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Briefly in the arts


A jazz star's noteworthy devotion

Wynton Marsalis is a superstar in the jazz world: He has won nine Grammys, was the first jazz composer to win a Pulitzer Prize and has even graced the cover of Time magazine.


Theaters stay busy following shooting

BOSTON — A day after the country’s second major theater shooting in recent history, some rattled observers shunned future movie outings, but others on Friday kept lining up at box offices around the country and vowed not to be kept away by fear.

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Ain’t misbehavin’? Broadway audience faux pas get spotlight

NEW YORK — Come on along and listen to the lullaby of Broadway: Marimba ringtones! Rat-a-tat texting! The shaming “shhhhh!”

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Game expo a feast for core fans

DALLAS — With the promise of exclusive reveals and a celebration unlike any other, QuakeCon 2015 rocked gamers’ worlds this weekend. The four-day gaming convention comes to a close today at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas.

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Altering a popular genre

It’s a pretty excellent time to be Florida Georgia Line — with a string of platinum-selling songs, No. 1 radio singles and award show trophies, the duo is currently one of the top acts in country music.


International star Omar Sy learns the Hollywood language

LOS ANGELES — If you live in the United States, you probably don’t know Omar Sy by name. But chances are, you’ve seen him.

Local artist to get radio play

Denton’s AV the Great is on his way to making good on the title of the song that hit national radio markets on Wednesday.

Cohen Collection releases Resnais’ fanciful ’80s films

The Cohen Film Collection continues its admirable practice of rescuing and releasing, or re-releasing in some cases, overlooked foreign nuggets.

Daniels, Milsap to headline North Texas Fair entertainment

Country musicians Ronnie Milsap and the Charlie Daniels Band are among the performers set to headline shows at the 87th annual North Texas Fair and Rodeo next month.


Peachy keen

Nothing beats a juicy, fresh-plucked Texas peach, and this year we’re rolling in them.

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Omar Sharif, of ‘Doctor Zhivago,’ ‘Lawrence of Arabia,’ has died

CAIRO — In Lawrence of Arabia, Omar Sharif is first seen in the distance, a speck in the swirling desert sand. As he draws closer, he emerges first as a black figure on a galloping camel, slowly transforming into a handsome, dark-eyed figure with a gap-tooth smile. It wasn’t unlike the Egyptian-born actor’s debut in Hollywood.

New novel presents an unsaintly Atticus Finch

NEW YORK — Harper Lee’s unexpected new novel offers an unexpected and startling take on an American literary saint, Atticus Finch.

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DVD reviews: God within the gears

This week, we begin in a mysterious mountain cabin:

Comic-Con no-shows signal shifting times for big movies

SAN DIEGO — There’s a Hulk-sized hole at Comic-Con this year. Three of the major studios and Disney/Marvel are not hosting a panel in the main hall at the annual fan festival. That means no Iron Man, no Captain America, and no Spider-Man — at least their filmed versions.

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Longtime Hollywood producer Jerry Weintraub dies at 77

NEW YORK — One of the last of the classic Hollywood showmen, Jerry Weintraub built his show business empire on a Rolodex and chutzpah.

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Missing Maria

NEW YORK — Sesame Street is about to be less A-OK. Sonia Manzano, who has played the role of Maria on the groundbreaking kid show since 1971, is retiring.


DVD reviews: Back from the bomb

This week, we begin in Japan:

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Pam Rainey: Lending a hand to emergency personnel

If you’ve ever had to place a call for an ambulance for emergency care, you might remember in all the excitement of the medical personnel who arrived at your side, there is something more important. They always ask the same question. What medicines does the victim take?

The Dallas Morning News

Give yourself a break

“I tried my best.” “Everyone makes mistakes.”


New ‘Mike’ puts a woman in the game

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — When Jada Pinkett Smith got the call from her agent about the Magic Mike sequel script, there was something she needed to know: Her part as Rome, the owner of a male strip club, was written for a man.

