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Posted on March 28, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 28 at 1:30 PM

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NEW YORK — Thanks for the concern, but CNN's Martin Savidge says he's not looking to escape from the Canadian flight simulator where he has spent much of the past two weeks testing theories on what happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Savidge and his "co-pilot," Mitchell Casado, are the most visible symbols of CNN's blanket coverage of the missing airplane story. They have logged so much airtime reporting from the fake cockpit that the hashtag #freemartinsavidge appears on Twitter. By Television Writer David Bauder. SENT: 760 words, photos.


NEW YORK — Political junkies have plenty of choices on Sunday morning television. That's not the case for those who follow business, a niche that Maria Bartiromo hopes to fill starting this weekend on Fox News Channel. By Television Writer David Bauder. SENT: 600 words, photos.


NEW YORK — Elton John celebrated his 67th birthday Tuesday with the release of the 40th-anniversary edition of his classic album "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road." The new, four-disc edition features covers of his hits from "Bennie and the Jets" by R&B star Miguel and "Candle in the Wind" from singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. SENT: 870 words, photos.


LOS ANGELES — Oscar-winning star Eva Marie Saint could act like Hollywood royalty but proves down-to-earth in a TCM special and interview. By Television Writer Lynn Elber. SENT: 750 words, photos.


NEW YORK — Playing Dolores Huerta in the biopic "Cesar Chavez" doesn't seem enough for Rosario Dawson. The actress, who knew and worked with the renowned civil-rights activist, also wants to take Huerta's life to the screen. By Sigal Ratner-Arias. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.


NEW YORK — Sometimes satire isn't made for Twitter's 140-character world. Comedy Central deleted a message Thursday from its "Colbert Report" Twitter feed showing a still from Wednesday night's show where Stephen Colbert joked about starting a "Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever." SENT: 130 words.


LAS VEGAS — Veteran comedian George Wallace has told a Nevada jury it felt like a bear trap clamped his leg when he injured his Achilles tendon during a stand-up comedy show at a Las Vegas Strip resort. The 61-year-old comedian returned to the witness stand Friday in a civil negligence lawsuit seeking millions of dollars from the Bellagio resort. By Ken Ritter. SENT: 130 words, photos. Will be updated.


NEW YORK — George Lopez's new sitcom on FX is called "Saint George," but that doesn't mean he's making any apologies. By Alicia Rancilio. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos.


LAS VEGAS — Attention Hollywood casting agents: Seth Rogen is looking for someone to play the part of baby North in the next Kim Kardashian-Kanye West spoof with pal James Franco. By Film Writer Jessica Herndon. SENT: 225 words, photos.


NEW YORK — Gwyneth Paltrow took to Goop and the lifestyle site's regular weekly email Friday to offer thanks to supporters standing by her and her "consciously uncoupled" husband, Chris Martin, in their freshly announced separation. But first there was chicken. Three ways to prepare it, in fact. SENT: 140 words, photos.


CHICAGO — Survivors of a 1997 terrorist bombing blamed partly on Iran cannot seize antiquities from U.S. museums to help pay a $412 million judgment against the Iranian government, a federal judge in Chicago ruled Friday. By Michael Tarm. SENT: 350 words, photos.


LAS VEGAS — Footage of the sci-fi drama "Transcendence" previewed at CinemaCon in Las Vegas shows an eerily convincing Johnny Depp as a terminally ill scientist turned unruly machine in the Wally Pfister film that asks: What if we could upload a human mind into a computer? By Film Writer Jessica Herndon. SENT: 730 words, photos.


BEIJING — Captain America and Spiderman are seeking to dominate the Chinese box office in the coming weeks, proving that all a U.S. patriotic hero needs to overcome Chinese leeriness of foreign films is the promise of big money. By Louise Watt. SENT: 700 words, photos.


