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Entertainment Budget for Monday, October 7, 2019

Updated at noon EDT (1600 UTC).

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^Ten wild, waaay out-there Ginger Baker drum performances<

^MUS-BAKER-PERFORMANCES:LA—<Although best known for his early work drumming for the Eric Clapton-led bands Cream and Blind Faith, Ginger Baker was a born explorer who earned the kind of success that, paired with his skills and restlessness, afforded him the opportunity to seek.

The hard-living, quick-tempered British percussionist, who died Sunday at age 80, took full advantage of his success in the mid- and late 1960s on Cream hits including "White Room," "I Feel Free" and "Sunshine of Your Love."

1100 by Randall Roberts. MOVED

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^'Joker' ending explained: Director Todd Phillips on fan theories and open questions<

^MOVIE-JOKER-ENDING:LA—<When the words "The End" appear onscreen at the conclusion of "Joker," that really is the end.

Unlike virtually every other modern comic-book movie, the film — which rides into theaters today on a wave of sharply divided reviews, concerns over potential violence and endless think pieces about what it all means — has no post-credits sequence. If you stick around hoping to see a tease of the soon-to-be-rebooted Batman franchise or any other upcoming installment in the DC cinematic universe, you will be sorely disappointed. In every sense, this "Joker" stands alone.

But that's not to say that everything is neatly wrapped up with a bow by the time the credits roll.

1550 by Josh Rottenberg. MOVED

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^Trump impeachment hearings will be a really big show for TV news<

^TV-IMPEACHMENT-HEARINGS-CABLENEWS:LA—<Like everything else related to President Trump, the impeachment inquiry into his request that the Ukraine government investigate his top Democratic 2020 presidential rival, Joe Biden, is set to become a major television event.

Cable news and broadcast networks are in the planning stages of how to cover what could be hundreds of hours of live testimony and floor debates if Congress formally votes for an impeachment investigation of the president's actions. If history is any guide, the proceedings could have a lasting effect on how viewers consume their news.

1250 by Stephen Battaglio. MOVED

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^Commentary: We need a queer Batwoman more than ever. Just look at the Supreme Court<

^TV-BATWOMAN-COMMENTARY:LA—<Like many of the most well-known comic book superheroes, Kate Kane's journey involves tragedy and sacrifice.

Sunday's series premiere of the CW's new "Batwoman" reveals early on that Kate (played by Ruby Rose) is haunted by the childhood memory of watching her mother and twin sister Beth die after Batman failed to save them. Viewers also see that, before leaving on a years-long quest to train with various combat and survival specialists, Kate was kicked out of a military academy for refusing to deny she is a lesbian.

And, more than eight years since the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell," Kate's back story remains more relevant than ever.

800 by Tracy Brown. MOVED

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^Review: 'Fleabag' stage version shows off 'fabulous' Phoebe Waller-Bridge<

^STAGE-FLEABAG:TB—<A small thing that turns into a huge thing, the way Phoebe Waller-Bridge's solo stage version of "Fleabag" did recently on television, typically hits a wall of passive/dismissive resistance once it's officially popular. Not as good as the hype. Not as good as all those Emmys claimed.

But you know? It was. It is. Whatever the screen size, I can't think of a savvier recent stage-to-screen adaptation, certainly not in the six years since Waller-Bridge first tried out her theatrical version of "Fleabag" in 2013.

800 by Michael Phillips. MOVED

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^Lonely Prince Andrew in Australia: Few fans turn out to greet queen's embattled son<

^PRINCE-ANDREW-AUSTRALIA:SJ—<The royal family persists in pushing Prince Andrew out to a skeptical public, and in such limited, oddly orchestrated ways that he ends up looking unpopular and increasingly beleaguered amid intense media scrutiny over his friendship with pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

The most striking example of this royal miscalculation came last week during the Duke of York's tour of Australia, which invited little media coverage and almost no fanfare, Australian news outlets reported.

700 by Martha Ross. MOVED

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^MOVIES<

^Review: 'Midnight Traveler' uses cellphone cameras to make the refugee crisis personal and real<

^MIDNIGHT-TRAVELER-MOVIE-REVIEW:LA—<There's as much truth as poetry in the title of the unexpectedly intimate and involving documentary "Midnight Traveler."

Yes, there's a bit of a blues lyric about those words, but they're also terrifyingly literal: Time and again, the subjects of this compelling first-person film end up fleeing for their lives in the middle of the night.

