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DISNEY-PANDORA-WORLD OF AVATAR. It’s not a movie set, but Pandora-World of Avatar, Disney World’s new 12-acre, half-billion land that is opening in Florida at the end of May, is a cinematic experience. By Michael Schneider. UPCOMING: 800 words by 10 a.m., photos.

TV-PEOPLE-BRITT ROBERTSON — Britt Robertson stars in the new Netflix comedy “Girlboss,” based on the best-selling book by Sophia Amoruso. By Alicia Rancilio. UPCOMING: 500 words by 2 p.m., photos, video.

MTV MOVIE AND TV AWARDS — MTV described its Movie & TV Awards as the year’s biggest party, but it also made a serious statement with its new policy of breaking down gender barriers in its new format, as men and women competed jointly in the acting categories. Film hit “Beauty and the Beast” and Netflix newcomer “Stranger Things” were the night’s big winners on Sunday. By Sandy Cohen and Frazier Moore. SENT: 700 words, photos, video.

MTV MOVIE AND TV AWARDS-EMMA WATSON — Emma Watson had high praise for MTV’s move to remove gender qualifiers for its Movie and TV Awards handed out on Sunday night. SENT: 125 words, photos.

PEOPLE-NICKI MINAJ — Nicki Minaj is putting some fans on scholarship. After a fan asked the hip-hop star if she would pay his college tuition on Twitter, Minaj agreed to pay fans’ school costs — on the condition that they show her perfect marks. A few dozen fans accepted Minaj’s offer. SENT: 115 words, photos.

MET-OPERA-HOUSE-50TH-ANNIVERSARY-GALA — Dmitri Hvorostovsky walked stiffly toward the center of the stage after the surprise announcement by Metropolitan Opera General Manager Peter Gelb on Sunday. The 54-year-old Russian withdrew in December from all staged opera performances because treatment for a brain tumor diagnosed in June 2015 had caused balance issues. By Ronald Blum. SENT: 600 words, photos.

NEW JERSEY HALL OF FAME — New Jersey’s Hall of Fame has honored its newest members with songs and speeches. Camden County native Kelly Ripa, actor Ray Liotta of Newark and Middletown resident Connie Chung were among the honorees at the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park on Sunday night. SENT: 115 words, photos.

BRITAIN-BANKSY BREXIT — Street artist Banksy has produced a large mural showing a workman chipping away one of the 12 stars on the European Union flag. SENT: 130 words, photos.



BOOKS-SUMMER READS — The “beach read” is short-hand for disposable page turners but Elin Hilderbrand and others who write them have long-held rules and standards: strong characters and narratives, and settings compelling and accurate. Among novels to look for this summer are Hilderbrand’s “The Identicals,” set on the Massachusetts island of Nantucket, and Mary Alice Monroe’s “Beach House for Rent.” Monroe sets her work along the South Carolina coast. By Hillel Italie and Alicia Rancilio. UPCOMING Tuesday: 900 words by 10 a.m., photos.

MUSIC-ZAC BROWN BAND — The Zac Brown Band returns this month with an album of pure country songs, which will come as a relief to some fans bewildered by the singer’s recent dabbling in everything from grunge to electronica. But Brown is unapologetic for his musical wanderings. By Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy. UPCOMING Tuesday: 800 words, photos.

MUSIC-AMERICANA AWARDS — Nominations are announced for the 2017 Americana Honors and Awards, to be held Sept. 13 in Nashville, Tennessee. UPCOMING Tuesday: 150 words, photos.



FILM REVIEW-THE WALL. By Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy. UPCOMING Tuesday: 600 words, photos.

FILM REVIEW-SNATCHED. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. UPCOMING Tuesday: 650 words, photos.

FILM REVIEW-ALIEN COVENANT. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. UPCOMING Tuesday: 650 words, photos.

FILM REVIEW-KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. UPCOMING Wednesday: 650 words, photos. (Under embargo by the studio.)

BOOK REVIEW-FAKE PLASTIC LOVE, BY KIMBERLEY TAIT. Reviewed by Lincee Ray. UPCOMING Monday: 350 words by 3 p.m., photos.

BOOK REVIEW-THE THIRST, BY JO NESBO. Reviewed by Jonathan Elderfield. UPCOMING Monday: 350 words by 3 p.m., photos.

BOOK REVIEW-SINCE WE FELL, BY DENNIS LEHANE. Reviewed by Oline H. Cogdill. UPCOMING Monday: 350 words by 3 p.m., photos.




LONDON— Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Danny McBride, Billy Crudup and Ridley Scott talk about the new “Alien” adventure, “Covenant.”

LONDON— Jessica Chastain looks ahead to the Cannes Film Festival, where she will be on the jury and will co-host the amfAR gala.

NASHVILLE — Members of Rascal Flatts talk about their new album.

LONDON— A behind-the-scenes look at the new Pink Floyd exhibition opening at the V&A Museum.


LONDON— “Mindhorn” stars discuss how they would cope as action heroes.

LOS ANGELES— Kevin Bacon’s co-stars dish on their varying degrees of separation from the actor.

LOS ANGELES— Lorraine Toussaint discusses blogging and the importance of staying “awake.”


LOS ANGELES— Before the rain, Issa Rae, Hailee Steinfeld and RuPaul walk the MTV carpet.

LOS ANGELES— Wind and rain force arrivals to go inside at the MTV Movie & TV Awards.

LOS ANGELES— Rain and hail cause shutdown of the red carpet at the MTV Movie & TV Awards.

LOS ANGELES— “Beauty and the Beast” wins Movie of the Year and “Stranger Things” wins Show of the Year at the MTV Movie & TV Awards.

LOS ANGELES— MTV recognizes both film and TV at the MTV Movie & TV Awards.