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Entertainment Budget for Thursday, February 13, 2020


Updated at 4 p.m. EST (2100 UTC).



^Want more Bong Joon Ho? Here's how to catch up on the work of the Oscar-winning director of 'Parasite.'<

^MOVIE-BONG:PH—<Though some folks were surprised by Sunday's Academy Award wins for South Korean director Bong Joon Ho and his movie "Parasite," you could see on Oscar night see that fellow nominees Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino were not among them.

Both are movie buffs, familiar with Bong's impressive career, and clearly knew it was only a matter of time before his work was recognized on an international scale — in fact, "Parasite" had already won the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 2019.

Also probably not surprised? Oscar winner Brad Pitt (best supporting actor for Tarantino's "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood"), who produced Bong's last movie "Okja," released in 2017.

Filmmakers and hardcore movie fans have been hip to Bong for years.

If you want to see "Parasite" and some of the director's previous movies, here's what to expect and how to find them:

650 by Gary Thompson. MOVED


^'Survivor' has moved on from its #MeToo scandal. Former contestant Kellee Kim has not<

^TV-SURVIVOR:LA—<Wednesday night, less than two months after December's "Survivor" finale saw host Jeff Probst deliver an unprecedented on-air apology for the show's mishandling of a #MeToo incident, a new season was set to premiere.

But while CBS has turned its focus to the stacked all-winner lineup in store for Season 40, former contestant Kellee Kim can't help but linger on the fallout from Season 39.

"There's a sense of moving on and almost forgetting, but it is really important for me to make sure that the story continues getting heard, because I think that, only by remembering history can we continue to make sure that change happens and that change stays," she said. "We can't allow this to happen again, whether it's because people really think it's the right thing or because we are holding their feet to the fire."

1550 by Christi Carras. MOVED


^How '90s TV transformed black representation<

^TV-90S-BLACKREPRESENTATION:AT—<Black representation on TV has transformed over the last century. But the biggest change arguably came in the 1990s.

After the Jeffersons and the Huxtables in the '70s and '80s, a whole host of black families and friendships burst onto the small screen. Moesha Mitchell and Carl Winslow shared the hilarity and frustration of Los Angeles teendom and Chicago family life, respectively. While Khadijah James and Martin Payne exposed life with pals in Brooklyn and Detroit. And who can forget about West Philadelphia's Will Smith moving in with his auntie and uncle in Bel-Air?

"The portrayal of blacks in the '80s and '90s, you begin to see an expansion of our identity," Gil Robertson, journalist, author and president of the African American Film Critics Association, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

850 by Kiersten Willis. MOVED


^Harvey Weinstein is 'an innocent man,' defense says at closing argument of New York trial<

WEINSTEIN:LA — In a scathing closing argument, Harvey Weinstein's lead attorney attacked prosecutors and the media Thursday before pleading with a New York jury to make what she described as an unpopular choice, and acquit the mogul of five counts of sexual assault.

As she stood before the jury of seven men and five women, Donna Rotunno asked them to use "New York City common sense" to guide their decision-making and to focus on the evidence presented at trial rather than the maelstrom of negative press Weinstein received between the start of the #MeToo movement in 2017 and his trial.

"You may have had a gut feeling that Harvey Weinstein was guilty," she said. "Throw that gut feeling right out the window."

750 by Laura Newberry and James Queally in New York. (Moved as a national story.) MOVED


^Colin Kaepernick to release memoir through his own new publishing company<

^BOOK-KAEPERNICK:LA—<Colin Kaepernick is touching down in a new arena.

The NFL quarterback and activist announced on Thursday that he will release an autobiography this year through his own publishing company, Kaepernick Publishing. Audible, the producer and seller of spoken audio entertainment, will release the spoken-word version and will partner with the imprint to create original content from and about influential figures.

450 by Dorany Pineda. MOVED



^Movie review: 'Sonic the Hedgehog' is a surprisingly good time<

^SONIC-MOVIE-REVIEW:MCT—<I'm as surprised as anyone to report that "Sonic the Hedgehog," the adaptation of the popular '90s Sega video game, is actually good. Expectations have been low since the movie's rocky rollout in its first trailer, with online backlash regarding the look of the computer-generated character requiring animators to go back to the drawing board, completely redesigning the speedy blue hedgehog. So color me surprised to discover that after all of that, "Sonic the Hedgehog" is legitimately funny, heartwarming and entertaining.

600 by Katie Walsh. MOVED


^'The Photograph' review: Issa Rae and LaKeith Stanfield take a good long look at love<

^PHOTOGRAPH-MOVIE-REVIEW:TB—<The problem with movie trailers is: A) They're necessary, apparently; B) Too many beans get spilled; and C) Often, a movie without much overt intrigue or plot machinery becomes packaged in a gently deceptive fashion.

This last problem brings us to a film worth seeing. Writer-director Stella Meghie's "The Photograph" unfolds as a low-keyed romance starring Issa Rae of the YouTube series "Awkward Black Girl" and HBO's "Insecure" and the very busy LaKeith Stanfield, lately improving everything from "Sorry to Bother You" to "Atlanta" to the recent "Knives Out."

600 by Michael Phillips. MOVED


^How the women of 'Portrait of a Lady on Fire' put a new spin on sex and smiling in French cinema<

^MOVIE-PORTRAIT-LADY-FIRE:LA—<A period movie so alive with ideas and emotions it feels like it is taking place in the present tense, "Portrait of a Lady On Fire" has been igniting viewers around the world for the better part of a year.

