Family & Relationships: What to Watch the Week of August 28: Lord of the Rings and a New Netflix Rom-Com, Love in the Villa

The Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of Power Reveals The Enemy's Plan And Teases A New Threat

  The Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of Power Reveals The Enemy's Plan And Teases A New Threat After lots of set-up in the first two episodes, The Rings of Power finally shakes things up.It can be particularly tricky for a new series to burst out of the starting gate at full speed, especially when the first couple of table-setting hours tend to come with the crushing weight of mountains of exposition, a bevy of character introductions, and an overall mandate to establish the tone in a way that will hook viewers and keep them coming back. That's hardly an easy task, but showrunners J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay understood the challenge of adapting some seriously complex material.

  What to Watch the Week of August 28: Lord of the Rings and a New Netflix Rom-Com, Love in the Villa © Riccardo Ghilardi/ Netflix (*Love in the Villa*); Ben Rothstein/Prime Video (*Lord of the Rings*); N...

Hot on the heels of HBO’s record-breaking premiere of the Game of Thrones prequel, House of the Dragon, Prime Video rolls out its much anticipated fantasy drama, Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, this week. No comparisons here, other than it’s another visually stunning series with epic storytelling and a huge budget to bring it to life.

But if period fantasy dramas aren’t your thing—or even if they are—there are plenty of other new shows worthy of your attention. Hallmark’s Mahogany card brand is coming to Hallmark’s Movies & Mysteries channel with original made-for-TV movies. First up: Unthinkably Good Things, which premieres tonight and is a joyous way to spend your time.

Where to watch every 'Lord of the Rings' movie, from the original trilogy to 'The Hobbit' prequels

  Where to watch every 'Lord of the Rings' movie, from the original trilogy to 'The Hobbit' prequels Before you stream "The Rings of Power" on Amazon Prime Video, here's where to watch all six "Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" movies.Prices are accurate at the time of publication.

There’s also America’s National Parks, airing over five nights on NatGeo. The docuseries is just another reminder of how sacred our planet is. Yes, I know you know that, but you can’t help but get swept away by the breathtaking beauty of these parks, and the quest for survival for the wildlife that inhabit it.

On the rom-com front, Love in the Villa on Netflix will transport you to Italy, or at least inspire your next vacation. If you’re looking for something with more drama, then The Bachelorette has that taken care of with “Men Tell All” this week. I sat down with Rachel and Gabby afterward, and they both had some very interesting things to say. (Click here for Rachel’s interview and here for Gabby’s.)

There’s plenty more to watch before the Labor Day holiday (including the great Sterling K. Brown and Regina Hall in the hilarious Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul), so take a look at what else is premiering this week and I’ll see you back here next Sunday for everything from a pizza reality series to Jon Bernthal in American Gigolo.

LOTR: The Rings of Power's First Episodes Land Theatrical Release Ahead of Series Premiere

  LOTR: The Rings of Power's First Episodes Land Theatrical Release Ahead of Series Premiere The first two episodes of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power receive a theatrical release ahead of the series' Prime Video premiere.Cinemark launched a ticket page for the upcoming one-night-only event, which will see the first two episodes premiere in select theaters across the globe on Aug. 31. Tickets, which are only offered to Cinemark Movie Rewards members, will be available to purchase on Aug. 21 and each reservation will come with a $10 snack voucher.

Sunday, August 28

VMAs (MTV): The VMAs are back in New Jersey at the Prudential Center, hosted by LL Cool J, Nicki Minaj, and Jack Harlow. Nicki Minaj will perform and receive the Video Vanguard Award, while the Red Hot Chili Peppers are the recipient of the Global Icon Award (they’ll also perform). Additional scheduled performers include Lizzo, Blackpink, Måneskin, Jack Harlow, Anitta, J Balvin, Marshmello x Khalid, and Panic! at the Disco.

Lil Nas X, Kendrick Lamar, and Jack Harlow lead the nominations with seven apiece, while Doja Cat and Harry Styles have six among them, followed by Billie Eilish, Drake, Dua Lipa, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, and The Weeknd with five.

And hard to believe, but it was nearly a decade ago that the VMAs came to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Take a look at this throwback video we did and see how many famous faces you spot. And don’t forget to come back to Glamour during and after the show for all the best looks, moments and more. 8 p.m. ET/PT, 7 p.m. CT

Lord Of The Rings Stars Join Rings Of Power Cast In Condemning Racism

  Lord Of The Rings Stars Join Rings Of Power Cast In Condemning Racism The cast of The Rings of Power joined with the original LOTR trilogy's stars to proclaim in solidarity that 'BIPOC belong in Middle-earth.'Elijah Wood, who played Frodo in the original Lord of the Rings trilogy, shared a Twitter post featuring a picture of himself alongside Dominic Monaghan (Merry) and Billy Boyd (Pippin) with the caption "You Are All Welcome Here." In the picture, he and his fellow hobbits could be seen wearing shirts printed with an elvish translation of the caption along with ears of various Middle-Earth races in a variety of skin tones.

