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Why ‘Industry’ HBO is enough to get you back to the office – Los Angeles Times

Welcome to Screen Gab, the newsletter for everyone who might be getting a tiny, little bit antsy working from home.

This week, we urge you to catch up on HBO’s “Industry,” which revels in the high-risk, high-reward lives of traders at a London investment bank — and, despite the stratospheric stress levels, makes the late nights, petty squabbling and social climbing seem like fun. (Perhaps it’s being 25 that’s fun.)

That, plus a guest appearance by “Black Bird” villain Paul Walter Hauser, recommendations for what to stream this weekend, and more. And, as always, we want to know what you’re watching, so send your TV or streaming movie recommendations to with your name and location. Submissions should be no longer than 200 words and are subject to editing for length and clarity.


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‘Star Trek’ underutilized Nichelle Nichols. She was its heart and soul anyway: As Lt. Uhura, everything on the series ran through Nichols, who died Saturday at 89. With the role, she created a 50-year legacy and legions of fans.

How the Hillside Strangler case helped make L.A. the ‘serial killer capital of America’: Peacock’s fascinating new docuseries “The Hillside Strangler: Devil in Disguise” details a chilling case — and dark era — many Angelenos remember.

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How Ursula and ‘The Little Mermaid’ changed Disney history — in more ways than one: Pat Carroll, who voiced Ursula in “The Little Mermaid,” died Saturday at 95. The role defined Disney’s queer canon — and helped launch a renaissance.

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Lane Factor as Cheese, left, D’Pharaoh Woo-A-Tai as Bear and Paulina Alexis as Willie Jack in “Reservation Dogs.”
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The beautiful and hilarious “Reservation Dogs” (Hulu) returned this week, with back-to-back episodes, as brilliant as ever, with its cultural specificity, magic realism, sense of place, impeccable performances and strangely heartbreaking comedy writing all in place. The first season created a world strong enough to survive the fact that the four young protagonists, once banded, are for the moment splintered. Elora Danan (Devery Jacobs) is heading to California, the last to stick to their plan, with bad girl Jackie (Elva Guerra) riding shotgun; they will encounter some odd soliloquizing white people on the way. Bear (D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai), on the advice of his spirit guide (Dallas Goldtooth), is trying to act his age, while Willie Jack (Paulina Alexis) and Cheese (Lane Factor) attempt to reverse the curse Willie Jack cast on Jackie at the end of Season 1, and which appears to be blowing back on them all. But perhaps the greatest joy of these first episodes comes from the rivalry of elder recurring players Gary Farmer, as Uncle Brownie, and Wes Studi, as Bucky, who work out old business in a sideways fashion, ending in a nice tribute to Tom Petty. —Robert Lloyd

“Metal Lords” thrashes with goodness. The Netflix movie takes the familiar framework of high school outsiders banding together for competition (did anyone say “Battle of the Bands”?) and makes something fresh, original and fun. It enjoys specific musical knowledge, especially of heavy metal — er, “post-death metal” — and that genuine love lifts it. Most of all, you fall in love with its three leads, weirdos all, and I mean that as a glowing endorsement. The three young actors (Adrian Greensmith, Isis Hainsworth and Jaeden Martell) imbue these teens with just the right f— you energy to make you feel their edges without wanting to walk away from them. Despite their I-don’t-care cool, they need this, and you sense it. Their performances and detailed direction by Peter Sollett (“Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist”) and smart, funny script by D.B. Weiss (“Game of Thrones”) make “Metal Lords” a head-banging double kick of cinematic joy. —Michael Ordoña

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Trevor White, from left, Myha’la Herrold, Ken Leung and Priyanga Burford in HBO’s “Industry.”
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Here’s an idea for replacement therapy: Switch out the bad stress of your own workplace drama for the good stress of HBO’s “Industry.” Creators Konrad Kay and Mickey Down, themselves veterans of London’s cutthroat financial sector, have crafted a trading floor knife fight of hot, young, ambitious strivers at once aspirational — you heard hot, young and financial sector, right? — and anxiety making. Led by a thrillingly assured Myha’la Herrold (“Bodies Bodies Bodies”), the series began, in the waning months of 2020, as a warped love letter to office culture; it has returned for Season 2 more like a burn book, with money to make, a ladder to climb and an ax to grind. To describe it is to lean on comparisons — put together the dissoluteness of “Euphoria,” the cynicism of “Succession,” and the wry wink of “Gossip Girl” and you might have it cornered — but it throbs with a poker game tension uniquely its own. And if you still aren’t sold, check out Monday’s delectable nail biter: Either you’ll want to binge the whole thing or you don’t have the stomach for it. —Matt Brennan

