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Outlook not improving for beleaguered US movie theaters

About three quarters of the country’s movie theaters are open, but Americans are not going back in significant numbers in the COVID-era, even with new films coming into the marketplace weekly. The biggest movies continue to limp along. According to studio estimates Sunday, Warner Bros.’ ...

The ‘Pandemmys’ were weird and sometimes wonderful

It was Regina King, winning her fourth career Emmy on Sunday, who perhaps summed up the proceedings the most succinctly — and accurately: “This is freaking weird.” Why, yes, being handed your Emmy inside your home, by a person you didn’t know was coming, with fellow nominees zooming ...

First volume of Obama’s memoir coming Nov. 17

By HILLEL ITALIE AP National Writer NEW YORK — The first volume of former President Barack Obama’s memoir is coming out Nov. 17, two weeks after Election Day. It’s called “A Promised Land” and will cover his swift and historic rise to the White House and his first term in office. ...

Urban finds musical connections across many genre lines

By KRISTIN M. HALL AP Entertainment Writer NASHVILLE, Tenn. — This year was poised to be a busy one for Keith Urban, with a full year of touring as well as a Las Vegas residency. He wasn't sure when he'd have time to finish his next album "Speed of Now Part 1" when the coronavirus ...

From a skill to an art: Metal fabricator begins sculpting after move to Montana

KALISPELL, Mont. — A few years after Michael Sisson retired from a career as a metal fabricator that spanned more than two decades, he started getting bored. So in the spring of 2019, he bought a welder. About eight months and 540 logged hours later, he finished a roughly 125-pound carbon ...

Horrors of slavery at center of Janelle Monae’s ‘Antebellum’

NEW YORK — Janelle Monae says she “felt so much rage and anger” when she stepped onto a former slave plantation for the first time to film the psychological thriller “Antebellum.” In the movie, set for release Friday, the pop star and actress plays a successful modern-day author ...

A cross-cultural marriage hits the skids in ‘Nest’

Centuries-old creaking wood floors. Dark and endless hallways. Secret doors. When the O’Hara family from suburban New York arrives at their massive new manor in the English countryside, it feels like we’re settling in for another jumpy horror movie. But despite the current trend of horror ...

Nature’s grand finale

“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.” — Lauren DeStefano, ”Wither” Just a few days until Autumn will arrive, but it seems to already be here. The autumn ...

VIRUS DIARY: The coronavirus came, and she kept on training

SEATTLE — This year started with so much promise. I spent two weeks in January competing in biathlon races in Seefeld, Austria, during the Winter World Masters Games 2020, winning three silver medals and celebrating with 3,000 winter-sport athletes from around the world. Six weeks ...

A breakthrough in ‘Broken Hearts Gallery’

The 25-year-old Australian actress Geraldine Viswanathan, having already stolen movies left and right, more straightforwardly owns “Broken Hearts Gallery,” a glossy but spirited Gen-Y romantic comedy imbued with the wit and spunk of its young star. Viswanathan was a standout in the 2018 ...

Hollywood’s inclusion problems still run deep, study finds

NEW YORK — As Hollywood searches for a response to the reckoning brought on by the death of George Floyd and the Academy Awards move to make Oscar nominees more inclusive, a new study captures how the film industry has improved in diversity and how it still lags. In the most popular films ...

All abilities welcome: Unique new accessible park to open today

SPANISH FORK, Utah — The long-anticipated Spanish Fork all-abilities park that will feature a wheelchair swing, sensory garden, ground-level merry-go-round and other accessible amenities is set to open today. The Spanish Fork City Council announced during its Aug. 25 meeting that ...

Oscars set inclusion standards for best picture category

In an historic move, the Oscars are raising the inclusion bar for best picture nominees starting with the 96th Academy Awards in 2024. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Tuesday laid out sweeping eligibility reforms to the best picture category intended to encourage diversity ...

Live-action ‘Mulan’ is gorgeous but short on magic

Out of all of Disney’s animated films, “Mulan” was the one that made the most sense as a live-action remake. Not that there haven’t been good and charming live-action remakes over the past decade — Kenneth Branagh’s “Cinderella” being at the top of the pack — but with most of ...

During pandemic, Brazilian horror park reopens as drive-thru

SAO PAULO — A large Ferris wheel with red lights illuminates a gloomy path at a horror theme amusement park in Brazil. A line of cars carrying spectators moves slowly as actors dressed up as werewolves and witches approach the vehicles with outstretched arms. Another apocalyptic scene appears ...

New at Peter White Public Library

The Peter White Public Library staff are here to help all families as they return to school this year as best we can! Whether you homeschool, public school online, or return to class in-person, we are here to support you through access to physical and online collection and reference assistance ...

Summer takes final bow as autumn, in splendor, moves into area

“Nature gives to every time and season unique beauty; from morning to night, as from the cradle to the grave, it’s just a succession of changes so soft and comfortable that we hardly notice the progress.” — Charles Dickens After a spectacular performance by Summer, it appears now to be ...

BTS on gaining respect in the US: ‘We definitely feel that’

NEW YORK (AP) — Loud and happy screams erupt in unison from the seven-member pop stars BTS when they hear they have notched their first No. 1 hit on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 chart. “DREAM,” yells band member RM. “It still doesn’t feel real,” adds SUGA, speaking in Korean ...

Report: Disney guest accused of threatening guard over masks

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A man hit a security guard in the head and threatened to kill him at Epcot theme park when he was asked to follow Disney World’s mask rules, sheriff’s officials said. Enrico Toro, 35, was arrested Aug. 14 and charged with misdemeanor battery, an Orange County ...