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Andrew Jones takes to song to say sorry for doubting 'Star Wars' director

Andrew Jones jumped right onto the team of detractors who gave film director J.J. Abrams a big thumbs-down when the news hit that Abrams would helm Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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Charlie Brown’s holiday endures

When they finished making A Charlie Brown Christmas 50 years ago, the producers sat back and looked at their work. And they thought: Good grief.


Oral history project gets people talking

High school students across the country have been making oral history this past week by recording interviews with their elders in an unprecedented effort to stockpile wisdom for the ages.

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Force is strong, content weak

It’s been just more than 10 years since the last Star Wars Battlefront title released for the Playstation 2 and Xbox, and fans have been waiting ages to jump back into the shoes of Rebel or Imperial scum.

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DVD reviews: 'Mississippi Grind' plays hands without needed guile

This week, we begin at the poker table:

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Book review: Bold shows, bold moves

When you think about Thursday night television, the term “Shondaland” probably comes to mind. ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder dominate the small screen, and Shonda Rhimes is the brain, heart and life of these successful shows.


Denton emcees prepare for finals of rap contest

For almost all of 2015, Denton’s Gitmo Music has been searching for the best rapper in North Texas.

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35 years ago, 'Dallas' fans found out who shot J.R.

NEW YORK — Thirty-five years ago yesterday, viewers learned the truth.


Pollock’s ‘black paintings’ exhibit opens in Dallas

DALLAS (AP) — The largest exhibition ever assembled of Jackson Pollock’s lesser-known “black paintings” is going on display in Dallas.

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DVD reviews: Movie house opens vault for 11 works of noir

This week, we begin in the late 1940s:


New Star Wars could be biggest movie ever

LOS ANGELES — Riding galaxy-sized expectations, the new Star Wars movie is already setting records for pre-opening ticket sales, with still a month to go. But does that mean the movie’s destined to be the biggest of all time?


‘Jeopardy!’ crowns tournament champion

LOS ANGELES — There’s a new Jeopardy! champion to add to the quiz show history books.

Trial of ‘Shield’ actor will include talk of wife’s affair

LOS ANGELES — The wife of an actor known for his role on The Shield was having an affair before she was fatally shot by her husband last year and a jury should be told about it, a judge ruled Friday.

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Adele’s ‘25’ lives up to expectations

Can Adele even sing a B-level song?

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Company chooses new dance partners after Wood's death

DALLAS — Bryan Arias is helping propel the Bruce Wood Dance Project to its next phase. As guest choreographer for concerts that took place Friday and Saturday at Dallas City Performance Hall, the 29-year-old native of Puerto Rico is the first outsider to create a new work for the company.

24-hour benefit draws Biggs, Stiles and Kesha onstage

NEW YORK — Live theater is stressful for any actor, so just imagine how crazy it can be if you’ve been handed a script only a few hours before having to go onstage.

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Official says band safe after Parisian theater attack

NEW YORK — All members of a California-based band that was to perform at the Paris venue where one of Friday night’s deadly attacks occurred are safe and have been accounted for, a U.S. official briefed by the Justice Department said.


DVD reviews: Hawke celebrates music teacher in documentary

This week, we begin with Seymour:

‘Fallout 4’ packs a punch in its content-filled Wasteland

The Fallout series has always been prized for its immersive world full of colorful characters and questionable life choices. You can be an angel among men and women or a total jerk, but in Fallout 4, things are a bit more ambiguous.

Cirque du Soleil turns its attention to New York

NEW YORK — After years of treating New York somewhat warily, like a dangerous high-wire act, Cirque du Soleil is ready to flip over the Big Apple.

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Anomaly of 3 female-directed releases shows flaws in system

LOS ANGELES — This weekend, audiences can go deep underground with Antonio Banderas to experience the plight of the trapped Chilean miners in The 33, sing Christmas carols with John Goodman and Diane Keaton in Love the Coopers, and gawk voyeuristically at Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s well-heeled depressives in By the Sea.

New movie to highlight Texas football hero

Denny Aldridge isn’t the biggest fan of football movies. A former player at Texas who spent many years as a college assistant, Aldridge follows the sport closely and admits capturing every nuance of the game for a movie is difficult. But the Denton resident is anxious to see a new movie called, My All American, which comes out Friday.

