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Entertainment Budget for Monday, September 9, 2019


Updated at 4 p.m. EDT (2000 UTC).




^What happens when Netflix buys Hollywood's iconic Egyptian Theatre? It's complicated<

NETFLIX-EGYPTIAN-THEATRE:LA — North Hollywood-based librarian Christina Rice, 45, loves to see movies with her 9-year-old daughter at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.

On a recent Friday afternoon, she trekked to the historic movie palace for a lively screening of the 1942 feature "Get Hep to Love," where she sat with former child actress Cora Sue Collins, who starred in the picture. The screening, part of the annual Cinecon Classic Film Festival, was a special moment for Rice.

"To be in a theater like that on Hollywood Boulevard, with cinephiles just going crazy, and to be watching it with someone who was actually in the movie. Only in Hollywood," she said.

But lately, Rice has been worried about the future of the beloved Egyptian. American Cinematheque, the nonprofit that has owned and operated the location for more than two decades, has been in protracted negotiations to sell the theater to an unlikely buyer: the streaming video giant Netflix Inc.

1750 (with trims) Ryan Faughnder in Los Angeles. MOVED


^Scholar Jacqueline Stewart makes history as TCM's first African American host<

^TV-TCM-STEWART:LA—<Author, film professor and archivist Jacqueline Stewart first fell in love with classic cinema as a kid staying up past bedtime to watch old movies with her aunt on television.

"As a film scholar, sometimes we don't really appreciate the history of showing films on TV, but that's the way that film was introduced to (many of) us," said Stewart by phone from Atlanta. "Just the fact that it was a family experience, that kind of communal experience of watching it together in the comfort of home, it felt special."

The cinephile, a professor of cinema and media studies at the University of Chicago as well as the institution's director of arts and public life, plus a three-time appointee to the National Film Preservation Board (which advises the Library of Congress) and chair of its diversity task force, can add TV personality to her credits as she makes history this month in becoming Turner Classic Movies' first African American host.

1750 by Sonaiya Kelley. MOVED


^After 'It Chapter Two' and 'Stranger Things,' Finn Wolfhard is an accidental horror star<

MOVIE-WOLFHARD:LA — Finn Wolfhard has been having a great couple of years.

Since the 16-year-old Canadian actor broke out in Netflix's sleeper hit "Stranger Things," he's been heavily in demand for popular spooky franchises, including Warner Bros.' 2017 megahit "It" (which surpassed "The Exorcist" to become the highest-grossing horror film domestically) and next month's animated "Addams Family" movie.

Next year he'll star in "Ghostbusters 2020" and the horror remake "The Turning" based on Henry James' novella, "The Turning of the Screw." But the teenager insists his genre-heavy resume is purely circumstantial.

1550 by Sonaiya Kelley in Los Angeles. MOVED


^How Noah Baumbach's 'Marriage Story' became Netflix's biggest Oscar hope yet<

MOVIE-MARRIAGE-STORY:LA — Noah Baumbach wasn't quite sure what time zone his body was in.

In the span of a few days, the filmmaker had flown from New York to the Venice Film Festival, where his divorce drama "Marriage Story" premiered to acclaim, and then to the Telluride Film Festival. Now, on the morning of his movie's first screening in the picturesque Colorado mountain town, he sat on the couch in his rented condo, feeling discombobulated.

"I was awake at, like, 5:30, which was bad because I went to bed after 1," he said, his fingers wrapped around a cup of life-giving coffee. Soon, he'd be on a plane to the Toronto International Film Festival.

The nonstop travel, screenings, parties and interviews of the fall festival season can leave anyone feeling drained, but Baumbach has been buoyed by the rapturous reception "Marriage Story" has received so far.

1550 (with trims) by Josh Rottenberg in Telluride, Colo. MOVED


^Comedian Kevin Hart in excruciating pain but already walking after breaking back in car crash<

^HART:NY—<The road to rehab is long, but comedian Kevin Hart is already walking it albeit slowly and gingerly, in excruciating pain.

The 40-year-old performer is slowly bouncing back from a car crash last week in which he suffered "severe back injuries." Sources say his spine broke in three places when the car his friend was driving swerved off the road and rolled down an embankment in Calabasas, Calif.

250 by Theresa Braine. MOVED


^Aretha Franklin 'Amazing Grace' film anchors nationwide voter registration campaign<

^MOVIE-FRANKLIN:LA—<The critically acclaimed gospel music documentary "Amazing Grace" with Aretha Franklin will be screened Monday night at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., as part of kickoff efforts for a new series of events for the 51-year-old Poor People's Campaign promoting social, political and economic justice.

It is the first of nine scheduled multi-day organization programs in as many states featuring multi-pronged outreach efforts described as nondenominational and nonpartisan. Dubbed "A National Call for Moral Revival," the campaign is aimed at registering people to vote and increasing citizen participation in the 2020 election.

550 by Randy Lewis. MOVED


^Trump spars with John Legend and #filthymouthedwife Chrissy Teigen<

^TRUMP-LEGEND-TEIGEN:LA—<Imagine being the president of the United States and spending your time tweeting about a TV show you watched. Now imagine being a celebrity couple and spending your time tweeting about that president watching that TV show.

