AP Entertainment Digest for Wednesday, October 26, 2022

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WEDNESDAY, October 26

UPDATES with FRANCE-OBIT-SOULAGES, RUSSIA-SOBCHAK, FRANCE-JEAN MICHEL JARRE, THAILAND-MISS UNIVERSE, SBD-X GAMES-ESPN,...

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If you have questions, please email Anthony McCartney at amccartney@ap.org. For up-to-the-minute coverage, visit Entertainment Coverage Plan for information. For access to AP newsroom and other technical issues, contact apcustomersupport@ap.org or call 877-836-9477. For reruns of stories and questions about the best-seller lists call the service desk at 800-838-4616. Reruns of stories are available here. All times Eastern unless otherwise stated.

WEDNESDAY, October 26

UPDATES with FRANCE-OBIT-SOULAGES, RUSSIA-SOBCHAK, FRANCE-JEAN MICHEL JARRE, THAILAND-MISS UNIVERSE, SBD-X GAMES-ESPN, ZURICH OPERA-NOSEDA, BOOKS-DALIO BIOGRAPHY and POLAND-FRANCE-RARE BOOK

TOP STORIES:

MEDIA-NO ENDORSEMENTS — Newspaper endorsements for candidates are fading away as a campaign prize, victim of both the news industry’s troubles and the era’s bitter politics. By Media Writer David Bauder. SENT: 995 words, photos.

FRANCE-OBIT-SOULAGES — French painter Pierre Soulages, an icon of post-World War II European abstract art famed for his use of black, has died, according to the Soulages Museum in his hometown of Rodez. He was 102. Soulages became highly influential for his use of reflections of the color, calling it “black-light.” By Thomas Adamson. SENT: 599 words, photos.

FRANCE-JEAN MICHEL JARRE — Genes — and a dash of humility — are the secrets of longevity for one of France’s biggest music stars, Jean-Michel Jarre, the 74-year-old electronic music pioneer who’s sold over 85 million records and is still going strong. His latest album, Oxymore, or “oxymoron,” war released last week and is a groundbreaking electronic album recorded in 360-degree immersive sound, accompanied by a virtual reality experience in the metaverse. By Thomas Adamson. SENT: 529 words, photos.

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-HARVEY WEINSTEIN — The first of Harvey Weinstein’s accusers to testify at his Los Angeles sexual assault trial remains on the stand Wednesday. The woman, a model and actor, told a jury Tuesday that Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex in a hotel room in 2013. By Entertainment Writer Andrew Dalton. UPCOMING: 500 words by 8 p.m.

SBD-X GAMES-ESPN — ESPN has closed a deal to sell its majority stake in the X and Winter X Games. That marks the end of a nearly three-decade chapter during which ESPN helped propel snowboarding, skateboarding and other action sports into the mainstream. Terms of the sale to sports-focused private equity firm MSP Sports Capital were not divulged. ESPN will remain a minority partner in the events and will continue to televise them. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 553 words, photos.

RUSSIA-SOBCHAK — Russian investigators have raided the home of Ksenia Sobchak, the glamourous daughter of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s one-time boss, in a move that has sent shockwaves through the country’s political scene. Sobchak, a 40-year-old TV star, has often been critical of Putin, but many Russian opposition figures have accused her of serving the Kremlin’s agenda. SENT: 507 words, photos.

BOOKS-DALIO BIOGRAPHY — An “unauthorized, unvarnished” biography of billionaire hedge-fund manager Ray Dalio will be published next fall. The author is a Wall Street Journal investigative reporter whom the Bridgewater Associates founder has called biased and dishonest. “The Fund: Ray Dalio, Bridgewater Associates and the Unraveling of a Wall Street Legend,” by Rob Copeland, was announced Wednesday by St. Martin’s Press. SENT: 301 words, photo.

POLAND-FRANCE-RARE BOOK — Poland’s culture minister has rejected speculation that a rare book given to Pope Francis by French President Emmanuel Macron earlier this week might have been looted from Poland during World War II. The volume, the first French edition of a work by German philosopher Immanuel Kant from 1796, had a stamp from a library in Lviv, the Ukrainian city that was part of Poland until World War II. SENT: 199 words, photo.

THAILAND-MISS UNIVERSE — A Thai business tycoon and transgender activist has purchased the Miss Universe Organization for $20 million, her company announced Wednesday. Chakrapong “Anne” Chakrajutathib, who controls JKN Global Group Public Co. Ltd., is a celebrity in Thailand who has starred in reality shows and is outspoken about being a transgender woman. She helped establish a nonprofit group, Life Inspired For Transsexual Foundation, to promote trans rights. SENT: 294 words.

ZURICH OPERA-NOSEDA — Zurich Opera music director Gianandrea Noseda has agreed to a three-year contract extension through the 2027-28 season. SENT: 107 words.

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REVIEWS:

FILM REVIEW-ARMAGEDDON TIME — By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. UPCOMING: 700 words by 6 p.m. Thursday, film stills.

FILM REVIEW-WENDELL AND WILD — By Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy. SENT: 571 words, film stills.

FILM REVIEW-CALL JANE — By Film Writer Jake Coyle. UPCOMING: 700 words by 6 p.m. Wednesday, film stills.

FILM REVIEW-THE GOOD NURSE — By National Writer Jocelyn Noveck. SENT Tuesday: 865 words, film stills.

BOOK REVIEW-MURDER AT THE JUBILEE RALLY — By Terry Shames. Reviewed by Bruce DeSilva. SENT Monday: 427 words, cover image.

BOOK REVIEW-AND THERE WAS LIGHT — By Jon Meacham. Reviewed by Douglass K. Daniel. SENT Monday: 794 words, cover image.

BOOK REVIEW-TED KENNEDY — By John A. Farrell. Reviewed by Andrew DeMillo. SENT Monday: 349 words, cover image.

BOOK REVIEW-I EXAGGERATE MY BRUSHES WITH FAME — By Kevin Nealon. Reviewed by Mike Householder. SENT Tuesday: 492 words, book cover.

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