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TNS Entertainment Budget for Monday, May 16, 2022

Tribune News Service logoTribune News Service 5/16/2022

Updated at 4:30 p.m. ET (2030 UTC).



Amber Heard denies Johnny Depp’s ‘disgusting’ feces accusation as she resumes testimony in defamation trial

DEPP-HEARD-TRIAL:NY — Amber Heard denied ex-husband Johnny Depp’s feces-in-bed allegation, calling it “disgusting,” as she resumed her testimony in their defamation trial Monday.

The actress told the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse that Depp accused her friend of leaving human feces in their bed after he and Heard got into a fight following her 30th birthday party in April 2016.

898 words by Peter Sblendorio, New York Daily News. MOVED


‘Rust’ producers plan to complete the movie after sheriff’s investigation concludes

MOVIE-RUST-FILMING:LA — LOS ANGELES — Several months after Alec Baldwin accidentally shot and killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins while on the set of “Rust,” one of the film’s producers says he and others plan to forge ahead.

Rust Movie Productions is still being investigated by the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office after the company was accused of cutting corners and flouting safety guidelines that led to the fatal misfiring of the gun on Oct. 21, 2021. Once the investigation concludes, however, co-producer Anjul Nigam believes the team will pick up where they left off with the film.

528 words by Kenan Draughorne, Los Angeles Times. MOVED


Carla Morrison reclaims her mental health in song and on social media

MUS-MORRISON:LA — LOS ANGELES — Carla Morrison stepped away from the spotlight in 2018, 15 years after the Mexican singer-songwriter started performing with her first band, Babaluca.

She had had enough of the persistent criticisms that came with fame. Strangers made cruel comments about her body, tattoos, lyrics, talent and musical style. When she performed, people would boo and flip her off.

1538 words by Karen Garcia, Los Angeles Times. MOVED


For global phenomenon Bad Bunny, Puerto Rico remains his playground, battleground and muse

MUS-BADBUNNY-PUERTORICO:LA — If you're young, Latino and slightly prone to melodramatics, you might be the kind of person who stays up for a midnight Bad Bunny album release.

In the streaming age, the now-familiar "surprise" Bad Bunny album drop has become an online rite of passage for his global fan base, which seems to grow exponentially with every record.

1012 words by Suzy Exposito, Los Angeles Times. MOVED



'Top Gun: Maverick' is awesome. Here's your guide to the summer sequel

MOVIE-TOP-GUN-MAVERICK-GUIDE:DTN — Believe the hype. "Top Gun: Maverick" rules.

The long-delayed sequel — it was filmed back in 2018, and has been in a holding pattern ever since — finally hit preview audiences last week, and it's a thrilling, pulse-pounding, old-school blockbuster experience, a more-than-worthy follow-up to the 1986 classic.

889 words by Adam Graham, The Detroit News. MOVED


Indian action blockbuster 'RRR' roars back to theaters for one-night event

MOVIE-RRR-RETURN:LA — For movie fans in the know, there is life before "RRR," and there's life after "RRR."

The three-hour-plus, Indian historical action blockbuster set in the 1920s is bursting with flying motorcycles, flaming arrows, brooding bromance and physics-defying heroics. It opened in March to huge anticipation from South Asian U.S. audiences, who made the Telugu-language film the second-highest grossing Indian film of all time in America.

863 words by Jen Yamato, Los Angeles Times. MOVED


Jason Momoa apologizes for taking pictures in the Sistine Chapel

MOVIE-MOMOA-APOLOGY:NY — Jason Momoa, having drawn ire for taking photographs in the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel – where pictures are strictly forbidden – apologized on Sunday via Instagram, during a workout, saying he had not intended any offense.

He was fully clothed last Monday when he posted a few photos on Instagram of himself gazing at the masterpiece paintings adorning the ceiling and walls of the sacred space, where photos are prohibited because of the potential danger that the light from camera flashes poses to the centuries-old artwork. He is in Rome filming “Fast X,” the 10th “Fast & Furious” movie.

