Tribune News Service
Entertainment Budget for Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Updated at noon EST (1700 UTC).
^Everything you need to know about 'Parasite' and its Oscar nominations<
^OSCARS-PARASITE:LA—<It was clear from Times critic Justin Chang's radiant enthusiasm coming out of Cannes in May: "Parasite" was something special — a movie to be seen, and then to be watched as it took the awards circuit by storm.
It's a journey that will culminate Feb. 9 at the Oscars, where the Korean-language film now stands nominated in six categories, including best picture and director.
But for those those who've missed the "Parasite" train thus far, here's a short course in why director Bong Joon Ho's movie is such a buzzy big deal.
900 by Christie D'Zurilla. MOVED
^Nine reasons why the 2020 Oscar nominations were not completely dispiriting<
^OSCARS-SURPRISES:LA—<As a friend wisely reminded me earlier this awards season: Never assume that just because someone or something didn't win an award, earn a nomination or land on a year-end list, the person or organization didn't see the work in question. Having been on the receiving end of such assumptions myself — why yes, indignant Twitter user, I did in fact see "Jojo Rabbit" (twice!) — I know the folly of questioning other people's expertise, let alone expecting them to share or reflect my own unimpeachable taste.
And yet early on Oscar nominations morning, my judgment clearly impaired by a mix of reflexive anger and insufficient caffeine, I couldn't help but ask the forbidden questions: Did enough members of the motion picture academy actually see "Us"? Or "Hustlers"? Or "The Farewell"? Or "Uncut Gems"?
The lack of recognition for four of the smartest American movies released last year — all of them well reviewed by critics and well attended by audiences — may not answer that question definitively, but it doesn't exactly inspire confidence.
1500 by Justin Chang. MOVED
^Oscar nominee Cynthia Erivo feels 'bittersweet' as the only actor of color recognized<
^OSCARS-ERIVO:LA—<British actress Cynthia Erivo received her first two Oscar nominations on Monday morning for her performance as the iconic freedom fighter and abolitionist Harriet Tubman in Kasi Lemmons' "Harriet" and for co-writing that film's anthemic original song "Stand Up" (with Joshuah Brian Campbell).
In the wake of notable snubs for the likes of Jennifer Lopez ("Hustlers"), Jamie Foxx ("Just Mercy") and Lupita Nyong'o ("Us"), Erivo was the only person of color nominated for an acting Oscar this year.
Hours after the nominations announcement on Monday morning, Erivo got on the phone from Japan, where she'd just landed to discuss her nominations and the legacy of #OscarsSoWhite.
1000 by Sonaiya Kelley. MOVED
^Commentary: Oscar nominations 2020: Kenneth Turan says the academy looks both forward and backward<
^OSCARS-ANALYSIS:LA—<In its Oscar nominations and even in the awards themselves, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is inevitably and irrevocably a Janus-headed organization, looking simultaneously, as did the Roman god, to the future and the past.
With this year's nominations, however, the contrast between those points of view is startling in its intensity, marking 2020 as a bellwether whether we want it to be or not.
The aspect of the vote that is looking forward is the great number of nominations that the streaming giant Netflix took home. Twenty-four, to be exact, more than mighty Disney — 23 noms including all its subsidiaries — and Sony with 20, embarrassing once powerful entities like Paramount that ended up with none.
750 by Kenneth Turan. MOVED
^Matchbox Twenty announces 2020 summer tour dates<
^MUS-MATCHBOXTWENTY:DE—<Matchbox Twenty announced a 50-plus date summer tour.
The pop rock band will be joined by award-winning rock band, The Wallflowers.
Matchbox Twenty 2020 is the band's first tour since 2017, when they reunited for the "A Brief History of Everything" tour to mark the 20th anniversary of their RIAA Diamond-certified debut album "Yourself or Someone Like You."
600 by Brendel Hightower. MOVED
^L.A. rapper Roddy Ricch tops Billboard albums and singles charts<
^MUS-RICCH:LA—<The new decade has its first breakout star on the Billboard charts: L.A. rapper Roddy Ricch.
The 21-year-old Compton emcee vaulted to the top of both the Hot 100 and Billboard 200 song and album charts this week, after his single "The Box" became a TikTok sensation (the infinite meme-ability of its squeaking-sound hook, from producer 30Roc, helped its cause).
