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New York • For more than 50 years, Hollywood has flirted with bringing Louis Zamperini’s story to the big screen. In her second movie as director, Angelina Jolie has finally filmed the story of an Oly...

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  • This image released by Columbis Pictures shows Quvenzhane Wallis in a scene from Movie review: ‘Annie’ sweetly mixes the new with the old
    From the opening seconds, it’s clear that this isn’t your daddy’s version of “Annie.” Sure, there’s the astonishingly perky carrot-topped waif named A...
    Updated Dec 18 2014 04:36 pm   |     |   Share
  • From a masquerade ball to meals in the mountains, Utah restaurants offer it all on New Year’s Eve
    For some, a formal masquerade party at a downtown hotel is the perfect way to ring in the new year. For others, a quiet meal in the mountains will do....
    Updated Dec 22 2014 12:14 pm   |     |   Share
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Mary and Joseph (Brooklyn Poulter and Jason Gabbitas) perform as part of Echoes of Christmas, a live nativity in Salt Lake City's Liberty Park, on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. Ann Cannon: Finding room for reflection this Christmas season
    Our 4-year-old granddaughter likes the story of the Nativity. A few years ago she was especially interested in the part where the Wise Men gave the Ba...
    Updated Dec 22 2014 12:06 pm   |     |   Share
Anna Kendrick plays Cinderella in Interview: Anna Kendrick goes ‘Into the Woods,’ singing all the way
    Anna Kendrick knew early on that she could sing. “I sang as a little kid, I guess,” the 29-year-old actor said in a recent phone interview. “You coul...
    Updated Dec 22 2014 12:24 pm   |     |   Share

  • In this image released by Warner Bros. Pictures, Martin Freeman appears in a scene from the film, Movie review: Big spectacle, less emotion, in final ‘Hobbit’ chapter
    “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” at 2 hours and 24 minutes, is the shortest chapter in Peter Jackson’s vast adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s...
    Updated Dec 17 2014 05:56 pm   |     |   Share
  • In this image released by 20th Century Fox shows Dan Stevens, left, and Ben Stiller in a scene from Movie review: Fun, disposable humor in third ‘Night at the Museum’
    “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” is the third installment of the franchise, and even its makers seem to realize it’s time to quit. Ben Still...
    Updated Dec 18 2014 04:17 pm   |     |   Share
  • Sean P. Means: More bad Christmas songs: The readers answer back
    So I’m not the only one who thinks some Christmas songs should be thrown out with last year’s fruitcake. The fine, intelligent and thoughtful readers ...
    Updated Dec 18 2014 04:14 pm   |     |   Share
    Music-In-Our-Schools: Tickling The Ivories To Inspire Utah’s Kids
    One of the greatest children’s writers of all time, Hans Christian Andersen once said, “Where words fail, music speaks.” Like Hans, the Gina Bachau...
    Updated Dec 11 2014 09:42 am   |     |   Share

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Utah singer-songwriter Richard Tyler Epperson has released a holiday track, “Christmas, It’s Almost Here.” Tired of the usual Christmas songs? Here’s a new one from Utah singer-songwriter Richard Tyler Epperson
    Richard Tyler Epperson has been keeping himself busy for the past seven months. A bone researcher at the University of Utah by day, Epperson moonlight...
    Updated Dec 19 2014 10:49 am   |     |   Share
  • This image released by Fox Searchlight Pictures shows Reese Witherspoon in a scene from the film, Movie review: Reese Witherspoon has big hiking boots to fill in ‘Wild’
    In the second time in as many years, director Jean-Marc Vallée has been put in charge of a major actor’s effort to storm through the Oscar season. It ...
    Updated Dec 18 2014 04:14 pm   |     |   Share
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Utah County-based Fictionist, with a new album out, will be the EVE Winter Fest headliners. They’ll be playing indoors at the Salt Palace on Dec. 31, ending in time to watch America’s largest disco ball at midnight. Utah band Fictionist glad to be writing its own story
    In 2011, the Utah County alternative rock band Fictionist finished in the final four of Rolling Stone magazine’s “Do You Wanna Be a Rock & Roll Star?”...
    Updated Dec 19 2014 10:47 am   |     |   Share
  • China indicts Jackie Chan’s son on drug charge
    Beijing • Chinese prosecutors on Monday indicted the son of Hong Kong action film star Jackie Chan on the charge of sheltering others to use drugs, mo...
    Updated Dec 22 2014 09:45 am   |     |   Share