314 words by Theresa Braine, New York Daily News. MOVED


Famed entertainer Ann-Margret gets honorary degree from UNLV

MOVIE-ANN-MARGRET-DEGREE:DTN — LAS VEGAS — Famed entertainer Ann-Margret has been awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from UNLV..

She told the graduates at Saturday's commencement ceremony inside a packed Thomas & Mack Center of her collegiate background, according to the Las Vegas-Review Journal.

182 words by The Detroit News, The Detroit News. MOVED



Olivia Rodrigo, a multi-Grammy Award-winner at 19, is sweet, not sour, on stardom as her debut tour continues

MUS-RODRIGO:SD — For Olivia Rodrigo, who turned 19 on Feb. 20 and won three Grammy Awards on April 3, teen angst has also been a catalyst for stardom beyond her wildest dreams.

A Filipino American born and raised in Southern California, Rodrigo's swift rise to musical fame is a matter of record.

1276 words by George Varga, The San Diego Union-Tribune. MOVED


New Kids on the Block react after Dallas Mavericks win postpones their concert

MUS-NEW-KIDS-MAVERICKS:DA — DALLAS — For fans of The New Kids on the Block, the news that the group’s concert is happening a night later was certainly not their idea of “The Right Stuff.”

The Dallas Mavericks’ Game 7 rout of the Phoenix Suns in the NBA Playoffs means the team will need the use of the American Airlines Center in Dallas on Sunday night to play the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference finals.

287 words by Tommy Cummings, The Dallas Morning News. MOVED


‘Wait, Wait ... Don’t Tell Me!’ resumes live tapings in brand new Chicago location

RADIO-WAIT-WAIT-VENUE:TB — CHICAGO — The venerable National Public Radio quiz show “Wait, Wait ... Don’t Tell Me!,” hosted by Peter Sagal, is taking up residence in the historic and newly renovated Studebaker Theatre in Chicago’s venerable Fine Arts Building.

“Wait, Wait” has been taping shows via Zoom during the pandemic. It previously was in residence for some 15 years at the Chase Auditorium in Chicago’s Loop, a basement venue located under the skyscraper at 10 S. Dearborn St.

265 words by Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune. MOVED


Trans fans praise Kendrick Lamar for his 'allyship and activism' on new 'Auntie Diaries' track

MUS-LAMAR-ACTIVIST-SONG:LA — Kendrick Lamar spends much of his new 18-song double album, "Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers," wrestling with big issues: identity, spirituality, monogamy, mortality.

But no single track has sparked more online conversation than "Auntie Diaries," on which Lamar explores his evolving relationship with his trans relatives.

868 words by August Brown, Los Angeles Times. MOVED


Wynonna Judd will do tour she planned with late mom Naomi Judd: ‘I’m gonna have to honor her’

MUS-JUDD-TOUR:NY — Wynonna Judd’s concert tour will go on following the death of her mother, Naomi Judd, whom she was scheduled to perform with later this year.

The country music star, 57, made the announcement Sunday night at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, where a memorial service for Naomi took place.

302 words by Peter Sblendorio, New York Daily News. MOVED



Review: ‘The Lincoln Lawyer’ a legal drama that’s an antidote to the Dick Wolf-ification of the TV landscape

VID-LINCOLN-LAWYER-REVIEW:TB — It’s good to be Michael Connelly at the moment. The author’s Harry Bosch novels have been adapted into a very successful TV series, ongoing with “Bosch: Legacy,” which recently premiered on Amazon’s free streaming platform Freevee. And now his books about Mickey Haller, aka the Lincoln lawyer — a nickname derived from the character’s predilection for working out of his car; yep, a Lincoln — is getting the television treatment as well, this one for Netflix.

