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FEB. 29

OSCARS — Hollywood’s diversity crisis has loomed large over awards season and the big question going into the 88th annual Academy Awards was whether it would dominate the ceremony, too. It did, of course, but it wasn’t alone. The evening turned out to be a platform not just for racial representation in the movies, led by host Chris Rock’s incisive insight and parody, but a wide array of causes, from global warming and bank reform to sexual abuse in church and on campus. By Film Writers Lindsey Bahr and Jake Coyle. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, video.

OSCARS-LIST. SENT: 150 words, photos.

OSCARS-DIVERSITY — With deft timing and an impactful blend of humor and searing commentary, host Chris Rock took the bull by the horns at the Oscars, attacking the diversity crisis roiling the industry and not letting go all night long. Rock didn’t merely acknowledge the elephant in the room. From his first words to his farewell remarks, he brought it stage front and center, and kept it there. By National Writer Jocelyn Noveck. SENT: 900 words, photos.


OSCARS-TV RATINGS — Will the controversy and boycott talk surrounding this year’s Oscar show hinder the ratings or spark curiosity and added interest in a show whose ratings have been lagging of late? By Television Writer David Bauder. UPCOMING: About 300 words, photos.

OSCARS-REVIEW — Could Chris Rock balance Academy Awards razzle-dazzle with a burning social issue? Hollywood and movie fans alike were holding their breath as the comedian took the stage as host of Sunday’s Oscarcast with more at stake than a roster of winners and losers. By Television Writer Frazier Moore. SENT: 840 words, photos, video.

OSCAR INSIDER — While audiences around the world watch the glamorous Oscars proceedings on TV, a whole different array of memorable starry moments are happening off-camera. Because the Academy Awards bring together so many top talents, the wings of the stage become an impromptu meeting place for stars across genres. By Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen. SENT: 420 words, photos.

OSCARS-MOMENTS — A few moments we’ll be talking about from Sunday’s Oscarcast. By Television Writer Frazier Moore. SENT: 480 words, photos.

OSCARS-PARTIES — There’s no such thing as being all dressed up with nowhere to go on Oscar night. The Hollywood elite have various glamorous parties to choose from, whether they attended the Academy Awards or not. By The Associated Press. SENT: 850 words, photos.

OSCARS-ACTOR — After five nominations, Leonardo DiCaprio finally got his Oscar. And he couldn’t resist sharing it with planet Earth. The environmentally minded actor, who was honored Sunday as best actor for “The Revenant,” split his acceptance speech between lauding colleagues including his Oscar-winning director, Alejandro Inarritu, and calling for action to combat global warming. By Lynn Elber. SENT: 375 words, photos.

OSCARS-ACTRESS — Brie Larson’s journey to winning a best-actress Oscar for “Room” began years ago when she learned to stand up for herself against casting directors who wanted to objectify her. They’d tell her she had auditioned well, but asked her to come back wearing a denim miniskirt and heels. By Beth Harris. SENT: 300 words, photos.

OSCARS-SUPPORTING ACTOR — A mild-mannered Brit delivered an Oscar knockout punch to Rocky Balboa. Mark Rylance was honored Sunday as best supporting actor for his role as a Soviet spy in “Bridge of Spies,” denying the trophy to Sylvester Stallone for “Creed.” By Television Writer Lynn Elber. SENT: 350 words, photos.

BRITAIN-THEATER AWARDS — Mark Rylance has followed his Academy Awards win with a nomination for best actor at London’s Laurence Olivier theater awards. SENT: 125 words, photos.

OSCARS-DOCUMENTARY — “Amy,” a documentary about the musical genius and drug-and-alcohol fueled death of jazz singer Amy Winehouse, won the Oscar for best documentary on Sunday. The win capped a stellar awards season for the film, which is coming off dozens of other awards wins, including from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, the Grammys and numerous critics contests. By Ryan Nakashima. SENT: 260 words, photos.

PAKISTAN-OSCARS-DOCUMENTARY SHORT — Pakistan’s foreign ministry says the country welcomes the Oscar for best documentary short subject, saying the film about honor killings by Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy is a source of “national pride.” SENT: 130 words.

OSCARS-FASHION HIGHLIGHTS — The year’s biggest night for red-carpet glamour included something for everybody in bold color and soft shades, frothy wonders and sleek, body-hugging looks. And there was, of course, plenty of sparkle. By Leanne Italie. SENT: 800 words, photos, video.

OSCARS-STACEY DASH — Actress and Fox News personality Stacey Dash says she wants to bring a different kind of diversity to Hollywood — and that’s why she participated in one of the oddest Oscar moments. SENT: 130 words, photos.

