The It List is Yahoo’s weekly look at the best of pop culture, including movies, music, TV, streaming, games, books, podcasts and more. Here are our picks for June 20-26, including the best deals we could find for each. (Yahoo Entertainment may receive a portion of purchases made through links on this page.)
STREAM IT: Menudo’s story is captured forever
The untold and often tragic story of Puerto Rican boy band Menudo — whose members were kicked out of programming when they turned 16 — is chronicled in the four-part HBO Max docuseries. Menudo: Forever Young. Although the group’s most successful solo star Ricky Martin is not involved, directors Ángel Manuel Soto (Kings of the Enchanted City) and Kristofer Rios (Skate days in Havana) interview many former members to discuss Menudo’s legacy – from the glow of the global sensation, to sadly familiar stories of the physical, verbal and sexual abuse they allegedly suffered at the hands of his manager. — Lyndsey Parker
Menudo: Forever Young premieres Thursday, June 23 to HBO Max.
STREAM IT: Beavis and Butt-Head Go Galactic (and 3D!) in New Paramount Special +
They’ve conquered America – time to take on the universe. Mike Judge’s iconic animated duo make their debut in the streaming era with Paramount+’s new feature, Beavis and Butt-Head make the universe, which opens with our favorite idiots exploring the true final frontier: 3D animation. But most of the 90-minute comedy finds Beavis and Butt-Head in their classic 2D form, when an unexpected trip into space has them soaring from the late 90s to the 2020s after passing through a black hole. (Insert your own B&B snicker here.) Emerging into their future – and our present – the friends discover a brave new world that is populated by super-intelligent versions of… themselves? — Ethan Alter
Beavis and Butt-Head make the universe premieres Thursday, June 23 Paramount+.
STREAM IT: Spoiled young adults receive a crash course in adulthood in snowflake mountain
Remember Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie the simple life and then, Filthy Rich: Cattle Ridewhich had pre-Keeping up with the Kardashians star Kourtney? Like those early reality shows, snowflake mountain is based on the premise of spoiled, lazy young adults being thrown into an unlikely place – in this case, an outdoor survival retreat with no running water or Wi-Fi – where they were driven to go. (They were told they were heading to a 5-star resort to film a glamorous new reality show.) andIn a glamorous destination, the 10 contestants, which include an unemployed 26-year-old who spends $500 of his parents’ money on beauty services every week, compete for cash under the guidance of two ex-military men. “It feels abusive,” says one of the so-called snowflakes in the first episode. Another adds that the experience is the “worst” of his whole life. Pass the popcorn, please, for that quick real-world distraction. — Raechal Shewfelt
snowflake mountain premieres Wednesday, June 22 on Netflix.
WATCH: Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas get involved in some Official Competition
Antonio Banderas and Penélope Cruz are acting royalty in Spain and the United States, but the two have only shared screens intermittently throughout their long careers. It changes in Official Competition, a seasoned satire of the kind of art films both actors are familiar with. Cruz plays an acclaimed and respected director who accepts an offer from a wealthy film buff to turn an acclaimed book into an award-winning film. Enter the movie star of Banderas, who brings commercial credibility to the project but has his own unique acting process. This exclusive clip from the film shows Banderas and Cruz in the midst of a rehearsal that takes a painful turn… literally. — IT’S AT
Official Competition opens Friday, June 24 in theaters; Visit fandango for information on showtimes and tickets.
BUY IT: Funko Pop Albums Might Be The Toy Giant’s Coolest Device Yet
It was cool enough when Funko expanded their massive collection of beloved film and television characters to also include iconic musicians. But her Funko Pop albums – which began releasing in 2020 – might be the coolest advancement yet. The collection, now at least 27, positions its typical Funko-style musical figure in front of its most famous album covers. Among the best recently released: Are You Experienced? by Jimi Hendrix, Queen’s Greatest hits and Britney Spears Oops! I did it again… But nothing’s gonna beat the Notorious BIG’s baby Ready to die album. — Kevin’s Field
Buy Funko Pop Albums at amazon.
TRANSMIT: love and gelato huddled in romance
Netflix has adapted author Jenna Evans Welch’s 2016 novel into a film starring Susanna Skaggs.stop and catch fire) as Lina, a college student who promises her dying mother that she will spend the summer before college in Rome, which her mother adored. In true romcom style, once Lina is there, she finds herself enjoying the delicious food and breathtaking views – including two potential love interests – all while using her late mother’s diary as a guide. As a friend sums it up early on, “Pizza, cannolis, hot Italian boys, stat!” – LOL
love and gelato premieres Wednesday, June 22 on Netflix.
