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Thursday, February 22, 2018


Albom plans sequel to 'Five People You Meet in Heaven'
NEW YORK (AP) — Mitch Albom is giving heaven a sequel. Publisher Harper tells The Associated Press that Albom’s “The Next Person You Meet in Heaven” is coming out Oct. 16. The novel is a follow-up to Albom’s best-selling “The Five People You Meet in Heaven,” which came out in 2003.
Thursday, February 22, 2018

Angelic harmonies shine on I'm With Her's new album
(AP) — Feels like fate must have brought together three already successful alt-folk musicians whose angel voices blend as seamlessly as their strings. The lovely sounds of I’m With Her — the trio of Sarah Jarosz, Aoife O’Donovan and Sara Watkins — are on splendid display in the group’s first full-length album, “See You Around.”
Thursday, February 22, 2018

Gov't. secret town uncovered in 'Atomic City Girls'
(AP) — Eager to escape life in the country, June Walker begins work at a top secret government community in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, during World War II. She sits at a machine 12 hours a day, having no clue what she’s helping to create. When author Janet Beard introduces her high-ranking love interest, June is shocked to learn that she’s one of “The Atomic City Girls.”
Thursday, February 22, 2018

Review: Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams anchor lively and fun 'Game Night'
(AP) — A murder mystery party goes sideways when violent kidnappers arrive before the fake ones in “Game Night ,” which seems on the page to be like all the other disappointing action-comedies of late.
Thursday, February 22, 2018

'Poison' by John Lescroart is a marvelous mystery
Thoughts of retirement for attorney Dismas Hardy have to be put on hold when a former client begs for his help in “Poison,” John Lescroart’s latest thriller.
Saturday, February 17, 2018

New roller coaster has new name
GURNEE, Ill. (AP) — A record-breaking roller coaster set to open this spring north of Chicago now has a name: Mardi Gras Hangover.
Thursday, February 15, 2018

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

John Oates dives deep into his roots
(AP) — The less celebrated half of the pop duo Hall & Oates has tapped into a rich vein of American roots music on his latest offering, an album that demonstrates his seriousness about the music-making craft.
Thursday, February 15, 2018

Jojo Moyes charms readers once again
(AP) — In 2012, author Jojo Moyes introduced readers to delightful caregiver Louisa Clark in the best-selling novel “Me Before You,” followed by the sequel “After You.” Moyes’ latest installment continues the story line across the pond in America, where Louisa learns what it takes to survive navigating the intricate rules of New York high society.
Thursday, February 15, 2018

'Nostalgia' is an unrushed poem with a great cast
(AP) — One of the first images in the film “Nostalgia” is of an heirloom necklace dangling on the neck of a diner waitress. One of the last images is of a massive puffy cloud, ever shifting in the wide sky.
Thursday, February 15, 2018

A Ray Of Sunshine

'Tis the season for lemons. Late winter offers up bushels of citrus, which transform into light and lovely desserts like these lemon bars. 


Friday, February 9, 2018

'Killer Choice' ekes out suspense despite stakes

(AP) — Gary’s pregnant wife, Beth, has a brain tumor. It’s going to take $200,000 they don’t have to save her. Fittingly, that’s how much a drug dealer across town is willing to pay Gary for committing murder. 


Friday, February 9, 2018

Earnest 'Peter Rabbit' a delightful tale
(AP) — With warm nostalgia for Beatrix Potter’s classic children’s tale, “Peter Rabbit “ director, producer and co-writer Will Gluck channels the author’s earnestness into a sweet film sure to delight young fans.
Thursday, February 8, 2018

Heroes in Eastwood's '15:17' played by themselves
(AP) — In his latest film, “The 15:17 to Paris,” Clint Eastwood has taken his famously no-frills filmmaking further than ever before. Having already dispensed with many of the typical accoutrements of Hollywood filmmaking — lengthy development, a battery of takes, any handwringing at all — he has, with characteristically little anguish, jettisoned actors from the picture, too. Who needs ‘em, anyway?
Thursday, February 8, 2018

Gardiner's 'Black Nowhere' has strong female character
Meg Gardiner’s follow-up to her best-selling “UNSUB” novel continues the riveting adventure of FBI profiler Caitlin Hendrix.
Saturday, February 3, 2018

