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Divide and conquer

CARROLLTON — In 1996, Paula Spletter and her husband, Bob, bought a lovely home in Carrollton.


Cecil, Caitlyn heat up the Halloween costume wars

NEW YORK — Who gets to decide what grown people wear for Halloween?

Country duo Maddie & Tae come out swinging

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The country duo Maddie & Tae took on gender stereotypes in their first platinum single, “Girl in a Country Song,” and now they are targeting another overused effect in today’s country music: electronic drum machines.

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DVD reviews: 'Fury Road' comes to DVD, home viewing formats

This week, we begin on the road:


Video game review: Until Dawn adds clever twists to horror genre

Years of horror movies have taught us the proper response to an invitation to spend a weekend at a cabin in the woods: No thanks.


Ballerina calls Broadway debut ‘incredible’

NEW YORK — The stage lights have been hard to get used to and she worried about limited rehearsal time, but ballerina Misty Copeland has put aside her nervousness and is finding her feet on Broadway.

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Air guitarists strum out for the world title in Finland

OULU, Finland — Zac “The Magnet” Monro opened the final of the Air Guitar World Championships on Friday with a neat mime of playing an electric guitar to rock music that shook the ground beneath the feet of a few hundred gathered in a rainy small city square in northern Finland.


TV academy, actors union toast diversity at pre-Emmy party

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — With hit shows like Empire, black-ish and How to Get Away With Murder, diversity is the new normal in TV.


Ghastly graffiti

LONDON — The elusive British graffiti artist Banksy has unveiled his latest project — a parody of a seaside theme park called “Dismaland” complete with a derelict castle, a dead Cinderella and a Grim Reaper in a bumper car.

Find out which of the fitness mantras you can believe in

Envision the gym as a time-machine gallery. On its walls hang posters printed with slogans that, through the ages, have alternately inspired and shamed. Now, though, stepping back to look at them, they can also perplex.

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Howard forced to confront past

LOS ANGELES — Terrence Howard needed a break.


DVD reviews: Gainfully unemployed

This week, we begin in Belgium:

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WWE star Cena will grant milestone 500th Make-A-Wish request

John Cena had long ago turned “Never give up” from his wrestling catchphrase into a motto for sick children who have to fight daily more than the WWE superstar ever has inside the ring.


Giant Egyptian statues go on display in Paris

PARIS (AP) — Three giant Egyptian statues submerged in the Mediterranean for more than a millennium have gone on display at Paris’ Arab World Institute.

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King-sized bids

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A diamond and gold pendant Elvis Presley gave Sammy Davis Jr. was among 160 authenticated artifacts sold Thursday evening during an auction at the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s longtime Memphis, Tennessee, home.

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Acts find unique ways to sell music, reach fans on Twitter

ATLANTA — From Kanye West to Taylor Swift to Rihanna, more and more musicians are debuting audio, photo and video content on Twitter to boost marketing efforts without spending big bucks.

Miniseries dramatizes affordable housing fight

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — The power of writer David Simon’s work has drawn remarkable actors to TV dramas including The Wire and Treme.


DVD reviews: Fall television shows heat up with classics

This week, we begin in front of the TV:

Video game reviews: Titles revive motion gaming

For a brief moment in their pixelated history, video games actually featured video.

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Bollywood hunks and heroes among top paid actors

NEW DELHI — Bollywood films, with their colorful sets and hyper-coordinated song-and-dance numbers, have catapulted five Indians into the ranks of the world’s highest paid male actors.

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Are there signs of Kardashian Fatigue?

NEW YORK — Blame the bunny.

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DVD reviews: Independent woman

This week, we begin in Dorset:

Theatre review: 'Hamilton' gets better on trip to Broadway

NEW YORK — Revolutions are messy, sudden, often brutal things. They’re not meant to mature gracefully.

Despite delays, studio owner plans to reopen downtown shop, class space

On March 15, the apartment above A Creative Art Studio went up in smoke.

