BC-AP Entertainment and Arts Digest,2nd Ld-Writethru

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FILM-SUICIDE SQUAD — The Warner Bros./DC universe takes a tonal U-turn away from the dark and deadly serious “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” with “Suicide Squad,” a neon-colored, irreverent anti-superhero film starring Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Jared Leto. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 875 words, photos.

BOOKS-POTTER SALES —The script to the London stage production “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two” sold more than 2 million print copies in North America in its first two days of publication, Scholastic announced Wednesday. By National Writer Hillel Italie. SENT: 250 word, photos.

TV-HARRY CONNICK JR — Harry Connick Jr. is launching a syndicated daytime talk-variety show, appropriately titled, “Harry.” By Television Writer Frazier Moore. SENT: 350 words, photos.

TV CRITICS WATCH — Sean Hayes and Rosie O’Donnell are joining the cast of NBC’s “Hairspray Live!” Hayes will take on the role of dress shop owner Mr. Pinky, while O’Donnell will play a tough gym teacher in the production set to air in December. The upcoming programs were announced Tuesday at the Television Critics Association summer meeting. SENT: 970 words, photos.

MUSIC-THE BAND PERRY — The Band Perry says it’s taking extra precautions due to the concerns about the Zika virus as the band prepares to travel to Brazil for the Olympics. By Kristin M. Hall. SENT: 400 words, photos, video.

DIGITAL LIFE-OLYMPICS WITHOUT TV — No TV? No problem! Although you have the most options if you’re a cable or satellite subscriber, there are more online options available for this year’s Olympics. By Technology Writer Anick Jesdanun. SENT: 950 words, photos.

HALLMARK-KITTEN SUMMER GAMES — As the opening ceremony for the Rio Olympics nears, about 90 furry paw-thletes at the Hallmark Channel are ready for some action of their own in the Kitten Summer Games, to coincide with the start of the real Olympics on Friday. By Leanne Italie. SENT: 560 words, photos, video.

TIME WARNER-HULU — In another win for cable cord-cutters, Time Warner has become the latest media company to invest in streaming service Hulu. By Technology Writer Mae Anderson. SENT: 605 words, photos, graphic.

PRINCE ESTATE — The judge handling the case over Prince’s estate has ruled that documents dealing with special administrator fees and the sale of real estate can remain under seal. SENT: 125 words.

POKEMON STATUE — Amid the craze over virtual characters in the smartphone-based “Pokemon Go” game, a Pokemon that people can see with their own eyes is grabbing attention in New Orleans. By Rebecca Santana. SENT: 290 words, photos.

AMERICA’S GOT TALENT-ACCIDENT — A stunt performer says he’s OK after being hit in the neck with a flaming arrow during a live broadcast of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” on Tuesday. SENT: 125 words.

PEOPLE-THE GAME — The Game says he has raised $5,000 for a North Carolina boy who lost an eye after being shot in the face in May and left for dead next to his pregnant mother, who was killed in the attack. SENT: 125 words, photos.

FILM ACADEMY-PRESIDENT — The leadership of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has re-elected as its president a film marketing executive who has pushed for greater diversity within the organization. SENT: 130 words, photos.

TIME WARNER-HULU — In another win for cable cord-cutters, Time Warner has become the latest media company to invest in streaming service Hulu. By Technology Writer Mae Anderson. SENT: 600 words, photos, graphics.

WW2 MUSEUM-BOB HOPE — Bob Hope’s commitment to entertaining U.S. troops will be recognized at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans through a $3 million donation from the comedian’s foundation. SENT: 240 words.

GERMANY-GAMES FAIR-SECURITY — No rubber swords, no plastic guns. The world’s largest gaming fair has told visitors to leave their weapons at home this year. SENT: 125 words.

PEOPLE-LEONARDO DICAPRIO-JONAH HILL — Leonardo DiCaprio has given good friend Jonah Hill a scare on a New York City street. SENT: 100 words, photos.










FILM-SUICIDE SQUAD-HARLEY QUINN — Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn is the undisputed breakout star of “Suicide Squad.” The filmmakers and executives behind the project discuss the unhinged character and the telling exclusion from the comic source material. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. UPCOMING Thursday: 600 words by 2 p.m., photos.



FILM REVIEW-LITTLE MEN. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT Monday: 625 words, photos.

FILM REVIEW-SUICIDE SQUAD. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT Tuesday: 700 words, photos.

FILM REVIEWS PLANNED FOR NEXT WEEK: “Pete’s Dragon,” ”Sausage Party,” ”Florence Foster Jenkins.”

BOOK REVIEW-AMERICAN HEIRESS, BY JEFFREY TOOBIN. Reviewed by Ann Levin. SENT Monday: 400 words, photos.

BOOK REVIEW-BRIGHT, PRECIOUS DAYS, BY JAY MCINERNEY. Reviewed by Ann Levin. SENT Monday: 400 words, photos.

BOOK REVIEW-THE GUY NOVEL, BY MICHAEL RYAN. Reviewed by Bruce DeSilva. SENT Monday: 240 words. Photo planned.

BOOK REVIEW-MISSISSIPPI NOIR, BY TOM FRANKLIN. Reviewed by Kendal Weaver. SENT Monday: 350 words, photos.

BOOK REVIEW-PRESTO, BY PENN JILLETTE. Reviewed by Jeff Ayers. SENT Monday: 200 words, photos.




LOS ANGELES — Costume designer Colleen Atwood talks about her work on “The Huntsman: Winter’s War.”

LONDON — Bollywood superstar Hrithik Roshan and director Ashutosh Gowarikar talk about action and romance in their latest love story, “Mohnejo Daro.”

LONDON — Joe Mount talks about Metronomy’s latest album.

LONDON — Will Smith, Jared Leto and Margot Robbie attend the European premiere of “Suicide Squad.”

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.— More new-season preview items from the summer session of the Television Critics Association.


LOS ANGELES — Barbra Streisand kicks off a new tour.

FILE — Kate Del Castillo, the Mexican actress who met with drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, asks for case to be dropped.

LOS ANGELES — “Simpsons” actress Nancy Cartwright talks about Scientology.

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