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GOP 2016-ARMCHAIR CONVENTION — A look at the 2016 Republican National Convention through a media lens: The good vibes from Melania Trump’s speech to the GOP delegates on Monday night lasted about as long as it took to clear the room. By Television Writer David Bauder. SENT: 770 words, photos.

GOP 2016-CONVENTION-MELANIA TRUMP — The Trump campaign on Tuesday dismissed criticism that Melania Trump directly lifted two passages nearly word-for-word from the speech that first lady Michelle Obama delivered in 2008 at the Democratic National Convention, calling the complaints “just absurd.” By Erica Werner and Scott Bauer. SENT: 875 words, photos, video.

GOP 2016-IVANKA TRUMP — Donald Trump’s oldest daughter defended his record with women Tuesday, saying the presumptive Republican nominee believes deeply in gender equality, while acknowledging that her father has the tendency to rile people up. SENT: 180 words, photos.

TV-BILL MAHER-SPECIALS — “Real Time” host Bill Maher is taking on both conventions with special shows. They air Wednesday and Thursday on HBO this week and next. By Television Writer Frazier Moore. UPCOMING: 700 words by 10 a.m., photos.

FILM-STAR TREK — The cast and filmmakers of “Star Trek Beyond” celebrate the release of their new movie and the life of Anton Yelchin, who died last month at age 27. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. UPCOMING: 800 words by 2 p.m., photos, video.

COMIC-CON-ANNIVERSARIES — “Wonder Woman,” ”Star Trek” and “Aliens” are among the long-running entertainment franchises that will be celebrating milestones at this week’s San Diego Comic-Con, the annual pop-culture convention that’s expected to draw more than 160,000 fans to the San Diego Convention Center. By Entertainment Writer Derrik J. Lang. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

BRITAIN-PIPPA MIDDLETON — The Duchess of Cambridge’s younger sister Pippa Middleton and hedge fund manager James Matthews announced their engagement Tuesday, setting the stage for a celebrated society wedding in the coming year. SENT: 175 words, photos.

JAPAN-NINTENDO — “Pokemon Go” more than doubles Nintendo’s stock price. SENT: 120 words, photos.

GAMES-BEYOND POKEMON GO — “Pokemon Go” has introduced much of America to augmented reality, a freakish landscape with computer-generated monsters frolicking in the real world, but what’s the next AR smash? By Lou Kesten. SENT: 165 words, photos.

MARILYN MONROE-AUCTION — Two locks of Marilyn Monroe’s hair are going on the auction block in the fall and could sell for as much as $8,000. By Ula Ilnytzky. SENT: 290 words. Photos planned.

PEOPLE-CHER’S FORMER MANSION — A seven-bedroom South Florida mansion once owned by Cher has sold for $23.46 million. SENT: 130 words. ____













GOP 2016-ARMCHAIR CONVENTION — News and notes from media coverage of the Republican National Convention. By Television Writer David Bauder. UPCOMING Wednesday: 700 words, photos.

COMIC-CON-PREVIEW — The doors to San Diego Comic-Con are set to open Wednesday night with a preview of the pop-culture convention’s show floor. “The Walking Dead,” ”Game of Thrones,” ”Justice League” and “Star Trek” are among the entertainment properties expected to be hyped at the four-day extravaganza. By Entertainment Writers Derrik J. Lang and Lindsey Bahr. UPCOMING Wednesday: 600 words, photos.

COMIC-CON-STAR TREK PREMIERE — The cast of “Star Trek Beyond” is beaming into San Diego Comic-Con for the sci-fi sequel’s U.S. premiere. By Entertainment Writer Derrik J. Lang. UPCOMING Wednesday: 500 words, photos.

FILM-DON’T THINK TWICE — Improv is ready for its close-up. No other type of comedy has grown more in the last decade, and now, the burgeoning scene has its first movie. Mike Birbiglia’s “Don’t Think Twice” lovingly presents the communal but competitive lives of a fictional improv troupe. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. UPCOMING Wednesday: 800 words by 11 a.m., photos.



FILM REVIEW-STAR TREK. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT Monday: 695 words, photos.

FILM REVIEW-DON’T THINK TWICE. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. UPCOMING: 650 words by 6 p.m. Tuesday, photos.

FILM REVIEW-LIGHTS OUT. By Sandy Cohen. UPCOMING: 650 words by noon Thursday, photos.

FILM REVIEWS PLANNED FOR WEEK OF JULY 25: “Bourne,” ”Bad Moms,” ”Gleason.”

GAME REVIEW-POKEMON GO. By Lou Kesten. SENT Tuesday. 500 words, photos.

BOOK REVIEW-SEINFELDIA, BY JENNIFER KEISHIN ARMSTRONG. Reviewed by Matt Sedensky. SENT Monday: 555 words, photos.

BOOK REVIEW-THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF STONES BY MJ ROSE, reviewed by Jeff Ayers. SENT Monday: 260 words, photos.

BOOK REVIEW-FOR THE LOVE OF MONEY BY SAM POLK, reviewed by Lincee Ray. SENT Monday: 290 words, photos.

BOOK REVIEW-THE WOMAN IN CABIN 10 BY RUTH WARE, reviewed by Lincee Ray. SENT Monday: 290 words, photos.

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LONDON — Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley talk about “Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie.”

LONDON — “Star Trek Beyond” cast members talk about the film.

LONDON — Cast members of “Star Trek Beyond” talk about the sci-fi sequel.

NEW YORK — Moran Atias talks about her TV drama “Tyrant.”


LONDON — “Star Wars” acting veterans and newcomers delight fans at U.K. celebration.

NEW YORK — Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley and Chris Colfer attend the premiere of “Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie” in New York.