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Entertainment Budget for Wednesday, January 15, 2020


Updated at noon EST (1700 UTC).


^Whitney Houston, Notorious B.I.G. lead diverse slate of 2020 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees<

^MUS-ROCK-HALL-FAME:LA—<The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2020 class of inductees runs a gamut from shimmering R&B-laced pop and classic '90s hip-hop to industrial rock and foursquare glam-rock with the selection of Whitney Houston, the Notorious B.I.G., Nine Inch Nails and T. Rex along with the Doobie Brothers and Depeche Mode, all of whom will join the hall's ranks this spring.

The latest slate of inductees leaves behind the Dave Matthews Band, Kraftwerk, Mot rhead, Thin Lizzy, MC5, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Todd Rundgren and Judas Priest, who were among 16 acts on the final nomination ballot that didn't make the cut for induction in 2020.

350 by Randy Lewis. MOVED


^Here's where to watch the movies nominated for the most Oscars in 2020<

^OSCARS-WATCH:SE—<The 2020 Oscar nominations were announced Monday morning to lots of mixed feelings. If you want to catch up on some of the nominated films, here's some information about where you can watch them.

750 by Amy Wong. MOVED


^Secret screenings. Redacted scripts. How they make the twists in 'This Is Us'<

^TV-THIS-US:LA—<Every so often on "This Is Us," before a significant twist or reveal is set for prime-time unveiling, about a dozen friends and family members of the show's inner circle gather inside a small screening room at Paramount Studios for feedback about the big episode. To gain admission, attendees must be caught up with the NBC family drama — and they must be willing to sign nondisclosure agreements.

"We don't give them any preface," says series creator Dan Fogelman. "We play the episode. And once it's over, we say: 'What did you guys think?' And it's surprising the things you find out. You learn some stuff that really messes up your weekend."

Take the reaction to the series' much-anticipated post-Super Bowl episode in 2018. The episode revealed that a house fire led to, but did not immediately cause, the death of the Pearson family's beloved patriarch, Jack (Milo Ventimiglia). But production oversights distracted from the intensity of the pivotal sequence.

1700 by Yvonne Villarreal in Los Angeles. MOVED


^Karla Peterson: Why viewers of 'The Crown' could see Prince Harry and Meghan's exit coming<

^PETERSON-COLUMN:SD—<"Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown." You know this already if you are a reader of William Shakespeare, who slips this cogent observation into "Henry IV, Part I" in which he explores the challenges facing both the man at the top of the royal food chain and the son who is next in line for the throne.

You also know this if you are a viewer of "The Crown," Netflix's ongoing dramatic series chronicling the risks and rewards of being on the throne and the lifetime balancing act that comes with being throne-adjacent. Now in its third season, the series from creator Peter Morgan focuses on the reign of England's Queen Elizabeth II (still on the throne at the age of 93) and the very long shadow her position casts over every member of her family tree. Including the modern-day apples who are doing their best to fall as far away from that old tree as possible.

950 by Karla Peterson. MOVED



^Movie review: 'Bad Boys for Life' refreshing tribute to '90s action cinema<

^BADBOYS-LIFE-MOVIE-REVIEW:MCT—<After turning in the first two greatly beloved, operatically souped-up action opuses in the "Bad Boys" franchise, everyone's favorite gearhead maximalist auteur Michael Bay is no longer behind the camera for the third, "Bad Boys for Life" (though he is in front of it, briefly). Not to worry though, as Belgian filmmaking duo Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, clearly devoted students of Bay's style, craft a wonderful facsimile of his greatest hits, from his swirling low-angle dolly shots to capturing the glorious clash of sunset and neon that screams Miami. From the very first sequence of a screeching Porsche burning up the streets of South Beach, El Arbi and Fallah prove that as directors, they have the horsepower to match Bay, if not the grace yet. Nevertheless, their first major American feature outing is a loving and skillful tribute to pure '90s action cinema, and it's a hoot for fans of the franchise.

650 by Katie Walsh. MOVED


^The Oscars could use a little more horror<

^OSCARS-HORROR:LA—<Lupita Nyong'o's Oscar snub Monday morning proved that, in addition to its glaring diversity problem (just one person of color, Cynthia Erivo, was nominated for an acting trophy), the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has another blind spot when it comes to horror movies. Despite the genre's evolution from its B-movie roots to the newly "elevated" reputation it enjoys today, horror remains consistently overlooked outside of the technical categories.

The Oscar-winning Nyong'o has struggled all awards season to secure nominations for her turn in Jordan Peele's "Us" — scoring only a SAG nomination after being snubbed by the Golden Globes and BAFTA nominating committees — despite her critically acclaimed dual performances and early awards buzz. And she's not the only horror actor the academy and other prestigious awards ceremonies have failed to recognize.

450 by Sonaiya Kelley. MOVED




^MOVIE-GUIDE:LA—<Movie guide: Opening in Hollywood

600. MOVED


^MOVIE-FAMREVIEWS:MCT—<Family guide to new movie releases

250 by Katie Walsh. MOVED


^The Haden Triplets new album: Kanye to unearthed 'Will Rogers' song by their grandfather<

^MUS-HADENTRIPLETS:LA—<The Haden Triplets, "The Family Songbook" (Trimeter/Thirty Tigers) Petra, Rachel and Tanya Haden were born in New York and raised in Los Angeles. Their dad was the late Charlie Haden, the seminal jazz bassist and pride of southern Missouri. Music is their inheritance, and the sisters' new record, which features a host of stellar musicians, including their brother Josh, celebrates that history. Called "The Family Songbook," it explores the roots of the Haden story, most notably the work of their grandfather, Carl E. Haden.

The elder Haden was a songwriter who had his own family band, and toured the South in the 1940s and '50s. Among his friends and peers were the Carter Family and Porter Wagoner. Now his granddaughters have unearthed four previously unpublished songs of his, and their new renditions ensure that their ancestral circle remains unbroken.

450 by Randall Roberts. MOVED


^CPT-SOUNDADVICE:MCT—<Sound Advice: Optoma HD27HDR projector still recommended

600 by Don Lindich. MOVED



^TV gig for Felicity Huffman's daughter raises questions about a 'rigged' system<

^TV-MACY:SJ—<It's almost as if the college admissions scandal never happened to Felicity Huffman and her family because 10 months after her arrest her oldest daughter, Sophia Macy, has landed a featured role in a TV show.

CBS announced that it had cast Sophia, 19, in an episode of the second season of "The Twilight Zone," its reboot of the classic series hosted by Jordan Peele. Sophia, many people remember, was involuntarily connected to the scandal after her TV actress mother was charged with paying a $15,000 bribe to have her SAT score illegally boosted.

Just four months ago, Sophia's actor father, William H. Macy, described in a letter to the court that his aspiring actress daughter had been "devastated" by the events surrounding her mother's arrest, prosecution and 11-day imprisonment. The high school graduate was so devastated that she temporarily gave up on the idea of going to college so that she could take a gap year and "regain her equilibrium."

950 (with trims) by Martha Ross. MOVED



^VID-NEWONDVD:MCT—<New on DVD: 'Addams Family' offers comfort in darkness

650 by Katie Foran-McHale. MOVED


^TV-REMOTE-ADV19:CC—<Around the remote: Chuck Barney's TV and streaming picks for Jan. 19-25

550 by Chuck Barney. MOVED


^VID-REDBOX:MCT—<Redbox's Top 10 DVD rentals




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