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‘Texas Rising’

LOS ANGELES — The success of Hatfields & McCoys and The Bible inspired the History channel to go Texas-sized big with its new miniseries.

Casey Kasem’s widow won’t face criminal charges

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles prosecutors said Friday they won’t file elder abuse charges against Casey Kasem’s widow despite efforts by three of the radio personality’s children to have her prosecuted.

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Here come the judges as 'America's Got Talent' returns for its 10th season

NEW YORK — “They keep telling people it’s the 10th anniversary, but it’s the fourth season as far as I’m concerned,” says Howard Stern, who joined America’s Got Talent as a judge in 2012.

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Jim Stodola: Exploring Nashville’s many offerings

Long ago, when I flew passengers into Nashville, in our descent I would say on the PA, “I can’t read the name on that water tower down there from all the way up here, but I swear it’s Nashville because...

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DVD reviews: Bleak house

This week, we begin in Romania: Brother-directors Joel Levy Florescu and Michael Levy Florescu paint a bleak portrait of their native Bucharest, Romania in this probing character study.

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ABC up against credibility crisis over donations

NEW YORK — George Stephanopoulos apologized to viewers Friday for donating $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation and failing to disclose it earlier, as ABC News now finds its chief anchor in a credibility crisis on the eve of a presidential campaign.

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DVD reviews: Fighting back

This week, we begin in Russia: This 2014 Best Foreign Language Oscar nominee and Golden Globe winner bravely attempts to convey the futility of living in today’s Russia.

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Poetry, art groups let voters choose favorite ‘Visions’

The Denton Poets Assembly and the Denton-based Visual Arts Society of Texas announced the favorite pairings of the two groups’ annual exhibition, “Merging Visions.”

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Mississippi man

INDIANOLA, Miss. — Blues legend B.B. King grew up as poor as could be, alone and in debt at 14, living in primitive cabins and sharecropping cotton in Mississippi.

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Holocaust drama shakes up audiences

CANNES, France — A Hungarian film that takes viewers into the hellish heart of the Holocaust has left Cannes reeling.

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DVD reviews: Cloistered and chilly

This week, we begin in Turkey:In this languorous Turkish film, last year’s winner of the Cannes Film Festival’s prestigious Palme d’Or Award, director Nuri Bilge Ceylan takes his time telling the story...

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‘Friends’ creator has a new gig

NEW YORK — Marta Kauffman, co-creator, writer and executive producer of Friends, knows that the comedy landscape has changed since millions tuned in weekly to see what was happening with Ross and Rachel.

Memoir follows Willie through the decades

Less than a week after turning 82, Texas hero Willie Nelson offers fans what he’s dubbing the definitive memoir of his life.

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Temporal elevation

It’s impossible to underestimate the significance of the 13th Floor Elevators to Levitation Fest, which this year has rechristened itself with a name taken from an Elevators song.

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Artist envisions grandeur in ruins

WASHINGTON — The thick gold paint spilled onto the Sackler Gallery rug. The man who did it, kneeling and holding a brush, reminded himself that he had been given permission.

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Documentary on T-rex discovery leads to pardon request

PIERRE, S.D. — Pete Larson has discovered thousands of fossils around the world, co-authored three books and led the team that unearthed the largest and most complete Tyrannosaurus rex ever found. But there’s one black mark on his record: a federal conviction that landed him in prison almost 20 years ago.

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Britain has new princess, awaits name

LONDON — From Prince Charles to royal fans to most of those who put down a bet, millions in Britain were hoping for a girl.

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Forward thinking

DALLAS — The widow of famed American Sniper author Chris Kyle says in her upcoming book that she struggled with the idea of whether her husband’s killer should be executed.

1920s silent film, Native American cast get due

DALLAS — A long-lost silent film admired by historians as a rare visual account of Native American customs is being released after a private detective in North Carolina stumbled across a damaged copy.

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Your Aunt Betty’s laminate gets a designer makeover

Could Aunt Betty’s laminate countertops be cool again?

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DVD reviews: Painting the way

This week, we begin in England:

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Book review: Single by choice

Even its opening lines are provocative: “Whom to marry, and when it will happen — these two questions define every woman’s existence, regardless of where she was raised or what religion she does or doesn’t practice ... Men have their own problems; this isn’t one of them.”

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DVD reviews: Fuzzy love

This week, we begin in London: This funny, charming, and inventive fantasy arrives as much more than a simple kids’ film.

DMN

Pop & drop it for fitness

Every Thursday, the clamor and patter of high heels can be heard at the Centre for Dance in Dallas.

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Iraqi boy dreams of becoming a dancer

AMMAN, Jordan — As a boy in pre-war Baghdad, Adil Faraj dreamed of becoming a dancer, inspired by a Michael Jackson performance he watched on DVD.

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Seriously silly, Monty Python reunites for a weekend tribute

NEW YORK — Today they reign as elder statesman of cerebral silliness, these alumni of the Monty Python comedy troupe and, some would argue, the funniest men who ever lived.

American Indian actors quit Sandler movie over names

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A group of American Indian actors walked off the set of an Adam Sandler movie this week over complaints about stereotypes, offensive names and scenes they say disrespected Native American religious practices.

Longtime Time magazine film critic Corliss dies

NEW YORK (AP) — Richard Corliss, the longtime film critic for Time magazine, has died after suffering a major stroke last week, the magazine said Friday. He was 71.

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Texas Woman’s University fashion design students will show their best work during the program’s annual runway show at 8 p.m. Friday at Margo Jones Performance Hall, on the first floor of the TWU Music Building at Oakland and Pioneer Circle.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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‘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.

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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