hope we have, because people thought hip-hop was only going to last a couple of years, and look how long it’s lasted,” White said. “They keep doing amazing stuff. Like what Kendrick Lamar is doing with hip-hop right now, it’s amazing.”

One thing to talk about

The Weeknd performs during the Pepsi Super Bowl LV Halftime Show at Raymond James Stadium on February 7, 2021 in Tampa, Florida.

The Weeknd was probably kidding, but it got me thinking of names.

The the singer tweeted recently that he felt he should change his stage name to “Abel”.
he followed that with a tweet which said “maybe I’ll get a YE and just legally change my name to ABEL. No last name. Like Madonna or Cher or Prince. I don’t know, sounds like a lot.”

The singer, of course, was referring to Kanye West by changing his name to Ye.

We attach great importance to celebrity names. This is how we know them and sometimes define them.

It may be so important that Kelly Clarkson had to explain that her legal name change to Kelly Brianne was due to her divorce and that she would still be known professionally as Kelly Clarkson.

That’s good to know, because I suspect most people would have kept calling her by her professional name anyway.

Something to drink

The late Grand Prince is presented on October 11, 2009 at the Grand Palais in Paris.

As a superfan of Prince, I thought I knew everything there was to know about him.

I was wrong.

Recently, CNN affiliate WCCO in Minneapolis found footage of Prince as a young man.

In it, the 11-year-old future music icon appears in a report on a 1970 teachers’ strike.

“I think they should get more money, because they work overtime for us and all that,” he says in the clip.

Seeing baby Prince made me very emotional. I feel like the world has not been the same since he died on April 21, 2016, at the age of 57, from an accidental overdose of the opioid fentanyl.

Knowing that this kid would grow up to be one of the most incredible musical artists of our age and then lose him the way we did still devastates me.

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