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Entertainment Budget for Wednesday, September 4, 2019

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^Fall TV 2019: New shows to watch, try and avoid<

^TV-FALL:NY—<Get ready, couch potatoes.

This fall's TV season is more cross-your-fingers-and-hope-for-the-best than viewers would like — but the highs have a chance to soar.

Several anthologies, including Ryan Murphy's Netflix debut, may be the standouts of the season. But the schedule, packed with big names, is also littered with flimsy plots. Still, the beauty of TV is the surprises, not the predictable successes.

We're here to help, and have weeded through the lineup to help you figure out what's worth your time. Here are the new shows you should watch, give a try and avoid.

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^Trey Edward Shults' 'Waves' breaks out at Telluride with a story of toxic masculinity and family bonds<

^MOVIE-TELLURIDE-WAVES:LA—<Heading into the world premiere of his wrenching drama "Waves" at the Telluride Film Festival on Saturday night, writer-director Trey Edward Shults was so wracked with anxiety that he ducked out of the theater after introducing the movie through tears. The next afternoon, sitting in a restaurant on the town's main drag, he was still in a daze.

"I haven't slept," Shults said. "The altitude, the nerves — it's amazing, but I feel like a ghost. I just put so much into this movie and I worked on it for so long, I haven't made peace yet with the fact that it's not mine anymore and it's out there."

Starring Sterling K. Brown, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Taylor Russell and Lucas Hedges, "Waves" sees an upper-class Florida family plunge into tragedy and then agonizingly work to piece itself back together.

1550 by Josh Rottenberg. MOVED

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^Behind the scenes, women in TV are still vastly underrepresented, study says<

^TV-WOMEN-STUDY:LA—<For the 2018-19 season, 96% of TV programs had no women directors of photography; 79% had no women directors; 77% had no women editors; and 77% had no women creators.

As a number of female-fronted TV shows, including "Veep" and "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," vie for Emmys later this month, a study released Wednesday finds that "historic highs" for women in television still leave them vastly underrepresented in key behind-the-scenes roles.

450 by Yvonne Villarreal. MOVED

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^Chicago trial for R. Kelly on federal sex abuse-related charges tentatively set for next April<

RKELLY:TB — R. Kelly now has a trial date — at least a tentative one.

A federal judge in Chicago on Wednesday set April 27 as the kickoff for the embattled R&B singer's trial on charges he sexually abused minors and conspired with two associates to pay off and intimidate witnesses against him.

650 by Jason Meisner in Chicago. (Moved as a national story.) MOVED

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^Scarlett Johansson defends Woody Allen: 'I believe him'<

^JOHANSSON-ALLEN:LA—<And now a moment of silence for Scarlett Johansson's publicist.

The actress is back in the headlines for making yet another controversial statement, this time about director Woody Allen. In the Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday, Johansson pledged her loyalty to Allen, whose daughter, Dylan Farrow, has accused him of sexual abuse.

"How do I feel about Woody Allen?" Johansson said. "I believe him, and I would work with him anytime."

350 by Christi Carras. MOVED

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^'Crazy Rich Asians' co-writer Adele Lim left sequel over pay disparity<

^MOVIE-CRAZYRICHASIANS-LIM:LA—<Adele Lim, one of the screenwriters on "Crazy Rich Asians," has left the sequel team over a pay disparity, according to a story out Wednesday.

Lim, a veteran TV writer who had not written for film before "Crazy Rich Asians," last fall was offered a small fraction of the money that had been offered to her co-writer, veteran screenwriter Peter Chiarelli, according to the Hollywood Reporter. She didn't make the deal.

400 by Christie D'Zurilla. MOVED

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^Movie review: Moving 'Linda Ronstadt: Sound of My Voice' is well-deserved tribute to iconic singer<

^LINDARONSTADT-SOUND-VOICE-MOVIE-REVIEW:MCT—<Have we taken Linda Ronstadt for granted? She was such a huge star for so long, so ubiquitous and so productive. And it seems, with the dearth of new Ronstadt albums, in the words of fellow folkstress Joni Mitchell, "You don't know what you've got til it's gone." The iconic singer, now 73, has lost her incredible vocal ability to Parkinson's disease and retired from singing in 2009. Thankfully, Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman's documentary "Linda Ronstadt: Sound of My Voice" captures and preserves the unforgettable voice while detailing her career and indelible impact on the music industry.

650 by Katie Walsh. MOVED

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^'Joker's' dark themes speak to 2019 with a mesmerizing Joaquin Phoenix<

^JOKER-MOVIE-REVIEW:LA—<The summer — the designated stamping ground for superheroes and super-villains — has finally passed, making way for the fall and its traditional bounty of ascetic art films, spit-shined prestige pictures and other subspecies of cinema that have no place in the Marvel and DC Comics universes.

