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THURSDAY, MARCH 31
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: 700 words by 11 a.m., photo, video.
REALITY SHOW-MURDER FOR HIRE — If the State of Florida’s attempted murder-for-hire case against Dalia Dippolito unfolds like a reality show, maybe that’s because it was made with television in mind. By Terry Spencer. SENT: 970 words, photos, video.
REALITY SHOW-MURDER-FOR-HIRE-TRANSCRIPT. SENT: 500 words, photos.
HUNGARY-OBIT-KERTESZ — Imre Kertesz, the Hungarian writer who won the 2002 Nobel Prize for Literature for fiction largely drawn from his experience as a teenage prisoner in Nazi concentration camps, died Thursday at his Budapest home after a long illness. He was 86. By Pablo Gorondi. SENT: 920 words, photos.
FILM-FEMALE DIRECTORS — The director of “Bridesmaids,” ”Spy” and the upcoming “Ghostbusters” remake says he would add an equity clause to his future film contracts that requires gender-balanced casting of minor roles. By Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen. SENT: 300 words, photos.
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: 500 words by 2 p.m., photos.
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. SENT: 300 words, photos.
PEN FREEDOM TO WRITE — Imprisoned author-journalist Ahmed Naji of Egypt is being given the PEN/Barbey Freedom to Write Award. Naji received a 2-year sentence in February on charges of “violating public modesty,” an allegation tied to the sexual content of his novel “The Use of Life.” By National Writer Hillel Italie. SENT: 350 words, photos.
KATT WILLIAMS-DISORDERLY CONDUCT — Katt Williams faces court appearance Thursday after fight with teen. SENT: 140 words, photos.
BRITAIN-OBIT-RONNIE CORBETT — British comedian Ronnie Corbett, half of the much-loved duo The Two Ronnies, has died at the age of 85. By Jill Lawless. SENT: 300 words, photos.
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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. In an interview, the couple talks about the show and answers 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 Friday: 550 words by 1 p.m., photos, video.
ALS FILMMAKER — Patrick O’Brien produced an acclaimed documentary film about his life with ALS just by moving his eyebrows. O’Brien’s movie, “Transfatty Lives,” which moved audiences and won awards at several film festivals, premieres in Boston on April 3. By Philip Marcelo. UPCOMING Friday: 600 words by 1 a.m., photos.
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):
CANNES — Actors Kalieaswari Srinivasan and Jesuthasan Antonythasan talk about the Tamil Tiger drama “Dheepan.”
LONDON — Chris Hemsworth, Emily Blunt, Nick Frost and Rob Brydon attend a press conference for “The Huntsman: Winter’s War.”
NEW YORK — David Hasselhoff talks about AXS TV bringing season one of the U.K. scripted mockumentary series “Hoff the Record” to the U.S.
NEW YORK — “Orange is the New Black” stars Taryn Manning and Danielle Brooks talk about the TV series.
BROADCAST VIDEO ALREADY AVAILABLE (also on APVUS):
NEW YORK — “Pitch Perfect” stars Anna Camp and fiance Skylar Astin talk about upcoming wedding.
NEW YORK — Tina Fey, Jane Krakowski and Ellie Kemper attend the season two premiere of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.”
LOS ANGELES — Don Cheadle talks about his directorial debut.
LOS ANGELES — James Cameron attends “The Dark Horse” premiere.
COMING UP ON CELEBRITY EXTRA (also to be available on APVUS):
UK — Stars of new Disney TV series “The Lodge” talk about where they spent their holidays while growing up.
LOS ANGELES — John Hawkes remembers falling in love with acting and talks about why he prefers indie films.