Tribune News Service
Entertainment Budget for Monday, December 2, 2019
Updated at 12:15 p.m. EST (1715 UTC).
^Who could give advice to Charlize Theron about being a celebrity? Only Jennifer Lopez<
^MOVIE-ACTRESS-ROUNDTABLE:LA—<Sometimes even celebrities need advice. Even on how to be a celebrity.
So it was recently that Charlize Theron, Ren e Zellweger, Cynthia Erivo and Nora Lum — perhaps better known as Awkwafina — recently came to hang on every word as Jennifer Lopez talked about her attitude toward her own fame and celebrity.
"I just try to stay super conscious of the fact that I have a responsibility," Lopez said. "And it's not that I don't have bad days. I'm a human being."
3000 by Amy Kaufman and Mark Olsen. MOVED
^You've never seen Charles and Anne like this. Thank these 'Crown' scene stealers<
^VID-THECROWN:LA—<If you're wondering how much Josh O'Connor and Erin Doherty knew about Prince Charles and Princess Anne before signing on to play them in "The Crown," the answers, respectively, are "not much" and "virtually nothing."
"I got off the phone with my agent and I was like, 'I know "The Crown," but who is this woman?'" said Doherty, joined by O'Connor for lunch in Manhattan. He's not exactly a monarchist, either.
"If pressed, I would probably say I was a republican," he says. "I'm just not that bothered, basically."
Despite their ambivalence about the institution, Doherty and O'Connor have embraced their roles as the young royals, whose personal lives are a focal point of the third season of the Netflix drama. During a period of declining international influence and economic hardship for the U.K., Princess Anne and especially Prince Charles face rocky transitions to adulthood and life in the public eye.
2050 by Meredith Blake. MOVED
^How 'Frozen 2' gets more adult and more political with each viewing<
^MOVIE-FROZEN2-POLITICAL:LA—<Set a few years after a supposed "happily ever after," "Frozen 2" sees royal sisters Anna (Kristen Bell) and Elsa (Idina Menzel) embarking on personal, existential journeys, battling not any standard Disney villain but simply the often bristling path to adulthood.
Already a blockbuster, and clearly aimed at families, the largely well-received sequel — which set a domestic box-office record for animated films opening outside of summer and has made close to $300 million in the U.S. through two weekends — doesn't shy away from difficult and rather mature subject matter. (Note for those who haven't seen the film yet: This is a spoiler-heavy story.)
The standout musical numbers dial in on the challenges of growing up, and of finding and maintaining a sense of self amid moments of severe change. Arguably the most sophisticated of the songs, "The Next Right Thing," sung by Bell's Anna, touches on grief and how to battle through near-crippling depression.
1350 by Todd Martens. MOVED
^Mary McNamara: 'A Beautiful Day' is a great movie. It just misses the point of Mister Rogers<
^MCNAMARA-COLUMN:LA—<If I can claim no other legacy than this, I am a proud member of the demographic for which Mister Rogers built his neighborhood and changed children's television.
I thought I was perfectly happy with "Romper Room," Yogi Bear, "Captain Kangaroo" and, locally, "Professor Kool's Fun School" (and later "Captain Chesapeake"), until this guy opened his front door, slipped into something a little more comfortable (presumably on his lunch hour because he changed back into work clothes when he left) and rocked my world.
I sat mesmerized while Rogers gently encouraged us to speak truth, explore our feelings, consider those of others and enjoy simple things, all while making me part of an audience that television suddenly took seriously in ways other than Easy-Bake Oven marketing.
1200 by Mary McNamara. MOVED
^Why 'Frozen' and 'Star Wars' matter so much to toy makers this holiday season<
^RETAIL-FROZEN-STARWARS:LA—<As this summer wound down, Hasbro Inc. was feverishly ramping up for the winter holidays.
The toy maker added air-freight services and shifted its warehousing operations to get toys based on two new Walt Disney Co. movies, "Frozen 2" and "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker," to retailers in time for the holiday shopping season.
The toy launches were "critically important," and the company hustled to "ensure shelves were stocked" ahead of the opening of "Frozen 2" in theaters in late November and the "Star Wars" opening Dec. 20, Hasbro Chief Executive Brian Goldner told analysts last month.
1500 by James F. Peltz. (Moved as a business story.) MOVED
^'Marriage Story' review: Scarlett Johansson, Adam Driver are riveting as a marital cyclone hits<
^MARRIAGESTORY-MOVIE-REVIEW:SE—<Noah Baumbach's "Marriage Story" pulls us inside the cyclone of a disintegrating marriage, letting us see the shrapnel flying and the devastated landscape left behind. New York theater couple Nicole (Scarlett Johansson), an actress, and Charlie (Adam Driver), a director, have been together about a decade, and have an 8-year-old son, Henry (Azhy Robertson). We meet the couple, in an opening scene in a therapist's office, as they are listing things they love about each other. Nicole, Charlie says, gives great presents. Charlie, Nicole says, is "brilliant at creating family from whoever's around."
