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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30
CELEBRITY V SCIENCE — When celebrity and science collide, harmful side effects may occur. Last week, the Tribeca Film Festival defended then reversed its decision to program a documentary by a discredited former doctor. It was the latest instance of the medical community being forced to combat the influence of a celebrity promoting questionable science. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT: 880 words, photos.
BOOKS-GENDER STUDY — A new study of literary publications finds that men remain the majority of book reviewers and authors reviewed, but that the gap is narrowing. By National Writer Hillel Italie. SENT: 560 words.
TV-THE WALKING DEAD-FAMILIES — What’s a little gore among family members? Parents and children are spending weekly quality time together by watching “The Walking Dead” on AMC. By Alicia Rancilio. SENT: 530 words, photos, video.
FULLSCREEN DIGITAL CHANNEL — The Fullscreen media company is expanding its role beyond cultivating young video stars by launching a subscription video-on-demand service whose programming will draw on homegrown talent as well as content from a range of other producers. By Television Writer Frazier Moore. SENT: 660 words, photos.
PEOPLE-BILL COSBY — A judge says Bill Cosby doesn’t have to give more sworn testimony at this time in a Southern California woman’s sexual battery lawsuit so the comedian can resolve a separate criminal case. By Entertainment Writer Anthony McCartney. SENT: 360 words, photos. Will be updated.
MUSIC-ERIC CHURCH — After dropping a surprise album on fans, Eric Church takes stock of his unconventional release with “Mr. Misunderstood,” as he heads into the Academy of Country Music Awards with six nominations. By Kristin M. Hall. SENT: 800 words, photos, video.
RAPPER-PRISON SONG-PROBE — The rapper known as “C-Murder,” who once recorded an album while locked up in jail, may have done it again — this time in a maximum-security Louisiana prison, where he is serving a life sentence for a teenager’s killing. By Michael Kunzelman. SENT: 430 words.
PATTY DUKE — The courage that a teenage Patty Duke portrayed on-screen as Helen Keller in “The Miracle Worker” was breathtaking and Oscar-winning. Duke’s own gritty struggle against bipolar disorder was equally admired. The actress lost a final health struggle on Tuesday — a ruptured intestine. She was 69. By Television Writer Frazier Moore. SENT: 800 words, photos, video.
THEATER-SEAN HAYES — Sean Hayes will return to Broadway this summer playing God in a stage adaptation of the humor book “The Last Testament: A Memoir by God.” By Drama Writer Mark Kennedy. SENT: 205 words, photos.
MUSIC-BAD BOY CONCERT — Puff Daddy will celebrate the late Notorious B.I.G’s birthday with a concert featuring Lil Kim, Faith Evans, Mary J. Blige and Jay Z at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, on May 20. SENT: 130 words, photos.
BIDEN-LADY GAGA — Lady Gaga and Joe Biden are bringing their act to Las Vegas for an event raising awareness about sexual assault. By Josh Lederman. SENT: 160 words, photos.
PETS-SHY DOGS — Animal Planet will soon celebrate the success of a unique program aimed at second chance dogs, often shy and traumatized victims of puppy mills, hoarders and abandonment. In an hour-long special, the network delves into the Behavior Rehabilitation Center at St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in Madison, New Jersey. By Sue Manning. SENT: 570 words, photos.
PEOPLE-OLIVER STONE — director, screenwriter and producer Oliver Stone has been named recipient of the top award at this year’s Nantucket Film Festival. SENT: 125 words, photos.
SAGER’S SPIRIT — Craig Sager has a blood clot behind his right ear that is affecting his hearing, and that’s just another annoyance he is accepting as he continues to work NBA games for Turner Sports with fervor despite his leukemia no longer being in remission. By Sports Writer Janie McCauley. SENT: 900 words, photos.
CHINA-FILM DEAL — A private film company in eastern China has agreed to invest at least $500 million in the studio of former Walt Disney boss Dick Cook to make movies to be distributed worldwide, the companies announced. SENT: 230 words, photos.
