The It List is Yahoo’s weekly roundup of the best in pop culture, including movies, music, TV, streaming, games, books, podcasts and more. Here are our picks for December 19-25, the best deals we could find on each. (Yahoo Entertainment may receive a portion of purchases made through links on this page.)
STREAM IT: Michelle Yeoh comes the Witcher-verse with the prequel series, Blood origin
There really is a Michelle Yeoh in every universe. The multiverse-hopping star of Everything Everywhere Everything at once lands in expanding Netflix Witcherfresh in the new prequel story Blood origin. Set centuries before the mothership series starring former Superman, Henry Cavill (soon to be replaced by Liam Hemsworth), the four-episode series stars Yeoh as the very first Witcher and how her actions shape the world her descendants will inhabit. If she wins an Oscar for Best Actress in early 2023, as expected, don’t be surprised if Yeoh adds a few more major IP universes to her resume. — Ethan Alter
The Witcher: Blood Origin premieres Sunday, December 25 on Netflix.
WATCH IT: Christian Bale goes Pale with Scott Cooper’s Poe The pale Black eye
Christian Bale can’t stop, won’t stop. In his third movie of the year after Marvel’s underrated Thor: Love and Thunder and David O. Russell is rightly mocked Amsterdam, he gets his sleuth as a top-hatted detective investigating a series of murders surrounding a military academy in West Point, NY in the 1930s. The twist for literary aficionados? He is aided by a young Edgar Allan Poe (The queen’s gambitHarry Melling), future horror legend. Watch an exclusive clip from the Netflix release above. — Kevin Polwy
The light blue eye opens in theaters on Friday, December 23 (buy tickets from Fandango) before it premieres on Netflix on Friday, January 6.
STREAM IT: Corn oui! Emily in Paris returns for more guilty pleasure binging
When we last left everyone’s favorite American in Paris, Emily Cooper, she was faced with two impossible choices: Sylvie or Madeline at work and Alfie or Gabriel in love. Season 3 of Darren Star’s Netflix confection brings those simmering conflicts to a head and sets Emily on a new path to happiness. The new series of episodes also brings a bigger storyline for Ashley Park’s favorite roommate, Mindy, who faces her own professional and personal obstacles this year. Admire the Parisian atmosphere and stay for Lily Collins’ increasingly Alexis Rose-esque performance. — EA
Emily in Paris premieres Wednesday, December 21 on Netflix.
STREAM IT: John Krasinski goes on the run in the third season of Jack Ryan
Has been Jack Ryan Bourne again? In the third season of Prime Video’s Tom Clancy-based espionage series, John Krasinski’s CIA analyst is suddenly on the run with his agency and forced to go off the grid as a certain memory-damaged operative. His current adventures take him across Europe and introduce him to new characters played by Tarfrom Nina Hoss and Get outis Betty Gabriel. This exclusive clip from the series kicks off Jack’s mission as he races to avoid capture. — EA
Jack Ryan premieres on Wednesday, December 21 Prime video.
WATCH IT: The Damn Brilliant Banshees of Inisherin land on Blu-ray
There have been a handful of popular prestige dramas that we’re glad we saw, but never want to see again (we’re watching you The whale and Blonde). The Banshees of Inisherin is the opposite. We would watch banshees — Martin McDonagh’s razor-sharp, wildly entertaining dark comedy/drama about two best friends (Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson) on a small Irish island who keep losing their friendship. Good thing it lands on Blu-ray this week, just in time to do so over the holidays, with bonus features including a featurette and deleted scenes, one of which you can watch exclusively above. — KP
The Banshees of Inisherin releases on Blu-ray and DVD Tuesday, December 20 Amazon.
WATCH IT: The Game of Thrones precursor, House of the Dragon, roars on Blu-ray
You can’t stop a good dragon. Or an evil dragon, for that matter. That’s one of the many takeaways from the hit Game of Thrones precursor, House of the Dragon, which was a huge success story for HBO and HBO Max earlier this year. Now available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD, the addictive prequel series follows the machinations of House Targaryen centuries before Daenerys hit the market. This exclusive clip from a featurette on the home entertainment release references all the scaly friends cozying up to the ancestors of Mother of Dragons. — EA
House of the Dragon releases on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on Tuesday, December 20 Amazon.