It's a quiet beginning for a movie that quickly gets much harsher, but the affection expressed in those lists keeps popping up, in unexpected places: an endearment that slips out — "honey" — in the middle of a fight, like something left behind on the floor in an otherwise cleared-out room. "Marriage Story" takes us through a vast range of emotions, from wall-punching, voices-raised anger to quiet reflection, as two people try to understand why they don't love each other anymore.
550 by Moira Macdonald. MOVED
^'Queen of Versailles' Jackie Siegel working on two movies, shares mansion regret<
^SIEGELS-REGRET:OS—<"Queen of Versailles" Jackie Siegel appears in the drama "Shooting Heroin" very briefly, but her fans will be happy to know Siegel is working on two films with her husband, Westgate Resorts founder David Siegel.
Documentary makers are following the couple for a film that explains the Seigels' activism since the 2015 death of their daughter Victoria, 18, to an accidental overdose. They founded the Victoria's Voice Foundation, which works to save young people from drug abuse and addiction.
The new documentary marks a change for David Siegel, who was unhappy with the 2012 film "The Queen of Versailles."
"I finally got him to welcome cameras," Jackie Siegel said of her husband. "I finally broke him down to open up his wallet and invest in doing a documentary about what we're doing now — kind of like a follow-up to 'Queen of Versailles.'"
600 by Hal Boedeker. MOVED
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^Why TV networks may be afraid of investigative stories<
TV-NETWORKS-INVESTIGATIONS:LA — This has been the autumn of discontent for investigative TV journalists.
Ronan Farrow's best-selling book "Catch and Kill" detailed his frustration with former bosses at NBC News over his failed attempt to break the story on the sexual assault and harassment allegations against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. A month later, leaked video showed ABC's "20/20" co-anchor Amy Robach grousing over how the network would not run a 2015 interview with a victim of billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein that implicated Prince Andrew and former President Bill Clinton.
In both cases the networks said the stories never reached the editorial standard they believed was necessary to put it on the air.
But the dissatisfaction Farrow and Robach expressed reflects a deepening concern by some veteran journalists and producers that network TV news divisions are avoiding controversial enterprise stories that could pose financial risks from litigation and create aggravation for their corporate owners.
1800 (with trims) by Stephen Battaglio in Los Angeles. (Moved as a national story.) MOVED
^Jennifer Beals says 'The L Word' reboot has evolved with the next generation of the LGBTQ community<
^TV-JENNIFERBEALS-LWORD:TB—<"The L Word," which last aired on Showtime 10 years ago, returns to the cable network this month with a slightly modified title — "The L Word: Generation Q" — and a mix of new and original cast members, including Jennifer Beals.
"When we first went off the air, we really thought that it would be replaced by another show that would be very similar in its structure in terms of having a lesbian community — or the queer community, anyway — at the center of the story," Beals said recently. "And while we have shows that are closer to that now — I think 'Orange Is the New Black' occupied some of that space — there wasn't anything like it. And you realize, working on the show for that amount of time, how important visibility is.
1100 by Nina Metz. MOVED
^Netflix's new Christmas sitcom is set in Bucks County. So how Philly is it?<
^VID-MERRYHAPPYWHATEVER:PH—<Thanksgiving Day this year brought a new, Philly-set sitcom from Netflix, but mostly, you'd be hard-pressed to realize that by watching it.
"Merry Happy Whatever" stars Dennis Quaid as overbearing father Don Quinn, a Bucks County sheriff's deputy who welcomes his children back home for Christmas. The farthest-flung sibling, Emmy (Bridgit Mendler), is back in town from Los Angeles with boyfriend Matt (Brent Morin), who works as a musician much to the disapproval of the exceedingly traditional Don.
At eight episodes long, though, there are a few Philly references — not one of which, perhaps to the show's credit — is a cheesesteak or "Rocky" reference, so at least there's that. But "Boy Meets World," the beloved '90s sitcom also ostensibly set in the Philly burbs, this is not.
550 by Nick Vadala. MOVED
^TV-TINSEL:MCT—<Abigail Spencer takes on femme fatale role in 'Reprisal'
1700 by Luaine Lee in Beverly Hills, Calif. MOVED
^Jimi Hendrix would have turned 77 last week. Here's how Seattle's hometown music legend lives on<
MUS-HENDRIX-SEATTLE:SE — Jimi Hendrix would have been 77 years old on Nov. 27, 2019. Born at Seattle's Harborview hospital, he is remembered by many as the greatest electric guitarist of all time. The Seattle Times has published many stories covering Hendrix's continuing influence on music and his lasting status as a hometown hero. Here are some of them.
850 by Anika Varty in Seattle. MOVED
^MUS-ALBUMS:PH—<Album reviews: 'Women Sing Waits,' Strange Ranger, Jason James
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