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Entertainment Budget for Wednesday, June 12, 2019


Updated at noon EDT (1600 UTC).


^Samuel L. Jackson on the lasting impact of the iconic 'Shaft' and how they made franchise's latest movie work<

^MOVIE-SHAFT-JACKSON:NY—<Samuel L. Jackson is as cool as they come — and as long as he has anything to say about it, John Shaft will be, too.

The actor's second go-round as John Shaft II is more comedic than previous films in the series, which began with the classic 1971 movie starring Richard Roundtree as the badass private eye. But Jackson knows the importance of the franchise that helped spur the so-called Blaxploitation genre, and made it a point in the new film to maintain the edginess of the original.

"He's kind of iconic in our community and in our mythology," Jackson, 70, told the Daily News. "He's one of our heroes, and we don't want to make him be a buffoon or a fool in any way. You still need real danger (in the movie) to respect what Richard created or the Harlem that we know as kind of sexy, dark, dangerous and cool."

800 by Peter Sblendorio. MOVED


^'Alt-Frequencies,' a radio drama for the social media era<

^VIDEOGAMES-ALT-FREQUENCIES:LA—<Midway through "Alt-Frequencies" — think of it as a modern, interactive radio drama — a character offers a cynical yet salient observation on what humanity too often desires when it comes to the dissemination of information.

"I like it when you are rude to people," a caller says to the host of a radio show.

Feeding this craving has propelled media for decades, from the early days of tabloid journalism to the shock-jock heyday of the 1990s to the political pundits who have dominated TV news to our anything-goes social media present.

"Alt-Frequencies" plays with this timeless tension. Players vacillate between amplifying the drama or searching for truth. It's a critique of media but also of what we want from our news sources.

950 by Todd Martens. MOVED


^'American Woman' Sienna Miller's latest character study<

^MOVIE-AMERICANWOMAN-MILLER:MCT—<Except for 2009's action-heavy "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra," Sienna Miller's acting roles have one thing in common. She's drawn to parts that feature complicated characters, whether it's a part based on a real person such as playing Tippi Hedren in "The Girl," or a fictional role, as is the case of her new film, "American Woman."

Miller's latest acting journey into the highs and lows of being human gives her a broad spectrum of emotions to play. At the start of the film, Deb Callahan (Miller) is an emotionally jumbled mother and grandmother whose life seems to be an endless stream of bad decisions. That changes when her teenage daughter mysteriously disappears and Deb is left to raise her young grandson while facing her own pain.

650 by Rick Bentley. MOVED


^Targeting consumers who skip commercials, brands turn to sponsored documentaries<

^BRAND-DOCUMENTARIES:LA—<Since the dawn of TV, entertainment and advertising have been closely intertwined. In the 1950s, companies sponsored programs such as "The Colgate Comedy Hour," where it was common to hear pitches for household products before the show and even see them mentioned in the program's narratives. But as technology evolved, more consumers fast-forwarded through ads and cut the cord altogether. Brands sought out viral video content that they could sponsor on social media, fueling the growth of companies such as BuzzFeed and Vox. Now, they are going a step further by partnering directly with filmmakers.

Whether the aim is to encourage people to buy photo printers, athletic shoes or even fried chicken, companies such as HP, Nike and Church's Chicken are increasingly pouring money into documentaries in hopes of capturing the attention of consumers who shun traditional commercials. The trend has been a boon to filmmakers such as East Hollywood's Dirty Robber. But it has also stirred debate over the role of advertising in nonfiction storytelling.

1400 by Wendy Lee in San Francisco. (Moved as a business story.) MOVED



^Movie review: Tessa Thompson's out-of-this-world charisma makes 'Men in Black' reboot work<

^MEN-BLACK-INTERNATIONAL-MOVIE-REVIEW:MCT—<"Men in Black"? "X-Men"? That's so 2000s. The trend of summer 2019 is blockbuster franchise reboots with women in the driver's seat who are sick of being called "men." In the most discussed moment of "Dark Phoenix," Jennifer Lawrence's Raven snaps, "You might wanna think about changing the name to X-Women." And in "Men in Black: International," Emma Thompson and Tessa Thompson share a cringe over the secretive alien-fighting organization's outdated name. Unfortunately, we can't call this kind of half-hearted shoehorning as coming even close to "feminist," but we see your effort, Hollywood. The actual work is casting Tessa Thompson in the role of a funny, whip-smart, ahem, Person in Black.

600 by Katie Walsh. MOVED


^Movie review: In this troubling reboot, plot gets 'Shaft'<

^SHAFT-MOVIE-REVIEW-ADV12:MCT—<In Hollywood, everything old is new again. As much as we whine and cry and gnash our teeth, intellectual property is king, simply because it's there, available to be rebooted, rehashed, reheated. Remember "Shaft"? How about more "Shaft," but with more hacky jokes about millennials and an incredibly ugly homophobic streak? After a trilogy of '70s blaxploitation films, a short-lived TV series and a 2000 reboot, cool New York City detective John Shaft is back again in, you guessed it, "Shaft," with a modern update that goes completely sideways in all the wrong ways. This Shaft is a bad mother all right, and it'd be better if he just shut his mouth.

600 by Katie Walsh. (Moving at 10 p.m. Eastern Wednesday due to embargo. To be added to our embargoed movie reviews email list, email tcanews@tribpub.com.)