That changed Saturday, when Venice hosted the much-anticipated world premiere of "Joker," the fastidiously grim new movie starring Joaquin Phoenix as Batman's greatest and most defiantly unhinged nemesis. Its high-profile fall premieres (it will screen next at the Toronto International Film Festival before its release Oct. 4 through Warner Bros.) are clearly meant to signal its artistic ambition and seriousness of intent, to reassure you that what you are about to experience will be anything but business as usual.

That may be the only respect in which this movie could possibly be thought of as reassuring.

1150 by Justin Chang in Venice, Italy. MOVED

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^Review: Overlong 'It Chapter Two' confronts scarier evils than Pennywise the clown<

^IT-CHAPTERTWO-MOVIE-REVIEW:LA—<There are things far more horrific than evil, shape-shifting sewer clowns in "It Chapter Two," the bruising conclusion to the 2017 Warner Bros. hit that brings the now-adult heroes home to face their ultimate fears.

That ancient, festering evil still lurks in Derry, Maine, where seven misfit friends dubbed the "Losers Club" were terrorized as kids one summer by Pennywise the Clown, the monstrous Stephen King creation who's fueled nightmares since the 1986 publication of "It" and the 1990 miniseries of the same name.

1100 by Jen Yamato. MOVED

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^MOVIE-GUIDE:LA—<Capsule listings.

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^MOVIE-FAMREVIEWS:MCT—<Family guide to new movie releases

200 by Katie Walsh. MOVED

^MUSIC AND TECHNOLOGY<

^Man who allegedly supplied Mac Miller with fentanyl-laced pills is arrested<

^MACMILLER-OVERDOSE-ARREST:LA—<A Los Angeles man was arrested Wednesday morning on federal charges alleging that he supplied counterfeit fentanyl-laced pills to Mac Miller two days before the rapper died of an overdose in September 2018.

Cameron Pettit, 28, of Hollywood Hills was arrested by special agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration and officers with the Los Angeles Police Department. He faces one count of distribution of a controlled substance.

200 by Colleen Shalby and Matt Hamilton in Los Angeles. MOVED

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^Former 'Voice' contestant Jordan Pruitt files sex abuse lawsuit against Disney and Nashville producer: report<

^PRUITT:NY—<Jordan Pruitt, a former country singer and contestant on "The Voice," filed a lawsuit accusing her former manager, Keith Thomas, of sexually abusing her beginning when she was 14 years old, Variety reports.

The lawsuit also names her former record label, Hollywood Records, and its parent company, the Walt Disney Co., alleging that they failed to prevent the abuse. It claims the label compelled Pruitt to work with Thomas, and allowed him to be unsupervised, even though it knew or should have known that he was a sexual abuser.

600 by Blake Alsup. MOVED

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^Why the Pl cido Domingo sexual harassment investigation brings questions, not answers<

^MUS-DOMINGO-INVESTIGATION:LA—<A week after nine women in an Associated Press report accused opera star Placido Domingo of sexual harassment, Los Angeles Opera promised to conduct a "thorough and independent investigation" into the allegations against its general manager.

But the clarity of that phrase — "thorough and independent investigation" — belies a murky truth: These kinds of investigations historically have raised more questions than they have answered, leaving victims and the public in the dark about what behavior was documented in the inquiry, who might share some responsibility for wrongdoing and whether institutional problems that allowed misconduct to fester have been, or will be, rectified.

1500 by Jessica Gelt in Los Angeles. MOVED

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^CPT-SOUNDADVICE:MCT—<Sound Advice: Q Acoustics 3020i speakers combine best characteristics of British, American speakers

600 by Don Lindich. MOVED

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^TV, DVD, STREAMING<

^The sinister appeal of 'The Dark Crystal's' bad Muppets<

^VID-DARKCRYSTAL:LA—<Netflix's prequel to late Muppet man Jim Henson's 1982 movie "The Dark Crystal," "The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance," is nearly all puppets, nearly all the time. Produced by the Jim Henson Co., now run by Henson children Lisa and Brian, it's a story of light and dark, good and evil, rebels and overlords set in a galaxy far, far away on a planet called Thra. The film was meant to be frightening, and the series, which has more opportunity for tension and torture — it's five times longer than the movie, basically the length of the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy — can make Punch and Judy look like a love duet. (There is also comedy in it, which puppets do well, and a little romance, which can be odd.)

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^VID-NEWONDVD:MCT—<New on DVD: Will Smith rises to occasion with live-action 'Aladdin'

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^TV-REMOTE-ADV08:CC—<Around the remote: Chuck Barney's TV and streaming picks for Sept. 8-14

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^VID-REDBOX:MCT—<Redbox's Top 10 DVD rentals

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