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TV has made 2020 bearable. The Emmys have never been more important

No matter who or what dominates the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards, there's already one clear winner rolling up to Sunday's virtual ceremony.

2020's top honor - the award for Keeping Us Occupied During the Worst Year Ever - belongs to television itself.

Thank you, television, for soldiering forward with prestige programming, total mindless junk ...Read more

The world is on fire. Why should we care about the Emmys?

Even in a normal year, it takes a lot to get me to care about the Emmy Awards - in fact, I never really care about the Emmys, apart from being happy to see artists I like win, because it's nice for them. But many, many, many more artists whose work I like will not win, or be nominated, and I would hate to think that matters.

This is not a ...Read more

'What the Constitution Means to Me' with Heidi Schreck is coming to Amazon Prime

"Hamilton" isn't the only Broadway hit to join the streaming wars. Heidi Shreck's Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-nominated play, "What the Constitution Means to Me," will premiere on Amazon Prime Video on Oct. 16, the company said Thursday.

The (almost) one-woman show starring Schreck opened to raves at the Hayes Theater in March last year. The...Read more

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'The Nest' review: a marriage story from the Greed Is Good era, fiercely acted by Carrie Coon and Jude Law

A tightly clenched marriage story, writer-director Sean Durkin's "The Nest" takes place at the height of the mid-1980s, a year or two before Gordon Gekko and Oliver Stone made unscrupulous capitalism so damnably aspirational in "Wall Street."

Durkin's second feature is not primarily concerned with deregulated excess or financial matters, ...Read more

Baby Yoda — and 'The Mandalorian' — won an Emmy

Even the Television Academy loves Baby Yoda.

Jon Favreau's "The Mandalorian," the Disney+ series that takes place five years after the 1983 "Return of the Jedi," took home five trophies Wednesday during the third night of the Creative Emmys, including one for outstanding visual effects.

The show also racked up wins for outstanding ...Read more

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Sarah Paulson, Ryan Murphy attempt to 'reverse engineer' Ken Kesey's 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' in 'Ratched'

Sarah Paulson started with a simple question: Who broke Nurse Ratched?

Screenwriter Ryan Murphy's longtime favorite actress was getting ready to take on fiction's most infamous nurse, but first had to figure out how she got there.

Paulson and Murphy are collaborating once again in Netflix's "Ratched," a prequel series about Mildred Ratched, ...Read more

Television Q&A: Will 'Unorthodox' return?

You have questions. I have some answers.

Q: Will the show "Unorthodox" be back? Enjoyed the four episodes.

A: The Netflix series about "a Hasidic Jewish woman in Brooklyn who flees to Berlin from an arranged marriage" is not going to continue. Producer Anna Winger told Metro.co.uk that "we're not doing a sequel to this because we feel that we ...Read more

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Surviving abuse bonded Paris Hilton and these four women for life

In a few days, Raina Lincicum is due to give birth to her sixth child. She and her family live in Bellingham, Washington, a city where the median household income is $50,844. Her husband owns an electronics repair business, and she's been working on getting her own degree from a local technical college in between raising their kids.

Her life ...Read more

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Death takes no holiday this fall at the movies, thanks to Agatha Christie and more

There is so much up for grabs this fall, including the pandemic state of actual, physical moviegoing. How many films' release dates will turn to sand and reschedule to 2021, or end up streaming? Will the new James Bond film "No Time to Die" finally arrive Nov. 20? If "Mulan" conquers, Disney Plus will set the course of future U.S. film ...Read more

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Review: Chin up, voters. Stacey Abrams and democracy are on your side

The rousing new documentary "All In: The Fight for Democracy" wraps an eloquent history lesson on voting rights in a boots-on-the-ground recap of the contentious 2018 Stacey Abrams-Brian Kemp Georgia gubernatorial tilt. Directed by Liz Garbus and Lisa Cortes, the film makes an ardent case to stay ever-vigilant against the ongoing threat to the ...Read more

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Discover the joy of a game that transports you into the mythologies of ancient India

