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Extraterrestrial encounters: A look at 10 films that feature aliens

Dozens of filmmakers have depicted scenarios in which Earth is visited by aliens.

Hoax? Rome firm claims new Modigliani but offers no evidence

It's a story almost too fantastical to be true: A flea market dealer finds a painting near a subway trash bin, submits it to laboratory analysis and emerges convinced he has a Modigliani on his hands. Read more »

June 18, 2016

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Miss Utah 2016: Preliminary awards announced night before crowning of Miss Utah

The final night of preliminary competition for the 50 contestants at this year’s Miss Utah pageant wrapped up at Capitol Theatre in Salt Lake City Friday. Read more »

June 18, 2016

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Memphis now charges $10 to enter Beale Street on Saturday night

Tourists and locals who visit the blues bars, dance clubs and barbecue joints on Memphis' Beale Street on Saturday nights now have to bring along some extra cash, just for the privilege of being... Read more »

June 17, 2016

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Chris Hicks: New ‘Roots’-like series ‘Underground,’ ‘X-Files’ revival on video this week

“Underground,” a cable-TV series about slavery and the Underground Railroad, is on DVD this week, along with the recent revival of “The X-Files,” which is on Blu-ray and DVD. Read more »

June 17, 2016

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Remake of 'Raiders' is ingenious, remarkably well done

The frame-by-frame remake of "Raiders of the Lost Ark" is an ingenious film crafted out of the creative minds of young boys during their summer vacations in Mississippi. It's inventive and... Read more »

June 17, 2016

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Johnson and Hart team up to elevate uneven 'Central Intelligence'

“Central Intelligence” is a buddy comedy that tries to stake claim to the PG-13 territory between G-rated and R-rated comedies, but mostly just demonstrates that Dwayne Johnson can... Read more »

June 17, 2016

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Charming 'Dark Horse' shares the true story of a mining village that dreamed big

“Dark Horse” is the equivalent of a D-League affiliate somehow making it to the NBA Finals. It’s a heartwarming true story of a working-class Welsh village that came together... Read more »

June 17, 2016

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Compelling 'Genius' profiles the editor behind Wolfe, Fitzgerald and Hemingway

There are plenty of movies out there about famous writers, but not so many about their editors. “Genius” offers a look at some of the early 20th century’s most celebrated authors,... Read more »

June 17, 2016

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Disney/Pixar team dives into surprising new depths in 'Nemo' sequel 'Finding Dory' (+Points for parents)

“Finding Dory” is part sequel, part spin-off and a little more metaphoric than literal. It’s a quality piece of family animation with a fun finish that hits a few themes you might... Read more »

June 17, 2016

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Photos: 50th season of Mormon Miracle Pageant in Manti opens Thursday

Wednesday was the dress rehearsal and final day of preparations for the 50th season of the Mormon Miracle Pageant. Read more »

June 16, 2016

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Navajo rug sale, benefit auction set for June 18

A Navajo rug sale and benefit auction will be held Saturday, June 18, at the Natural History Museum of Utah. Read more »

June 16, 2016

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Carmen Rasmusen Herbert: How fathers are real-life heroes

Finding a man like my own dad was paramount for me when I was dating, and even though my husband and my father are very different in many ways, they are similar in their love and loyalty to their... Read more »

June 16, 2016

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Photos: New Leonardo exhibit is taking wing

Mark Hofeling, creative director of Creative Service Bureau, shows off a C-131 aircraft on Thursday that is currently being restored in a Salt Lake City warehouse for a new Leonardo exhibit titled... Read more »

June 16, 2016

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Chris Hicks: ‘Young Messiah,’ ‘Eddie the Eagle’ on Blu-ray and DVD this week

The faith film “The Young Messiah” is on Blu-ray and DVD this week, along with “Eddie the Eagle” and “10 Cloverfield Lane.” Read more »

June 16, 2016

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'Hamilton' ticket prices are a lesson in supply and demand

"Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda is blaming scalpers for high ticket prices, but the reality is that the only way to meet demand for tickets is to increase the supply. Read more »

June 16, 2016

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Five for Families: Under-the-sea tales for the family

Dory, the forgetful blue fish from "Finding Nemo," hopes to have her own under-the-sea family reunion in "Finding Dory," the Pixar film released this week. Here are some more aquatic films for... Read more »

