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Entertainment Budget for Friday, October 30, 2020


Updated at 4 p.m. EDT (2000 UTC).



^Commentary: No matter who wins the election, artists will be called upon to repair a broken nation<

^ART-ELECTION-COMMENTARY:LA_<There’s a small yet potent scene tucked away in the sprawl of “The Inheritance,” Matthew Lopez’s epic gay drama that arrived on Broadway last year, which re-creates the experience of the 2016 election returns, when Donald Trump pulled off one of the greatest upsets in modern political history. For progressive theatergoers, this part of the play should come with a trigger warning.

The prospect of reliving a version of this night on Tuesday has Republicans licking their chops and Democrats calling their pharmacies. As someone who sees Joe Biden as the last exit before authoritarianism, I don’t know how I’d cope with four more years of Trump chaos. But the time has come to take the long view. Regardless of the outcome of the 2020 election, the fabric of the nation must be repaired _ and no one is excused from this necessary work.

1550 by Charles McNulty. MOVED


^’His House’ and more of the best new horror movies to watch this Halloween at home<

^MOVIE-HDY-HALLOWEEN-ROUNDUP:LA_<Terror strikes beyond cheap jump scares in one of the best new horror movies of the Halloween season as an immigrant couple seeking asylum in the United Kingdom discovers a sinister presence lurking within the walls of their new home.

In Remi Weekes’ haunting feature debut “His House,” acquired by Netflix out of Sundance and streaming as of Friday, husband and wife Bol (Sope Dirisu) and Rial (Wunmi Mosaku of “Lovecraft Country”) are still shaken after fleeing war-torn South Sudan when they’re assigned to a decaying unit in a public housing estate outside of London.

With trick-or-treating and ghoulish gatherings off the candy table this year, what else can a hungry horror hound devour over the Halloween weekend?

900 by Jen Yamato. MOVED


^These comedians made their names poking fun at Trump. The election may change that<

^COMEDY-TRUMP:LA_<I am not about to make any predictions as to the results of Tuesday’s election _ if there will even be a Tuesday result _ but I can say with some assurance that if the incumbent loses, we will be entering a different era of Web-based comedy.

This long moment has created at least one bona fide star in Sarah Cooper, who famously embodies President Donald Trump to the soundtrack of his own voice, and who has made a Netflix special, subbed for Jimmy Kimmel and appeared at the Democratic National Convention. But plenty of others have made a mark in the world of sociopolitical miniature comedy and seen their stars rise in the Trump era.

1950 (with trims) by Robert Lloyd. MOVED


^Trump makes so many false claims, CNN fact-checker Daniel Dale has lost count<

^TV-CNN-DALE-TRUMP:LA_<Daniel Dale never planned to spend more than four years fact-checking Donald Trump.

In September 2016, Dale was a Washington, D.C.-based political reporter for the Toronto Star. He’d previously covered the scandal- and deception-ridden tenure of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and was struck by then-candidate Trump’s serial inaccuracies. He started compiling informal lists on Twitter, tallying various claims made by the Republican nominee followed by parenthetical fact-checks.

Since Inauguration Day in 2017, Trump has kept Dale busier than he ever imagined. “He was lying about the weather on the first day of his presidency,” he says.

1550 by Meredith Blake. MOVED


^Chris Jones: As we head into a winter lockdown, who will win? Netflix and DoorDash again? Don’t be so sure.<

^STAGE-CORONAVIRUS-JONES-COLUMN:TB_<Last Saturday, I asked my wife how she wanted to spend the evening. “Well,” she said. “We could take the dog for a walk or watch something on a screen.”

My face must have fallen. “You know what?,” she said, brightly. “We could do both.”

In the first phase of this pervasive COVID-19 nightmare, screens dominated our locked-down lives, providing education for our children, a gateway to buying stuff and almost all of our entertainment options. The economic consequence of this was a massive win for international in-home content facilitators and providers like Zoom and Netflix, a devastating loss for local restaurants and live music venues, and a ground-shaking pivot toward streaming from previously diversified entertainment conglomerates like Disney. The power base in Hollywood has changed more in the last six months than the previous six years.

1100 by Chris Jones in Chicago. MOVED


^Marriage story meets weekend update: Scarlett Johansson, Colin Jost get married<

^JOHANSSON-JOST:LA_<Marvel star Scarlett Johansson has married “Saturday Night Live’s” Colin Jost. And word of their union came from a most-unexpected place.

