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FRIDAY, MAY 24
FRANCE-CANNES-RISE OF TV
CANNES, France — The Cannes Film Festival is the most elite platform for cinema in the world, a place where the movies are worshipped with wild passion. But even here, the talk has often turned to the rise of television as perhaps today's most artistically exciting medium. By Entertainment Writer Jake Coyle.
CANNES, France — It's been decades since Bruce Dern was a leading man, but in Alexander Payne's "Nebraska," Dern stars as an aging father committed to redeeming a mailing that promises a $1 million award. An interview with the 76-year-old actor. By Entertainment Writer Jake Coyle.
CANNES, France — Oscar winner Marion Cotillard has given her all and even learned another language to play a Polish woman struggling with the realities of 1920s New York in James Gray's terse movie, "The Immigrant." The gritty drama, premiering Friday at the Cannes Film Festival, was filmed at Ellis Island where millions of immigrants arrived from Europe in search of a better life. By Thomas Adamson.
CANNES, France — Director JC Chandor talks about life, death and putting Robert Redford through the wringer in his hit Cannes shipwreck drama, "All Is Lost." By Jill Lawless.
— FRANCE-CANNES-AMFAR GALA
CAP D'ANTIBES, France — With an apt rendition of "Gold-finger," singing legend Shirley Bassey roused celebrity-revelers to dig deep into their pockets at the 20th amfAR gala in the Cap D'Antibes on Thursday, helping to raise an estimated $25 million for AIDS research. By Thomas Adamson.
MUSIC-TOURS-SCALPING AND SECONDARY SOURCES
NEW YORK — Kid Rock, who is launching a summer tour where most tickets are priced at $20, said he's scalping about 1,000 tickets from each show to make up for the cheaper regular price. Kid Rock's extreme ticket pricing is leading a change in tours where scalpers play a major role as the marketplace for secondary sources for tickets continues to grow, especially in a summer when key acts like The Rolling Stones, Beyonce, Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z are on the road. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu.
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LOS ANGELES — Tavis Smiley has stood out in 20 years in broadcasting, and he has no intention of changing his style or substance. By Television Writer Lynn Elber.
TV-RING OF FIRE
NEW YORK — It helps to have a singer portray a singer, of course. The onstage scenes came naturally to Jewel in playing the role of June Carter Cash in the new Lifetime movie, "Ring of Fire." Her experience unexpectedly came in handy during a key scene in the film, which premieres Monday. By Television Writer David Bauder.
TONY WATCH-DAVID ROCKWELL
NEW YORK — In an era of specialty, award-winning architect and theatrical designer David Rockwell seems to build just about everything — airport terminals, hospitals, hotels, nightclubs and restaurants. No wonder that he might win a Tony Award next month. By Drama Writer Mark Kennedy.
NEW YORK — Before achieving back-to-back radio hits with "Give Your Heart a Break" and "Heart Attack," Demi Lovato pondered why she had yet to find her breakthrough on the radio. She knew she had a big voice and found success as a Disney Channel star, but something was off. She said she figured it out on "Demi," her fourth album, released last week. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu.
SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. — New Jersey rolled out some of its big guns Friday to proclaim that the shore is back following Superstorm Sandy, using Gov. Chris Christie and the cast of MTV's "Jersey Shore" to tell a national audience that the state is ready for summer fun. By Wayne Parry.
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NEW YORK — Actress Amanda Bynes was charged with reckless endangerment after police say she heaved a marijuana bong out of an apartment window. She appeared in Manhattan court Friday wearing sweats and a long, disheveled blond wig.
NEW YORK — ABC's newest "Bachelorette," Desiree Hartsock, says it's not hard to keep the details of her experience on the show a secret from her friends. By Alicia Rancilio.
RARE SUPERMAN COMIC
MINNEAPOLIS — It's considered the Holy Grail of comic books: Action Comics No. 1 from 1938, featuring the debut of Superman. And David Gonzales found one mixed in with old newspapers insulating a wall in a house he was renovating in a small town in Minnesota.
