Festive artistry

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The 40th season of the Spoleto Festival USA opened Friday amid tributes to the men who established the internationally known art festival and remembrances of the nine people fatally shot in a city church last year during a Bible study.


All smiles

NEW YORK — If you doubt that Maya Rudolph and Martin Short are funny together — indeed, a match made in heaven — just recall their memorable number on the 40th anniversary special for Saturday Night Live.

Mark Lamster: Undignified fountain will make wrong kind of splash

The news release seemed so innocuous I didn’t pay it mind until a co-worker suggested I take a closer look.

Sony/Screen Gems

DVD reviews: Appetizing revivals

When the zombie genre runs out of brains, might as well eat at a classic literary tale.

Aspiration Media

Film review: Heroine of biopic lives up to name

Ever dream of being a superhero with superpowers? In the biopic Noble, you will meet a true hero with tenacious powers almost beyond belief.

id Software

Powerful ‘Doom’ packs all the wallop FPS buffs could want

Sometimes gaming really is just about simple pleasures. On some occasions, it’s the swish of the net in a game of NBA 2K or the sound of hit markers in Call of Duty. But for many, it’s the bloody, gory and gut-filled mayhem of the Doom franchise.

Briefly in the arts


‘Shield’ actor’s words used against him in murder trial

LOS ANGELES — An actor who played a police officer on television is guilty of murder because of numerous statements he made about the killing, a prosecutor told a jury Friday.

Visual Arts Society of Texas

Poet, painter charmed by allure of river

Denton artist Lin Hampton and area poet Masood Parvaze are paired in the joint exhibition of Denton Poets Assembly and the Visual Arts Society of Texas, “Merging Visions.”

Brave Combo

Outsider no more

Carl Finch has spent the past 36 years bending the rules of polka with his band Brave Combo, even as he grew to love the folk music more than any other. Thirty-six years later, the International Polka Association has announced it will induct Finch into its Polka Hall of Fame.


Beyond ‘Pale’: Director hopes to shatter expectations

A small audience at the University of North Texas’ Lyceum Theater got a first look at North Texas-based director Brett Bentman’s new independent film "Pale" on Saturday night.


Pizza painting

Mellow Mushroom is ready for its next mural, general manager Levon Juarez said, and the Denton restaurant is looking for a young artist enrolled in school in Denton ISD.

Fall shows not quite up to snuff

NEW YORK — Something seemed missing this week when the major broadcast networks gathered advertisers to preview their new programming for the fall.

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Entering Hollywood, Bryant gets advice from Spielberg

BEVERLY HILLS, California — Kobe Bryant is getting advice from Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams and Jerry Bruckheimer as he redirects his competitive drive from professional basketball to his publishing and production company.

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Traveling around Ohio

If you have missed my travel columns, I have missed you too.

Paramount Pictures

DVD reviews: Ridiculously ridiculous

This week’s home viewing serves as one of the worst.

Sony Interactive Entertainment

Uncharted builds on charm

The Uncharted series has long been known for its bombastic set pieces, from derailed trains to sinking ships, but it’s also always been a vehicle for wonderful character design and interaction, beautiful level design and a ton of platforming.

Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions

Movie review: Stillman finds his voice with a little help from Jane Austen

Every year, dozens of best-selling novels and works of literature are brought to the screen by filmmakers and production companies who want to capture the magic of a story and share it with a broader audience.

‘Casablanca’ actress dies at age 92

ROME (AP) — French actress Madeleine LeBeau, best known for her small but impactful role in Casablanca as Rick’s pushed aside girlfriend Yvonne who passionately sings “La Marseillaise” at a pivotal moment in the film, has died. She was 92.

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Joke’s on the house

A local comedy scene has been growing — quietly but steadily.


Spielberg flirts with love story in 'BFG'

CANNES, France — Steven Spielberg, a giant in the world of cinema, landed at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday with his gentle Roald Dahl adaptation The BFG.

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Big-city living causes unease for celebs

NEW YORK — When famed writer Ta-Nehisi Coates backed away from moving into a Brooklyn brownstone, he gave voice to celebrities’ qualms about city living.

Visual Arts Society of Texas

‘Visions’ of beauty

Artist Lori Garner and poet Marjorie Chesebro are paired in the joint exhibition of Denton Poets Assembly and the Visual Arts Society of Texas, “Merging Visions.”


