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31 things you might not know about the Harry Potter books and films

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'Charley's Aunt' keeps the laughs coming at Utah Shakespeare Festival

Audiences seeing a farce expect to find themselves laughing, and those who see the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s production of Brandon Thomas’ “Charley’s Aunt,” directed... Read more »

July 18, 2015

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Utah Shakespeare Festival's 'Henry IV Part Two' struggles to overcome difficult script

Audiences set on seeing all of Shakespeare's history plays will not want to miss this one as it's rarely performed, but average theatergoers may prefer one of the festival's other productions. Read more »

July 18, 2015

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Utah Shakespeare Festival's 'King Lear' does tragedy justice

Productions of “King Lear” routinely give audiences a taste of what can follow decisions based on pride and ambition, but the Utah Shakespeare Festival here serves up a generous and... Read more »

July 18, 2015

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'South Pacific' stuns with breathtaking beauty at Utah Shakespeare Festival

The Utah Shakespeare Festival's “South Pacific” is an enchanting production full of warmth and beauty that is a treat to the eyes and ears as it offers an opportunity for introspection... Read more »

July 18, 2015

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Utah Shakespeare Festival's 'Taming of the Shrew' is a heartfelt season highlight

USF’s production of “The Taming of the Shrew” is a nuanced, heartfelt and thoroughly enjoyable season highlight. Though it has many silly and slapstick moments, it’s also a... Read more »

July 18, 2015

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Book review: 3 Japanese girls make unlikely ambassadors to America in 'Daughters of the Samurai'

Japan emerged from isolation as a world trade partner in the 19th century and sent three unlikely ambassadors to America — three pre-teen girls whose mission was to understand the ways of... Read more »

July 18, 2015

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Book review: 'When It Hits the Fan' shares survival skills for variety of scenarios

Author Larry Mullins brings his expertise to the table to describe how and why survival skills may be needed and how to protect loved ones. Those passionate about emergency preparedness and... Read more »

July 18, 2015

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Chris Hicks: 2nd season of Hallmark Channel’s ‘Cedar Cove’ series on DVD this week

The second season of Debbie Macomber’s “Cedar Cove” TV series is on DVD this week just in time for season three to start on the Hallmark cable channel. Read more »

July 17, 2015

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Captain America star to assemble with fans at Salt Lake Comic Con

Comic con fans, assemble! Captain America is coming to Salt Lake City. Read more »

July 17, 2015

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Review: 'Ant-Man' scores big with comedy, creativity

"Ant-Man" is this year’s "Guardians of the Galaxy." It focuses on a peripheral, wisecracking member of the Marvel Universe, adding a generous dose of humor to its superhero action. Read more »

July 17, 2015

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'Ant-Man': 3 points for parents

Information for parents about the film "Ant-Man." Read more »

July 17, 2015

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'Mr. Holmes': 3 points for parents

Information for parents about the film "Mr. Holmes." Read more »

July 17, 2015

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Vikander's performance highlights WWI drama 'Testament of Youth'

War changes things. That’s the core sentiment of director James Kent’s "Testament of Youth," a new drama based on Vera Brittain’s World War I memoir of the same name. Read more »

July 17, 2015

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'Superman II' can help readers appreciate 'Go Set a Watchman'

What’s the best way to read "Go Set a Watchman," to appreciate it on its own terms without diminishing memories of "To Kill a Mockingbird?" The answer, surprisingly, can be found in the tale... Read more »

July 16, 2015

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Chris Hicks: ‘Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2’ is on Blu-ray and DVD this week

Kevin James’ comedy sequel “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2” is on Blu-ray, DVD and streaming sites this week, along with a few other new hit-and-miss movies. Read more »

July 16, 2015

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Five for Families: 'Minions' provides laughs for families

Here are five movies from various platforms families may want to consider, as recommended by the Deseret News features department and Ok.com. Read more »

July 16, 2015

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Doug's Take: 'Terminator Genisys' actually works

Amidst all the mayhem, destruction and potential end of all mankind, there’s something nearing comfort in the familiarity of the new Terminator movie, "Genisys." Read more »

July 16, 2015

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Harper Lee’s ‘Go Set a Watchman’ reveals a darker side of Maycomb

It would be a mistake to read Harper Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman” as a sequel to her 1960 Pulitzer Prize-winning “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Read more »

July 15, 2015

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George Lucas, Cicely Tyson, Eagles win Kennedy Center Honors

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away ... it would be difficult to imagine a lineup of artists quite like this. Read more »

July 15, 2015

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Utah 'stage' dancers receive mixed reviews from judges during first 'So You Think You Can Dance' performance

Two Utah dancers received mixed reviews for their performances Monday on “So You Think You Can Dance,” in a season that is full of changes. Read more »

July 14, 2015

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App lets users support charities, gain karma, have chance at Imagine Dragons tickets

Time Machine is an IOS application created in Utah that encourages users to raise awareness for charities by participating in activities and documenting their experiences on social media with... Read more »

July 14, 2015

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Cookbook review: 'A Microwave, A Mug, A Meal' offers something for everyone

"A Microwave, A Mug, A Meal," by Amy Sherman, offers something for everyone, all in a beautifully illustrated, compact package. Read more »

July 14, 2015

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Cookbook review: 'Mug Cakes' shares 30 desserts to make in the microwave

"Mug Cakes: Made in Minutes in the Microwave" by Joanna Farrow provides recipes for quick, no-fuss, no-mess, delicious desserts to enjoy. Read more »

July 14, 2015

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Granary Art Center's 'Rat Fink!' tells story of countercultural icon-turned-LDS convert

The Granary Art Center's "Rat Fink!" presents a fascinating look at the work of Ed "Big Daddy" Roth, an artist, custom car designer, cartoonist and pinstriper who moved to Manti, Utah, after... Read more »

July 14, 2015

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Jim Gaffigan: Being true to himself for laughs on new comedy

On Jim Gaffigan's new comedy series, "The Jim Gaffigan Show," the popular standup comic plays a comic named Jim Gaffigan. Read more »

July 14, 2015

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