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Entertainment Budget for Wednesday, March 25, 2020


Updated at noon EDT (1600 UTC).


^Appreciation: How Terrence McNally used laughter to lift us past loneliness and loss<

^MCNALLY-APPRECIATION:LA—<Timing is everything in the theater, and Terrence McNally, a Broadway maestro who exuded eternal gratitude for the life the stage had given him, knew the importance of making a meaningful exit.

Having survived the AIDS epidemic and lung cancer, he died of complications from coronavirus on Tuesday at age 81. As the nation and the world are left reeling from the new pandemic, McNally, whose plays and musicals preached a gospel of living more fully through an awareness of loss, urges us through his death to take this disease seriously and to care for ourselves and one other — just as he instructed us to do in an earlier plague when he was a playwright at the top of his game.

1000 by Charles McNulty. MOVED


^Dr. Dre, Mister Rogers, Glen Campbell among 2020 Library of Congress recording inductees<

^LIBRARY-CONGRESS-RECORDING:LA—<Whitney Houston's 1992 rendition of Dolly Parton's hyper-romantic ballad "I Will Always Love You," Dr. Dre's groundbreaking rap album "The Chronic" from the same year, Glen Campbell's 1968 heart-rending single "Wichita Lineman," blues singer Memphis Minnie's ribald 1941 hit "Me and My Chauffeur Blues" and the sportscast of the 1951 National League tiebreaker between the New York Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers are among the latest inductees into the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry.

700 Randy Lewis. MOVED


^Maurice Berger, 63, curator who explored race, dies of coronavirus complications<

^BERGER-OBIT:LA—<Maurice Berger, a writer and curator whose prescient work on the nature of art, race and image helped set a framework for the social discourses of today, died from complications related to COVID-19 in Craryville, N.Y., on Sunday. His death was confirmed by representatives at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (where he served as chief curator of the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture), as well as New York's Jewish Museum, where he helped curate numerous exhibitions over the course of his career. Berger was 63.

850 by Carolina A. Miranda. MOVED


^Amid coronavirus fears, here are 5 simple, social games that can restore your faith in humanity<

^VIDEOGAMES-CORONAVIRUS:LA—<As many of us transition to a life of social distancing, the bonding power of play will only become more important. And for many, play is already a powerful way to connect. Consider that "Fortnite" is as much a social media platform for friends and marketing events as it is a competitive game. And the way in which we share creations in a "Super Mario Maker" or a "Minecraft" is a sort of personalized digital postcard that we're unleashing to the world.

So at a time where meeting "IRL" is heavily discouraged, virtual play dates can become our salvation when it comes to socialization. No wonder so many were eagerly awaiting the arrival of Nintendo's "Animal Crossing: New Horizons" last week. While some may opt for old-fashioned board game nights, many of which can pair well across distances with a little effort, trust and a video-conferencing app, this also may be a good time to discover — or rediscover — a medium that is shaping modern entertainment.

1350 by Todd Martens. MOVED


^Chicago Symphony Orchestra music director Riccardo Muti on life in Italy amid coronavirus, the role music plays<

^MUS-CORONAVIRUS-CHICAGOSYMPHONY-MUTI:TB—<The last time Chicago Symphony Orchestra music director Riccardo Muti conducted a concert, Feb. 23 in Orchestra Hall, few of us realized that the music was about to stop.

By March 12, Gov. J.B. Pritzker ordered a halt to large gatherings in the wake of the deadly coronavirus, shutting down large Chicago venues such as Symphony Center. A few days later, Pritzker expanded the moratorium to bars and restaurants, meaning that live music went silent across Illinois.

After Muti's last CSO concert, in which he performed Beethoven's Symphonies Nos. 2 and 5 and Nicolas Bacri's "Ophelia's Tears," the conductor returned to his home in Ravenna, Italy — and has been there ever since.

1750 by Howard Reich in Chicago. MOVED



^Stream these romantic comedies for a heartwarming movie night<

^MOVIE-ROMCOMS:SE—<When the going gets tough, the tough watch rom-coms. Because really, what could be better than a romantic comedy to lift our spirits and let us get lost in a moment when everything's right with the world? Rom-coms have gotten a bad rap lately (though the occasional surprise hit, like the delightful "Crazy Rich Asians" in 2018, reminds us that the genre's not dead), but here are a handful, from near-recent history, that you might have missed — and that I guarantee will leave you smiling.

