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THURSDAY, DEC. 20
YE-THE YEAR COMEDY ATTACKED ITSELF — While stylistically very different, the standup performances of Drew Michael’s debut HBO comedy special and Hannah Gadsby’s first one for Netflix both managed to shake up the comedy world by the time they finished their hour-long sets. By Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos.
MEDIA-MORNING TV — A year after morning news shows at CBS and NBC abruptly lost male anchors Charlie Rose and Matt Lauer in sexual misconduct scandals, the “Today” show has done appreciably better weathering the storm. By Media Writer David Bauder. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos.
BOOKS-COLBERT-TRUMP — Stephen Colbert discusses the new book “Whose Boat is This Boat?” written by his staff using President Donald Trump’s comments after Hurricane Florence. By National Writer Hillel Italie. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.
FILM-VICE-CHRISTIAN BALE AND AMY ADAMS — Christian Bale and Amy Adams, in their third film together, take on Dick and Lynne Cheney in Adam McKay’s biopic of the powerful former vice president. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos.
YE-BOX OFFICE — After a down year in 2017, the box office has been back in a big way, and headed toward a record, thanks to the massive successes of films like Disney’s “Black Panther,” ″Avengers: Infinity War” and “Incredibles 2.” By Film Writer Jake Coyle. UPCOMING: 900 words by 1 p.m., photos.
SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-WEINSTEIN — Harvey Weinstein is due in court in New York City as his lawyers fight to get his sexual assault case dismissed. By Michael R. Sisak. SENT: 575 words, photos. Will be updated. Weinstein scheduled to arrive at the courthouse at 9:30 a.m.
PEOPLE-MICHELLE OBAMA — For Michelle Obama, choosing what designer to wear while she was in the White House involved many factors, from diversity to whether they were a nice person. Obama talked the decisions behind the outfits that made headlines during her time as first lady during a conversation with another fashion trendsetter, Sarah Jessica Parker, who was the moderator for the Wednesday night event for Obama’s “Becoming” book tour. By Entertainment Writer Nekesa Mumbi Moody. SENT: 550 words, photos.
DANCE-ALVIN AILEY — The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is now 60 years old, and its signature work, “Revelations,” has been seen throughout the globe. This season the company is celebrating its legendary founder with several new works. By National Writer Jocelyn Noveck. UPCOMING: 950 words, photos, video.
JERSEY SHORE-EXTORTION — A former boyfriend of a “Jersey Shore” cast member is accused of seeking $25,000 for not divulging secrets to the media. Toms River police on Wednesday charged Thomas Lippolis with third-degree extortion. Police say Lippolis had dated cast member Jenni “JWoww” Farley for close to a year 10 years ago. SENT: 90 words, photos.
OBAMA-HOSPITAL VISIT — Former President Barack Obama surprised patients as he delivered gifts at a children’s hospital in Washington. The former president, wearing a Santa cap and carrying a sack of presents, greeted patients and their parents at Children’s National on Wednesday. SENT: 115 words.
FILM REVIEW-BUMBLEBEE. By Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy. SENT MONDAY: 700 words, photos.
FILM REVIEW-COLD WAR. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT WEDNESDAY: 700 words, photos.
FILM REVIEW-WELCOME TO MARWEN. By Film Writer Lindsey Bar. SENT WEDNESDAY: 700 words, photos.
FILM REVIEW-VICE. By National Writer Jocelyn Noveck. SENT WEDNESDAY: 700 words, photos.
BOOK REVIEW-ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS by Mark Griffin. Reviewed by Douglass K. Daniel. SENT Monday: 700 words, photo.