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Unthinkably Good Things (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries): The first movie in Hallmark’s Mahogany franchise will transport viewers to the gorgeous backdrop of Montana, the serene landscape of Hawaii, and the romantic world of Tuscany, starring Karen Pittman, Joyful Drake, and Erica Ash. Check out the trailer below. 9 p.m. ET, 8 p.m. CT, 6 p.m. PT

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The Boleyns: A Scandalous Family (PBS): The three-part series airing every Sunday until September 11 follows the rise and fall of a family dynasty whose quest for power proved detrimental in the end. Per PBS, “Beloved, betrayed, and beheaded, Anne Boleyn is England’s most infamous queen. The second wife of Henry VIII, she was tried on his orders for crimes of adultery and treason, led from her rooms at the Tower of London to her death by an executioner’s sword. But to fully understand Anne’s rise and fall, it’s important to know more about her tight-knit, cunning, and power-hungry family. Based on 16th-century sources, including rare original letters and documents, this new three-part series uses insights from leading Tudor scholars and dramatic reenactments to bring this story to life from the family’s own perspective. Rising from obscurity to the apex of power, the Boleyns played a dangerous game and paid the ultimate price. But they changed the course of British history and left a remarkable legacy in the form of two magnificent monarchs: Queen Elizabeth I, daughter of Anne, and Queen Elizabeth II, a direct descendant of Mary Boleyn.” 8 p.m. ET and streaming on the PBS video app

Partow Celebrates the Brand’s 10-Year Anniversary With an Intimate Cocktail Party in the West Village

  Partow Celebrates the Brand’s 10-Year Anniversary With an Intimate Cocktail Party in the West Village A stylish group gathered at the West Village hotspot, Left Bank, for an intimate cocktail party to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of PARTOW.

Monday, August 29

The Bachelorette: Men Tell All (ABC): It’s time to hear from the eliminated men (aside from a couple of them, who apparently had somewhere else to be). “It was more emotion than I was probably anticipating,” host Jesse Palmer told Glamour after the taping. “But it was a great night seeing everyone being together.”

Not only will we get most of the men back under one roof, but we’ll also see what happens with Rachel’s final hometown date with Aven. And then what? “There are going to be some shocking twists,” Palmer teases of what’s to come the rest of the way. “Things that are absolutely going to blow Bachelor Nation’s minds.” Can’t wait. 8 p.m. ET/PT, 7 p.m. CT, and streaming the next day on Hulu

America’s National Parks (National Geographic): Garth Brooks narrates the sweeping series, which airs over five consecutive nights (and centers on the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Big Bend, the Badlands, and Hawai’i Volcanoes) and also features introductions from first lady Jill Biden. NatGeo says that “the series is an immersive, deep dive into the grandeur and beauty of the treasured landscapes that make up our collective national jewels,” and having seen a couple of the episodes already, I can say it’s the absolute truth. 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT and all episodes will stream on Disney+ beginning on August 31

If You Don’t Eat a Banana Every Day, This Might Convince You to Start

  If You Don’t Eat a Banana Every Day, This Might Convince You to Start An apple a day keeps the doctor away? Not so much. Try this fruit, instead. The post If You Don’t Eat a Banana Every Day, This Might Convince You to Start appeared first on Reader's Digest.Researchers at the University of Alabama have found that eating bananas every day could help prevent heart attacks and strokes. Their study, which aimed to determine how the mineral potassium affects blood flow and artery health, examined mice who received a diet containing either low, normal, or high levels of potassium. Overall, mice given a low-potassium diet had much harder arteries than their counterparts.

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Keep This Between Us (Freeform): The new docuseries premieres two episodes tonight (there are four episodes overall), which follows one woman’s journey as she reexamines her past relationship with a teacher. Per Freeform, “The series exposes an epidemic of widespread grooming in US high schools.” 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT and streaming the next day on Hulu

Thursday, September 1

Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power (Prime Video): The epic eight-episode drama is finally here and set thousands of years before the events of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Prime Video says the series will “take viewers back to an era in which great powers were forged, kingdoms rose to glory and fell to ruin, unlikely heroes were tested, hope hung by the finest of threads, and one of the greatest villains that ever flowed from Tolkien’s pen threatened to cover all the world in darkness. Beginning in a time of relative peace, the series follows an ensemble cast of characters, both familiar and new, as they confront the long-feared reemergence of evil to Middle-earth. From the darkest depths of the Misty Mountains, to the majestic forests of the elf capital of Lindon, to the breathtaking island kingdom of Númenor, to the farthest reaches of the map, these kingdoms and characters will carve out legacies that live on long after they are gone.” The first two episodes will launch in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide on Friday, September 1 (or September 2 in some time zones), with new episodes available weekly.

