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Austen meets the undead in macabre 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies'

"Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" is witty, fun and clever. It's also hampered by its own limitations.

Classic board games get new editions

Fury of Dracula, Runebound and Mission: Red Planet have recently been re-released in new editions by Fantasy Flight Games. The new editions boast new artwork and streamlined rules. Read more »

Jan. 7, 2016

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January isn't the greatest month for movies

Traditionally, January is Hollywood's dumping ground for truly awful movies, and this January looks to be no exception. Read more »

Jan. 7, 2016

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George Lucas elaborates on his reaction to 'The Force Awakens'

The creator of the Star Wars universe doesn't seem as in love with J.J. Abrams' sequel as everyone else. Read more »

Jan. 7, 2016

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Chris Hicks: ‘The Walk’ and ‘Captive’ come to home video this week

“The Walk” and “Captive,” two thrillers that are based on true stories, have arrived on home video this week, along with many other titles that played in theaters last year. Read more »

Jan. 7, 2016

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Chris Hicks: From ‘Butch Cassidy’ to ‘Maltese Falcon,’ classics coming to local theaters

From “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” to “Pretty in Pink” to “The Maltese Falcon,” a wide range of classic films will be playing in local movie theaters... Read more »

Jan. 7, 2016

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Utah musician Anastasia Magamedova named a 2016 National YoungArts Foundation finalist

Anastasia Magamedova, a 17-year-old pianist from Utah, was named a 2016 National YoungArts Foundation finalist. Read more »

Jan. 7, 2016

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'Star Wars' Monopoly to include Rey after girl complains

The "Star Wars" version of Monopoly will add a game piece based on the female character Rey after an 8-year-old girl wrote to game maker Hasbro complaining about the omission and telling them:... Read more »

Jan. 7, 2016

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LeVar Burton says time is right for 'Roots' remake

LeVar Burton, who starred in the influential 1970s miniseries "Roots," said the remake is arriving at a crucial time. Read more »

Jan. 6, 2016

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Why aren't smart TVs very clever?

Turns out that smart TVs can be, well, pretty dumb. Read more »

Jan. 6, 2016

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Book review: 'Unforgettable' is packed with adventures of CIA agent who can't be remembered

Nat Morgan is entirely forgettable — no person or computer can remember him after he’s been away for 60 seconds. It’s helpful in his career choice as a CIA agent in local author... Read more »

Jan. 5, 2016

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3 friends take on an unwanted houseguest in ‘The Nerd’ at Hale Center Theater Orem

"The Nerd," a comedy set in the '80s, is Hale Center Theater Orem's newest show. It runs through Feb. 6. Read more »

Jan. 5, 2016

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Erin Stewart: Are you raising an entitled brat?

Learn the warning signs and what to do to fight the "me, me, me" culture. Read more »

Jan. 4, 2016

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Book review: 'CIA Street Smarts for Women' empowers women to protect themselves

"CIA Street Smarts for Women: Spy Skills to Tell the Prince from the Predator" provides practical advice for the sometimes-perilous waters of relationships. Read more »

Jan. 4, 2016

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'Star Wars' box office surpasses 'Titanic,' 'Jurassic World'

LOS ANGELES — "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" marched confidently into the new year, raking in an additional $88.3 million over the New Year's weekend and topping the box office for a third... Read more »

Jan. 3, 2016

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5 novels feature twists on fairy tales, well-known stories

These recently released books, including some by local authors, feature twists on fairy tales and other well-known stories. Read more »

Jan. 3, 2016

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Book review: 'The Cenote' is a fantastical tale with real-life lessons

When Lark and Sandpiper find themselves in an arranged marriage, they have to sort through the legend and the lies to recognize what true love really means in BYU graduate Chelsea Dyreng's "The... Read more »

Jan. 3, 2016

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'A Timeless Romance Anthology: Sarah M. Eden British Isles Collection' bubbles with historical romance

With six novellas, all by Sarah Eden, this latest addition to the Timeless Romance Anthology series brings historical romance to readers in the present. Read more »

Jan. 3, 2016

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Utah Museum of Fine Arts to close temporarily but continue programming, community ties

