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Entertainment Budget for Monday, August 12, 2019

Updated at noon EDT (1600 UTC).


^K-Pop sensation BTS is taking an extended break for some 'rest and relaxation'<

^MUS-BTS:NY—<This won't be music to the ears of BTS fans.

The record-setting Korean pop group is taking an "extended" break so its seven members can enjoy some "rest and relaxation," the company that manages the band said Sunday.

200 by Peter Sblendorio. MOVED


^For Japanese Americans, 'The Terror' is personal<

^TV-THETERROR:LA—< George Takei sat in his trailer on the set of "The Terror" dressed in his character's charcoal-blue yukata as we traded histories in bittersweet shorthand. For those whose families were among the 120,000 Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War II, one need only say the names of places to paint a picture.

"We went from Rohwer to Tule Lake," said Takei, 82, who was a child when he and his family were imprisoned in concentration camps by the American government in 1942, more than two decades before he blazed a trail for Asians in Hollywood as "Star Trek" icon Hikaru Sulu. "There were no charges, no trial. We were rounded up."

I know those names and others like them. They are etched in menace and melancholy in my mind. Topaz. Jerome. Heart Mountain. Tule Lake, where more than 18,000 were incarcerated during the war, was also a stop on the worst journey of my family's lives.

1950 by Jen Yamato in Vancouver, British Columbia. MOVED


^Matthew Macfadyen is as mortified by 'Succession' as you are<

TV-SUCCESSION-MACFADYEN:LA — If you've watched "Succession," HBO's drama about an obscenely wealthy media dynasty, chances are Tom Wamsgans, the striving Midwesterner played by Matthew Macfadyen, has done something so pathetic, so mortifying, so desperately ingratiating it made you want to grab a shovel, dig a hole to the center of the earth, and bury yourself there. All while laughing out loud and maybe even feeling sorry for the poor sap.

Perhaps it was the time he joked about the cost of the Patek Philippe watch he'd just given his billionaire future father-in-law as an 80th-birthday present. Or when he squealed with pleasure as his fiancee, Shiv Roy (Sarah Snook), handed him a pre-nuptial agreement. Or the episode in which he dragged a naive relative into a potentially criminal cover-up to keep his hands clean.

Macfadyen cringed right along with you.

1450 by Meredith Blake in New York. MOVED



^Movie review: 'The Angry Birds Movie 2' is still cuckoo, but complex ideas unexpectedly take flight<

^ANGRYBIRDS2-MOVIE-REVIEW:MCT—<The "Angry Birds" movies are the textbook definition of chaotic energy. The second film in the franchise, "The Angry Birds Movie 2" (grammar nerds will chafe at this awkward phrasing), directed by Thurop Van Orman and written by Peter Ackerman, Eyal Podell and Jonathan E. Stewart, is somehow even more chaotic than the first. But what else could one possibly expect from the sequel to the animated feature adaptation of a smartphone game where the object is to launch small round birds at green pigs using slingshots?

600 by Katie Walsh. MOVED


^Movie review: Meryl Streep, Natalie Portman and more Hollywood women take a stand in 'This Changes Everything'<

^THISCHANGES-MOVIE-REVIEW:LA—<If anyone needs convincing at this late date that gender inequality both in front of and behind the camera is the norm in Hollywood, "This Changes Everything" will get the job done.

Directed by Tom Donahue, whose previous documentary was "Casting By," this earnest and passionate film talks to lots of boldface names, including performers Geena Davis, Meryl Streep, Natalie Portman and Taraji P. Henson and producers Shonda Rhimes and Jill Soloway.

Actress Tracee Ellis Ross says at one point in the film, "As women we are not allowed to be angry," but the ardent testimony points in the opposite direction. Interview subjects voice justifiable outrage at what they — individually and women in general — have had to put up with.

600 by Kenneth Turan. MOVED


^Movie review: Afghan school rises above country's tumult in 'Angels Are Made of Light'<

^ANGELS-MOVIE-REVIEW:LA—<What is life like on the ground for ordinary people in another culture, another world? That's been the bread and butter of observational documentaries for forever, but almost never is it done with the kind of beauty and grace that filmmaker James Longley brings to his Afghanistan-set "Angels Are Made of Light."

800 by Kenneth Turan. MOVED


^Morena Baccarin finds 'Joy' in new romantic comedy<

^MOVIE-ODE-JOY-BACCARIN:MCT—<Few actors have been as entrenched in the science fiction, fantasy and comic book genres as Morena Baccarin. It started in 2002 with the cult favorite "Firefly" and has continued through "Stargate SG-1," "V," "Deadpool," "The Flash" and "Gotham." There's just one peculiar thing about being closely associated with projects that make people flock to Comic-Con.

Carving out such a deep place in the roles wasn't something Baccarin completely planned.

650 by Rick Bentley. MOVED


^It's easy to fall in love with 'Ode to Joy'<

^ODE-JOY-MOVIE-REVIEW:MCT—<In the typical romantic comedy, boy meets girl, and then it is simply a matter of just how soon they will fall in love. "Ode to Joy" takes the same trajectory, but there is nothing typical about the warmly romantic and pleasingly funny look at a different kind of relationship.

Charlie (Martin Freeman) is a man who can be knocked off his feet by love — literally. He can also be knocked off his feet by a happy baby, beautiful sunrise, great meal or funny joke. That's because Charlie has a neurological disorder that sends him into bouts of narcolepsy when he experiences a deep emotion. To avoid passing out, Charlie has designed his world to make sure his emotions stay at a safely flat level.

700 by Rick Bentley. MOVED



^By design, Long Beach-set 'Lodge 49' is the 'least aspirational show on TV'<

^TV-LODGE:LA—< On a recent spring afternoon, an endless blue sky over a deserted beach seemed to offer a snapshot of Southern California's idyllic promise. But look past the waving palm trees and the picture changed.

There, on the horizon, a flotilla of oil tankers dragged a gloomy thumbprint across an otherwise postcard-worthy view, and high winds made life difficult for a TV crew on a bluff above the shore.

On a concrete bench overlooking the coast, a rumpled man in ill-fitting khakis (played by James Urbaniak) counseled a dark-haired young woman (Sonya Cassidy) fighting to keep hair and grit out of her eyes as cameras close around them. "The abyss isn't death," he told her. "It's just a fable that God made up to keep us away from the truth." With that, he walked away, and in the silence that followed it was hard to tell whether this supposed psychic's words should be taken as profound or nonsensical.

Welcome to Long Beach, and to the weird, rewarding contradictions of AMC's "Lodge 49," a series that returns for its second season Monday but remains tough to describe.

1400 by Chris Barton in Los Angeles. MOVED



^TV-TINSEL:MCT—<'Righteous Gemstones' lampoons megachurch family

1650 by Luaine Lee in Beverly Hills, Calif. MOVED



^Champions again: 13 key moments leading to Queen's killer comeback<

^MUS-QUEEN:MS—<Even though singer Freddie Mercury is here only in spirit — but what a holy spirit — Queen is bigger than ever in 2019.

I could provide numerical proof of the band's ascension to new heights 28 years after Mercury's death: Queen sold more albums in North America than any artist in the first half of 2019, and the original 1975 clip for "Bohemian Rhapsody" just became the first pre-MTV music video to earn more than 1 billion views on YouTube.

Even better, though, here's a personal anecdote: My 8-year-old daughter and her friends know way more Queen songs than I did when I was 8, which was in 1981, right at the apex of the British quartet's heyday.

1000 by Chris Riemenschneider. MOVED


^MUS-ALBUMS:PH—<Album reviews: Drake, Clairo, Garry Tallent

600. MOVED



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