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THURSDAY, May 23
FRANCE-CANNES-NETFLIX _ Netflix isn’t absent from the Cannes Film Festival; it’s everywhere. Though the streaming giant has no films in the main sections of the festival because of an ongoing dispute with French theater owners, the 72nd Cannes has been awash with discussion and debate about streaming’s role in the future of cinema. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. UPCOMING: 800 words by 2 p.m. EDT, photos.
TV-WHEN THEY SEE US _ In Ava DuVernay’s new four-part Netflix series “When They See Us,” the horrific odyssey endured by five young men wrongfully accused of raping a jogger in Central Park is shown over 25 years, from the 1989 night they were arrested to the day a settlement was reached with the city in 2014. The five young actors who play the accused in the first half of the series all were horrified to learn details of the case and hope it can lead to changes in the judicial system. By AP Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy. UPCOMING: 1,000 words.
FRANCE-FASHION-RIHANNA: Rihanna, the first black woman in history to head up a major Parisian luxury house, is unveiling her first fashion designs for Fenty at a pop-up store in Paris. "This is a moment in history," Rihanna, 31, said at a preview of the store in a white structure tuxedo dress. "It's a big deal for me and my entire generation." By AP Fashion Writer Thomas Adamson. SENT. 377 words, photos.
KIM KARDASHIAN WEST-LOCKING ARMS: Brittany K. Barnett and MiAngel Cody are warrior attorneys with a mission: Freeing nonviolent drug offenders sentenced to harshly long mandatory sentences in a criminal justice system they’re working to reform. When it comes to the cause, their energy is boundless. What they have no energy for is explaining why they’re immensely grateful to Kim Kardashian West for her help as she caught some headlines in the process. By Leanne Italie. Upcoming: 1,000 words by 2 p.m. Thursday, photos.
With PRISON REFORM-CELEBRITIES. Kim Kardashian West isn’t the only celebrity speaking out for prison reform. It was also important to slain rapper Nipsey Hussle, and to Common, Kevin Hart and a host of others. By Marcela Isaza. Upcoming: 750 words by 2 p.m., photos.
AUSTRALIA-PEOPLE-GEOFFREY RUSH _ Oscar-winning actor Geoffrey Rush has been awarded a total of 2.9 million Australian dollars ($2 million) damages in a defamation case against a Sydney newspaper publisher and journalist over reports he had been accused of inappropriate behavior toward an actress.
FILM-GLAAD REPORT _ The advocacy organization GLAAD says that LGBTQ representation is up for major studio films released in 2018, but that none included transgender characters. By AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 500 words, photos.
FILM-ROTTEN TOMATOES _ The review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes says Thursday that users who have purchased tickets on Fandango will get a verified badge next to their review, beginning with films out this weekend like "Booksmart" and "Aladdin." SENT: 130 words, photo.
WALLENDA-TIMES SQUARE _ ABC announced Thursday that daredevil Nik Wallenda and his sister Lijana will cross the tourist hotspot during a 1,300-foot (396-meter) simultaneous highwire walk 25 stories above the ground. ABC will air the attempt during a two-hour prime-time special on June 23. SENT: 150 words.
BRITAIN-OBIT-JUDITH KERR _ Judith Kerr, a refugee from Nazi Germany who wrote and illustrated the bestselling "The Tiger Who Came to Tea" and other beloved children's books, has died at the age of 95. The beguiling story of the tea-drinking tiger has been shared by parents with young children since it was first published in 1968 and has never been out of print. By Gregory Katz. SENT: 440 words.
GRACELAND-NEW EXHIBITS _ A massive new exhibition and entertainment hall is set to open at Elvis Presley's Graceland in Tennessee with three museum-style exhibits, including one focused on the late boxing great Muhammad Ali. Graceland officials say the 80,000-square-foot Graceland Exhibition Center opens Saturday to guests visiting the Presley-themed tourist attraction in Memphis. By Adrian Sanz. SENT: 400 words, photos.
MUSEUM APOLOGY _ Boston's venerable Museum of Fine Arts has apologized to a group of minority middle school students who say they were subjected to racism by staff and some other patrons during a field trip. SENT: 130 words.
FILM REVIEW-ALADDIN _ By AP Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy. SENT Wednesday: Film Stills.
FILM REVIEW-BOOKSMART _ By AP Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT Wednesday. Film stills.
FILM REVIEW-BRIGHTBURN _ By AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT Wednesday. Film stills.
MUSIC REVIEW-MAVIS STAPLES _ Reviewed by AP Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy: SENT Tuesday: 350 words, photo.
MUSIC REVIEW-MORRISSEY _ Reviewed by AP Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy. SENT Tuesday: 400 words, photo.
MUSIC REVIEW-STRAY CATS. Reviewed by Jeff Karoub. SENT Wednesday: 250 words, photos by 5 p.m.
MUSIC REVIEW-CATE LE BON. Reviewed by Jake O'Connell. UPCOMING Thursday: 250 words, photos by 5 p.m.
MUSIC REVIEW-JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE. Reviewed by Steven Wine. SENT Wednesday: 250 words, photos by 5 p.m.
MUSIC REVIEW-THE WATERBOYS. Reviewed by Steven Wine. SENT Wednesday: 250 words, photos by 5 p.m.
BOOK REVIEW-STAR CROSSED _ Reviewed by Rasha Madkour. SENT Monday: 260 words, photo.
BOOK REVIEW-DECEPTION COVE _ Reviewed by Oline H. Cogdill. SENT Monday: 470 words, photo.
BOOK REVIEW-THE NEVER GAME _ Reviewed by Jeff Ayers. SENT Monday: 275 words, photo.
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