The Utah Museum of Fine Arts will close Jan. 18 for renovation — but not before throwing a big party and sharing with the public an exciting roster of continued programming for 2016. Read more »

Jan. 2, 2016

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Natalie Cole, master of past and present styles

She began as a 1970s soul singer hyped as the next Aretha Franklin and peaked in the 1990s as an old-fashioned stylist and time-defying duet partner to her late father, Nat "King" Cole. Read more »

Jan. 2, 2016

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Retired BYU professor is the master of his art

Wayne Kimball, a retired BYU professor, is a master of a dying art form known as lithography. His work has been exhibited in all 50 states and throughout Europe. Read more »

Jan. 2, 2016

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Dog greets missionary, a new car for Carly and 5 of the most-watched videos of 2015

A dog welcoming home an LDS missionary, a big surprise for a BYU student on the "Ellen DeGeneres Show" and a creative twist by a Utah mom on the lyrics to "Hallelujah" were among the most-viewed... Read more »

Jan. 2, 2016

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Book review: Historical romance 'Doing No Harm' features finding love while helping Scottish refugees

A retired military surgeon is convinced he wants to spend the rest of his life in a quiet town away from the ocean. Instead, he finds himself caught up in helping the inhabitants of a neglected... Read more »

Jan. 2, 2016

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Security concerns, temperatures don't take fun out of parade

The flower-drenched Rose Parade rolled with few hitches Friday under cloudless blue skies to the delight of hundreds of thousands of fans, some of whom camped out all night on sidewalks determined... Read more »

Jan. 1, 2016

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New faces, farewells, anniversaries and more notable 2015 events in Utah arts

With 2015 having drawn to a close, here’s a look at some of last year's Utah arts highlights, including organizations' anniversaries along with some farewells and new beginnings. Please note... Read more »

Jan. 1, 2016

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Wayne Rogers, Trapper John on 'M.A.S.H.,' dies at 82

Wayne Rogers, whose Trapper John McIntyre alongside Alan Alda's Hawkeye Pierce brought mischief, martinis and meatball surgery to the masses in the 1970s every week on "M.A.S.H.," has died. Read more »

Jan. 1, 2016

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Chris Hicks: 2016 movies: Meet the new flicks, same as the old flicks

As always, the new year brings new movies, even if an awful lot of them look like something we’ve seen before. Read more »

Jan. 1, 2016

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Reaction to the death of Grammy-winning singer Natalie Cole

Reaction to the passing of Grammy-winning singer Natalie Cole, who died in Los Angeles on Thursday at age 65. Read more »

Jan. 1, 2016

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The Clean Cut: Disney releases second official Zootopia trailer

Walt Disney Animation Studios' second official "Zootopia" trailer showcases the "gleaming city where animals of all breeds, predator and prey alike, live together in peace and harmony" — mostly. Read more »

Dec. 31, 2015

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Swift's world tour tops Pollstar's 2015 list with $250.4M

Taylor Swift's star-studded "1989 World Tour" topped Pollstar's list of worldwide tours of the year, grossing $250.4 million. Read more »

Dec. 31, 2015

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Gadgets around us will keep getting smarter, like it or not

Our cars, our homes, our appliances and even our toys: Things around us are going to keep getting smarter. In 2016, we'll entrust even more of our lives and their intimate details to machines... Read more »

Dec. 31, 2015

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Cosby accusers' attorneys say women are grateful for charges

Attorneys for dozens of women who have accused Bill Cosby of sex assault or attempted molestation say their clients are grateful that a prosecutor in Pennsylvania has brought charges against the... Read more »

Dec. 30, 2015

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Egyptian officials raid art gallery, publishing house

Egyptian officials raided two prominent cultural venues — a popular art gallery and a publishing house — questioning workers about their activities, taking equipment and closing the gallery, in what activists on Wednesday... Read more »

Dec. 30, 2015

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UTubers: 'Studio C' cast takes on treacherous winter driving in recent sketch

In a recent "Studio C" sketch, Mr. Eckelstone navigates student drivers through tough weather conditions while warning the students about possible perils. Read more »