I played an hour of "Raji: An Ancient Epic" before I stopped and restarted. While it's not uncommon for players to reboot a game after learning its basic controls, that wasn't what made me want to begin again. "Raji: An Ancient Epic" reminded me of a sensation I hadn't thought about much during the pandemic: the feeling of exploring and ...Read more

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My worst moment: 'Archer' star Aisha Tyler and the time Beyoncé beat her out for a role

Over the course of her career, Aisha Tyler has been able to shift seamlessly between acting and hosting. This fall she returns as the voice of Lana Kane on the long running FX animated series "Archer." She is also hosting the after show for the Amazon series "The Boys," called "Prime Rewind: Inside The Boys."

Moderating "The Boys" after show ...Read more

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'Saturday Night Live' lands ace actor for Joe Biden impersonation in new season

Alrighty then!

"Saturday Night Live" has recruited Jim Carrey to play former Vice President Joe Biden in its upcoming season, having the "Ace Ventura" and "The Mask" star go head-to-head with Alec Baldwin's Donald Trump.

The "Kidding" star, now an artist, bestselling author and two-time Golden Globe Award winner, has hosted the show multiple ...Read more

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Review: Noomi Rapace can't escape the past in dramatic thriller 'The Secrets We Keep'

The Los Angeles Times is committed to reviewing theatrical film releases during the COVID-19 pandemic. Because moviegoing carries risks during this time, we remind readers to follow health and safety guidelines as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health officials.

Psychological thriller and domestic drama ...Read more

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Miranda Lambert and Ashley McBryde on life during COVID, day drinking and that Garth announcement

Even within a grainy Zoom window, the expression on Miranda Lambert's face said it all.

Asked what she thought of Garth Brooks' recent request not to be considered for entertainer of the year at the Country Music Assn. Awards - one of Nashville's two upcoming awards shows, along with Wednesday night's Academy of Country Music Awards - the ...Read more

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Review: Sin is the true star of Netflix's bloody religio-gothic thriller 'The Devil All the Time'

The sins of the fathers are passed down with both a solemn hand and a diabolical chuckle in "The Devil All the Time," a viciously coiled study in the banality of evil, the abuse of power and the diminishing returns of screen violence.

Cutting a bloody swath across Ohio and West Virginia in the 1940s, '50s and '60s, director Antonio Campos ("...Read more

Seattle's Anita 'Lady A' White files lawsuit to block country stars' use of name

SEATTLE - The legal fight between Seattle blues singer Lady A and the country stars using the same name has taken a new twist.

The Seattle singer filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against the country stars formerly known as Lady Antebellum. The complaint, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Seattle, aims to prevent the Nashville band ...Read more

As Trump TikTok ban nears, the app's star Charli D'Amelio joins rival Triller

As President Trump's ban on TikTok nears, some of the social video platform's biggest stars, including Charli and Dixie D'Amelio, are joining rival app Triller.

The sisters and their parents, Marc and Heidi, boast a total of roughly 138 million followers on TikTok.

Sixteen-year-old Charli D'Amelio, known for her dance videos, has the largest ...Read more

Sound Advice: How to stop the 'soap opera effect' on your TV

Q. I am looking for a large TV. I see the Samsung 75-inch Q6 series for about $1,500 while the Samsung TU7000 is around $850. Will I note that much difference between them? I did check the TCL TVs but am concerned about the "soap opera effect."

- J.S., Wisconsin

A. For readers unfamiliar with the "soap opera effect" it is a picture quality ...Read more

Redbox's Top 10 DVD rentals

The top 10 DVD rentals at Redbox kiosks for the week of Sept. 7:

1. Irresistible (2020) - Universal

2. The King of Staten Island - Universal

3. Rogue - Lionsgate

4. The Outpost - ScreenMedia

5. Hard Kill - Redbox Entertainment

6. Scoob! - Warner

7. Z - RLJ Entertainment

8. Retaliation - Lionsgate

9. You Should Have Left - Universal

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