The song is a deep cut from Ricch's studio debut, "Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial," which came out in December on Atlantic and has been a streaming sensation ever since; it previously topped the Billboard 200 chart last month.
250 by August Brown in Los Angeles. MOVED
^Movie review: In cursed 'Dolittle,' they could not have done less<
^DOLITTLE-MOVIE-REVIEW-ADV15:MCT—<In 1967, Twentieth Century Fox undertook an expensive and complicated production of "Doctor Dolittle," based on a series of children's books by Hugh Lofting, about a doctor in Victorian England who talks to animals. Starring Rex Harrison, "Doctor Dolittle" was a notoriously doomed production, troubled by quarantined animals, Harrison's behavior and a budget that ballooned three times its size. "Doctor Dolittle" received terrible reviews and tanked at the box office, though Fox was able to buy off a few Oscar trophies for special effects and song.
Refusing to learn from the past some five decades later, Universal is condemned to repeat it with their own "Dolittle," starring Robert Downey Jr. in the title role, boasting a cool $175 million budget (or maybe more?!), plus rumors of production woes and multiple reshoots.
650 by Katie Walsh. (Moving at 1 p.m. Eastern Wednesday due to embargo. To be added to our embargoed movie reviews email list, email email@example.com.)
^Joe Pesci earns his third Oscar nomination with quiet menace for 'The Irishman'<
^OSCARS-PESCI:LA—<Joe Pesci is known for volatile, explosive performances in such films as Martin Scorsese's "Goodfellas" and "Casino," along with more antic, comic turns in the "Lethal Weapon" and "Home Alone" movies and "My Cousin Vinny."
So, the still menace of Pesci's performance in Scorsese's "The Irishman," playing Pennsylvania mob boss Russell Bufalino as a man confident in the illicit power he wields, has struck many as revelatory, all the more so coming as Pesci's first movie role in nearly 10 years.
The role in "The Irishman" has earned Pesci his third Oscar nod for supporting actor; he was also nominated by the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. for the Golden Globe Awards, SAG-AFTRA for the Screen Actors Guild Awards and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts for the BAFTA Awards. "The Irishman" earned 10 Oscar nominations overall.
500 by Mark Olsen. MOVED
^Oscar nominations 2020: Who got snubbed? Awkwafina, women directors, actors of color<
^OSCARS-SNUBS:SE—<While we'll be spending plenty of time in the next few weeks talking about the big winners — wow, those voters really liked "Joker," which led the pack with 11 nominations — let's devote a bit of time to that most delightful Oscars tradition: complaining about the snubs.
550 by Moira Macdonald. MOVED
^Oscar predictions: Why Antonio Banderas should win best actor instead of Joaquin Phoenix for 'Joker'<
^OSCARS-PREDICTIONS:TB—<The surprises this year include "Ford v. Ferrari" sneaking in with a best picture nomination. The old-school presence of Jonathan Pryce and Anthony Hopkins in the leading and supporting actor categories for "The Two Popes" reminds us that sometimes the most acting is the acting that matters most around Oscar time. More happily, Florence Pugh is richly deserving of her featured actress nod for "Little Women," a best picture nominee that handed director Greta Gerwig an equally deserving adapted-screenplay nomination, though not one for direction.
Directing, apparently and once again, belongs to one gender and one gender only.
Here are the Tribune's predictions and slag-offs in a few key 2020 Academy Award categories.
1400 by Michael Phillips. MOVED
^TV, DVD, STREAMING<
^'Homeland,' the final season: Carrie walks in Brody's shoes<
^TV-HOMELAND:SJ—<Cast members Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin, along with the executive producers of "Homeland," appeared Monday at the Television Critics Association press tour to address the eighth and final season of the groundbreaking espionage drama.
"I don't have any other reference for this. I've never done anything this long," Danes said on confronting the end. "It's been so profoundly defining for me."
In the new episodes, launching Feb. 9 on Showtime, Carrie Mathison (Danes) is recovering from months of brutal confinement in a Russian gulag. Her body is healing, but her memory remains fractured — which is a problem for Saul (Patinkin), now National Security Advisor to the newly ascendant President Warner (Beau Bridges).
350 by Chuck Barney. MOVED
^VID-NEWONDVD:MCT—<New on DVD: 'Addams Family' offers comfort in darkness
650 by Katie Foran-McHale. MOVED
^VID-DVDRELEASE:MCT—<List of DVD release dates for Jan. 14 and beyond
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