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BC-AP Entertainment Digest

February 22, 2019

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JUSSIE SMOLLETT-CAREER _ The case against Jussie Smollett could do more lead to a conviction for the “Empire” star _ some experts see the allegations he orchestrated an attack designed to look like a hate crime as dealing a potentially fatal blow to his career. By Lynn Elber. SENT: 1,000 words, photos and video.


_ EMPIRE CAST MEMBER-ATTACK-TECHNOLOGY _ Technology played a big role in the investigation of allegations that “Empire” actor Jesse Smollett was the victim of a hate crime. By Tammy Webber. SENT: 710 words, photos.

_ EMPIRE CAST MEMBER-ATTACK-DISCOURSE _ The case of “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett could have consequences beyond the Chicago courtroom where he was charged with staging a racist, anti-gay attack on himself. By David Crary. SENT: 960 words, photos.

_ HIGH-PROFILE FABRICATIONS-LIST: Celebrities, athletes, others accused of lying to the public. SENT: 1023 words, photos.

OSCARS-PREVIEW _ The 91st Academy Awards lack a host but not intrigue. Among the questions heading into Sunday’s show are whether Netflix can win its first best picture Oscar. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. UPCOMING: 850 words by 3 p.m., photos.

STILLBIRTHS-ROMA _ A small but haunting scene in the Oscar-nominated film Roma puts a rare spotlight on stillbirths. Nearly half a century after the film’s setting, stillbirths are still surprisingly common, poorly understood and often shunned. By Lindsey Tanner. UPCOMING: 1,200 words, photo.

FILM-FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY_ Believe it or not, Hollywood executives told Dwayne Johnson “no thanks” when he pitched his latest movie. So before he trades insults with Jason Statham in “Hobbs & Shaw” or straps in for the Disney’s “Jungle Cruise,” the artist forever known as The Rock put on his independent film producer hat and went outside the studio system to make “Fighting With My Family.” By Entertainment Writer Ryan Pearson. UPCOMING: 700 words by 7 p.m., photos, video.

OSCARS-VANITY FAIR WOMEN _ By the time filmmaker Ava DuVernay got to Vanity Fair and Lancome’s Women in Hollywood pre-Oscars event Thursday night, she had already been to two other events that day. Such is the life in the days leading up to the Academy Awards Sunday, where it can often seem like there are more parties than there are nominees to go around. By AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 320 words.

ESSENCE-BLACK WOMEN IN HOLLYWOOD _ Amandla Stenberg, KiKi Lane, Regina Hall and Jennifer Lewis took the audience from tears to laughter and back again with emotional speeches at the Essence Black Women in Hollywood luncheon. By AP Entertainment Writer Nekesa Mumbi Moody. SENT: 940 words, photos.

YOUTUBE-CREATOR PROTEST _ YouTube has plenty of problems to deal with, ranging from advertiser boycotts to a recommendation engine often blamed for encouraging conspiracies on the video-sharing network. But rarely does it score such a spectacular own goal as it did with its 2018 year-in-review video. By AP Technology Writer Rachel Lerman. SENT: 930 words, photos.

NAZI RALLY-ANNIVERSARY _ A pro-Hitler rally that took place 80 years ago this week at New York’s Madison Square Garden is the subject of a short documentary that’s up for an Oscar. By Karen Matthews. SENT: 530 words, photo.

MO WILLEMS-KENNEDY CENTER _ Children’s author-illustrator Mo Willems has been named the Kennedy Center’s first ever “Education Artist-In-Residence.” SENT: 430 words.



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


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.