Tribune News Service
Entertainment Budget for Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Updated at noon EDT (1600 UTC).
^Stanley Nelson: Why we need Black filmmakers to tell the story of 2020<
^MOVIE-NELSON-COLUMN:LA—<The story shouting out at us today is one of national reckoning. The brutal killing of George Floyd may have ignited the protests. But it was the COVID-19 pandemic that rearranged the firewood.
The pandemic doesn’t show how we were all in this together. Rather, it shows that everything is connected: how centuries of forced labor, Black Codes, Jim Crow and segregation, along with housing, economic and education inequality, have created a form of American apartheid that is playing out in who lives and who dies from the coronavirus.
The cultural uprising now underway is the result of decades of Black people telling their stories. But we’re not there yet. The stories documentarians and journalists capture today — and that will emerge in the weeks and months ahead as definitive narratives — will not only shape how we remember this extraordinary period but also how future generations come to understand it. It is therefore critical that African Americans and other people of color who are at the center of this revolution tell the stories.
1000 by Stanley Nelson. MOVED
^Netflix changed media forever. Can this streamer bring the revolution to Latino audiences?<
^VID-VIX:LA—<The Edward James Olmos movie “Windows on the World,” about a Mexican family’s ordeal during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, was scheduled to open on 100 theater screens nationwide this summer. Then, the novel coronavirus struck and shut down cinemas worldwide.
So the film’s producers scrambled to find another way to release the movie. They settled on a small but fast-growing streaming service called VIX. The platform has 20,000 hours of mostly Spanish-language content and has a large following in Mexico and in the United States.
The high profile release in April was another boost for VIX. The Miami-based streaming service aims to be a hub for Spanish-language films and TV shows by catering to Latinos, who are huge consumers of Hollywood productions but remain underrepresented on the big screen. The service, which is free with ads, says it has 50 million monthly visitors on its website and 5 million app installs. Its audience — split evenly between the U.S. and Latin America — has doubled over the last two months.
1200 by Wendy Lee. MOVED
^’Entourage’ star Kevin Connolly accused of sexual assault at 2005 Manhattan party<
^CONNOLLY:NY—<An assistant costume designer who worked on Kevin Connolly’s directorial debut claims the “Entourage” star sexually assaulted her at the movie’s 2005 wrap party at the now-closed Manhattan bar Butter.
Gracie Cox, who has since left the business, told the Daily Beast in an explosive account out Wednesday that Connolly raped her without a condom at the lounge while the cast and crew of “The Gardener of Eden” were inside celebrating the completion of the indie movie.
500 by Kate Feldman. MOVED
^’Crazy Rich Asians’ author Kevin Kwan talks about his newest novel and the sequel to his hit movie<
^BOOK-KWAN-SEX-VANITY:SE—<Summer is traditionally the season for light reading, and right now we might be more in need than ever of something effervescent. Enter — thank goodness — Kevin Kwan.
The author of the delightfully frothy “Crazy Rich Asians” trilogy is back with a new novel, just in time for all those vacations we’re not taking. His new book isn’t a continuation of the ultrarich Young family’s “Crazy Rich Asians” world (though alert readers will notice at least one cameo appearance by a beloved character from the trilogy); instead, it’s an homage to E.M. Forster’s “A Room with a View,” set in the present and crammed full of over-the-top wedding weekends, designer clothes and name-dropping.
Kwan, in a telephone interview from his Los Angeles home, said he’d loved Forster’s book (and the 1985 Merchant Ivory movie) since he was “probably 15 years old,” and had for more than a decade been thinking about writing a book inspired by it. “It’s a very simple story,” said Kwan, “and yet it was very progressive and ahead of its time.”
1150 by Moira Macdonald. (Moved as a books story.)
^New grant for female filmmakers announced, in Lynn Shelton’s name<
^MOVIE-SHELTON-GRANT:SE—<In honor of Seattle filmmaker Lynn Shelton, who died in May at the age of 54, Northwest Film Forum and Duplass Brothers Productions have announced a new grant. Called the “Lynn Shelton ‘Of a Certain Age’ Grant,” the $25,000 cash prize will be awarded to a female or nonbinary filmmaker, aged 39 or older, who has not yet directed a feature film.
Shelton, who frequently spoke of being inspired by French filmmaker Claire Denis (who was in her 40s when she made her first feature), was 39 when she began to work on her first feature, “We Go Way Back.”
250 by Moira Macdonald. MOVED
^Movie review: ‘A Nice Girl Like You’ a stilted, outdated, unbelievably based-on-a-true-story rom-com <
^NICEGIRL-LIKEYOU-MOVIE-REVIEW:MCT—<Immature rom-com “A Nice Girl Like You,” about a prudish violinist, Lucy (Lucy Hale), on a quest to loosen up her frigid views on sex means well, I suppose. But it’s woefully, painfully out of touch. The character of Lucy is not a recognizable person but rather a grab bag of extreme clich s sort of patched together to form some kind of human behavior. At one point, baffled by Lucy’s extremely sex-negative views, I wrote down, “Is she an alien?” because she behaves as if she’s just landed on earth and heard about this whole human reproduction thing. Or maybe she’s been in a bunker for the last 20 years.
600 by Katie Walsh. MOVED
^Review: Stirring quartet: Four very different performers, four very different documentaries<
^MOVIE-DOCUMENTARIES:LA—<Four new documentaries pull back the curtain on noteworthy stage and screen performers you might have only thought you knew — or didn’t know at all. “Kaye Ballard — The Show Goes On!” looks at the long career of the comic actress and versatile singer whose fame might be described as “superstar-adjacent”; “Olympia” is a personal view of Oscar-winning actress Olympia Dukakis; “Creating a Character: The Moni Yakim Legacy” reveals the methods of one of theater’s most renowned movement masters; and “Inmate No. 1: The Rise of Danny Trejo” depicts the convincing transformation of a brutal hard case into one of today’s most recognizable character actors — and a jolly guy living his best life.
