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AP ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
The Associated Press has selected its list of contenders for entertainer of the year from throughout the worlds of music, television, film and theater. This year’s ballot includes Beyonce, Drake, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Netflix, Ryan Murphy, James Corden, Adele and Disney.
Please cast your vote at http://apps.ap.org/topstories/signup
Write-in candidates are allowed. Voting closes at 11:59 p.m. EST Dec. 16.
UPDATES with THEATER-HAMILTON CAST, FIFTH HARMONY-JAUREGUI CHARGED
Also UPDATES with TV-GROWING PAINS CAST, TRUMP-NATIONAL ANTHEM-PREVIOUS SINGERS. Also updates with TRUMP INAUGURATION-EVANCHO, TRUMP-NATIONAL ANTHEM, TRUMP-THE LATEST, BOOKS-DAVID ROSS
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 14
OBIT-ALAN THICKE — Alan Thicke, who played the likable father on the sitcom “Growing Pains,” has died at age 69. By Television Writer Lynn Elber. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, video.
TV-GROWING PAINS CAST — The death of Alan Thicke has saddened every fan of “Growing Pains,” the warm family sitcom where he played Dr. Jason Seaver, a psychiatrist and ideal TV dad. By Television Writer Frazier Moore. SENT: 590 words, photos.
YE-MUSIC-ALBUMS — Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu lists his top 10 albums of the year. SENT: 1,200 words, photos. With a 600-word abridged version.
YE-MUSIC-SONGS — Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu lists his top 10 songs of the year. SENT: 360 words, photos.
SCREEN ACTORS GUILD NOMINATIONS — Kenneth Lonergan’s New England-set drama “Manchester by the Sea” has emerged with the most nominations from the Screen Actors Guild, followed by “Moonlight” and “Fences.” By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 630 words, photos, video.
SAG NOMINATIONS-LIST. SENT: 350 words, photos.
TRUMP INAUGURATION-EVANCHO. Jackie Evancho, a 16-year-old singer from the Pittsburgh suburbs, has been chosen to sing the national anthem at Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration Jan. 20. SENT: 100 words, photos.
TRUMP-NATIONAL ANTHEM. — “America’s Got Talent” star Jackie Evancho will sing the national anthem at Donald Trump’s inauguration on Jan. 20. SENT: 120 words, photos.
TRUMP-NATIONAL ANTHEM-PREVIOUS SINGERS — Some previous singers who have sung at presidential inaugurations include Marilyn Horne, Aretha Franklin and Jessye Norman. SENT: 265 words, photos.
TRUMP-THE LATEST. SENT: 1,300 words, photos, video.
BILL COSBY — A lawyer for Bill Cosby says prosecutors are trying him for an alleged 2004 sexual assault only so that a “bandwagon” of women can pursue old, unsubstantiated claims that the 79-year-old comedian drugged and assaulted them. By Maryclaire Dale and Michael R. Sisak. SENT: 570 words, photos, video.
BILL COSBY-THE LATEST. SENT: 760 words, photos, video.
CLASSIC FILMS — While not usually regarded as a golden age of American cinema, the 1980s produced plenty of popular classics, and a few more of them have now been added to the prestigious National Film Registry. The Library of Congress announced Wednesday that “The Breakfast Club,” ”The Princess Bride” and “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” are among the 25 movies tapped for preservation this year. They join three other more obscure 1980s titles on this year’s list. By Ben Nuckols. SENT: 700 words, photos.
CLASSIC FILMS-LIST — Here are the movies selected by the Library of Congress in 2016 for inclusion in the National Film Registry. SENT: 125 words.
PEOPLE-SHANNEN DOHERTY — Shannen Doherty is giving an up-close look at her fight against breast cancer. The former “Beverly Hills, 90210” actress has shared an Instagram photo of herself in a hospital gown alongside her mother. SENT: 125 words, photos.
