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Entertainment Budget for Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Updated at 12:30 p.m. EST (1730 UTC).
^10 things — series, specials and movies — to watch inside your Thanksgiving 2020 bubble<
^VID-HDY-THANKSGIVING:DE—<Health experts are urging that you skip big gatherings and stay inside your bubble this Thanksgiving to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t have a traditional feast, both at the dinner table and by bingeing small-screen TV and streaming content. A cornucopia of holiday specials and new movies await, plus a few shows to discover before your post-turkey nap.
Here are 10 suggestions for what to watch, from nostalgic comfort food for the eyes to the finest in current filmmaking. And don’t forget the best viewing option of all, a virtual visit through FaceTime, Skype or Zoom with absent family members and friends.
900 by Julie Hinds. MOVED
^How safe is it to go to indoor movie theaters during the COVID-19 pandemic?<
^MOVIE-CORONAVIRUS-THEATERS:LA—<Remember what it was like going out to see a movie?
Even though movie theaters have implemented protocols to protect guests and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, and many of the measures have been met with praise from experts, the exhibition industry remains in a state of crisis. Indoor theaters have been closed in Los Angeles County since mid-March, and Gov. Gavin Newsom pulled the «emergency brake» on the rest of the state last week, shutting down many indoor businesses in California, including most movie theaters. Even when these restrictions lift, the industry will be anxious to reopen safely.
And in many other states, the question remains: With the national totals surpassing 12 million infections, more than 255,000 Americans dead and daily numbers surging to record highs, just how risky is it to see a movie indoors?
1850 by Michael Ordo a. MOVED
^Family drew Amy Adams and Glenn Close to ‘Hillbilly Elegy.’ (Family, and Terminators.)<
^MOVIE-HILLBILLY-ELEGY-ADAMS-CLOSE:LA—<Glenn Close’s turn as the ornery, larger-than-life and fiercely loyal grandmother Mamaw in «Hillbilly Elegy» wasn’t even fully unleashed into the world before it took on a life of its own. A friend of Close’s daughter, the actress Annie Starke, dressed up as Mamaw for Halloween. This friend, it should be noted, was a man, who donned a curly wig, big glasses, an oversize T-shirt and a dangling, lit cigarette — a costume pick not all that surprising since the Guardian already crowned Mamaw a style icon.
«I was so chuffed by that,» Close says, smiling. Meanwhile, Amy Adams, who plays Mamaw’s drug-addicted, unstable daughter Bev in «Hillbilly Elegy,» which began streaming Tuesday on Netflix, can’t stop laughing at Mamaw’s unlikely ascent to sartorial stardom. We’re talking by Zoom, of course, with Adams calling from her home in Los Angeles and Close connecting from Bozeman, Montana, where she moved last December to be close to her siblings.
«Hillbilly Elegy» is based on J.D. Vance’s 2016 memoir, which detailed his Rust Belt upbringing and drew both praise and criticism for its cultural musings about the causes of white poverty. The movie, directed by Ron Howard, mostly steers clear of the author’s conservative politics, concentrating on the family’s story and Vance’s escape from the destructive behavioral patterns that, he believes, mire poor people in hopelessness. (As Mamaw declares, «Family’s the only thing that means a goddamn.»)
1450 by Glenn Whipp. MOVED
^Trevor Noah will host next year’s Grammys, but he’s ‘not trying to catch Corona'<
^MUS-GRAMMYS-NOAH:LA—<From host of «The Daily Show» to host of the 63rd Grammy Awards: Trevor Noah has officially been tapped to emcee music’s biggest night.
Hours before the 2021 Grammy nominees were set to be unveiled, the Recording Academy revealed Tuesday morning that Noah will helm next year’s awards ceremony for the first time.
