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Entertainment Budget for Wednesday, September 16, 2020


Updated at noon EDT (1600 UTC).


^What will the Emmys look like? The show's history-making producer reveals his plans<

^TV-EMMYS-PRODUCTION:LA—<Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sunday's prime-time TV broadcast of the 2020 Emmy Awards will be a tale of reinvention by necessity — and executive producer Reginald Hudlin is loving the possibilities. The director of "House Party" and "Boomerang" and producer of "Django Unchained" and the 88th Academy Awards knows many of the choices he's making for the 72nd edition of TV's biggest prize are going to be firsts. So is Hudlin himself, for that matter: He is the first Black executive producer in Emmys history.

Though the event is based at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles, no nominees or live audience will be present, just one of many health and safety restrictions Hudlin and his team are working under. Instead, the production will dispatch camera rigs and crews to more than 130 locations around the world; there, the nominees will have unprecedented freedom to present themselves as they choose to a worldwide audience. Despite all the planning and practice, the gregarious Hudlin knows the deck is stacked with wild cards — and he's excited to play. "Whatever happens," he says, "we want to capture it."

1800 by Michael Ordo a in Los Angeles. MOVED


^Francis Lee on making 'Ammonite' with Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan<

^MOVIE-AMMONITE-LEE:LA—<After a number of pandemic-related delays, the period romance "Ammonite" has been uncovered at last. Written and directed by Francis Lee, the film is set in 1840s Dorset, England. There the paleontologist Mary Anning (Kate Winslet) spends her time mostly alone by the seaside looking for fossils. After Charlotte Murchison (Saoirse Ronan) is unceremoniously left behind by her husband to convalesce in Anning's care, the two women find themselves drawing closer, both brightened by the relationship.

The film brings together three celebrated artists. Lee, an actor turned filmmaker, won numerous prizes for his 2017 debut feature "God's Own Country," a queer romance set on a sheep farm. Winslet, along with her best actress Oscar win for "The Reader," has six other Academy Award nominations. Ronan is a four-time Oscar nominee.

"Ammonite" was selected to be part of the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year and also the Telluride Film Festival in the fall, both of which were subsequently canceled. The film finally had its world premiere on Friday night as part of the Toronto International Film Festival. Earlier in the week Lee spoke on the phone from his home in Yorkshire, England, about the film.

1800 by Mark Olsen. MOVED


^The story of how 'Touched by an Angel' got its wings and became one of TV's biggest shows<

^TV-TOUCHED-ANGEL:SD—<Twenty-six years ago this month, Martha Williamson smashed a hole in the stained-glass ceiling of prime-time television when she debuted a God-infused drama series starring a white angel who spoke with an Irish lilt and her Black supervisor, who spoke with equal measure sass and reverence, sang like a heavenly host and drove a red Cadillac convertible.

Over its nine-year run, "Touched by an Angel" would reach upwards of 25 million viewers a week, becoming one of the top shows in the CBS stable.

As its head writer and executive producer, Williamson asked the tough questions, like where was God when your baby died, when skinheads tore up a synagogue, when racial injustice turned deadly. And why, why, why?

"We had to ask that question right off the bat or else no one was going to trust us," Williamson told me in a telephone interview from her Pasadena, California, home.

1550 (with trims) by Sandi Dolbee. MOVED


^How do you get out the vote in the Instagram age? Ask big-name artists to help<

^ART-PLAN-VOTE:LA—<A Calida Garcia Rawles signature painting of a woman peacefully submerged in water; a Xylor Jane rhythmic, kaleidoscope painting bursting with color; a Laurie Simmons photograph of a gold stopwatch with human legs — these are just a few of the works in a library of free, downloadable images created by the voter advocacy platform Vote.org.

Launched last week, the nonpartisan Plan Your Vote initiative features original and new iterations of preexisting work from more than 60 artists including Robert Longo, Sally Mann, Julie Mehretu, Marilyn Minter and Wangechi Mutu.

The goal is to provide a trove of shareable imagery to spread across social media the message about the importance of voting.