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Paul Walter Hauser in “Black Bird.”
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Paul Walter Hauser has played gormless sidekicks, like Tonya Harding’s bodyguard Shawn Eckhardt, a co-conspirator in the attack on Nancy Kerrigan, in 2017’s “I, Tonya.” He’s played wronged heroes, like the security guard falsely accused of planning the 1996 Olympic Park bombing in Clint Eastwood’s “Richard Jewell.” But in “Black Bird,” which concludes its six-episode run Friday on Apple TV+, he manages to capture malevolence itself, in the form of suspected serial killer Larry Hall. Hauser stopped by Screen Gab to talk about the series, developed by Dennis Lehane from the 2010 book “In With the Devil,” the prison movie genre, and what he’s watching. —Matt Brennan

What have you watched recently that you are recommending to everyone you know?

I love “Succession” (HBO) and Tim Robinson’s “I Think You Should Leave” (Netflix). Both shows, to different degrees, host wonderful specificity and humor.

What’s your go-to “comfort watch,” the movie or TV show you go back to again and again?

My comfort watching includes “All Elite Wrestling,” “Saturday Night Live” clips on YouTube and hangout movies like “Diner” (VOD, multiple platforms) or “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” (Peacock).

The prison movie/TV series is a venerable genre — and one that has embraced a wide variety of topics and tones, from “The Great Escape” to “Orange Is the New Black.” What’s one of your favorites, and why?

I think the collaboration of Stephen King and Frank Darabont on “The Green Mile” (Tubi) and “The Shawshank Redemption” (HBO Max); those are the ones to beat. They have such rich characters and the themes are soulful and proudly anthemic.

“Black Bird” is based on a real case. What kind of research/preparation did you do to play Larry Hall?

I did next to no research. There was no footage provided. I found like 10 or 20 seconds of audio for Larry. My prep is mostly attributed to Lehane’s brilliant writing. My process includes a lot of predetermined physicality, mental multitasking and small, prewritten ad libs.

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Listings coordinator Matt Cooper highlights the TV shows and streaming movies to keep an eye on

Fri., Aug. 5

“Lego Star Wars Summer Vacation” (Disney+): Darth Vader and company are tanned, rested and ready in this new animated special.

“Luck” (Apple TV+): A perpetually unlucky young woman sees her fortunes change in this 2022 animated fantasy.

“The Outlaws” (Prime Video): Our unusual suspects return in a second season of this British caper comedy. Christopher Walken co-stars.

“Prey” (Hulu): A Comanche warrior (“Legion’s” Amber Midthunder) has a close encounter of the worst kind in this 2022 entry in the “Predator” franchise.

“Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie” (Netflix): They’re coming out of their shells in this animated 2022 entry in the “TMNT” franchise.

“The Sandman” (Netflix): He’s dreamy in this dark fantasy drama based on Neil Gaiman’s beloved graphic novels. Tom Sturridge stars.

“Stowaway” (AMC+): It’s “Die Hard” on a yacht in this 2022 action thriller starring “Batwoman’s” Ruby Rose.

“They/Them” (Peacock): It’s “Friday the 13th” at a gay conversion camp in this satirical 2022 slasher flick. Kevin Bacon co-stars.

“Thirteen Lives” (Prime Video): Divers attempt to rescue members of a Thai youth soccer team trapped in a flooded cave in Ron Howard’s star-studded 2022 docu-thriller.

“Campfire Sessions” (CMT, 10 p.m.): Country music’s Old Dominion does the pickin’ and grinnin’ in this new episode.

Sat., Aug. 6

“Pro Football Hall of Fame” (ESPN, 9 a.m.): Meet the latest class of inductees in this new special.

“Africa’s Wild Year” (BBC America, 8 p.m.): You’ll bless the rains just like all creatures do in this new nature series.