OPERA-BUTTERFLY HD — Latvian soprano Kristine Opolais stars in Metropolitan Opera’s HD broadcast of “Madame Butterfly,” which will air Saturday By Mike Silverman. SENT: 500 words, photos.
BOOKS-LUKAS PRIZES — Books on the bombing of Nagasaki and the Supreme Court case that legalized racial segregation have won prizes named for the late author and journalist J. Anthony Lukas. SENT: 130 words.
CRYSTAL BRIDGES-CONTEMPORARY ART — A shuttered Kraft Foods plant in Arkansas will become a performance and visual arts space thanks to an investment by the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art founded by a Wal-Mart family heiress. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.
TV-VANISHING WOMEN — Conscious of the success of long-form mysteries like “The Serial” on NPR and HBO’s “The Jinx,” the Investigation Discovery network says it will air its first-ever serialized drama this spring. By Television Writer David Bauder. UPCOMING Thursday: 400 words by 7:30 a.m., photos.
TV-FIXER UPPER —Chip and Joanna Gaines are the stars of the hit HGTV series “Fixer Upper,” where they renovate old homes in and around their hometown of Waco, Texas. The couple talks about the show and answer questions fans wonder about — like whether they get help with construction or if they’ll ever take the show on the road. By Alicia Rancilio. UPCOMING: 550 words by 1 p.m., photos, video.
MUSIC-BIRDY — After debuting in 2011 with an impressive cover of Bon Iver’s “Skinny Lover” at 15, U.K. singer Birdy is showcasing more of her own style with “Beautiful Lies,” the 19-year-old’s new indie pop album that features songs she wrote. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. UPCOMING Thursday: 500 words, photos by 2 p.m.
THEATER-JEFF DANIELS — Most nights just before he hits a Broadway stage, you can find Jeff Daniels pacing furiously backstage and muttering to himself. By Drama Writer Mark Kennedy. UPCOMING Thursday: 700 words by 11 a.m., photo, video.
FILM REVIEW-THE DARK HORSE. By Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen. SENT Monday: 600 words, photos.
FILM REVIEW-MILES AHEAD. BY Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT Tuesday: 630 words, photos.
FILM REVIEW-EVERYBODY WANTS SOME. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT Tuesday: 720 words, photos.
THEATER REVIEW-THE CRUCIBLE. By Drama Writer Mark Kennedy. UPCOMING Thursday: 500 words by 10 p.m., photos.
MUSIC REVIEW-CHEAP TRICK. By Wayne Parry. SENT Tuesday: 210 words, photos.
MUSIC REVIEW-WILLIE NILE. By Kiley Armstrong. SENT Tuesday: 200 words, photos.
MUSIC REVIEW-TEDDY THOMPSON & KELLY JONES. By Steven Wine. SENT Wednesday: 180 words, photos.
BOOK REVIEW-GIRLS & SEX BY PEGGY ORENSTEIN. Reviewed by Ann Levin. SENT Monday: 400 words, photos.
COMING UP ON ENTERTAINMENT DAILY NEWS (to be available on APVUS)
LIMA — Peru Fashion Week kicks off with local and international designer showcase.
BUENOS AIRES — Emeraude Toubia and Alberto Rosende talk about their TV show, “Shadowhunters,” going global.
LONDON — Katherine Jenkins talks about her royal connections.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tom Hiddleston and Marc Abraham talk about the Hank Williams biopic.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Eric Church talks about ACM awards, surprise album release.
NEW YORK — Preview of the new ABC sitcom “The Real O’Neals,” about a gay teen coming out to his Irish Catholic family.
BROADCAST VIDEO ALREADY AVAILABLE (also on APVUS):
LOS ANGELES — Premiere of “Meet the Blacks,” with Mike Epps, Mike Tyson, Gary Owen, George Lopez and Snoop Dogg.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Randy Travis, Charlie Daniels and Fred Foster will join the Country Music Hall of Fame.
UK — Interviews with stars of the new Disney TV series “The Lodge.”
NEW YORK — “Shameless” star William H. Macy discusses honing his acting and directing skills.
LOS ANGELES — Actor Ethan Hawke says fame isn’t what it’s hyped up to be.