New on Amazon Prime Video: The most expensive series of all times

 New on Amazon Prime Video: The most expensive series of all times Amazon and the billion dollar series: has been haunting this huge number in connection with " The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power " by the Headlines, now Middle-earth fans and prime-buttoned all over the world can finally examine whether the Amazon investment has paid off. "The Rings of Power" has been able to open since September 2, 2022. to be streamed.

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Love in the Villa (Netflix): I can’t think of a better Labor Day weekend movie than this charming if predictable Netflix rom-com featuring Kat Graham, Tom Hopper, and the backdrop of Verona, Italy. In the movie, Julie Hutton (Graham) is about to go on her dream trip to the medieval town best known as the setting of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. In fact, it’s more than a vacation…it may also be where she gets engaged to her boyfriend, Brandon. But then everything crumbles when Brandon breaks up with her and the romantic trip that Julie’s been planning for years becomes a solo trip abroad.

When she arrives at La Villa Romantica (yes, that is the name), the rental is already occupied by a good-looking British lad. Charlie (Hopper) wants nothing to do with Julie, and vice versa. But eventually the tide turns—or maybe there’s just something in the water at La Villa Romantica—and Julie and Charlie realize there might be a grand plan at work after all. Streaming

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Friday, September 2

Gigi & Nate (Roadside Pictures): Cue all the emotions (and that’s just from the trailer!) in this touching and heartfelt movie starring Marcia Gay Harden, Charlie Rowe, Josephine Langford, Hannah Riley, Zoe Colletti, Jim Belushi, Diane Ladd, and an adorable capuchin monkey. In the film, Nate Gibson’s life is turned upside down when he becomes paralyzed. Having any semblance of a “normal” life seems impossible until he meets his unlikely service animal, Gigi, who helps Nate find what he needs most: hope. In theaters

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Fakes (Netflix): The edgy 10-episode YA comedy series follows two teenage best friends who accidentally build—and lose—one of the largest fake ID empires in North America. The series stars Emilija Baranac (To All The Boys I've Loved Before, Riverdale), Jennifer Tong (Grand Army, DC's Legends of Tomorrow) and Richard Harmon (The 100). Streaming

Your August 2022 Horoscope Wants You to Get Your Life in Order

  Your August 2022 Horoscope Wants You to Get Your Life in Order If you thought July was a busy month, prepare for four fabulous weeks of mindful mental healing, reorganization, and budget planning. Because no matter your sign, meticulous Mercury entering its home sign of virtuous Virgo on Aug. 4 means it's time to get your thoughts, routines, and finances in order. And to help you overcome overthinking (which is notorious for Mercury in Virgo), the sun will remain in liberated Leo until Aug. 22, reminding you that your creativity is your own and there are no rules for authentic self-expression.

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Devil in Ohio (Netflix): The eight-episode limited series stars fan favorites Emily Deschanel (Bones) and Sam Jaeger (Parenthood). The logline: When hospital psychiatrist Dr. Suzanne Mathis (Deschanel) shelters a mysterious cult escapee, everything starts to unravel as the strange girl’s arrival threatens to tear her own family apart. Streaming

Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul (Peacock): Sterling K. Brown and Regina Hall star in this satirical comedy as Pastor Lee-Curtis Childs and Trinitie Childs, respectively, of the Southern Baptist megachurch. It once had a membership of tens of thousands, but after a scandal forced their church to temporarily close, the Childs must reopen their church and rebuild their congregation to make the biggest comeback that commodified religion has ever seen. Streaming and also in theaters.

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Life by Ella (Apple TV+): The series—which is primarily for kids and families—centers on Ella as she returns to school with a brand-new perspective following her battle with cancer. Life by Ella focuses on the importance of making each day count, looking out for your friends, and not being afraid to take risks. Streaming

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Jessica Radloff is the Glamour senior West Coast editor and author of the upcoming book The Big Bang Theory: The Definitive, Inside Story of the Epic Hit Series (October 11, 2022). You can follow her on Instagram @jessicaradloff14.

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Your August 2022 Horoscope Wants You to Get Your Life in Order .
If you thought July was a busy month, prepare for four fabulous weeks of mindful mental healing, reorganization, and budget planning. Because no matter your sign, meticulous Mercury entering its home sign of virtuous Virgo on Aug. 4 means it's time to get your thoughts, routines, and finances in order. And to help you overcome overthinking (which is notorious for Mercury in Virgo), the sun will remain in liberated Leo until Aug. 22, reminding you that your creativity is your own and there are no rules for authentic self-expression.

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