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Entertainment Budget for Friday, November 8, 2019

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^'Terminator: Dark Fate': What makes a franchise live or die?<

^MOVIE-BOXOFFICE-TERMINATOR:LA—<On the surface, "Terminator: Dark Fate" and "Joker" share basic similarities: both are R-rated movies based on well-known characters that appeal to predominantly male audiences. Further, the films got virtually identical Rotten Tomatoes scores.

But the box office results could not be more different.

The Warner Bros.-DC film "Joker," made for $60 million, became a global phenomenon, grossing nearly $940 million worldwide. The latest "Terminator" movie, which cost at least $185 million to produce, landed with a thud, grossing $29 million domestically, well below studio expectations. It did little better internationally, collecting a modest $28 million in China.

1100 by Ryan Faughnder. MOVED


^'The Best Years of Our Lives,' 'Midway' and other movies enter the theater of war this Veterans Day<

^MOVIE-VETERANSDAY:TB—<Monday is Veterans Day, which grew out of Armistice Day, commemorating the end of World War I. Instead it marked an all-too-temporary halt to armed conflict. The word "armistice" acts as an arrow, pointing to the peace our world never accommodates for long.

War movies have long been big business, like war itself. This weekend brings the film "Midway" to theaters. It's the Roland Emmerich version of the Battle of Midway, opening with a depiction of the attack on Pearl Harbor and then moving on to the retaliatory bombing of Tokyo known as Doolittle's Raid. In 1976 an earlier movie of the same title rumbled through the land, presented in Sensurround, the teeth-rattling analog enhancement, courtesy of enormous speakers parked at the back of theater auditoriums. That's entertainment.

700 by Michael Phillips. MOVED


^Commentary: 'The View' is America's kitchen table, political squabbling included<

^TV-VIEW-COMMENTARY:LA—<Deflect. Play the victim. Attack. Repeat.

The strategy was familiar, as was the name. But the only thing smooth about Donald Trump Jr.'s appearance on "The View" Thursday was the hair slick atop his head and co-host Meghan McCain's composure.

There they were, the son of a historically unpopular, ethically challenged president and the daughter of a revered Washington legend, seated across from each other, dancing around their fathers' hatred of one another at the Hot Topic table. Their exchange — indeed, this entire week on "The View" — proved once again that ABC's long-running chat-fest isn't just a key stop on the campaign trail. It might be American television's closest approximation of the "kitchen table" of stump-speech fame, where we sit, sip and squabble over politics.

1100 by Lorraine Ali. MOVED


^Why you don't need to be a 'Star Wars' fan to enjoy 'The Mandalorian'<

^VID-MANDALORIAN:LA—<"The Mandalorian" follows the story of a gunslinging bounty hunter clad in sleek armor, taking jobs on the outskirts of the galaxy.

But don't worry if you haven't the faintest idea what a Mandalorian is: Showrunner Jon Favreau assures us that the first ever live-action "Star Wars" series, premiering Nov. 12 with the launch of Disney's standalone streaming service, Disney+, requires no prior knowledge in order to dive in. (The second episode of "The Mandalorian" will be released later in the week, with one subsequent installment of the eight-episode series added each week thereafter.)

550 by Tracy Brown. MOVED



^Review: Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson will break your heart in the masterful 'Marriage Story'<

^MARRIAGESTORY-MOVIE-REVIEW:LA—<Charlie Barber (Adam Driver) is a director. Nicole Barber (Scarlett Johansson) is an actress. For years they have worked together at the same avant-garde theater company, and for years they have also been husband and wife, with a son, Henry (Azhy Robertson), who is now 8. At home one night in their Brooklyn apartment, Charlie offers Nicole a note on her latest performance, a longtime habit that seems particularly superfluous since she is about to exit the show and their marriage. But he offers it anyway: "At the end, I could tell you were pushing for the emotion."

Like almost everything else in "Marriage Story," Noah Baumbach's scalding, wrenching and inexhaustibly rich new movie, the line serves more than one purpose.