NEW YORK — Their work is hidden in plain sight, gracing hundreds of the nation's greatest public spaces: Arched tiled domes and ceilings in a multitude of herringbone and basket-weave patterns. Breathtakingly stunning Art Deco murals on domes, ceilings, walls and floors. But the names of the creators, master masons Rafael Guastavino and son Rafael Jr. and Art Deco muralist Hildreth Meiere, have mostly been forgotten. Now two events aim to reintroduce them to the public: an exhibition on the Guastavinos' soaring architectural tile vaults now at the Museum of the City of New York and the first monograph on Meiere, a trail-blazing woman muralist who revolutionized American architectural decoration. By Ula Ilnytzky. SENT: 600 words, photos.



LOS ANGELES — The violins of Antonio Stradivari, arguably the most famous instruments ever created, have an almost mystical reputation for beauty and heavenly tone. This week eight of them have been brought together in the City of Angels. "Strad Fest LA" is a four-day series of performances culminating with a Saturday charity concert. By Robert Jablon. SENT: 700 words, photos.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Country music's biggest stars are turning out for a salute to Merle Haggard. SENT: 130 words.


MACAU — "The Grandmaster" won best picture, best director for Wong Kar Wai and five other honors at the Asian Film Awards. Backstage, Wong and his star, best-actress winner Zhang Ziyi, were all smiles with their awards. But their thoughts were with the family of Ju Kun, a "Grandmaster" crew member who was a passenger on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. SENT: 350 words, photos.


SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina — Bosnia's decision to include preventing sexual violence in military training is "groundbreaking" and should become the standard for U.N. peacekeeping missions, British Foreign Secretary William Hague and Angelina Jolie said Friday. By Sabina Niksic. SENT: 270 words, photos.


NEW DELHI — A 14-year-old elephant whose abuse outside a Hindu temple inspired a protest by Paul McCartney is still living in horrific conditions, with shackles around his legs and regular beatings, an animal rights group said Friday. The Indian government had ordered the elephant, named Sunder, returned to the wild after McCartney highlighted the animal's plight during a 2012 trip to India. By Chonchui Ngashangva. SENT: 325 words, photos.


DETROIT — A group trying to save the Detroit-area factory where Rosie the Riveter became an icon of American female empowerment during World War II said Friday that it must raise $1.5 million in the next few weeks to save the site from being demolished. Those behind the Save the Bomber Plant campaign said they have raised $6.5 million of the $8 million they need by May 1 to buy the Willow Run Bomber Plant west of Detroit. They want to convert the factory where Rose Will Monroe and other workers built B-24 bombers into a museum dedicated to aviation and the countless other Rosies who toiled at similar U.S. plants to aid the war effort. By Mike Householder. SENT: 680 words, photos.


GIVERNY, Normandy — Mottled brushstrokes capture the sunset on a haystack, vivid hues fragment forest grass, while hazy edges give life to Normandy trees as they dance in the breeze. These are typical scenes of the renowned 19th-century French art movement Impressionism. But there is one major difference: they're all painted by Americans. By Thomas Adamson. SENT: 530 words, photos.


PARIS — It's not every day that you can stand in line at the Louvre Museum next to a flock of live sheep. But that's what happened to tourists Friday caught up in a protest by small farmers beneath the glass pyramid of the Paris museum. SENT: 130 words.






FILM REVIEW-CESAR CHAVEZ. By The Hollywood Reporter. SENT Wednesday: 675 words, photos.

FILM REVIEW-THE RAID 2. By The Hollywood Reporter. SENT Wednesday: 680 words, photos.

FILM REVIEW-NOAH. By National Writer Jocelyn Noveck. UPCOMING Thursday: 650 words by 2 p.m., photos.

FILM REVIEW-NYMPHOMANIAC. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. UPCOMING Thursday: 600 words by 5 p.m., photos.

MUSIC REVIEW-ELTON JOHN. By Steven Wine. SENT Monday: 400 words, photos.

