Tribune News Service
Entertainment Budget for Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Updated at 4 p.m. EDT (2000 UTC).
^A$AP Rocky escapes prison time after being found guilty in Swedish street brawl<
^ASAP-ROCKY:NY—<A$AP Rocky was found guilty of assault in a Stockholm street brawl, but he won't have to serve any more time behind bars.
The Harlem-born rapper was convicted by a Swedish judge for his role in the street fight in a case that has attracted the attention of President Donald Trump and New York lawmakers.
The hip-hop artist, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, was only hit with a fine of about $1,300 and won't have to return to prison.
300 by Dave Goldiner. (Moved as a world story.) MOVED
^Why Universal's 'The Hunt' is not like 'The Interview'<
^MOVIE-HUNT:LA—<Universal Pictures' decision to call off the release of its satirical thriller "The Hunt" immediately drew comparisons to another film: Sony Pictures' "The Interview."
Both were political lightning rods, albeit for very different reasons. Sony dropped its wide-release plans for the 2014 comedy amid a massive North Korean attack of its computer systems and threats of violence against theaters, while Universal scrapped "The Hunt" following mass shootings in Gilroy, Calif.; Dayton, Ohio; and El Paso.
But the reactions to the decisions online and in Hollywood have been vastly different.
850 by Ryan Faughnder. MOVED
^'Blinded by the Light' is a tribute to Bruce Springsteen's music — and so much more<
^MOVIE-BLINDED-LIGHT:NY—<"Blinded by the Light" is where the Jersey Shore meets the British countryside, all to a soundtrack by Bruce Springsteen.
The new film provides a window into the world of an English teen of Pakistani descent as he struggles to follow his dream of becoming a writer ? with inspiration provided by lyrics from the Boss. Springsteen's messages of struggle, hope and redemption in songs like "The River" and "Born To Run" speak to the youth as he grapples with racism in 1987 and a traditional father who pushes him to pursue a more practical career.
750 by Peter Sblendorio. MOVED
^What to play: In the 'Hamlet' remix 'Elsinore,' Ophelia is caught in a time loop<
^VID-ELSINORE:LA—<Rooted in "Hamlet," the recently released "Elsinore" is filled with so much debauchery, treachery, bloodshed and twists that one could concoct multiple games from its pages. And in a way, "Elsinore" is numerous games. We take control of Ophelia, who dies, repeatedly, and then can spend hours playing the denizens of Denmark — the rotten, the confused and the helpless — against one another. Anyone familiar with "Hamlet" will know that Ophelia ends up dead going in, but developers Golden Glitch Studios have their own answer to the AP English debate over the mysterious circumstances surrounding her death. They declare her murdered and her suicide staged. Then they add their own twist: Ophelia is caught in a time loop.
400 by Todd Martens. MOVED
^Movie review: '47 Meters Down: Uncaged' drowns in other shark movie references<
^47METERSDOWN-UNCAGED-MOVIE-REVIEW:MCT—<It just isn't summer until someone punches a shark. Since Jason Statham is off on "Hobbs & Shaw" duties, that task falls to Canadian actress Sophie N lisse, the plucky heroine of "47 Meters Down: Uncaged," the wholly unnecessary sequel to the Mandy Moore vehicle "47 Meters Down." But whereas Moore's trip to the bottom of the ocean was high-concept yet tightly contained, co-writer and director Johannes Roberts throws all his previous restraint out the window. High school mean girls? Underwater Mayan catacombs? Blind sharks?! You name it, Roberts chums the water with it to see if it draws any bites. The result is a water-logged late summer creature feature that doesn't come close to the previous entry's minimal pleasures.
550 by Katie Walsh. MOVED
^'Blinded by the Light' finds dramatic harmony<
^BLINDED-LIGHT-MOVIE-REVIEW:MCT—<Recent films using music superstars as their foundation have taken different approaches to telling their stories. "Bohemian Rhapsody" was a traditional biopic of Freddie Mercury and Queen, while "Rocketman" looked at Elton John's life using his tunes in a musical theater format. "Yesterday" took a fantasy approach by looking at a world that had never heard of the Beatles.
"Blinded by the Light" also takes an original tactic in its use of Bruce Springsteen's works as the baseline. The fact-inspired story of a young Pakistani teen who uses The Boss to help him deal with the pain and bigotry in his life shows how powerfully inspirational art can be. A song may not change the world, but "Blinded by the Light" offers the hopeful look of how a few notes can rewrite the melody of a person's life.
600 by Rick Bentley. MOVED
^Lee Pace is driving force behind 'Driven'<
^DRIVEN-MOVIE-REVIEW:MCT—<Director Nick Hamm uses the DeLorean to go back to the past for a look at a world of greed, creative genius, con men, obsession and wealth with "Driven." The DeLorean is his vehicle, but it is Lee Pace's performance as master car designer John DeLorean that puts the production in high gear.
600 by Rick Bentley. MOVED
^Judy Greer 'Driven' to role<
^MOVIE-DRIVEN-GREER:MCT—<Judy Greer's latest two projects are at the opposite ends of the acting scale. She stars in the based-on-a-true-story film "Driven," out Friday, and then can be seen in the second season of the Showtime series "Kidding" when it returns Nov. 3. One is about a genius who reaches too far, the other about a genius who's losing his grip.
