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BC-AP Entertainment Digest

February 21, 2019

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THURSDAY, FEB. 21

EMPIRE CAST MEMBER-ATTACK _ “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett turned himself in early Thursday to face accusations that he filed a false police report when he told authorities he was attacked in Chicago by two men who hurled racist and anti-gay slurs and looped a rope around his neck, police said. By Don Babwin. Sent: 1,000 words, will be updated throughout the day with developments. Photos, video.

With EMPIRE CAST MEMBER-BROTHERS, EMPIRE CAST MEMBER-TIMELINE

MICHAEL JACKSON ACCUSERS-DOCUMENTARY _ Wade Robson and James Safechuck both allege that Michael Jackson sexually abused them as children and they tell their stories in harrowing detail in the upcoming HBO documentary “Leaving Neverland.” Robson and Safechuck spoke to The Associated Press about participating in the documentary, their lives now and what they want people to take from it. They also respond to some of the criticisms the Jackson estate has already thrown at the film. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

OSCARS-SONGWRITERS _ Grammy-winning producer-songwriter Alexander Shuckburgh should be celebrating as an Oscar nominee since a song he co-wrote, Kendrick Lamar’s “All the Stars” from the “Black Panther” soundtrack, is competing for best original song at Sunday’s show. But he isn’t. Others, including Beyonce, have been shut out of best original song at the Academy Awards since there is a rule limiting the number of songwriters for each song competing in the category. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. UPCOMING Thursday: 900 words, photos by 5 p.m.

OSCARS-PRODUCERS _ Days before the 91st Oscars, producers Donna Gigliotti and Glenn Weiss sit down with The Associated Press to discuss this year’s show, the behind-the-scenes tumult and last minute changes and just how they plan to keep the broadcast to three hours. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

OSCARS-FEMALE NOMINEES LUNCHEON _ Women nominated for an Academy Award this year are gathering to celebrate in solidarity at the home of Diane von Furstenberg, a trustee of the film academy’s museum, Thursday. Co-hosts include Laura Dern and film academy CEO Dawn Hudson. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. UPCOMING by 9 p.m.: 700 words, photos.

PEOPLE-Q&A-RITA MORENO _ Rita Moreno recently spoke to The Associated Press about her scandalous Netflix role on ‘One Day at a Time,’ the regrets she had doing the original “West Side Story” and the #MeToo movement. By Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos and video.

BLACK WOMEN IN HOLLYWOOD AWARDS _ Kelly Rowland hosts the 12th annual ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Awards, which will honor Jenifer Lewis, KiKi Layne, Regina Hall and Amandla Stenberg. By AP Entertainment Writer Nekesa Mumbi Moody. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos.

BOOKS-BRAD TAYLOR _ “Pike Logan” novelist Brad Taylor has a three-book deal with a new publisher, William Morrow, which will release the next three installments of his million-selling thriller series beginning in 2020.

IRAQ-RAPPER _ Mr. Guti, a young Iraqi musician raps about anger and disillusionment in his hometown, the southern port city of Basra, which saw riots last summer over failing services and soaring unemployment, says his generation is fed up with the false piety of politicians and religious authorities who preach about faith and duty but have left Basra to fall apart. By Nabil Al-Jurani and Qassim Abdul-Zahra. SENT: 590 words, photos.

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REVIEWS:

FILM REVIEW-HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT Tuesday: 600 words. Film stills.

BOOK REVIEW-NO ONE’S LOOKING AT YOU: ESSAYS BY JANET MALCOLM. Reviewed by Ann Levin. SENT Tuesday: 430 words.

BOOK REVIEW-THE UNINHABITABLE EARTH BY DAVID WALLACE-WELLS. Reviewed by Kevin Begos. SENT Wednesday: 340 words, photo.

BOOK REVIEW-THE GOOD LIE BY TOM ROSENSTIEL. Reviewed by Will Lester. SENT Tuesday: 400 words, photo.