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THURSDAY, MAY 17
FILM-STAR WARS-SOLO — The troubled production for “Solo: A Star Wars Story” comes at a potentially precarious moment for Disney’s lucrative “Star Wars” empire. Ticket sales fell sharply for the divisive “The Last Jedi,” and “Solo,” for which reviews were positive but muted, arrives tainted by the director switch that producer Kathleen Kennedy made in the middle of the production. The filmmakers behind the film discuss righting the ship on “Solo.” By Film Writer Jake Coyle. UPCOMING: 900 words by 5 p.m., photos.
FRANCE-CANNES-WHITNEY HOUSTON — Friends of Whitney Houston allege the singer was molested as a child by her cousin Dee Dee Warwick in a documentary that premiered Thursday at the Cannes Film Festival. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT: 365 words, photos.
CELEBS-MENTAL HEALTH — As the stigma about mental health declines, celebrities, including Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Mariah Carey and Ryan Reynolds, have spoken out in recent months about the problems they’ve faced. By John Carucci. SENT: 125 words, photos, video. Will be expanded.
BRITAIN-ROYAL WEDDING — Meghan Markle announced Thursday that her father will not be at her marriage to Prince Harry due to health problems. Thomas Markle had been scheduled to walk his daughter down the aisle when she weds her prince Saturday at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. By Gregory Katz and Danica Kirka. SENT: 420 words, photos.
BRITAIN-ROYAL WEDDING — THE LATEST. SENT: 270 words, photos.
BOOKS-MURDER IN MINNESOTA — Former standup comedian turned TV writer turned crime novelist Matt Goldman’s second book is set during that most Minnesotan of events, the state hockey tournament. By Jeff Baenen. SENT: 675 words, photos.
PEOPLE-BACKSTREET BOYS — The Backstreet Boys have a new single. They released “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” on Thursday, along with a video that shows the quintet dancing in sync. SENT: 60 words, photos.
ROMANIA-OBIT-PINTILIE — Romanian theater director and filmmaker Lucian Pintilie, who emigrated after falling out with the communists and then made a career in France and the U.S., has died. He was 84. SENT: 130 words.
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RURAL-MOVIE THEATERS — For around a decade, the farm worker city of Delano, California, has lacked a movie theater. Residents from this largely Latino community had to travel nearly 40 miles to see the latest film — a drive advocates say was rare since around a third of the population lives in poverty. This week, Moctesuma Esparza, a well-known Latino movie producer, opened his latest Maya Cinemas theater in Delano as part of his ongoing effort to open movie theaters in poor, U.S. rural areas that lack basic entertainment options. By Russell Contreras. UPCOMING Friday.
FASHION-PARAMOUNT ARCHIVES — Costumes worn in nearly two dozen iconic Paramount Pictures films — including by Forrest Gump’s Jenny and Star Trek’s Captain Kirk — will be on display at a central Ohio museum from May 19 through Aug. 12. The exhibition is the curated by Randall Thropp, a former Lancaster resident who manages the Paramount costume and prop archive. By Julie Smyth. UPCOMING Friday.
FILM REVIEW-DEADPOOL 2. By Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy. SENT Monday: 710 words, photos.
FILM REVIEW-FIRST REFORMED. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT Tuesday: 750 words, photos.
FILM REVIEW-SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT Tuesday: 830 words, photos.
FILM REVIEW-BOOK CLUB. By National Writer Jocelyn Noveck. SENT Wednesday: 760 words, photos.
MUSIC REVIEW-BEACH HOUSE. By Pablo Gorondi. SENT Monday: 285 words, photos.
MUSIC REVIEW-JENNIFER CASTLE. By Pablo Gorondi. SENT Monday: 300 words, photos.
MUSIC REVIEW-MATT COSTA. By Steven Wine. SENT Tuesday: 220 words, photos.
MUSIC REVIEW-COURTNEY BARNETT. By Lindsey Tanner. SENT Wednesday: 200 words, photos.
BOOK REVIEW-THE STORM, BY ARIF ANWAR. Reviewed by Jennifer Kay. SENT Monday: 350 words, photo.
BOOK REVIEW-HUSH OF THE NIGHT, BY RAYMOND BENSON. Reviewed by Jeff Ayers. SENT Monday: 260 words, photo.
COMING UP ON ENTERTAINMENT DAILY NEWS:
LONDON— Royal wedding guest Dean Stott talks about his cycling quest to raise money for Heads Together, plus what his pal, Prince Harry, is really like.
NEW YORK— A two-part series on how celebrities, including Demi Lovato, Ryan Reynolds and The Rock, are speaking out on mental health issues.
CANNES— Director Nadine Labaki walks the Cannes Film Festival red carpet for her latest film, “Capernaum,” nominated for the Palme d’Or.
NASHVILLE— Colin Hanks, Scooter Braun, Nile Rodgers and Julia Michaels attend the Music Biz conference.
NEW YORK— The CW Upfront features stars Rachel Bloom, Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Nicollette Sheridan, Stephan Amell, Cress Williams, Nafessa Williams and Christine Adams.
CANNES— Vanessa Paradis, who stars in “Knife and Heart,” joins director Yann Gonzalez on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival.
CANNES— Arrivals at the annual amfAR auction.
LONDON— Northern Irish rockers Ash discuss commuting to New York from Edinburgh.
LOS ANGELES— Stars of Lifetime’s “A Royal Romance” talk about the fascination with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
NEW YORK— Saoirse Ronan talks about playing the violin and riding horses for film.
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GENEVA— A 50-carat white diamond sells for $6.5 million at auction.
VARIOUS— Meghan Markle’s father still not seen in Mexico just days before the royal wedding.
WINDSOR— The choir of St George’s Chapel rehearses for the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
WINDSOR— Tourist spots in Windsor add a royal twist to their offerings.
LAS VEGAS— Amandla Stenberg blends acting and activism with “The Hate You Give” and “The Darkest Minds.”
NEW YORK— A British restaurant and shop in New York is selling out of royal souvenirs.
PASADENA— Alden Ehrenreich: “It was sad” that the original version of “Solo” didn’t get made.
WINDSOR— Floral designer and garden keeper talk about plants for royal wedding chapel.
WINDSOR— U.K. police services say they’re ready for the royal wedding.
NEW YORK— Celebrities including Shaquille O’Neal, Daniel Radcliffe, Tiffany Haddish and Richard Schiff comment on the royal wedding.
JERUSALEM— Eurovision winner Netta Barzilai meets with Benjamin Netanyahu.
CANNES— Lee Chang Dong returns to the Cannes Film Festival with “Burning.”
CANNES— Cast of “The Dead and The Other” stage protest at “Dogman” premiere.
CANNES— John Travolta shows off his dance moves onstage with 50 Cent at the Cannes Film Festival.
FILE— Pauley Perrette of “NCIS” thanks CBS as she leaves the show.
FILE— Gold medal champion Aly Raisman and dozens of other women who spoke out about sexual abuse will receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award.
FILE— Ruth Bader Ginsburg documentary “RBG” has box-office muscle.