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FILM-DC COMICS-EXTENDED UNIVERSE — DC Comics, once the supreme leader of the comic book world, has long lagged behind the juggernaut of Marvel movies. With “Batman V Superman,” DC and Warner Bros. is attempting to kick-start an “extended universe” of its own, gathering together some of its most prized characters before unleashing a barrage of 10 films in the next five years. By Film Writers Jake Coyle and Lindsey Bahr. UPCOMING: 800 words by 2 p.m., photos.
VIRTUAL REALITY-COMPARISON — After four years of hype, high-end virtual reality is coming to consumers’ living rooms next week with the release of the consumer edition of the Oculus Rift. The debut will be followed by the introduction of similar high-fidelity head-mounted displays, the HTC Vive and PlayStation VR. By Entertainment Writer Derrik J. Lang. UPCOMING: 500 words by 2 p.m., photos.
VIRTUAL REALITY-OCULUS RIFT — When the Oculus Rift debuts next week, it won’t do so with a star-studded launch party or massive marketing blitz worthy of a new video game console or smartphone. Instead, thousands of the virtual reality doodads will simply arrive on the doorsteps of early adopters willing to spend $600 for the immersive technology. By Entertainment Writer Derrik J. Lang. UPCOMING: 700 words by 3 p.m., photos.
TV-QUANTICO-WRITERS ROOM — Under bright lights in a Montreal studio, the stars of “Quantico” are shooting a new hour of this ABC thriller where they play a team of hotshot trainees at Virginia’s FBI Quantico Base. With their mission to uncover domestic terrorists, these recruits would never guess that, less than a year in the future, one of them, Alex Parrish, will be framed for orchestrating a ghastly act of terrorism. By Television Writer Frazier Moore. UPCOMING: 850 words by 11 a.m., photos.
MUSIC-MEGHAN TRAINOR — When playing her record label songs for her upcoming sophomore album, Meghan Trainor heard this word from L.A. Reid: “No.” So she linked up another producer, ditched her doo-wop pop sound and crafted the beat-driven, Destiny’s Child-influenced “No.” The song, not about Reid but boys, is already a hit for the Grammy winner. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos, video by 2 p.m.
BOOKS-BILL MURRAY — Bill Murray has turned up everywhere from bachelor parties to soccer games, but his latest surprise has a more literary side: He shares some favorite poems in the April issue of O, The Oprah Magazine, which comes out Friday. By Hillel Italie. UPCOMING: 380 words by 9 a.m., photos.
NOBEL-RUSHDIE — The Swedish Academy, which selects the winners of the Nobel Prize in literature, has condemned an Iranian death warrant against British writer Salman Rushdie, 27 years after it was pronounced. By Karl Ritter. SENT: 280 words, photos.
THEATER-BEN WHISHAW — British actor Ben Whishaw is a magnet for huge important roles that come back every few years. Hamlet was one. John Proctor in “The Crucible” is another. By Drama Writer Mark Kennedy. UPCOMING: 600 words, photo.
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BOOKS-TRUMP-CLINTON — Donald Trump’s first book was a memoir/manifesto dedicated to a life of big-time negotiating, while Hillary Clinton debuted with a call for community involvement in raising the young. Both books were best-sellers that attracted some controversy and added to the fame of the authors, but from their opening sentences, “The Art of the Deal” and “It Takes a Village” signaled sharply contrasting styles and backgrounds for this year’s top presidential contenders. By National Writer Hillel Italie. UPCOMING Friday: 1,000 words, photos.
FILM-BATMAN V SUPERMAN-WONDER WOMAN — Move over, Lynda Carter, there’s a new Wonder Woman on the block: 30-year-old Israeli actress Gal Gadot, who nearly steals the show from her male counterparts in ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ — a fitting introduction for the 75-year-old superhero before she finally gets a movie of her own. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. UPCOMING Friday: 500 words by 10 a.m., photos, video.
