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MONDAY APRIL 24

BOOKS-CAITLYN JENNER — Caitlyn Jenner opens up about her bumpy road to transition, why she wrote her frank and honest memoir spilling her secrets and why she, contrary to so many in the trans community, thinks it’s OK to utter her former name, Bruce. In an interview with The Associated Press, she describes some of her lows, including thoughts of suicide amid relentless stalking by paparazzi before her coming out. By Leanne Italie. UPCOMING: 850 words by 5 p.m., photos, video.

FILM-SUMMER PREVIEW — With many feeling overwhelmed with politics, Hollywood may hope that many moviegoers will take solace in its usual array of spectacles, fantasies and superhero blockbusters. But considering big-budget escapism is now a year-round business, the summer movie season — which even “Star Wars” has departed for December — might not be so special anymore. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT: 950 words, photos.

With: FILM-SUMMER PREVIEW-CALENDAR — A month-by-month list of summer releases. SENT: 1,400 words.

FILM-SUMMER PREVIEW-CALENDAR-ABRIDGED. SENT: 315 words.

FILM-SUMMER PREVIEW-CHRIS PRATT — Chris Pratt went from underdog to superstar in under a year with “Guardians of the Galaxy” in 2014 and “Jurassic World” in 2015. On the eve of the release of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” Pratt discusses his goals and what cinematic genres he wants to explore next. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. UPCOMING: 750 words by 2 p.m., photos.

BOOKS-KASICH — A new book by Ohio Gov. John Kasich looks at what Kasich calls the positivity of his presidential campaign compared with the election cycle’s negativity. SENT: 120 words. Will be updated.

SHERYL SANDBERG-OPTION B — The new book by Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg, “Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience and Finding Joy,” recounts the death of her husband, her grief, and how she recovered from it. By Barbara Ortutay. SENT: 885 words, photos, video.

TV-GENIUS — Producer Ron Howard and star Geoffrey Rush bring Albert Einstein’s tumultuous personal life and career to the screen in “Genius,” a National Geographic miniseries. By Television Writer Lynn Elber. UPCOMING: 700 words by 2 p.m., photos.

TRIBECA-ANTHONY BOURDAIN — Anthony Bourdain is loath to take up the role of the activist, but he was lured into the issue of food waste for the documentary “Wasted,” which is showing at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. UPCOMING: 600 words by 5 p.m., photos.

BRITAIN-THEATER-TRUMP’S CABINET — Four key players in President Donald Trump’s new administration are central characters in a “verbatim play,” boiled down from combative U.S. Senate confirmation hearings, that looks to Trump’s Cabinet picks for clues to his government’s direction. By Jill Lawless. SENT: 700 words, photos.

ISRAEL-WORLD WAR II MUSEUM — Two years after Israel’s prime minister vowed to complete the establishment of a museum honoring Jewish World War II veterans, funds have dried up and an abandoned construction site is all that remains of the grand project. The story of the 1.5 million Jews who fought the Nazis — and the 250,000 who died in battle — has long been lost in Israel amid the larger tragedy of the Holocaust and the Nazi genocide of Europe’s Jews. By Aron Heller. SENT: 990 words, photos.

TANGLEWOOD-STING — Sting will be making his debut at the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. SENT: 130 words.

SEAN HANNITY-HARASSMENT CLAIM — Sean Hannity says accusations of sexual harassment from a former Fox News contributor are “100% false and a complete fabrication.” SENT: 140 words, photos.

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OTHER STORIES:

GERMANY-LOVE PARADE DEATHS

GERMANY-BERLIN OPERA

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UPCOMING:

SUMMER PREVIEW-RIDLEY SCOTT — Almost 40 years after “Alien” shocked audiences, Ridley Scott is returning to the well that made him a star director with a new terrifying installment, “Alien: Covenant.” He’s not a nostalgic person, though, he just wants to provide all the answers for the worlds he’s helped create, and, yes, he promises that “Alien: Covenant” will help explain the confusing “Prometheus.” By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. UPCOMING Tuesday: 750 words, photos.

