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Series to feature Bowie album

David Bowie is a trendsetter, even after his passing.

The album “Blackstar,” released just days before his death in January, will be used as a soundtrack to a miniseries on Instagram, according to a news release.

“Unbound” is a 16-episode series that’s being released as part of Instagram’s stab at original content called InstaMiniSeries. According to the release, “Unbound” stars actress Patricia Clarkson and budding actress and Rookie magazine founder Tavi Gevinson.

The series “takes the audience on a journey of evocative images inspired by the moods suggested in the album’s music, lyrics and artwork,” the release read.

The release also noted that Bowie had given the creators access to the music in the fall of 2015, with no limitations on how it could be used.

“Unbound” premieres on Instagram (@InstaMiniSeries) on Thursday with new episodes airing Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

– amNewYork

Wolf diagnosed with cancer

Gov. Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania has a treatable form of prostate cancer that was “thankfully detected early,” he announced Wednesday. He will continue to serve as governor while undergoing treatment that will last several months.

The diagnosis comes as Wolf, a Democrat elected in 2014, is locked in a tight battle with the Republican-led General Assembly over the state budget. He will begin treatment in the coming weeks, he said, without providing details, but will first take some time off to spend with his family. Wolf said doctors detected the cancer when “a regular checkup revealed abnormalities.”

– New York Times

DuVernay joins Flint benefit

When the red carpets unroll and the spray tans descend on the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles for the Academy Awards on Sunday, as many as 20 white actors – this year’s crop of acting nominees – will show up to see whether they will win an Oscar. But after the #OscarsSoWhite controversy highlighted the academy’s decision to honor no black thespians in the acting categories for two years in a row, some big names, invited and not, will be sitting the event out. And some are now making their alternate plans public.

The latest among them: Ava DuVernay – the first black woman nominated for best director, for “Selma” last year. DuVernay announced she would spend Oscar night in Flint, Mich., a majority-black city that has been the site of a water crisis. DuVernay said she will join #JusticeForFlint, a “free special event promoting solidarity and support for communities affected by the water crisis,” according to its EventBrite page.

– Washington Post