Streaming highlights September 3: Cinderella, Happier Than Ever: A Love Letter To Los Angeles and This Is Pop

NO FAIRYTALE: Nicholas Galitzine and Camila Cabello in the modern musical reinterpretation of Cinderella.
NO FAIRYTALE: Nicholas Galitzine and Camila Cabello in the modern musical reinterpretation of Cinderella.


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WHAT do you get when you combine a classic fairytale, with a large quantity of TV show Glee and toss in a touch of modern gender politics?

Amazon Prime's new film adaption of Cinderella.

If you loved the flash mob dancing and musical reinvention of popular hits, which was the trademark of Glee, you'll find plenty to enjoy in Cinderella.

If not, you'll likely be reaching for the TV remote within five minutes of the opening credits.

Cuban-American pop star Camila Cabello makes her acting debut as the title character and she brings a cheeky and independent streak to Cinderella, who isn't afraid to publicly stand up to pompous King Rowan (Pierce Brosnan) or the cocky Prince Robert (Nicholas Galitzine). Surprisingly her singing is the weakest part of her performance.

Minnie Driver (Queen Beatrice), James Corden (mouse) and Missy Elliott (town crier) also appear in minor roles.

To further accentuate that this is a modern interpretation of Cinderella, Billy Porter plays a gender neutral fairy godparent.

The elaborate sets and period costumes are on point, but Cinderella is a romantic-comedy musical which is essentially ruined by annoying song performances and a lack of humour.

POP IDOL: Billie Eilish.

POP IDOL: Billie Eilish.



BILLIE Eilish is one of the biggest and most interesting pop stars in the world right now. The 19-year-old's second album Happier Than Ever was released on July 30 and went No.1 in the US, UK and Australia, among others.

So Disney+ has landed a real coup with Eilish's first major cinematic concert Happier Than Ever: A Love Letter To Los Angeles. The concert from the iconic Hollywood Bowl features Eilish performing her entire new album in sequence alongside her older brother and collaborator Finneas O'Connell and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra led by Venezuelan conductor Gastavo Dudamel.

It's no straight concert, blending animation and real life and golden-age Hollywood glamour. It's unlikely Australian audiences will see Eilish tour Happier Than Ever so this could be the closest we get to the Bad Guy hit-maker.



STRAIGHT up if you're heavily into music and wanna deep dive into the real nitty-gritty, then this eight-part Canadian-made series probably isn't worth your trouble.

Devotees of Boyz II Men, ABBA or Oasis aren't going to gain any new insights, but This Is Pop does provides context for the more casual fan.

Episode one focuses on '90s African-American R'n'B pop superstars Boyz II Men who became a major commercial force through their Billboard No.1 singles End Of The Road, I'll Make Love To You and One Sweet Day.

Fresh interviews with the group and their producer Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds show how the band's squeaky-clean image allowed them to crossover to white audiences and paved the way for boy bands Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync.

There's also episodes about Swedish pop, '90s Britpop led by Oasis and Blur, when country music went pop and the rise of music festivals. You're unlikely to watch the entire series, but there's enough variety to pick and choose.