SUMMER PREVIEW-DWAYNE JOHNSON — Dwayne Johnson has graduated from “franchise Viagra” to “franchise starter.” He’s now hoping to turn “Baywatch” into the next franchise in his film empire, but the former wrestler-turned-actor knows the audience is king. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. UPCOMING Tuesday: 750 words, photos.

TRIBECA-VIRTUAL REALITY — The names are getting bigger and the ambitions are, too, in virtual reality. A number of high-profile projects unveiled at the Tribeca Film Festival show the young medium pushing forward to unlock VR’s power to create empathy, whether it’s a Holocaust survivor or a crow voiced by John Legend. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. UPCOMING Tuesday: 800 words by 5 p.m., photos.

PEN GALA — Stephen Sondheim is to receive a lifetime achievement award from PEN America, with Meryl Streep presenting him the prize on Tuesday. PEN, the literary and human rights organization, also will honor the women’s marches of January and an imprisoned Ukrainian filmmaker. By National Writer Hillel Italie. UPCOMING Tuesday: 700 words by 11 p.m.

CELEB-COMEDY BENEFIT — Larry David, Martin Short and Julia Louis-Dreyfus are among the performers lending their talents to the Natural Resources Defense Council’s “Stand Up for the Planet” benefit at the Wallis Annenberg Center in Beverly Hills, California, on Tuesday. By Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen. UPCOMING Tuesday: Developing from 7 p.m. event, story will move overnight.

SMARTPHONE MUSIC VIDEOS — More musicians are using new technology, including 360-degree cameras, virtual reality musical experiences and vertical videos, to reach the smartphone generation of music fans who are discovering new music on their phones and tablets. By Kristin M. Hall. UPCOMING Tuesday: 400 words by 2 p.m., photos, video.

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REVIEWS:

FILM REVIEW-GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. UPCOMING Tuesday: 650 words by 5 p.m., photo.

FILM REVIEW-CASTING JONBENET. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. UPCOMING: 650 words by 3 p.m. Wednesday, photos.

FILM REVIEW-THE CIRCLE. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. UPCOMING Thursday: 650 words, photos.

FILM REVIEW-SLEIGHT. By Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen. UPCOMING Thursday: 650 words by 3 p.m., photos.

UPCOMING FILM REVIEWS FOR NEXT WEEK: “The Circle and “How to Be a Latin Lover.”

MUSIC REVIEW-WILLIE NELSON. By Gregory Katz. SENT Monday: 230 words, photo.

MUSIC REVIEW-AMAZONES D’AFRIQUE. By Pablo Gorondi. SENT Monday: 250 words, photo.

MUSIC REVIEW-TROMBONE SHORTY. By Pablo Gorondi. UPCOMING Monday: 250 words, photo.

BOOK REVIEW-JOHNNY’S CASH & CHARLEY’S PRIDE, BY PETER COOPER. Reviewed by Scott Stroud. SENT Monday: 400 words, photos.

BOOK REVIEW-THE RED HUNTER, BY LISA UNGER. Reviewed by Jeff Ayers. UPCOMING Tuesday: 250 words, photos.

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VIDEO:

LONDON— Members of Steps talk about plans for their tour.

NASHVILLE— Country singer Bailey Bryan talks about shooting a vertical music video.

ROME— Fortunato Cerlino talks about his crime boss character in the TV series “Gomorrah.”

LONDON— A European premiere in London for “Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol.2.”

COMING UP ON CELEBRITY EXTRA:

LONDON— Natalie Imbruglia talks about pre-performance rituals.

LAS VEGAS— Country singers explain what happens when they forget their lyrics.

NEW YORK— Teen actress Bailee Madison wants to be a good role model for her fans.

BROADCAST VIDEO ALREADY AVAILABLE:

NEW YORK— Lena Dunham walks the red carpet at the Tribeca Film Festival.

WEST HOLLYWOOD— Zoe Saldana and Kurt Russell talk about what to expect from the “Guardians” sequel.