If Bosch is a noir bathed in the unrelenting Los Angeles sun, “The Lincoln Lawyer” is a different sort of LA story, one that’s snappier in approach and tone. There’s banter. And plucky music. But also plenty of solidly plotted storytelling and a character who takes his work seriously. Mickey may be sorting through some personal issues at the show’s outset — he’s been out of commission for a year or so after an accident left him hooked on pain meds — but he’s not world-weary so much as appropriately cynical about the criminal justice system. And he’s fueled by just enough ego that he’ll push through whatever self-loathing he might be feeling to get the job done. And boy does he have a few jobs at the moment. After a stint in rehab, suddenly he’s back in the game with a full caseload when he inherits the law practice of a fellow criminal defense attorney who’s been shot dead. That means Mickey has an entire roster of new clients to manage, while also trying to figure out who killed his colleague, while also juggling two ex-wives, a teenage daughter and assorted other distractions — like whether or not his own life might be in danger now that he’s taken over the dead guy’s clients.

1554 words by Nina Metz, Chicago Tribune. MOVED


‘Bridgerton’ season 3 to spotlight #Polin love story, says Nicola Coughlan

VID-BRIDGERTON:NY — It’s a feather in her cap.

The amorous spotlight is about to shine on Penelope Featherington in “Bridgerton” season 3, Nicola Coughlan announced Sunday night during Netflix’s FYSEE Space’s opening night ATAS panel, the Daily News learned.

192 words by Jami Ganz, New York Daily News. MOVED


Manuel Garcia-Rulfo replaces Matthew McConaughey as the ‘Lincoln Lawyer’ in Netflix show based on the movie

VID-LINCOLN-LAWYER:NY — Mickey Haller will tell you that everybody lies. He’ll tell you repeatedly, until you believe it. But he doesn’t really believe it himself.

The criminal defense lawyer, based on Michael Connelly’s character and originated on screen by Matthew McConaughey in the 2011 movie “The Lincoln Lawyer,” is back in a new Netflix series of the same name that premiered last week with Mexican actor Manuel Garcia-Rulfo in the title role — the character is half-Mexican in the bestselling novels, a detail that was glossed over in the movie.

758 words by Kate Feldman, New York Daily News. MOVED


Fox has ‘no regrets’ about Rudy Giuliani on ‘The Masked Singer’

TV-MASKED-SINGER-GIULIANI:NY — Fox still stands behind Rudy Giuliani’s controversial unmasking appearance on “The Masked Singer.”

“No regrets,” Rob Wade, the network’s president of alternative entertainment and specials, told reporters during a conference call Monday morning.

332 words by Kate Feldman, New York Daily News. MOVED


Miley Cyrus to host New Year’s Eve festivities again for NBC; Dolly Parton gets a Christmas movie

TV-NBC-CYRUS-PARTON-HOLIDAYS:NY — NBC is bringing in Miley Cyrus and Dolly Parton to celebrate the holidays.

Cyrus will once again host the network’s New Year’s Eve broadcast this year, an encore from last year when she rang in 2022 with Pete Davidson, NBC announced Monday during a presentation to advertisers.

Newly inducted Rock & Roll Hall of Fame singer Dolly Parton will grace us with her presence in the holiday movie “Dolly Parton’s Mountain Magic Christmas,” a “modern-day movie musical about the making of a network TV special.”

343 words by Kate Feldman, New York Daily News. MOVED


'Fortunate' Hamza Haq reprises starring role in 'Transplant'

TV-TINSEL:MCT — Actor Hamza Haq had always liked performing. But it was his first job, while he was still a university student, that sealed his fate. “I sat in an office and looked at Excel documents all day,” he recalls. “They gave me 40 pages of information about payroll and they said, ‘I need you to consolidate this and compile an Excel spreadsheet.’”

Haq was working for the cargo security unit at the Canadian border service agency in his adopted country. “I did the job in about two-and-a-half weeks, and they said that was actually a six-month-long project. So I told my superiors I needed an office to pray in, so they gave me a corner office ... so having a corner office, I closed the blinds and slept all day. I felt so bad. I was surrounded by people who were counting down the years to retirement,” he says.

1755 words by Luaine Lee, Tribune News Service. MOVED



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