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Entertainment Budget for Tuesday, June 30, 2020

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^Carl Reiner, iconic comedian and creator of 'The Dick Van Dyke Show,' dead at 98<

^REINER-OBIT:NY—<Carl Reiner's first book was called "Enter Laughing," and it truly was the story of his life.

The Bronx native, a comedy titan as a writer, producer, actor and director for decades, best known for creating "The Dick Van Dyke Show," died Monday at 98, Variety reported.

He was with his family when he died at his home in Beverly Hills, California. Reiner died of natural causes, his assistant, Judy Nagy, told Variety.

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^Hillary Clinton talks Trump, protests and that time Chelsea brought her and Bill together<

^VID-HILLARY-CLINTON:LA—<"Hillary," Hulu's four-part documentary about Hillary Clinton, came out of 2,000 hours of footage shot during her 2016 presidential campaign, 35 hours of fresh interviews with the subject herself and a bevy of archival material that filmmaker Nanette Burstein found while researching the project.

When Burstein had a version of the movie that was close to locked, she sent it to Clinton at her home in Chappaqua, N.Y., where she watched it in a single sitting. As you might expect, taking it all in, Clinton says, chuckling, was an "overwhelming experience."

"It's daunting to watch your life unfold on the screen," Clinton says. She's on the phone, along with Burstein, in early June, as America continues to reel from the coronavirus pandemic and nationwide protests following the police killing of George Floyd.

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^Anthony Ramos and Christopher Jackson explain why the 'Hamilton' film is exactly what we need right now<

^MOVIE-HAMILTON-RAMOS-JACKSON:NY—<"Just you wait."

The oft-repeated lyric by Lin-Manuel Miranda's title character throughout the epic opening number of "Hamilton" promises plenty of magic to come.

Now for fans who've longed to experience the ultrabuzzy, Tony-winning, constantly sold-out Broadway show for themselves, the wait is finally over.

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^Karla Peterson: How Dave Chappelle, a poetry podcast and a Bruce Springsteen playlist are talking about racism<

^PETERSON-COLUMN:SD—<Just over a month ago, George Floyd was killed while in police custody in Minneapolis. In the turbulent weeks that followed, the country has been rocked by protests and roiled by calls for change in a world where too many Black men and women are killed because of their skin color.

In the midst of the tumult, some voices have emerged from the zeitgeist with words and music that captured the moment and also explained the moment. Here is what these searchers, seekers and scholars had to say about racism, violence and where we need to go from here.

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^Some Harry Potter game developers rattled by J.K. Rowling backlash<

^VIDEOGAMES-HARRYPOTTER:BLO—<One of the most anticipated video games is one whose existence has yet to be acknowledged by its publisher, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. It's a big-budget Harry Potter game that will let players role-play as wizards and roam a vast, open-world re-creation of Hogwarts and its surrounding areas.

The long-rumored project is very real, according to two people currently working on it. The game is in development at a Warner Bros.-owned studio, Avalanche Software in Salt Lake City, and is scheduled for release late next year for platforms including the upcoming Sony Corp. PlayStation 5 and Microsoft Corp. Xbox Series X, said the people, who requested anonymity over fears they would be fired for speaking publicly about an unannounced game.

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^Movie review: 'Hamilton' filmed production shows off intimate performances by original cast. How lucky we are to be alive right now<

^HAMILTON-MOVIE-REVIEW:MCT—<Anyone heard of this scrappy little play, "Hamilton"? Turns out it's pretty good!

A joke, of course, because this critic never had a chance to see "Hamilton" on Broadway, or on any other stage. But it was impossible to escape "Hamilton"-mania in 2015 and 2016, as the writer and star of the production, Lin-Manuel Miranda, shot to instant fame, the musical scooped up 11 Tony Awards, a Pulitzer Prize, and the cast album won a Grammy. Snapshots of the Richard Rodgers Theater marquee with a well-placed program became a social media status symbol.

But now, the great "Hamilton" equalizer arrives in the form of streaming service Disney+, premiering a filmed production of the musical featuring the original cast.

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^Review: Christopher Munch's 'The 11th Green' gets lost in the rough<

^11TH-GREEN-MOVIE-REVIEW:LA—<An investigative reporter, a deep-state government conspiracy, extraterrestrials, Dwight D. Eisenhower and a Barack Obama-like president cross space and time to form the basis of "The 11th Green," a pensive science fiction drama set in the "recent past."

Writer-director Christopher Munch opts for a contemplative, consciousness-bending tone for the promising premise — it's not an "All the President's Men"-meets-"The X-Files"-style thriller. That cerebral approach may have worked, but low-energy cloak-and-dagger escapades and overly expository narrative drain the film of dramatic tension.

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^What to stream: Stay home and stay safe with these Fourth of July weekend picks<

^VID-CORONAVIRUS-WHATTOSTREAM:MCT—<Independence Day weekend is going to be pretty different this year ("unprecedented," as they say). Although there will no doubt be plenty of amateur fireworks shows, large gatherings of people are a very bad idea, what with the spikes in COVID-19 around the country. Stay home and avoid the plague, and the sunburn, by firing up a July 4 movie marathon. This one's a little different: It's not just "America" movies like "The Patriot," "Patriot's Day" and "Team America: World Police." Instead, conjure up Independence Day weekends of years past with a rundown of the best biggest box office earners that opened on the holiday weekend. Pop some corn, pour yourself a soda and settle in for this delightfully varied selection of flicks.

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^Hollywood put up plenty of obstacles. 'Soul Food' still became a Black TV pioneer<

^TV-SOULFOOD:LA—<Before "Power" surged, before "Empire" sang, before "Greenleaf" rejoiced, "Soul Food" cooked.

The Showtime drama, about a multi-generational family whose members made it a point to always come together for Sunday dinner no matter how deep their differences, was a trailblazer, bursting into prime time during an era when dramas about Black people were a rarity. Even with a cast that was mostly unknown at the time, the series was a success, running for five seasons and demonstrating that viewers would tune into a drama centered on a Black family.

Producers and cast members marked the 20th anniversary of the premiere — June 28, 2000 — by celebrating its legacy.

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^Hailing 'Taxi,' one of TV's all-time great sitcoms<

^TV-TAXI:MS—<Viewers love a loser. We daydream about saving one of Mary Richards' horrendous dinner parties, cooing "Soft Kitty" to Sheldon Cooper, picking up the bar tab for Cliff Clavin.

But if you really want to rescue the downtrodden, step into the bowels of the Sunshine Cab Co.

From 1978 to 1983, this New York grease pit doubled as purgatory for the cabbies of "Taxi," a sitcom custom-made for binge watching in these somber times.

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^VID-NEWONDVD:MCT—<New on DVD: 'Trolls World Tour' fun, but misses a few beats

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^VID-DVDRELEASE:MCT—<List of DVD release dates for June 30 and beyond

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