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'Alice Through the Looking Glass' tries to cover flaws with visual spectacle

All the king's horses and all the king's men can't quite put this Humpty Dumpty of a movie together again.

The Clean Cut: 10-year-old girl performs on stage with Paul McCartney

A 10-year-old girl from Buenos Aires, Argentina, had the opportunity to sing and play the bass guitar with Paul McCartney on stage. Read more »

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Book review: Latest in Longmire book series is a gripping ghost tale

The latest Longmire novella is a ghost tale set in the Wind River Canyon area of Wyoming. This fun read sucks you into its story of a Wyoming highway patrolwoman hearing "officer needs assistance"... Read more »

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Book review: 'Forever and Forever' is a beautiful historical fiction love story

Utah author Josi S. Kilpack tells a beautiful historical fiction love story between Henry Longfellow and Fanny Appleton in "Forever and Forever." Read more »

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Book review: 'Secrets of the King's Daughter' brings perspective to story of Ammon, King Lamoni

Author Renae Weight Mackley takes the story of King Lamoni and Ammon in the Book of Mormon and shares a fictionalized account of the daughter who was offered as a bride to Ammon in "Secrets of the... Read more »

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Chris Hicks: 1977 newspaper drama ‘Lou Grant’ makes its DVD debut this week

There have been many TV shows set against the backdrop of the newspaper business, but none has managed to be as consistently on the nose as “Lou Grant.” This week the 1977 series is... Read more »

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Tuacahn's summer musical lineup to include flying, flooding and family fun

This summer, Tuacahn Amphitheatre in southern Utah will feature three classic musicals: “Peter Pan,” “Tarzan,” and “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” Read more »

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Book review: Brandon Sanderson's 'Calamity' doesn't quite satisfy as conclusion to Reckoners series

Brandon Sanderson's Reckoners series, which began with "Steelheart" and continued in "Firefight," now concludes with "Calamity," a book that delivers plenty of satisfaction but also holds some... Read more »

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Kohl's Cares features books from Salina Yoon

Picture books from author/illustrator Salina Yoon with coordinating plush toys are available through the Kohl’s Cares program through the end of June, according to a news release. Read more »

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Lunar rock escorted to downtown vault for Clark Planetarium renovation

The moon rock at Clark Planetarium was moved to a Zions Bank vault in preparation for summer construction of new exhibits. Read more »

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Game review: A Study in Emerald is a secret war of fighting factions

The board game A Study in Emerald by Grey Fox Games combines the worlds of Sherlock Holmes and Cthulhu into a guessing game of competing factions, deck building, assassination and big scary... Read more »

May 27, 2016

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Salt Lake Comic Con buys into local gaming convention

Salt Lake Comic Con has expanded its reach on the Utah nerd convention circuit, buying a 50 percent stake in Salt Lake Gaming Con. Read more »

May 27, 2016

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Game review: Thunder & Lightning is a two-player fantasy battle between Thor and Loki

In the Norse mythological game Thunder & Lightning, two players take on the roles of Thor and Loki to compete in an epic battle. Each player uses a deck of cards with different powered cards to... Read more »

May 27, 2016

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Game review: Conquest of Speros: capture fantasy cards and artifacts to be victorious

Conquest of Speros is a card game about control. One to four players compete against each other as fantasy races bent upon taking control of fantasy lands and artifacts that will earn victory... Read more »

May 27, 2016

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Movie review: Beckinsale showcases classic Austen wit in sharp, funny 'Love and Friendship'

“Love and Friendship” is about a woman who understands neither quality. Based on a Jane Austen novella called “Lady Susan,” it features actress Kate Beckinsale in a savage... Read more »

May 27, 2016

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National Spelling Bee co-champions include youngest ever

The words were tougher. The final rounds lasted longer. The result was the same. Read more »

May 26, 2016

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Chris Hicks: ‘Risen,’ ‘The Finest Hours’ land on Blu-ray and DVD this week

“Risen,” a drama about the Resurrection and how it affects a Roman soldier, is on Blu-ray and DVD this week, along with “The Finest Hours,” the true story of a rescue... Read more »

May 26, 2016

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Video game review: 'Star Fox Zero' is a fun space shooter that doesn't quite hit its target

A variety of issues, including finicky motion controls that might prove hard to get used to, keep "Star Fox Zero" from blasting off into the cosmos. Read more »

May 26, 2016

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Why would anyone want to keep up with the Kardashians?