SAN FRANCISCO — Netflix is counting on this weekend's release of the resurrected TV series "Arrested Development" to lock up more subscribers to its Internet video service. Sunday's return of an award-winning show that ended its original run seven years ago represents the latest step in Netflix's bold attempt to establish its service as a home entertainment powerhouse that rivals the broadcast television networks and premium cable channels such as HBO. By Michael Liedtke.
SINGAPORE — Portraying USS Enterprise helmsman Hikaru Sulu in the latest "Star Trek" movie comes with big shoes to fill, but the man who played the part in the TV series and six films has given his blessing to the actor currently playing the role. By Heather Tan.
WYETHS-THREE GENERATION SALE
NEW YORK — Six paintings by the famous Wyeth family of artists have sold for just over $2 million at a New York City auction.
TOP 20 CONCERT TOURS
FILM REVIEW-HANGOVER 3. By Movie Critic Christy Lemire. AP Photos. Moved Tuesday.
FILM REVIEW-BEFORE MIDNIGHT. By National Writer Jocelyn Noveck. AP Photos. Moved Wednesday.
FILM REVIEW-FAST & FURIOUS 6. By National Writer Jocelyn Noveck. AP Photos. Moved Wednesday.
FILM REVIEW-WE STEAL SECRETS. By The Hollywood Reporter. AP Photos. Moved Thursday.
FILM CAPSULES. AP Photos. Moved Wednesday.
MUSIC REVIEW-THE NATIONAL. By Music Writer Chris Talbott. AP Photos. Moved Monday.
MUSIC REVIEW-DARIUS RUCKER. By Michael McCall. AP Photos. Moved Monday.
MUSIC REVIEW-DAFT PUNK. By Cristina Jaleru. AP Photos. Moved Monday.
MUSIC REVIEW-BETH HART AND JOE BONAMASSA. By Ron Harris. Moved Monday.
MUSIC REVIEW-FRENCH MONTANA. By Jonathan Landrum Jr. AP Photos. Moved Tuesday.
MUSIC REVIEW-LAURA MVULA. AP Photos. By Bianca Roach. Moved Tuesday.
MUSIC REVIEW-WILLY MOON. By Reetu Rupal. AP Photos. Moved Tuesday.
THEATER REVIEW-MASTER BUILDER. By Jennifer Farrar. AP Photos. Moved Monday.
THEATER REVIEW-THE WEIR. By Jennifer Farrar. AP Photos. Moved Thursday.
BOOK REVIEW-AND THE MOUNTAINS ECHOED BY KHALED HOSSEINI. Reviewed by Nahal Toosi. AP Photos. Moved Monday.
CANNES, France — Sharon Stone, Heidi Klum, Jessica Chastain and Naomi Campbell are among those on the red carpet at this year's amfAR Cinema Against AIDS gala. Broadcast video available.
CANNES, France — Highlights from the live auction at this year's amfAR gala. Broadcast video available.
SINGAPORE — Highlights from the ceremony of the Social Star Awards. Broadcast video available.
FILE — Amanda Bynes arrested in New York on marijuana charge. Broadcast video available.
CANNES, France — Tunisian filmmaker Abdellatif Kechiche premieres his in-competition movie about teen romance. Coverage planned.
LONDON — Guitarist Gary Clark on supporting Eric Clapton and playing at the White House. Coverage planned.
CANNES, France — Director James Gray, Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner attend a press conference for "The Immigrant." Coverage planned.
LONDON — Will Smith and his son, Jaden, attend Boris Johnson event to check out his leadership workshops for 10- to 14-year-olds. Coverage planned.
CANNES, France — Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner premiere director James Gray's in-competition movie, "The Immigrant." Coverage planned.
LOS ANGELES — Actor Dean Cain is back on the small screen with a new VH1 series, "Hit the Floor." Coverage planned.