^Academy defends decision to expel Roman Polanski in new court filing<

^MOVIE-ACADEMY-POLANSKI:NY—<Fugitive director Roman Polanski got a "fair" shake and shouldn't be allowed to sue the Academy over his expulsion, the group that runs the Oscars claims in new court paperwork.

In its nine-page filing obtained by the Daily News, the Academy said Polanski's ouster was "consistent" with its "stated opposition to any form of abuse or harassment."

400 by Nancy Dillon. MOVED


^Sienna Miller makes 'American Woman' powerful tale<

^AMERICANWOMAN-MOVIE-REVIEW:MCT—<The general nature of a feature film often makes it difficult for an actor to show growth in a character. They might have a couple of moments of clarity along the way, but the confines of time create walls that are difficult to breach.

But it's not impossible for the right actor and script. This is the case with "American Woman," starring Sienna Miller, who faces extreme highs and lows through a broad spectrum of emotions to play. The growth Miller gets to display is so extended it's the kind that's usually reserved for multiple seasons of a television show.

550 by Rick Bentley. MOVED


^'Plus One' sweet wedding of romance, comedy<

^PLUSONE-MOVIE-REVIEW:MCT—<It's been a long time since two actors have brought as much energy and life to rom-coms as Jack Quaid and Maya Erskine in "Plus One." They play two close friends, Ben and Alice, who spend every weekend attending the nuptials for a friend or family member. The endless stream of invites pushes the pair to an act of emotional desperation where they finally agree to be each other's plus-one to help get through their wedding day blues.

Quaid ("The Hunger Games") comes across as the kind of everyman that made Tom Hanks a hit on the rom-com circuit years ago. It is so much easier to connect with a character when they go through the same highs and lows real people face. It might sound easy, but it takes skilled actors like Hanks, Hugh Grant and now Quaid to make an audience forget they are watching an actor speaking the words of others and just enjoy what is unfolding on screen.

600 by Rick Bentley. MOVED




^MOVIE-GUIDE:LA—<Capsule listings.

1350. MOVED


^MOVIE-FAMREVIEWS:MCT—<Family guide to new movie releases

300 by Katie Walsh. MOVED


^Report: Universal Music Group covered up destruction of irreplaceable master tapes in 2008 fire<

^MUS-UNIVERSAL-FIRE:LA—<In stark contrast to official statements offered more than a decade ago, a 2008 fire at Universal Studios Hollywood destroyed a staggering number of original master recordings stored there by the Universal Music Group, according to an investigation published Tuesday by the New York Times Magazine.

The devastation, which company officials downplayed or outright dismissed after the fire was extinguished 11 years ago this month, is breathtaking in scope, amounting to what the new report describes as "the biggest disaster in the history of the music industry."

"This is a tragedy," Elliot Roberts, longtime manager to Neil Young, told The Times. Young did not lose any master recordings in the fire. "You can yell, you can jump up and down, you can look to insurance, you can sue," said Roberts, "but if you lose a master, you're [sunk]."

850 by Randy Lewis. MOVED


^We inhaled all 16 hours of Radiohead's 'OK Computer' sessions. Here are the best bits<

^MUS-RADIOHEAD-OKCOMPUTER-SESSIONS:LA—<The note from British art-rock band Radiohead was pretty straightforward: "We've been hacked," wrote singer Thom Yorke on the band's Bandcamp page.

Acknowledging that a hacker had stolen nearly 16 hours of Thom Yorke's rehearsal recordings and songwriting ideas from its "OK Computer" sessions and demanded a $150,000 ransom, on Tuesday the band dumped the whole lot at the digital music store Bandcamp, with proceeds given to charity. The music will remain available for 18 days.

900 by Randall Roberts. MOVED


^Ariana Grande donates Atlanta concert proceeds to Planned Parenthood to fight anti-abortion law<

^MUS-GA-ABORTION-GRANDE:NY—<Ariana Grande is the latest high-profile star to either make or promise a sizable donation to the fight against restrictive abortion laws.

The pop star is contributing the proceeds of her June 8 concert in Atlanta ? which total around $250,000 ? to Planned Parenthood, People reported.

300 by Peter Sblendorio. MOVED


^CPT-SOUNDADVICE:MCT—<Sound Advice: Cambridge Audio Alva TT produces world-class quality from vinyl

600 by Don Lindich. MOVED



^New Netflix film captures Bob Dylan at his most freewheeling<

^VID-ROLLINGTHUNDERREVUE-REVIEW:MS—<Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell sing. Patti Smith and Allen Ginsberg recite poetry. And Bob Dylan talks, rocks and even drives the tour bus.

It's all in a new Netflix documentary, one of those talk-heavy music movies that Dylan fans always hope will offer insights into the self-consciously mysterious music icon.

In "Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese," legendary beat poet Ginsberg waxes philosophical about Rolling Thunder — Dylan's rambling, vaudeville-like 1975-76 tour featuring Roger McGuinn, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Baez, Mitchell, Ginsberg and others in unconventional venues like the Mahjong Parlor in Falmouth, Mass.

800 by Jon Bream. MOVED



^VID-NEWONDVD:MCT—<New on DVD: 'Wonder Park' amusing but not a thrill ride

650 by Rick Bentley. MOVED


^TV-REMOTE-ADV16:CC—<Around the remote: Chuck Barney's TV and streaming picks for June 16-22

550 by Chuck Barney. MOVED


^VID-REDBOX:MCT—<Redbox's Top 10 DVD rentals




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