AP Entertainment Digest for Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020
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WEDNESDAY, Sept. 16
UPDATES with VIRUS OUTBREAK-NEW JERSEY-YOUTUBE, NATIONAL BOOK AWARDS, VIRUS OUTBREAK-NETHERLANDS-SAINT NICHOLAS, ITALY-RESTORED MICHELANGELO, PEOPLE-CARDI B-OFFSET, BOOKS-KITTIES AND UNICORNS.
MUSIC-ACM AWARDS — The 2020 Academy of Country Music Awards, which was postponed from April because of the COVID-19 outbreak and moved from Las Vegas to Nashville, will feature performances by Taylor Swift, Kane Brown, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay and Maren Morris. By Entertainment Writer Kristin M. Hall. SENT: 600 words, photos. Live coverage of the show will begin after 8 p.m. Eastern.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-PANDEMIC-HALLOWEEN — Roving grown-ups tossing candy at kids standing on their lawns. Drive-through Halloween haunts. Yard parties instead of block parties and physical parades. Wider paths through corn mazes. The holiday so many look forward to each year is going to look different in the pandemic as parents and the people who provide Halloween fun in treats, costumes and attractions navigate a myriad of restrictions and safety concerns. By Leanne Italie. SENT: 1,278 words, photos. With VIRUS OUTBREAK-PANDEMIC-HALLOWEEN-ABRIDGED.
INSTAGRAM-BOYCOTT — Kim Kardashian West, Katy Perry, Leonardo DiCaprio and other celebrities are taking part in a 24-hour Instagram “freeze” on Wednesday to protest against what they say is parent company Facebook’s failure to tackle violent and hateful content and election misinformation. By Kelvin Chan. SENT: 460 words, photos.
FILM-CHLOE ZHAO — In even a mostly virtual festival season, Chloe Zhao’s “Nomadland” is a sensation. Zhao’s follow-up to her acclaimed Western “The Rider” stars Frances McDormand as a woman living rootlessly across the American West after the Great Recession. Zhao talks about her latest, which was received as a surefire Oscar contender and was the only film to premiere across the four major fall festivals. By AP Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT: 906 words, photos.
TV-Q&A-LARRY WILMORE — Larry Wilmore has been down the road as a talk show host before, with a Comedy Central show that was here and gone in two seasons — taking with it his droll and incisive brand of satire. “Wilmore,” his new series for the recently launched Peacock streaming service. By TV Writer Lynn Elber. SENT: 787 words, photos.
FILM-ANTEBELLUM-MONAE — Janelle Monae says she “felt so much rage and anger” when she stepped onto a former slave plantation for the first time to film the psychological thriller “Antebellum.” The pop star and actress plays a successful modern-day author who finds herself trapped in alternate time periods, including the terrifying reality of a runaway slave. By John Carucci. SENT: 500 words, photos.
TV-QUIBI-WIRELESS —Most directors insist on having final edit approval of their work. Not the creators of “Wireless.” The series on the mobile-platform Quibi employs an ingenious way to tell a story on a smartphone: You see different things on the screen depending on whether you hold your phone vertically or horizontally. By Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy. SENT: 700 words, photo.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-NEW JERSEY-YOUTUBE — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy says YouTube stars who rented out the “Jersey Shore” house Monday should “be taken to task” after an estimated 1,000 people showed up, many flouting COVID-19 social distancing rules. The Canadian YouTubers known as the Nelk Boys have nearly 6 million subscribers and rented out the Seaside Heights house that hosted the MTV show to mark new merchandise going on sale. SENT: 332 words, photos.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-NETHERLANDS-SAINT NICHOLAS — The annual arrival in the Netherlands of Saint Nicholas will happen without public fanfare this year because of concerns about the coronavirus. Each year, thousands of children and parents pack the streets of the town or city hosting the nationally televised mid-November event to welcome Sinterklaas. SENT: 387 words, photo.
ITALY-RESTORED MICHELANGELO — Museum officials in Florence say a restoration of one of Michelangelo’s sculptures of the Madonna and Christ has uncovered previously unknown details. The Museo dell’Opera del Duomo said Wednesday that the cleaning has uncovered more of the artist’s tool marks that had been hidden under centuries of dust and wax. SENT: 248 words, photos.
PEOPLE-CARDI B-OFFSET — Cardi B has filed for divorce from Migos’ rapper Offset, claiming her marriage was “irretrievably broken.” A Fulton County Courthouse filing states that the Grammy-winning rapper filed the divorce documents Tuesday in Atlanta. SENT: 131 words, photos.
NATIONAL BOOK AWARDS — Stories of voting rights, space exploration and displacement at home are among the young people’s literature works that appear on the longlist for the National Book Awards. By National Writer Hillel Italie. SENT: 395 words.
BOOKS-GOOD COMPANY — Cynthia, D'Aprix Sweeney, author of the million-selling debut novel “The Nest,” has another story of family drama coming out next year. SENT: 150 words, photo.
BOOKS-KITTIES AND UNICORNS — The best-selling team behind the “Princess in Black” children’s series is looking to an even younger audience for its latest project. SENT: 160 words, photo.
FILM REVIEW-ANTEBELLUM. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT Wednesday: 674 words, film stills.
FILM REVIEW-THE DEVIL ALL THE TIME. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT Wednesday: 693 words, film stills.
FILM REVIEW-THE NEST. By National Writer Jocelyn Noveck. SENT Wednesday: 698 words, film stills.
MUSIC REVIEW-JOAN OSBORNE. By Steven Wine. SENT Wednesday: 184 words, album art.
MUSIC REVIEW-ACE FREHLEY. By Wayne Parry. SENT Monday: 300 words, album art.
MUSIC REVIEW-BLAKE AND CARLBERG. By Steven Wine. UPCOMING Thursday: 300 words, album art.
BOOK REVIEW-HOMELAND ELEGIES by Ayad Akhtar. Reviewed by Ann Levin. SENT Monday: 450 words, cover image.