“Love in the Limelight” (Hallmark, 8 p.m.): A woman hooks up with a former boy band member in this new TV movie.

“A Dangerous Affair” (Lifetime, 8 p.m.): A Pilates instructor finds herself overextended in this new thriller.

“Family or Fiancé” (OWN, 10 p.m.): The relationship-themed reality series serves up a third season.

Sun., Aug. 7

“37th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards” (BET, 8 p.m.): They’re making a joyful noise in this new special.

“My Life as a Rolling Stone” (Epix, 9 p.m.): Mick Jagger is the first of four members of the British rock band profiled in this new docuseries.

“Menendez Brothers: Misjudged?” (Investigation Discovery, 9 p.m.): This new special reopens the case of the two siblings convicted for the 1989 murders of their wealthy parents.

Mon., Aug. 8

“Darby and Joan” (Acorn TV): Bryan Brown and Greta Scacchi drive around in a van solving mysteries in this Aussie comedy drama.

“Running Wild With Bear Grylls” (National Geographic, 9 p.m.): Ashton Kutcher is next up on the survival show.

“Hollywood Priest: The Story of Father ‘Bud’ Kieser” (KOCE, 10 p.m.): The clergyman behind the acclaimed 1960-85 anthology series “Insight” is remembered in this 2021 documentary.

“POV” (KOCE, 10 p.m.): The 2021 documentary “President” tracks a political upstart’s uphill campaign to become Zimbabwe’s next leader.

Tue., Aug. 9

“America Outdoors With Baratunde Thurston” (KOCE, 9 p.m.): Minnesota is the destination in the season finale.

“Tales” (BET, 9 p.m): This anthology series inspired by classic hip-hop lyrics drops its third season.

“Password” (NBC, 10 p.m.; also Wed.): They’ll keep you guessing in a star-studded prime time reboot of the classic game show. “Nope’s” Keke Palmer hosts.

“Big Bad Budget Battle” (Food Network, 10 p.m.): Amateur cooks have to stretch that dollar in this new competition. Ree Drummond hosts.

“Hard Knocks: Training Camp With the Detroit Lions” (HBO, 10 p.m.): The sports docuseries kicks off its 17th season.

Wed., Aug. 10

“I Am Groot” (Disney+): Everyone’s favorite sapling from the MCU takes center stage in a series of shorts.

“Locke & Key” (Netflix): The kid-friendly fantasy drama returns with its third and final season.

“So You Think You Can Dance” (Fox, 9 p.m.): The winner is announced in the season finale. Cat Deeley hosts.

Thu., Aug. 11

“The Ms. Pat Show” (BET+): This sitcom starring comic Patricia “Ms. Pat” Williams launches its sophomore season.

“Stay on Board: The Leo Baker Story” (Netflix): The pro skateboarder opens up about his journey as a trans man in this new sports doc.

“Why Not Us: Southern Dance” (ESPN+): Southern University’s Dancing Dolls put their best feet forward in a new season of this docuseries.

“MLB at Field of Dreams” (Fox, 4 p.m.): The Chicago Cubs and the Cincinnati Reds meet in Iowa at the annual contest inspired by the 1989 sports drama.

“Bump” (the CW, 8 and 8:30 p.m.): An Aussie high schooler finds herself with a bun in the oven in this imported comedy-drama.

“Great Chocolate Showdown” (the CW, 9 p.m.): Amateur bakers get their just desserts in this new competition.

“Alone: Frozen” (History, 9 p.m.): Contestants freeze their butts off in this new entry in the outdoor survival franchise.

“It’s CompliPlated” (Food Network, 10 p.m.): Contestants try to please a panel of picky eaters in this new culinary competition.

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Fit-again Rahul to lead India in Zimbabwe ODIs, Shikhar to be his deputy – Social News XYZ

Fit-again Rahul to lead India in Zimbabwe ODIs, Shikhar to be his deputy

Fit-again Rahul to lead India in Zimbabwe ODIs, Shikhar to be his deputy

Mumbai, Aug 11 (SocialNews.XYZ) India on Thursday named fit-again KL Rahul as the captain for the ODIs against Zimbabwe after the BCCI medical team cleared the batter to play in the three-match series, starting on August 18.

