Change of scenery

NEW YORK — As ABC News president in 2006, David Westin appointed Charles Gibson anchor of the network’s flagship World News. Nine years later, Gibson returned the favor.

Clint Black returns with first album in 10 years

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The black hat is back. Clint Black released his first new album in a decade after finally finding a record label he could trust.


‘The Martian’ is an ode to the problem-solving power of science

It turns out that not only is The Martian Ridley Scott’s most enjoyable movie in years, it is also that rarest of science-fiction flicks: one with a heart of actual science.


DVD reviews: The fight against evil

This week, we begin in Tony Stark’s laboratory:


Dynamic male-female duos having a moment on TV this fall

Hollywood thinks in cycles.

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New reality show pits comedian against his weight

Sitting overlooking the ocean at a restaurant in Long Beach, California, comedian Gabriel Iglesias pulls out his cellphone.

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Pope, UK band releasing albums of same name on same day

NEW YORK — Holy musical matrimony? Pope Francis and UK pop group The Vamps are releasing albums of the same name on the same day.

Jenner can legally use new identity

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — She proclaimed her new name on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine, but Caitlyn Jenner’s transition from her old identity as Bruce Jenner is finally official.


‘CSI’ ends its 15-season run with two-hour reunion finale

NEW YORK — There was scant evidence suggesting it would be a hit.

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Musicians help give hearing devices to Rio residents

Johnny Depp, Alice Cooper and Joe Perry helped give people the gift of hearing while in Rio de Janeiro for the Rock in Rio music festival.

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Trevor Noah arrives at ‘Daily Show’ ready

NEW YORK — For someone who uses the word “terrified,” Trevor Noah looks anything but.

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DVD reviews: Back to sunny neverland

This week, we begin in Hollywood:

Video games: New Skylanders is visually stunning, wallet draining

In an industry chock full of toys-to-life games, (Disney Infinity, Super Smash Bros. and the soon to be released LEGO Dimensions) is there any room left for the one that started it all?

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Emmy wins break some barriers

LOS ANGELES — Long-standing barriers fell at Sunday’s Emmy Awards as Viola Davis became the first non-white actress to claim top drama series acting honors, Jon Hamm finally won for Mad Men, and Game of Thrones overcame voters’ anti-fantasy resistance to claim the most trophies ever in a season.


Musician Al Pierson will speak with local jazz society

Al Pierson, the long-time conductor of Guy Lombardo’s Royal Canadians, is coming to Denton to speak to local jazz enthusiasts about his long-running career, but his trip won’t be a very long one.

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Denton music scene gets new installments

I Love the Night is Denton folk artist Richard Gilbert’s quiet EP on matters of the heart.


Lucas Museum team unveils new design with more park space

CHICAGO — The team behind George Lucas’ art and movie museum released revised renderings showing more green space at the Chicago site but no radical changes to the undulating, futuristic building stoking passions in a city that guards its Lake Michigan shoreline with religious-like devotion.

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DVD reviews: Grim BBC drama pits investigator against freed convict

This week, we begin in Northern England:

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Get real behind the wheel with the new Forza game

Racing games have always had a niche market.

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Jim Stodola: Inspiring sights in Colorado Springs

Of all the places I have taken you to — and don’t misunderstand, I want you to travel to all of these places — this area is the one to which you must absolutely travel.


Emmy Award adapt to a slew of TV industry changes

LOS ANGELES — Sunday will be TV’s biggest night, with formally attired celebrities ambling through the familiar red-carpet gantlet at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards.


‘Time Warp’ trials

A fresh-faced group of hopefuls came to the Campus Theatre on Monday night. Some of their voices shook, while others belted. And everyone had to shimmy.


Agatha Christie's 'Witness' twists, turns to very end

Agatha Christie translates easily to the stage thanks to a concoction of intrigue, ulterior motives and humor, said Sharon Veselic.

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Musical hits the road with sibling tie

NEW YORK — Theatergoers who check out Beautiful on tour won’t get to see Tony winner Jessie Mueller but they may get the next best thing — someone with her DNA.


Moore, Gyllenhaal kick off 40th Toronto Film Festival

TORONTO — The Toronto International Film Festival opened its 40th year with a gala double feature of Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Moore.

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DVD reviews: Glass slipper deluxe

This week, we begin in a Magic Kingdom:

With Mario Maker, Nintendo relinquishes control

LOS ANGELES — Nintendo is giving players the keys to the Mushroom Kingdom.


Givenchy honors Sept. 11 as it takes Manhattan

NEW YORK — On a dystopian set with One World Trade Center beaming its blue light into the night sky this Sept. 11, Givenchy took Manhattan on a pier Friday before a star-studded crowd, remembering tragedy and celebrating fashion at the same time.

Interactive: Stephen Colbert Timeline

A look at key events in the life and career of comedian Stephen Colbert has been updated to include his "Late Show" debut.


Bring the ‘Force’

NEW YORK — The release of the new Star Wars movie may still be months off, but Disney is unleashing its full marketing “Force” behind the launch of hundreds of toys and other items related to the film.

Pam Rainey: Give an apple to your teacher

Facebook has been active with comments about the school year, now just a few weeks into the fall semester. I’ve read with interest comments from students who would like a few more weeks of summer.

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Asian herbs and spices that feel at home in the heat

Summers are made for adventures. Time for you to branch out, get out of your comfort zone and perhaps grow something different in your garden.

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ABC Family gets top marks for gay, lesbian inclusiveness

NEW YORK — The television network that gets the most praise from an advocacy group that monitors content featuring gays, lesbians and transgender people has “family” in its name and targets an audience of teenage girls and young women.

History Channel

DVD reviews: Remember the Alamo?

This week, we begin in Texas:

Disney Infinity

Video game review: Infinity 3.0 features Star Wars

When it comes to Star Wars, some aliens in a different galaxy said it best: Resistance is futile.

Hot Topic: Cutting cable

An illustrated quiz to help readers determine whether cable cutting is a viable option.

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Divide and conquer

CARROLLTON — In 1996, Paula Spletter and her husband, Bob, bought a lovely home in Carrollton.


Cecil, Caitlyn heat up the Halloween costume wars

NEW YORK — Who gets to decide what grown people wear for Halloween?

Country duo Maddie & Tae come out swinging

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The country duo Maddie & Tae took on gender stereotypes in their first platinum single, “Girl in a Country Song,” and now they are targeting another overused effect in today’s country music: electronic drum machines.

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Warner Bros.

DVD reviews: 'Fury Road' comes to DVD, home viewing formats

This week, we begin on the road:


Video game review: Until Dawn adds clever twists to horror genre

Years of horror movies have taught us the proper response to an invitation to spend a weekend at a cabin in the woods: No thanks.


Ballerina calls Broadway debut ‘incredible’

NEW YORK — The stage lights have been hard to get used to and she worried about limited rehearsal time, but ballerina Misty Copeland has put aside her nervousness and is finding her feet on Broadway.

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Air guitarists strum out for the world title in Finland

OULU, Finland — Zac “The Magnet” Monro opened the final of the Air Guitar World Championships on Friday with a neat mime of playing an electric guitar to rock music that shook the ground beneath the feet of a few hundred gathered in a rainy small city square in northern Finland.


TV academy, actors union toast diversity at pre-Emmy party

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — With hit shows like Empire, black-ish and How to Get Away With Murder, diversity is the new normal in TV.