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BC-AP Entertainment Digest, 1st Ld-Writethru

May 1, 2019

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WEDNESDAY, May 1

UPDATES with TV-DIVERSITY-ASIAN AMERICANS, OBIT-RUSS GIBB, FOX SPORTS 1-STUDIO GROWTH and BOOK REVIEW-THE ASH FAMILY.

FILM-SUMMER PREVIEW-HORROR _ Zombies, serial killers, possessed dolls and demon superheroes: the summer of 2019 will, fittingly, be scary. Although summer movies usually go for escapist, family-friendly entertainment, horror is making major inroads to Hollywood’s most lucrative season. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 5 p.m. EDT, photos.

FILM-EXTREMELY WICKED, SHOCKINGLY EVIL AND VILE _ Zac Efron takes on the role of Ted Bundy in the new Netflix film “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile.” Efron and co-star Lily Collins discuss their approach. By AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 740 words, photos.

BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS _ Taylor Swift, Madonna, Maluma, BTS, Mariah Carey and host Kelly Clarkson will perform at the Billboard Music Awards, where Cardi B is the leading nominee. UPCOMING Wednesday: 530 words, photos. Will be updated after show starts at 8 p.m. Eastern. By AP Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. Photos, video. WITH: BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS THE LATEST, WITH: BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS-LIST.

TV-DIVERSITY-ASIAN AMERICANS _ Major television networks are hitting far more lows than highs in tapping into Asian-American talent, according to a study released Wednesday by the Asian Pacific American Media Coalition. By Terry Tang. SENT: 600 words, photo.

OBIT-RUSS GIBB _ Russ Gibb, a Detroit-area rock promoter, radio DJ, high school teacher and pop culture provocateur, has died. He was 87. By Jeff Karoub. SENT: 300 words.

TV-BIG BANG THEORY-FINALE _ Sheldon and the rest of “The Big Bang Theory” gang gather Tuesday to tape the sitcom’s final episode, to air May 16. By Television Writer Lynn Elber. SENT: 460 words, photos.

ROYAL CARIBBEAN-THEATER POWERHOUSE _ In a non-descript building in North Miami, a dozen different rehearsals are going on simultaneously for an entertainment group that puts on more performances a year than New York’s Broadway and London’s West End combined. By Kelli Kennedy. SENT: 900 words, photos.

FOX SPORTS 1-STUDIO GROWTH _ Fox Sports 1 has been maligned since its launch in 2013 for continuing to change identities and philosophies. The network has found it stride during the past year, however. AP Sports Writer Joe Reedy. SENT: 900 words, photos.

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REVIEWS:

FILM REVIEW-LONG SHOT. By AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT Wednesday: 700 words by Wednesday at 6 p.m. Film stills.

FILM REVIEW-EXTREMELY WICKED SHOCKINGLY EVIL AND VILE. By AP National Writer Jocelyn Noveck. UPCOMING: 700 words by Wednesday at 5 p.m. Film stills.

FILM REVIEW-POKÉMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU. By AP Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy. UPCOMING: 700 words by Thursday at 9:30 p.m. Review release time subject to studio embargo. Film stills.

MUSIC REVIEW-VAMPIRE WEEKEND. Reviewed by Scott Stroud. UPCOMING Thursday: 250 words, photos by 5 p.m.

MUSIC REVIEW-BIG THIEF. Reviewed by Ragan Clark. UPCOMING Thursday: 250 words, photos by 5 p.m.

BOOK REVIEW-CAPE MAY. Reviewed by Kendal Weaver. SENT Monday: 250 words, photo.

BOOK REVIEW-THE INVITED. Reviewed by Oline H. Cogdill. SENT Monday: 400 words, photo.

BOOK REVIEW-LIKE LIONS. Reviewed by Oline H. Cogdill. SENT Monday: 380 words, photo.

BOOK REVIEW-FROM SCRATCH. Reviewed by Kim Curtis. SENT Wednesday: 425 words.

BOOK REVIEW-THE ASH FAMILY. Reviewed By Kim Curtis. SENT Wednesday: 360 words, photo.