This Week’s Top Entertainment: From 'The Iron Claw' Drama to Zara Larsson's New Beats

Published February 10, 2024

This week in the world of entertainment is a thrilling mix of drama and music, with the heavy-weight dramatization 'The Iron Claw' hitting the screens, and Swedish pop sensation Zara Larsson teaming up with David Guetta for some fresh tunes. 'The Iron Claw,' a gripping drama based on the true-life events of the Von Erich brothers, features a star-studded cast, including Zac Efron and newcomer Stanley Simons who bring to life the tale of a wrestling family in the claws of their ambitious father, portrayed by Holt McCallany.

Eclectic Cinema Premieres

In cinemas, apart from the much-talked-about 'The Iron Claw,' audiences can explore a range of narrative forms. We have Steve McQueen's 'Occupied City,' a four-hour exploration of Amsterdam’s history during the Nazi occupation and pandemic. Jeanie Finlay's documentary 'Your Fat Friend' follows fat activist Aubrey Gordon's journey from anonymous blogging to bestselling authorship. George Amponsah's 'Gassed Up' debuts with a story of a London teen deep into the criminal underworld. These stories offer diverse and complex takes on society, sure to provoke thought and conversation.

Live Music and Gigs Galore

The gig scene is vibrant with offerings from Icelandic talent Laufey, buzzworthy performances by the upcoming artist Dylan, and guitar maestro John Etheridge's Blue Spirits trio. With sounds varying from classic to rock and blues, music lovers have ample choice to indulge in live performances across the UK.

Art Exhibitions with a Modern Twist

The art world is not lagging behind with several exhibitions worth visiting. Delve into 'Soulscapes' at the Dulwich Picture Gallery for a contemporary take on landscape art or unravel the fabric-based art practices at the Barbican Art Gallery in 'Unravel.' Other artists on display include Outi Pieski at Tate St Ives and Habib Hajallie at Pallant House, both approaching art with individual and thought-provoking perspectives.

Stage Productions to Captivate Audiences

Theatergoers can experience Pina Bausch's 'Nelken' for a piece of pure beauty, or visit the National Theatre for the revival of Dodie Smith's classic comedy 'Dear Octopus.' Various other productions like 'Shed: Exploded View' and the 'Slapstick festival' offer drama and laughter for a memorable outing.

Streaming for Couch Potatoes

For those preferring to stay in, streaming options are plenty. Apple TV+ presents 'The New Look,' a series set in the glamorous but intense world of post-war fashion. On Channel 4, 'Alice & Jack' spins a romantic plot with a dash of mystery, and 'Bring the Drama' on BBC Two & iPlayer throws eight aspiring actors into the spotlight. Netflix's 'The Vince Staples Show' combines comedy and music in a unique storytelling format.

Gaming and Albums for Home Entertainment

The gaming world gets a nostalgic touch with remastered versions of 'Mario vs Donkey Kong' and 'Tomb Raider.' For music enthusiasts, albums drop from the likes of Usher and Shygirl, while Zara Larsson's 'Venus' introduces collaborations with prominent figures like David Guetta.

For The Intellectually Curious

Those seeking intellectual stimulation can tune into podcasts like 'Law and Disorder' or explore mathematical concepts with Eddie Woo’s online videos. 'Eight Numbers to Understand China' provides insight into the country's vast history through a unique numerical perspective, available on the BBC World Service.

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