BC-AP Entertainment and Arts Digest,1st Ld-Writethru

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Please see OSCARS SPOT NEWS ADVISORY for plans for coverage of Sunday’s awards show.



OSCARS-WORTH — The actual worth of the 13½-inch golden boy known as Oscar is about $500, but it can be worth many millions in the careers of its lucky recipients. It’s not a bad ego booster, either. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. UPCOMING: 600 words by 4 p.m., photos.

OSCARS-COSTUME DESIGN — How the craft of costume design can help dress up a film for a date at the Oscars. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. UPCOMING: 600 words by 4 p.m., photo gallery.

OSCAR WATCH-ANIMATED FEATURES — The filmmakers nominated for this year’s animated feature film Academy Award shared their fears of working in the fragile medium during an event Thursday celebrating their five creations at the motion picture academy. By Entertainment Writer Derrik J. Lang. SENT: 400 words, photo

OSCARS-MEXICO — Mexico is celebrating the likely possibility that Alejandro Inarritu will win the third directing Oscar in a row for a native son, following his win last year and Alfonso Cuaron’s win the year before. And if that’s not enough to cheer about at Sunday’s Academy Awards, Mexico’s Chivo Lubezki is favored to win the cinematography Oscar for a third straight year. By Berenice Bautista. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

GOP 2016-DEBATE RATINGS — Nielsen releases viewership of Thursday night’s GOP debate on Friday afternoon. By Television Writer Frazier Moore. UPCOMING: 400 words by 4 p.m., photos.

MUSIC-PHIL COLLINS — Singer and drummer Phil Collins is taking one tentative step out of musical retirement by offering up huge chunks of his past. By Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy. SENT: 700 words, photos, video.


TV-VICELAND — The new Viceland cable channel takes to the air Monday with the ultimate in user-generated programming. By Television Writer David Bauder. SENT: 700 words, photos.

TV-DAVID HASSELHOFF — David Hasselhoff will be making a splash on TV next month. To mark the American debut of his U.K. series, “Hoff the Record,” on AXS TV, the channel says it will salute the “Baywatch” star with a March 26 mini-marathon. SENT: 130 words, photos.

MARATHON BOMBING-MOVIE — Producers of a Mark Wahlberg movie about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing want to recreate the police shootout with the Tsarnaev brothers in the Watertown neighborhood where it happened. SENT: 140 words.

BRITAIN-ARISTOCRATIC AUCTION — Possessions of a poultry-raising aristocrat who ran Britain’s grandest stately home, was friends with John F. Kennedy and adored Elvis Presley are up for sale at Sotheby’s in London. By Jill Lawless. SENT: 400 words, photos.

BRITAIN-BEATLES — An acetate record cut by the Beatles before the Liverpool band hit stardom is going on auction. SENT: 200 words.

MILAN FASHION WEEK-WATCH — Round up of Friday shows. By Colleen Barry. UPCOMING: 700 words by 6 p.m., photos, video.








OSCARS-DIVERSITY-SCREENWRITING — African-American screenwriter Alyson Fouse was working on the cheerleader comedy “Bring It On” when producers called for a character to be “more ‘ghetto,’ for want of a better word,” she said. She negotiated the outcome, but it’s a struggle for writers to overcome Hollywood’s diversity problem even though stories and characters start with them. By Entertainment Writer Lynn Elber. UPCOMING Saturday: About 800 words, photos.



FILM REVIEW-TRIPLE 9. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT Tuesday: 650 words, photos.

FILM REVIEW-KNIGHT OF CUPS. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT: 650 words by 6 p.m. Thursday. Note: Review is moving a week early.

FILM REVIEW-GODS OF EGYPT. By National Writer Jocelyn Noveck. SENT: 640 words by 6 p.m. Thursday, photos. Embargo set by studio.

TV REVIEW-FULLER HOUSE. By Television Writer Frazier Moore. SENT Tuesday: 700 words, photos.

MUSIC REVIEW-WILLIE NELSON. By Michael McCall. SENT Thursday: 210 words

MUSIC REVIEW-BONNIE RAITT. By Pablo Gorondi. SENT Thursday: 260 words

MUSIC REVIEW-EMITT RHODES. By Pablo Gorondi. SENT Thursday: 210 words

THEATER REVIEW-SMOKEFALL. By Jennifer Farrar. SENT Monday: 477 words, photo.

THEATER REVIEW-HUGHIE. By Drama Writer Mark Kennedy. SENT: 500 words by 8 p.m. Thursday, photos.

MUSIC REVIEW-LAST IN LINE. By Wayne Parry. SENT Tuesday: 240 words, photos.

GAME REVIEW-FAR CRY PRIMAL. By Lou Kesten. UPCOMING Friday: 500 words, photos.

BOOK REVIEW-FLIGHT OF DREAMS BY ARIEL LAHON. Reviewed by Kendal Weaver. SENT Tuesday: 400 words, photos.

BOOK REVIEW-WHAT REMAINS OF ME BY ALISON GAYLIN. Reviewed by Oline H. Cogdill. SENT Tuesday: 400 words, photos.

BOOK REVIEW-OUT OF THE BLUES BY TRUDY NAN BOYCE. Reviewed by Kendal Weaver. SENT Tuesday: 450 words, photos.

BOOK REVIEW-TRY NOT TO BREATHE BY HOLLY SEDDON. Reviewed by Jeff Ayers. SENT Tuesday: 320 words, photos.

BOOK REVIEW-LEONARD BY WILLIAM SHATNER. Reviewed by Jeff Ayers. SENT Tuesday: 330 words, photos.



LONDON— Sarah Wayne Callies discusses what is on “The Other Side of the Door,” her new horror.

MILAN— Fashion week: Emporio Armani

MILAN— Fashion week: Etro

BERLIN— Six dancers from Madonna’s Blonde Ambition tour talk about their lives on the road with Madonna in “Strike a Pose.”

LOS ANGELES —Chris Rock, Kelly Rowland, more, attend the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon

FILE —Tang Wei announces pregnancy and drops new trailer for ‘Meeting Mr. Right 2’

LOS ANGELES— Academy celebrates nominees of the animated feature category, which this year is dominated by foreign titles

NEW YORK— Hugh Jackman, Taron Egerton, and Dexter Fletcher on their favorite Olympic movies at premiere of “Eddie the Eagle.”

BEVERLY HILLS— Stars and designers discuss the trickiest costumes they’ve ever worn or created.

LONDON— Stars of ‘Grimsby’ on how similar they are to their relatives.