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With Boston heist suspects dead, FBI focuses on finding art

BOSTON — With the two men suspected of robbing a museum of $500 million worth of artwork in 1990 now dead, investigators say they are focused on one thing — finding the missing masterpieces.

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Settlement regarding DeLorean hits bump

NEWARK, N.J. — A settlement in a lawsuit over the car used in the 1985 film Back to the Future has hit a roadblock.

Murphy teases Lady Gaga’s ‘American Horror Story’ role

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Lady Gaga is going from pop star to the hospitality industry — she’ll be playing a hotel owner in American Horror Story: Hotel.

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‘Inside Out’ co-director happy to bring film to Filipinos

MANILA, Philippines — The Filipino-American co-director of the box-office hit Inside Out says it’s a dream come true for him to be sharing with Filipinos the animated film he helped create.

Pam Rainey: How to put pain to use

“I’ll never waste my pain.”


Rolling on ‘River’

Denton Community Theatre is upping the ante of Big River’s little bluegrass flavor. Roger Miller’s score skirts typical Broadway brashness in favor of country and Americana embellishments.

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Czech yourself

Everyone seems to know about the Czech Stop, a quaint little storefront just on the outskirts of West.


Invisible women? Hollywood’s female superhero problem

LOS ANGELES — Batman. Spider-Man. Iron Man. Ant-Man.

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Katy and the nuns

LOS ANGELES — Katy Perry’s dream of owning a hilltop convent near Hollywood is going to have a wait a while longer.


DVD reviews: ‘Insurgent’ strikes back

This week, we begin in Chicago:


Rocket League tops the charts

Here’s a look at a couple of new video game titles out now.

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A jazz star's noteworthy devotion

Wynton Marsalis is a superstar in the jazz world: He has won nine Grammys, was the first jazz composer to win a Pulitzer Prize and has even graced the cover of Time magazine.


Theaters stay busy following shooting

BOSTON — A day after the country’s second major theater shooting in recent history, some rattled observers shunned future movie outings, but others on Friday kept lining up at box offices around the country and vowed not to be kept away by fear.

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Ain’t misbehavin’? Broadway audience faux pas get spotlight

NEW YORK — Come on along and listen to the lullaby of Broadway: Marimba ringtones! Rat-a-tat texting! The shaming “shhhhh!”

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Game expo a feast for core fans

DALLAS — With the promise of exclusive reveals and a celebration unlike any other, QuakeCon 2015 rocked gamers’ worlds this weekend. The four-day gaming convention comes to a close today at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas.

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Altering a popular genre

It’s a pretty excellent time to be Florida Georgia Line — with a string of platinum-selling songs, No. 1 radio singles and award show trophies, the duo is currently one of the top acts in country music.


International star Omar Sy learns the Hollywood language

LOS ANGELES — If you live in the United States, you probably don’t know Omar Sy by name. But chances are, you’ve seen him.

Local artist to get radio play

Denton’s AV the Great is on his way to making good on the title of the song that hit national radio markets on Wednesday.

Cohen Collection releases Resnais’ fanciful ’80s films

The Cohen Film Collection continues its admirable practice of rescuing and releasing, or re-releasing in some cases, overlooked foreign nuggets.

Daniels, Milsap to headline North Texas Fair entertainment

Country musicians Ronnie Milsap and the Charlie Daniels Band are among the performers set to headline shows at the 87th annual North Texas Fair and Rodeo next month.


Peachy keen

Nothing beats a juicy, fresh-plucked Texas peach, and this year we’re rolling in them.

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Omar Sharif, of ‘Doctor Zhivago,’ ‘Lawrence of Arabia,’ has died

CAIRO — In Lawrence of Arabia, Omar Sharif is first seen in the distance, a speck in the swirling desert sand. As he draws closer, he emerges first as a black figure on a galloping camel, slowly transforming into a handsome, dark-eyed figure with a gap-tooth smile. It wasn’t unlike the Egyptian-born actor’s debut in Hollywood.