June 16, 2016

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'Finding Dory' supervising animator leads unsung 'actors'

When families venture into multiplexes to see “Finding Dory” this weekend, parents and children will see colorful sea creatures matched to the voices of celebrities. What they... Read more »

June 16, 2016

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Game review: Star Wars Force and Destiny RPG: Keeping the Peace: a sourcebook for guardians

Guardian Jedis bring calm, balance and protection to the Galaxy. They are patient, defensive and comfortable working with people to defeat oppression. A new sourcebook for the Force and Destiny RPG... Read more »

June 15, 2016

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Game review: Imperial Assault Bespin Gambit expands on Star Wars adventures

In the expansion Bespin Gambit for the Star Wars Imperial Assault board game, gamers will find a full campaign of six new adventure missions and two skirmish battles supporting the locales and... Read more »

June 15, 2016

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Violinist Jenny Oaks Baker shares about her new album 'Awakening,' rearing a musical family

Grammy-nominated violinist Jenny Oaks Baker recently released a new album featuring popular classical pieces, hymns and a new original piece as well as some special performers, including former... Read more »

June 15, 2016

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'Hamilton' national tour to visit S.L. for 2017-18 season at new Eccles Theater

The national tour of “Hamilton” will visit the brand-new George S. and Dolores DorÉ Eccles Theater in Salt Lake City as part of Zions Bank Broadway at the Eccles’ 2017-18... Read more »

June 13, 2016

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4 Hollywood studios sue Utah movie editing service VidAngel

Four major Hollywood studios have have filed a complaint against Utah startup VidAngel over its streaming services that provide edits of movies. Read more »

June 11, 2016

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Chris Hicks: Re-edited cut of ‘Star Trek II,’ vintage shorts about Utah on video this week

A new re-edited edition of “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” is on Blu-ray this week along with some 1940s theatrical short films about Utah. Read more »

June 10, 2016

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Book review: Martha Hall Kelly's 'Lilac Girls' offers different perspectives on World War II

To paraphrase one of the book’s characters, ‘excellent’ is a word often overused but here it is completely appropriate. For readers who thinks they know WW II, this is a must... Read more »

June 10, 2016

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Book review: Sailor turns to high society in clean Regency-era romance 'My Fair Gentleman'

Nancy Campbell Allen’s historical Regency-era novel “My Fair Gentleman” offers an entertaining romance and a little mystery with several twists reminiscent of “My Fair... Read more »

June 10, 2016

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Chris Hicks: The original ‘Roots’ makes its Blu-ray debut, ‘Rizzoli & Isles’ is on DVD

With the new “Roots” reboot having just completed its initial run on cable TV, the original “Roots” miniseries makes its Blu-ray debut this week. Also, the latest season of... Read more »

June 10, 2016

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Book review: Stephen King's 'End of Watch' is no ordinary detective story

On the surface, "End of Watch" seems like a great hit that readers will love. For families and those who can't stomach darker themes, it's a tough one to read. Read more »

June 10, 2016

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Lehi violist Lily Springer chosen for Carnegie Hall's NYO2 program

Lily Springer, a violist from Lehi, has been chosen by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute to join many others from around the country in the inaugural year of NYO2, an intensive two-week... Read more »

June 10, 2016

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53 young pianists to compete in Bachauer piano competitions

More than 50 young pianists have been invited to compete in two competitions hosted by the Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation. Ages 11-14 will compete June 13-18, and ages 15-18 will... Read more »

June 10, 2016

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Hale Center Theater Orem brings 'Peter Pan' to the stage for 2nd time in 2 years

Hale Center Theater Orem's upcoming production of “Peter Pan,” which runs June 16-Aug. 6, will be the second time the theater has performed the show in two years. Read more »

June 10, 2016

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Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre opens new venue, adds to summer offerings

Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre has added to its summer season with the debut of the fully refurbished Utah Theatre, which will stage "Peter Pan" in addition to its full season of operas and... Read more »

June 10, 2016

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Lehi Round-Up kicks off June 18

The annual Lehi Round-Up, a weeklong family-friendly celebration, is set to kick off on Saturday, June 18. Read more »

June 10, 2016

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‘Now You See Me 2’ offers wild illusions, undeniable thrills

