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Tech-heavy 'Nerve's' style wrestles its substance into a cinematic stalemate

The concept behind “Nerve’s” plot is interesting enough, and its myriad messages are certainly noble.

‘Tarzan’ author once worked the jungles of Salt Lake City

It's hard to imagine two settings more different than the urban "jungle" of Salt Lake City and the fictional jungles of Tarzan. But there is a connection: The creator of Tarzan was once a... Read more »

July 1, 2016

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WWI soldiers mingle with commuters in artist's Somme tribute

British commuters were met by the eerie sight of World War I soldiers in uniform as they made their way to work Friday, the 100th anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Somme. Read more »

July 1, 2016

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Spielberg's 'The BFG' meanders its way through Dahl's magical and macabre world of giants (+Points for parents)

“The BFG” is the latest effort to bring one of celebrated author Roald Dahl’s novels to the big screen. And with Steven Spielberg at the helm, “The BFG” may be the... Read more »

July 1, 2016

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Carmen Rasmusen Herbert: The Dalai Lama shares an example of how to love

Some would argue that there has always been hate in this world, and that there will always be hate. I guess that may be true, but maybe, there can be less hate. I think it’s possible. Read more »

July 1, 2016

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Chris Hicks: Happy birthday to Olivia de Havilland who turns 100 on July 1

One of the bright lights of Hollywood’s golden age, Olivia de Havilland, turns 100 years old today. You can celebrate by watching “Gone With the Wind,” or one of her other 49 movies. Read more »

July 1, 2016

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Retro Video Game Day at Provo Library is July 9

PROVO — Video game enthusiasts are invited to play classic games from the ’80s and ’90s at the Provo City Library on Saturday, July 9, from 2-4 p.m. The event will be held in... Read more »

June 30, 2016

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Magna salutes America during July 4 celebration

Magna will salute America during an Independence Day celebration featuring a host of activities. Read more »

June 30, 2016

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Winners announced at the 2016 Gina Bachauer International Young Artists Piano Competition

The five finalists of the 2016 Gina Bachauer International Young Artists Piano Competition performed with the Utah Symphony on Tuesday, followed by awards based on their overall performance... Read more »

June 30, 2016

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Jim Bennett: What 9 years of blogging has taught me

Almost nine years of blogging has taken me to some very unexpected places. Read more »

June 30, 2016

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Chris Hicks: Drone-warfare thriller ‘Eye in the Sky’ is on Blu-ray, DVD

The thoughtful and disturbing “Eye in the Sky,” set against drone warfare in the age of international terrorism, is on Blu-ray and DVD this week, Read more »

June 30, 2016

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Five for Families: Films that celebrate Americana

The Fourth of July is a time to celebrate independence, triumph and a bit of nostalgia. Here are five family-friendly films that focus on the culture and history of America for families to consider. Read more »

June 30, 2016

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'America's Got Talent' finalist Piff the Magic Dragon to perform in SLC

America’s Got Talent contestant John van der Put, more commonly known by his stage name, Piff the Magic Dragon, will be stopping to perform his nation wide known magic tricks on July 7–... Read more »

June 30, 2016

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Taking 'different steps': Experts explain the challenges, advantages of adapting novels into films

Along with the release of "The Legend of Tarzan" and "The BFG" on July 1, Hollywood has experienced an influx of films being adapted from novels, with at least 30 films based on novels that have... Read more »

June 30, 2016

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LDS Church History Museum’s new online art exhibit titled 'Exceedingly Valiant for Courage'

A new online exhibit titled “Exceedingly Valiant for Courage” was recently launched by the Church History Museum of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints . Read more »

June 30, 2016

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Missy Franklin rallies with gutsy swim at US trials

Missy Franklin stood beside the blocks, staring down the still water in her lane. Never had she faced so much pressure, yet she felt serene. Read more »

June 29, 2016

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Celebrate the 4th at Freedom Festival’s Grand Parade in Provo

Provo’s annual Freedom Festival Grand Parade — featuring bands, professionally crafted floats, giant helium balloons, and local and national performers — will begin at 9 a.m. on... Read more »