Parade of talent on tribute
(AP) — Elmore James has been dead 54 years, and the blues aren't doing too well either. This lively tribute album gives both a boost.
Thursday, February 1, 2018

Smoak returns in Hurwitz's 'Hellbent'
(AP) — Evan Smoak is known by many aliases, including Orphan X and the Nowhere Man. In “Hellbent,” the latest novel by Gregg Hurwitz featuring the former government assassin turned vigilante, a call for help quickly turns personal.
Thursday, February 1, 2018

Mirren talks 'Winchester,' impact of gun deaths
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Helen Mirren says her new film “Winchester “ isn’t a horror flick, but rather a ghost story with foreign roots and a distinct American element — the psychological impact of gun deaths.
Thursday, February 1, 2018

Actress Marlyn Mason, more than an 'Elvis Girl'
HOLLYWOOD — Beginning in 1960 and for some three decades thereafter, Marlyn Mason appeared in close to one hundred television series such as “The Odd Couple,” “Wonder Woman,” and “Newhart,” earning the unofficial title of TV “Guest Star Queen.” While her film roles were far fewer, fans of Elvis Presley movies remember the actress as Elvis’s vivacious co-star in his next-to-last film, 1969’s “The Trouble with Girls.” However, Marlyn left Hollywood – literally – in the early 1990s.
Thursday, February 1, 2018

Marty Stuart planning music museum
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Country singer Marty Stuart says he’s planning to develop a museum and performance hall in his Mississippi hometown to display his collection of 20,000 country music artifacts, including handwritten lyrics from Hank Williams.
Thursday, February 1, 2018

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Illinois Symphony presents Star Wars & Beyond, best of John Williams
SPRINGFIELD — Round up the family and get your seats for an experience that will be out of this world! From Star Wars to Harry Potter and Raiders of the Lost Ark to Superman, the ISO, performs some of John William’s greatest film music in Star Wars and Beyond led by Guest Conductor Vince Lee.
Thursday, February 1, 2018

Music: Chick Corea, Steve Gadd join up

(AP) — Compared to other genres, flexibility of lineups is one of the most fascinating aspects of jazz bands. Musicians are constantly looking for new partners, reuniting with old ones, the musical colors of ensembles shifting as this sax player or that guitarist comes and goes and another one sits in.


Thursday, January 25, 2018

Domestic thriller melds with spy novel

“Need to Know” (Ballantine Books), by Karen Cleveland

(AP) — The domestic thriller melds with the spy novel in Karen Cleveland’s entertaining and quite plausible “Need to Know.” 


Thursday, January 25, 2018

Review: Hemsworth leads a solid wartime film in post 9-11 '12 Strong'

(AP) — In the days and months following the Sept. 11 attacks, a small U.S. Special Forces unit led an offensive against the Taliban and Al Qaeda in Afghanistan.


Thursday, January 25, 2018

Some Of The Nominees
Tuesday, January 23, 2018

'Shape of Water' lands a leading 13 Oscar nods

NEW YORK (AP) — Guillermo del Toro’s lavish monster romance “The Shape of Water” fished out a leading 13 nominations, Greta Gerwig became just the fifth woman nominated for best director and “Mudbound” cinematographer Rachel Morrison made history as the first woman to earn a nod in that category in nominations announced today for the 90th annual Academy Awards. 


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Tom Petty died of accidental drug overdose
NEW YORK (AP) — Tom Petty died last year because of an accidental drug overdose that his family said occurred on the same day he found out his hip was broken after performing dozens of shows with a less serious injury.
Saturday, January 20, 2018

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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Review: 'Infinite Sky' tackles expectations, dreams
For young dreamers who long to escape the sleepy town where they grew up for a more exciting and fulfilling life, the question of roots versus wings is a constant internal struggle. Author Carrie La Seur tackles this familiar trope by weaving an elegant thread of Shakespeare and poetry throughout her sophomore novel, "The Weight of an Infinite Sky."
Saturday, January 20, 2018

Tomei, Arquette, Nash and Munn to present at SAG Awards
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mandy Moore, Marisa Tomei, Olivia Munn and Rosanna Arquette will be among the presenters at Sunday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Thursday, January 18, 2018

