BC-AP Entertainment Digest
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FRIDAY, May 24
WEINSTEIN LAWSUIT _ A tentative deal has been reached to settle lawsuits brought against the television and film company co-founded by Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by scores of women. By Michael R. Sisak and Tom McElroy. SENT: 550 words, photos.
SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-BATALI _ Celebrity chef Mario Batali is set to appear in court on a criminal charge that he forcibly kissed and groped a woman at a Boston restaurant in 2017. Batali is scheduled to be arraigned Friday in Boston Municipal Court on a charge of indecent assault and battery. SENT: 125 words, photo. Will be updated.
DISNEYLAND-STAR WARS-GALAXY’S EDGE _ Disneyland has a plan to manage the first wave of massive crowds that are expecting when its new Star Wars land opens next week, and it involves shutting down the Millennium Falcon and Stormtroopers. A four-hour time limit in the attraction will be in place for the first three weeks after Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge opens, but the park thinks it will be enough time to check out the immersive attractions before guests are told to move along to other parts of the theme park. By Jonathan Landrum Jr. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos.
MUSIC-SARA BAREILLES _ Feeling “lost” after Donald Trump won the U.S. presidential election in 2016, Sara Bareilles found herself in a meditation class to help deal with the new American reality. The one thing she could do? Write songs. Her emotions, combined with navigating through an increasingly divided country, led to her latest album, “Amidst the Chaos.” By Gary Gerard Hamilton. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 2 p.m.
FOOD-WHAT’S GABY COOKING _ Gaby Dalkin, the chef behind the popular website and Instagram account What’s Gaby Cooking, is forging her own path. Every Monday she posts a live demo as she cooks dinner that has become appointment viewing for some fans. Her husband films it and reads questions from viewers as she’s cooking. By Alicia Rancilio. UPCOMING: 600 words, text, photos.
PEOPLE-BRANDON MAXWELL _ Fashion designer Brandon Maxwell talks about undressing Lady Gaga at the Met Gala and what he has in common with contestants as a judge on Bravo’s “Project Runway.” By Gina Abdy. SENT: 410 words, photos.
TV-VIDA _“Vida,” a Starz network drama about two Mexican-American sisters who return to East Los Angeles to deal with their late mother’s bar, begins its second season this weekend and will delve further into an issue affecting many Latino communities in the U.S.: gentrification. By Russell Contreras. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos.
SPOLETO FESTIVAL _ Charleston is opening 17 days of operas, plays, chamber music and jazz Friday as the world-renowned Spoleto Festival USA returns. The 43rd season of the arts festival kicks off Friday at noon with the opening ceremony from Charleston City Hall. It will run through June 9. SENT: 315 words.
FILM-COMEBACK TRAIL _ Oscar winners Robert De Niro, Tommy Lee Jones and Morgan Freeman soon will be on their way to New Mexico to start work on “The Comeback Trail.” The feature film will begin shooting in early June in Albuquerque, Tojajilee and other locations. Work is expected to last about a month and will include more than a dozen New Mexico actors and about 300 extras. SENT: 130 words, photos.
JOHN BROWN-TV SHOW _ A new television series with Ethan Hawke starring as the fiery abolitionist John Brown is set to film in Virginia. SENT: 120 words.
FILM REVIEW-ALADDIN _ By AP Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy. SENT Wednesday: 825 words, photos.
FILM REVIEW-BOOKSMART _ By AP Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT Wednesday: 870 words, photos.
FILM REVIEW-BRIGHTBURN _ By AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT Wednesday: 690 words, photos.
MUSIC REVIEW-MAVIS STAPLES _ Reviewed by AP Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy: SENT Tuesday: 350 words, photo.
MUSIC REVIEW-MORRISSEY _ Reviewed by AP Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy. SENT Tuesday: 400 words, photo.
MUSIC REVIEW-STRAY CATS. Reviewed by Jeff Karoub. SENT Wednesday: 400 words, photos.
MUSIC REVIEW-CATE LE BON. Reviewed by Jake O’Connell. SENT Thursday: 320 words, photos
MUSIC REVIEW-JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE. Reviewed by Steven Wine. SENT Wednesday: 225 words, photos.
MUSIC REVIEW-THE WATERBOYS. Reviewed by Steven Wine. SENT Wednesday: 250 words, photos by 5 p.m.
BOOK REVIEW-STAR CROSSED _ Reviewed by Rasha Madkour. SENT Monday: 260 words, photo.
BOOK REVIEW-DECEPTION COVE _ Reviewed by Oline H. Cogdill. SENT Monday: 470 words, photo.
BOOK REVIEW-THE NEVER GAME _ Reviewed by Jeff Ayers. SENT Monday: 275 words, photo.