MUSIC REVIEW-SHAKIRA. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. SENT Monday: 400 words, photos.

MUSIC REVIEW-THE HOLD STEADY. By Steven Wine. SENT Monday: 165 words, photos.

MUSIC REVIEW-JOHNNY CASH. By Michael McCall. SENT Monday: 240 words, photos.

MUSIC REVIEW-JERROD NIEMANN. By Michael McCall. SENT Monday: 220 words, photos.

MUSIC REVIEW-SAGE THE GEMINI. By Ron Harris. SENT Tuesday: 200 words, photos.

THEATER REVIEW-LES MISERABLES. By Drama Writer Mark Kennedy. SENT Sunday: 590 words, photos.

THEATER REVIEW-MOTHERS AND SONS. By Drama Writer Mark Kennedy. SENT Monday: 500 words, photos.

THEATER REVIEW-HELLMAN v. McCARTHY. By Jennifer Farrar. SENT Wednesday: 450 words, photos.

BOOK REVIEW-FIVE CAME BACK, BY MARK HARRIS. Reviewed by Douglass K. Daniel. SENT Monday: 600 words, photos.

BOOK REVIEW-WITHOUT WARNING, BY DAVID ROSENFELT. Reviewed by Jeff Ayers. SENT Monday: 155 words, photos.

BOOK REVIEW-A CALL TO ACTION, BY JIMMY CARTER. Reviewed by Peter James Spielmann. SENT Tuesday: 500 words, photos.



LAS VEGAS: Chris Pratt and other stars discuss upcoming films at CinemaCon. Coverage planned.

LAS VEGAS: CinemaCon awards highlights. Coverage planned.

BERLIN: Highlights from the Echo Awards. Coverage planned.

TOKYO: Korean actor Lee Min Ho meets fans in Tokyo. Coverage planned.

LONDON: David S. Goyer, writer/creator of "Da Vinci's Demons," talks about the challenges of filming in Wales. Coverage planned.

LONDON: Will.i.am talks about returning as funky bird in animated sequel "Rio 2." Coverage planned.

CHINA: Wong Kar Wai's "The Grandmaster" takes home top awards at 8th Asian Film Awards. Broadcast video available.

LOS ANGELES: Pharrell Williams and Hans Zimmer discuss Williams' Oscar loss. Broadcast video available.

LAS VEGAS: Seth Rogen on his Kardashian-West spoofs. Broadcast video available.





LOS ANGELES — Shirley Jones has high hopes for her 80th birthday celebration on Monday. By Entertainment Writer Lynn Elber. UPCOMING: 350 words by noon, photos.


LOS ANGELES — And you thought award season was over. Well, once again, it's slime time for a certain demographic as Nickelodeon presents its annual Kids' Choice Awards. By Entertainment Writer Chris Talbott. UPCOMING: 130 words by noon, with several updates throughout the 8-10 p.m. show, photos.



NEW YORK — The Denzel Washington you meet backstage at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre is not exactly living a glamorous Hollywood life. He's more like a college kid during finals — baseball cap, sneakers and track pants, The Broadway version of Denzel Washington seems completely in his element as he puts the finishing touches on one of America's greatest plays, "A Raisin in the Sun." By Drama Writer Mark Kennedy. UPCOMING: 700 words by noon, photos.


LOS ANGELES — "Noah" is expected to open this weekend at around $35 million amid a storm of controversy about the film's darker interpretation of the Bible story. By Entertainment Writer Derrik J. Lang. UPCOMING: 600 words by noon, photos.



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NEW YORK — One month in, NBC's generational trade of Jay Leno for Jimmy Fallon at the "Tonight" show is succeeding beyond the hopes of executives who engineered it. By Television Writer David Bauder. SENT Monday: 850 words, photos.


