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There are many album and games releases as well as films in the cinema and on Netflix this week. Image credit: Unsplash.

May has already been a busy month in the world of entertainment, and this week promises  to be just as stacked.

With big studio films, big franchises releasing new games, and the return of a much-loved rock band all dropping this week.

Here are the seven upcoming films, games and music releases that you won’t want to miss out on coming up in the week ahead:

The Little Mermaid

Disney continues to remake its animated classics, and the next up is The Little Mermaid, following Ariel (Halle Bailey) as she experiences life on dry land. Other cast members include Jonah Hauer-King as Ariel’s lover Eric, Javier Bardem as Ariel’s father King Triton Melissa McCarthy as the villainous Ursula and Daveed Diggs as Ariel’s crabby friend Sebastian.

The film opens in UK cinemas on May 26.

About My Father

Based on the true story of comedian Sebastian Maniscalco and his experience of telling his old-school Italian immigrant father (Robert De Niro) that he’s going to marry an all-American girl (Leslie Bibb), and his reaction to it. Released by Lionsgate, the comedy promises to be a lot of fun.

Opens in UK cinemas on May 26.

Blood and Gold

Starring Robert Maaser as Heinrich, a German soldier near the end of World War Two, who deserts the army to find his daughter, but butts heads with the German SS as they search for Jewish treasure.

This film hits Netflix on May 26.

My Soft Machine – Arlo Parks

Two-time Grammy-nominated, Mercury prize and BRIT-winning artist Arlo Parks returns with her second album, My Soft Machine. It features an exploration of Parks’ experience in her 20s making it a more personal than her previous work. The first track, Weightless, premiered on Radio 1 back in January 2023, and other songs include a collaboration with Phoebe Bridgers.

The album can be pre-ordered here and will be out on May 26.

The Girl Is Crying In Her Latte – Sparks

The two brothers Ron and Russell Mael return for their 12th album re-signing their deal with Island Records, titled The Girl Is Crying In Her Latte. It will have 14 tracks on it and the American duo have already released the track of the same name and a video, starring Cate Blanchett. They describe it as a record that’s “as bold and uncompromising as anything we did back then or, for that matter, any time throughout our career.”

The album can be pre-ordered here and is released on May 26.

Where the Light Goes – Matchbox Twenty  

The first release from the rock band in almost 11 years features 12 tracks influence by their solo experiences. It was initially planned as a tour but, three delays later, has evolved into an album. The first single is Wild Dogs (Running in a Slow Dream).

The album can be pre-ordered here and will release May 26.

The Lord of the Rings: Gollum

Developer Daedalic Entertainment is releasing the long-delayed Lord of the Rings title. A third-person stealth action game where players control Gollum as they sneak through Mordor and Mirkwood, throwing rocks at enemy orcs trying to steal the One Ring back from Sauron. It’s set eight years before The Lord of the Rings trilogy, though its tale is not drawn directly from JRR Tolkien’s books.

It is out on May 25 on PC, Playstation 4, Playstation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Series S.

What a week of entertainment.