According to Meals on Wheels _ yes, the nonprofit that combats hunger and isolation among seniors _ the “Black Widow” actress and “Weekend Update” host wed over the weekend “in an intimate ceremony with their immediate family and love(d) ones.” Rather, a weekend update and a marriage story, all rolled into one.

350 by Nardine Saad. MOVED



^Commentary: We have learned to live without movie theaters<

^MOVIE-CORONAVIRUS-COMMENTARY:BLO_<As the COVID-19 pandemic wears on and drives permanent changes to entertainment culture, Hollywood giants such as Walt Disney Co. and Comcast Corp.’s Universal Pictures appear to be turning their backs somewhat on movie theaters. The largest among the cinema chains, AMC Entertainment Inc., is teetering on the brink of bankruptcy at the same time that it celebrates its 100th anniversary. Just a few short months ago, it seemed inconceivable that the business of filmmaking could carry on without the box office and surrender almost entirely to online streaming apps. But now it’s clear that Hollywood and audiences can get along without cinemas.

950 by Tara Lachapelle. MOVED


^Omari Hardwick already played Ghost; now he tackles horror in Halloween scarefest ‘Spell'<

^MOVIE-SPELL-HARDWICK:DE_<Considering the very real scares of 2020, it feels almost cathartic to be terrified by a horror movie like “Spell.”

The film, out Friday, stars Omari Hardwick as a high-powered lawyer stranded in backwoods Appalachia and Loretta Devine as the deceptively quaint old lady who holds him hostage.

Wait, what? Devine is the villain? Hardwick understands the confusion, but he says the legendary actress from “Waiting to Exhale” and “Grey’s Anatomy” enjoyed a switch from playing relatable, empathetic women.

“She had a ball, because, you know what? It’s fun to play bad.”

1000 by Julie Hinds. MOVED


^22 years ago, ‘Halloweentown’ became a spooky classic. Its stars still feel the love<

^MOVIE-HALLOWEENTOWN:LA_<On display in Kimberly J. Brown’s house is a framed letter from the late Debbie Reynolds.

The “Halloweentown” actress thinks about her on-screen grandmother “all the time” _ especially during the month of October, when she and Reynolds used to break out their old witches’ robes to bring smiles to fans’ faces on the 31st. Now, when she needs a reason to smile, Brown rereads the words Reynolds wrote for her upon wrapping their final film together.

1400 (with trims) by Christi Carras. MOVED


^7 movie remakes that are better than the originals<

^MOVIE-ROUNDUP-REMAKES:MS_<Remakes: We hate them, until we don’t.

“Why can’t Hollywood do something new?” is a moviegoer refrain as familiar as “Why did the trailer spoil the best parts?” I’ve repeated it myself. And even if filmmakers insist, as actor Armie Hammer did of Netflix’s flaccid “Rebecca” last week, that their projects are not remakes, it doesn’t take a cinephile to know a “new” movie that repurposes an old one with the same title, characters, setting and source material is, indeed, a remake. Or that it probably won’t match the original.

There are some exceptions, though _ unicorns that are exciting because they’re so rare.

1000 by Chris Hewitt. MOVED


^Review: The repressed return with a vengeance in the well-acted refugee thriller ‘His House'<

^HIS-HOUSE-MOVIE-REVIEW:LA_<The two lead actors in “His House” are so good, so wrenchingly persuasive as a Sudanese refugee couple lost in a strange and inhospitable land, you almost wish they’d been allowed to play that drama straight, unimpeded by all the slashing knives and vengeful phantoms that await them. Not that the phantoms aren’t first-rate too: Like deranged children playing a particularly murderous game of peekaboo, they shriek and skitter within the walls of a dilapidated British public-housing estate that Bol (??p?’ D r s ) and Rial (Wunmi Mosaku) are forced to call home after their perilous ocean voyage.

950 by Justin Chang. MOVED


^’Come Play’ review: That device you’re holding? That’s where the wild things are<

^COME-PLAY-MOVIE-REVIEW:TB_<A preteen on the autism spectrum, lonely and isolated, becomes the online prey of an unwanted stranger, a monster from another realm.

That’s “Come Play” in one sentence. The results unfold more like a collection of reference points to previous film than a film unto itself. But this PG-13 offering, opening in theaters Friday as if it were any ordinary, non-pandemic Friday, showcases a filmmaker of legitimate visual skills and a facility for jump-scares cut and timed just so.