LOS ANGELES — Despite spending nearly half her life under the glare of the cameras, Jennifer Aniston admits she's still not used to baggage that comes with it, from paparazzi to the tabloid headlines. By Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen. SENT Monday: 780 words, photos.


NEW YORK — Laura Jane Grace, who came out as transgender two years ago, says she's able to sing in a new, liberated voice on her band's latest album because she's no longer hiding. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. SENT Monday: 355 words, photos.


NEW YORK — Michael C. Hall has turned a page, broken with the past, made a break. No more sawed-off limbs, gruesome murder, headless bodies or infants sitting in puddles of blood. His serial killer Dexter is no more, giving way to a Broadway play about two suburban couples. By Drama Writer Mark Kennedy. SENT: 730 words, photos.


NEW YORK — Before his mother became the model for Blanche DuBois of "A Streetcar Named Desire" and his sister the inspiration for Laura Wingfield of "The Glass Menagerie," Tennessee Williams drew upon a college girlfriend - if only in name - to tell a story of desire, drunkenness and regret. By National Writer Hillel Italie. SENT: 700 words.


LOS ANGELES — Arnold Schwarzenegger may be back to gunning down bad guys in action movies, but he's playing nice when it comes to politics. By Entertainment Writer Ryan Pearson. SENT Tuesday: 500 words, photos.


NEW YORK — It's no secret the Kardashian family loves fashion. They have a women's clothing line called Kardashian Kollection at Sears, Dash boutiques in Los Angeles, Miami and New York, and have now launched a clothing line at Babies R Us stores called Kardashian Kids. If you have a baby boy, though, you're out of luck. The line is just for baby girls up to 24 months. By Alicia Rancilio. SENT Tuesday: 400 words, photos.


NEW YORK — Like any world unto itself, Hollywood has its own lexicon. But Gwyneth Paltrow's use of the term "conscious uncoupling" to describe her breakup with Chris Martin was a new one. Let's start with the basics: What the heck does it mean? By National Writer Jocelyn Noveck. SENT Wednesday: 650 words, photos.


NEW YORK — A remarkable new memoir by the father of an autistic boy explains how his son's love for Disney movies animated his hidden emotional life. By Beth J. Harpaz. SENT Wednesday: 860 words, photos.


LOS ANGELES — Emma Watson was no believer. She just couldn't see "Black Swan" director Darren Aronofsky telling the biblical story of Noah. "Darren does these very dark, very intense, very gritty, very real films," she explains. "And then Noah is kind of — you see, this guy with the long beard and there's the animals." By Entertainment Writer Mike Cidoni Lennox. SENT Wednesday: 520 words, photos, audio, video.


PORTLAND, Ore. — Colin Meloy, frontman and songwriter for the indie folk band The Decemberists. Meloy and his illustrator wife, Carson Ellis, recently published the third installment of a popular adventure book series for middle-schoolers called "The Wildwood Chronicles." By Terrence Petty. SENT Wednesday: 900 words, photos.


DELANO, Calif. — In California's Central Valley, immigrant workers pick produce sold worldwide. They're mostly Spanish speakers who work long hours in the dirt and sun - not your typical crowd for a Hollywood premiere. But this week, they were the guests of honor at a special screening of "Cesar Chavez," the new biopic about the late labor leader. More than 1,000 farm workers sat in folding chairs outside the union hall where the first contracts were signed in 1970 between those who owned the fields and those who worked them. An inflatable movie screen stood upfront. The spirit of Cesar Chavez was everywhere. By Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen. SENT Thursday: 900 words, photos.


NEW YORK — Joan Rivers, who for more than a half-century has turned her life inside out for comedy, is starting her fourth season doing it for the reality show that she shares with her daughter, Melissa. WEtv's "Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?" finds Joan making a sex tape, attending a lacrosse game where Melissa picks a fight with her teenage son's coach and consoling Melissa after her boyfriend is caught in a compromising position. By Television Writer Frazier Moore. SENT Thursday: 870 words, photos.


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