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BC-AP Entertainment and Arts Digest,3rd Ld-Writethru

February 20, 2015

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LOS ANGELES — “What did they say?” More than a few moviegoers have been left asking that question of late. From “Birdman” and “Inherent Vice” to “Gone Girl” and “Interstellar,” films this awards season have seemed more inaudible than ever. So how can “Interstellar” be a nominee in both Oscar sound categories? By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 800 words, photos.


NATICK, Mass. — In the Oscar-nominated film “The Imitation Game,” Benedict Cumberbatch leads a code-breaking operation targeting the Nazis’ infamous Enigma encryption machines. An obscure World War II museum in suburban Boston boasts the largest U.S. collection of Enigmas outside of the NSA, and founder Kenneth Rendell says there’s more to the technology than Hollywood lets on. By Philip Marcelo. SENT: 250 words by 2 a.m., expanded to 500; photos.


LOS ANGELES — We hang with a select group of film students from around the world as they prepare for their trophy walks on Sunday night’s Oscar stage. By Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen. SENT: 500 words by 11 a.m., photos.


CHICAGO — A curious legal battle is brewing over rights to the spectacular streetscape photographs of the late Chicago nanny Vivian Maier, whose life became a documentary up for an Oscar on Sunday night. Noting that she had no legal heirs, lawyers for Cook County have gone to court claiming rights to the photos, while two collectors who rediscovered her forgotten work and began promoting it could be locked out completely. The complex legal wrangling means that, while the popularity of her work is belatedly trending upward, the photographs themselves are being pulled off websites and out of galleries. By Michael Tarm. UPCOMING: 700 words by 5 p.m., photos.


BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Oscar-nominated animators felt like something was missing at the film academy’s annual celebration of the best animated films: Their colleagues from “The Lego Movie.” By Entertainment Writer Mike Cidoni Lennox. SENT: 470 words, photos.


NEW YORK — The thing about holding Fashion Week in February in New York is that no one really talks about the clothes — they talk about the weather, and with good reason, thank you. Still, some moments from the actual shows stood out — and here are some of the weirder and most wonderful. By National Writer Jocelyn Noveck. UPCOMING: 900 words by 5 p.m., photos, video.


NEW YORK — One of the last major digital holdouts, “The Autobiography of Malcolm X,” should soon be available as an e-book, the attorney for the late activist’s estate told The Associated Press. By National Writer Hillel Italie. SENT: 550 words, photos.


NEW YORK — Fox News Channel host Bill O’Reilly is contesting allegations that he embellished his past as a war correspondent. An article in Mother Jones magazine calls into question O’Reilly’s accounts of his experiences as a CBS News correspondent covering the 1982 Falklands War between Great Britain and Argentina. By Television Writer Frazier Moore. SENT: 400 words, photos.


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Last summer’s surprise NBC’s hit drama, ‘Night Shift,’ returns for a second season Monday and producers hope its diverse cast will keep viewers coming back. Set in San Antonio and filmed in Albuquerque, the show stars Dublin-born Eoin Macken, who plays Dr. TC Callahan, and Chicago-bred Freddy Rodriguez, who plays hospital leader Michael Ragosa, as they try to run an evening emergency room in a largely Mexican-American city. By Russell Contreras. SENT: 450 words, photos.


LOS ANGELES — Harris Wittels, who worked as a writer and executive producer on the NBC comedy “Parks and Recreation,” was found dead Thursday of a possible drug overdose at his Los Angeles home, police said. He was 30. SENT: 250 words.


NEW YORK — Charlie Harper lives — at least, he lived until the final moments of Thursday’s series finale of “Two and a Half Men.” By Television Writer Frazier Moore. SENT: 760 words, photos.


NEW YORK — Diana Nyad, who made history as the first person to swim across the Florida Straits without a shark cage, is wading into another challenge — theater. The 65-year-old endurance swimmer is performing “Onward! The Diana Nyad Story,” a one-woman show in Key West, Florida. By Drama Writer Mark Kennedy. UPCOMING: 340 words by 3 p.m., photo.


