AP Entertainment Digest for Tuesday, June 30, 2020
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TUESDAY, June 30
UPDATES with OBIT-CARL REINER, OBIT-JOHNNY MANDEL, TRUMP BOOK, REAL HOUSEWIVES-ASSAULT CHARGES, SPAIN-MISSING KAHLO PAINTING, LATVIA-RUSSIAN-TELEVISION CHANNEL RT
OBIT-CARL REINER — Carl Reiner, the ingenious and versatile writer, actor and director who broke through as a “second banana” to Sid Caesar and rose to comedy’s front ranks as creator of “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and straight man to Mel Brooks’ “2000 Year Old Man,” has died. He was 98. By Mike Stewart. SENT: 1242 words, photos and video. An Abridged version also available at 800 words.
FILM-HAMILTON — The normal hallmarks of Independence Day weekend will be muted this year but there’ll still be fireworks on Disney+. Friday will see the debut “Hamilton,” a film that captures the Broadway production and one of the most anticipated releases to ever go directly to streaming. Lin-Manuel Miranda and Thomas Kail talk about making “Hamilton,” the movie. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT: 930 words, photos.
OBIT-JOHNNY MANDEL — Johnny Mandel, the Oscar- and Grammy-winning composer, arranger and musician who worked on albums by Frank Sinatra, Natalie Cole and many others and whose songwriting credits included “The Shadow of Your Smile” and the theme from the film and TV show “M(asterisk)A(asterisk)S(asterisk)H,” has died. He was 94. By AP National Writer Hillel Italie. SENT: 880 words, photos.
TV-NATIVE AMERICAN-MOVIE STUDIO — A Native American tribe in northern New Mexico has opened up a movie studio at the site of a former casino aimed at attracting big productions in what is believed to be a first by an Indigenous tribal government in the U.S. By Russell Contreras. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos.
BOOKS-COLSON WHITEHEAD — Even sheltering in place, Colson Whitehead has had an eventful year. In May he became the first fiction writer to win Pulitzer Prizes for back to back novels, and while sheltering at home he has finished a crime novel, with the working title “Harlem Shuffle,” that he began more than a year ago. By National Writer Hillel Italie. SENT: 780 words photos.
BOOKS-SIR PATRICK STEWART — Nearing his 80th birthday, Sir Patrick Stewart is finally ready for the project he once feared taking on — his memoir. By National Writer Hillel Italie. SENT: 300 words, photo.
TRUMP BOOK — A New York state judge has temporarily blocked publication of a tell-all book by President Donald Trump’s niece after the president’s brother sued to stop it. Judge Hal B. Greenwald in Poughkeepsie ordered Tuesday that no portion of the book can be distributed before he decides the validity of Robert Trump’s claims. By Larry Neumeister. SENT: 400 words.
BOOKS-NORM EISEN — A former Obama administration official and House counsel who helped draft the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump has a book coming out this summer. Norman Eisen’s “A Case for the American People” will be released July 28, Crown announced Tuesday. SENT: 200 words, photo.
SPAIN-MISSING KAHLO PAINTING — Scholars in the work of surrealist Frida Kahlo have searched for more than six decades for “The Wounded Table,” a 1940 oil painting illuminating her pain over the breakup of her marriage to Diego Rivera that hasn’t been seen since an exhibition in Poland. The historians strongly reject the idea that the mystery of its whereabouts has been solved, as claimed by a Spanish art dealer. By Aritz Parra and Berenice Bautista. SENT: 660 words, photo.
NIELSENS — Coverage of the top prime-time programs from the week of June 2-28. By AP Media Writer David Bauder. UPCOMING: 450 words, photo if available.
REAL HOUSEWIVES-ASSAULT CHARGES — The ex-husband of a “Real Housewives of New Jersey” cast member hired a reputed mobster to carry out an assault of the woman’s current husband in exchange for a lavish wedding reception, federal prosecutors in New Jersey said Tuesday. SENT: 259 words, photos.
LATVIA-RUSSIAN-TELEVISION CHANNEL RT — The Baltic nation of Latvia has banned the state-controlled Russian television channel RT, saying that it is effectively controlled by a media figure who is under European Union sanctions. But the man in question, Dmitry Kiselev, mocked the move, saying that he never was in charge of RT. SENT: 472 words
FILM REVIEW-HAMILTON. By Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy. SENT: 900 words, film stills.
FILM REVIEW-THE TRUTH. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. Upcoming: 700 words by 6 p.m. Wednesday, film stills.
FILM REVIEW-JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 660 words, film stills.
MUSIC REVIEW-JOE FLY. By Steven Wine. UPCOMING: Thursday: 300 words, album cover image.
MUSIC REVIEW-PAUL WELLER. By Pablo Gorondi. UPCOMING: Wednesday. 300 words, album cover image.
BOOK REVIEW-ONE LAST LIE By PAUL DOIRON. Reviewed by Bruce DeSilva. SENT Monday: 320 words, cover image.