October 2020

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DWTS Returns

Catch Dancing with the Stars’ new host Tyra Banks on ABC

DWTS Returns

  • By Paige Petrone
  • Photo Courtesy of ABC

Dancing with the Stars is back LIVE in the ballroom in a safe and big new way, with all the sparkle and glitter galore! New host Tyra Banks takes over this season and of course will deliver on drama and fashion. Tyra needs to settle in and there’s no doubt she will. She has big shoes to fill in replacing veteran DWTS host Tom Bergeron. Banks is a force to be reckoned with. She created, produced, and hosted the successful reality competition show America’s Next Top Model for 22 (22!) seasons and also hosted her own talk show. She was the first Black woman on the cover of a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and a top Victoria’s Secret model/angel — not too shabby! In addition, Derek Hough is returning this season as a judge. He was always    one of the best professional dancers and choreographers on the show. He won the “Mirror Ball Trophy” six times! He also serves as a judge on World of Dance alongside Jennifer Lopez.

Not having an audience in the ballroom (for obvious reasons) is different for sure, but you can count on returning judges Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli for comic relief with their always exuberant commentary. Early standouts showing off their smooth dance moves are stars Nev Schulman (Catfish), Jesse Metcalfe (Passions, Desperate Housewives), and AJ McLean (Backstreet Boys).

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Ratched is streaming on Netflix (Starring Sarah Paulson)


  • By Michael Jacobo
  • Photo Courtesy of Netflix

In his 20-plus years of working in television, Ryan Murphy has given us lush storylines that are set in far-off worlds. Whether it’s a singing and dancing high school club, two plastic surgeons looking for a little bit of spice in their lives, Murphy is adept at creating the perfect escape. He’s also great at reimagining worlds, like Los Angeles in ‘90s during the O.J. Simpson trial, or Miami and parts of the US in the aftermath of Gianni Versace’s murder.

Murphy succeeds yet again with his latest, Ratched, steaming now on Netflix. The series is an origin prequel story about Nurse Mildred Ratched, the sociopathic villain from Ken Kesey’s counterculture novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and its film adaptation. Murphy regular Sarah Paulson stars as Ratched, adding a bit of humanity and dignity to a character so known for lacking them. Set in 1947, Nurse Ratched begins working at a psychiatric hospital where radical mind experiments were being implemented. But Ratched isn’t there for the innovation; her goal is something much more sinister, one that make or break a character, creating the monster we know as Ratched. This is creator Evan Romansky’s first credit: he wrote the script while in film school. Cynthia Nixon, Finn Wittrock, and Sharon Stone also star.

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Filthy Rich now on Fox/Hulu (Starring “the fabulous” Kim Cattrall)


  • Photo Courtesy of FOX

Creator Tate Taylor (Ava) adapts the New Zealand series Filthy Rich with some American flair for a tantalizing mix of backstabbing, betrayal, and devilish fun. The fabulous Kim Cattrall (Tell Me a Story) dons the heavy crown of family matriarch Margaret Monreaux, a tele-evangelist and mother of two, married to her husband Eugene but devoted to his television empire. While Margaret sells salvation to the masses, Eugene solicits the company of other women, a mortal sin that he pays for when his private jet goes down in flames. Upon reading his will, Margaret learns that not only did Eugene father three other children outside of their marriage, but now these heirs apparent have come to collect their share of his billion dollar dynasty. Between the righteousness and self-righteousness, Margaret fights to bury this secret that could destroy her saintly image and the life she’s built touting Christian values. As always, Cattrall delivers her usual charm and imbues Margaret with a restrained poise that adds meaning to all the melodrama. With a marvelous cast starring Melia Kreiling (Salvation), Steve Harris (Chicago P.D.), Aubrey Dollar (Battle Creek), Corey Cott (The Good Fight), Benjamin Levy Aguilar (Before the Dawn), Mark L. Young (Bad Art), Olivia Macklin (Radium Girls), Aaron Lazar (Bull), and Gerald McRaney (This is Us), Filthy Rich is debauchery at its best.

Filthy Rich” airs Mondays 9/8c on Fox.

AFI Fest

THE REAGANS at AFI (Photo Courtesy of The Ronald Reagan Library)

AFI Fest

  • By Arlene Winnick

The AFI FEST, the annual showcase of the best films from across the globe, will take place virtually from October 15-22.  In addition to a lineup of world premiere films, this year’s FEST offers special presentations highlighting new stories and new voices plus insightful panels and Q and A’s. Opening night features the World Premiere of I’m Your Woman starring Rachel Brosnahan as a suburban housewife on the run after her husband betrays his partners.  AFI Festival Director Michael Lumpkin notes, “Writer Julia Hart takes us on an unexpected journey that speaks directly to the current state of our world and the real meaning of friendship, love and family.” Closing night brings us the much anticipated My Psychedelic Love Story which delves into the life, love and betrayal of Timothy Leary, the High Priest of LSD. Was Joanna Harcourt-Smith looking for the adventure of a lifetime or was she part of a government conspiracy?

Other highlights: The Father starring Anthony Hopkins in a powerful performance as a man with dementia who struggles with what is real and what is imagined.  Director Angel Kristi Williams feature debut Really Love explores the sacrifices and life choices one must make for their career.  The Reagans is a documentary on the rise and reign of America’s ultimate power couple: Ronald and Nancy Reagan.

For tickets and full FEST lineup click here.

What's Hot!

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve adjusted our content this month.

LAArtsOnline now features two NEW pages: BOOKS and EXTRA! We’ll look at what’s hot in the world of books and reading along with some suggestions of EXTRA! things to check out, read about, and do!

Stay positive, stay safe.

Paige Petrone
Founder / Publisher


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