DVD reviews: Deliciously witchy

Just when you thought Puritans couldn’t be any scarier with their usually wide-brimmed hats, shifts and petticoats, some filmmakers thought to add the element of the supernatural, gray undertones and the one of the most frightening animals to ever be put on screen.

Erdrich’s ‘LaRose’ looks at the trials of atonement

An accidental fatal shooting of a 5-year-old boy near the boundary of an Indian reservation in North Dakota opens Louise Erdrich’s new novel, detonating a story of revenge, sacrifice and restitution.

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Briefly in the arts

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NEW YORK — The last year has proven to be an incredible journey for “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, culminating this week with a record-breaking 16 Tony nominations.


Star struck

Andrew Kornfeld’s red-eye flight to bring a prescription drug to Prince has been described by his attorney as a “lifesaving mission” to persuade the superstar to start treatment for addiction.

Emma, Noah continue to be tops for baby names

WASHINGTON — When it comes to baby names, Emma and Noah reign supreme.

Universal Pictures

DVD reviews: Funny bone calcium

Comedies are pretty hit and miss nowadays. It’s seldom that we get a solid comedy like The Hangover or Bridesmaids.

Gearbox Software

Frisco-made Battleborn is the hero shooter we deserve

You may be asking yourself, “What is a hero shooter?” Well, think of a game like League of Legends, where players select heroes that each have special abilities and attributes which affect the flow of the game.

Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studio announces closing

Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studio announced Wednesday it will be closing its doors Sunday, June 5.


A fresh coat

Some high-traffic Denton intersections are getting a fresh coat of paint.

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Bluesman receives historical marker

RICHARDS (AP) — The Longstreet Cemetery is a small one, tucked amid the tall pines of northwest Montgomery County. This place is devoid of sound except for that of birds, wind and the occasional pickup.

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Oculus Rift delays flatten virtual-reality fan fervor

LOS ANGELES — Virtual reality, oddly enough, isn’t immune to the problems that arise in practical reality.

College of Visual Arts & Design

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Paramount Pictures

DVD reviews: Danger zone

With every new week, it seems as though a movie is repackaged on Blu-ray/DVD to celebrate the anniversary of its theatrical release.

Platinum Games

Star Fox Zero may be fun, but it lacks character

Gamers have wanted a new game in the Star Fox series for a very, very long time. Since the release of the original title in 1993, there have only been a handful of follow-ups, most of them being remakes.

A24 Films

Producer says his role in film is about adaptation, improvisation

Whenever the Oscars roll around each year, you probably don’t recognize the men and women who walk the stage to pick up the top honor of the night.

Jeff Barry

Sibling story

DALLAS — Cinema has graced the screen with all kinds of great and compelling sibling relationships.

Baobab Studios

At Tribeca, virtual reality takes early steps toward art

NEW YORK — Walking through most doors at the Tribeca Film Festival means taking a seat in a theater full of chattering moviegoers.

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Magic memories: Prince’s warmth, wit shone in private

NEW YORK — Slight, soft-spoken and just 5-foot-2, Prince improbably cut an imposing figure.

Universal Pictures

DVD reviews: Naughty and nice

Given that we like to observe holidays early — putting up Christmas lights and the tree the moment after we’ve inhaled our Thanksgiving feast — it’s a good rule of thumb to not mention Christmas until November. However, Christmas comes early for horror movie fans.

Insomniac Games

New Ratchet & Clank is a masterclass in platforming

Few platforming game characters last long.

Wait, there’s a ‘Fight Club 2’?

You all remember the first rule of Fight Club, right? Yeah, thought so.

Briefly in the arts


Quantum Break the perfect game for the Netflix generation

For a while now, games and television have walked the episodic line together. Games like Telltale’s The Walking Dead and Life Is Strange build narratives not unlike top television dramas like Game of Thrones or Empire.

Pop superstar Prince dies at his Minnesota home

CHANHASSEN, Minn. (AP) — Pop superstar Prince, who was widely acclaimed as one of the most inventive musicians of his era, was found dead at his home on Thursday in suburban Minneapolis, according to his publicist.

Mandy Rausch

Cross-country arts

It all started with a photo and a slice of a story on Humans of New York.

Penn's film competing at Cannes festival

PARIS — Sean Penn’s The Last Face about aid workers in Africa will compete at the Cannes Film Festival this year — along with movies about interracial marriage in 1950s America, illness and poverty in working-class Britain and cannibal fashion models in Los Angeles.