Bicentennial exhibit open house at Rock Springs Jan. 25
DECATUR — Walk through an exhibit exploring the Illinois Bicentennial at Rock Springs Nature Center during an open house on Thursday, January 25 from 5-7p.m. 
Thursday, January 18, 2018

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Hemsworth leads a solid wartime film in '12 Strong'
In the days and months following the Sept. 11 attacks, a small U.S. Special Forces unit led an offensive against the Taliban and Al Qaeda in Afghanistan. They worked in harsh conditions alongside a local warlord and his men, an uneasy alliance at best, and, even with all the technology and money of the U.S. military, executed the successful mission largely on horseback.
Thursday, January 18, 2018

Crime drama 'False Witness': Killed on 21st b'day
(AP) — On her 21st birthday, Deborah Holt got an eye-popping gift — a new Mercedes — from her well-off, older boyfriend. She didn't get to enjoy it for long.
Saturday, January 6, 2018

Sensory friendly film Jan. 13
CARLINVILLE — Eisentraut Theatres and TASC/The Autism Support Connection have joined together to bring families affected by autism and other disabilities “Sensory Friendly Films”. Our movie event for January will be held at 2 locations, 1 p.m. Saturday, January 13 at The Orpheum Theatre in Hillsboro and Marvel Theatre in Carlinville. This month’s feature will be the newly released film, “Paddington 2”.
Thursday, January 4, 2018

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Dave Robicheaux returns in new novel by Burke
(AP) — James Lee Burke's iconic deputy from Louisiana, Dave Robicheaux, must face the past that haunts him while pursuing a murder case that hits too close to home in "Robicheaux."
Thursday, January 4, 2018

Music: Carlisle uses Kundalini mantra in pop songs
(AP) — On “Wilder Shores,” Belinda Carlisle follows on the path paved by a long list of rock and pop stars — from George Harrison to Boy George — who’ve echoed their spiritual journeys in their music.
Thursday, January 4, 2018

40 year later, and Debby Boone is still lighting up our lives
HOLLYWOOD — Her recording of “You Light up My Life” not only became a monster hit of 1977, but went on to become one of the most popular songs of the decade.
Thursday, January 4, 2018

Film: 'Hostiles' an unforgivingly violent and sparse revisionist Western
(AP) — Enemies are thrown together for a perilous journey in “Hostiles ,” an unforgivingly violent and sparse revisionist Western set in 1892 that explores the traumas of American westward expansion.
Thursday, January 4, 2018

Actress Rose Marie dies at age 94

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rose Marie chafed at being a supporting player in the shadow of Mary Tyler Moore’s fetching suburban housewife on “The Dick Van Dyke Show.”


Friday, December 29, 2017

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Thursday, December 28, 2017

From Malta to Minneapolis, a look at where to go and what to do in 2018
NEW YORK (AP) — From Malta to Minneapolis, here's a look at some destinations around the world that will be making news in 2018. They include designated culture capitals, places hosting sporting events and even a couple of cities — San Antonio, Texas, and New Orleans — celebrating their 300th birthdays.
Thursday, December 28, 2017

Annette Bening plays Gloria Grahame in 'Film Stars'
(AP) — Annette Bening gives Gloria Grahame a nobility rarely shown to faded Hollywood actresses in “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool,” a tender if generic portrait of aged glamour.
Thursday, December 28, 2017

'Phantom Thread,' a rich showcase for Day-Lewis
(AP) — With echoes of “Rebecca” and lavish Max Ophuls productions, writer and director Paul Thomas Anderson spins the tale of an obsessive fashion designer and his muse into a suspenseful and often funny parlor drama with all the trimmings in “Phantom Thread .”
Thursday, December 28, 2017

Film: From the slopes to handcuffs 'Molly's Game' make for an enjoyable tumble
(AP) — Aaron Sorkin has a knack for timing, and not just in the obvious way.
Thursday, December 28, 2017

Review: Christopher Plummer rescues 'All the Money' from the dustbin
NEW YORK (AP) — Should Ridley Scott's "All the Money in the World" be measured by the usual critical apparatus or with a stopwatch?
Thursday, December 28, 2017

