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1. The two men who accused Michael Jackson of sexually assaulting them as boys, in the HBO documentary "Leaving Neverland," have responded to Dave Chappelle's comments about them in his latest Netflix special. In Chappelle's "Sticks and Stones," he says he does not believe the accounts of Michael Jackson's behavior from Wade Robson and James Safechuck in the documentary. Robson called the jokes "disgusting, irresponsible and inexcusable on the part of Dave Chappelle, and on the part of Netflix for providing him the platform with which to do so." In a statement, Safechuck said: "I’m heartbroken for all those children who look to see how they will be received when they finally find the courage to speak out about their sexual abuse." Neither Chappelle or Netflix responded to the comments. – YAHOO!

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2. YouTube Kids will get its own dedicated website. Previously, the kids-focused version of YouTube was available only as a stand-alone mobile app, which sees far less viewership than the main YouTube site. In a blog post, YouTube announced the YouTube Kids site and new filters designed to give parents more control over what content their children can stream on the main site. An "Approved Content Only" feature will enable parents to unblock only videos they have personally selected. The new YouTube Kids site will filter content into three buckets: Preschool, Younger (ages 5-7), and Older (ages 8-12). The company warned that some inappropriate content could still slip through the cracks and find its way on to YouTube Kids, and will give parents the option to "block it or flag it for fast review." – USAT

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3. WHAT'S NEW ON STREAMING TODAY?

FALLING INN LOVE: Romantic comedy film from director Roger Kumble ("Cruel Intentions") about an American corporate executive  (Christina Milian) who wins a rustic New Zealand inn. [Netflix]

WORKIN' MOMS: The Canadian sitcom stars Catherine Reitman, Jessalyn Wanlim, Dani Kind and Juno Rinaldi as a group of friends who are all... well, working mothers. The third season hits Netflix today. [Netflix]

KARDEC: Brazilian biopic about the life of French educator, translator and author Allan Kardec (Leonardo Medeiros), who developed the controversial philosophy known as "Spiritism." [Netflix]

THE SON: 20-episode Western drama series, based on a book of the same title by Phillipp Meyer, which aired on AMC on television. Pierce Brosnan stars as Texas cattle baron Eli McCullough, who becomes determined to break his way into the state's burgeoning oil industry. The second and final 10-episode season lands on Hulu today. [Hulu]

BODY AT BRIGHTON ROCK: This 2019 indie thriller, the feature debut of writer/director Roxanne Benjamin, stars Karina Fontes as a rookie park ranger who spends a nervous night alone, deep in the wilderness, standing watch over a possible crime scene. [Hulu]

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4. Amazon Studios released a trailer for the period adventure film "The Aeronauts," starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones. The film is inspired by the true story of James Glaisher, a 19th Century British meteorologist, aeronaut and astronomer who made numerous record-breaking ascents in a variety of balloons to measure the humidity and temperature in the upper atmosphere. Redmayne will play Glaisher, while Jones will portray wealthy widow and fellow balloonist Amelia Wren. The film comes from director Tom Harper ("Peaky Blinders") and serves as a reunion for Redmayne and Jones, who previously co-starred in the 2014 Stephen Hawking biopic "The Theory of Everything." "The Aeronauts" hits theaters on December 6 and Amazon Prime Video on December 20. – AVCLUB

["The Theory of Everything" is currently available to stream on Netflix if you can't wait until December for your next Redmayne-Jones biopic fix. - Lon]

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THROWBACK THURSDAY: FIRST-EVER MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS (9/14/1984)

MTV's annual Video Music Awards (VMAs) telecast brought in the lowest ratings in the franchise's history this week, drawing just 1.93 million viewers. It's the third year in the row that the VMAs have set a new record for all-time low ratings, despite a number of moments and performances that grabbed attention online. (MTV helpfully put the entire Missy Elliott performance on YouTube, where it has already garnered over 7.5 million views.) It's yet another example of how the wealth and variety of entertainment content being delivered into everyone's homes have fundamentally shifted the landscape; you just can't get that many people all together at the same time to watch something anymore, even if Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes will be performing a sexy duet!