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Jim Stodola: Mother lode of history

Wherever we travel, someone always asks where we are from. I tell them that we are from “Big D.” They reply, “Oh, Dallas.” I reply, “No, Denton. If you draw an equilateral triangle, put Fort Worth at the lower left, Dallas at the lower right, ‘Little D,’ then come to the top of that triangle, to its apex, that’s ‘Big D,’ Denton, where it all comes together.”

Roadside Attractions

DVD reviews: Troublemaker

This week, we begin in Northern Ireland:

CD reviews

The Dallas Morning News

Still swinging

DALLAS — Billy Briggs slid the saxophone’s neck strap over his head and stood to play.


Virtual reality shows progress

LOS ANGELES — It’s really happening.

Pam Rainey: Respect for those who wear the badge

Last year my phone was “pocketed” at a big box store. You may remember the column I wrote about it.

Cohen Media Group

DVD reviews: City of secrets

This week, we begin in Mali:

Novel plays up cruise fears

For all the popularity of cruises, there are some things about them that scare people: close quarters with lots of other people, the threat of catching gastrointestinal illness onboard and the distance from land and help if anything goes wrong.


Boys’ club no longer

LOS ANGELES — It seems the Electronic Entertainment Expo is no longer a man’s world.


Under water

The soothing sound of running water surrounds the von Merveldts’ Coppell house. A fountain bubbling in a 3-foot-tall jar greets guests at the front door, and a simple bamboo feature and three-tiered fountain outside the dining room immerse a side patio in tranquility.

Grand Ole Opry member Jim Ed Brown died at 81

Jim Ed Brown, a longtime Grand Ole Opry member who had solo and group hits and was a prominent figure on country music television shows, died Thursday. He was 81.

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From ‘Star Wars’ to ‘Star Fox,’ E3 expectations are sky-high

LOS ANGELES — At this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, video games alone won’t soak up all the attention.

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DVD reviews: It’s a ‘Wild’ life

This week, we begin in Argentina:

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Power to the people

Denton resident Jimmy Vaughn decided to channel his frustration with Texas elected officials into something he loves: hip-hop music.

The Criterion Collection

Too young to die

This week, we begin in Germany: The Criterion Collection releases this Blu-ray edition of director Bernhard Wicki’s 1959 Best Foreign Language Film nominee, now with a new digital transfer.

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'Fun Home' latest to push the envelope

NEW YORK — There is a coffin sitting onstage. A lesbian is the narrator. There are no movie stars in it. And we are promised a suicide by Page 9 of the script.


Billie Jean King: Caitlyn Jenner helps transgender tolerance

NEW YORK — Billie Jean King believes Caitlyn Jenner has given people clarity about transgender issues beyond the progress already made four decades after they shared the international sports spotlight.

Twentieth Century Fox

McCarthy sets her sights on 007 in 'Spy'

Ridiculous questions about the funniness and bankability of women have clouded exactly what’s going on here: Nobody is a better comedic actor right now than Melissa McCarthy.

Smithsonian Channel

Smithsonian film captures Nepal earthquake

NEW YORK — It’s now a given that most every natural disaster, even in a location as remote as Nepal, will be captured by gripping amateur video. The challenge for the Smithsonian Channel was taking this material and making it mean something more.

CBS’ Dickerson prepares for ‘Face the Nation’ debut

NEW YORK — For his first week as moderator of CBS’ Face the Nation today, John Dickerson has no intention of playing around with a format consistent for more than half a century.

Nintendo of America

‘Splatoon’ brings colorful glee to online shooters

Online gaming may be dominated by shootouts like Call of Duty and Halo, but they’re not exactly family-friendly. It’s not just the copious gore; the explosive profanity that passes for trash talk has driven many a parent to unplug the game console.

Briefly in the Arts

The Visual Art League of Lewisville is accepting submissions for its upcoming “Fresh Ideas” exhibition.

Movie tracks athletic triumph of students of California immigrants

Kevin Costner stars as peripatetic track coach Jim White in this inspirational sports movie from Disney.


‘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.