Spice up your summer with this month’s hottest picks from our entertainment partners…
With the finale of Game of Thrones season 7, the start of Premier League football, a brand-new album from Kesha and the highly-anticipated crossover of four Marvel superheroes in Netflix’s Defenders… August. Is. Massive. In fact, it’s arguably 2017’s biggest month for entertainment yet. Thankfully, there’s still time to get in on the action.
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Read on for our top TV, music and sporting picks of the month and make sure you don’t miss a moment…
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Up to date with Game of Thrones? According to Variety, this season’s opener was the most tweeted about episode of all time, but that’s not the only record GOT creators have in their sights. Despite the end of season 7 approaching much faster than we’d like, there’s some comfort to be taken in the season finale’s length. At around 80 minutes, it’s almost a full feature. And you can stream it live from 2am Monday 27 August – the same time as the US.
All episodes are also available to view at a more sleep-friendly time with your NOW TV Entertainment Pass – if you can dodge the spoilers. And they date back as far season 3, for those in need of a refresher.
Need another reason to tune in this month? Ray Donovan (played by Liev Schreiber) is back for another season of ‘fixing’. He may be the man tasked with making problems disappear for Hollywood’s elite, but when it comes to his own family, they’re not so easily whisked away.
Schreiber’s described Ray Donovan season 5 as “the toughest season I’ve ever shot.” Catch all the action with your Now TV Entertainment Pass from Wednesday 16 August.
After a lengthy and widely publicised legal battle with Sony and former producer Dr Luke, Kesha’s back with a self-described ‘landmark’ album, Rainbow. And this time, it’s all about healing.
In an exclusive Rolling Stone essay, Kesha says the LP (and most recent single Woman) taps into the “raw, organic” vibe of her true musical influences, including Iggy Pop, Rolling Stones, the Beach Boys, T Rex, James Brown, the Beatles, Sweet and Dolly Parton. In fact, Dolly even makes an appearance on the album in song Old Flames (Can’t Hold a Candle to You).
The full album will be available on Spotify from Friday 11 August. In the meantime, check out first single Praying, written with Ryan Lewis, Ben Abraham and Andrew Joslyn below.
Also worth a mention is third studio album Night & Day (The Night Edition) from The Vamps. Racing up the charts to knock Ed Sheeran from top spot, the album is the first of two to be released by the British pop rockers this year. Second half, The Day Edition, is expected in December. Listen in to latest single Middle of the Night below.
That’s right football fans, it’s time to don your shiny new strips and brush up on those chants. With the Arsenal vs Leicester City opener scheduled for 7.45pm Friday 11 August, the countdown’s well and truly on to another action-packed Premier League football season.
The Friday night start is a first for the League, but don’t worry if you can’t be there in person: Sky Sports Mobile TV has got you covered with an all-new dedicated channel. In fact, you might want to block out the entire opening weekend as a whopping four games will screen live. Tune in Saturday to see Watford take on Liverpool live at the earlier time of 12.30pm, again from 1.30pm on Super Sunday for Newcastle’s return to the top flight against Spurs, and finish off with Manchester United vs West Ham at Old Trafford from 4pm.
Later in the month, the season’s first London derby will pit Spurs against defending champions Chelsea at Wembley Stadium (4pm Sunday 20 August), and you won’t want to miss Liverpool as they take on Arsenal from 4pm Sunday 27.
You’ll find all the football fixtures over on the Sky Sports website. And, up until midnight 22 August, all new customers who sign up for our Sky Sports Mobile TV Pack 1 will also receive Pack 2 channels (Sky Sports Golf, Cricket, Football and F1) at no extra cost.
Ever since Marvel’s Daredevil made his Netflix debut in 2015, we’ve been hanging out for the collision of four superhero worlds. With a focus on the man in very-dark-red (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter), Iron Fist (Finn Jones) and Sigourney Weaver as main antagonist Alexandra, the Defenders is the culmination of five years of preparation and planning. It premieres Friday 18 August – expect big action and bigger egos.
If you’re yet to watch the preceding Marvel-Netflix series, don’t think it’s not for you. Defenders as a series stands strongly on its own two feet, though the others do provide good character background. Each hero’s individual colour palette and style is carried across to Defenders, creating a unique cinematic contrast.
All we know right now is that the war for New York is here, and we couldn’t be more excited. Check out the trailer below for a glimpse of the action to come.
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