PEOPLE-BILL COSBY — Bill Cosby’s lawyers seek to dismiss a defamation case filed by model Janice Dickinson. The case centers on Cosby’s denials of her allegations the comedian drugged and raped her in a Lake Tahoe hotel room in 1982. By Entertainment Writer Anthony McCartney. SENT: 130 words, photos. Will be updated after 11:30 a.m. court hearing.

SUMNER-REDSTONE-HEALTH-FIGHT — Attorneys for ailing media mogul Sumner Redstone attempt to dismiss an attempt by his ex-girlfriend to find him incapable of making his own decisions. Developing from an 11:30 a.m. court hearing. By Entertainment Writer Anthony McCartney. UPCOMING: 350 words, photos.

MUSIC-LORETTA LYNN — “Loretta Lynn: Still a Mountain Girl” chronicles Loretta Lynn’s remarkable rise from a “Coal Miner’s Daughter” to a country superstar who wrote frank songs about her upbringing and her experiences as a wife and mother. By Kristin M. Hall. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.






THEATER-NEAL BRENNAN — Comedian Neal Brennan is a very funny guy, but he’s only really funny two-thirds of the time in his new standup act. By Drama Writer Mark Kennedy. UPCOMING Tuesday: 500 words by 11 a.m., photo.

TOUR GROUP SHOW — Tour guide Brandon Presser stars in a new docuseries on Bravo called “Tour Group,” where he and two other guides took 11 travelers to exotic travel destinations across the globe. He talks about the challenges of coordinating the trip with a camera crew capturing their journey. By Alicia Rancilio. UPCOMING Tuesday: 550 words by 11 a.m., photos, video.

—TOUR GROUP-LONG FLIGHTS: Tour guide Brandon Presser offers tips for handling a long flight and jet lag. By Alicia Rancilio. UPCOMING Tuesday: About 300 words by 11 a.m., photos.

BESPOKE COLOR — Barbie has her own color (pink). So does Tiffany (blue), Gap (also blue), Coach (brown) and even the roly poly Minions (yellow), but rare is the individual who cares deeply enough about a shade to have one custom made. In fact, only two individuls have taken that step with the Pantone Color Institute and they make strange bedfellows: hip-hop mogul Jay Z (a pearly blue) and a New Jersey real estate executive, hot pink-loving Sherry Chris. By Leanne Italie. UPCOMING Tuesday: 720 words by 2 p.m., photos.



FILM REVIEW-KNIGHT OF CUPS. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. UPCOMING: 650 words by 11 a.m. Monday, photos.

FILM REVIEW-ZOOTOPIA. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. UPCOMING: 650 words by 6 p.m. Tuesday, photos.

BOOK REVIEW-THE WIDOW BY FIONA BARTON. Reviewed by Jeff Ayers. SENT Monday: 240 words, photos.




LOS ANGELES— Pharrell and Common arrive at the Governors Ball; Liev Schreiber reacts to “Spotlight” win.

LOS ANGELES— Alicia Vikander and Alejandro Inarritu react to their Oscar wins.

LOS ANGELES— Leonardo DiCaprio, Alicia Vikander and Brie Larson get their Oscars engraved at the Governors Ball.

LOS ANGELES— Leonardo DiCaprio, Brie Larson and Alejandro Inarritu talk to reporters backstage after their Oscar wins.

LOS ANGELES— Stars attend Vanity Fair’s annual Oscars viewing and after-party.

MILAN— Fashion week: Missoni.

MILAN— Fashion week: Dsquared.

MILAN— Fashion week: Giorgio Armani.


LOS ANGELES— OSCAR WRAP— In an upset, “Spotlight” wins best picture at the Oscars.

LOS ANGELES— Excerpts from Chris Rock’s opening monologue at the Academy Awards.

LOS ANGELES— Whoopi Goldberg, Common, Olivia Wilde and more talk about diversity.

LOS ANGELES— Michael Fassbender, Bryan Cranston and Rooney Mara arrive at the Oscars.

LOS ANGELES— Saoirse Ronan, Sam Smith and more arrive at the Oscars.

LOS ANGELES— Eddie Redmayne, Rachel McAdams and Pharrell arrive at the Govenors Ball.

LOS ANGELES— Alicia Vikander, Adam McKay, Tom McCarthy and others backstage after Oscar wins.

LOS ANGELES— Mark Rylance, Sam Smith and “Inside Out” director backstage after Oscars wins.

COMING UP ON CELEBRITY EXTRA (also to be available on APVUS)

LONDON— Hozier talks about life in the spotlight and time on the red carpet.

NEW YORK— Viola Davis says prior to “How to Get Away With Murder,” she was the queen of failed TV pilots.

LOS ANGELES— William Shatner talks friendship with Leonard Nimoy and the creation of Spock.