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Entertainment Budget for Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Updated at 4 p.m. EST (2100 EDT).

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^'This is our Super Bowl': At BravoCon, a reality TV empire has its moment in the sun<

^TV-BRAVOCON:LA—<There's a certain kind of celebrity capable of making a middle-aged woman lugging a tote bag climb frantically over a couch for a chance at a photo to flaunt to her friends.

No, it's not a $20 million-a-movie megastar or the Emmy-winning headliner of the latest prestige drama. The inspiration for this Olympian-level maneuver is Brittany Cartwright, a cast member of the Bravo reality series "Vanderpump Rules." And she was hardly the only reality TV heavyweight to incite such fervor over the weekend.

Welcome to BravoCon.

Nearly 90 Bravolebrities — a nickname introduced by the network to describe the stars of its reality TV properties — and roughly 10,000 star-struck fans descended on New York City for the three-day convention, which had devoted Bravo fans running around like wind-up toys, frigid air be damned, for an opportunity to make a cameo in the life of their favorite reality stars.

1500 by Yvonne Villarreal in New York. MOVED

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^Golden Globes nominations predictions: Drama or comedy? It's anyone's guess<

^GOLDENGLOBES-NOMINATIONS:LA—<"Green Book" and "Bohemian Rhapsody" won the best motion picture Golden Globes in January. Can you remember which movie won for comedy/musical and which took the drama prize?

It's tricky, isn't it? And arbitrary. "Bohemian Rhapsody," in case your memory's sketchy, was classified as a drama so it would naturally follow that this year, "Rocketman," the Elton John biopic that was far more serious-minded than the Queen movie, would also be a drama. Nope. It's competing for the comedy/musical Globe.

Anyway, all this to say: I don't make the rules. I just smile, shake my head and remember that it's just the Golden Globes. Pour yourself a glass of champagne and read my predictions for this year's nominations.

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^Diversity among Hollywood directors improves, but insiders still get fast track<

^HOLLYWOOD-DIRECTORS-DIVERSITY:LA—<Women and people of color directed more than half of all TV shows in the last season — a new record high — but Hollywood is still giving a majority of first-time jobs to a less diverse pool of insiders.

The Directors Guild of America's latest report on diversity in its ranks highlighted limited opportunities for first time directors, even as TV episodes in the 2018-2019 season directed by women rose to 31% and directors of color to 27%, up from 25% and 24%, respectively, a year ago.

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^Review: Yes, 'The Inheritance' on Broadway will have you sobbing. But the play aims for more<

^STAGE-INHERITANCE-REVIEW:LA—<"Only connect!" E.M. Forster preached in his irreplaceable 1910 novel "Howards End." More than a century later, Matthew Lopez — an American playwright whose magnum opus, "The Inheritance," has arrived on Broadway after conquering London — has found inspiration in this simple gospel.

Borrowing the framework of Forster's tale, Lopez relocates the action to contemporary New York to explore the lives of an intergenerational group of gay men. A two-part drama that runs 6 1/2 hours, "The Inheritance," which had its official opening Sunday at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, can't help being compared to Tony Kushner's "Angels in America."

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^'Dolemite Is My Name' is just the start of Eddie Murphy's return to the spotlight<

^MOVIE-DOLEMITE-NAME-MURPHY:LA—<Eddie Murphy sits in a luxurious New York hotel suite, trying to explain what it's like to be caught off guard.

The entertainer, who zoomed into the pop culture zeitgeist some 40 years ago with his stint on "Saturday Night Live" and became Hollywood royalty with a string of blockbusters, including "48 Hours," "Beverly Hills Cop," "Coming to America" and "The Nutty Professor," knows what it's like to have a hit.

But he seems genuinely surprised with the reception and critical acclaim surrounding his latest project, Netflix's "Dolemite Is My Name."

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^Mister Rogers movie gets rave from Mrs. Rogers<

^MOVIE-BEAUTIFULDAY-NEIGHBORHOOD-ROGERS:OS—<Mrs. Rogers gives the new Mister Rogers movie, "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood," a big thumbs up.

"I am very happy with the movie, I'm very happy," Joanne Rogers said Tuesday from her home in Pittsburgh. "They were concerned when they started to make it because the documentary was out. Maybe it was too much of the same thing. They realized it's a nice package."

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^'Charlie's Angels' flopped, but director Elizabeth Banks is still proud of it<

^MOVIE-CHARLIESANGELS-BANKS:LA—<"Charlie's Angels" director Elizabeth Banks isn't letting one dismal opening weekend crush her spirits.

The girl-powered action flick starring Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska as the franchise's newest class of spies performed well below expectations at the box office upon its release. It landed in third place at $8.6 million, behind the Oscar-buzzy "Ford v Ferrari" and the glossy war drama "Midway," which made an additional $8.8 million in its second weekend — despite getting torn apart by critics.

