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COMIC-CON-PREVIEW — The doors to San Diego Comic-Con are set to open Wednesday night with a preview of the pop-culture convention’s show floor. “The Walking Dead,” ”Game of Thrones,” ”Justice League” and “Star Trek” are among the entertainment properties expected to be hyped at the four-day extravaganza. By Entertainment Writers Derrik J. Lang and Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 600 words by noon, photos.
COMIC-CON-STAR TREK PREMIERE — The cast of “Star Trek Beyond” is beaming into San Diego Comic-Con for the sci-fi sequel’s U.S. premiere. By Entertainment Writer Derrik J. Lang. UPCOMING: 500 words by 1 a.m., photos.
GOP 2016-CAITLYN JENNER — Prodding her party, Caitlyn Jenner said Wednesday it was easier to come out as transgender than as a Republican and conceded Democrats promote more inclusive policies. By Josh Lederman. SENT: 580 words, photos.
GOP 2016-ARMCHAIR CONVENTION — A look at the 2016 Republican National Convention through a media lens: With ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox News Channel, NBC, MSNBC and PBS offering a prime-time platform on the night Donald Trump was nominated as their presidential candidate Tuesday, the Republicans essentially packed up early and went home. By Television Writer David Bauder. SENT: 800 words, photos. Will be updated.
GOP 2016-CONVENTION-MELANIA — A speechwriter for Donald Trump’s company said Wednesday she made a mistake in using passages from a 2008 Michelle Obama speech in the Republican Party convention speech delivered by Melania Trump. By Stephen Ohlemacher. SENT: 500 words, photos.
GOP 2016-CONVENTION-THIRD EYE BLIND — Third Eye Blind has used a performance near the site of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland to speak out on gay rights. SENT: 120 words, photos.
TRUMP STAR WALL — On the day Donald Trump secured the Republican nomination for president, a miniature wall appeared around the former reality TV host’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. SENT: 120 words.
TWITTER-LESLIE JONES HARASSMENT — Another prominent celebrity — “Ghostbusters” star Leslie Jones — has abandoned Twitter because of the social media company’s inability to protect its users from online harassment. Twitter permanently suspended conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos, who orchestrated a torrent of racist and sexist comments aimed at Jones, but clearly has farther to go to get a handle on its Wild West reputation. By Barbara Ortutay. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5pm ET, photo
FILM-DON’T THINK TWICE — Improv is ready for its close-up. No other type of comedy has grown more in the last decade, and now, the burgeoning scene has its first movie. Mike Birbiglia’s “Don’t Think Twice” lovingly presents the communal but competitive lives of a fictional improv troupe. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT: 800 words by 11 a.m., photos.
STAR TREK BEYOND-JOHN CHO— Much has been made of the decision to reveal that the “Star Trek” character Sulu is gay in the latest franchise installment “Star Trek Beyond,” but for actor John Cho, one of the most important things was ensuring that Sulu’s husband was also of Asian descent. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 500 words by 1 p.m., photos.
AP-KATHLEEN CARROLL — Kathleen Carroll, the executive editor of The Associated Press for the last 14 years, will leave her post at the end of the year. By Mark Kennedy. SENT: 350 words, photos. Will be updated.
POKEMON GO-FANDOM HISTORY — One reason for Pokemon’s overnight success: A largely unheralded legion of existing Pokemon fans weaned on video games, dolls/action figures and a 1990s TV show, many of whom now see the game as a way of fulfilling long-held dreams of hunting Pokemon themselves. By Marina Villaneuve. UPCOMING
— SAUDi-POKEMON GO — Saudi Arabia’s top clerics renewed a religious edict that warns against playing Pokemon — this time as the wildly popular mobile phone application “Pokemon Go.” By Aya Batrawy. SENT: 350 words, photos.
OBIT-GARRY MARSHALL — Garry Marshall knew how to tug at moviegoers’ heartstrings, whether with unlikely love in “Pretty Woman” or sentimental loss in “Beaches.” By Television Writer Lynn Elber. SENT: 1000 words, photos.
—OBIT-GARRY MARSHALL REAX — Sent: 550 words, photos
SWITZERLAND-OBIT-CLOWN DIMITRI — Clown Dimitri, a beloved Swiss clown and mime over nearly six decades who studied under Marcel Marceau and spread smiles from Broadway to Congo with a traditional style that shunned modern, high-tech theatrics, has died, his office said Wednesday. He was 80. By Jamey Keaten. SENT: 490 words, photos.
OBIT-ROMANIA-BELIGAN — Romanian actor Radu Beligan, one of the nation’s most prolific actors whose career spanned almost 80 years, has died, a hospital said. He was 97. By Alison Mutler. SENT: 390 words, photos.