The very first VMAs were held at Radio City Music Hall in New York, and hosted by -- get ready for this one, folks -- Dan Aykroyd and Bette Midler! Here are the opening credits. InStyle has a slideshow featuring some of the celebrity red carpet fashion from that night. Madonna showed up in a wedding dress, themed around her performance that evening of "Like a Virgin." ZZ Top wore suits (and got a lot of attendees to wear fake beards). Robert Downey Jr. appears to be in some kind of snakeskin jacket at the afterparty, alongside Anthony Michael Hall. Speaking of performances, Tina Turner also treated the audience to a take on "What's Love Got to Do With It."

In terms of awards, Herbie Hancock was the night's big winner, with the surreal animatronic clip for "Rockit" taking home five awards, including Best Concept Video. Video of the Year went to The Cars for "You Might Think." Cyndi Lauper was the night's most-nominated artist with 10 nods; she took home the Moonman for Best Female Video for "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun."

[Michael Jackson's "Thriller" was nominated for Video of the Year, but lost to The Cars. This year, Jackson's name was quietly removed from the show's big honor, the Video Vanguard Award.]

But even as the show has fallen out of favor with live TV audiences, it's definitely doing much better among the critics and pundits of today. The first show was a flop with TV writers, who declared it "an orchestrated, calculated, meaningless event"; "a momentous occasion, ranking right up there with your average yawn"; and "like coronation ceremonies for the goon generation."

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5. The Spanish-language high school drama series "Elite" will soon premiere its second season, and has already been renewed by Netflix for a third. The first season of creators Carlos Montero and Darío Madrona's series -- set at an elite Madrid private school -- centered around a murdered student; Season 2 will revolve around a high-profile kidnapping. (Both seasons utilize a structure similar to "Big Little Lies," opening with police investigating a serious crime and then flashing back to the events that led up to the incident.) "Elite" Season 2 will debut on Netflix on September 6. – VARIETY

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6. Naomie Harris will co-star with Jude Law in the HBO-Sky co-production "The Third Day." The six-episode series is set on a mysterious island off the British coast and will be divided into two halves. In the first part, "Summer," Law plays an outsider who travels to the island and meets the local residents; in the second half, "Winter," Harris plays another outsider who comes to the island seeking "answers." "The Third Day" will air on HBO in the US and Sky Atlantic in the UK in 2020. Law will also appear in HBO's follow-up to "The New Pope" -- titled "The Two Popes" -- which is set to debut this weekend at the Venice Film Festival. – VARIETY

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7. Actor Henry Thomas, who appeared in Netflix's "The Haunting of Hill House," will return for the follow-up season, "The Haunting of Bly Manor." Thomas played patriarch Hugh Crain in the first season of creator Mike Flanagan's horror anthology series and will return in an undisclosed role. While "Hill House" was based on a classic novel by Shirley Jackson, "Bly Manor" takes its inspiration from the Henry James novel "The Turn of the Screw." It's about a governess (played by "Hill House" vet Victoria Pedretti) who moves to an old country mansion to care for two peculiar children. Flanagan also directed the upcoming "Shining" sequel "Doctor Sleep," which arrives in theaters on November 8. – DEADLINE

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8. Variety reported, quoting an unnamed insider, that canceled sci-fi series "The OA" will not return in any format. Netflix canceled "The OA" earlier this month after two seasons, which closed on a cliffhanger. The news prompted multiple online petitions, a flash mob in support of the show, and has even inspired a hunger strike. An unnamed source close to creators Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij and Netflix told Variety that there had been discussions around giving "The OA" a feature film finale, but Marling and Batmanglij had planned a five-season arc for "The OA," and felt unable to wrap everything up in two hours. No further seasons will be possible on other platforms or networks, because the show was produced in-house at Netflix. – VARIETY

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9. HBO's four-part limited series "Catherine the Great," starring Helen Mirren as the titular Russian empress, will premiere on October 21. The series is a co-production between HBO and Sky; it will debut in the UK on October 3.

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10. The free, ad-supported US streaming service Tubi TV will launch this weekend in Australia. The platform will launch there with about 7,000 film and TV titles available to stream.

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Lon Harris is the writer and editor of Inside Streaming, and was the very first person to ever write an Inside newsletter. He lives in Los Angeles, California, and also writes about TV and film for Fandom, Screen Junkies, Rotten Tomatoes, Gamma Ray and others. He competes on The Movie Trivia Schmoedown as "The Professor." You can follow him on Twitter @lons

Editing team: Kim Lyons (Pittsburgh-based journalist and managing editor at Inside)

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