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Barbie shows signs of life as Mattel plots comeback

NEW YORK (AP) — Things are finally looking up for Barbie.

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French affair

This week, we begin in Brazil: The Cohen Film Collection gives DVD and Blu-ray debuts to two films on two discs in a single package from French director Philippe de Broca.

AP

NBC networks miss on Fallon hit

NEW YORK — When Jimmy Fallon sought to turn the popular lip sync competition feature from the Tonight show into a television series, NBC turned down one of its biggest stars — a decision that at least initially seems like an embarrassing mistake.

Sun to Moon Gallery

Briefly in the arts

New video-streaming apps turn TV stars into phone friends

NEW YORK — Scandal star Joshua Malina has a brand-new video gig. So do Today weathercaster Al Roker, NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt and CNN media correspondent Brian Stelter.

Dallas Museum of Art

‘Lesson’ learned

The Dallas Museum of Art on Tuesday unveiled its latest old master painting. Acquired for $1.445 million at a Christie’s auction on Jan. 28, The Harp Lesson (La lecon de harpe), by Jean Antoine Theodore Giroust (1753-1817), addresses issues of fashion and women’s education that still resonate in today’s Dallas.

AP

ACM hosts Shelton and Bryan work as comedic duo

ARLINGTON — Expecting music at tonight’s Academy of Country Music Awards? You should be ready for comedy.

Documentary eyes story of Latino extras in 1956 'Giant'

A young George Washington Valenzuela was walking to a barbershop in small, dusty Marfa when a woman approached him and asked if he would like to be in a movie. He said yes.

Best of Denton: For the Home

2015 Best of Denton

Welcome to the 22nd annual edition of Best of Denton, a guide to the most outstanding businesses in our fair city. Earlier this year, more than 10,000 people cast ballots to propel their favorite businesses into the winner’s circle.

Best of Denton: Auto

Best of Denton: Bars and Nightlife

Best of Denton: Beauty

Best of Denton: Denton Life and Fun

Best of Denton: Food and Restaurants

Best of Denton: Healthy Living

Best of Denton: Pets

Best of Denton: Real Estate

Best of Denton: Shopping

Best of Denton: Services

CD reviews

Fat Free Films

DVD reviews: The Nazi hunter

This week, we begin in Israel: The Simon Wiesenthal Collection  Eleven documentaries, including two best documentary Oscar winners, have been assembled for this outstanding collection with the imprimatur of Simon Wiesenthal films.

The Dallas Morning News

‘Clean’ revolution

Clean eating, popping up everywhere from talk shows to Pinterest, sounds simple enough, but it’s about as easy to pin down as Jell-O (which isn’t on any clean-eating roster, by the way).

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France recreates prehistoric paintings from disputed cave

PRIVAS, France — Jean-Marie Chauvet noticed air whistling out from a crack on a plateau in southern France, so he and fellow cave enthusiasts went to investigate.

Graywolf Press

Wunderlich's poetry books connect past with present

Poet Mark Wunderlich moved from big, bustling New York City into a 300-year-old Dutch-style house in the Hudson Valley in 2003.

Least of These

‘Image’ of the faithful

On its second full-length album Mere Image, Denton’s Least of These shows all the signs of being a band that has grown into its artistic vision and is more assured of its purpose than ever.

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Lifetime deciding what to do with Will Ferrell movie

NEW YORK — The fate of a Lifetime TV movie featuring Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig remained unclear on Friday after the project’s planned secrecy was spoiled.

AP

Antiquities looted from India end up in Honolulu

HONOLULU — An international investigation into antiquities looted from India and smuggled into the United States has taken authorities to the Honolulu Museum of Art.

CD reviews

AP

DVD reviews: Neato noir

This week, we begin in Northern Ireland: By the late 1940s, Hollywood had already begun churning out stylish film noir.

Liberty Christian School

Briefly in the arts

CD reviews

DVD reviews: Mr. Nice Guy

This week, we begin on the couch: Marjane Satrapi, the Iranian-born director of the animated marvel Persepolis, guides a wide-eyed Ryan Reynolds through his spirited role as Jerry, a shy, unassuming man who seems to lead two lives.

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Single stirs up country listeners

Alana Lynn, a morning co-host on country music station KAWO-FM in Boise, Idaho, was excited to play Little Big Town’s latest single for her listeners. “Girl Crush,” a powerful ballad about a woman envious of her ex-boyfriend’s new girlfriend, seemed destined to be a hit.

AP

Transformative power of art

LOVELAND, Colo. — A national movement that counts on painters, dancers and musicians to help revitalize downtowns is coming to this Colorado city as the first residents prepare to move into new low-income apartments built for artists and their families.

Briefly in the arts

University of North Texas will host the Moral Cultures of Food Conference, an event with panels and lectures on food ethics, Thursday through Saturday at the Business Leadership Building, 1307 W. Highland St.

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Jim Stodola: Letting the good times roll

We tried for days to leave Denton between the ice, sleet and snowstorms.

Christian Waits

‘King and I’ brings out young voices

DALLAS — Not every 6-year-old bursts into a blissful rendition of “Getting to Know You” on request.

The Dallas Morning News

Snoop opens up in keynote

AUSTIN — Music lovers old enough to remember 1992 recognized Snoop Dogg’s greatness the moment he was introduced to the world, when he delivered the opening verse on Dr. Dre’s classic “Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang.” The character and cadence of his rapping, the unmistakable drip in his voice — he’s one of those rare artists who arrived on the national scene fully formed and spitting gold.

The Dallas Morning News

Soul ascension

AUSTIN — Leon Bridges is new to South by Southwest, the annual event whose music portion kicked into high gear Wednesday in the state’s capital. But fortunately for the stylish Fort Worth soul man, he enters the fray as one of the hottest new acts among the more than 2,000 playing showcases.

Bloomberg

Gaming must evolve to woo more players

AUSTIN — Women and minorities are ignored. Prices are too high. Games are too long and too difficult. These aren’t the complaints of disgruntled consumers but observations from top gaming executives at the South by Southwest games festival in Austin.

Disney Enterprises

DVD reviews: Shadow dance

This week, we begin in the forest: In this handsome, Oscar-nominated production of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s stage musical, an excellent cast of actors, singers and singing actors enlivens the fairy-tale mash-up directed by Rob Marshall (Chicago).

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Briefly in the arts

Dallas artist Dotty Zamora will demonstrate encaustic techniques at the upcoming meeting of the Visual Arts Society of Texas.

CD reviews

Ahna Hubnik, UNT

Briefly in the arts

The Friends of the UNT Libraries group is hosting its annual dinner and meeting at 6 p.m. March 26 at Willis Library on the University of North Texas campus.

For The Dallas Morning News

Laugh fest

The formalities of the prestige festival circuit do not apply at the South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival — a tuxedo or gown would likely end up stained with barbecue sauce or splashed with beer.

TNS

DVD reviews: Biting realism

This week, we begin in Australia: Ewan McGregor stars in this action-filled Australian crime drama as Brendan Lynch, a jailed convict who befriends a naive young prisoner, JR (Brenton Thwaites), and protects him from prison abuse.

CD reviews

Denton Community Theatre

Testing ‘simple’

Whether Denton Community Theatre wins the state contest of a national festival or loses, actress Julie Brinker said she means to have fun Thursday afternoon in Lewisville.

DRC

Sounds electric