Dec. 28, 2015

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Q and A with Utah's film queen

Virginia Pearce, director of the Utah Film Commission, once wooed herself back to Utah; now she woos the world's filmmakers here too. Read more »

Dec. 28, 2015

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Five for Families: 2015 films to enjoy with the family

Here are five movies from various platforms families may want to consider as recommended by the Deseret News features department and Ok.com. Because not all are appropriate for younger children,... Read more »

Dec. 28, 2015

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The one thing we know for sure about the effects of media: parents matter

We don't have answers to many parents' questions about technology and kids. But we're getting closer. Read more »

Dec. 28, 2015

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The Clean Cut: Chris Paul, Aaron Rodgers' trick shot video garners 3 million views

A video featuring quarterback Aaron Rodgers and point guard Chris Paul showing off their respective talents with some complex trick shots has garnered 3 million views in just two days. Read more »

Dec. 28, 2015

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Ex-Globetrotters star Meadowlark Lemon dies

Meadowlark Lemon, the "clown prince" of basketball's barnstorming Harlem Globetrotters, whose blend of hook shots and humor brought joy to millions of fans around the world, has died. He was 83. Read more »

Dec. 28, 2015

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Can we talk 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' now?

I loved "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," but there were many nagging questions it left unanswered. Read more »

Dec. 27, 2015

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Music and the Spoken Word: 'The Successful Life'

In the American Museum of Natural History in New York City stands a memorial to Theodore Roosevelt, an avid naturalist, a great friend to the museum and the 26th president of the United States. Read more »

Dec. 27, 2015

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Author Sara B. Larson takes readers on emotional journey in 'Endure'

Author Sara B. Larson concludes the Defy trilogy, following Alexa Hollen through her most difficult trials yet as she fights to save the kingdom and people she loves. Read more »

Dec. 27, 2015

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Roommate drama: ‘The Nerd’ moves in to Hale Center Theater Orem

"The Nerd," HCTO's newest comedy, focuses on the outlandish lengths three characters go to in attempts to rid themselves of an annoying houseguest. It runs Dec. 31-Feb. 6. Read more »

Dec. 27, 2015

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Hale Centre Theatre's 'Beau Jest' presents 'relatable' romantic comedy

When a Jewish girl prepares to introduce her family to her non-Jewish boyfriend, anything can happen! "Beau Jest" will run at Hale Centre Theatre in West Valley City from Dec. 31-Jan. 30. Read more »

Dec. 27, 2015

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'Force Awakens' becomes fastest movie to $1 billion

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" has reached $1 billion at the box office, reaching the milestone with record-setting hyper speed. Read more »

Dec. 27, 2015

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5 presidential biographies to prepare voters for 2016

Learning about past presidents can be a helpful reminder about what qualities are necessary to lead the United States. Here are five books that look at five remarkable former presidents. Read more »

Dec. 27, 2015

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Children's book author Antonio Sacre shares tips on how to get published

Rejection letters are part of trying to get a book published, says children's book author Antonio Sacre. It's more important to keep writing and keep working than to worry about the rejections, he... Read more »

Dec. 27, 2015

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What's new: DVD shares the life of Elder James E. Talmage, author of 'Jesus the Christ'

A new DVD by Covenant Communications titled "James E. Talmage: The Story Behind Jesus the Christ," examines the life of Elder Talmage and the pinnacle of his work, the book "Jesus the Christ." Read more »

Dec. 27, 2015

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Reader voices: Calm the storm inside

Chaos and turmoil are tools to make us live without faith. We have to fight for grace. Read more »

Dec. 27, 2015

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'Beyond our expectations': The Piano Guys' pianist Jon Schmidt reflects on the group's 2015 accomplishments

With 2015 coming to a close, pianist Jon Schmidt of The Piano Guys reflects on the successes of the year as well as the many things the group has to look forward to in 2016. Read more »

Dec. 26, 2015

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How HGTV, Pinterest are changing home design

The vast access to design ideas may lead individuals considering remodeling their homes to determine that they no longer need professional designers involved in their projects. In fact, the... Read more »

Dec. 26, 2015

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