"Keeping Up With the Kardashians" isn't sleazy or depraved; it's just really, really boring. Read more »

May 26, 2016

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A black-and-white, sometimes Technicolor Memorial Day: Classic movies about World War II

From a daring escape from Nazi Germany to a Marine stranded on an island with a nun, five movies from the 1940s and 1950s highlight Hollywood’s foray into the drama of World War II. Read more »

May 26, 2016

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Chris Hicks: Gear up for Memorial Day by watching these wartime flicks

As Memorial Day approaches, there are lots of fine movies about various conflicts that are worth watching, but some of the best are older, perhaps forgotten gems about World War II. Read more »

May 26, 2016

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'Odysseo' extends stay in Utah to June 13

Cavalia’s “Odysseo" will again extend its stay in Utah due to overwhelming demand, according to a news release. Organizers recently added an eighth week to the show's run and are now... Read more »

May 26, 2016

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Utahn on 'Survivor-'themed 'Price is Right' wins prizes

Donald “Scott” Johnson, of Farmington, who was wearing an orange “Survivor” bandana, won more than $10,000 in prizes during Monday’s “Survivor”-themed... Read more »

May 24, 2016

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Utah artisan's handmade guitars gaining national reputation

When seven jazz guitarists recently took the stage to wrap up the 22nd season of the Jazz at the Capitol Theatre concert series, the spotlight also fell on a Utah artisan whose handmade guitars... Read more »

May 23, 2016

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Ballet West artists prepare original works for 'Innovations' amid promotions

Dancers at Ballet West feel the heat each spring as they make way for new dancers, compete to choreograph and anticipate contract renewals. One dancer makes light of the resulting pecking order in... Read more »

May 23, 2016

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Chris Hicks: ‘Joy’ and a special edition of ‘American Sniper’ on Blu-ray

The film featuring Jennifer Lawrence’s latest Oscar-nominated role, “Joy,” is on Blu-ray and DVD, and a new commemorative edition of “American Sniper” is on Blu-ray. Read more »

May 23, 2016

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Man discovers, restores statues from American Fork's Fairyland Park

A Utah man discovered two statues of a storybook-themed park torn down 40 years ago that were hidden in American Fork. He restored them and gave them back. Read more »

May 23, 2016

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Mom's 'happy Chewbacca' video shatters Facebook Live record

'Happy Chewbacca' mom's viral video breaks Facebook Live record. Read more »

May 23, 2016

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Sarandon captures the slow grace of mourning in 'The Meddler'

“The Meddler” showcases a slow response to tragedy, and shares a tender portrait of growth. It isn’t a perfect film, but its best moments truly shine. Read more »

May 21, 2016

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Book review: Weston's 'The Mirror Test' captures diplomatic side of war in Iraq and Afghanistan

Boots to the ground American diplomat J. Kael Weston addresses the diplomatic balance and intricacies of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — countries that are a long way from the State... Read more »

May 21, 2016

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YouTube star Stuart Edge hopes to inspire with new book

YouTube star Stuart Edge is known for making videos go viral, but now he's trying his hand at a different kind of storytelling with his new motivational book, "On the Edge: How My Crappy Job... Read more »

May 21, 2016

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Pianist Jason Lyle Black's debut 'Piano Preludes' album hits No. 2 on Billboard New Age chart

“Preludes,” which was released May 6, recently debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Top New Age Albums. The honor is rare for an artist’s first album. Read more »

May 21, 2016

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BYU's theatrical production of 'Charlotte's Web' includes aerial silks

The classic story of "Charlotte's Web" will be performed at BYU beginning May 26 with the use of aerial silks for the actress playing Charlotte the spider. Read more »

May 21, 2016

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'Floating down the Mississippi': 'Big River' to flow back onto the Hale Centre Theatre stage

"Big River," with Huck Finn, Jim, memorable music and plenty of water, will flow onto the Hale Centre Theatre stage in West Valley City starting May 26. Read more »