BRITAIN-THEATER-NO MAN’S LAND — One of the great theatrical bromances is coming to the big screen. Onstage co-stars and offstage pals Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart are capping a West End run of Harold Pinter’s bruisingly funny “No Man’s Land” with a live broadcast to dozens of theaters around the world. By Jill Lawless. SENT: 600 words, photos.
MUSIC-COUNTRY FASHION — A new generation of country stars is changing preconceptions about fashion in Music City that has been primarily known for over-the-top stage wear and rhinestones. Musicians like Karen Fairchild and Maddie & Tae are working with department stores on new collections that focus on dressing fabulously every day. By Kristin M. Hall. SENT: 500 words, photos.
FRANCE-SPY EXHIBIT — Lipstick pistols, poison pens, explosive rats — a new Paris exhibit reveals real-life spy gadgets and tells the story of how secret agents around the world were recruited, trained and equipped during clandestine missions from World War I to the end of the Cold War. By Sylvie Corbet. SENT: 540 words, photos.
THEATER-HAMILTON CAST — Former “Saturday Night Live” star Taran Killam will be getting plenty of live performances next year — he’s going into the Broadway company of “Hamilton.” By Mark Kennedy. SENT: 125 words, photos.
FIFTH HARMONY-JAUREGUI CHARGED — A member of the girl group Fifth Harmony has been charged with possessing marijuana at Dulles International Airport. SENT: 70 words.
BOOKS-DAVID ROSS — David Ross is taking another victory lap: The Chicago Cubs’ beloved catcher has a deal with Hachette Books for a memoir that will track his “resilient and ultimately triumphantly” career. SENT: 100 words, photos.
BOOKS-WINFREY IMPRINT — Oprah Winfrey’s new book imprint has an easy name to remember: She’s calling it “An Oprah Book,” Flatiron Books told The Associated Press on Wednesday. SENT: 125 words, photos.
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YE-TOP 10 FILMS — AP Film Writers Lindsey Bahr and Jake Coyle each list their top 10 films of the year. UPCOMING Thursday: 1,200 words, photos. With 600-word abridged version.
FILM-ROGUE ONE-ENSEMBLE — Meet the diverse faces and personalities behind the large ensemble cast of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” including Mads Mikkelsen, Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna and Donnie Yen. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. UPCOMING Thursday: 700 words by 2 p.m., photos.
FILM REVIEW-ROGUE ONE. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT Tuesday: 700 words, photos.
FILM REVIEW-BARRY. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. UPCOMING: 650 words by 5 p.m. Wednesday, photos.
FILM REVIEW-COLLATERAL BEAUTY. By Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by noon Wednesday.
FILM REVIEWS PLANNED FOR NEXT WEEK —”Silence,” ”Sing,” ”Passengers,” ”A Monster Calls,” ”Assassin’s Creed.”
BOOK REVIEW-OUT OF BOUNDS, BY VAL MCDERMID. Reviewed by Oline H. Cogdill. SENT Monday: 325 words, photos.
BOOK REVIEW-THE PRINCESS DIARIST, BY CARRIE FISHER. Reviewed by Cara Anna. SENT Monday: 370 words, photos.
COMING UP ON ENTERTAINMENT DAILY NEWS:
LOS ANGELES— Reese Witherspoon hosts Christmas snow day event.
FILE— Massachusetts man acknowledges harassing Ariana Grande,
LOS ANGELES— Sophia Bush and Common announce the Screen Actors Guild nominees for best in TV and film.
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE— Christian artist Chris Tomlin talks about bringing churches together on his new 2017 tour.
DUBAI— Closing event at the Dubai International Film festival.
ENTERTAINMENT DAILY NEWS BROADCAST VIDEO ALREADY AVAILABLE:
NEW YORK— Elle Fanning and Sienna Miller walk the carpet for “Live By Night.”
LOS ANGELES— “Star Wars” fans line at Hollywood’s Chinese Theater for the opening of “Rogue One.”