Barker part of Naval Air Station Corpus Christi anniversary

Artist’s exhibit coming to UNTArtist Siona Benjamin explores the small pocket of Indian culture that is neither Islamic or Hindu in her art.Benjamin, herself a Jewish-Indian New Yorker, considers the mysteries...


Japan may change temple map icon to avoid Nazi confusion

TOKYO — As Japan gears up to host the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and caters to a surging influx of foreign visitors, the country faces a cultural dilemma: Should it stop identifying Buddhist temples on maps with...


Homeward Bond

This packed week for recent big-screen fare kicks off with the 24th installment in the James Bond series, a gothic romance, a critically panned feel-good dramedy and an award-worthy drama that couldn’t...

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Digimon game teaches us about dangers of the Internet

Chances are, if you weren’t a 10-year-old kid in 2003, you probably haven’t heard all that much about Digimon, or Digital Monsters. Digimon was the story of a group of kids, given cool little beepers called...

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National parks face $12 billion backlog for maintenance work

WASHINGTON — The National Park Service is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, but the system faces a multibillion-dollar maintenance backlog that officials say is no cause for rejoicing. Long-delayed...

Greater Denton Arts Council

Objects project

Elizabeth Kozlowski had to whittle “Materials: Hard & Soft” from 800-plus submissions to the final 60 pieces of art. “I look through everything, and then I go through it again with gut instinct,” said...

Austin Craig

Currency of a marriage

After the wedding cake has gone stale and you’ve stored away all the gifts into the cupboard to never be used again, what are you to do?Congratulations! You and your spouse are set to embark on the wonderful...

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Adele might not like it, but Trump can use her music

NEW YORK — While waiting for Donald Trump to take the stage this week at a campaign rally in Exeter, New Hampshire, fans listened to a few hit songs by Adele, “Skyfall” and “Rolling in the Deep.”That has...


Twice the fans for Year 2

The Denton Black Film Festival wrapped up Sunday with a passionate tribute to gospel music and attendance more than double last year’s.

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Mouths a’caroling

When the children who sing in the North Texas Metroplex Children’s Choirs perform, artistic director and Denton resident Ann Smith said they’re doing more than linking up notes and practicing good technique.

Barbie gets a new look

NEW YORK — Poor Barbie. She had plastic surgery to become more socially acceptable. But a lot of her critics still don’t like her.


Courtney B. Vance wins his case in O.J. Simpson miniseries

LOS ANGELES — In October 1995, Courtney B. Vance and Tony Goldwyn took a break from filming a TV movie in Toronto to watch news coverage of the riveting end to a Los Angeles drama: O.J. Simpson was not guilty of murder, a jury declared.


DVD reviews: Lawyer up

This is a crowded movie release week for home viewing, especially for movies based on true stories. So let’s get started.


Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam folds on most of its great ideas

When Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam was announced in early 2015 for the Nintendo 3DS, we were all left just a little bit confused.

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Ex-Peter Pan to join show on Broadway

NEW YORK — One of the best Peter Pans to grace the stage ever is returning home to Broadway — and to a musical about Peter Pan.

Bennett showcases his jazz artistry on Grammy-nominated CD

NEW YORK — Tony Bennett really belongs in a different category at this year’s Grammy Awards than the one he’s dominated for the past quarter-century.

Still teaching

Actress Irma P. Hall said she never imagined being in the movies. She thought of herself as a teacher and an activist. For her, there was no siren song from Hollywood. No fantasies of fame, no yearning for riches.

Visual Arts Society of Texas

Best of the best

The Visual Arts Society of Texas opened its 10th annual 125-Mile Visual Arts Exhibition last week. During the opening reception, officials announced the winners of the juried exhibition. There were 15 prizes given, and winners were selected by the juror, John Marcucci.


Film academy announced reforms to diversify

NEW YORK — The widespread outrage over two straight years of largely white Oscar nominees coalesced behind three damning, viral words: “OscarsSoWhite.”


Big-money shoots could turn Havana into Hollywood location

HAVANA — The producers of Showtime’s dark comedy House of Lies had $3 million and a mission: Shoot the first episode of scripted American television in Cuba in more than half a century.

Roadside Attractions

DVD reviews: ‘Goosebumps’ and empty-handed awards contenders

This week’s titles bring spooky thrills home for kiddos and films studios hoped would have Oscar voters salivating.

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Debates spark talk on slave books

NEW YORK — When children’s author-illustrator Don Tate works on a book about slavery, he keeps in mind that a smile must be more than just a smile.

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'Outsiders' sparks war between 2 vastly different societies

NEW YORK — Outsiders, the bare-knuckles new drama from WGN America, pits a tribe of off-the-grid hill people against “civilized” folk at the foot of the mountain who want to oust them to unearth a rich vein of coal just waiting to be mined once these long-entrenched squatters are evicted.

Karaoke crashers: Group says bar violated U.S. copyright law

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Refrain, karaoke lovers, from swooning the bar crowd with tales of discovering your homeroom angel is a centerfold.


