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BC-AP Entertainment Digest

April 5, 2019

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FRIDAY, April 5

QUEER EYE-TAN FRANCE _ The Netflix show “Queer Eye” caught on by doing something unusual: creating reality TV that touches on some of the country’s deepest divides with persistent optimism. Alongside sleek new haircuts and rehabbed wardrobes, the makeover program starring five gay men tackles the contrast between urban and rural, white and black, liberal and conservative. The show’s resident fashion expert, Tan France, switches between those worlds off-camera too. He’s an English immigrant who was raised Muslim and spends his off hours at home with his husband in decidedly red-state Utah. By Lindsay Whitehurst. UPCOMING by noon, aboot 850 words with photos, video.

A GREAT NIGHT IN HARLEM _ Tony Bennett had few words to say, but many more to sing. Bennett was among the honorees Thursday night at “A Great Night in Harlem,” the annual fundraiser for the Jazz Foundation of America. SENT. 472 words, photos, video.

KATHIE LEE-TODAY GOODBYE: Kathie Lee Gifford is putting down her wine glass for the last time as a “Today” show. The television personality is leaving the show after years of joyful banter and lots of wine with fellow host Hoda Kotb. By Shawn Marsh. UPCOMING. About 400 words, photos planned.

VARIETY-POWER OF WOMEN LUNCHEON _ Comic Michelle Wolf hosts Variety’s annual Power of Women luncheon, honoring Christiane Amanpour, Gigi Hadid, Taraji P. Henson, Bette Midler and Kacey Musgraves. By AP National Writer Jocelyn Noveck. UPCOMING by 4 p.m.: 130 words followed by 600 words. Photos.

CINEMACON-WRAPUP _ The biggest takeaways from CinemaCon, the annual gathering of theater owners and distributors, where the recent Disney acquisition of 20th Century Fox was of major interest, and stars including Jennifer Hudson, Dwayne Johnson, Halle Berry and more drummed up interest in their upcoming films. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

GERMANY-BAUHAUS MUSEUM _ The German city where the Bauhaus was born a century ago is paying tribute to the school behind a string of modern design icons with a new museum opening Friday meant to anchor it in its turbulent historical context. By Geir Moulson. SENT. 751 words, photos.

INDIA-ONLINE GAME BAN _ A boy’s suicide this week in southern India after his mother scolded him for playing a popular online game has inflamed a national debate over whether the game should be banned. By Rishabh R. Jain and Amrit Dhillon. SENT. 917 words, photos.

INDIA-MODI FILM _ The planned release of a Bollywood biopic on Prime Minister Narendra Modi days before the start of Indian elections has run into trouble with a court challenge pending and the censor board yet to clear its opening in theaters. By Ashok Sharma. SENT. 319 words, photos.

EUROPE-VIDEO GAMES _ The European Union’s competition watchdog is stepping up its investigation of a U.S. video game platform and five game makers over concerns they blocked players from buying cheaper versions of games in other countries. SENT. 138 words.



FILM REVIEW-SHAZAM. By AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT March 23: 700 words. Film Stills.

FILM REVIEW-AMAZING GRACE By AP Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT Tuesday: 800 words. Film stills.

FILM REVIEW-PET SEMATARY By AP Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT Thursday: 700 words by Thursday at 3 p.m. Film Stills.

FILM REVIEW-THE BEST OF ENEMIES By AP National Writer Jocelyn Noveck. SENT Thursday: 800 words, film stills.

MUSIC REVIEW-KHALID. Reviewed by AP Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy. SENT Wednesday: 400 words, photo.

MUSIC REVIEW-IDLEWILD. Reviewed by Pablo Gorondi. SENT Thursday: 250 words, photos by 5 p.m.

MUSIC REVIEW-GINO VANNELLI. Reviewed by Pablo Gorondi. SENT Wednesday: 250 words, photos.

MUSIC REVIEW-MOLLY TUTTLE. Reviewed by Steven Wine. SENT Wednesday: 200 words, photos.

BOOK REVIEW-LADIES WHO PUNCH. Reviewed by Lincee Ray. SENT Tuesday: 400 words, photo.

BOOK REVIEW-THE SPECTATORS. Reviewed by Kendal Weaver. SENT Monday: 400 words, photo.

BOOK REVIEW-GIRL MOST LIKELY. Reviewed by Bruce DeSilva. SENT Monday: 440 words, photo.

BOOK REVIEW-THE ISLAND OF SEA WOMEN. Reviewed by John Rogers. SENT Tuesday: 500 words, photo.