What to watch: ‘Wakanda Forever’ aims to recreate blockbuster magic; Weird Al biopic true to character, and more

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Rated PG-13, 2 hours 41 minutes, in theaters Nov. 11

“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” hits theaters this weekend, and with it comes the type of anticipation and box office expectations that Hollywood has not seen in months.

The Marvel film not only has to follow 2018’s “Black Panther,” one of the biggest blockbusters ever, but has the challenge of doing so without star Chadwick Boseman, who passed away in 2020. If all of that wasn’t enough, it arrives as theaters, and Disney, the company releasing the movie, really need a hit.

If early projections and ticket sales are any indication, it appears “Wakanda Forever” will be just that.

The film, which stars Letitia Wright and Angela Bassett as the grieving princess and queen of the Vibranium-powered African country of Wakanda, will likely have a record-breaking debut of around $180 million this weekend, and possibly even $200 million.

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<p>Quinta Brunson and Daniel Radcliffe as Oprah Winfrey and "Weird Al" Yankovic in the Roku Channel movie "Weird: The Al Yankovic Story."</p>

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Quinta Brunson and Daniel Radcliffe as Oprah Winfrey and "Weird Al" Yankovic in the Roku Channel movie "Weird: The Al Yankovic Story."

Weird: The Al Yankovic Story

Not rated, 1 hour 48 minutes, Free on Roku

“Weird: The Al Yankovic Story” certainly earns its title, operating, appropriately, not as an actual movie biography but an outlandish parody of one, filled with comedy cameos and bizarre flights of fancy.

Starring Daniel Radcliffe and produced and co-written by Yankovic himself, like its namesake’s songs, it’s at times little too silly, but still energetic and attention-getting enough to help put the easily ignored Roku channel on people’s radar.

The amusing conceit behind the entire project — expanding upon a spoof movie trailer released in 2010 — is that a Weird Al biopic functions like one of his chart-topping songs, taking the form of the genre but turning it on its head. Throw in a who’s who of comedy talent popping in along the way, and there’s something to keep viewers engaged and mostly entertained, while perhaps googling along to see where (if it all) the truth lies.

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<p>Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana is seen here in the now famous "revenge dress."</p>

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Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana is seen here in the now famous "revenge dress."

The Crown

Rated TV-MA, ~1 hour, Available on Netflix

The latest season of Netflix’s acclaimed series “The Crown,” which follows the life and reign of Queen Elizabeth II, debuts on Wednesday, just two months after the queen died at the age of 96. In this fifth season, created by Peter Morgan, the series has progressed to the 1990s, with Imelda Staunton stepping into the role of the queen in her 60s, taking over for Olivia Colman and Claire Foy, who each put in two seasons in the role.

While some of the real-life figures depicted in the series have already taken umbrage with Morgan’s narrative liberties this season, there’s excitement around the new princess on the block, as Elizabeth Debicki steps into the role of Princess Diana, played previously by Emma Corrin in Season 4. Dominic West takes over the role of Prince Charles from Josh O’Connor (who won an Emmy for his performance). Olivia Williams plays Camilla Parker Bowles, as the series delves into the crumbling marriage of Charles and Diana and the attendant royal scandals.

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