STREAM IT: The BAU is back at it Criminal Minds: Evolution!
In the new Criminal Minds: Evolution exclusively on Paramount+, the FBI’s elite team of criminal profilers encounter their biggest threat yet, an UnSub who has used the pandemic to build a network of other serial killers. As the world opens up again, the network becomes operational and our team must hunt them down – murder after murder. With Joe Mantegna, AJ Cook, Kirsten Vangsness, Aisha Tyler, Adam Rodriguez and Paget Brewster. Zach Gilford is a recurring guest star.
New Criminal Minds: Evolution episodes drop every Thursday Paramount+.
WATCH/READ IT: Whitney Houston biopic I want to dance with someone celebrates the late superstar
The movie about the six-time Grammy winner’s alternately incredible and heartbreaking life is finally here, with a cast led by Naomi Ackie as Houston and Stanley Tucci as her old mentor, Clive Davis. Like writer Anthony McCarten’s 2018 project on Queen, Bohemian RhapsodyThe Houston movie promises to be packed with her many hits and career moments, like when she beautifully and powerfully sang the national anthem at the 1991 Super Bowl, and in Which chair to sing “I Will Always Love You”. In the same week the film debuts, a new book, I Want to Dance With Someone: The Official Whitney Houston Film Companion, arrives in stores and captures the cast and crew and explains how it came about, from the casting to the recreation of the “I’m Your Baby Tonight” singer’s look and more. Ackie even wrote the foreword for the book, which is filled with behind-the-scenes photos. —Raechal Shewfelt
I want to dance with someone arrives in theaters Friday, December 23 (buy tickets at Fandango); I Want to Dance With Someone: The Official Whitney Houston Film Companion is available on Tuesday 20 December Amazon.
WATCH IT: Count down to the big day with Mariah Carey: Merry Christmas to everyone!
If you didn’t want much for Christmas, all you asked for was the “All I Want for Christmas Is You” singer, then you’re in luck! Because Carey’s performance of Christmas carols, filmed this month at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, airs just before the big day, to make for a festive viewing experience as you wrap those last few gifts and put the last dollops of frosting on the sugar cookies. Carey, one of the unofficial Queens of Christmas, has explained that she celebrates the holiday in such a big way — seriously, Santa and his live reindeer visit her house every year — simply because it makes her happy, and because she can. She’s Mariah Carey, baby! — RS
Mariah Carey: Merry Christmas to everyone! airs Tuesday, December 20 at 8 p.m. on CBS.
WATCH IT: Vicky Krieps gets the royal treatment in the historic star vehicle Corsage
Vicky Krieps goes from Phantom wire royal threads Corsage, a fresh take on the historical costume drama written and directed by Austrian author Marie Kreutzer. Krieps plays the 19th-century Austrian Empress, Elisabeth Amalie Eugenie, who held her high position for 44 years until her death in 1898. With a fractured fairy tale approach to the life story of the Empress, Kreutzer moves through time as Elisabeth recalls the memories of lost loved ones. as we embrace the future promised by the approaching 20th century. But the main attraction is Krieps’ riveting performance, who deservedly won an acting award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. — EA
Corsage will premiere in theaters on December 23
PLAY IT: Funkos National Lampoon’s Christmas holiday game will bring your tabletop tidings of comfort and joy
You may not want to spend Christmas with the Griswold family, but they’re great company for a game night during the holiday season. funk is new Holidaysbased parlor game has you competing for Clark’s Christmas bonus while staying one step ahead of Cousin Eddie’s destructive ways. Bonus points for the game’s ugly sweater aesthetic and signature Marty Moose cup. — EA
National Lampoon’s Christmas holiday Party Game is now available at Target.