1500 by Justin Chang. MOVED


^Review: Shia LaBeouf bares a tortured soul in autobiographical 'Honey Boy'<

^HONEYBOY-MOVIE-REVIEW:LA—<The searching that sprang from a court-appointed stint in rehab haunts every frame of "Honey Boy," a dreamlike autobiographical exorcism written by self-styled enfant terrible Shia LaBeouf — and finessed with director Alma Har'el into a film starring LaBeouf — of the actor's childhood as the son of an addict and the toxic cycles that ensued.

The result is at once a touching requiem and a work of forgiveness, both for a father struggling with his demons all those years ago and the grown son who now peers into the mirror. Buoyed by sensitive and ferocious ensemble turns, "Honey Boy" is a cinematic salve for a tortured soul, in many regards a powerful vehicle for its star-writer-subject and a vibrant narrative debut for documentary and video artist Har'el.

1300 by Jen Yamato. MOVED


^Review: A sequel to Stanley Kubrick's 1980 horror masterpiece 'The Shining'<

^DOCTORSLEEP-MOVIE-REVIEW:MS—<It's usually hard to quantify the quality of a movie, but in the case of "Doctor Sleep," it's easy: Precisely two-thirds of it is good.

A sequel to "The Shining," "Doctor Sleep" incorporates elements of the Stanley Kubrick film "The Shining," although writer Stephen King dislikes it, in telling the story of that movie's main character. Danny was a child who had the ability to "shine," to see into the past and communicate telepathically. Danny is now Dan, an adult who inherited both his father's alcoholism and purposelessness. As the film opens, Dan (Ewan McGregor) is visited by the ghost of his friend Hallorann (Scatman Crothers in "The Shining," Carl Lumbly here), who advises that just as Hallorann helped young Danny, Dan eventually will be called upon to assist a youngster who has the shining.

600 by Chris Hewitt. MOVED



^Angel Olsen's sonic fever dream 'All Mirrors' is what you need in your life right now<

^MUS-OLSEN:TB—<Angel Olsen has rarely been satisfied with stillness. In less than a decade, the 32-year-old emotionally resonant singer has transformed from an urgent and arresting, albeit occasionally desolate lo-fi folk singer into a fierce full band leader whose rollicking and self-assured sonic declarations reverberate with an electric punch. Most recently, on last month's "All Mirrors," her stunning fourth album, Olsen sits at the center of a kaleidoscopic fever dream of sound — eight of the eleven tracks feature a 12-piece string section, the singer's devastating voice weaving its way through the eye of a synth-and-piano-fueled storm.

1050 by Dan Hyman. MOVED



^MUS-BLUEGRASS:OW—<Reviews of bluegrass music releases

200 by Keith Lawrence. MOVED


^Kate Reinders going back to 'High School'<

^VID-HIGHSCHOOLMUSICAL-SERIES-REINDERS:MCT—<Kate Reinders has had a successful musical theater career, appearing in projects from "Gypsy" to "Good Vibrations." Her long body of professional work came after years of performing in local, regional and national productions for the Seattle native who grew up in Michigan.

One big musical production she missed out on — only because she was the teeniest bit too old and was already working on Broadway at the time — was the 2006 Disney Channel mega-hit "High School Musical." She did get to help in the process of turning the TV movie into a theatrical production later on, but never to the point where she could claim to be part of the phenomenon.

750 by Rick Bentley. MOVED



^TV-QUESTIONS:MCT—<Television Q&A: Why is background noise so loud on TV shows?

700 by Rich Heldenfels. MOVED


^VID-NEWONDVD:MCT—< New on DVD: 'Big Bang Theory' ends with an explosion of fun

750 by Rick Bentley. MOVED



^TV-REMOTE-ADV10:CC—<Around the remote: Chuck Barney's TV and streaming picks for Nov. 10-16

550 by Chuck Barney. MOVED



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