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BC-AP Entertainment Digest

February 20, 2019

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 20

OSCARS-BEST PICTURE RACE _ This year’s best-picture race has confounded even the most seasoned onlookers. Ahead of Sunday’s Oscars, we run down the chances of each nominee. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. UPCOMING: 850 words by 4 p.m., photos.

MUSIC-AMC NOMINATIONS _ Chris Stapleton and Dan + Shay lead the 54th Academy of Country Music Awards with six nominations each while Grammy album of the year winner Kacey Musgraves comes in with five nominations. By Kristin M. Hall. SENT: 390 words, photos.

EMPIRE CAST MEMBER-ATTACK _ Chicago’s top prosecutor recused herself from the investigation into the attack reported by “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett shortly after police requested another interview with the actor. By Don Babwin. SENT: 566 words, photos. With EMPIRE CAST MEMBER-ATTACK-TIMELINE and EMPIRE CAST MEMBER-ATTACK-THE LATEST.

TV-STAR CROSSED CRITICS _ Ego and publicity are always at stake when the twice-annual Television Critics Association meets. But the internet has changed the gatherings. By Lynn Elber and David Bauder. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photo.

COSTUME DESIGNERS GUILD AWARDS _ Ruth E. Carter may be receiving Oscar recognition for her costume designer work on “Black Panther,” but she told a packed room at the Costume Guild Awards on Tuesday night that she has created wardrobes for other superheros throughout her illustrious career. By Jonathan Landrum Jr. SENT: 640 words, photos.

OSCARS-ROMA PRODUCER _ Gabriela Rodriguez knew from early on that she had something special in her hands. After more than a decade collaborating with the meticulous Alfonso Cuarón, she knew his work inside out and was a fan of his. What the Venezuelan producer never anticipated was the universal success that “Roma” enjoyed, or that she’d become the first Latino woman ever nominated to best picture, and she has good chances to win. By Sigal Ratner-Arias. UPCOMING: 750 words by 5 p.m., photos.

ESPORTS-BREAKOUT GAME _ For the first time since its meteoric rise, “Fortnite” is no longer a no-doubt victory royale atop the video game industry. “Apex Legends” — a battle royale from Electronic Arts — has charged into the market and smashed “Fortnite” records for downloads and viewership since its release three weeks ago. By Jake Seiner. SENT: 1,058 words, photos.

NIELSENS _ Coverage of the top prime-time programs from the week of Feb. 11-17. By AP Television Writer Lynn Elber. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos. With NIELSENS-LIST

MET OPERA SEASON _ The Metropolitan Opera announces its season, which opens with its first performance in nearly three decades of the Gershwins’ “Porgy and Bess.” By Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

TRAVEL-GREEN BOOK _ The Oscar-nominated interracial road trip movie “Green Book” has spurred interest in the 20th Century guidebook that helped black travelers navigate segregated America. With a little research, travelers can find copies of “The Negro Motorist Green Book” online and retrace the route in the movie or develop their own tours of sites that once provided refuge to African-Americans during Jim Crow. By Russell Contreras and Jay Reeves. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.

BRITAIN BRIT AWARDS _ Home-grown talents Dua Lipa, Anne-Marie and George Ezra lead the nominations for the U.K. music industry’s Brit Awards , set to be handed out at a ceremony featuring performances by “The Greatest Showman” star Hugh Jackman and DJ Calvin Harris. SENT: 140 words, photos.

OBIT-HOROWITZ _ David Horowitz, whose “Fight Back!” syndicated program made him perhaps the best-known consumer reporter in the U.S., has died. He was 81. SENT: 525 words, photo.

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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. UPCOMING Wednesday.

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

BOOK REVIEW-HUNTING LEROUX BY ELAINE SHANNON. Reviewed by Jeff Ayers. UPCOMING Wednesday.

BOOK REVIEW-NEVER TELL BY LISA GARDNER. Reviewed by Jeff Ayers. UPCOMING Wednesday.