Robert Redford addresses diversity in film at Sundance

PARK CITY, Utah — As the Sundance Film Festival kicked off on Thursday, founder Robert Redford weighed in on the controversy over the lack of diversity this year among Oscar nominees in acting categories.


Eagles co-founder Frey dies

NEW YORK — Glenn Frey, a rock ’n’ roll rebel from Detroit who journeyed West, co-founded the Eagles and with Don Henley became one of history’s most successful songwriting teams with such hits as “Hotel California” and “Life in the Fast Lane,” has died.

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Build bridges

The organizers of the Denton Black Film Festival hope a pop-up festival will whet appetites for the upcoming film fest.

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Comedian’s latest animated feature aims to entertain and educate

Wouldn’t the Arctic be a great place to live? Don’t we all long for those infamous snowpocalypse days where you never have to de-robe and can binge-watch all those Netflix shows you’ve been meaning to catch up on?

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Kondo method gets new title for buffs

TOKYO — Just in time to make good on your vow to get organized, Marie Kondo, the self-described “crazy tidying fanatic” who has sparked the world with her joy for decluttering, has a new book to help you clean up your act.

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Penn tells show his ‘El Chapo’ mission ‘failed’

NEW YORK — Sean Penn says his article on Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman “failed” in its mission.

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Carell brings parody back to TV with ‘Angie Tribeca’

PASADENA, Calif. — In the grandly silly tradition of Airplane! and The Naked Gun comes TV police show parody Angie Tribeca, which started as a husband and wife’s private joke.


Duchovny, Anderson learn to love their ‘X-Files’ characters

PASADENA, Calif. — Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny say they learned to appreciate being known for The X-Files characters that made them sci-fi sex symbols more than 20 years ago.


Fashion comes full-circle: Zoolander hits cover of Vogue

NEW YORK (AP) — It was 15 years ago that Ben Stiller’s Derek Zoolander first unleashed his signature Blue Steel fashion face on an unsuspecting public, and a lot has changed.

Alan Rickman, star of stage, ‘Harry Potter,’ dies at 69

LONDON — British actor Alan Rickman, a classically trained stage star and sensual screen villain in the Harry Potter saga and other films, has died. He was 69. Rickman’s family said that the actor died...

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‘Revenant’ leads Oscar nominations with 12

The brutal 1820s frontier saga “The Revenant” landed a leading 12 nominations for the 88th annual Academy Awards, while the acting categories were again filled entirely by white performers.

List of 88th annual Academy Award nominations

Complete list of 88th Annual Academy Award nominations announced Thursday:Best Picture: “The Big Short,” “Bridge of Spies,” “Brooklyn,” “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “The Martian,” “The Revenant,” “Room,” “Spotlight.”...


Chameleon-like star Bowie dies at 69

NEW YORK — David Bowie, the chameleon-like star who transformed the sound — and the look — of rock with his audacious creativity and his sexually ambiguous makeup and costumes, died of cancer Sunday.


In upset, ‘Revenant’ wins best film drama

Two star-led tales of frontier survival triumphed at the 73rd annual Golden Globes, where Alejandro Inarritu’s bloody 1820s thriller The Revenant swept three of the top honors, and Ridley Scott’s stranded astronaut tale The Martian answered with a pair of its own.

DVD Review: Family-friendly dog tale finds hope in dark places

Looking for an inspirational film to watch with your family? One capable of sharing beautiful life lessons of hope and courage? Consider Susie’s Hope, a Dove Foundation family-approved film.

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The Artist Enclave of Denton County will have its first social networking mixer from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 21 at Freaks and Geeks, 1629 N. Elm St. The meeting is free.


Adapting to celebrity status

Eleven-year-old Marsai Martin feels more comfortable as a celebrity than she did earlier this year — having appeared at countless red carpet events and on shows such as Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Pam Rainey: When confused, consult instructions

It’s happened again. It wasn’t quite as bad as when I mixed up the deodorant with the fruity-tootie room spray. This time it was more of my inability to read the directions.


Cosby’s sexual assault charge leaves blacks feeling betrayed

PHILADELPHIA — Bill Cosby, a cultural icon who once stood among America’s most beloved figures, suffered the latest and most serious blow to his forever mixed legacy, as he walked slowly into a Pennsylvania courthouse holding a cane and answered to charges that he drugged and sexually assaulted a woman.

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Jim Stodola: San Diego a bright break from stormy North Texas

When the cold front headed to North Texas, we headed to sunny San Diego, where the December temperatures were between 55 and 73 degrees. San Diego, a city of 1.4 million people, sits on the coastline of the Pacific Ocean, so remember to set your watches back two hours to Pacific Time.

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Year in review: Whole lot of shaking

In 2015, Denton’s creative community moved. It shook. It played a pivotal role in the changing landscape of the downtown Square.

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Year in review: Top films handled stories, subjects with care

From a sweeping epic of survival and revenge to a heartbreaking portrait of a late musician, the best films of 2015 have brought screenplays to life with astounding care that still left room for stunning artistic expression.