700 by Makeda Easter. MOVED



^Movie review: 'Blackbird' explores beauty, grace in death<

^BLACKBIRD-MOVIE-REVIEW:MCT—<"You just show up and give life your best shot." That's the only pearl of wisdom that Lily (Susan Sarandon) wants to impart on her grandson, Jonathan (Anson Boon), along with stressing the importance of handwritten thank-you cards and punctuality. What other advice is there, really, when steeling oneself for their imminent end of their life? Questions about life and how to do it right, or at least well, wrestle at the center of Roger Michell's "Blackbird," an exceedingly tender and intelligent film about the beauty and grace to be found in death.

650 by Katie Walsh. MOVED


^Review: Sin is the true star of Netflix's bloody religio-gothic thriller 'The Devil All the Time'<

^DEVIL-ALL-TIME-MOVIE-REVIEW:LA—<The sins of the fathers are passed down with both a solemn hand and a diabolical chuckle in "The Devil All the Time," a viciously coiled study in the banality of evil, the abuse of power and the diminishing returns of screen violence.

Cutting a bloody swath across Ohio and West Virginia in the 1940s, '50s and '60s, director Antonio Campos ("Christine") weaves many tangled webs of lust, deceit, murder and suicide around a large ensemble of actors, including Tom Holland, Eliza Scanlen, Robert Pattinson and Riley Keough. You might say that sin is the movie's true star: A cop serves his greed, a preacher indulges his lust and a young man unleashes his wrath. I'm not sure how to classify the gun-toting creep with the cuckold fetish, except to note that is less an outlier than a standard bearer, the nastiest distillation of this movie's relentlessly nasty worldview.

1250 by Justin Chang. MOVED





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

400 by Katie Walsh. MOVED


^Seattle's Anita 'Lady A' White files lawsuit to block country stars' use of name<

^MUS-LADY-A:SE—<The legal fight between Seattle blues singer Lady A and the country stars using the same name has taken a new twist.

The Seattle singer filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against the country stars formerly known as Lady Antebellum. The complaint, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Seattle, aims to prevent the Nashville band from using the name Lady A — a moniker it adopted in June after dropping the word "antebellum" from its name amid national conversations around systemic racism

600 by Michael Rietmulder in Seattle. MOVED


^CPT-SOUNDADVICE:MCT—<Sound Advice: How to stop the 'soap opera effect' on your TV

600 by Don Lindich. MOVED



^This isn't a movie about Stacey Abrams<

^VID-ALL-IN:CON—<At first glance, "All In: The Fight for Democracy" seems like it's going to be a film about Stacey Abrams, the Democrat who lost to Republican Brian Kemp in the 2018 Georgia governor's race. She tells her own story of growing up in the South, giving a personal look at the laws and barriers that kept people of color and others out of the ballot box. Filmmakers Liz Garbus and Lisa Cort s recount parts of Abrams' bid for the governor's mansion, showing news camera footage from her trip to the polls in 2018, when workers initially tried to turn her away, saying she had already requested an absentee ballot.

Yet in the end, Abrams' run for office is less the central story and more a convenient narrative thread. While other recent political documentaries have zoomed in on rising stars fighting to make a name for themselves — think Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in "Knock Down the House" or Lauren Underwood in "The Surge" — this one zooms out to see a problem that has spanned generations.

650 by Chris Cioffi. MOVED


^As Trump TikTok ban nears, the app's star Charli D'Amelio joins rival Triller<

^TIKTOK-DAMELIO:LA—<As President Trump's ban on TikTok nears, some of the social video platform's biggest stars, including Charli and Dixie D'Amelio, are joining rival app Triller.

The sisters and their parents, Marc and Heidi, boast a total of roughly 138 million followers on TikTok.

Sixteen-year-old Charli D'Amelio, known for her dance videos, has the largest fan base, with 87 million TikTok followers. On Triller, Charli has accumulated 928,000 followers as of Tuesday. Singer Dixie D'Amelio, 19, has 38 million followers on TikTok.

800 by Wendy Lee. MOVED




^VID-NEWONDVD-CORRECTION:MCT—<New on DVD: 'Babyteeth' builds depth of joy amid family tragedy

650 by Katie Foran-McHale. MOVED


^TV-REMOTE-ADV20:CC—<Around the remote: Chuck Barney's TV and streaming picks for Sept. 20-26

600 by Chuck Barney. MOVED


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




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