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Jim Stodola: A colorful trip for the fall

You don’t have to travel all the way to New England or even up to the Ozarks to view colorful fall leaves. A short trip of about 220 miles from Denton to far southeastern Oklahoma will do the trick.

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The nominees are...

Denton artists and bands are among the Dallas and Fort Worth contenders in the 27th annual Dallas Observer Music Awards.

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Burnett to write songs for Rogers musical

NEW YORK — Producer, songwriter and musician T Bone Burnett has donned a white hat and jumped in to rescue the score to a musical about American icons Roy Rogers and his wife, Dale Evans.


Steinem’s first book in 20 years details activist’s lessons on the road

Ask any woman who came of age in the 1960s or ’70s if she’s ever heard or met Gloria Steinem in person. Chances are she’ll say she has — and maybe more than once.

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DVD reviews: Buckley, Vidal debates change political landscape

This week, we begin in 1968:


‘Warcraft’ cast unleashes film trailer at BlizzCon

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The director and cast of Warcraft are hammering down on BlizzCon.


DVD reviews: Inventive insight

Pixar scores another win with ‘Inside Out’This week, we begin inside the brain of an 11-year-old girl:Inside Out 4 starsRated PG, 94 minutes.Available Tuesday on DVD and Blu-ray and in various digital...

Video game review: Halo evolves but loses heart

Halo has always been a series packed with gripping narrative, powerful interactions with characters and a whole lot of gunplay.

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Pam Rainey: Collect family memories in a book

“My sister taught our family how to live. She also taught us how to die when she was diagnosed with terminal cancer,” my good friend tells me.


Senior chorus prepares for Veterans Day concert in November

A woman in the alto section pokes her hand in the air at a Monday night rehearsal of the Robson Ranch Music Club.


Guitar Hero gets worthy reboot

It’s been just over five years since the last entry in the Guitar Hero franchise hit shelves.

Dallas Children’s Theatre makes magic for kids with sensory challenges

Koltin Petty, 11, of Fort Worth grinned in his wheelchair during the sensory-friendly performance of Fancy Nancy: The Musical at Dallas Children’s Theater on Saturday. He went “chomp chomp chomp” when Rashaun Sibley, playing a kid in a shark costume, urged the kids to repeat his words.


13 museums named recipients of art conservation grants

NEW YORK — Thirteen museums in seven countries have been named recipients of Bank of America grants for the conservation of artworks ranging from an Edouard Manet painting to a colossal ancient Chinese Buddha.

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Maureen O’Hara, spirited movie star, dies at 95

LOS ANGELES — Fiery-haired and feisty, Maureen O’Hara could handle anything the world and Hollywood threw at her.

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Bradley Cooper rolls up his sleeves for ‘Burnt’

LOS ANGELES — Bradley Cooper wasn’t a novice to the kitchen when he decided to take on the role of the fictional Michelin star chef Adam Jones in Burnt.


Bones of mysteries past

This week, we begin in England:

‘Star Wars’ fans clamor for tickets, wonder where’s Luke

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Millions of fans cried out in joy after they saw the latest trailer for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” but it also left more than a few wondering where Luke Skywalker has been during all the marketing.


Instrument petting zoo gives kids a chance to make music

Don Taylor launched the musical instrument petting zoo on the University of North Texas campus nine years ago.


Why Halloween makes us 'Scream'

Margee Kerr says she has the best job in the world: She studies fear for a living, and loves to scare herself as part of her research.

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CBS bans advertising for critical film

NEW YORK — CBS has refused to run advertising for Truth, the film starring Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford that revisits a painful episode in the network’s past involving a discredited 2004 news story on former President George W. Bush’s military service record.

Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer: An extreme home makeover

Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer is not a game you’d expect to be worth $40, until you play it.


DVD reviews: Once more, with feeling

This week, we begin in New Zealand:

Hispanic coalition: Take Trump off ‘SNL’

LOS ANGELES — NBC is enabling Donald Trump’s “hateful speech” about Hispanics by giving him a platform as host of Saturday Night Live and should pull the invitation, a coalition of Hispanic advocacy groups said.