WATCH: Shaft is still a bad mother in the new Criterion Collection release
One of the great mysteries of our life will be why 2019 Stema continuation of the 2000 remake Stemwas also called Stem. But we digress. With all due respect to Samuel L. Jackson, the 1971 original starring Richard Roundtree will always be superior, no matter what the movies are called. Stem From here to eternity. Arguably the gold standard in Blaxploitation cinema, the Gordon Parks-directed classic about everyone’s favorite dick welcomes the Criterion Collection this week, with a 4K digital restoration, a new making-of documentary, archival cast interviews and much, much more. — KP
Stem: The Criterion Collection will be released Tuesday, June 21st in amazon.
LISTEN: Lupe Fiasco details
Locking himself in a studio with longtime collaborator Soundtrakk in August 2021, Lupe Fiasco challenged himself to create an album in just 24 hours. took him a little more than that, but it’s still impressive that 72 hours later, the result was Drilling Music in Zion. Fiasco called it his “best album” (even comparing it to Nas ilmatic), and Grammy Award-winning engineer Craig Bauer (whose credits include Kanye West late registration and University graduate just like Fiasco himself food and drinks and The cool) has been hailed as “rap album of the decade” – further raising expectations for the Chicago alternative rapper’s first album since 2018. LP
Drilling Music in Zion by Lupe Fiasco is available Friday, June 24th to download/stream at .
WATCH: Nicolas Cage and Pedro Pascal come out on Blu-ray in The unbearable weight of massive talent
Nicolas Cage received a lot of attention, and rightly so, for his stellar (if not achieving) performance as, well, Nick Cage in April’s unbearably great. The unbearable weight of massive talent. But be clear that the film is also one of Hollywood’s best bromantic comedies in years thanks to the deliriously fun chemistry between Cage and co-star Pedro Pascal. Everyone around you chooses chaos; they just want to go out and watch paddington 2. unbearable weight arrives on Blu-ray this week with deleted scenes, featurettes and director’s commentary. — KP
The unbearable weight of massive talent Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD releases Tuesday, June 21 at amazon.
STREAM IT: Brandi Glanville, Vicki Gunvalson, Dorinda Medley and more team up to RUGT
Get ready, Housewives fans. Your favorite, meme-generating ex-wives are back for season two of Ultimate trip for girls. Jill Zarin, Taylor Armstrong, Brandi Glanville, Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra Judge, Eva Marcille, Phaedra Parks and Jill Zarin gather at Dorinda Medley’s Blue Stone Manor for an epic all-star season. It’s 2012 all over again for the ex Real Housewives of Beverly Hills stars Armstrong and Glanville entering episode 1. (Yes, there’s a classic Glanville “Shut Up” at the dinner table.) The stage is also set for Medley and Gunvalson’s feud, which has been playing in the press for the past few weeks. . All the women are clearly vying for spots on their home program and it might work for some of them. — Taryn Ryder
The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip: Ex-Wives Club falls Thursday, June 23 on Peacock.
LISTEN: Jack Johnson shoots for the moon
Surf singer-songwriter Jack Johnson hasn’t released a full-length album in five years, but he’s making up for lost time in meet the moonlight, its most ambitious project yet. The result of an intense face-to-face collaboration with renowned producer Blake Mills (Alabama Shakes, Perfume Genius, Jim James), the album is a departure from how Johnson often records, and the result is what Mills calls “one of the most spiritually interesting ones I’ve worked on.” — LP
meet the moonlight by Jack Johnson is available Friday, June 24th to download/stream at .
WATCH: Groove for new PBS music series, american anthems
Music really makes people come together in american anthems, the new PBS docuseries. Over six episodes, watch some of the country’s biggest stars – including Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush – make new music based on the extraordinary experiences of ordinary Americans. The series premiere, for example, sees Nettles turning a cancer survivor’s story into an inspirational anthem, while a later part features Bush and Lindsay Ell writing a rousing fight song for sexual assault survivors. — IT’S AT
american anthems premieres Friday, June 24 on PBS.
BUY: Sonic origins takes Sega’s beloved hedgehog back to its 16-bit roots
Gotta go fast! After accelerating to box office glory on the big screen, Sonic the Hedgehog goes retro in Sonic origins, which remasters its vintage video game adventures for next-gen consoles. This anthology brings together the first three games, plus Sonic and Knuckles and sonic CD and features new opening and ending animations, as well as newly created content. Chili dogs not included. — IT’S AT
Sonic origins is available Thursday, June 23 at most major retailers, including amazon.
LISTEN: Trixie Mattel shows off all her colors
RuPaul’s Drag Race Race icon Trixie Mattel has established herself as a formidable American/powerpop singer-songwriter, and now this queen of all media is back with her fourth LP – and it’s a Double-album, with collaborations with Shakey Graves and Michelle Branch. The skinny legend (real name: Brian Firkus) expands his palette in The Blonde & Pink albums, led by the surf-rock Nancy Sinatra style of “Hello Hello”, the garage punk of “C’mon Loretta” and Graves’ folksy, bittersweet duet “This Town”. — LP
The Blonde & Pink albums by Trixie Mattel is available Friday, June 24th to download/stream at .
— Video produced by Anne Lilburn and edited by John Santo