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Entertainment Budget for Thursday, September 10, 2020


Updated at noon EDT (1600 UTC).


^How L.A. architect Paul Murdoch designed a 9/11 memorial that literally sings<

^SEPT11-MEMORIAL-MURDOCH:LA—<When Paul Murdoch received the commission to design the Flight 93 National Memorial in 2005, he never imagined the job's final stages would be taken up with figuring out how to build a massive — and massively complex — musical instrument.

The memorial marks the site in Western Pennsylvania where United Flight 93 struck the earth on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, killing everyone aboard. Flight 93 was originally destined to travel to San Francisco from Newark, New Jersey, but al-Qaida hijackers seized control of the aircraft after takeoff and redirected the plane toward Washington, D.C., where it is believed they planned to attack the U.S. Capitol.

The flight's passengers and crew, however, banded together to overtake the four hijackers, and the plane never hit its intended target. Instead, it crashed into a decommissioned coal mine outside of Shanksville, Pennsylvania, a tiny hamlet in the Allegheny Mountains that lies about 30 miles south of Johnstown.

For the last 15 years, Murdoch and a team at his Los Angeles firm, Paul Murdoch Architects, have served as lead designers on the memorial to those aboard Flight 93.

2200 (with trims) by Carolina A. Miranda. MOVED


^Diana Rigg, known for 'James Bond' and 'Game of Thrones,' dead at 82<

^RIGG-OBIT:NY—<British actress Diana Rigg, who starred in famous franchises from "James Bond" to "Game of Thrones," died Thursday.

She was 82.

"She was at home with her family who have asked for privacy at this difficult time," her agent told the BBC.

In recent years, Rigg earned new fans for playing the fierce Lady Tyrell in HBO's "Game of Thrones," a role that earned her Emmy nominations for guest actress in a drama in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

350 by Kate Feldman. MOVED


^The Oscars' new inclusion rules sparked controversy. Here's what academy leaders have to say<

^MOVIE-OSCARS-STANDARDS-CONTROVERSY:LA—<The motion picture academy is very familiar with controversy — in recent years, you could say it's been a magnet for it. Now, in the wake of the group's announcement of new inclusion standards that will soon be required of any potential best picture nominee, Hollywood's preeminent organization has put itself squarely in the center of the ongoing national debate over issues of systemic racism and representation.

On Tuesday, in its latest step to boost diversity not only within its ranks but across the film industry, the academy detailed new criteria for best picture eligibility that will measure inclusion both onscreen — in the types of stories being told and the actors involved — as well as behind the scenes in the makeup of the crew and in the studios, production companies and distributors involved. Only films that meet two out of four specified categories of inclusion will be allowed to compete for the group's top prize.

Though the initiative won't go into effect until the 2024 Oscars, the reaction has been swift and intense.

1150 by Josh Rottenberg in Los Angeles. MOVED


^Hollywood still has an inclusion problem, report shows<

^MOVIE-INCLUSION-SURVEY:LA—<Hollywood studios are still lacking when it comes to representation behind and in front of the camera, according to USC's latest study on diversity in movies.

A review of the 1,300 top grossing films from 2007 to 2019 by the university's Annenberg Inclusion Initiative found improvements in some areas, such as an increase in the number of women of color in leading or a co-leading roles. But the study also documented little to no progress in other key categories.

"We're noting that there have been increases, but when you look to speaking characters or disability onscreen, a very different picture emerges," professor Stacy L. Smith said in an interview. Studios are "not ensuring that the world that we live in is reflected in storytelling."

850 by Anousha Sakoui in Los Angeles. MOVED


^Big heart, zero budget: The COVID-19 benefit filmed by stars on their phones<

^VID-SOUNDTRACK-LIVES:LA—<In the six months since the COVID-19 pandemic hit this country, home-bound audiences have become accustomed to watching virtual productions of all kinds: livestreamed concerts, awards shows beamed to us from across the globe and, for the first time in history, a surprisingly slick Democratic National Convention that was almost entirely virtual.

In our brave new socially distanced world, it's easy to forget it wasn't always this way. One particularly striking example: "Soundtrack of Our Lives."

Filmed in the early days of the pandemic, the production was made in support of the MusiCares COVID-19 relief fund, which helps the music community in times of need and is administered by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. More than 150 major actors, singers, songwriters, composers, engineers, musicians and more all volunteered for a show for which there was no existing blueprint.

1150 by Jessica Gelt. MOVED



^Review: A call to digital arms, 'The Social Dilemma' demands change<

^SOCIAL-DILEMMA-MOVIE-REVIEW:LA—<Jeff Orlowski's "The Social Dilemma" may be the most important documentary you see this year. An indictment of the tech industry, the film succinctly lays out the damage being done by companies such as Facebook, Google and Twitter through their social media platforms and search engines, the how and why of what they are doing and most vitally, what needs to be done to stop it. It debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in January and has been updated since with references to the coronavirus.

Like climate-crisis documentaries a generation ago, "Social Dilemma" is a dire warning and Orlowski marshals the voices of former key employees of the tech giants, plus industry critics and academics to sound the alarm. An unabashed advocacy doc, "The Social Dilemma" attempts to identify the root of the problems, but like some Facebook relationship statuses, it's complicated.

