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WEDNESDAY, May 22
FRANCE-CANNES-PITT-DiCAPRIO: Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio said they forged a “cinematic bond” making Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time a Time ... in Hollywood,” while Tarantino bristled at the suggestion at the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday that Margot Robbie’s Sharon Tate isn’t primary enough in the film. By AP Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT. 715 words, photos.
LIONSGATE-THEME PARK _ Lionsgate is opening the world’s first vertical theme park featuring some of the studio’s top films from “Hunger Games” to “Twilight” this summer in China. The studio gave The Associated Press an exclusive first look at the attractions, which are a mix of virtual reality and traditional theme park rides. By AP Entertainment Writer Jonathan Landrum Jr. SENT: 760 words, photos.
FRANCE-CANNES-PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE _ More than perhaps any other film, Celine Sciamma’s “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” has taken the Cannes Film Festival by storm. The French director’s historical romance seen through the female gaze could become only the second film directed by a woman to win the Palme d’Or. An interview with Sciamma, who also founded the French version of Time’s Up. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m. EDT, photos.
TONY WATCH-ADAM DRIVER _ Tony nominee Adam Driver on deciding to become an actor while serving in the military, why he supports veterans groups, and whether he’s happy to hang up his light saber as the end of the ‘Star Wars’ saga nears. By John Carucci. UPCOMING by noon. About 750 words, photos, video.
TV-PARTY OF FIVE-DEPORTED PARENTS _ “Party of Five,” a 1990s teen drama that focused on a family trying to grapple with life after the death of their parents, is getting a reboot with a Mexican American family losing parents deportation. By Russell Contreras. UPCOMING: 550 words, photo.
ISRAEL-YOUNG MAESTRO_ When Zubin Mehta joined the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in 1969, Lahav Shani wasn’t even alive. Now, at the age of 30, the Israeli wunderkind is poised to succeed his mentor at the helm of the acclaimed symphony. By Josef Federman. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
OBIT-BINYAVANGA WAINAINA _ One of Africa’s best-known authors and gay rights activists, Binyavanga Wainaina, has died at age 48, a colleague and friend said Wednesday. By Tom Odula. SENT. 484 words, photos.
MOVIE CREDITS-ENDGAME: Lights, camera, cut? Some of Hollywood’s biggest hit movies and equally big bombs have something in common: They were shot in Ohio, taking advantage of a 10-year-old tax credit incentive program. By Dan Sewell and Andrew Welsh-Huggins. SENT. 764 words, photos.
SPAIN-ASTURIAS AWARDS _ American writer Siri Hustvedt, author of international bestsellers including “What I Loved” and “The Summer Without Men,” has won this year’s Princess of Asturias award for literature. SENT. 139 words.
SPAIN-OBIT-EDUARD PUNSET _ Eduard Punset, a Spanish writer, economist and lawyer known for his popular science shows on Spanish television, has died at age 82. SENT.130 words.
HANK WILLIAMS JR-SHOTGUN _ Country music star Hank Williams Jr. is offering a $6,000 reward for his grandfather’s missing shotgun. SENT. 137 words.
BOOKS-HILARY MANTEL _ British author Hilary Mantel is ready to complete her million-selling trilogy of Thomas Cromwell novels. SENT. 137 words.
FILM REVIEW-ALADDIN _ By AP Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy. SENT Wednesday: Film Stills.
FILM REVIEW-BOOKSMART _ By AP Film Writer Jake Coyle. UPCOMING Wednesday: 700 words by 3 p.m. Film stills.
FILM REVIEW-BRIGHTBURN _ By AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. UPCOMING Wednesday: 700 words by 6 p.m. Film stills.
MUSIC REVIEW-MAVIS STAPLES _ Reviewed by AP Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy: SENT Tuesday: 350 words, photo.
MUSIC REVIEW-MORRISSEY _ Reviewed by AP Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy. SENT Tuesday: 400 words, photo.
MUSIC REVIEW-STRAY CATS. Reviewed by Jeff Karoub. UPCOMING Wednesday: 250 words, photos by 5 p.m.
MUSIC REVIEW-JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE. Reviewed by Steven Wine. UPCOMING Wednesday: 250 words, photos by 5 p.m.
MUSIC REVIEW-THE WATERBOYS. Reviewed by Steven Wine. UPCOMING Wednesday: 250 words, photos by 5 p.m.
BOOK REVIEW-STAR CROSSED _ Reviewed by Rasha Madkour. SENT Monday: 260 words, photo.
BOOK REVIEW-DECEPTION COVE _ Reviewed by Oline H. Cogdill. SENT Monday: 470 words, photo.
BOOK REVIEW-THE NEVER GAME _ Reviewed by Jeff Ayers. SENT Monday: 275 words, photo.