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BC-Entertainment Digest

December 3, 2018

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KENNEDY CENTER HONORS — Last year’s Kennedy Center Honors ceremony was almost overshadowed by controversy surrounding the sitting president. This year’s event took place in the shadow of the death of a former commander in chief. Sunday night’s ceremony honoring lifetime artistic achievement featured multiple tributes to former President George H.W. Bush, who died Friday night at age 94. By Ashraf Khalil. SENT: 820 words, photos, video.

FILM-BRIAN TYREE HENRY — The “Atlanta” star Brian Tyree Henry has been nominated for an Emmy and a Tony, and this fall he plays a small but essential part in two of the season’s top films, “If Beale Street Could Talk” and “Widows.” By Film Writer Jake Coyle. UPCOMING: 850 words by noon, photos.

MUSIC-TEDDY RILEY — Teddy Riley, the singer who has produced hits for Michael Jackson and spearheaded the New Jack Swing era in music in the ’80s and ’90s, says it will be emotional returning to the Apollo Theater next week since he grew up in Harlem’s projects. The 51-year-old will perform two shows on Dec. 9 at the famed venue alongside Keith Sweat, Doug E. Fresh, Kool Moe Dee, MC Lyte, DJ D-Nice, Al B Sure and more. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.

MUSIC-GRAMMYS — Nominations for the 2019 Grammy Awards will be announced Friday instead of Wednesday. By Music Writer Music Fekadu. SENT: 135 words, photo.

MUSIC-QUEEN TOUR — Queen and Adam Lambert are launching a six-week North American tour following the release of the Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody.” SENT: 135 words, photos.

HUGH HEFNER-AUCTION — The typewriter Hugh Hefner used in college was the top-selling item at an auction of the Playboy magazine founder’s possessions. Julien’s Auctions says the Underwood Standard portable typewriter sold for $162,500. His complete set of Playboy magazines sold for $76,800, and a gold ring with a hidden compartment containing a Viagra pill sold for $22,400. SENT: 95 words, photos.

HARD ROCK CASINO-GUITAR — A guitar-shaped hotel tower rising in the south Florida sky isn’t a hit with everyone. The tower is part of an overhaul of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood. The South Florida Sun Sentinel reports that some people are criticizing the 450-foot high building that is still under construction. SENT: 115 words.

BOOKS-PENCE FAMILY — The wife and daughter of Vice President Mike Pence plan more stories about the family bunny, Marlon Bundo. SENT: 130 words, photos.

BOOKS-MIGHTY JUSTICE — A memoir by the late civil- rights activist Dovey Johnson is being reissued, and a film version is in the works. SENT: 125 words, photos.

SOUTH AFRICA-CONCERT MUGGINGS — South African media report numerous muggings after a charity concert at which Beyonce and other international stars performed. SENT: 130 words.

CHRISTMAS DISPLAY-PANIC — A holiday display meant to re-create a scene from “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” looked a little too real and caused a veteran to spring into action. SENT: 110 words. SWEDEN-NOBEL-RAPE — The man with ties to the Swedish Academy that awards the literature Nobel Prize has lost his appeal to have his rape conviction and a two-year prison sentence reversed and been convicted of a second rape. SENT: 115 words. Will be updated.

MET OPERA-NEW MUSIC DIRECTOR — Mighty Mouse has come to save the Met. Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducts his first performance as just the third music director in the Metropolitan Opera’s 135-year-old history when he takes the podium of the financially challenged company on Tuesday night in a new production of Verdi’s “La Traviata” by Tony Award-winning director Michael Mayer. By Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 5 p.m. EGYPT-ACTRESS — An Egyptian actress facing trial on public obscenity charges for wearing a revealing dress says she didn’t mean to offend anyone, appealing to her detractors to believe in her good intentions. By Hamza Hendawi. SENT: 650 words, photos.

CELEB BIRTHDAYS — UPCOMING by 2 p.m.: 1,000 words.



FILM REVIEW-MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. UPCOMING: 700 words by Wednesday at 6 p.m., photos.

BOOK REVIEW-THE PATCH BY JOHN MCPHEE. Reviewed by Rob Merrill. UPCOMING Tuesday: 530 words, photos by 11 a.m.

BOOK REVIEW-HEARTS OF THE MISSING BY CAROL POTENZA. Reviewed by Bruce DeSilva. UPCOMING Tuesday: 380 words, photos by 11 a.m.

BOOK REVIEW-BROKEN GROUND BY VAL MCDERMID. Reviewed by Oline H. Cogdill. UPCOMING Tuesday: 360 words, photos by 11 a.m.

BOOK REVIEW-THE THREE CITIES BY MATTHEW REILLY. Reviewed by Jeff Ayers. UPCOMING Tuesday: 320 words, photos by 11 a.m.

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