Chrissy Teigen, John Legend and President Donald Trump were yelling at one another Sunday on Twitter over MSNBC's coverage of criminal justice reform, which led to a profane hashtag (that we can't mention here) referring to Trump.

By Monday, that hashtag had spawned — with no help from the three parties involved — a less profane one referring to Teigen: #filthymouthedwife.

400 by Christie D'Zurilla. MOVED


^Towering 'Succession' star Nicholas Braun says his height is an obstacle to landing acting jobs<

^TV-SUCCESSION-BRAUN:NY—<At 6-foot-7, "Succession" star Nicholas Braun would seem to have a literal leg-up in life, but the actor said his frame has its drawbacks.

"If there's a father, and he's shorter than 6-2, I have no chance of playing his son," Braun said on ABC News' "Popcorn With Peter Travers." He continued: "I've lost a lot of roles because of my height, because it's hard to photograph maybe for some people. Or they don't want to put the lead actresses on apple boxes, which I understand."

200 by Tim Balk. MOVED


^John Wesley, known for roles in 'Martin' and 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,' dies at 72<

^WESLEY-OBIT:NY—<John Wesley, a veteran film and TV actor known for his roles on the 90's sitcoms "Martin" and "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," has died in Los Angeles.

The Louisiana native was 72.

Wesley passed away Sunday morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after a lengthy battle with multiple myeloma, his manager Gerry Pass confirmed to the Daily News.

350 by Nancy Dillon. MOVED


^Ken Burns sings the praises of 'Country Music' in latest documentary series<

TV-COUNTRYMUSIC-BURNS:MCT — It's a typical blisteringly hot days in the Central San Joaquin Valley when noted documentarian Ken Burns and his long-time collaborators, Dayton Duncan and Julie Dunfey, arrive at the Clovis Rodeo Grounds. It's the latest stop on their 30-city tour across the country to promote their latest production for public television — a look at country music. The California swing will take them from San Quentin Prison where Johnny Cash performed to the boxcar where Merle Haggard was raised.

"Country Music" is an eight-part, 16-hour film slated to air at 8 p.m. Sept. 15-18 and Sept. 22-25 on PBS. The documentary, written by Duncan, looks at the musical art form from the working class tunes of southern Appalachia to the up-tempo country swing of Texas and California's honky-tonks.

950 by Rick Bentley in Clovis, Calif. MOVED


^For the showrunner of 'A Million Little Things,' politically conscious trumps politically correct<

TV-NASH-MILLIONTHINGS:LA — When DJ Nash set out to write the ABC drama "A Million Little Things," which follows a group of friends coping with the death by suicide of one of their own, his hope was that it would generate discussion about mental health.

"You don't want to be a PSA — you're not telling the stories for that reason but to realize, 'Oh, we could make a change, we could bring attention to these issues,'" Nash said. "There's two groups you want to talk to: the survivors, and the people who you want to prevent from doing this. And how do you reach both of them?"

1700 by Yvonne Villarreal. MOVED


^'Jersey Shore' house available for rentals<

TV-JERSEYSHORE:PH — Now you too can GTL (Gym, Tan, Laundry) like the stars of MTV's "Jersey Shore."

If you've got a few spare thousand dollars a night, that is.

250 by Nick Vadala in Philadelphia. MOVED



^TV-TINSEL:MCT—<Ken Burns' 'Country Music' relegates genre to high art

1700 by Luaine Lee in Beverly Hills, Calif. MOVED



^After almost four decades, there's still no room for error in the work of King Crimson<

MUS-KINGCRIMSON:TB — By his own admission, Tony Levin, the accomplished bass player who has worked with John Lennon and Paul Simon, tours with Peter Gabriel and handled complicated musical arrangements alongside virtuoso guitarist Robert Fripp for nearly 40 years, is the laziest member of King Crimson. "Not an answer I'm proud of!" he says with a laugh, by phone from a hotel in Guadalajara, Mexico. "I practice plenty for a guy who's been playing as many years as I have. I joke that it ought to be more — but I forgive myself for being less than ideal in that."

Like the other seven members of King Crimson, the progressive-rock band Fripp started with 1969's mighty debut "In the Court of the Crimson King," Levin actually keeps a grueling rehearsal schedule. Every day on tour, Fripp, the 73-year-old bandleader, puts on a suit, eats breakfast, then starts practicing his instruments. By the time Levin, also 73, arrives at whatever concert venue they're playing that night, Fripp is in his dressing room, continuing his musical regimen.

850 by Steve Knopper in Chicago. MOVED


^Vince Gill gets open and personal on his latest album, 'Okie'<

MUS-GILL-OKIE:TB — Vince Gill covers a lot of personal ground on his new album "Okie" (MCA Nashville). The country star offers heartfelt takes on his relationship with his mother, his marriage to Christian and country-pop singer Amy Grant and his friendship with the late singer-songwriter Guy Clark. There's also a devastating ballad about child sexual abuse, a song influenced by Gill's own run-in with a coach who acted inappropriately.

"More than anything, I wanted to open myself up to vulnerability and tell the truth as best I could on this album," he says, calling from a tour stop in Thackerville, Okla.

1200 by Chrissie Dickinson in Chicago. MOVED




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