PEOPLE-MIRANDA KERR — Miranda Kerr said yes. The 33-year-old model is engaged to marry Snapchat cofounder and CEO, Evan Spiegel. SENT: 80 words, photo.
PEOPLE-SHANNEN DOHERTY — Actress Shannen Doherty has shaved her head amid a battle with breast cancer. SENT: 120 words, photos.
PEOPLE-LADY GAGA — Lady Gaga and her fiancé, actor Taylor Kinney, are on a break. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. SENT: 140 words, photos.
GAGOSIAN GALLERY-TAX SETTLEMENT — International art dealer Gagosian Gallery has agreed to pay $4.28 million in back sales taxes in New York. SENT: 120 words.
BRITAIN-RALPH FIENNES — World events give a powerful resonance to Ralph Fiennes’ performance as the ruthless ruler, determined to eliminate all rivals, in a Rupert Goold-directed production of the play at London’s Almeida Theatre. By Jill Lawless. SENT: 740 words, photos.
GOP 2016-ARMCHAIR CONVENTION — News and notes from media coverage of final day of the RNC. By AP Television Writer David Bauder. UPCOMING Thursday: 700 words by 12 a.m., photos.
BOOKS-DAVE EGGERS — The latest stop on Dave Eggers’ long-running fictional tour: Alaska. Eggers’ “Heroes of the Frontier,” which comes out July 26, tells of a single mother from Ohio who flees to Alaska with her young son and daughter in the wake of financial and personal disaster. By National Writer Hillel Italie. UPCOMING Thursday: 750 words by 11 a.m., photos.
FILM-JAMES SCHAMUS — James Schamus is almost certainly the only person in the movie business who is equal parts academic (he’s a film professor at Columbia), executive (he ran Focus Features for more than a decade) and filmmaker (he’s long been Ang Lee’s writing and producer partner). At 56, he’s also now a director. He makes his directorial debut with the already acclaimed Philip Roth adaptation “Indignation.” By Film Writer Jake Coyle. UPCOMING Thursday: 800 words by 11 a.m., photos.
POKEMON GO-ORIGINS — Where this game came from, and how the creators of the original whacked-out Pokemon world agree to take the plunge with a new and largely unproven type of augmented reality game. By Michael Liedtke. UPCOMING Thursday: 800 words by 3 p.m., photo
FILM REVIEW-STAR TREK. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT Monday: 695 words, photos.
FILM REVIEW-DON’T THINK TWICE. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 650 words by 6 p.m. Tuesday, photos.
FILM REVIEW-LIGHTS OUT. By Sandy Cohen. UPCOMING: 650 words by noon Thursday, photos.
FILM REVIEWS PLANNED FOR WEEK OF JULY 25: “Bourne,” ”Bad Moms,” ”Gleason.”
GAME REVIEW-POKEMON GO. By Lou Kesten. SENT Tuesday. 500 words, photos.
BOOK REVIEW-SEINFELDIA, BY JENNIFER KEISHIN ARMSTRONG. Reviewed by Matt Sedensky. SENT Monday: 555 words, photos.
BOOK REVIEW-THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF STONES BY MJ ROSE, reviewed by Jeff Ayers. SENT Monday: 260 words, photos.
BOOK REVIEW-FOR THE LOVE OF MONEY BY SAM POLK, reviewed by Lincee Ray. SENT Monday: 290 words, photos.
BOOK REVIEW-THE WOMAN IN CABIN 10 BY RUTH WARE, reviewed by Lincee Ray. SENT Monday: 290 words, photos.
COMING UP ON ENTERTAINMENT DAILY NEWS (to be available on APVUS):
CANNES— “The BFG” jumps from the book to the big screen.
LOS ANGELES — Motivational speaker Tony Robbins gives the low-down on the new Netflix documentary about him – ‘Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru’
CARTHAGE— Jason Derulo performs at Cathage Music Festival in Tunisia.
NEW YORK— Teresa Palmer talks about her new horror film “Lights Out”
NEW YORK— Interview with director Sian Heder and actress Tammy Blanchard from the new Netflix film “Tallulah”
NASHVILLE — Zac Brown Band opens new exhibit at Country Music Hall of Fame
Broadcast video already available from 0600 GMT (also on APVUS):
OBIT— Writer-director Garry Marshall dies at age 81.
BEIJING— Michelle Chen ties the knot in Beijing with actor Chan Xiao.
FILE— Rep: Lady Gaga, fiance Taylor Kinney ‘taking a break.’