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Entertainment Budget for Monday, May 18, 2020

Updated at noon EDT (1600 UTC).


^Some creators of color fear coronavirus will be major setback in TV's diversity push<

^TV-CORONAVIRUS-DIVERSITY:LA—<The coronavirus crisis has turned all of Hollywood upside down, and the hoped-for return to even a small degree of normalcy remains uncertain.

But one segment of the entertainment industry has been particularly shaken to its core: the circle of black and Latino creators responsible for much of TV's freshest and most innovative content.

The harsh reality that the virus is particularly lethal for black and Latino segments of the population has prompted heightened concerns among some of TV's top talents about their creative and personal futures.

1650 by Greg Braxton. MOVED


^Appreciation: Fred Willard, beloved American weirdo, was the special sauce in satire comedy<

^WILLARD-OBIT-APPRECIATION:LA—<Fred Willard, beloved American weirdo, colossus of eccentric normality, is gone. For an actor rarely cast in a lead role — he is probably best known for the improvisational ensemble films of Christopher Guest, including "Best in Show" and "A Mighty Wind" — the huge sense of cultural loss occasioned by his death Friday is remarkable. Not a character actor so much as a character who acted, he was always in some essential way himself. If you wanted a Fred Willard type you were going to have to get Fred Willard in: He was a secret ingredient, a special sauce, useful in all sorts of occasions and never out of demand. And we'll never have that recipe again.

1100 by Robert Lloyd. MOVED


^London's West End faces existential crisis as theaters stay dark<

^STAGE-CORONAVIRUS-WESTEND:BLO—<Agatha Christie's murder mystery play, "The Mousetrap" has been staged continuously in London since 1952, making it the world's longest-running show.

But the coronavirus lockdown brought the famous production to an abrupt halt in March, along with the musicals Les Miserables — showing since 1985 — and the composer Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera — staged since 1986.

As the U.K. faces months of restrictions on social gatherings, there's no prospect of any of London's West End hits opening again soon. Live theater in the land of William Shakespeare now faces a crisis from which many in the business fear it might never fully recover.

1050 by Alex Morales. MOVED


^Appreciation: Lynn Shelton, director of 'Humpday' and 'Sword of Trust,' found beauty in human imperfection<

^SHELTON-OBIT-APPRECIATION:LA—<One of the most wrenching scenes I saw in any movie last year arrives a few minutes into "Sword of Trust," the eighth independent feature written and directed by Lynn Shelton.

It begins with a woman, Deirdre (played by Shelton herself), strolling into an Alabama pawnshop, flashing a big, twitchy smile and radiating nervous energy. The owner, Mel, receives her in stony silence, and their awkward, lopsided conversation lays bare a painful shared history. After some strained small talk, Deirdre tries to pawn a piece of jewelry, chattering on about how great she's doing in her new job and how she just needs some money to get her car fixed. Mel isn't having it, and before long his refusals have reduced Deirdre's desperate pleas to a quiet murmur: "It's not what you think," she says, her eyes barely meeting his. "It's not what you think."

And now, the unthinkable. None of us could have guessed at the time that "Sword of Trust" would be the last picture Shelton would ever make, or that Deirdre — who in one six-minute scene manages to convey a longtime struggle with addiction and loss — would be the last character she would ever play.

1250 by Justin Chang. MOVED



^'Amores Perros' will make a grand return in Mexico for its 20th anniversary<

^MOVIE-AMORESPERROS:LA—<Twenty years after the premiere of "Amores Perros," Oscar-winning director Alejandro G. Inarritu is bringing his critically acclaimed directorial debut back to the big screen.

During a recent virtual press conference, the Mexican filmmaker announced plans to restore the 2000 dog-fighting drama and hold a public screening at Mexico City's Zocalo plaza in December in honor of its 20th anniversary.

250 by Christi Carras. MOVED


^Where to watch Lynn Shelton's films<

^MOVIE-SHELTON-STREAMING:SE—<Lynn Shelton's filmmaking life was brief, and busy: Just 14 years elapsed between her coming-of-age first feature, "We Go Way Back" in 2006, and her death last week at age 54. In that short time, she directed eight theatrical features (writing the screenplay for seven of them) and dozens of television episodes. Here are five highlights from her career — most of them filmed in Seattle — and where to watch them.

300 by Moira Macdonald. MOVED



^'Like landing a person on the moon': A reality TV powerhouse adapts to coronavirus<

^TV-CORONAVIRUS-BRAVO:LA—<Bravo's "Real Housewives" franchise is known for its epic, multipart reunions that feature glammed-up cast members sitting together on couches and rehashing drama from the season. There are always memorable moments: A stuffed bunny has been coldly returned, scepters have been thrown, hair has been pulled and plenty of housewives have stormed off set.

But this month brought a new first: a laptop snapped shut.

1900 by Yvonne Villarreal. MOVED


^Once 'so secret,' a queer Netflix series finally puts all its cards on the table<

^VID-SHERA-POWER:LA—<"She-Ra and the Princesses of Power" has always been about Adora and Catra, childhood friends whose choices have landed them firmly on opposite sides of a war for the fate of their planet.

At the start of the fifth and final season of the DreamWorks/Netflix animated series, which premiered Friday, the two cannot be further apart. But over the course of the 13-episode season, Adora and Catra find their way back together. They eventually are able to admit their feelings to themselves — and each other. Then they save the world.

2300 by Tracy Brown. MOVED




^TV-TINSEL:MCT—<Not moving this week.


^Inside the saga of Kanye West's childhood home in Chicago<

MUS-WEST-CHICAGO-HOME:TB — Kanye West has run into trouble with the city of Chicago as he renovates the South Side home he grew up in nearly four decades ago.

The tan house at 7815 S. South Shore Dr. landed in demolition court last year after the city claimed it had "dangerous and unsafe conditions." The city issued a stop-work order in February after it said it found plaster had been removed without a building permit. Work has resumed, though plans for the house are unclear.

Since West's mother owned it more than 17 years ago, the 1600-square-foot home changed hands several times, went into foreclosure and languished, even as it was featured on an episode of "Keeping up with the Kardashians." West's company — Donda Services LLC — purchased it in late 2018, records show.

1350 by Tracy Swartz in Chicago. MOVED


^Nelly and Ludacris' Instagram Live battle: How it went down<

^MUS-NELLY-LUDACRIS:SL—<Saturday night's highly-touted song battle between St. Louis' Nelly and Atlanta's Ludacris on Instagram Live ended with one clear winner — Ludacris' WiFi.

The rappers met online during the popular Verzuz series in which artists put their songs up against each other, taking turns going song for song to see who has the biggest and best repertoire. Over 450,000 people tuned in Saturday.

350 by Kevin C. Johnson. MOVED


^Bono writes thank-you notes to Bob Dylan, Prince for songs that saved his life<

^MUS-BONO:MS—<To celebrate his 60th birthday on May 10, rock god Bono made a list of 60 songs that saved his life — with plans to write a thank-you note to each artist, or their heirs.

He's posted the typed notes on u2.com, including one to Prince, for "When Doves Cry," and one to Bob Dylan, for "Most of the Time."

400 by Jon Bream. MOVED




^MUS-ALBUMS:PH—<Album reviews: Jason Isbell, Hayley Williams, Andrew Lipke

700 by Dan Deluca. MOVED



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