When a cell phone company introduces a new product that would compromise the privacy of every computer system in the world, the illusionists known as the Four Horsemen decide to take matters into... Read more »

June 10, 2016

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Cartoonish game adaptation 'Warcraft' will be a niche-pleaser at best

Watching “Warcraft” feels like eating a Chicago deep-dish pizza you bought at the grocery store. It might be a perfectly good pizza, but if you’ve eaten the real thing, it kind of... Read more »

June 10, 2016

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Jim Bennett: Remembering my father's theatrical side

Bob Bennett had a lifelong passion for the theater that found expression in a number of unlikely ways. Read more »

June 9, 2016

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Chris Hicks: Disney’s ‘Zootopia,’ Coen brothers’ ‘Hail, Caesar!’ on Blu-ray, DVD

The Disney animated hit “Zootopia” is on Blu-ray and DVD this week, as is the Coen brothers’ latest comedy, “Hail, Caesar!” Read more »

June 9, 2016

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Five for Families: Musicals to watch this summer

Singing caregivers, feisty orphans and dancing Hollywood stars create some award-winning musicals. Throw on some dancing shoes and sing along with these films that have catchy tunes. Here are five... Read more »

June 9, 2016

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Chris Hicks: The original ‘Ghostbusters’ returns to local theater screens next week

“Ghostbusters” — the one with Bill Murray — will play in local theaters this month, along with “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,” “Planet of the... Read more »

June 9, 2016

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Decades of video-game-to-movie adaptations have left critics, viewers underwhelmed

From "Super Mario Bros." to "The Angry Birds Movie," movies based on video game have been underwhelming at best. Here's a look at several adaptations from over the last 23 years that have led up to... Read more »

June 9, 2016

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Lecrae and Switchfoot to bring 'heartfelt' music to SLC

Hip-hop artist Lecrae and alternative rock band Switchfoot will be performing at The Complex in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, June 14, as part of The Heartland Tour. Read more »

June 9, 2016

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Controversial 'Vaxxed' film comes to Utah

The controversial film "Vaxxed" arrived in Utah theaters this week. The movie makes claims of a government coverup of a connection between the MMR vaccine and autism, a theory that has been widely... Read more »

June 9, 2016

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Bonanza Campout to offer taste of music, nature June 10-11

The Bonanza Campout is a new music festival featuring 32 bands that will take place June 10-11 at a campsite near Heber City. Read more »

June 8, 2016

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New Harmony: For the Larsens, art is creating by organizing

I’ve always liked Joseph Smith’s notion that “creating” and “organizing” amount to the same thing. You take bits and pieces of what exists and organize them... Read more »

June 8, 2016

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Photos: Hogle Zoo atmosphere inspires animal artists

Visual Art Institute is holding a weeklong art summer camp for kids at Hogle Zoo. The young artists practiced using different art materials to mimic the look of the animals they drew. Read more »

June 7, 2016

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Taylorsville Dayzz set for June 23-25

Taylorsville Dayzz is set for Thursday, June 23, through Saturday, June 25, at Valley Regional Park, 5100 South and 2700 West. Read more »

June 7, 2016

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Game review: Star Wars Force and Destiny RPG: Savage Spirits: exploration and discovery with the seekers

Savage Spirits is a sourcebook for the Star Wars Force and Destiny roleplaying game. It introduces the seeker class, outsider Jedis who disappear for years to explore new worlds in the galaxy while... Read more »

June 6, 2016

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S.L. mother wins motorcycle on 'Let's Make a Deal'

Salt Lake City resident Alisa Woicicki won a motorcycle on the "Let's Make a Deal" TV game show that aired June 1. Read more »

June 6, 2016

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New ‘Alice’ proves Disney’s live-action movies aren’t a sure thing

The Johnny Depp-led sequel to "Alice in Wonderland" marks the first time one of Disney's recent live-action adaptations has bombed at the box office. Here's a quick look at why — and why it's... Read more »

June 5, 2016

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Cavalia’s 'Odysseo' extends stay in Utah to June 20

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

June 5, 2016

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Book review: Adrienne Monson's paranormal romance 'Deliverance' lives up to its name

Paranormal romance author Adrienne Monson does a great job of concluding her refreshing version of vampiric lore in “Deliverance.” Read more »

June 4, 2016

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