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

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UPDATES with: Bill Cosby, National Book Awards, Paris Jackson, David McCullough, Statue of Liberty Museum-Design, Rolling Stones, Books-Whiting Grants.


FILM-BIRTH OF A NATION-SLAVERY FATIGUE? — “Birth of a Nation,” the biopic depicting the slave rebellion led by Nat Turner, is the latest of several films about slavery in recent years. Such stories were much more scarce prior to 2012, with the release of “Django: Unchained” and their proliferation has led some to question whether viewers are becoming weary of the genre. Others say Hollywood hasn’t gone nearly far enough in recounting an oppressive and brutal system that lasted four centuries and was part of the country’s foundation. By Errin Haines Whack. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos.

TV-PAULEY-SUNDAY MORNING — Brace yourself for a change when Jane Pauley takes over as host of “CBS News Sunday Morning” this weekend: She doesn’t plan to wear a bow tie, as her predecessor, Charles Osgood, did for the 22 years he presided. But the rest of the show will be the same. By Television Writer Frazier Moore. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Embargoed.

TV-JAY Z — Rap superstar Jay Z is helping shine a light on prison reform as a producer of an upcoming TV show about a teen who spent years behind bars without trial for allegedly stealing a backpack. By Mark Kennedy. UPCOMING: 500 words by 3 p.m., photos, video. Eds: Developing from 11 a.m. press conference.

BILL COSBY — Bill Cosby’s lawyers say his sexual-assault case followed “a perfect storm” of mistakes and misconduct by a federal judge, an ambitious prosecutor and a celebrity lawyer. By Maryclaire Dale. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.

MUSIC-DESERT TRIP — The Desert Trip music festival, which kicks off Friday in Indio, California, is shaping up to be the most luxurious, and lucrative, event of its kind. The three-day concert promises a mix of Woodstock-era performers — the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Roger Waters and the Who (average age: 72) — with high-end amenities suited to the AARP set. By Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen. UPCOMING: 600 words by 3 p.m., photos.

CAMPAIGN 2016-HANNITY VS KELLY — A battle is brewing between 2 of Fox News’ biggest stars after conservative host Sean Hannity accused colleague Megyn Kelly of backing Hillary Clinton. SENT: 230 words, photos.

NATIONAL BOOK AWARDS — Novels by Colson Whitehead and Jacqueline Woodson and a graphic novel by Rep. John Lewis were among the finalists announced Thursday for the National Book Award. By National Writer Hillel Italie SENT: 445 words, photos.

PEOPLE-NORBERT LEO BUTZ — Not that he’s complaining, but Norbert Leo Butz has often been the only guy in the room lately. But that doesn’t mean he always understands the fairer sex. By Drama Writer Mark Kennedy. SENT: 730 words, photos, video.

MUSIC-RUMER WILLIS — From “Dancing with the Stars” to Dinah Washington: Rumer Willis channels jazz legends and debuts original music in an upcoming cabaret concert tour. By Nicole Evatt. UPCOMING: 600 words by 2 p.m., photos, video.

MUSIC-LADY GAGA — Lady Gaga showed she could rock a club just as hard as arenas as she showcased songs from her new album at a bar in Nashville, Tennessee, on Wednesday night. By Kristin M. Hall. SENT: 290 words, photos.

PEOPLE-ICE CUBE — Ice Cube has created an original song for the “Mafia III” video game. By Jonathan Landrum Jr. SENT: 250 words, photos.

BRITAIN-ROLLING STONES — It’s back to the blues for the Rolling Stones. The band that first made its name covering songs by American blues artists announced plans Thursday to release a blues album on Dec. 2. SENT: 190 words, photos.

PEOPLE-PARIS JACKSON — Paris Jackson has returned to Neverland. The daughter of Michael Jackson posted pictures on Instagram from her late father’s famous estate Wednesday, writing “felt so good to be home even for a little bit.” SENT: 105 words, photos.

BOOKS-DAVID MCCULLOUGH — David McCullough’s next book will find him on new ground. The Pulitzer Prize-winning historian is working on “The Pioneers,” the story of the first settlers of the Northwest Territory. SENT: 100 words.

FETTY WAP-DRIVING OFFENSES — Fetty Wap says he brought about $165,000 in cash to a New Jersey municipal building where he appeared on charges including driving with tinted windows and a suspended license. The Paterson native appeared in a Cedar Grove court Wednesday with wads of cash sticking out of his pockets. SENT: 125 words, photos.

STATUE OF LIBERTY MUSEUM-DESIGN — A new museum that seemingly rises out of the ground will replace the small exhibition space inside the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty, its grass roof blending with the landscape and affording sweeping views of the iconic symbol of hope and freedom and New York Harbor. Officials on Thursday unveiled the design for a new Statue of Liberty Museum at a groundbreaking ceremony on Liberty Island, which sees 4.3 million visitors each year. By Ula Ilnytzky. SENT: 590 words, photos.