850 by Moira Macdonald. MOVED


^Movie review: Inspiring documentary 'Crip Camp' tracks origins of disability rights movement<

^CRIPCAMP-MOVIE-REVIEW:MCT—<It's hard to describe the sheer power of "Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution," a documentary that traces the DNA of the disability rights movement to a Catskills summer camp that hosted disabled kids from the 1950s to the 1970s. Co-directed by former camper Jim Lebrecht (with Nicole Newnham), and the winner of the documentary Audience Award at this year's Sundance Film Festival, "Crip Camp" uses archival footage shot at Camp Jened during the summers of 1970-72 by the People's Video Theater, as well as interviews with campers to craft a portrait of summer camp days. It evolves into the riveting tale of a decadeslong radical revolution that changed the world forever.

650 by Katie Walsh. MOVED


^Movie review: Family drama 'Uncorked' fuses hip-hop culture with passion for wine<

^UNCORKED-MOVIE-REVIEW:MCT—<HBO's "Insecure" showrunner Prentice Penny makes his feature directorial debut with a family drama, "Uncorked." It's the story of a young man in Memphis, Elijah (Mamoudou Athie), whose dreams of becoming a master sommelier conflict with his father Louis' (Courtney B. Vance) hopes that he'll take over the family barbecue joint.

600 by Katie Walsh. (Moving at 3:01 a.m. Eastern Friday due to embargo. To be added to the embargoed movie reviews email list, email tcanews@tribpub.com.)




^MOVIE-GUIDE:LA—<"Knives Out," "Clemency" and 14 more critics' picks to watch at home

800 by Justin Chang and Kenneth Turan.


^MOVIE-FAMREVIEWS:MCT—<This week's family streaming picks

550 by Katie Walsh. MOVED


^Pearl Jam releases its most striking album in 20 years with 'Gigaton'<

^MUS-PEARLJAM-GIGATON-REVIEW:SE—<Pearl Jam and its grunge-era brethren are officially classic rock. It's been an entire generation since Eddie and the boys were hailed as the voice of theirs. Nineties teens can now tell their children of a distant time when musicians with guitars roamed the MTV airwaves currently occupied by "Teen Mom OG" and "Jersey Shore Family Vacation."

On Friday, Pearl Jam will break the longest album drought of its career with the release of "Gigaton" — the Seattle juggernauts' first studio effort since 2013's "Lightning Bolt." And it's hardly a tired spinoff.

750 by Michael Rietmulder. MOVED


^Rock Hall of Famer Jackson Browne has tested positive for coronavirus<

^MUS-CORONAVIRUS-BROWNE:SJ—<Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jackson Browne has tested positive for coronavirus.

The singer, known for such classic songs as "Running on Empty," "The Pretender" and "Doctor My Eyes," told Rolling Stone magazine that he has COVID-19 and is recuperating at his house in Los Angeles.

300 by Jim Harrington. MOVED


^CPT-SOUNDADVICE:MCT—<Sound Advice: Samsung's The Frame Customizable Art TV's picture is truly worth 1,000 words

600 by Don Lindich. MOVED



^Coronavirus: 'The Walking Dead' season to be cut short<

^TV-CORONAVIRUS-WALKINGDEAD:SJ—<AMC announced Tuesday that its signature series, "The Walking Dead," will end its current season one week earlier than planned, due to the coronavirus shutdown that has plagued a number of television series this year.

AMC said in a statement: "Current events have unfortunately made it impossible to complete post-production of The Walking Dead Season 10 finale, so the current season will end with its 15th episode on Sunday, April 5."

250 by Chuck Barney. MOVED


^Did 'Tiger King' star Joe Exotic really sing those jaw-dropping country songs?<

^VID-TIGERKING:LA—<If you're using the coronavirus stay-home order to get in some deep listening with monumental works of art, congratulations and we hope you're truly moved.

But if you're instead staving off existential terror with Netflix's gobsmacking true-crime documentary "Tiger King" (which we can't recommend enough) you're probably doing some deep listening of your own. Namely, to the suspiciously mellifluous music of its star Joe Exotic, the big-cat-breeding, gay-throuple-enmeshed, hit-man-hiring and currently imprisoned star of the series.

650 August Brown. MOVED



^VID-NEWONDVD:MCT—<New on DVD: 'The Rise of Skywalker' joins rest of 'Star Wars' franchise for home-watching

550 by Katie Foran-McHale. MOVED


^TV-REMOTE-ADV29:CC—<Around the remote: Chuck Barney's TV and streaming picks for March 29-April 4

550 by Chuck Barney. MOVED


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




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