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Entertainment Budget for Monday, September 9, 2019

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^What happens when Netflix buys Hollywood's iconic Egyptian Theatre? It's complicated<

NETFLIX-EGYPTIAN-THEATRE:LA — North Hollywood-based librarian Christina Rice, 45, loves to see movies with her 9-year-old daughter at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.

On a recent Friday afternoon, she trekked to the historic movie palace for a lively screening of the 1942 feature "Get Hep to Love," where she sat with former child actress Cora Sue Collins, who starred in the picture. The screening, part of the annual Cinecon Classic Film Festival, was a special moment for Rice.

"To be in a theater like that on Hollywood Boulevard, with cinephiles just going crazy, and to be watching it with someone who was actually in the movie. Only in Hollywood," she said.

But lately, Rice has been worried about the future of the beloved Egyptian. American Cinematheque, the nonprofit that has owned and operated the location for more than two decades, has been in protracted negotiations to sell the theater to an unlikely buyer: the streaming video giant Netflix Inc.

1750 (with trims) Ryan Faughnder in Los Angeles. MOVED

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^After 'It Chapter Two' and 'Stranger Things,' Finn Wolfhard is an accidental horror star<

MOVIE-WOLFHARD:LA — Finn Wolfhard has been having a great couple of years.

Since the 16-year-old Canadian actor broke out in Netflix's sleeper hit "Stranger Things," he's been heavily in demand for popular spooky franchises, including Warner Bros.' 2017 megahit "It" (which surpassed "The Exorcist" to become the highest-grossing horror film domestically) and next month's animated "Addams Family" movie.

Next year he'll star in "Ghostbusters 2020" and the horror remake "The Turning" based on Henry James' novella, "The Turning of the Screw." But the teenager insists his genre-heavy resume is purely circumstantial.

1550 by Sonaiya Kelley in Los Angeles. MOVED

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^How Noah Baumbach's 'Marriage Story' became Netflix's biggest Oscar hope yet<

MOVIE-MARRIAGE-STORY:LA — Noah Baumbach wasn't quite sure what time zone his body was in.

In the span of a few days, the filmmaker had flown from New York to the Venice Film Festival, where his divorce drama "Marriage Story" premiered to acclaim, and then to the Telluride Film Festival. Now, on the morning of his movie's first screening in the picturesque Colorado mountain town, he sat on the couch in his rented condo, feeling discombobulated.

"I was awake at, like, 5:30, which was bad because I went to bed after 1," he said, his fingers wrapped around a cup of life-giving coffee. Soon, he'd be on a plane to the Toronto International Film Festival.

The nonstop travel, screenings, parties and interviews of the fall festival season can leave anyone feeling drained, but Baumbach has been buoyed by the rapturous reception "Marriage Story" has received so far.

1550 (with trims) by Josh Rottenberg in Telluride, Colo. MOVED

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^Ken Burns sings the praises of 'Country Music' in latest documentary series<

TV-COUNTRYMUSIC-BURNS:MCT — It's a typical blisteringly hot days in the Central San Joaquin Valley when noted documentarian Ken Burns and his long-time collaborators, Dayton Duncan and Julie Dunfey, arrive at the Clovis Rodeo Grounds. It's the latest stop on their 30-city tour across the country to promote their latest production for public television — a look at country music. The California swing will take them from San Quentin Prison where Johnny Cash performed to the boxcar where Merle Haggard was raised.

"Country Music" is an eight-part, 16-hour film slated to air at 8 p.m. Sept. 15-18 and Sept. 22-25 on PBS. The documentary, written by Duncan, looks at the musical art form from the working class tunes of southern Appalachia to the up-tempo country swing of Texas and California's honky-tonks.

950 by Rick Bentley in Clovis, Calif. MOVED

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^For the showrunner of 'A Million Little Things,' politically conscious trumps politically correct<

TV-NASH-MILLIONTHINGS:LA — When DJ Nash set out to write the ABC drama "A Million Little Things," which follows a group of friends coping with the death by suicide of one of their own, his hope was that it would generate discussion about mental health.

"You don't want to be a PSA — you're not telling the stories for that reason but to realize, 'Oh, we could make a change, we could bring attention to these issues,'" Nash said. "There's two groups you want to talk to: the survivors, and the people who you want to prevent from doing this. And how do you reach both of them?"

1700 by Yvonne Villarreal. MOVED

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^'Jersey Shore' house available for rentals<

TV-JERSEYSHORE:PH — Now you too can GTL (Gym, Tan, Laundry) like the stars of MTV's "Jersey Shore."

If you've got a few spare thousand dollars a night, that is.

250 by Nick Vadala in Philadelphia. MOVED

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^TV-TINSEL:MCT—<Ken Burns' 'Country Music' relegates genre to high art

1700 by Luaine Lee in Beverly Hills, Calif. MOVED

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^After almost four decades, there's still no room for error in the work of King Crimson<

MUS-KINGCRIMSON:TB — By his own admission, Tony Levin, the accomplished bass player who has worked with John Lennon and Paul Simon, tours with Peter Gabriel and handled complicated musical arrangements alongside virtuoso guitarist Robert Fripp for nearly 40 years, is the laziest member of King Crimson. "Not an answer I'm proud of!" he says with a laugh, by phone from a hotel in Guadalajara, Mexico. "I practice plenty for a guy who's been playing as many years as I have. I joke that it ought to be more — but I forgive myself for being less than ideal in that."

Like the other seven members of King Crimson, the progressive-rock band Fripp started with 1969's mighty debut "In the Court of the Crimson King," Levin actually keeps a grueling rehearsal schedule. Every day on tour, Fripp, the 73-year-old bandleader, puts on a suit, eats breakfast, then starts practicing his instruments. By the time Levin, also 73, arrives at whatever concert venue they're playing that night, Fripp is in his dressing room, continuing his musical regimen.

850 by Steve Knopper in Chicago. MOVED

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^Vince Gill gets open and personal on his latest album, 'Okie'<

MUS-GILL-OKIE:TB — Vince Gill covers a lot of personal ground on his new album "Okie" (MCA Nashville). The country star offers heartfelt takes on his relationship with his mother, his marriage to Christian and country-pop singer Amy Grant and his friendship with the late singer-songwriter Guy Clark. There's also a devastating ballad about child sexual abuse, a song influenced by Gill's own run-in with a coach who acted inappropriately.

"More than anything, I wanted to open myself up to vulnerability and tell the truth as best I could on this album," he says, calling from a tour stop in Thackerville, Okla.

1200 by Chrissie Dickinson in Chicago. MOVED

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