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A University of North Texas professor and her crew has wrapped up filming for Cuban. Earth., a documentary about one group’s environmental education efforts in Cuba, which is tentatively slated for completion this fall.


Potter play shows world still is wild about Harry

LONDON — There are fans with wands and wizard costumes, midnight book parties and throngs of excited muggles. Harry Potter’s magic is back.

Damon’s company is taking steps to address diversity crisis

LOS ANGELES — Matt Damon is taking steps to address the diversity crisis in Hollywood through his and Ben Affleck’s production company, Pearl Street Films, and collaboration with the people behind the Media, Diversity and Social Change Initiative at USC’s Annenberg School.

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To love, or to live as beast

Many of us rely on big studio productions for our cinematic entertainment because of the convenience of driving down the street to the local Movie Tavern or Cinemark.

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Man with autism finds voice through Disney

Movies have the ability to affect viewers differently. Some films evoke wonder and excitement, while others inform and provoke fear.

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Nas venturing into filmmaking

ATLANTA — Nas, one of music’s most revered lyricists and storytellers, is taking his talents into filmmaking. The rapper has traded performing onstage to work behind-the-scenes as an executive producer on projects including Netflix’s The Get Down and IFC Films’ The Land, which opens in New York and Los Angeles on Friday.

Aniston essay inspires actresses to address sexist standards

LOS ANGELES — When one of Hollywood’s most objectified women talks about tabloid culture, people listen. But while actresses are cheering Jennifer Aniston’s recent essay connecting the media’s obsession with her looks to the overall objectification of women, most are resigned that reality will be slow to catch up with the conversation.

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Actress who played TV psychic Miss Cleo dies

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The actress who became famous playing the Jamaican psychic Miss Cleo, claiming to know callers’ futures in ubiquitous TV infomercials and commercials 15 years ago, has died of cancer.

Broadway giant James Nederlander dead at 94

NEW YORK — James M. Nederlander, who took over the fledgling Nederlander Organization from his father and built it into one of the largest producers of live entertainment and a dominant national theater chain that includes nine Broadway houses, has died. He was 94.


The Bachelorette: Week 9 recap

JoJo’s task: Narrow the group of four bachelors to two.

Man with autism finds voice through Disney films

Movies have the ability to affect viewers differently. Some films evoke wonder and excitement, while others inform and provoke fear. Whatever the affect, all films contain a prevailing message or theme of some kind.

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A gay Sulu?

Sulu is gay. That was among the first viral tidbits to emerge from the new Star Trek Beyond, which opens Friday.

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‘Indulge with confidence,’ says Willie Nelson of his new Reserve marijuana brand

Country music icon Willie Nelson, long an advocate of marijuana legalization, is putting his money where his mouth (and joint) is by launching Willie’s Reserve, a new marijuana brand to be introduced in Washington and Colorado over the next few months.

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It looks simple, but planking pays off big

Consider the plank. Not the pirate variety, not the kind into which you hammer nails, not the kind on which salmon rests while being grilled. Instead, The Plank.

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You’re fired!

Melissa McCarthy is a national treasure and one of the funniest comedians working in Hollywood. Whether it’s her unforgettable turns in Bridesmaids, The Heat and Spy, she’s always more than enough reason to see a movie she’s in.


‘Fear the Walking Dead’ panel introduces new cast member

SAN DIEGO — The newest cast member of The Walking Dead spin-off was introduced to the zombie drama franchise in an overwhelming way.


How Pokemon Go went from prank to phenomenon

SAN FRANCISCO — The origin of Pokemon Go is as peculiar as any of the Voltorbs or Snorlaxes that players track and capture in the surprise hit game.

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North Texas Fair slates music lineup

The North Texas Fair and Rodeo has announced the concert lineup and major attractions that will headline the 88th annual Fair and Rodeo on Aug. 19-27.

The Bachelorette: Week 7 recap

JoJo’s task: Narrow the group of four bachelors to two.


The show will go on

The PointBank Black Box Theatre is stretching its programming. The downtown theater fills two principal needs for its owner, Denton Community Theatre.


Route 66 becoming green with charging

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Route 66, the historic U.S. highway made famous for attracting gas-guzzling Chevrolet Bel Airs and 1957 Cadillacs traveling from Chicago to Los Angeles, is turning green.


Veterans’ groups disturbed by fourth season of ‘Orange is the New Black’

Leading veterans’ groups are disturbed by the way veterans hired as prison guards are portrayed in the new season of the Netflix series, Orange is the New Black.


That big pub crawl downtown? It’s just Pokemon Go fans

SAN FRANCISCO — If you thought it was bad dodging phone-fixated Pokemon Go players on the sidewalk, just wait: Legions of tipsy people soon could be chasing cartoon monsters from one tavern to the next in a series of pub crawls planned for cities across the U.S.

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The Denton County Office of History Culture will host a docent orientation luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 24 in the 1896 Room at the Denton County Courthouse on the Square, 110 W. Hickory St.

‘Game of Thrones’ earns a leading 23 Emmy Award nominations

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Power-and-blood fantasy saga “Game of Thrones” ruled the Emmy Award nominations Thursday with a leading 23 bids, including best drama, while a real-life epic of murder and celebrity, “The People v. O.J. Simpson,” was close behind with 22 nods.

