Last weekend, a certain Danish-made stackable, snap-on plastic brick figured heavily into the No. 1 movie in America’s multiplexes: The Lego Batman Movie. The movie builds its universe — digitally and physically — with the famous plastic bricks. The film is populated with Lego figures, down to their C-shaped hands, lantern-jawed, cylinder heads and plastic hair. It wasn’t just moviegoers who loved Lego Batman. Critics gave the movie a hearty thumbs-up.
City Council member Kevin Roden tweeted Monday that Dallas Morning News columnist Dave Lieber is a mouthpiece for the tea party and its state political action committee, Empower Texans, after Lieber’s column about property tax reform appeared in the newspaper and Monday’s Record-Chronicle. Roden appears to be unfamiliar with Lieber’s work, but if the accusation sounds familiar, it’s because he said the same exact thing about fellow council member Sara Bagheri. Before those Twitter fingers get itchy, Councilman, rest assured we’re not getting any fat checks from the tea party.
Rumors had been swirling across social media since the beginning of the 21st season of The Bachelor, as signs (and spoilers) suggested ABC may be making a move toward diversification on its popular romance reality series. According to Hollywood Reporter, the new star of the upcoming season of The Bachelorette is a departure from the all-white-everything norm that has long plagued the network.
The curiously titled Sword Art Online is one of the most popular anime series ever produced. The series finds a hero and heroine at the center of a glitch in the system in the year 2022. Thousands of people have begun playing a multiplayer online role-playing game, and are trapped within it. A young man and woman — Kirito and Asuna — try their hardest to escape.
LOS ANGELES — In the 20 years since her groundbreaking debut Baduizm, Erykah Badu has only gotten more creative. Besides continuing to make music, she’s been a TV host and producer, performed with her daughter in the Lone Star Circus and delivered dozens of babies as a certified doula. She even changed her Twitter handle to @ErykahBadoula.
NEW YORK — Attention, word nerds: This is your bonus round, courtesy of Merriam-Webster. In addition to elevating “surreal” in 2016 to word of the year, the dictionary company on Tuesday added about 1,000 new words and new definitions to existing listings on its website, Merriam-webster.com.
Friends of Denton High School graduate Kerri Luker are staging a benefit concert for the Austin rockabilly drummer this weekend. Luker — the longtime drummer of Austin trio the Flametrick Subs — was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer. The benefit show, “Halloween in February,” starts at 7 p.m. Saturday at Three Links, 2704 Elm St. in Dallas’ Deep Ellum.
Living in a post-Batman v. Superman and “sad Affleck” world, hope for a bright future involving the Caped Crusader didn’t seem likely until now. Following filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy is an impossible feat, no matter who you are. So when you can’t make something fly with a $250 million budget and the best talent in the biz, maybe turning beloved characters into plastic bricks isn’t the worst idea.
Keanu Reeves always seems to pop up in places you’d least expect him. Whether it’s a sleazy motel owner in Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon or caught in a dangerous game of seduction in Eli Roth’s bizarre Knock Knock, the “whoa” boy is not afraid to go against the grain and surprise viewers with his choices.
“Materials: Hard & Soft” turns 30 on Friday. For an anniversary present, the Greater Denton Arts Council’s flagship exhibit goes global. In years past, the exhibit showcased the best of contemporary American craft, which encompasses traditional forms with roots in function, such as pottery, textiles and fiber, metalsmithing, glass and furniture making. Craftsmen and women, though, render these everyday, useful forms into decorative pieces through graceful interpretation and the occasional winking use of materials.
Denton resident Jean Tunnell’s mailbox was struck down last month by none other than her friendly postal carrier. It turns out the postman had a good reason for accidentally backing into her mailbox. “After delivering our mail,” Tunnell said on Facebook, “he had spied a book he wanted from our Little Free Library next to the mailbox and backed up to get it.”
Stan Lee, the mind behind Spider-Man, X-Men and Iron Man, is set to make his final Texas convention appearance this spring at Fan Expo Dallas. At 94, the creator’s career has spanned over seven decades and was the driving force behind bringing Marvel Comics to its position as a front-runner in the comic book industry.
NEW YORK — Move over Friendsgiving. Galentine’s Day is on the way. Designating Feb. 13 for the ladies has endured since 2010, when Amy Poehler’s Parks and Recreation character, Leslie Knope, declared the fictional holiday her favorite day of the year on the NBC show:
Newsies is a musical with truly proletarian undertones. Based on the true story of a rabble-rousing newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenage “newsies,” the musical follows the young men as they dream of a better life far from the streets of turn of the century New York City. When publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack Kelly rallies newsies from across the city to strike and take a stand for what’s right.
Maisie Crow learned about the last remaining abortion clinic in Mississippi in 2012. That was the year that the state Legislature passed House Bill 1390, a law that would require the two physicians performing abortions at the clinic to secure admitting privileges at a hospital, or face closure.
We owe Marylin Elliott an apology. She’s married to William A. “Buck” Elliott, a man who was featured in the Denton Record-Chronicle in 2012 for his friendly habit of waving to motorists at his former home on Mayhill Road. (The Elliotts had to move when the widening of Mayhill claimed their home.) But Buck Elliott isn’t the same man who volunteered for Denton Community Theatre and died last December.