500 by Michael Phillips. MOVED


^Review: A Shakespearean SoCal tragedy, ‘The Donut King’ charts the rise and fall of Ted Ngoy<

^DONUT-KING-MOVIE-REVIEW:LA_<War. Romance. Family. Immigration. Entrepreneurship. Politics. Gambling. Betrayal. Tragedy. Doughnuts. Wait, what?

Yes, lots and lots of doughnuts. The story behind the documentary “The Donut King” is large and it contains multitudes.

Directed by Alice Gu, the movie details how one man, Bun Tek “Ted” Ngoy, built a sugary, deep-fried dynasty, revealing both the promise and the pitfalls of the American dream.

800 by Kevin Crust. MOVED



^Put ‘Haunted Painting’ from Philly indie rocker Sadie Dupuis on your Halloween playlist<

^MUS-DUPOIS:PH_<When Sadie Dupuis found herself in a Seattle museum in 2018 looking at German artist Franz von Stuck’s 1902 oil painting “Saharet,” she saw something she didn’t expect.

“It’s a just a portrait of a dancer, but there’s something very captivating about her expression,” says Dupuis, the Philadelphia singer-guitarist who has just released “Haunted Painting,” her second solo album as Sad13.

“It’s a beautiful portrait and she’s a beautiful person, but there’s just something very mysterious about it to me,” says the 32-year-old musician and poet, who also leads the indie rock band Speedy Ortiz.

1000 by Dan DeLuca. MOVED


^Lil Wayne is the latest rapper to support Trump, much to Twitter’s ire<

^MUS-LILWAYNE-TRUMP:LA_<Lil Wayne is feeling the heat after he became the latest prominent rapper to endorse President Donald Trump for reelection.

Before Trump jetted to Miami for last-minute campaigning, he met privately with the “A Milli” artist.

700 by Laura Zornosa. MOVED




^MUS-BLUEGRASS:OW_<Not moving this week.


^’The Mandalorian’ is back. This guide to ‘Star Wars’ lore will help you follow it<

^VID-MANDALORIAN-LORE:LA_<The first season of “The Mandalorian” hinted at unseen events _ a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away _ that drove the surviving warriors of Mandalore to a life underground.

Among the show’s biggest surprises came during the first-season finale, when former Imperial officer Moff Gideon used a legendary Mandalorian weapon to break out of his wrecked TIE fighter.

Although it was said that no prior “Star Wars” knowledge was required to jump into the series’ first season, the appearance of the Darksaber, along with promotional clips and casting reports (not to mention rumors) all point toward the second season of “The Mandalorian,” which premiered Friday on Disney+, delving more into lore that has been revealed over years on shows such as “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” and “Star Wars Rebels.”

800 by Tracy Brown. MOVED


^We’re in the middle of a pandemic. Don’t feel guilty about your guilty pleasures.<

^VID-CORONAVIRUS-FELDMAN-COLUMN:NY_<I’ve spent a lot of time sitting around this year. That’s what you do during a pandemic, if you care about yourself and the survival of an entire civilization. You just sit around.

You go to work and then you come home or, if you’re fortunate, you work from home and then move to the other side of the couch in a feeble, fruitless attempt to pretend that a phrase like “off the clock” means anything. Grocery shopping is a countdown-worthy activity like Mets games and day trips to Philadelphia once were, back when we had things and places.

600 by Kate Feldman. MOVED


^Netflix raises prices on US subscriptions as content spending grows<

^NETFLIX-PRICES:LA_<Netflix on Thursday said it is raising the price of its U.S. standard and premium subscription plans, as the streamer continues to invest in content to differentiate itself from rivals.

The cost of its standard plan that allows for streaming on two screens will go up $1 to $13.99 a month, while the premium plan will increase by $2 to $17.99 a month for new customers. The price on the company’s basic plan will stay the same at $8.99 a month.

450 by Wendy Lee. (Moved Thursday as a business story.) MOVED




^TV-QUESTIONS:MCT_<Television Q&A: Why was ‘Away’ canceled?

700 by Rich Heldenfels. MOVED



^VID-NEWONDVD:MCT_<New on DVD: ‘Misbehaviour’ follows history-making 1970 Miss World contest

700 by Katie Foran-McHale. MOVED



^TV-REMOTE-ADV01-CORRECTION:CC_<Around the remote: Chuck Barney’s TV and streaming picks for Nov. 1-7

600 by Chuck Barney. MOVED



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