The Bachelorette, Week 6 recap

Jojo’s task: Narrow the group of six bachelors to three. The brass ring? A meeting between Jojo and the families of the remaining bachelors.


Fragile position

Artists who work with glass — including one Denton artist — are under pressure after the country’s largest glass manufacturing plant announced its closure.


UNT grad’s drama imagines cruel grip of Alzheimer’s

University of North Texas graduate Duran Lucio dreamed up "Dragon" in an upper-level theater class last spring. The assignment was for the class to break into groups and write a 10-minute scene of non-realistic theater.


Bounty of color

Denton motorists have likely noticed the new, more colorful exterior of Cupboard Natural Foods at 200 W. Congress. A summer mural painting class at the University of North Texas College of Visual Arts nd Design has spent the past five weeks painting the east and west outside walls at the natural foods market.

What’s next for ‘Hamilton’ after key actors leave?

NEW YORK — She was spending a sweltering afternoon on the streets of New York, but Caitlin Goddard was nearing her prize, inch by inch. She’d been in line for three nights and two days and the end was in sight: a chance to see Hamilton on Broadway.


Readers asked to vote on contest submissions

Mellow Mushroom announced that it was opening a contest to select the third mural for the downtown Denton pizzeria in May.


Players on hunt for monsters feel real pain

LOS ANGELES — Beware: Pokemon Go, a new smartphone game based on cute Nintendo characters like Squirtle and Pikachu, can be harmful to your health.


Missy Elliott, Queen Latifah, Lil Kim to be honored by VH1

NEW YORK — Queen Latifah remembers being on set in 1997 for the music video for “Ladies Night (Not Tonight),” the female rap anthem starring Lil Kim, Missy Elliott and others.

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Local poet Morton releases 11th bookKarla K. Morton, a professional speaker, award-winning author and Texas poet laureate, has released her 11th book, Accidental Origami: New and Selected Works of Karla K. Morton.

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‘Patsy Cline’ brings all-female cast together for fundraising musical

The dressing room at the Campus Theatre felt like a sorority on Thursday night. The cast of Always… Patsy Cline has kept rehearsals collegial. More than collegial, in fact.

Pam Rainey: Reflections on liberty, courtesy of a lazy Saturday

It was a do-nothing Saturday a few weeks ago, with not much to celebrate other than rain that had soaked my yard was gone. The sun was shining. Or, that’s what I thought. I don’t often cancel hair or nail appointments. This week had been the exception.

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Brexit could ease AT&T Center’s debt

You never really know if or when you might be blessed with a silver lining.Three officials from the financially burdened AT&T Performing Arts Center met recently with the editorial board of The Dallas Morning News about their daunting $151 million in capital debt, which a pair of lenders, Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase, are now willing to forgive — at least in part.


Strike at Taj Mahal casino raises questions about future

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — A strike against Atlantic City’s most vulnerable casino on the biggest moneymaking weekend of the year raised fresh questions about the future of the Trump Taj Mahal.

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Dallas author and retired University of North Texas Symphony conductor Anshel Brusilow won a Gold award in Foreword Reviews’ 2015 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards.

The Bachelorette: Week 5 recap

Former Argyle resident Joelle “JoJo” Fletcher, 25, is the latest leading lady on ABC’s reality show The Bachelorette. She lives in Dallas and is a real estate agent.


Denton’s dusty past

North Texas State Fair and Rodeo director Nanci Kimmey and local historian and author Georgia Caraway have teamed up to produce Images of America: North Texas State Fair and Rodeo, a book covering the fair’s history from its beginning to present day through photographs.


Unwanted pets find home in San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO — As the director of Austin Pets Alive!, Ellen Jefferson gets a lot of urgent phone calls. Agency heads from municipal animal shelters across the country want to know how her nonprofit group, which adopts the sickest, least-loved dogs and cats, helped to make Austin the largest city in America with “no kill” shelters.

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Arts council needs entries for 2017The Greater Denton Arts Council has announced a call for entries for the 30th annual Materials: Hard + Soft in 2017.


Park Service project shares stories of women on Route 66

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — It was a man’s world nearly a century ago when one of America’s most famous highways got its start, opening up vast expanses of the West as it created an automobile artery that stretched roughly 2,400 miles from Chicago to the West Coast.

Lucas abandons plan to build museum in Chicago

CHICAGO — Star Wars creator George Lucas announced Friday that he has abandoned plans to build his art museum in Chicago, blaming delays over a lawsuit from a parks group opposed to development along the city’s prized lakefront.


AP reporter takes trip on 1,000-foot slide

LOS ANGELES — I’ve jumped out of a plane from 13,000 feet. I’ve ridden 400-foot-tall roller-coasters that top speeds of 100 mph, and I once found myself using my fingernails to clutch the side of a rock face way too steep to climb without gear.

Jury finds Led Zeppelin did not steal riff for 'Stairway'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Led Zeppelin did not steal a riff from an obscure 1960s instrumental tune to use for the introduction of its classic rock anthem "Stairway to Heaven," a federal court jury decided Thursday.

The Bachelorette: Week 4 recap

JoJo’s task: to narrow the group of 13 bachelors to eight.