Review: Speed The Plough brings the family on '...And Then'
(AP) — Part of New Jersey's rich indie scene, Speed The Plough has a family tree deserving its own entry in any rock genealogy, with crisscrossing branches including The Feelies, The Trypes and Wild Carnation.
Thursday, December 28, 2017

Review: Robert Crais' 'The Wanted' is rewarding page-turner
(AP) — Devon Connor is beside herself with worry. Her teenage son, Tyson, keeps showing up with things that neither of them could possibly afford: New clothes from Barney’s. High-end electronics. What appears to be a genuine Rolex. And his explanations are ludicrous.
Thursday, December 28, 2017

Book of celeb interviews best enjoyed in small sips
(AP) — Eagerly plucked from the pages of Vanity Fair, the Daily Front Row and R.O.M.E. and thrust into the public's hands comes George ("GW") Wayne's collection of his favorite celebrity interviews conducted over three decades. An apt forward by Vanity Fair Editor-in-Chief Graydon Carter sets the stage for GW's grandiosity, followed by the author's own introduction in which he reveals his path from Jamaican schoolboy to self-described "carnivore of popular culture" in "Anyone Who's Anyone."
Saturday, December 23, 2017

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Thursday, December 21, 2017

'Pitch Perfect 3' not such a high note
(AP) — Sorry, Pitches, but it’s a good thing “Pitch Perfect 3 “ is billed as the farewell tour for this musical franchise. It hasn’t jumped the shark, exactly, but it does send its singing Bellas jumping off an exploding yacht. Because that’s what a cappella competitions are about!
Thursday, December 21, 2017

It doesn't take much to keep Van Morrison singing
(AP) — Van Morrison has proven that he'd rather be singing than anything else.

Stage chatter? Not so much. Interviews? Not his thing.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

'Insidious Intent' an incisive British police procedural
(AP) — A highlight of Val McDermid's novels is the tight control she maintains over her complex plots that are enhanced by believable and complicated characters. The same can be said about other top crime writers, but McDermid brings something special to the table as she shows in her latest novel about detective Chief Inspector Carol Jordan and psychologist-profiler Tony Hill.
Thursday, December 21, 2017

'Downsizing' is a big-picture film about some very little people
(AP) — It’s hard to say what’s better about the first half of Alexander Payne’s wonderfully weird — or is it weirdly wonderful? — “Downsizing”: the audacity of its premise, or the delicious skill with which Payne executes that premise, detail by comically ingenious detail.
Thursday, December 21, 2017

Jackman's a great 'Showman.' The movie? Not so much
(AP) —“Don’t fight it,” goes the opening song of “The Greatest Showman,” sung by Hugh Jackman. “It’s coming for you, running at ya.”
Thursday, December 21, 2017

Spielberg, Streep and Hanks deliver in 'The Post'
(AP) — "The Post " is kind of like the Yankees of movies. A Steven Spielberg directed film about the Pentagon Papers starring Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep and a murderer's row of all your favorite television character actors (Jesse Plemons! Bob Odenkirk! Carrie Coon! Sarah Paulson!)? It doesn't even seem fair. Is there any way it wouldn't be great or at least very good?
Thursday, December 21, 2017

Movies: Christmas classics to enjoy with family
Thursday, December 14, 2017

D.C. Fontana wrote her way in Star Trek lore

HOLLYWOOD — In the Star Trek universe, D.C. Fontana is legendary for her scriptwriter role. She contributed, at least in part, to almost half the original series’ scripts and went on to write in various capacities for the Star Trek animated series, as well as The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine. She even contributed to the recent fan-created online production of “Star Trek New Voyages: Phase II.”


Thursday, December 14, 2017

Crew of the Oregon fights most ruthless villain yet
(AP) — Juan Cabrillo and his elite crew of the ship the Oregon fight their most ruthless villain yet in “Typhoon Fury” by Clive Cussler and Boyd Morrison, the latest addition to the Oregon Files series.
Saturday, December 9, 2017

Oscar season: Shame mingles with self-congratulations
NEW YORK (AP) — In nearly every major Academy Awards category this year there’s some trace of the sexual misconduct allegations that have swept through the movie industry.
Thursday, December 7, 2017

John Boyega talks 'Last Jedi,' parallels with Finn
LOS ANGELES (AP) — John Boyega may have a lot in common with Finn, the character he plays in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” but a trip to a London toy store left the actor floored.
Thursday, December 7, 2017

