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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.

'My Lady Jane' authors tell 'revised history' of English monarch

Author Cynthia Hand recruited help from her best friends and young adult authors Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows, and together they co-authored “My Lady Jane," a fantasy novel they call a... Read more »

June 4, 2016

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'Newsies' heads to S.L. for 1st of 2 summer visits

The national touring production of Disney’s “Newsies” will play in Salt Lake City from June 7 to 12 and will return for more performances Aug. 25-28. Read more »

June 4, 2016

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Connecting with coloring: 13 coloring books to help adults rest from their stress

In a world moving in an increasingly digital direction, a return to simpler times can provide a welcome diversion, and some say spending time with a coloring book could do the trick. Here is a list... Read more »

June 4, 2016

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The best shows and movies to stream in June

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June has a plethora of great shows to watch across platforms — with or without the kids. Read more »

June 4, 2016

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Game review: Lords of Vegas is a dice-rolling extravaganza using area control

Lords of Vegas isn't a board game about gambling, it's about real estate development in Las Vegas. Players compete to develop the biggest and best casinos along The Strip in an attempt to score the... Read more »

June 3, 2016

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Chris Hicks: A number of familiar vintage titles receive Blu-ray upgrades this week

Some familiar older films receive Blu-ray upgrades this week, including “Father of the Bride,” “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and the 1960s clunker “Blood... Read more »

June 3, 2016

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Review: Emilia Clarke shines in polarizing 'Me Before You' (+ 'Points for parents')

The press screening for “Me Before You” offered guests their own boxes of Kleenex, and there were enough audible sniffles at the final credits to suggest they came in handy. Just what... Read more »

June 3, 2016

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Routine Ninja Turtles 'Out of the Shadows' serves up fun, forgettable CGI action for kids (+Points for Parents)

“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows” isn’t so much a movie as it is a product with a really long name. It’s 112 minutes of CGI mayhem, snappy catch phrases and... Read more »

June 3, 2016

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It's time to simplify my television superheroes

I'm going to be cutting down on the number of superhero TV shows I watch next season. Read more »

June 2, 2016

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Five for Families: Movies inspired by books

The recent release of "Alice Through the Looking Glass" continues the theme of movies based on books. Many of these movies are highly anticipated and offer a unique glimpse into the imagination. Read more »

June 2, 2016

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Chris Hicks: ‘Race,’ ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,’ ‘Gods of Egypt’ on Blu-ray, DVD

The biographical drama “Race,” which tells the story of Jesse Owens, who earned four gold medals in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, is on Blu-ray and DVD this week. Read more »

June 2, 2016

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Chris Hicks: Superhero flicks aren’t the only movies out there; it just seems like it

It may seem like all the multiplexes play these days are superhero movies and cartoons, but there are others if you look around. Read more »

June 2, 2016

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'Experience music together': Organizers offer tips for taking children to outdoor summer concerts

Music is filling the air as cities all over Utah prepare for outdoor summer concerts and festivals. Genres ranging from classical to country to rock will fill these events, bringing a wide spectrum... Read more »

June 2, 2016

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Utah-based musician Ryan Shupe kicks off national tour with local shows

Ryan Shupe will be touring the country to promote his new album, "We Rode On." The album is his eighth and marks a change in style for the musician. Read more »

June 2, 2016

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Novel medicine: How therapists use books to help treat insomnia, depression and more

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For most people, reading is entertainment or a distraction from the grind of everyday life. But for a growing number of people, especially in the United Kingdom, books are a valuable form of therapy. Read more »

June 2, 2016

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Farmers markets offered throughout Utah

The following is a list of farmers markets throughout the state of Utah. Note: This is not an all-inclusive list. Email features@deseretnews.com with information, including location, dates and... Read more »

June 1, 2016

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Book review: 'The One True Barbecue' goes whole hog as it explores the people, places and history that make barbecue what it is

Historian Rien Fertel takes readers on a tour of the South, its history and culture as he seeks out the last living practitioners of whole-hog barbecue in "The One True Barbecue." Read more »

May 31, 2016

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Cookbook review: Steven Raichlen's 'Project Smoke' is a great reference for summer cooking

During the past 30 years, barbecue cooking has moved from restaurants and competitions to being much more readily available for consumers in their own homes. "Project Smoke" is a great reference... Read more »

May 31, 2016

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5 tips for navigating a farmers market with a family

The most important thing to remember is to look for opportunities to have fun and try new things. You may be surprised what your community has to offer. Read more »

May 31, 2016

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Game review: Star Wars Force and Destiny RPG: Nexus of Power: the worlds of the Jedi are here

A tangle of tree roots in the swamps of Dagobah. Labyrinthine crystal caves beneath the surface of Ilum. Ancient ruins in the north of Lothal. The towering pillars of the Jedi Temple on Corsuscant. Read more »

May 31, 2016

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U. professor competes on 'American Ninja Warrior'

What may set Janis Cantwell apart from other contestants on "American Ninja Warrior" is her Yale doctorate in chemistry, her career as a professor at the University of Utah and her 5-year-old... Read more »

May 31, 2016

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Newlywed viral Star Wars couple: 'The Force is eternally strong with this family'

On the weekend of their wedding, the Utah couple that achieved Internet fame when photos of their Star Wars cosplay at Salt Lake Comic Con went viral talks about love, adoption, faith and being nerds. Read more »

May 30, 2016

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Movie review: 'Alice Through the Looking Glass' tries to cover its narrative flaws with visual spectacle

"Alice Through the Looking Glass" features several individual entertaining parts, but all the king's horses and all the king's men can't quite put this Humpty Dumpty of a movie together again. Read more »

May 29, 2016

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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 »

May 29, 2016

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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 »

May 29, 2016

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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 »

May 29, 2016

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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 »

May 29, 2016

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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 »

May 28, 2016

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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 »

May 28, 2016

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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 »

May 28, 2016

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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 »

May 28, 2016

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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 »

May 27, 2016

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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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Movie review: Overstuffed 'X-Men: Apocalypse' makes a mess out of a good thing

“X-Men: Apocalypse” is the cinematic equivalent of a toddler who pulls out every one of his toys at once, giving each about three seconds of his fleeting attention span before moving on... 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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Five for Families: 'Angry Birds' and other films based on games

Video and board games offer up some fun movie options. The recently released "The Angry Birds Movie" features flightless birds in battle against green pigs. Can they win before game over? Here are... 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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