SATURDAY, MAY 25
LOS ANGELES — A look at key moments this past week in the wrongful death case between Michael Jackson's mother and concert giant AEG Live, and what's expected at the trial in the week ahead. By Entertainment Writer Anthony McCartney.
NEW ORLEANS — New Orleans officials are celebrating the renovation of a downtown theater as another milestone in the city's recovery from Hurricane Katrina. A public-private partnership is restoring the Saenger Theatre on Canal Street with a larger stage and state-of-the-art theatrical equipment. A touring production of Broadway's "The Book of Mormon" takes the Saenger stage for a grand reopening in October. By Kevin McGill.
SUNDAY, MAY 26
FILM-WILL AND JADEN SMITH
TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, N.M. — Will Smith has a new outlook on teenagers: Parents do indeed understand. The rapper-turned-actor says he's "grown a lot" since writing the Grammy-winning 1988 hit that humorously declared they didn't. All three of his children now at least dabble in music and acting, most notably 14-year-old Jaden, who stars with his father in the new sci-fi film, "After Earth." Even in the midst of a globe-hopping promotional tour for the movie, Smith recognizes the downside to making stardom a family affair. By Entertainment Writer Ryan Pearson.
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LOS ANGELES — Memorial Day weekend should be a memorable one at the domestic box office as "Fast & Furious 6" and "The Hangover Part III" clash in a skirmish of sequels that will also feature formidable holdovers "Iron Man 3" and "Star Trek: Into Darkness." When the dust settles, "Fast & Furious" is expected to take the top spot at more than $80 million, with "Hangover" coming in second at around $70 million. By Entertainment Writer Derrik J. Lang.
MONDAY, MAY 27
LOS ANGELES — An update on the holiday weekend's battle of the blockbusters at the domestic box office. By Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen.
TUESDAY, MAY 28
NEW YORK — Independent booksellers and superstores will gather this week along with thousands of publishers, writers, agents and librarians for the industry's annual national convention, BookExpo America. The event runs Thursday to Saturday at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Featured speakers will include historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, "Bridget Jones" novelist Helen Fielding, Neil Gaiman and a star among teens, "Divergent" author Veronica Roth. By National Writer Hillel Italie.
DISNEYLAND-MICKEY AND THE MAGICAL MAP
ANAHEIM, Calif. — After an occupation by the Disney princesses for seven years, Mickey Mouse is taking back Disneyland's Fantasyland Theatre. The venue, which has been used in recent years as a meeting space for Disney royalty instead of an actual theater, will serve as home to "Mickey and the Magical Map," a new 22-minute song-and-dance extravaganza starring a more mischievous rendition of the famous mouse. By Entertainment Writer Derrik J. Lang.
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KEVIN KELLER'S KISS
It's a just quick kiss, but it's a long step forward for openly gay character Kevin Keller who finds that locking lips with his boyfriend draws the ire of some Riverdale parents followed by a media frenzy. For Archie Comics it's a bit of art imitating life as writer Dan Parent recalls a similar outcry when Keller's gay wedding was the subject of a failed protest to pull copies off the shelves of retail stores. By Matt Moore. AP photos. Moved Monday.
HONG KONG-MICHELLE CHEN
HONG KONG - Fans know her as the sweet schoolgirl in the 2011 blockbuster "You Are the Apple of My Eye." Now, they can take a closer look at Michelle Chen through her first love: music. After she graduated from the University of Southern California and returned home to Taiwan, her initial attempts to break into the island's music scene hit a brick wall. But acting on the advice of a talent manager, she landed a few film and television roles, then shot to stardom with "You Are the Apple of My Eye." By Angela Chen. AP photos. Moved Monday.
NEW YORK - Portia de Rossi only believed it was happening when her agent got the good news from the producers. Michael Cera only believed it was happening when the cameras rolled. It happened all right. After years of clamoring from fans and rumors firing them up while the cast hung on for a green light, "Arrested Development" has risen from the dead with 15 half-hours premiering en masse on Netflix on Sunday. By Television Writer Frazier Moore. AP photos. Moved Tuesday.