The Wright Kind of Cheer: Dana-Thomas House hosting holiday events
SPRINGFIELD — The Dana-Thomas House State Historic Site in Springfield is decking the halls with new decorations and spreading holiday cheer with music and guided tours.
Thursday, December 7, 2017

Explore winter wildlife at Rock Spgs.
DECATUR — Explore winter wildlife at Rock Springs Conservation Area during Animals in Winter on Thursday, December 21, from 6-7 p.m.
Thursday, December 7, 2017

Christmas Vespers at THS this Sunday
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Schools Choral Department will present its long-running Christmas Vespers Concert on Sunday, Dec. 10 at 4 p.m. in the THS Cafeteria.
Thursday, December 7, 2017

Theatre 7 holding auditions for new show
DECATUR — Theatre 7 is hosting two days of open auditions in January for “And Then There Were None” its second show in its season of “murder, mystery and mayhem.” Auditions for this classic Agatha Christie mystery will be 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. January 3 and 4 downtown at Theatre 7 Headquarters, located at 131 N. Water St. in downtown Decatur.
Thursday, December 7, 2017

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Book ponders appeal, then and now, of 'The Graduate'
(AP) — The title of Beverly Gray's insightful look back at 1967's "The Graduate," one of the most popular comedies of all time, is a bit misleading — Mrs. Robinson seduced young Benjamin Braddock, not the generation that identified with his anxieties about the future and dreamed of joining him in rejecting the path blazed by their parents.
Thursday, December 7, 2017

Oldman gives a human Churchill in 'Darkest Hour'
(AP) — Words matter. That's one of the key messages of "Darkest Hour," in which Gary Oldman embodies — fiercely and memorably — the legendary Winston Churchill, who rallied his country with soaring oratory when Britain's very survival was at stake.
Thursday, December 7, 2017

Wall Street Journal Best-Sellers
Saturday, December 2, 2017

A Festive Meal To Remember
Saturday, December 2, 2017

A Great Persimmon Recipe

I discovered persimmons when I lived in Europe, where they are commonly known as sharon fruit. 


Saturday, December 2, 2017

Books: Dolan delivers parallel stories in new novel

(AP) — Grief can carry a heavy burden, burrowing into the heart, obliterating other concerns, sometimes even self-preservation, as Harry Dolan shows in his clever fourth mystery, "The Man in the Crooked Hat: a Novel."


Saturday, December 2, 2017

Iles House holiday events December 6, 9 and 16
SPRINGFIELD — Visitors are invited to see Springfield's oldest surviving house in a different light during the annual holiday events scheduled for the Elijah Iles House on December 6, 9 and 16.
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Feed the Animals at Rock Springs Dec. 10
DECATUR, Ill. — Get a behind the scenes look at how staff feed and care for the live reptiles, amphibians, and fish at Rock Springs Nature Center during “Feed the Animals” on Sunday, December 10 from 2-4p.m. 
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Irving Berlin's White Christmas to open at The Little Theatre On The Square
SULLIVAN, Ill. — Irving Berlin's timeless classic, White Christmas will open at The Little Theatre On The Square on Friday, December 8 and run through Sunday, December 17.
Thursday, November 30, 2017

The roller-coaster life of Connie Francis
The tragedies that befell singer Connie Francis throughout her life would challenge the most resilient of souls. Nevertheless, she navigated each dark, engulfing personal tunnel with unwavering tenacity, always eventually emerging aided by her sense of humor.
Thursday, November 30, 2017

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Review: Woody Allen goes in circles with dark 'Wonder Wheel'
The great playwright Eugene O’Neill looms as large over Woody Allen’s latest film as the giant Ferris wheel that dominates the movie’s Coney Island setting.
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Ice baths and M&Ms: Secrets of the Rockettes revealed
NEW YORK (AP) — One of the biggest draws in New York this time of year is the “Christmas Spectacular” featuring the iconic Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall. Everyone knows about their high kicks but do you know how many calories each burns? What do they snack on? What’s the best place to be in their famous kick line? Two veterans — Bailey Callahan of Melbourne, Florida, and Alissa LaVergne of Houston — reveal all the backstage secrets.
Thursday, November 30, 2017









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