NEW YORK — Move aside, Gotham. Brooklyn has gotten so cool these days that it’s getting its own group of superheroes. The original musical “Brooklynite” stars six brand-new crusaders with superpowers protecting the borough, a mysterious substance in an asteroid and a look influenced by the old “Batman” TV show starring Adam West. By Drama Writer Mark Kennedy. SENT: 625 words, photos.


JEFFERSON, Ohio — Soap opera actor Freddie Smith has been sentenced to two years of probation and had his drivers’ license suspended for a year after pleading guilty to charges stemming from a car crash that seriously injured his girlfriend. SENT: 150 words.


HARARE, Zimbabwe — Zimbabwe’s censorship board says erotic scenes from the film “Fifty Shades of Grey” must be deleted before it is shown in this southern African country. SENT: 300 words.





LOS ANGELES — An interview with the wife of Glen Campbell about the singers struggle with Alzheimer’s, the subject of the Oscar-nominated documentary “I’ll Be Me.” The film’s theme song, “I’m Not Going to Miss You” by Glen Campbell, is nominated for best original song. By Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen. UPCOMING: 600 words on Saturday, photos.


LOS ANGELES — If Neil Patrick Harris’ nerves are running high as a first-time host of the Academy Awards on Sunday, he need look no further than the night’s nominees for a friendly face. A look at what they had to say about the multitalented entertainer taking Oscar’s reins. UPCOMING: 300 words on Saturday, photos.



Spot stories are planned each day this week on Oscar-related events around town as Hollywood prepares for the 86th annual Academy Awards on Sunday. Various writers, photos and video. See the daily Entertainment digest for specifics.



FILM REVIEW-THE DUFF. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 600 words, photos.

FILM REVIEW-MCFARLAND USA. By National Writer Jocelyn Noveck. SENT: 600 words by 3 p.m. Wednesday, photos.

FILM REVIEW-HOT TUB TIME MACHINE 2. The Hollywood Reporter. SENT: 600 words by noon Thursday, photos.

GAME REVIEW-THE ORDER. By Lou Kesten. SENT Thursday: 500 words by 11 a.m., photos.

BOOK REVIEW-WELCOME TO BRAGGSVILLE. By T. Geronimo. SENT Tuesday: 465 words, photos.

BOOK REVIEW-SATIN ISLAND. By Tom McCarthy. SENT Tuesday: 370 words, photos.

BOOK REVIEW-TWELVE DAYS. By Alex Berenson. SENT Thursday: 490 words, photo.

THEATER REVIEW-HAMILTON. By Drama Writer Mark Kennedy. SENT: 500 words by 10 p.m. Tuesday, photos.

THEATER REVIEW-VERITE. By Jennifer Farrar. SENT: 400 words by 10 p.m. Wednesday, photos.

MUSIC REVIEW-SISQO. By Ron Harris. SENT: 185 words.

MUSIC REVIEW-MAVERICKS. By Steven Wine. SENT Tuesday: 200 words, photos by 5 p.m. EST.

MUSIC REVIEW-JOSE GONZALEZ. By Jake O’Connell. SENT Thursday: 200 words, photos by 5 p.m. EST.

MUSIC REVIEW-SWEET AND LYNCH: By Wayne Perry. SENT Thursday: 200 words, photos.

MUSIC REVIEW-IMAGINE DRAGONS. By Ron Harris. SENT Thursday: 200 words, photos by 5 p.m. EST.



NEW YORK — Designer Marc Jacobs closes New York Fashion Week with his fall/winter presentation.

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Essence holds its annual Oscar luncheon.


BERLIN— Director Brian Perkins and his young cast discuss “The Golden Kingdom.”


LONDON — Jimmy Page on whether he has any regrets over his musical back catalogue and re-mastering Led Zeppelin.

LONDON — Cast of “The Second Best Marigold Hotel” on going back to India and the sequel’s long title.


BERLIN — Scandinavian hit teen fantasy novel, “The Circle” launches with backing from ABBA’s Benny Andersson.

LONDON — “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” Part 2: the stars on dancing, speaking Hindi and loving Richard Gere.


LOS ANGELES — Best Foreign Language Film nominees talk about their work on the eve of Oscars weekend.


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