Banks, who wrote, directed, produced and stars in the latest "Angels" installment, put on a brave face for Twitter on Monday, defending the project against its poor sales.

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^'Waves' review: Sterling K. Brown co-stars in a gripping family odyssey of tragedy and redemption<

^WAVES-MOVIE-REVIEW:TB—<"No second chances! No second acts!" bellows the high school wrestling coach played by Bill Wise, a regular supporting player in the work of filmmaker Trey Edward Shults, in the gripping new drama "Waves."

It's a familiar aria in movies and in life, exhorting young athletes to win at any cost. One of the wrestlers, a 17-year-old senior named Tyler, played by Kelvin Harrison Jr., follows that credo and pushes himself to a nerve-wracking point of no return. Shults' third feature, both unpredictable and powerful in its impact, careens steadily toward tragedy and then comes out the other side in a way few modern American movies ever attempt, or manage.

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^Movie review: 'Frozen II' doesn't make waves, but keeps the franchise on track<

^FROZEN-MOVIE-REVIEW:MCT—<Disney's 2013 animated "Frozen," inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen," wasn't just a hit. It was a cultural tidal wave, a ubiquitous phenomenon thanks to Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez's soaring songs, particularly the inescapable, Oscar-winning "Let It Go," belted by Broadway powerhouse Idina Menzel. Six years later, the Elsa Halloween costumes have yet to grow cold. So when it comes to a sequel, the only mandate is: "Don't muck it up."

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^Movie review: 'A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood' beautifully showcases the quiet magic of radical empathy<

^BEAUTIFULDAY-NEIGHBORHOOD-MOVIE-REVIEW:MCT—<Filmmaker Marielle Heller has an extraordinary talent for expressing the essence of a character through cinematic style. The chameleonic ability to visualize a story and the nature of the person at the center is a uniquely challenging task, one that requires both a special kind of insight and a willingness to disguise oneself in the material. In her third feature, "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood," Heller has mastered this, infusing her film with the gentle spirit and good-natured soul of the iconic American children's show host Fred Rogers.

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^'Silenced Voices': A haunting album with music from those who died in the Holocaust<

^MUS-SILENCEDVOICES-REVIEW:TB—<The sounds are emotionally intense, openly melodic and urgently expressive.

They were penned by young musicians who would not survive the Holocaust.

But even if you didn't know the histories behind "Silenced Voices" — a startling new album from Chicago's Black Oak Ensemble — it would be difficult to miss the poetry and eloquence of these scores. The knowledge that these Jewish composers were silenced for their identities only adds to their works' import.

Though each composition on "Silenced Voices" (Cedille Records) has something worthy to say, one stands as a masterpiece: Czech composer Gideon Klein's Trio for Violin, Viola and Cello.

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^Thousands of Disney+ users claim they were hacked after signing up for new streaming service<

^VID-DISNEYPLUS-HACKING:NY—<Thousands of Disney+ subscribers say they've been hacked since signing up for the new streaming service.

Hackers have allegedly already stolen thousands of customer accounts, according to the BBC.

Ten million people signed up for the service since its launch on Nov. 12.

Hours after the service launched, customers reported being locked out of their accounts.

Thousands of accounts were soon for sale on the dark web for as little as $3, according to Zdnet. Disney+ costs $6.99 a month.

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^Kellyoke thrives: 'Kelly Clarkson Show' renewed<

^TV-CLARKSON:OS—<There's a lot more Kellyoke in our future.

"The Kelly Clarkson Show" was renewed Monday by NBCUniversal for a second season.

That's no surprise. Clarkson's show, which debuted in September, is the No. 1 new daytime entry and ranks fourth among all syndicated daytime talk shows.

200 by Hal Boedeker. MOVED

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^'The Mandalorian' review: 'Star Wars' enters the streaming galaxy<

^VID-MANDALORIAN-REVIEW:ND—<Set five years after the defeat of the Empire, this "Star Wars"-based live-action TV series follows the journey of one unnamed (so far) bounty hunter, a Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) who is hired by the sinister Client (famed director Werner Herzog) to find a target on the desert planet of Arvala-7. While there, "Mando" meets up with Kuiil (Nick Nolte) and big trouble ensues. Besides Nolte, this eight-parter — which already has a second season ordered and was created by Jon Favreau (exec producer of the "Avengers" franchise) — has plenty of other big names: Carl Weathers as Greef Carga, head of the bounty hunters union, and Giancarlo Esposito as Moff Gideon, a onetime big shot in the Empire. What's a Mandalorian? A warrior race from the planet Mandalore, first introduced in "The Empire Strikes Back" (and the character Boba Fett) and also explored in Cartoon Network's "Star Wars: The Clone Wars."

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^VID-NEWONDVD:MCT—<New on DVD: Butler's back in 'Angel Has Fallen'; 'Official Secrets' is a gripping real-life whistleblower tale

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^VID-DVDRELEASE:MCT—<List of DVD release dates for Nov. 19 and beyond

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