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May 2, 2019

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THURSDAY, May 2

BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS _ Mother’s Day is in a couple weeks, but Drake gave his mom an early gift with a heartfelt speech at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards, where the rap star also broke Taylor Swift’s record for most wins. By AP Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. SENT: 900 words, photos and video. With BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS-LIST.

SUMMER MOVIE PREVIEW-ROCKETMAN _ Elton John himself is behind this biopic of his rise, and just like the iconic performer, it will be far from conventional. Star Taron Egerton talks about his transformation, and signing all those songs himself. By AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos.

FILM-Q&A-CHARLIZE THERON-SETH ROGEN _ Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen discuss the comedy of politics and their new film, “Long Shot.” In it, Theron plays the Secretary of State, and Rogen her unlikely love interest. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. UPCOMING: 900 words by 2 p.m. EDT, photos.

JOE JONAS-SOPHIE TURNER _ Singer Joe Jonas and “Game of Thrones” actress Sophie Turner got married in a surprise ceremony in Las Vegas. SENT: 300 words, photo.

PEOPLE-CHELSEA HANDLER _ Chelsea Handler is the first to admit she has commitment issues, which is why she’s easing into the podcast landscape with a limited series recorded live from the current tour promoting her latest best-selling memoir “Life Will Be the Death of Me.” By Alicia Rancilio. SENT: 400 words, photo.

FILM-CHELSEA MANNING DOCUMENTARY _ The Tribeca Film Festival premiere of a documentary on Chelsea Manning was expected to be a festival celebration. Instead, with Manning imprisoned again, the filmmakers rushed to recut their film to update it. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m. EDT, photos.

FILM-UGLYDOLLS _ Kelly Clarkson and Janelle Monae talk about lending their voices to the animated family film ‘Uglydolls.’ By AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos.

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL-NO CLOWNS _ Cirque du Soleil is planning a new live show for the Las Vegas Strip this fall but there’s a twist _ there won’t be a single whimsical clown. By Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy. UPCOMING: 400 words, photo

FILM-DOLDEN _ After a decades-long journey, Dan Pritzker’s film on jazz cornetist Charles “Buddy” Bolden is finally hitting theatres on Friday. By Chevel Johnson. UPCOMING 650 words, photo.

MUSIC-ALBINO SINGER _ The life of Lazarus Chigwandali _ the Albino street musician from Malawi who escaped kidnappers who captured him and sought to sell him to witch doctors, who would use his body parts in potions thought to bring good luck _ is the center of “Lazarus,” the new short documentary playing at the Tribeca Film Festival. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. UPCOMING Thursday: 900 words, photos by 3 p.m. EDT

TV-Q&A-STEPHANIE LEVI-JOHN _ Actress Stephanie Levi-John discusses what it means to play a woman of color in a British costume drama, Starz’s “The Spanish Princess.” By Lynn Elber, 650 words.

MUSIC-TRANSGENDER BARITONE _ Transgender baritone Lucia Lucas makes her U.S. debut at the Tulsa Opera on Friday in the title role of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni.” By Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos, by 5 p.m.

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REVIEWS:

FILM REVIEW-LONG SHOT. By AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT Wednesday: 700 words. Film stills.

FILM REVIEW-EXTREMELY WICKED SHOCKINGLY EVIL AND VILE. By AP National Writer Jocelyn Noveck. SENT Wednesday: 800 words. Film stills.

FILM REVIEW-POKÉMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU. By AP Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy. UPCOMING: 700 words 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.