The 30-year-old Rahul has been out of action for a while with a sports hernia, with Covid-19 extending his stint on the sidelines.

Shikhar Dhawan was initially named as the captain for this tour. But with Rahul being given the go-ahead, he has been appointed as the captain with Dhawan taking deputy duties.

”The BCCI Medical Team has assessed KL Rahul and cleared him to play in the upcoming three-match ODI series in Zimbabwe. The All-India Senior Selection Committee has appointed him the captain of the side and named Shikhar Dhawan as his deputy,” the BCCI said in a statement.

After the conclusion of IPL 2022, Rahul was scheduled to captain India in the home T20Is against South Africa but missed out owing to a groin injury. The spell on the sidelines was extended after it was revealed that the 30-year-old would require surgery. Consequently, Rahul missed the tour of England and Ireland.

The opener was scheduled to return at the just-concluded tour of West Indies and USA but following a positive Covid-19 result, the BCCI medical team advised him to rest. He has already been named in India’s squad for the Asia Cup at the end of this month.

All the three ODIs of India’s tour of Zimbabwe will be held at the Harare Sports Club.

India’s squad for 3 ODIs: KL Rahul (Captain) Shikhar Dhawan (vice-captain), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill, Deepak Hooda, Rahul Tripathi, Ishan Kishan (wicket-keeper), Sanju Samson (wicket-keeper), Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Avesh Khan, Prasidh Krishna, Mohd Siraj, Deepak Chahar.

Source: IANS

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He enjoys designing websites, developing mobile applications and publishing news articles on current events from various authenticated news sources.

When it comes to writing he likes to write about current world politics and Indian Movies. His future plans include developing SocialNews.XYZ into a News website that has no bias or judgment towards any.

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Chakabva to lead Zimbabwe for ODIs against India – Social News XYZ

Chakabva to lead Zimbabwe for ODIs against India

Chakabva to lead Zimbabwe for ODIs against India

Harare, Aug 11 (SocialNews.XYZ) Wicketkeeper-batter Regis Chakabva will lead Zimbabwe against India in the ODI series, starting on August 18 at Harare Sports Club.

The series, which forms part of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League, will see Zimbabwe and India meeting in three one-day international matches scheduled for August 18, 20 and 22.

Chakabva will be the captain of the home side in the absence of regular captain Craig Ervine who is still nursing a left hamstring tear.

Zimbabwe will also be without Blessing Muzarabani, Tendai Chatara and Wellington Masakadza who are recuperating from thigh muscle tear, collarbone fracture and shoulder tendon injuries respectively.

Zimbabwe squad: Burl Ryan, Regis Chakabva (captain), Chivanga Tanaka, Evans Bradley, Jongwe Luke, Kaia Innocent, Kaitano Takudzwanashe, Madande Clive, Madhevere Wessly, Marumani Tadiwanashe, Masara John, Munyonga Tony, Ngarava Richard, Nyauchi Victor, Raza Sikandar, Shumba Milton, Tiripano Donald

Source: IANS

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About Gopi

Gopi Adusumilli is a Programmer. He is the editor of SocialNews.XYZ and President of AGK Fire Inc.

He enjoys designing websites, developing mobile applications and publishing news articles on current events from various authenticated news sources.

When it comes to writing he likes to write about current world politics and Indian Movies. His future plans include developing SocialNews.XYZ into a News website that has no bias or judgment towards any.

He can be reached at

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Post-Mugabe-era film ‘President’ banned by Zimbabwe censorship board – TimesLIVE

“Zimbabwean law does provide for a challenge to the decision, initially through a request for full reasons, and subsequently court action; since the reasons given are not satisfactory.

“This case is highly significant to jurisprudence on freedom of expression, artistic freedom, and media rights; in Zimbabwe and beyond. The limitations to free expression that are permissible under domestic and international law are not, as far as we are concerned, applicable to the film President,” said Nielsson.

President premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last year and won the World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award.

It is a sequel to Nielsson’s documentary Democrats which won best documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival 2015. Democrats was initially censored in Zimbabwe, but in 2018 Nielsson won a three-year legal battle to lift the ban.

President was released across the US on the Public Broadcasting Service award-winning POV documentary series on August 8.


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