300 by Christi Carras. MOVED
^Philip Glass and ‘Einstein on the Beach’: How one opera changed everything<
^MUS-GLASS-EINSTEIN-BEACH:LA—<Easily the most important opera of the last half century, «Einstein on the Beach,» at least at first, meant far more to those who witnessed it than to the art form itself, which couldn’t have cared less. Almost nothing about what composer Philip Glass and director Robert Wilson put onstage was opera.
«Einstein» has no narrative. «Einstein» has no Einstein, even though a great many onstage are dressed in the iconic image of frizzy-haired scientist. «Einstein on the Beach» has no beach. Glass’ relentlessly fast and loud score is four hard-driving hours of Minimalism. Spoken text comes from the sputtering of mid-1970s New York AM radio, cut up. Sung text consists of a chorus counting rhythms or the solf ge syllables of pitches. Wilson’s images revolve around a train/spaceship, trial/prison and field, although at one inexplicable point, a revolutionary Patty Hearst, rifle in hand, finds herself in the action.
1300 by Mark Swed. MOVED
^Review: Kristen Stewart makes spirits bright in LGBT holiday romantic comedy ‘Happiest Season'<
^HAPPIEST-SEASON-MOVIE-REVIEW:LA—<The average holiday-themed romantic comedy is such a synthetic box of delights, such a pleasingly calculated assortment of warm-and-fuzzies, that it’s worth taking note when someone tries to steer it in a tougher, more honest direction. «Happiest Season,» a new comedy directed by Clea DuVall («The Intervention»), is a clever, affecting, endearingly imperfect example. Starring Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis as a lesbian couple keeping their relationship under wraps during a Christmas get-together, it means to express something pointed and sincere about how families operate, how secrets fester and how important — and difficult — it can be to live authentically.
1050 by Justin Chang. MOVED
^7 movies with the best debut performances ever, from Alan Rickman to Lupita Nyong’o<
^MOVIE-ROUNDUP-DEBUT-PERFORMANCES:MS—<I’m not sure these seven performances are the best first times of all time, partly because it’s hard to gauge the impact of debuts before I was watching movies (folks say Lauren Bacall blew audiences away in «To Have and Have Not,» but I wasn’t around). Still, these actors made first impressions that, for me, last.
1000 by Chris Hewitt. MOVED
^MOVIE-FAMREVIEWS:MCT—<Family guide to new movie releases
400 by Katie Walsh. MOVED
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^What to stream: Thanksgiving picks<
^VID-CORONAVIRUS-WHATTOSTREAM:MCT—<Although the Thanksgiving movie isn’t the same cultural behemoth as the Christmas movie, there’s something a bit more nuanced and bittersweet about the Thanksgiving-set film, more rueful and winsome. And while you can find all sorts of holiday-themed fare, especially on Hallmark and Lifetime at the moment, here are a few Thanksgiving movies to take the edge off this holiday week, or at least to remember that Thanksgiving has always been an especially fraught holiday gathering, a good reminder during this most unusual year.
650 by Katie Walsh. MOVED
^My worst moment: Julia Stiles and the grocery thief who was actually her costar<
^TV-WORSTMOMENT-STILES:TB—<For the first two seasons of the conspiracy thriller «Riviera» on the Sundance Now streaming platform, the setting was true to its title: The glamorous Cote d’Azur in France, with Julia Stiles as an art curator and widow of a billionaire who left behind a scheming ex-wife and adult children who are complicated.
At the start of Season 3, however, Stiles’ character has extricated herself from this family and relocated to London where she teaches art history. «She’s trying to get back to some sense of normalcy,» said Stiles. «And then in walks Gabriel Hirsch, played by Rupert Graves, and he offers her a job that she can’t refuse, which promises more adventure than what she is currently doing. They go to Venice and they’re trying to track down a Picasso that had been stolen and is being sold on the black market. But she’s quickly pulled back to St. Tropez, where the grapevine is very thick and all those families all know each other. She tried to get out, but they keep pulling her back in.»
1050 by Nina Metz. MOVED
^VID-DVDRELEASE:MCT—<List of DVD release dates for Nov. 24 and beyond
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