1300 by Michael Ordo a. MOVED
^Review: In ‘Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets,’ a Vegas dive bar’s last hurrah isn’t quite what it seems<
^BLOODYNOSE-EMPTYPOCKETS-MOVIE-REVIEW:TB—<Like the song by The Replacements says: Here comes a regular. In the first shot of “Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets,” a fascinating experiment in documentary/fiction hybrid moviemaking by the brothers Bill Ross IV and Turner Ross, a man bearing coffee slowly zigzags his way across a hot Las Vegas street and arrives at his destination. He’s our introduction to the Roaring 20′s Cocktail Lounge, way, way off the Las Vegas Strip, a bar about to enter its final day and night and early morning of existence.
650 by Michael Phillips. MOVED
^MOVIE-FAMREVIEWS:MCT—<This week’s family streaming picks
750 by Katie Walsh. MOVED
^MUSIC AND TECHNOLOGY<
^Song of Summer 2020: A look at the top contenders for the title<
^MUS-SUMMER-2020:SJ—<Past Songs of Summer have included such tuneful timestamps as “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus (2019), “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen (2012) and “Hot in Herre” by Nelly (2002).
What will be the song that ends up defining this unprecedented season? Here are the top nominees for Song of Summer 2020.
750 by Jim Harrington. MOVED
^Lee Greenwood finally hits No. 1 on charts with ‘God Bless the U.S.A.'<
^MUS-GREENWOOD:SL—<What’s the hottest song on the digital charts?
Well, believe it or not, it’s a tune that’s been around now for 36 years.
It’s Lee Greenwood’s patriotic number, “God Bless the U.S.A.,” which was released in 1984 but just finally hit No. 1 on Billboard Magazine’s Digital Song Sales chart.
250 by Jim Harrington. MOVED
^CPT-SOUNDADVICE:MCT—<Sound Advice: Don’t burn your CDs!
600 by Don Lindich. MOVED
^TV, DVD, STREAMING<
^Tyra Banks named new host of ‘Dancing with the Stars’ after Tom Bergeron, Erin Andrews exit<
^TV-DANCING-STARS-BANKS:NY—<Tyra Banks is waltzing onto “Dancing with the Stars.”
The former supermodel and “America’s Next Top Model” host has been tapped as the new host of ABC’s reality dancing show, the network announced early Wednesday.
Banks will step into the dancing shoes of longtime co-hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews, who won’t be returning for the upcoming season.
450 by Kate Feldman. MOVED
^’CBS This Morning’ co-host Gayle King to host a weekly SiriusXM radio show<
^TV-KING-SIRIUSXM:LA—<“CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King has officially signed on to satellite radio provider SiriusXM for a topical listener call-in show. She was offered the regular weekly time slot after launching “Gayle King in the House” in April as a six-week guest program.
New York-based SiriusXM, which reaches around 30 million subscribers, announced Wednesday that”Gayle King in the House” will now air live every Thursday at 5 p.m. Eastern on SiriusXM Channel 109. The program debuts this week.
300 by Stephen Battaglio. MOVED
^’Glee’ creators launching college fund for Naya Rivera’s 4-year-old son<
^RIVERA-SON-COLLEGEFUND:LA—<“Glee” co-creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan said Tuesday that they are “in the process of creating a college fund” for the 4-year-old son of Naya Rivera, the actress who died last week while swimming in Lake Piru.
“We are heartbroken over the loss of our friend Naya Rivera,” the trio said in a joint statement. “Naya wasn’t a series regular when we cast her on Glee. She didn’t have more than a few lines in the pilot. But it didn’t take more than an episode or two for us to realize that we had lucked into finding one of the most talented, special stars we would ever have the pleasure of working with.
“Naya could act, she could dance, and she could sing (could she ever sing!) She could nail a joke as well as she could crush you with an emotional scene. She could move between being scary tough and deeply vulnerable with ease. She was a joy to write for, a joy to direct and a joy to be around.”
700 by Christi Carras in Los Angeles. MOVED
^David Schwimmer doesn’t need you to like his ‘Intelligence’ agent — and you won’t<
^VID-INTELLIGENCE-SCHWIMMER:NY—<David Schwimmer’s characters keep getting worse.
First there was Ross on “Friends,” annoying, oblivious and possessive. In “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson,” Schwimmer played lawyer Robert Kardashian representing an accused killer.
Now he’s crossing the ocean for “Intelligence,” a new workplace comedy about the UK’s Government Communications Headquarters on NBC Universal’s new streaming site Peacock.
500 by Kate Feldman. MOVED
^Robin Abcarian: Did Tucker Carlson apologize for his head writer’s racist, sexist and homophobic posts? Of course not<
^ABCARIAN-COLUMN:LA—<I’ll admit it.
I thought there was a good chance that Fox News host Tucker Carlson would apologize for the racist, sexist, homophobic online rants posted by his head writer Blake Neff, who resigned Friday after CNN exposed him. So I turned on Carlson’s show Monday night to see how he would handle himself.
900 by Robin Abcarian. (Moved as an opinion story.) MOVED
^VID-NEWONDVD:MCT—<‘Marriage Story’ shows darkness, hope in divorce
650 by Katie Foran-McHale. MOVED
^TV-REMOTE-ADV19:CC—<Around the remote: Chuck Barney’s TV and streaming picks for July 19-25
550 by Chuck Barney. MOVED
^VID-REDBOX:MCT—<Redbox’s Top 10 DVD rentals
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