May 21, 2016

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Farmington's Donald Johnson to appear on 'Survivor'-themed 'Price is Right'

Donald "Scott" Johnson received four tickets to the screening of a "Survivor"-themed “The Price is Right” episode to air on Monday, May 23, 7 p.m., on CBS. Read more »

May 20, 2016

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Chris Hicks: Carol Burnett, ‘Angie Tribeca,’ ‘Cop Rock’ on DVD this week

Two Carol Burnett TV specials make their DVD debut this week, along with the first season of “Angie Tribeca” and “Cop Rock,” a 1990 musical police procedural Read more »

May 20, 2016

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Pelé biopic 'Birth of a Legend' takes soccer fans back to the 1958 World Cup

“PelÉ: Birth of a Legend” is a portrait of a player and his country, and even if the film takes a conventional route to its destination, fans of the game should still enjoy it. Read more »

May 20, 2016

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Video game adaptation 'Angry Birds Movie' can't quite find its wings

“The Angry Birds Movie” isn’t too bad for a movie based on a video game. But it isn’t too good, either. Read more »

May 20, 2016

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Carmen Rasmusen Herbert: Goodbye, Rickey Smith

As we stood in the graveyard saying our goodbyes “for now, until we meet again,” I had the feeling that if he were here, he would be telling us to continue to live, to continue to love,... Read more »

May 19, 2016

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Five for Families: Films to honor Armed Forces Day

Celebrate Armed Forces Day in recognition of the men and women from America and around the world. Here are five films set in times of war for families to consider. Read more »

May 19, 2016

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'Castle' is done, so let's bring back 'Firefly'

Now that Nathan Fillion has some time on his hands, it's the perfect moment for him to return to the role that made him famous. Read more »

May 19, 2016

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Documentary addresses what it means to live a good life

The documentary "A Small, Good Thing," directed by Pamela Tanner Boll, addresses the question "What does it mean to live a good life?" It will be screened in Salt Lake City on Sunday, May 29, at... Read more »

May 19, 2016

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Chris Hicks: A sequel sometimes takes decades to follow the original film

In an era when three “Hobbit” movies can show up in theaters three years in a row, it’s surprising to see sequels arriving a decade or two after the first film. Read more »

May 19, 2016

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'Stomping out the stigma': A look at the portrayal of mental health in films

Films have come a long way in reducing the stigmas associated with mental illness, but there is still much work to be done, according to a National Alliance on Mental Illness representative and two... Read more »

May 19, 2016

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DC movie universe hit with fallout from 'Batman v Superman' disappointment

The less-than-stellar reception for "Batman v Superman" is causing waves for the rest of the movies in the DC movie universe. Read more »

May 19, 2016

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Museum celebrates Star Trek at 50 with artifacts, tribbles

It's been 50 years since the Starship Enterprise began its five-year mission to boldly go where no man had gone before, and Seattle's EMP Museum is marking the anniversary with an exhibition... Read more »

May 19, 2016

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3 recent books offer tips for weight loss, wellness

These three recently released books offer tips and insights on weight loss, wellness and developing healthy habits. Read more »

May 18, 2016

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Game review: The Ancient World is a fun strategic game of city-building and titans

The Ancient World board game is a fun journey of city-building, worker placement and set collection. The game is set in a world filled with growing civilizations and dangerous titans. Influence the... Read more »

May 17, 2016

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Even Bacon can't give 'The Darkness' any flavor

“The Darkness” is as bland as its uninspired title. It’s a movie built of familiar parts that have been used better elsewhere and add up to the latest installment in a... Read more »

May 17, 2016

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Carmen Rasmusen Herbert: 'Dancing with the Stars' contestant Ginger Zee says people's opinions 'weigh on me'

“I like to empower all moms to lift each other up. We’re not all the same, we do different things, we parent different. At the end of the day, we’re all moms and we take care of... Read more »

May 16, 2016

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UTubers: Nik Day, Kendra Lowe write song featuring footage from 'The Abolitionists'

Kendra Lowe and Nik Day teamed up to write an original song for Operation Underground Railroad. Read more »

May 16, 2016

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