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OSCARS-DIRECTORS — Every Oscars, there's usually one category that stands out. This year it's the best-director race, which boasts countless story lines for a pair of first-time feature filmmakers (Jordan Peele, Greta Gerwig) and a trio of widely admired veterans (Guillermo del Toro, Christopher Nolan and Paul Thomas Anderson). By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

NETFLIX FOR MOVIE THEATERS — MoviePass is trying to bring to movie theaters what Netflix did for DVDs and online streaming: Let subscribers watch as many movies as they want for $10 a month. In doing so, MoviePass has struck a chord with moviegoers and a nerve with the movie industry. By Technology Writer Tali Arbel. SENT: 870 words, photos.

FILM-PETER RABBIT-ROSE BYRNE — Actress Rose Byrne doesn't fit neatly into a category. She's done indies, blockbusters, superhero films, comedies and now even children's projects, playing "Peter Rabbit" creator Beatrix Potter in the new CG-live action take on the children's books. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 800 words, photos.

BOOKS-THE HITCHCOCK TOUCH — Nearly 40 years after his death, Alfred Hitchcock remains a brand name in the thriller genre, not just among directors, but for crime writers who look to "Shadow of a Doubt," ''Vertigo" and others works as models for narrative and mood. By National Writer Hillel Italie. SENT: 800 words, photos.

PRINCE-WRONGFUL DEATH — Minnesota prosecutors say they'll object to releasing data connected to Prince's death because a criminal investigation is ongoing. SENT: 125 words.

PYEONGCHANG-THE GAMES BEGIN — In an extraordinary show of unexpected unity, North and South Korea sat side by side under exploding fireworks that represented peace, not destruction, as the 2018 Winter Olympics opened on a Korean Peninsula riven by generations of anger and suspicion. By Foster Klug. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

OLY_ARMCHAIR OLYMPICS: Highlights and lowlights of media coverage from the Winter Olympics in South Korea. By Media Writer David Bauder. SENT: 390 words, photos. Will be updated with Friday's events.

PULP ROMANCE PIONEER — Gloria Stoll Karn didn't just break through a virtually impenetrable glass ceiling for women in the 1940s — you might say she beat it to a pulp. The pioneering artist found success and acclaim in the male-dominated genre of pulp romance. Now 93, she's being honored with a new exhibition of her works opening Saturday at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. By Mark Pratt. SENT: 500 words, photos.

BRAZIL-CARNIVAL-TOURISM — Once a party of luxury and glamour, Brazil's most famous Carnival is increasingly being dominated by thrifty tourists more interested in free street parties than the pricy samba school parades. By Mauricio Savarese. SENT: 750 words, photos.

INDIA-MENSTRUATION MOVIE — It's an unlikely scene in deeply conservative India: A hugely popular Bollywood male star grinning widely as he holds up a sanitary pad and talks of menstrual hygiene. But that's exactly what action hero Akshay Kumar did as he promoted his film "Padman," which opened in theaters Friday. By Muneeza Naqvi. SENT: 375 words, photos.

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-PRODUCER SUICIDE — Jill Messick, who served as a producer on films such as "Frida" and "Baby Mama," has taken her own life, her family said in a statement Thursday. SENT: 300 words.

NY FASHION WEEK — #MeToo and Bottega Veneta present collections during New York Fashion Week. By Leanne Italie. UPCOMING: 600 words by 10 p.m., photos.

FASHION-JEREMY SCOTT — Model Gigi Hadid says time's up for abuse in the fashion industry. Before taking the runway at Jeremy Scott's New York Fashion Week show Thursday, Hadid praised those bravely speaking out about mistreatment in the modeling world. By Nicole Evatt. SENT: 600 words by 10 p.m., photos, video.

TV-OMAROSA-BIG-BROTHER — Omarosa Manigault Newman is starting to tell her story, as promised. And the former White House aide's story is: America is not going to be fine under President Donald Trump. "No," a tearful Manigault Newman, who left her White House job in December, said to her "Celebrity Big Brother" co-star Ross Mathews when he asked if the country will be OK. SENT: 490 words, photos.


FRANCE-SINGER CONTROVERSY — A French Muslim woman has quit a TV singing competition amid criticism of comments she posted on Facebook after Islamic extremist attacks in 2016. SENT: 130 words.

DENMARK-ROYALS — Denmark's royal palace says Crown Prince Frederik has left the Winter Olympics in South Korea to rush home because the condition of his father — Queen Margrethe's French-born husband Prince Henrik — has "seriously worsened." By Jan M. Olsen. SENT: 285 words, photos.

NETHERLANDS-STEEN — A painting previously thought to be an 18th-century copy of a work by artist Jan Steen is actually an original by the Dutch master, a museum announced Friday. SENT: 175 words, photos.










OSCARS-SCI-TECH AWARDS — The film academy recognizes the latest scientific and technological advances in filmmaking at its annual Sci-Tech Awards. By Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen. UPCOMING Saturday: 500 words, photos.

NY FASHION WEEK — Christian Siriano, Alexander Wang and Phillip Plein show during New York Fashion Week. By Leanne Italie. UPCOMING Saturday: 700 words by 9 p.m., photos, video.