Winner of a special jury prize at Sundance, the film was shot entirely on three cellphones as a family of four goes involuntarily on the run before our quite astonished eyes for what ends up feeling like forever.

650 by Kenneth Turan. MOVED

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^How Quentin Tarantino got the '60s sound for 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood'<

^MOVIE-TARANTINO-MUSIC:LA—<For a brief moment in his then-young rock career, Mark Lindsay lived in a gorgeous home at the top of Benedict Canyon. The singer-songwriter, co-founder of the group Paul Revere & the Raiders, moved there with his buddy, record producer Terry Melcher, in the late '60s. He wrote some of his band's best work there, including the single "Good Thing," which he penned on a piano in the living room.

Lindsay left the house when Melcher wanted to live with his girlfriend, actress Candice Bergen. They soon rented the place to director Roman Polanski and his wife, Sharon Tate.

What happened next in that living room inaugurated one of the darkest weeks in L.A. history. But Lindsay still remembers the place fondly, even if he did once bump into Charles Manson at a party there.

950 by August Brown. MOVED

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^TV, DVD, STREAMING<

^'Supernatural' facing final demon-fighting episodes<

TV-SUPERNATURAL:MCT — The end is finally here. The demon-fighting Winchester brothers — Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) — will be able to park their '67 Chevy Impala as the 15th season of "Supernatural" will be the last. The journey to the conclusion begins at 8 pm. Oct. 10 on the CW Network.

800 by Rick Bentley in Los Angeles. MOVED

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^'Midwest is where it's at': Jenny McCarthy talks about her career, family and why she loves Illinois<

TV-MCCARTHY:TB — In the mid-'90s, Jenny McCarthy got her first big break on TV as co-host of MTV dating show, "Singled Out." For the first time, McCarthy, who grew up on Chicago's South Side, was handed a microphone and told to simply act like herself.

Since then, McCarthy has stayed in the spotlight as a television host and celebrity personality. Currently, McCarthy splits her time between New York, Los Angeles and her home in St. Charles, Ill., working as a judge on "The Masked Singer" on Fox and host of "The Jenny McCarthy Show" on Sirius XM.

In an interview with the Tribune, McCarthy spoke about her career and her love for the Midwest that keeps bringing her back to Illinois.

800 by Jessica Villagomez in Chicago. MOVED

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^YouTube sensation Kylie Cantrall now Disney Channel star<

TV-CANTRALL:MCT — Kylie Cantrall had not read the novel "Gabby Duran and the Unsittables" by Elise Allen and Daryle Conners before she was cast to star in the series based on the book. The new family comedy "Gabby Duran & the Unsittables" debuts at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) Oct. 11 on the Disney Channel and DisneyNOW. It's not a surprise she didn't read the book because the 14-year-old Southern California native stays too busy to have free time.

800 by Rick Bentley in Anaheim, Calif. MOVED

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^TV-TINSEL:MCT—<Actress Jessie Mueller thrived off research for 'Patsy & Loretta'

1600 by Luaine Lee. MOVED

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^MUSIC<

^How a Radiohead song inspired 'Where Cards Fall,' one of Apple Arcade's must-play games<

^MUS-RADIOHEAD-GAME:LA—<Architecture is shuffled and folded to heighten a sense of fragility in "Where Cards Fall," a puzzle game based on vignettes. The look is alternately realistic — we see glimpses of a home, a community and friendships — and abstract, where some moments are dreamscapes that explore life passions.

It's no surprise, then, that the game, available now for Apple Arcade, the tech company's new $4.99-per-month subscription service, was inspired by song.

In the mind of 28-year-old developer Sam Rosenthal for nearly a decade now, "Where Cards Fall" sprung initially from Radiohead's 2007 single "House of Cards," which sees the band shifting between lullaby-like guitar tones and disquieting digital symphonies.

1300 by Todd Martens. MOVED

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^MUS-ALBUMS:PH—<Album reviews: The New Pornographers, JPEGMAFIA

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^VIDEO GAMES<

^What to play: 'Untitled Goose Game' gives us the rebel superhero we need — a goose<

^VID-UNTITLED-GOOSE-GAME:LA—<Many of us, especially those who came of age during an era of superhero blockbusters — from Tim Burton's 1989 take on "Batman" to, well, this very second — have dreamed of being a savior.

But who knew that all this time the superhero I wanted to be was a goose?

Press a button, and "spread your wings" we're told in the opening moments of "Untitled Goose Game." A brief moment of inspiration before the terror starts. Or, depending on your point of view, the justified revenge.

1100 by Todd Martens. MOVED

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