BC-US–AP Entertainment Digest, US

If you have questions, please email Shelley Acoca at sacoca@ap.org. Expanded AP content, beyond what appears here, can be obtained from http://www.apexchange.com/. For access to AP Exchange and other technical issues, contact apcustomersupport@ap.org or call 877-836-9477. For reruns of stories and questions about the best-seller lists, call the Service Desk at 800-838-4616. Times are EST.


YE-ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR — What entertainer dominated the headlines, permeated the culture, and made the greatest artistic impact in 2016? Some candidates are Beyonce, Adele, “Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. By Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy. SENT: 900 words, photos.

MUSIC-KANE BROWN — When Kane Brown tried out for “American Idol,” he felt like he kept getting rejected or stereotyped. So the 23-year-old singer from the Tennessee-Georgia border near Chattanooga turned to Facebook to find an audience. By Kristin M. Hall. UPCOMING: 500 words by 11 a.m., photos.

EX-REALITY CONTESTANT MISSING — The body of a woman believed to be a nurse and former reality TV show contestant has been found in a backyard grave at a Los Angeles-area residence and a 34-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder, police said. SENT: 400 words, photos.

LENA DUNHAM-APOLOGY — Lena Dunham has apologized for saying she wished she had an abortion. SENT: 100 words, photos.

ALAN THICKE-FUNERAL — The wife of Alan Thicke says her family is working through “profound mourning” days after the actor’s death at age 69. SENT: 120 words, photos.

PEOPLE-MARISKA HARGITAY-CHRISTOPHER MELONI — Former “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” co-stars Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni are celebrating the season with a holiday selfie. SENT: 80 words, photos.

PEOPLE-RICHARD MARX — Richard Marx says he wasn’t a hero for apparently intervening after an unruly passenger disrupted a Korean Air flight and had to be restrained. SENT: 200 words, ;photos.

FRANCE-OBIT-MORGAN — Michele Morgan, a French actress who starred with Humphrey Bogart and Frank Sinatra and was the first winner of Cannes’ best actress award, has died at 96. SENT: 130 words, photos.

AUSTRIA-NEW OPERA DIRECTOR — The Austrian government has chosen Sony manager Bogdan Roscic to head the Vienna State Opera as of 2020. SENT: 80 words.

PHILIPPINES-JAMES TAYLOR — James Taylor has canceled his February concert in Manila, saying reports of summary executions of suspected drug offenders in the Philippines without judicial proceedings are “deeply concerning and unacceptable.” SENT: 260 words, photos.



FILM REVIEW-PASSENGERS. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT Monday: 650 words by 5 p.m., photos.

FILM REVIEW-SING. By National Writer Jocelyn Noveck. SENT Monday: 680 words, photos.

FILM REVIEW-A MONSTER CALLS. By Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen. SENT: 650 words, photos by noon Tuesday.

FILM REVIEW-ASSASSIN’S CREED. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 650 words by 5 p.m., Tuesday, photos.

FILM REVIEW-SILENCE. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 650 words by 5 p.m., Tuesday, photos.

FILM REVIEWS PLANNED FOR NEXT WEEK: “20th Century Women,” ”Fences,” ”Patterson.”

BOOK REVIEW-PERFUME, BY LIZZIE OSTROM. Reviewed by Oline H. Cogdill. SENT Monday: 400 words, photos.



LOS ANGELES— Mark Wahlberg on why employing fiction was necessary to convey fact in new docudrama ‘Patriots Day.’

LONDON— Liam Neeson talks about the hard-hitting Martin Scorsese film, ‘Silence.’

FILE— A look back at the legal issues bothering the Kardashian / Jenner clan in 2016

FILE— Review of A-List stars who got in trouble with the law this year.

FILE— More names with legal issues in 2016.

LONDON— X Factor winner Matt Terry talks about his Christmas traditions.

US— Will Smith, Edward Norton, Hans Zimmer, more share the gift they wanted as a child for the holidays that they never got.

US— Will Smith, Kate McKinnon, Gael Garcia Bernal, Katie Holmes and more share what would make their New Year’s Eve playlist.

FILE_James Taylor cancels Manila concert over Duterte’s drug war

FILE_Richard Marx says he’s no ‘big hero’ after plane incident

PERTH/SYDNEY_Zoo animals get Xmas treats in Perth