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Entertainment Budget for Friday, January 10, 2020

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^How Michael B. Jordan and the real-life lawyer he plays in 'Just Mercy' hope to spark change<

^MOVIE-JUSTMERCY:LA—<Michael B. Jordan began studying Bryan Stevenson the first time they met, sneaking glances at the noted civil rights attorney whom he now plays in the true-life drama "Just Mercy." How he spoke, how he drank his tea, any detail he could take in to better understand what makes Stevenson the person he is, a lawyer and activist devoted to righting systemic injustices and bringing humanity and change to the prison system.

"I was sizing him up the whole time," Jordan said, flashing a megawatt smile at Stevenson as they sat, reunited, on a September day in Toronto, earning an amused grin in return. "I thought I was doing it without him noticing, but he told me he kind of felt it."

2050 (with trims) by Jen Yamato. MOVED


^Chicago blues legend Buddy Guy works hard, but he used to work a lot harder, so it's cool<

MUS-GUY:TB — Buddy Guy is 83, and the number of blues shows he's headlining this month at his South Loop club, Legends, is 16. That's a lot, right?

"Well, I was born on a farm," says the singer and guitarist who famously journeyed by train from his home in Lettsworth, La., to Chicago in 1957. "Every time I think I'm overworked, I think about the mule and the plow. We had to work from sunup to sundown. So that keeps me going."

Guy's work ethic has kept him afloat for six decades in the blues, to the point that Rolling Stone recently called him "the greatest living Chicago bluesman, and one of the most influential guitar players ever."

850 by Steve Knopper in Chicago. MOVED


^How to watch the 2020 Oscar nominations on Monday<

OSCAR-NOMINATIONS:LA — It's that time of year again — though this time around it's come a lot earlier: Oscar nominees will be announced early Monday morning, honoring the best in films over the last year and putting the West Coast entertainment industry on high alert at an ungodly, pre-sunrise hour.

300 by Nardine Saad in Los Angeles. MOVED


^Marvel's 'Doctor Strange' sequel loses its director over 'creative differences'<

^MOVIE-DOCTORSTRANGE:LA—<Marvel's "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness" has lost its director.

Scott Derrickson announced Thursday on Twitter that he and the studio "mutually agreed to part ways" on the "Doctor Strange" sequel "due to creative differences" but that he will remain an executive producer.

300 by Tracy Brown. MOVED


^Actor Harry Hains, son of 'V' actress Jane Badler, dies at 27<

^HAINS-OBIT:LA—<Australian actor Harry Hains, who made brief appearances in the TV series "American Horror Story," "The OA" and "Sneaky Pete," has died. He was 27.

200 by Nardine Saad. MOVED


^A week before Weinstein won big at Oscars, he assaulted two women, prosecutors allege<

WEINSTEIN-ALLEGATIONS:LA — His films "Silver Linings Playbook," "Django Unchained" and "The Master" would go on to win Oscars that night, Feb. 24, 2013.

Prosecutors now allege that just a week before his Oscar victory, Weinstein sexually assaulted two women he met during work-related Hollywood meetings.

That is the narrative Los Angeles County prosecutors will present to a jury — that Weinstein used his power as a Hollywood titan to lure women to his hotel room, where he sexually assaulted them.

Weinstein has denied any wrongdoing.

1150 (with trims) by Richard Winton and Maria L. La Ganga in Los Angeles. (Moved as a national story.) MOVED



^Yes, Megyn Kelly has seen 'Bombshell.' Now she's revealing what she thought<

^MOVIE-KELLY:LA—<Megyn Kelly is finally speaking out about the movie "Bombshell," which explores sexual harassment at her former employer, Fox News. And she's assembled others who were victims of that harassment to tell their stories with her.

"I wasn't sure if I wanted to say anything re 'Bombshell,' a film re sex harass. at Fox," the lawyer-turned-anchor tweeted Thursday morning ahead of posting the nearly 30-minute segment on her Megyn Kelly YouTube and IGTV channels later in the day.

"But in the end I wanted the women who lived it to have the last word. A group of us got together & watched, cried & set the record straight."

700 by Christie D'Zurilla. MOVED


^Movie review: Single-shot look of '1917' is a cinematic marvel<

^1917-MOVIE-REVIEW:MS—<Relentless and surreal, "1917" tries to capture the chaos of being at war.

The Golden Globe winner's story is quite simple: Two boyish Brits, Schofield (George MacKay) and Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman), are ordered to leave their World War I trench, run through enemy territory and deliver a message to another battalion that is about to launch an offensive against the Germans, who appear to have retreated.

The message? The retreat was a trap and, if the battalion does attack, all 1,600 soldiers, including Blake's older brother, will walk into a massacre.

In execution, "1917" is anything but simple.

550 by Chris Hewitt. MOVED



^Selena Gomez has 165 million Instagram followers. Now she has her first great pop album<

^MUS-GOMEZ:LA—<Call this one "Living Documented."

Three months after the premiere of "Living Undocumented" — an acclaimed reality series about undocumented immigrants that she helped shepherd to Netflix — Selena Gomez has returned to music with "Rare," her first album since the platinum-certified "Revival" in 2015.

800 by Mikael Wood. MOVED



^Chris Rock was 'shocked' to land the lead role in 'Fargo'<

^TV-FARGO:LA—<Fans of FX's quirky dramedy "Fargo" might believe Chris Rock starring in the latest installment is a bit bizarre. Rock would agree with them.

"I was shocked," the comedian said Thursday during a session for the anthology series during the Television Critics Association press tour, describing his reaction when first contacted by creator Noah Hawley. He said he thought the executive producer was calling about hosting a charity project.

"I did not think in my wildest dreams it was to be on the show," he said. "I was pleasantly surprised."

550 by Greg Braxton. MOVED


^ABC is reviving 'thirtysomething'<

^TV-THIRTYSOMETHING:PH—<It's been nearly 30 years since the Philly-set ABC drama "thirtysomething" wrapped its initial run, and now ABC has announced a pilot order for a possible sequel series.

300 by Nick Vadala. MOVED



^TV-QUESTIONS:MCT—<Television Q&A: What happened to 'Better Call Saul'?

700 by Rich Heldenfels. MOVED


^VID-NEWONDVD:MCT—<New on DVD: Camp reigns in 'Maleficent: Mistress of Evil'

700 by Katie Foran-McHale. MOVED


^TV-REMOTE-ADV12:CC—<Around the remote: Chuck Barney's TV and streaming picks for Jan. 12-18

550 by Chuck Barney. MOVED



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