June 29, 2016

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Game review: Agricola 2016 edition: It's better all around, but the family still needs to be fed

The board game Agricola is a popular classic with quite a fan following. It was released in 2007 and maintains an overall rank of eight for best board games on the website boardgamegeek.com. This... Read more »

June 29, 2016

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LDS singer/songwriter Nik Day releases original 'Miracle' album

LDS singer/songwriter Nik Day's "Miracles" album was released on June 3. The seven origianl songs on his new album are about having a personal relationship with God, he said. Read more »

June 29, 2016

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W. Bountiful’s Independence Day celebration kicks off Friday

The city’s annual Independence Day celebration will kick off Friday, July 1, with a safety fair, concert and fireworks at City Park, 550 W. Pages Lane. Read more »

June 28, 2016

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Area summer reading programs are for more than children

Summer reading programs, offered by public libraries, help kids and teens avoid "summer slide" and have fun reading over the summer. Libraries also offer programs for adults, and librarians... Read more »

June 28, 2016

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Centerville’s July 4th celebration kicks off Friday

Centerville’s Fourth of July celebration will kick off Friday with a youth street dance sponsored by the Centerville City Youth Council. The dance, which starts at 9 p.m., will be held behind... Read more »

June 27, 2016

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BET Awards full of Prince tributes and political moments

or "The Prince Tribute Show" — featured emotional and energetic performances from Sheila E., Stevie Wonder and Jennifer Hudson honoring the Purple One, along with political statements on... Read more »

June 26, 2016

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‘Project (Un)Popular’ explores middle school popularity, friendship

Kristen Tracy's novel "Project (Un)Popular" tells of best friends Perry and Venice, who are yearbook photographers for their middle school and decide to take the social injustice of middle school... Read more »

June 26, 2016

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Book review: 'Conspiracy at Carthage' shares context of US, Mormon history

In “Conspiracy at Carthage: The Plot to Murder Joseph Smith,” author Mark Goodmansen shares information about events surrounding the martyrdom of the Prophet Joseph Smith and his... Read more »

June 25, 2016

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Hale Center Theater Orem to stage 'Xanadu' to raise money for director battling Lou Gehrig's disease

Hale Center Theater in Orem is bringing “Xanadu” back to the stage with many members of its 2013 cast to raise money for director Chris Clark, who was recently diagnosed with Lou... Read more »

June 24, 2016

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Renovation Solutions: Tips for choosing an exterior paint color for your house

Be thoughtful and proactive about choosing an exterior paint color for your house. Read more »

June 24, 2016

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Chris Hicks: Vintage TV series ‘Daniel Boone’ and ‘Baa Baa Black Sheep’ are now on DVD

Two vintage TV series that are fan favorites land on DVD this week, “Daniel Boone” and “Baa Baa Black Sheep.” Read more »

June 24, 2016

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Utah Arts Festival expects 90,000 visitors for its 40th year

The Utah Arts Festival, marking its 40th year, is one of only 11 festivals in the country consecutively running since 1976. It runs downtown through Sunday. Read more »

June 24, 2016

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'Resurgence' is a weak payoff for fans of 1996's 'Independence Day' (+Points for Parents)

“Independence Day: Resurgence” feels like a reunion concert for a classic rock band that’s missing its lead singer. It’s fun to hear some of the old songs, but you know you... Read more »

June 24, 2016

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West Jordan announces road closures for 4th of July parade

West Jordan officials are warning several roads will be closed on July 4 to accommodate the Fourth of July Parade. Read more »

June 24, 2016

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Pistorius shown in TV interview ahead of murder sentence

After his sentencing hearing last week, convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius was mistakenly ushered to a vehicle carrying Barry Steenkamp, father of Reeva, the girlfriend he killed. A police officer... Read more »

June 24, 2016

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Carmen Rasmusen Herbert: Life, choices and looking for the positive

"I look for the positive things," June Davidson said. "I do not even dwell on the negative — I know it’s there, but I don’t dwell on it.” Being positive and not worrying... Read more »

June 24, 2016

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Poor ending kills otherwise decent shark thriller 'The Shallows'

