As the networks get ready to release their autumn/winter highlights, Netflix was fast out of the blocks to announce that season three of The Crown will arrive on Sunday, November 17.
Mostly set through the mid to late 1960s, this season brings huge changes to the cast of the royal drama. Olivia Colman replaces Claire Foy as Queen Liz, while Tobias Menzies (Game of Thrones, This Way Up, etc) steps in as her hubby Philip. Helena Bonham Carter also joins the cast as Princess Margaret.
And speaking of strange people who exist far outside the bounds of normal society, Mindhunter season two drops on Netflix today, with a whole new crop of nasty serial killers. Thankfully, the two excellent FBI leads return — Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany).
Peaky Blinders season five is due on Sunday, August 25, and writer Steven Knight has told NME they plan on finishing the show in season seven when it reaches the outbreak of the Second World War. Knight has also suggested he’d be interested in spin-offs of the Cillian Murphy-led drama, including a film version.
Quentin Tarantino’s latest offering, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, is in Irish cinemas since Wednesday and, like several of its predecessors, seems to be splitting opinion somewhat.
Set in Hollywood against the backdrop of the Manson murders, it will still be one of the most popular films of the weekend ahead. From Sunday, Triskel has Nick Broomfield’s documentary on the relationship between Leonard Cohen and his Norwegian muse Marianne Ihlen (“So long Marianne”).
The couple met on a Greek island in 1960, when Cohen was still a poet rather than a music star, and the film-maker himself actually has a role, as he was also a lover of Marianne at the time.
Triskel also has Blade Runner and Alien tomorrow as part of its sci-fi series, as well as Amazing Grace, the superb concert film from Aretha Franklin in 1971.
Plans to re-open the Kino in Cork as a gig venue have been broadly welcomed by the city’s music community. The new city-centre venue has the potential to join the revamped Cyprus Avenue in bolstering a scene in the city that has suffered in recent years.
Meanwhile, the Other Voices franchise continues to expand, with the next incarnation of the festival/TV show taking place in Cardigan in Wales on the weekend of November 1-2.
In the US, the much heralded meeting of Jack Black and Jack White has borne fruit with a ‘Jack Gray’ project that looks like continuing with a musical collaboration between the two.
Tickets are now on sale for Sinead O’Connor’s appearance at Cork Opera House on Saturday, Oct 27 — the jazz weekend — the other dates on her Irish tour: October 17, Roisin Dubh, Galway; October 24, Spiegeltent, Wexford; Oct 27, Vicar St, Dublin.
Also in Cork, the Sounds From A Safe Harbour festival is just four weeks away, and among the interesting late additions is Richard Reed Parry of Arcade Fire, who brings his his folk project Quiet River of Dust to the Everyman on September 13.
Upcoming biggies in Dublin include Foo Fighters at the RDS on Wednesday, followed by Post Malone on Thursday.
Bernard Casey brings his Local Gossip character to the Comedy Club at City Limits in Cork tomorrow night, while Fred Cooke of Dancing with the Stars fame will be doing his stand-up show in numerous venues around Ireland next month, including Crane Lane in Cork on September 28.