... and four other things you need to know about this week, including the totally-different-from-the-last-one Mission Impossible movie, the banking crisis book that's funnier than its subject suggests, and the Liane La Havas album that won a Purple heartMore
In the years since David Wain and Michael Showalter’s flop-turned-cult-comedy Wet Hot American Summer was made in 2001, many of its stars have amassed mega levels of fame. However, the busy schedules of the entire original cast have somehow aligned to create this eight-part prequel for Netflix, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp. Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd and Elizabeth Banks – all now in their forties – reunite to portray 18-year-old camp counselors at Camp Firewood in Waterville, Maine, in 1981, taking the tradition of adults playing teens on screen to an unprecedented extreme. The series will follow the teenagers’ exploits from the first day of camp up to the final 24 hours in which – in the grand tradition of Porky’s, Animal House, and the other raunchy Eighties’ comedies being spoofed - they hope to fulfill all summer camp sexual expectations. Even better news is that recent recruits include Jon Hamm, Chris Pine and Kristen Wiig. Let’s hope it’s a summer that never ends…
All eight episodes launch on Friday 31 July, exclusively on Netflix
From Mercury Prize-nominee Lianne La Havas comes a second studio album, Blood, and it’s a shift in mood from her 2012 debut Is Your Love Big Enough? Three years on, a lot has changed and La Havas moves forward from the mournful tones, uncertainty and heartbreak of the last album to a sense of relaxed optimism on comeback single 'Unstoppable'. Much of Blood was written on La Havas’ recent first trip to Jamaica, and the self-assured hook, “I know you love me”, on 'What You Don’t Do' radiates vibes of happiness. She’s as sick of discussing her affiliation with Prince as she is of being pigeonholed as a soul singer, but it’s hard not to mention that the 25-year-old Londoner was befriended and covered by the diminutive superstar (he even popped round her house for tea). If her material so far hasn’t had you pre-ordering Blood, then the rare stamp of approval from the Purple One himself surely renders her new material worth a listen.
Out Friday 31 July (Warner Bros)