It’s a lot easier to create a problem than to solve one. That’s the fatal flaw of “The Shallows,” a well-intended thriller that stumbles across the finish line. Read more »

June 24, 2016

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Magic land Serge Ibaka in draft-night trade with Thunder

The Orlando Magic were looking to get a proven veteran and a rim protector this offseason and they came out with both in Thursday night's NBA draft . Read more »

June 23, 2016

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Five for Families: Films portray the power of pets

Four-legged companions play an important role in the lives of their humans, whether they be dogs, cats or pigs. Read more »

June 23, 2016

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Chris Hicks: ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2’ is on Blu-ray and DVD this week

The sequel to the biggest moneymaking romantic comedy of all time, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” is on Blu-ray and DVD this week. Read more »

June 23, 2016

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Hollywood's treatment of the disabled leaves a great deal to be desired

Movies about quadriplegics are based on the premise that their lives have so little value that suicide is the only acceptable option. Read more »

June 23, 2016

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Chris Hicks: Slapstick comedy is given a bad name by chaotic modern comedies

Slapstick comedy was once as gracefully choreographed as any dance sequence in the movies, but these days it’s just uncontrolled chaos. Read more »

June 23, 2016

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Netflix makes another serious bid to become the go-to streaming platform for families

Netflix's recent announcements regarding family friendly content could make it an even more enticing option for parents. Read more »

June 23, 2016

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Extraterrestrial encounters: A look at 10 films that portray the existence of aliens

Dozens of filmmakers have depicted scenarios in which Earth is visited by aliens — some with the aliens coming on friendly terms and others not — through both live-action and animated... Read more »

June 23, 2016

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Photos: Thunderbirds arrive for this weekend's ‘Warriors Over the Wasatch’ air show

Members of the Air Force watch as the Thunderbirds arrive at Hill Air Force Base on Thursday for the “Warriors Over the Wasatch” open house and air show. Read more »

June 23, 2016

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The newscasters who have made the most cameos in movies

Television newscasters are increasingly playing themselves in movies like "Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice" and in TV dramas like "House of Cards." Not everyone in TV news has gotten into the... Read more »

June 23, 2016

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Photos: Utah Arts Festival celebrates 40th anniversary

Kayla Bradley, 8, left, looks at her face after getting it painted at the 40th annual Utah Arts Festival at Salt Lake City's Library and Washington squares on Thursday. Read more »

June 23, 2016

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CNN hires fired Trump campaign manager Lewandowski

CNN snapped up former Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski to work as a political commentator on Thursday, only three days after the political operative was fired. Read more »

June 23, 2016

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Nevada gambling regulators to weigh new fantasy sports model

A new gambling platform set for approval Thursday in Nevada will further blur the lines between sports betting and fantasy sports, coming as the daily fantasy sports industry argues in the face of... Read more »

June 23, 2016

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BYU alum Rob Gardner, Cinematic Pop featured on 'America's Got Talent'

Mormon composer Rob Gardner and his orchestra, Cinematic Pop, were shown auditioning for NBC's hit reality show, "America's Got Talent," Tuesday, June 21. Read more »

June 22, 2016

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Amy Choate-Nielsen: Bubbles, boopies and burples: How Depression glass connected me to my grandmother

I received a gift out of the blue that was mysterious and surprising. But the present on my porch turned out to be a treasure. Read more »

June 21, 2016

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Deseret Industries provides fresh start for items, people

Deseret Industries is a place for fresh starts — both for items and for people. DI collects donated items and provides job training and experience. Read more »

June 21, 2016

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Utah's Joy Bossi receives National Garden Clubs' Award of Excellence

Joy Bossi, gardening author and host of a gardening radio show in Salt Lake City, received the Award of Excellence from the National Garden Clubs at the beginning of May. Read more »

June 21, 2016

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Raising citizens: Tips to help parents teach their kids about the political process

In 2016, it’s hard to get away from politics. Children are not oblivious to the politically charged atmosphere, and there are ways for parents to help them be comfortable with the political... Read more »

June 21, 2016

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