BOOKS-WHITING GRANTS — A Guantanamo investigation and a memoir about Hurricane Katrina and the fate of one house are among six books-in-progress for which the authors are receiving $35,000 grants. On Thursday, the Whiting Foundation announced its inaugural round of Creative Nonfiction grants. SENT: 125 words.

RUSSIA-CHECHNYA-APPRENTICE — Taking a page from Donald Trump, Chechnya’s authoritarian leader Ramzan Kadyrov is starring on reality TV to search for an assistant. By Nataliya Vasilyeva. SENT: 375 words, photos.








FILM-20TH CENTURY WOMAN — Mike Mills’ “20th Century Women” makes its world premiere as the centerpiece of the New York Film Festival. The film, about three women who explore love and freedom in Southern California during the late 1970s, stars Annette Bening and Greta Gerwig. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. UPCOMING Friday: 500 words by 4:30 p.m., photos.

MUSIC-DESERT TRIP — For thousands of middle-aged rockers, the concert of a lifetime is here. The Desert Trip music festival starts Friday in Indio, California, featuring six legendary acts over three days: the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Roger Waters and the Who. By Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen. UPCOMING Friday: 130 words by noon, photos. Festival opens at 5 p.m., with Dylan performing at 9:50 p.m. and the Stones at 12:40 a.m. Updates planned by about 7:30 p.m., 11 p.m. and 1 a.m.


— MUSIC-DESERT TRIP-THE LATEST — Updates planned by about 7 p.m., 10:30 p.m. and 12:30 a.m.



FILM REVIEW-THE BIRTH OF A NATION. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT Monday: 690 words, photos.

FILM REVIEW-THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT Tuesday: 650 words, photos.

REVIEWS PLANNED FOR NEXT WEEK: “The Accountant,” ”Mascots,” ”Certain Women.”

DIGITAL LIFE-SONY PLAYSTATION VR-REVIEW. By Entertainment Writer Derrik J. Lang. SENT Wednesday: 220 words, photos.


MUSIC REVIEW-PHISH. By Scott Bauer. SENT Wednesday: 230 words, photos.

MUSIC REVIEW-NORAH JONES. By Steven Wine. SENT Wednesday: 210 words, photos.

MUSIC REVIEW-JONES. By Mark Kennedy. UPCOMING Thursday: 230 words, photo by 1 p.m.

MUSIC REVIEW-RICK ASTLEY. By Mark Kennedy. UPCOMING Thursday: 250 words, photo by 1 p.m.

MUSIC REVIEW-JULIA JACKLIN. By Pablo Gorondi. UPCOMING Thursday: 250 words, photos.

MUSIC REVIEW-NORAH JONES. By Steven Wine. UPCOMING Friday: 300 words.

THEATER REVIEW-HOLIDAY INN. By Jennifer Farrar. UPCOMING Thursday: 500 words by 11 p.m., photos.

BOOK REVIEW-THE DOLLHOUSE, BY FIONA DAVIS. Reviewed by Kim Curtis. SENT Monday: 250 words, photos.

BOOK REVIEW-THE TRESPASSER, BY TANA FRENCH. Reviewed by Christina Ledbetter. SENT Monday: 300 words, photos.

BOOK REVIEW-STRONG COLD DEAD, BY JON LAND. Reviewed by Bruce DeSilva. SENT Monday: 350 words, photos.

BOOK REVIEW-FRACTURED, BY CATHERINE MCKENZIE. Reviewed by Kim Curtis. SENT Monday: 225 words, photos.




FLORENCE, Italy— Press conference for “Inferno.”

LOS ANGELES— Jenni Rivera’s children speak in Spanish about their new reality series.

LOS ANGELES— Jenni Rivera’s children speak in English about their new reality series.

DUBAI— Arab Fashion Week kicks off.

NEW YORK— Tyler Hoechlin talks about playing Superman in TV’s “Supergirl.”


LONDON — Canadian pop rockers Magic! talk about why fashion and music go together.

LOS ANGELES— Anthony Michael Hall discusses his career regrets.

NEW YORK— “Lucifer” actress Rachel Harris talks about working in commercials.


NEW YORK— Cynthia Nixon brings “A Quiet Passion” to the New York Film Festival.

NEW YORK— Kristen Stewart has three films at New York Film Festival.

NEW YORK— Gael Garcia Bernal walks the red carpet at the New York Film Festival.

LOS ANGELES— Lauren Graham talks about “Gilmore Girls” revival.

NEW YORK— Kim Kardashian’s friends, LaLa Anthony, Jonathan Cheban and Simon Huck, return for another visit.