"Driven" is set in the early 1980s when the automobile world's mastermind, John DeLorean (Lee Pace), is trying to make his dream car a reality. When Delorean Motor Company begins to face massive financial problems, DeLorean turns to some questionable people to help save the business. The desperation leads DeLorean to a plan to get involved with drug trafficking. What DeLorean doesn't know is the plan is a sting operation by the FBI pitched by informant Jim Hoffman (Jason Sudeikis).
700 by Rick Bentley in Los Angeles. MOVED
^'Good Boys' review: Boys gone wild, sixth grade division<
^GOODBOYS-MOVIE-REVIEW:TB—<The tale of three sixth-graders f-bombing their way through a series of adolescence-threatening adventures en route to a nerve-wracking kissing party, "Good Boys" (boring title) is located at the intersection of "Superbad" and "Baby's Day Out."
550 by Michael Phillips. MOVED
^'The Nightingale' review: The woman behind 'The Babadook' goes even darker with brutal revenge drama<
^NIGHTINGALE-MOVIE-REVIEW:TB—<Compared to the explosion of revenge-fantasy gore near the end of Quentin Tarantino's "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood," served as dessert after a long, leisurely meal of beautiful, expensive nostalgia, the sensibility of a truly grown-up filmmaker such as Australia's Jennifer Kent has a way of showing Tarantino for what he is, at heart and behind the camera: a highly talented 56-year-old boy. Love it, like it, hate it, whatever, "Hollywood" exists on a different plane than Kent's latest, the grave and brutal period drama "The Nightingale."
750 by Michael Phillips. MOVED
^MOVIE-FAMREVIEWS:MCT—<Family guide to new movie releases
300 by Katie Walsh. MOVED
^MUSIC AND TECHNOLOGY<
^A new ending: Behind the Beatles' 'Abbey Road' 50th-anniversary remix<
^MUS-BEATLES-ABBEYROAD-ANNIVERSARY:LA—<One evening in 1969, as the Beatles were working on a scorching new John Lennon rocker called "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" for their next album, an engineer popped his head into their London recording studio to deliver a warning.
"One of the guys says, 'There've been some complaints from outside and we need to turn down a bit,'" producer Giles Martin said, recounting a favorite moment from the original session tapes he's immersed himself in while assembling the 50th-anniversary remix of "Abbey Road."
"The guitars were pretty loud, and there probably was some [sound] leakage. It's very late at night, and you hear John say, 'Is it OK if we do one more and then we'll turn down?'" Martin, 49, said between bites of a club sandwich on a recent visit to Capitol Studio B in Hollywood, unable to suppress a smile at the thought of anyone ordering the world's biggest rock band to pipe down. As Lennon tells his mates on the session tape, "Last chance to be loud!"
2000 by Randy Lewis. MOVED
^Mark Swed: What sexual harassment allegations against Placido Domingo could mean for opera culture<
^DOMINGO-COMMENTARY:LA—<Pl cido Domingo last appeared in Los Angeles in May, adding his 151st role as an opera singer, the "wildcat." The titular fugitive in the zarzuela, "El Gato Mont s" is fatally persistent in his love for a former girlfriend he returns to reclaim from her now-bullfighter fianc after many years. This is a Spanish operetta Domingo had first appeared in 65 years earlier at 13 in his parents' Mexico City company as the bullfighter, making the two roles bookends to an illustrious career.
But with the Associated Press publishing accusations from eight singers and one dancer of Domingo being relentless in pursuing them with unwanted sexual advances, it all appears far too personal.
The outcome is far from certain. Domingo has denied the allegations as "inaccurate." The accusers, but one, remain anonymous.
1200 by Mark Swed. MOVED
^CPT-SOUNDADVICE:MCT—<Sound Advice: Epson Ecotank printers are the way to go
600 by Don Lindich. MOVED
^TV, DVD, STREAMING<
^Q&A: Meredith Vieira on being a journalist and how it made her a better game show host<
^TV-25WORDS-VIEIRA:LA—<Meredith Vieira is the rare TV personality who can do whatever she wants. Her 40-year career has included network news ("60 Minutes" and "West 57th" on CBS, ABC's "Turning Point" and NBC's "Today"), daytime talk ("The View," "The Meredith Vieira Show") and a dozen years as a quizmaster ("Who Wants To Be A Millionaire"). Along the way, Vieira, 65, became an icon for working mothers, balancing career decisions with her commitment to family life.
Having a few laughs is also a priority, which is why she returns to TV on Sept. 16 as the host of "25 Words Or Less," a new daytime show based on the popular board game with teams of celebrity and civilian contestants competing for cash. The show from Lisa Kudrow's Is Or Isn't Entertainment will air on Fox-owned TV stations across the country including KTTV in Los Angeles.
1350 by Stephen Battaglio. MOVED
^VID-NEWONDVD:MCT—<New on DVD: 'Hustle' comes up short; 'Arrow' hits target
700 by Rick Bentley. MOVED
^TV-REMOTE-ADV18:CC—<Around the remote: Chuck Barney's TV and streaming picks for Aug. 18-24
550 by Chuck Barney. MOVED
^VID-REDBOX:MCT—<Redbox's Top 10 DVD rentals
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