Scott D. Pierce: 13 TV shows worth getting excited about
    We’re in sort of a fallow period for TV right now — lots of repeats because programmers figure most of us are too busy with the holidays to spend much...
    Updated Dec 22 2014 09:58 am   |     |   Share
  • Good news from Tom Brokaw: His cancer is in remission
    New York • Tom Brokaw says his cancer is in remission. The veteran NBC newsman announced Sunday that, after months of chemotherapy, he soon will begi...
    Updated Dec 21 2014 01:33 pm   |     |   Share
  • In this image released by Warner Bros. Pictures, Martin Freeman appears in a scene from the film, ’Hobbit’ goes out on top with $90.6 million 5-day debut
    New York • While Hollywood continued to wrestle with the fallout of the Sony hacking scandal, the weekend box office offered the solace of a moviegoin...
    Updated Dec 21 2014 01:52 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - A Wednesday Dec. 21, 2005 photo from files showing pop star Elton John, right, and his longtime partner David Furnish, after they had a civil ceremony at the Guildhall in Windsor, England.  Elton John and his partner David Furnish plan to tie the knot for a second time this weekend, following the legalization of same-sex marriage in Britain. The singer's spokesman, Gary Farrow, said Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, that the ceremony will be private. Same-sex couples have been allowed to marry in Britain since March. Previously, gay couples could form civil partnerships, which carried the same legal status as marriage but without the title. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File) Happy day: Elton John, David Furnish marry in England
    London • Entertainer Elton John and longtime mate David Furnish officially married Sunday on the ninth anniversary of the day they entered into a civi...
    Updated Dec 21 2014 12:48 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - This March 2, 2014 file photo shows Idina Menzel performing during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. John Travolta accidentally introduced her as Ice buckets, breaking the Internet: A year in pop culture
    Just for fun, let’s try to picture the year in pop culture, all in one image. We might begin with a singer oddly named Adele Dazeem, belting “Let It G...
    Updated Dec 19 2014 03:52 pm   |     |   Share
  • (The Sting & Honey Theatre Company presents its seventh annual production of Review: ‘This Bird of Dawning’ illuminates Christmas story with music, dance, poetry
    In our part of the world, Christmas happens at the coldest, darkest time of the year. Yet somehow in our minds, this day is suffused with light. This...
    Updated Dec 21 2014 09:30 am   |     |   Share
  • This image released by Fox Searchlight Pictures shows Reese Witherspoon in a scene from the film, Witherspoon goes on a soul-baring ride in ‘Wild’
    Once she’d decided to take on her gritty new role in “Wild,” there were a few things Reese Witherspoon knew she DIDN’T want to hear from movie studio ...
    Updated Dec 20 2014 01:05 am   |     |   Share
  • Review: Gov’t Mule covers Pink Floyd on new live album
    When you’re playing music for 20 years with the caveat that no two shows will ever be the same, you had better write a lot of music, or cover some gre...
    Updated Dec 20 2014 01:05 am   |     |   Share
  • In this Friday, Dec. 5, 2014 photo, Kirk Douglas poses for a portrait in Beverly Hills, Calif. The rakish screen legend with the famously dimpled chin made it abundantly clear that he was done with writing on a recent overcast afternoon at his Beverly Hills home, days before the release of his poetry collection “Life Could Be Verse: Reflections on Love, Loss, and What Really Matters.” “To me, this is my best book, and my last book,” said Douglas. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP) Books: Kirk Douglas reflects on life as man, father and a husband in ‘Life Could Be Verse’
    Kirk Douglas is done with writing. The rakish screen legend with the famously dimpled chin made that abundantly clear on a recent afternoon at his Bev...
    Updated Dec 20 2014 01:05 am   |     |   Share
  • This CD cover image released by Blue Note shows From New old Dylan to Metallica and Mancini, a review of key musical box sets
    A collection of box sets reviewed by The Associated Press: Bob Dylan & The Band, “The Basement Tapes Complete — The Bootleg Series Vol. 11” (Columbia...
    Updated Dec 20 2014 01:05 am   |     |   Share