Written and directed by Celine Sciamma, the film won the screenplay prize and the Queer Palm award when it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last summer, and has since been nominated for 10 Cesar awards, a Golden Globe, a BAFTA and a Spirit Award and picked up numerous critics prizes, including recognition for cinematographer Claire Mathon.

After a brief qualifying run at the end of last year, "Portrait" was moved to begin its nationwide platform release on Valentine's Day, taking it out of the crush of year-end awards titles and into a position that capitalized on its deeply felt romance. "Portrait of a Lady on Fire" is now truly a film for lovers.

1600 (with trims) by Mark Olsen. MOVED




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

350 by Katie Walsh. MOVED


^Review: Beach Bunny has created a rare, vexing thing in a pretty-much-flawless debut full-length, 'Honeymoon'<

^MUS-BEACHBUNNY-REVIEW:TB—<It was September 2018 at Chicago's Riot Fest, just after noon and kids were running. Not rushing, not walking fast, but running, across Douglas Park to get to Rebel Stage, the one farthest from the fest entrance.

They were running for Beach Bunny, a then baby band that since then has played Riot Fest, Lollapalooza and is on this year's Coachella lineup. It has a new album, "Honeymoon," that will be on a great many "best of" lists by year's end because of what it is: a bracing, blissful power pop gem with a sound as open as leader Lili Trifilio's heart.

1100 by Kevin Williams. MOVED


^The Masked Singer National Tour kicks off in Detroit<

^MUS-MASKEDSINGER:DE—<The Masked Singer National Tour will kick off an all-new live show May 28 at the Fox Theatre in Detroit.

The live show will feature two celebrity guest hosts and one local celebrity who will be in a top-secret disguise, keeping the audience guessing until they are unmasked at the end of the night.

500 by Brendel Hightower. MOVED



^Want to become a Lego Master? Ask the experts: It won't be easy<

^TV-LEGOMASTERS:LA—<Whether following the instructions for an extremely detailed model of "Star Wars'" Millennium Falcon or assembling a freeform rainbow pirate ship, all Lego builds start by snapping together two interlocking plastic bricks.

The basic mechanics are simple, but the boundless creative possibilities have made the versatile toy popular among generations of kids. And more than 60 years since the brand's debut, Lego has become an entertainment mainstay, spawning movies, video games and theme parks.

Now, a new level of brick-building is in the spotlight thanks to Fox's competition series "Lego Masters," which debuted earlier this month.

1150 by Tracy Brown. MOVED


^Former Oklahoma Rep. J.C. Watts launches black news channel<

^TV-BLACK-NEWS:CON—<J.C. Watts doesn't want a black version of Fox News, CNN or MSNBC. Launching in the middle of Black History Month, the Black News Channel aims to fill the gap between African American interest channels and mainstream cable news networks.

"God, if you look at the TV dial, you can go anywhere and get news and information for any demographic that you want," Watts says. "Gay, straight, yellow, brown, white, female, male. But there's nowhere on the news dial or the channel lineup of the 200-plus stations that you can go and get news and information from the African American community. So we think we're filling a niche for an underserved, underrepresented community and we think we're the venue to give the African American community a voice."

550 by Clyde McGrady. MOVED


^Playful. Proud. Provocative. Meet Muhammad Ali, late-night sensation<

^TV-ALI-CAVETT:LA—<Talk show host Dick Cavett can still picture the day in 1963 when he first met legendary heavyweight boxer Muhammad Ali, then still known as Cassius Clay. The new champion was drawing a crowd outside the El Capitan Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard.

"It was like seeing a god," Cavett, 83, recalled in a recent interview. "People were just standing there in awe, just stricken by his presence, and it was really a wonderful thing to see and feel. He had what you call 'it.'"

Once inside the theater, Ali appeared on "The Jerry Lewis Show," an ABC variety show where Cavett worked as a writer and provided the fighter with a poem to perform. It was the beginning of a long and mutually beneficial relationship between the two men depicted in the documentary "Ali & Cavett: The Tale of the Tapes," which premiered Tuesday.

1150 by Stephen Battaglio in Los Angeles. MOVED


^Karla Peterson: Hulu's gender-flipped 'High Fidelity' is a cover version with its own special groove<

^VID-PETERSON-COLUMN:SD—<When I heard that Hulu was turning Nick Hornby's classic music-geek novel "High Fidelity" into a series, my brain made an awful screeching noise not unlike the sound of a record-player needle skidding off a fresh piece of vinyl. If that sound had accompanying lyrics, they would boil down to a big, whiny, "Why?????"

Why take a third swing at a hilarious, pretty-much perfect book that has already been turned into a pretty terrific movie and a not-at-all-terrific musical? Why change the hero, a relationship-challenged record-store owner named Rob, into a female record store owner who is also relationship-challenged and also named Rob? Why would Hulu do this? Why would anybody?

Well, if you regretted freaking out when Dylan went electric or when Taylor Swift went full-on-pop, then you know that one of the true joys of being a music fan is allowing an artist to prove you wrong.

900 by Karla Peterson. MOVED





^TV-QUESTIONS:MCT—< Television Q&A: Did Yul Brynner make an anti-smoking ad to air after he died?

700 by Rich Heldenfels. MOVED



^VID-NEWONDVD:MCT—<New on DVD: 'A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,' 'Jojo Rabbit' capture depths of humanity

600 by Katie Foran-McHale. MOVED

^TV-REMOTE-ADV16:CC—<Around the remote: Chuck Barney's TV and streaming picks for Feb. 16-22

550 by Chuck Barney. MOVED



^POKER-ADV:TB—<Sunday release—Poker column.

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900. (Moving later.)



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