JASPER JOHNS EXHIBITION — A Los Angeles contemporary art museum is displaying the work of Jasper Johns, whose creations helped launch the pop art movement. The exhibit includes 10 of Johns' most celebrated American flag paintings, along with more than 100 of his other works, ranging from paintings and drawings to sculptures and multimedia pieces. By John Rogers. UPCOMING Saturday: 750 words, photos.

BRITAIN ROYAL GUESS LIST — Forget the Winter Olympics, the Champion's League or the Super Bowl. The real competition right now is who's going to be invited to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's May 19 wedding at Windsor Castle. Everyone who is anyone in Britain is angling for an embossed royal ticket. By Sheila Norman-Culp. UPCOMING: 920 words, photos.

WHIFFENPOOFS-ALL GENDERS — Yale's famed Whiffenpoofs, which has been a male-only glee club for more than 100 years, is expanding its application pool to include women and transgender students, a move some decry as a loss of tradition and others praise as an end to another misogynistic barrier at one of the nation's most exclusive schools. By Pat Eaton-Robb. UPCOMING Sunday: 500 words.

FILM-BOX OFFICE — "Fifty Shades Freed" is bound to heat up the box office this weekend as the final film in the series opens nationwide. UPCOMING Sunday: 300 words, photos.

NY FASHION WEEK — DVF, Victoria Beckham and Prabal Gurung present shows as New York Fashion Week continues. By Jocelyn Noveck and Leanne Italie. UPCOMING Sunday: 750 words by 9 p.m., photos, video.

NY FASHION WEEK — Ralph Lauren, Oscar de la Renta and Carolina Herrera show along with a group "Black Panther"-themed show during New York Fashion Week. By Jocelyn Noveck. UPCOMING Monday: 300 words by 2 p.m. with updates to expand to 800 words, photos, video.



FILM REVIEW-THE CLOVERFIELD PARADOX. By Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy SENT Monday: 675 words, photos.

FILM REVIEW-BLACK PANTHER. As the most earnest and big-budget attempt yet of a black superhero film, "Black Panther" is assured of being an overdue cinematic landmark. But it's also simply ravishing grand-scale filmmaking. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT Tuesday: 780 words, photos.

FILM REVIEW-PETER RABBIT. By Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen. SENT Wednesday: 580 words, photos.

FILM REVIEW-THE 15-17 TO PARIS. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT Wednesday: 880 words, photos.

MUSIC REVIEW-DAVID DUCHOVNY. By Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy. SENT Monday: 430 words, photos.

MUSIC REVIEW-MGMT. By Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy. SENT Tuesday: 365 words, photos.

MUSIC REVIEW-JOHN OATES. By Scott Stroud. SENT Wednesday: 250 words, photos.

BOOK REVIEW-FEEL FREE, BY ZADIE SMITH. Reviewed by Jonathan Elderfield. SENT Monday: 350 words, photos.


BOOK REVIEW-FORCE OF NATURE, BY JANE HARPER. Reviewed by Oline H. Cogdill. SENT Monday: 365 words, photos.

BOOK REVIEW-THE ATOMIC CITY GIRLS, BY JANET BEARD. Reviewed by Lincee Ray. SENT Tuesday: 365 words, photos.

BOOK REVIEW-LOOK FOR ME, BY LISA GARDNER. Reviewed by Jeff Ayers. SENT Tuesday: 315 words, photos.




BEVERLY HILLS— For some, Oscar season is all about getting ready for the red carpet. For others, it's about taking in the praise of peers and enjoying the presence of loved ones.

BEVERLY HILLS— For some nominees, an Oscar nomination may be a life-saver.

BEVERLY HILLS— Veteran contenders Common, Willem Dafoe, Richard Jenkins and Diane Warren say the dance with Oscar never gets old.

BEVERLY HILLS— Thanks to Oscar, one globally acclaimed filmmaker has finally scored a hit in his homeland.

LONDON— "X-Factor" winner Matt Terry talks about his new single.

NEW YORK— Lucy Hale and Isla Fisher are among the expected guests at Kate Spade's New York presentation.

NASHVILLE— Country singer Carly Pierce introduces herself to country radio.


LONDON— "X Factor" winner Matt Terry talks about how his live performances have been improving since his time on the show.

NEW YORK— Taraji P. Henson, Gerard Butler and Jason Priestley recall being struggling actors.

BEVERLY HILLS— "Black Panther" stars Daniel Kaluuya and Winston Duke discuss their first trips to Africa.


NEW YORK— Julianne Moore, Zayn Malik, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Elizabeth Banks were among the celebs attending Tom Ford women's New York fashion week show.

NEW YORK— Cardi B sits in the front row for Jeremy Scott's fashion show; Gigi Hadid talks about models' rights.

NEW YORK— Solange attends Stuart Weitzman shoe presentation during New York Fashion Week.

FILE— Jim Carrey says Facebook users should delete their accounts.

LONDON— Prince William honors young people who overcame homelessness.

OBIT— John Perry Barlow, an internet activist and lyricist for the Grateful Dead, dies at 70.

US— Omarosa says on "Big Brother" that the country is not going to be OK under President Donald Trump.

FILE— Kryptonite guitarist's family says doctor fed opioid habit.

NEW YORK— "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" reboots with a new group of experts and a new home on Netflix.

FILE— Quentin Tarantino apologizes to Roman Polanski rape victim Samantha Geimer for comments he made in a 2003 radio interview.

NEW YORK— Kenneth Cole steps down as amfAR president amid controversy.