1000 by Kevin Crust. MOVED



^Renee Fleming and friends will sing for free virtual concert 'For the Love of Lyric'<

^MUS-FLEMING-LYRIC:TB—<Three years ago, an extraordinary range of talent convened on the Lyric Opera House stage for a marathon performance aptly titled "Chicago Voices Concert."

Never before had blues diva Shemekia Copeland, folk legend John Prine, rapper Lupe Fiasco, operatic tenor Matthew Polenzani, jazz singer Kurt Elling and others shared a marquee.

Opera star Renee Fleming performed and presided over the gathering in her role as Lyric's creative consultant, the evening a singular celebration of this city's sounds (it was filmed for later broadcast on WTTW-Ch. 11).

The spirit of that event will reemerge in "For the Love of Lyric," a free virtual concert streaming at 7 p.m. Eastern Sunday.

800 by Howard Reich in Chicago. MOVED



^Fall TV 2020: 10 new shows you'll really want to see<

^TV-FALL:SJ—<Thanks to production delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the broadcast networks have been forced to cobble together funky-looking lineups full of reality series, game shows, cartoons and content imported from other countries (see Canada's "Transplant" on NBC) or streaming platforms ("Star Trek: Discovery" on CBS).

Meanwhile, new episodes of our favorite scripted shows will arrive later than usual. Eager to see what happens next on "This Is Us"? Check back in November.

But that doesn't mean there isn't plenty of amazing television to sample as autumn arrives. Many shows were in the can — or close to being finished — before the pandemic hit. And they'll be debuting in the coming weeks, mainly on streaming sites and cable channels.

1700 by Chuck Barney. MOVED


^Baltimore native Ego Nwodim elevated to main cast of 'Saturday Night Live' just before new season<

^TV-SNL-NWODIM:BZ—<Baltimore native Ego Nwodim has confirmed that she will join the main cast of NBC's "Saturday Night Live" for its 46th season.

Nwodim, who graduated from Eastern Technical High School in Essex, Maryland, in 2006, confirmed a Tuesday report by Deadline that she'd been promoted to a main performer on the television show, writing on Twitter, "The rumors are true!"

150 by Phil Davis. MOVED


^Review: In Hulu's new TV show, a Black cartoonist gets 'Woke.' But don't expect a sermon<

^VID-WOKE:LA—<Lamorne Morris, who was never not funny as Winston Bishop in "New Girl," has a new show, "Woke," in which he takes center stage. The show, which premiered Wednesday on Hulu, is inspired by the life and work of comics artist Keith Knight ("The K Chronicles," "The Knight Life"), who created the show with Marshall Todd ("Barbershop"), and it's a mutually good fit for actor and series — smart, likable, a little weird, hard to pin down.

A largely successful mix of genres and themes — some romance, some wacky cohabitation comedy and some social satire, regarding identity, authenticity, justice, performative rage and real exhaustion — "Woke" does sometimes go just where you might expect, but more often does not. Set in and more than usually about San Francisco (represented by stock shots, a drag queen and Vancouver, Canada), it is timely enough that the novel coronavirus is mentioned — production wrapped at the end of February — but not so timely that more than one person is seen wearing a mask.

1050 by Robert Lloyd. MOVED


^Everything you need to know about 'Windy City Rehab' ahead of the Season 2 premiere<

^TV-WINDY-CITY-REHAB:TB—<The second season of "Windy City Rehab" premieres Tuesday as the team behind the popular HGTV home flip series continues to face legal drama in Chicago.

Season 2 opens with an acknowledgement of the legal troubles and the city-ordered work stoppages and with a promise to reveal the "full story" behind the headlines. The business partnership between host and designer Alison Victoria Gramenos and contractor Donovan Eckhardt unravels on the premiere with Gramenos saying Eckhardt is "acting like a baby. I want to be gentle sometimes, but then other times I want to rip his face off."

1450 by Tracy Swartz in Chicago. MOVED


^My worst moment: 'What We Do in the Shadows' star Harvey Guill n and his very own 'Waiting for Guffman' moment<

^TV-WORSTMOMENT-GUILLEN:TB—<Emmy-nominated this year, the FX comedy "What We Do in the Shadows" (like the film of the same name) follows the mundane day-to-day of vampire life in the 21st century amongst a group of four vampires and one "familiar" (aka a human servant) named Guillermo, the latter of whom is played by Harvey Guill n.

"I fell into the role by accident," Guill n said. "I was at a party and I knew everybody except for one girl, her name was Yvonne, and the next day after the party I got a text from an unknown number and it was her and she said, 'Hey, I just met you last night. I think you're so funny and I think you should audition for my fianc 's new show.' Being in Hollywood, those kinds of stories always go around: 'I was at a malt shop when I was discovered!' So I was like, 'I'm not falling for that.'"

1350 by Nina Metz. MOVED





^TV-QUESTIONS:MCT—<Television Q&A: What's 'Filthy Rich'?

700 by Rich Heldenfels. MOVED



^VID-NEWONDVD:MCT—<New on DVD: 'Succession: The Second Season' makes chaos fun

600 by Katie Foran-McHale. MOVED


^TV-REMOTE-ADV13:CC—<Around the remote: Chuck Barney's TV picks for Sept. 13-19

600 by Chuck Barney. MOVED



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

(EDITORS: Column sold separately; not included in your News Service subscription.)

900. (Moving later.)



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