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Entertainment Budget for Tuesday, March 3, 2020

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^Remembering James Lipton: His best interviews from 'Inside the Actors Studio'<

^TV-LIPTON-INTERVIEWS:LA—<Renaissance man James Lipton wore many hats as an actor, theater, film and television director and producer, choreographer, author, playwright, lyricist, screenwriter, author, academic and even a pimp.

But it was his remarkably in-depth interviews on Bravo's "Inside the Actors Studio" that cemented him as a Hollywood icon before he died Monday at age 93. The talk show, which doubled as part of the master's degree program at the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University, saw several water-cooler moments throughout its 24 years, thanks to the host's signature and oftentimes shocking insight into his guests' craft and lives.

From the question that stumped Steven Spielberg to his tearful reunion with Bradley Cooper, here are some of Lipton's greatest hits.

700 by Christi Carras. MOVED


^12 TV shows you'll need to watch to get ready for this year's Emmys<

^TV-EMMYS:LA—<The 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards are a little more than six months away, which means if you start watching now and apply yourself — I mean, really grind it out — then you might see about half the programs and performances that figure to be nominated this year.

That kind of abundance means you need to be disciplined and discerning (or possess a limitless amount of free time). And, these days, who has that? To help, I've put together an early Emmys guide, mixing series that have already aired with promising programs that will premiere in the next several weeks. One way or another, they'll all be in the conversation leading up to July 14.

1300 by Glenn Whipp. MOVED


^Commentary: When Roman Polanski wins a directing award, does an entire #MeToo movement lose?<

^MOVIE-POLANSKI-COMMENTARY:TB—<On Friday at the C sar Awards, France's equivalent to the Academy Awards, the 86-year-old Polanski — convicted decades ago on charges of statutory rape of a 13-year-old in the United States and still a fugitive from justice — won the best director prize for his latest film, "An Officer and a Spy."

A beautifully crafted historical drama, it concerns the late 19th-century political scandal involving Alsatian French artillery officer Alfred Dreyfus, a Jew, wrongly accused of selling secrets to the Germans. The charge of treason, fed by the glaring anti-Semitism behind the Dreyfus affair, was taken up by novelist Emile Zola. The famous newspaper editorial of the day — titled "J'Accuse!" — gives Polanski's docudrama its French release title.

Protests raged outside the Paris auditorium on Friday long before the C sars began. An activism group called Osez le Feminisme, or "Dare to Be Feminist," viewed the inclusion of Polanski among the nominees, and his film's 12 nominations in all, as a cold rebuke to France's late-starting #MeToo movement. Polanski has been dogged by several accusations of sexual assault across the decades since his 1977 Los Angeles arrest.

1350 by Michael Phillips. MOVED


^Minnesota theater says Garrison Keillor has canceled show<

KEILLOR:MS — Another Garrison Keillor appearance has been canceled.

The former host of "A Prairie Home Companion" had been scheduled to appear at Duluth's NorShor Theatre on April 16. But the president of the board of directors for the Duluth Playhouse, which manages the venue, said Monday that Keillor's booking agency was pulling out of the show.

150 by Neal Justin in Minneapolis. MOVED



^This Penn grad directed Ben Affleck's new 'The Way Back,' but don't expect him to read about it on TMZ<

^MOVIE-WAYBACK-OCONNOR:PH—<Penn grad and movie director Gavin O'Connor ("Miracle") is one of the few people who didn't know about Ben Affleck's fraught personal life when they teamed up for "The Way Back," a movie about (among other things) a man whose alcoholism has wrecked his marriage.

"I have no social media at all. I don't read anything that has to do with celebrities. I honestly was not at all aware of Ben's drinking issues," said O'Connor, even though the two had worked together on "The Accountant."

"When he called me about doing the movie, and we met for dinner and he started to open up about his alcoholism, that's really the first time I started thinking about the implications," he said.

1100 (with trims) by Gary Thompson in Philadelphia. MOVED


^Movie review: Despite reliance on overused trope, Pixar's 'Onward' a fun fantasy romp<

^ONWARD-MOVIE-REVIEW:MCT—<"Onward," the newest animated adventure from Disney/Pixar, finally brings mainstream representation to a group previously relegated to the margins of popular culture: the fantasy-obsessed metalhead. In this warm tale of brotherly love forged during an epic coming-of-age quest, Chris Pratt voices older bro Barley, a burly chap (or elf, rather) in a battle vest with an affinity for all things Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: The Gathering, or rather, the generically branded versions. Barley is a blast.

This isn't Barley's story, though he's an integral part. This is the story of his younger brother, Ian (Tom Holland), a shy young elf who discovers that he does, indeed, have a little magic in him.

600 by Katie Walsh. MOVED



^Nathaniel Rateliff kicks off solo tour in Minneapolis: 'I needed to do something for myself'<

^MUS-RATELIFF:MS—<While he expressed a lot of uncertainty about his tour kickoff in Minneapolis this week, Nathaniel Rateliff was very firm on at least one point.

"This isn't any signal of the Night Sweats being over," the Denver-based singer/songwriter assured fans of his regular band, who count the Twin Cities among their top markets. "I just needed to do something for myself for a little while."

That something was his new solo album, "And It's Still Alright," which his latest road trek is built around.

900 by Chris Riemenschneider in Minneapolis. MOVED


^Referring to herself as 'broken doll,' Madonna cancels another concert date<

^MUS-MADONNA:NY—<X is not marking the spot for Madonna's Madame X Tour.

On Sunday, the 61-year-old superstar took to social media to announce that she was cancelling that evening's Paris performance of the problem-plagued production, citing an alleged injury she sustained during a concert a few nights prior.

300 by Karu F. Daniels. MOVED



^Commentary: Why it's so important the new 'Bachelorette' star is 38 years old<

^TV-BACHELORETTE-COMMENTARY:LA—<When her season of "The Bachelorette" premieres in May, Clare Crawley will be 39 years old.

That means she will be the oldest star the reality show has ever had, and by a serious margin: Attorney Rachel Lindsay was 32 when she embarked on her quest for love in 2017. The program's most recent lead, Hannah Brown, was barely out of college when she was the bachelorette at 24.

I don't say this to age-shame. I say this because Clare's age is actually deeply meaningful to me.

1200 by Amy Kaufman. MOVED


^Paulina Chavez talks life as a 17-year-old Netflix series star, what it's like working with Eva Longoria and Mario Lopez<

^VID-EXPANDINGUNIVERSE-ASHLEYGARCIA-CHAVEZ:NY—<Paulina Chavez is still adjusting to the whole stardom thing.

The 17-year-old actress plays the lead role in the new Netflix series "The Expanding Universe of Ashley Garcia," but still remembers struggling to keep it together when she first met series co-creator Mario Lopez.

"When I hugged him I turned to all the producers and was like, 'Oh my God, it's Mario Lopez!' " Chavez said. "As soon as we disconnected from the hug I played it cool and was like, 'Yeah, nice to meet you. It's not like I watch you every time I go to a hotel and see you on "Access Hollywood." What? No.' He's incredible."

500 by Joseph Wilkinson in New York. MOVED



^VID-NEWONDVD:MCT—<New on DVD: Adam Sandler goes all out in 'Uncut Gems'

600 by Katie Foran-McHale. MOVED


^VID-DVDRELEASE:MCT—<List of DVD release dates for March 3 and beyond

100. MOVED



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