NEW YORK - The emotional toll of writing a memoir was always evident to Burt Bacharach. Recounting those never-heard backstage tales or his tumultuous marriages wasn't nearly as difficult as coming to terms with the death of his daughter, Nikki, who had Asperger's Syndrome and committed suicide in 2007 at the age of 40. By John Carucci. AP photos, AP video. Moved Tuesday.
LAS VEGAS MAYOR-MEMOIR
LAS VEGAS - Oscar Goodman ran Las Vegas for 12 years with a showgirl on his arm and a martini in his fist. A former mob lawyer, he promoted his city and himself with antics that lent credibility to his self-given title of "Happiest mayor in the universe." By Hannah Dreier. AP photos. Moved Tuesday.
BROADWAY GOES POP
NEW YORK - There was a time when most of the songs played on the radio came from Broadway. Now some popular hit makers like Cyndi Lauper and Sting are finding it still feels like home. "Look, they don't break your balls that much here," Lauper said of the experience of composing "Kinky Boots," her debut musical. "Know what I'm saying? They don't friggin' aggravate you as much." By Drama Writer Mark Kennedy. AP photos. Moved Wednesday.
NEW YORK - The idea of Michael Douglas playing Liberace might seem nearly as outrageous as Liberace himself. Liberace, forever hailed as "Mr. Showmanship," was the excess-to-the-max pianist-personality whose onstage and offstage extravagance were legendary, and who wowed audiences in Las Vegas and worldwide to become the best-paid entertainer on the planet during his heyday from the 1950s to the 1970s. But Douglas dazzles Liberace in the new HBO film, "Behind the Candelabra." By Television Writer Frazier Moore. AP photos Moved Wednesday.
LOS ANGELES - Julian Assange's reign as the star of the WikiLeaks story could be coming to an end. The charismatic and enigmatic WikiLeaks leader - who remains holed up in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London to avoid extradition to Sweden - became the face of the freedom-of-information movement in 2010 when his website published hundreds of thousands of classified U.S. government documents. But it was Army Pfc. Bradley Manning who provided those documents, and the 25-year-old emerges as the sympathetic star of the new documentary, "We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks." By Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen. AP photos. Moved Wednesday.
DALLAS - Artist Jack Zajac didn't know until earlier this year that his bronze sculpture was among the last works of art enjoyed by President John F. Kennedy in his Fort Worth hotel suite before his assassination in downtown Dallas. Zajac's small sculpture of a bound goat was among works including those by Pablo Picasso and Vincent van Gogh placed that have been reunited for an exhibit opening Sunday at the Dallas Museum of Art in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's assassination. By Jamie Stengle. AP photos. Moved Wednesday.
NEW YORK - You may not recognize Robert Taylor as anyone other than the title character he plays on the crime drama "Longmire." But he's no newcomer. "I've been working pretty solidly for a long time," says Taylor, adding a throwaway line: "Not that anyone would notice, you know what I mean?" And not that he appears to be complaining. "It's been my goal to work as much as possible, and be as unknown as possible," he insists. Unknown-ness for the 50-year-old actor may be threatened as "Longmire" begins its second season Monday on A&E. By Television Writer Frazier Moore. AP photos. Moved Thursday.
LOS ANGELES - Stars Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy and director Richard Linklater sit down to discuss "Before Midnight," the third in a series of walking, talking European romances. By Movie Writer Christy Lemire. AP photos. Moved Thursday.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Darius Rucker is a fan of Old Crow Medicine Show, but says he didn't really get what was so infectious about the string band's signature hit, "Wagon Wheel," at first. Then he heard the faculty band at his daughter's school play the song and it all started to open up for him. By Music Writer Chris Talbott. AP photos. Moved Thursday.
MUSIC-SUMMER TOURS-THE COMPETITORS
All anyone's been talking about are those aged wonders The Rolling Stones and their 50th-anniversary tour, but there's so much more happening on the road this summer. By Music Writer Chris Talbott. AP photos. Moved Thursday.
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