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BC-AP Entertainment Digest

December 18, 2018

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The Associated Press has come up with a varied list of contenders for Entertainer of the Year. Here is the link: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4740545/Entertainment . Voting for all polls ends on Dec. 18. The entertainer of the year story will move later that week. If you have questions about the ballot, contact Nekesa Moody at nmoody@ap.org or Anthony McCartney at amccartney@ap.org.



YE--POP CULTURE MOMENTS — And the pop culture moments of 2018 are ... wait, WAS there any pop culture this year? Yes, of course, but you could be forgiven for forgetting much of it, because more than ever it was politics, politics, and more politics that permeated the zeitgeist. By AP National Writer Jocelyn Noveck. UPCOMING: 1,200 words, photos.

CBS-MOONVES — CBS announced Monday that former CEO Les Moonves will not receive his $120 million severance package after the board of directors concluded he violated company policy and was uncooperative with an investigation into sexual misconduct allegations. The decision, which came after a five-month outside investigation, capped the downfall of one of television’s most influential figures, the biggest entertainment powerbroker to see his career derailed amid the #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct. By Alexandra Olson. SENT: 900 words, photo.

BUMBLEBEE-JOHN CENA — Professional wrestler John Cena is finding his footing in Hollywood with one of his highest profile films yet — the Transformers pic “Bumblebee.” By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. UPCOMING: 800 words by 2 p.m., photos.

KEILLOR COMEBACK — Garrison Keillor is stepping back into the spotlight a year after Minnesota Public Radio cut ties with the former “A Prairie Home Companion” host over a sexual misconduct allegation. Keillor performed two sold-out shows Sunday night at Crooners, a jazz nightclub in a Minneapolis suburb near where he grew up.

PEOPLE-SHIRLEY MACLAINE — Shirley MacLaine will receive AARP the Magazine’s lifetime achievement honor at the 18th annual Movies for Grownups Awards next year. SENT: 130 words, photo.

ROMANIA-OBIT-POP — Romanian police say singer-songwriter Anca Pop, who fused Balkan and mainstream pop, has died after her car plunged into the River Danube. She was 34. SENT: 130 words.



FILM REVIEW-BUMBLEBEE. By Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy. SENT: 700 words Monday, photos.

FILM REVIEW-COLD WAR. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. UPCOMING: 700 words by 5 p.m. Wednesday, photos.

FILM REVIEW-WELCOME TO MARWEN. By Film Writer Lindsey Bar. UPCOMING: 700 words by 5 p.m. Wednesday, photos.

FILM REVIEW-VICE. By National Writer Jocelyn Noveck. UPCOMING: 700 words by 5 p.m. Wednesday, photos.

BOOK REVIEW-ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS by Mark Griffin. Reviewed by Douglass K. Daniel. SENT Monday: 700 words, photo.

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