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Entertainment Budget for Monday, February 10, 2020

Updated at noon EST (1700 UTC).

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^'Parasite' made Oscar history. Even better? 'Parasite' struck a blow for Oscar quality.<

^MOVIE-OSCARS-ANALYSIS:TB—<I never thought I'd say this un-ironically, but: I'd like to thank the Academy.

Thank you for picking the South Korean film "Parasite." It was the most vital, most elegant, most unpredictable and best film of 2019, and you picked it.

You picked the best film of the year, the way you did three years ago with Barry Jenkins' "Moonlight" and precious few other times in the 92 years of the film industry's annual company picnic.

1000 by Michael Phillips in Los Angeles. MOVED

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^Review: The Oscars ceremony fights its own irrelevance — by drawing attention to it<

^MOVIE-OSCARS-REVIEW:LA—<South Korea saved Hollywood from itself Sunday night when "Parasite" won the top prize at the 92nd Academy Awards, the culmination of a telecast that struggled to entertain let alone find relevance in the art form it was honoring.

To celebrate film's biggest night, the Oscars relied heavily on talent imported from television, music and theater.

850 by Lorraine Ali in Los Angeles. MOVED

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^Have a love-hate relationship with game culture? 'Mythic Quest' is the show for you<

^VID-MYTHICQUEST:LA—<The opening moments of "Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet," now streaming on Apple TV+, put the spotlight on the video game industry's inferiority complex.

A trailer for the show's fictional game launches the series, boasting about the medium's importance as much as it does the product it aims to sell. Global gaming revenue, the hyperbolic game teaser argues, towers over other forms pop art.

Then the clip zeroes in on Ian Grimm, the game developer portrayed by showrunner and actor Rob McElhenney. Here, the voiceover echoes a long-standing insecurity of the gaming industry, which hasn't always been taken as seriously as its cinematic peers. "When we think of visionary, world-building artists, instead of just Spielberg, Lucas and Cameron, why not think Grimm?"

1600 by Todd Martens. MOVED

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^In 'The Assistant,' filmmaker Kitty Green stays just outside the room where it happens. For a reason<

^MOVIE-THEASSISTANT:TB—<Trained in documentaries, her hypnotic feature debut "The Assistant," now in theaters, the Australian writer-director Kitty Green remembers where she was when 'it happened.

"It" was Oscar-winning film production mogul Harvey Weinstein, whose infamy came with the first of many carefully researched New York Times investigations into his serial sexual predation. In the fall of 2017 Green, now 35, was on the campus of Stanford University, one stop in her fact-finding tour of colleges across America. She'd begun gathering interviews with students for a project about the nature of consent and sexual power structures. Suddenly, that day in October, her phone imploded with texts and emails about the Weinstein scandal.

900 by Michael Phillips. MOVED

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^Talking with 'Hamilton' producer Jeffrey Seller about the musical's just-announced movie version and more<

MOVIE-HAMILTON-SELLER:SD — For a musical that made its Broadway debut nearly five years ago, "Hamilton" has had quite a week or so. (And we're not even talking about the $2.6 million in weekly box office that the New York production continues to pull in.)

First came ex-national security adviser John Bolton's suddenly prominent role in the recent impeachment drama via his pending memoir "The Room Where It Happened" — a book apparently titled after a song from writer-composer-lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda's megahit musical about a former U.S. treasury secretary.

Then came some news centered more directly on "Hamilton" itself: The announcement that a filmed version of the Broadway production will hit theaters in October 2021.

650 by James Hebert in San Diego. MOVED

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^TV, DVD, STREAMING<

^A Netflix series tackles gentrification in Los Angeles. Some say it's part of the problem<

VID-GENTEFIED:LA — Netflix's new series "Gentefied" explores the gentrification battles that have roiled the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles in recent years. But the story of how the series came to be starts a few miles northwest, in East Hollywood.

Co-creator Marvin Lemus moved into a studio apartment there roughly five years ago, looking for a sense of home in the predominantly working-class Latino neighborhood after graduating from the Art Institute of California. The Mexican and Guatemalan American writer-director-producer hails from Bakersfield, where he felt like he never really belonged. But the comforts he found in East Hollywood couldn't obscure the fact that new businesses were sprouting up and more affluent people were moving into his apartment complex, replacing others priced out by rising rents and the higher cost of goods.

And he quickly found himself confronting his own part in the neighborhood's transformation.

1800 (with trims) by Yvonne Villarreal in Los Angeles. MOVED

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^'Miss Americana' review: Documentary offers honest, open look at Taylor Swift<

^VID-MISSAMERICANA-REVIEW:ND—<Taylor Swift opens up for the cameras in this behind-the-scenes documentary by Lana Wilson. It follows the megastar as she reflects on the differences between her tabloid image and reality, confronts some of the darkest periods in her life, writes and records her latest album "Lover" and weighs whether to jump into the political fray for the first time with an endorsement of Tennessee Democrats ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.

550 by Robert Levin. MOVED

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^CBS News anchor Norah O'Donnell wants to talk about more than politics<

^TV-CBSNEWS-ODONNELL:MS—<Moving "CBS Evening News" headquarters from New York to Washington, D.C., placed anchor Norah O'Donnell on the front lines of the impeachment trial, a position she took full advantage of — grilling some of the biggest names on both sides.

But it also makes her and the team more vulnerable to accusations that the mainstream media lives in a Beltway bubble. O'Donnell, who previously worked in the nation's capital as a White House correspondent, insists that her program is doing a better job than ever of covering the real America.

550 by Neal Justin. MOVED

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^TV-TINSEL:MCT—<Not moving this week.

^MUSIC<

^Sold-out arenas, manic fandom: Will K-pop supergroup SuperM be the next BTS?<

^MUS-SUPERM:LA—<Seven hours before the K-pop band SuperM took the stage for their sold-out show at the Forum two weeks ago, crowds were already packed outside the venue. No one needed to be there so early. The unseasonably hot weather sent sweat down fans' faces — many covered with surgical masks, perhaps from coronavirus fears — and dampened their SuperM sweatshirts, SuperM T-shirts and SuperM proprietary lightsticks.

But thousands of young K-pop stans had waited months for this day, when an unprecedented supergroup of South Korea's top pop stars would headline Los Angeles as part of a U.S. and worldwide arena tour.

1700 (with trims) by August Brown. MOVED

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MUS-ALBUMS:PH — Not moving this week.

^VIDEO GAMES<

^These 'Pokemon Go' February events are worth your time and money<

^VID-POKEMONGO:SJ—<Niantic is throwing a ton of "Pokemon Go" events at players in February. Since the month began, there have been at least four special events on top of the normal ones such as Wednesday raid hour.

With so much going on, how does one prioritize the time? Players only have so many hours in the day to catch them all, and unless they're independently wealthy, they don't have the money to buy unlimited incubators and raid passes. Keeping that in mind, I prioritized the most important February events. These are the ones worth your time and money.

1000 by Gieson Cacho. MOVED

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