Your Weekend: A Selective Guide

Movies: “Hustlers,” with J-Lo and a diverse cast playing empowered strippers, looks like a lot of fun. TV/Streaming: Netflix’s “The Spy,” with Sascha “Borat” Baron Cohen as an undercover Israeli in early 1960s Syria, looks watchable…”Country Music,” Ken Burns’s latest epic for PBS, kicks off on Sunday. Music: Teodor Currentzis is classical music’s latest bad-boy conductor: sample his work here. Books: I can’t stand the bleakness of the series adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” but I’ve just read the follow-up to “Handmaid’s” — “The Testaments” — and I’m happy to report it is a smidgen less bleak. Sports: Thank God there’s Premier League football this weekend — last week I was forced to watch American football! Finally: My dog doesn’t bark angrily except when he sees Trump on a TV screen — I have a smart dog.

Rupert In “Virginia Woolf”

When I heard yesterday that Rupert Everett was replacing Eddie Izzard opposite Laurie Metcalf in the Broadway production of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” I thought: the only way I’m going is if Rupert plays Martha. I hold out little hope: the Albee estate is notoriously literal in the casting of the play. Albee always maintained that it’s about straight marriage and that if he wanted to write a gay play he’d write a gay play.

J-Lo To Star At The Super Bowl?

That’s the word. Plus a hit movie opening this week (“Hustlers”). Plus A-Rod nightly. Not a bad year for Miss Lopez.

Robert Frank Dies At 94

He was one of the 20th century’s most influential photographers. Read the Times obit here.

“Downton Abbey”: Decent Reviews

You can read a sample of the reviews here. THR says the movie version is “satisfyingly sumptuous.”

Len Cariou To Star In New Play

He starred in two of my favorite musicals: “A Little Night Music” and “Sweeney Todd.” So it’s nice to report that Len Cariou is starring in a new play in New York this autumn: “Harry Townsend’s Last Stand.” Details here.

Your Weekend: A Selective Guide

Movies: I won’t see “It: Chapter Two” because I didn’t see “It.” But I will see the new documentary about Linda Ronstadt. TV/Streaming: One of my greatest weekly pleasures now is hate-watching “Succession” on HBO. All those awful rich people who aren’t lively or juicy in the least. Music: Best sellers on Amazon: Taylor Swift, Sheryl Crow, Lana Del Rey: let’s hear it for the women! Books: “The Nickel Boys,” the new novel from Colson Whitehead, is beautifully written and extremely touching. Sports: Another season from the NFL doesn’t have me excited. Football that does excite me: Last week, Arsenal came back from a 2-0 deficit against Tottenham to end with a 2-2 draw — and I’ve been happy about it all week. Finally: It only took a month, but now the entire U.S. is back to school.