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FILM-MATT DAMON-DIVERSITY — How Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are taking steps to address the diversity crisis in Hollywood. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.

DEM 2016-ARMCHAIR CONVENTION — Fox bypassed Democrats’ discussion of police issues and minority communities, Bill Clinton made a large room intimate, and the DNC doesn’t skimp on the sizzle at Tuesday night’s session. By Television Writer David Bauder. SENT: 520 words, photos.

DEM 2016-CONVENTION-CELEBRITIES — Tough room, Elizabeth Banks. You could have heard crickets in the Democratic convention hall on Tuesday night when the “Pitch Perfect” and “Hunger Games” actress attempted a joke or two in introducing a short video about Hillary Clinton. Delegates barely clapped or laughed. By Leanne Italie. SENT: 515 words, photos.

DEM 2016-CONVENTION-O’REILLY — Bill O’Reilly says the slaves who helped build the White House “were well-fed and had decent lodgings provided by the government.” The Fox News commentator was responding to first lady Michelle Obama’s remarks in her speech at the Democratic National Convention on Monday in praise of the social progress of the United States. SENT: 125 words, photos.

PEOPLE-BLACK EYED PEAS — Fergie and the Black Eyed Peas haven’t played together in five years, but they will be playing separate concerts in Philadelphia during the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday. SENT: 100 words, photos.

THEATER-Q&A-JONATHAN PRYCE — Jonathan Pryce, fresh off his stint on “Game of Thrones,” sinks his teeth into a Shakespeare play that he has always resisted — “The Merchant of Venice.” By Drama Writer Mark Kennedy. SENT: 650 words, photo.

MUSIC-LORI MCKENNA — Singer-songwriter Lori McKenna now has a Grammy trophy sitting on her piano at her home in Massachusetts, thanks to the hit song “Girl Crush,” but her five kids still don’t think that makes her cool. “They are impossible to impress,” McKenna said with a laugh during a recent interview. By Kristin M. Hall. SENT: 500 words, photos. Video planned.

MUSIC-MICHAEL KIWANUKA — Michael Kiwanuka has connections in high places. At 24 without a hit record to his name, the British singer was invited to tour with Adele. He also worked on music with Kanye West, and though the collaboration didn’t see the light of day, Kiwanuka says the experience helped shape his sophomore album, “Love & Hate.” By Sian Watson. SENT: 430 words, photos.

BRITAIN-BOOKER PRIZE — Celebrated South African novelist J.M. Coetzee and U.S. Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout are among the contenders for Britain’s prestigious Booker Prize for fiction. Coetzee’s “The Schooldays of Jesus” and Strout’s “My Name is Lucy Barton” are on a 13-book longlist announced Wednesday. By Jill Lawless. SENT: 325 words, photos.

PEOPLE-VINCE NEIL-BATTERY CHARGE — Attorneys for Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil say they’re investigating what led to a misdemeanor battery charge accusing Neil of grabbing a woman’s hair and pulling her to the ground in April outside a Las Vegas Strip resort. SENT: 125 words, photos. Will be expanded.

JAPAN-POKEMON GO-HIROSHIMA — “Pokemon Go” players are descending on an atomic bomb memorial park in Hiroshima, and officials of the western Japanese city are displeased. They have asked game developer Niantic Inc. to remove the “Pokestops” and other virtual sites that show up in the park for those playing the augmented reality game. SENT: 185 words, photos.

ITALY-LOCKED INSIDE DUOMO — Italian police say an American tourist spent a night locked on the spectacular rooftop of Milan’s Gothic-inspired Duomo cathedral after being overlooked by security. SENT: 105 words, photos.

PEOPLE-ROGER MOORE — Roger Moore has announced the death of his stepdaughter, Christina Knudsen. The 88-year-old former James Bond actor says on social media and his official website that Knudsen died Monday at age 47 following a battle with cancer. SENT: 100 words, photos.

GUNS N’ ROSES-CONCERT ARRESTS — Police say more than 40 people were arrested at two Guns N’ Roses concerts in New Jersey over the weekend on a variety of charges including assaulting police and selling items without a permit. SENT: 125 words.

NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING FLORIDA-BENEFIT — Hollywood is hosting a benefit for the Pulse nightclub in Florida, where a gunman killed 49 patrons and injured 53 people last month. A spokeswoman for Pulse in Orlando said Tuesday that the benefit will be held Aug. 19 at the NeueHouse Hollywood in Los Angeles. SENT: 125 words.

BIG BANG-MELANOMA PSA —The cast of CBS’s hit comedy show “The Big Bang Theory” has filmed a public service announcement to raise awareness about skin cancer after learning of the death of a young Maryland fan. SENT: 110 words.









DEM 2016-ARMCHAIR CONVENTION — News and notes from media coverage of day one of the Democratic National Convention. By Television Writer David Bauder. UPCOMING Thursday: 700 words by 12 a.m., photos.

DEM 2016-CONVENTION-CELEBRITIES — Wrap on celebrities at the Democratic National Convention. By Leanne Italie. UPCOMING Thursday: 500 words by 12 a.m., photos.

FILM-NERVE —”Nerve,” a new thriller starring Dave Franco and Emma Roberts, is like Pokemon Go on steroids. The directors and writer talk about their timely movie in an interview. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. UPCOMING Thursday: 650 words by 2 p.m., photos.

THEATER-WHITE RABBIT RED RABBIT — Actors Josh Radnor, F. Murray Abraham, Ramin Karimloo and Michael Urie talk about how they prepare for a unique off-Broadway play when they don’t get the script until they get onstage. By Drama Writer Mark Kennedy. UPCOMING Thursday: 700 words by 11 a.m., photos.

MUSEUM OF ICE CREAM — A pop-up museum dedicated to all things ice cream is treating visitors to a pool of rainbow sprinkles, edible balloons and an immersive chocolate room — and, of course, scoops of heavenly ice cream created by food scientist Irwin Adam. The museum opens Friday and runs through Aug. 31. By Ula Ilnytzky. UPCOMING Thursday: 400 words by 4 p.m., photos, video.



FILM REVIEW-JASON BOURNE. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT Tuesday: 650 words, photos.

FILM REVIEW-GLEASON. By Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy. SENT Tuesday: 750 words, photo.

FILM REVIEW-BAD MOMS. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. UPCOMING Thursday: 600 words, photo. (Embargoed by studio.)

FILM REVIEWS PLANNED FOR WEEK OF AUG. 1: “Suicide Squad,” ”Nine Lives,” ”Little Men.”

BOOK REVIEW-KILLER LOOK, BY LINDA FAIRSTEIN. Reviewed by Oline H. Cogdill. SENT Monday: 325 words, photos.

BOOK REVIEW-GUILTY MINDS, BY JOSEPH FINDER. Reviewed by Jeff Ayers. SENT Monday: 230 words, photos.

BOOK REVIEW-YOU WILL KNOW ME, BY MEGAN ABBOTT. Reviewed by Oline H. Cogdill. SENT Monday: 325 words, photos.




FILE — Beyonce, Adele and Kanye West earn top nominations at the MTV VMAs.

LONDON — Cast members talk about the new lavish period drama series “Versailles.”

LONDON — American rapper Kent Jones talks about his global hit “Don’t Mind,” impending fatherhood and his upcoming debut album.

LONDON — Members of the British folk trio Bear’s Den talk about life on the road and their new album, “Red Earth and Pouring Rain.”

NEW YORK — Logan Lerman talks about his new movie, “Indignation.”


PHILADELPHIA — Meryl Streep talks about Clinton’s grit, fires up DNC.

PHILADELPHIA — Elizabeth Banks at the DNC: This election is too important for jokes.

PHILADELPHIA — Actresses Lena Dunham and America Ferrera attend the DNC.

PHILADELPHIA — Debra Messing, Alicia Keys and Andra Day attend the DNC.

PHILADELPHIA — Actor Tony Goldwyn speaks at the DNC.

LOS ANGELES — Stars of the new comedy “Bad Moms” talk about parenting and politics.

NEW YORK — Baz Luhrman, Grandmaster Flash and Nelson George talk about the upcoming Netflix series “The Get Down.”

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