GIve “Sex” A Chance

Nobody has seen an episode of the “Sex and the City” reboot, and already the knives are flying in naysaying reports like this one. I threw a few brickbats at the project: how could you still call the show “Sex and the City” when Samantha, who had most of the sex, wasn’t returning? But the producers and HBOMax solved that problem by calling the reboot “And Just Like That.” So I’m keeping an open mind. I wish everyone else would do the same.

Your Weekend: A Selective Guide

TV/Streaming: “Ted Lasso,” starring Jason Sudeikis, returns for a new season — time to laugh again!…”Downton Abbey” is back on Netflix — time to cry again!…Movies: “Old” is M. Night Shyamalan’s latest horror: people on a tropical holiday age a lifetime in a day — a real upbeat tale, huh?…Books: All these books detailing what a shit Trump was and is: I need to spend thirty dollars to learn that?…Music: Adele’s new album can’t arrive soon enough: in the meantime, she’s dating Lebron’s agent…There’s a newly released Prince album: “Welcome 2 America.”…Sports: Unless there’s a Munich-level catastrophe, the mainstream media are too invested in the success of the Olympics to portray it as anything other than a triumph over covid hurdles.

Kennedy Center Honors Announced

Hip hip hooray! Joni Mitchell finally is finally receiving the honor. (As are Bette Midler, Lorne Michaels, Berry Gordy, and Justino Diaz.) Now, only Liza Minnelli and Jane Fonda are the too-long-overlooked stars who need to be saluted. Yeah, I know Fonda’s past politics mean she has haters. Tough. The honors have been given to right-wingers and survived.

The Problem With Dicks In Space

Oh, Great: Something Else To Pay For

Almodovar Movie To Open Venice Fest

Pedro Almodóvar’s new film “Parallel Mothers,” starring Penelope Cruz, will open the upcoming Venice Film Festival in September. Details.

Your Weekend: A Selective Guide

Movies: There’s a new “Space Jam” and Lebron is in it…TV/Streaming: I’m doing my annual summer re-watch of “The Wire”: I always see new things and always change my mind about certain characters…”Gunpowder Milkshake” comes to Netflix, with women as the badasses…Music: Listening to a lot of bluegrass to get me going in the morning: Flatt & Scruggs remain peerless…Books: Always amazes me that anyone at this point would buy reportage about how awful the Trump presidency was: in other words, life is too short to read Michael Wolff’s latest…Sports: The Olympics count-down is underway: given the state of the pandemic it’s insane to go forward with the games but let’s hope for the best.