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BC-AP Entertainment Digest

December 7, 2018

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GRAMMY NOMINATIONS — The music of “Black Panther,” with Kendrick Lamar in its starring role, officially owns the 2019 Grammy Awards, where women are heavily represented in the major four categories following a year where their presence was barely felt. SENT: 1,120 words, photos and video.


OSCARS-KEVIN HART — Just two days after being named host of the Academy Awards, Kevin Hart stepped down following an outcry over past homophobic tweets by the comedian. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT: 540 words, photo.

MUSIC-BILLBOARD WOMEN IN MUSIC — Ariana Grande capped off a successful year as a pop star — but a trying one as a maturing young woman — at the 13th annual Billboard Women in Music event, where she was named Woman of the Year. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. SENT: 540 words, photos and video.

TV-DAPHNE MAXWELL — “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” actress Daphne Maxwell Reid is finding new creative outlets at age 70. By AP Television Writer Lynn Elber. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

TV-JENNIFER ANISTON-FRIENDS — Jennifer Aniston says it’s “amazing” that “Friends” still has an audience big enough to prompt multi-million dollar business deals to keep it from disappearing on Netflix. UPCOMING: 400 words, photo.

CARDI B-STRIP CLUB FRACAS — A judge has issued orders of protection against platinum rapper Cardi B in a case involving a melee at a New York strip club. SENT: 130 words, photo.

ITALY-LA SCALA — La Scala’s season premiere Friday of a new production of Verdi’s “Attila” takes on contemporary themes of male leaders selling out to self-interest while the final act of heroism falls to a woman. By Colleen Barry. SENT: 430 words, photo.

RUSSIA-CRACKDOWN ON MUSIC — In recent months, at least half a dozen Russian artists have been targeted by the authorities, with a string of concert cancellations and arrests. By Francesca Ebel. SENT: 1,300 words, photos.



FILM REVIEW-MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT Tuesday: 675 words, photos.

FILM REVIEW-BEN IS BACK. By National Writer Jocelyn Noveck. SENT Tuesday: 760 words, photos.

MUSIC REVIEW-VAN MORRISON. Reviewed by Greg Katz. SENT Wednesday: 275 words, photos.

MUSIC REVIEW-JOHN MELLENCAMP. Reviewed by Scott Stroud. SENT Thursday: 250 words, photo.

BOOK REVIEW-THE PATCH BY JOHN MCPHEE. Reviewed by Rob Merrill. SENT Monday: 530 words, photos.

BOOK REVIEW-HEARTS OF THE MISSING BY CAROL POTENZA. Reviewed by Bruce DeSilva. SENT Monday: 380 words, photos.

BOOK REVIEW-SEDUCTION BY KARINA LONGWORTH. Reviewed by Douglass K. Daniel. SENT Tuesday: 680 words, photos.

BOOK REVIEW-BROKEN GROUND BY VAL MCDERMID. Reviewed by Oline H. Cogdill. SENT Tuesday: 370 words, photos.

BOOK REVIEW-THE THREE SECRET CITIES BY MATTHEW REILLY. Reviewed by Jeff Ayers. SENT Tuesday: 290 words, photos.

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