TV-CROSSROADS OF HISTORY — John Frederick Parker was best known as an unreliable Washington cop until the night in 1865 when he skipped out on his presidential bodyguard duties and Lincoln was assassinated. “Crossroads of History,” a new show airing on The History Channel, looks back at seemingly innocuous twists of fate. “Moments like that are so insane to me,” says the show’s creator, Elizabeth Shapiro. By Tracee M. Herbaugh. UPCOMING Friday: 400 words by 1 a.m., photo
THEATER-NAKED MAGICIANS — The idea came to them, remarkably, without alcohol playing a factor: Two magicians in Australia decided to create a new kind of show that mixed stripping and illusion. By Drama Writer Mark Kennedy. UPCOMING Friday: 550 words, photo.
FILM REVIEW-BATMAN V SUPERMAN. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT Tuesday: 840 words, photos.
FILM REVIEW-I SAW THE LIGHT. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT Tuesday: 650 words, photos.
FILM REVIEW- MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2. By National Writer Jocelyn Noveck. SENT Tuesday: 730 words, photos.
TV REVIEW-THE PASSION. By Television Writer Frazier Moore. Moved Sunday. SENT: 550 words, photos.
MUSIC REVIEW-BOB MOULD. By Pablo Gorondi. SENT Tuesday: 200 words, photos.
MUSIC REVIEW-I SAW THE LIGHT. By Lindsey Tanner. SENT Tuesday: 250 words, photos.
MUSIC REVIEW-PARKER MILSAP. By Steven Wine. SENT Wednesday: 250 words, photos.
MUSIC REVIEW-ZAYN. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. UPCOMING Friday: 300 words, photos by 5 p.m.
MUSIC REVIEW-ANTHONY HAMILTON. By Jonathan Landrum Jr. UPCOMING Friday: 250 words, photos by 5 p.m.
THEATER REVIEW-THE EFFECT. By Jennifer Farrar. SENT Monday: 400 words, photos.
GAME REVIEW-THE DIVISION. By Lou Kesten. SENT Wednesday: 500 words, photo.
BOOK REVIEW-THE SOUTH SIDE BY NATALIE Y. MOORE. Reviewed by Carla K. Johnson. SENT Monday: 450 words, photos.
BOOK REVIEW-BATMAN BY GLEN WELDON. Reviewed by Michael Hill. SENT Monday: 465 words, photos.
BOOK REVIEW-THE TOTAL PACKAGE BY STEPHANIE EVANOVICH. Reviewed by Lincee Ray. SENT Monday: 300 words, photos.
BOOK REVIEW-MRS. HOUDINI BY VICTORIA KELLY. Reviewed by Kim Curtis. SENT Monday: 230 words, photos.
BOOK REVIEW-FOOL ME ONCE BY HARLAN COBAN. Reviewed by Jeff Ayers. SENT Monday: 280 words, photos.
COMING UP ON ENTERTAINMENT DAILY NEWS (to be available on APVUS)
LONDON — Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Jesse Eisenberg talk about not getting to drive the Batmobile in “Batman V Superman.”
CAPE TOWN — Mos Def due in court to face immigration law allegations.
LONDON — Gal Gadot and Amy Adams talk about bonding on the set of “Batman V Superman.”
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Country duo Brothers Osborne talk about their ACM nominations.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Country singer Justin Moore talks about his new single.
NEW YORK — Colman Domingo talks about the new season of AMC’s “Fear of the Walking Dead.”
BROADCAST VIDEO ALREADY AVAILABLE (also on APVUS):
LONDON — A new documentary celebrates Queen Elizabeth II at age 90.
HAVANA — The Rolling Stones release promo video ahead of their free concert in Havana.
U.S. — U2’s The Edge launches his guitar and amplifier designs.
COMING UP ON CELEBRITY EXTRA (also to be available on APVUS):
LONDON — The U.K.’s Eurovision Song Contest contestants Joe And Jake talk about “The Voice,” the show that shot them to fame.
NEW YORK — “The Flash” star Keiynan Lonsdale talks about his love of comics.
LOS ANGELES— Comedian Eugenio Derbez leaves behind his fan base in Mexico to start over in the U.S.
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