ET Obsessions: The Weeknd’s New Album, Sandra Oh on ‘Killing Eve’ and More!
By ETonline Staff
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Why We’re Obsessed With The Weeknd’s ‘My Dear Melancholy,’
After returning to the Billboard charts earlier this year with “Pray for Me,” a song from the Black Panther soundtrack, The Weeknd made some lemonadeof his own, dropping a surprise EP full of hints about a relationship gone sour. My Dear Melancholy, is only six tracks, but packs plenty of angst amid its sharp beats and the singer’s signature falsetto, leading many fans to speculate that several of the tracks were written about the soulful singer’s ill-fated 2017 relationship with Selena Gomez. The opening song, “Call Out My Name,” bemoans a romance that left The Weeknd feeling like “just another pit stop,” while the Skrillex-produced “Wasted Times” laments that the new love “wasn’t half of you” in not-so-subtle, NSFW shout-outs to an “equestrian” ex, which very possibly refers to horse lover Bella Hadid. Whether you’re in it for the drama, or just the jams, The Weeknd’s new offering hearkens back to his stellar breakthrough album, Beauty Behind the Madness, with all the swooning synths and lovesick lyrics that sent him triple-platinum in the first place.
While Hugh Jackman may have retracted his claws for the final time in Logan, the superhero has leapt off the page again this year in Marvel’s first-ever scripted podcast series, Wolverine: The Long Night. The show’s synopsis reads: "Following a string of mysterious deaths in Burns, Alaska, Special Agents Sally Pierce and Tad Marshall arrive to investigate. They soon find there’s more going on than meets the eye.” Richard Armitage (a reliable voice performer) portrays the titular character in this original tale that feels like it could easily be retro-adapted into a comic book run. Full of intrigue and suspense, sound designers have done an amazing job transporting listeners into the story by providing each scene with its own ambiance and texture. A joint production between Marvel and Stitcher, The Long Night is destined to become their first of many audio dramas in the near future.
Sandra Oh is back on TV with BBC America’s new thriller, Killing Eve, which sees the actress playing Eve, an MI5 security officer stuck behind a desk opposite Jodie Comer, who plays Villanelle, a talented killer obsessed with luxury. The two spar in a game of cat and mouse after a Russian politician is murdered, setting them on a violent collision course. Fans of the Grey’s Anatomy star may be surprised to see Oh in such a different role from Dr. Christina Yang, but the actress showcased her a**-kicking chops with 2017’s Catfight. However, this show is more than two women fighting, thanks to Fleabag’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who developed and wrote the series and adds a bit of twisted humor to the show.
What happens when you lose the foundation of your family? Russell Harbaugh’s new film about the loss of a patriarch explores that idea through the surviving family members and how they come to terms with it. Andie MacDowell leads the cast as Suzanne, a mother attempting to explore a new relationship following her husband’s death. This, of course, is at odds with her oldest son, Nicholas (Chris O’Dowd), whose own relationship with his girlfriend is falling apart and doesn’t think his mother should move on. Meanwhile, the youngest son, Chris (James Adomian), deals with grief in his own complicated way. First premiering at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, Love After Love was one of the standouts, particularly thanks to MacDowell, who seems to be enjoying a resurgence following her welcome appearance in Magic Mike XXL.