• Books-Sebastian Junger


    FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2013 file photo, director Sebastian Junger from the film "Which Way Is Front Line From Here" poses for a portrait during the 2013 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. PBS and the nonprofit group TED are teaming up to offer a six-night live event in New York this November with speakers including Junger, actor Adam Driver and musician Rufus Wainwright. The shows will be taped and broadcast as three one-hour specials on PBS this spring.

  • Auction set for work from ex-auto plant credited to Banksy


    DETROIT (AP) — An auction is planned for an artwork that gallery officials say the elusive British graffiti artist Banksy created at a former Detroit auto plant. It's listed among works being sold Sept. 30 during a "Street Art" auction by Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills, California. An 8-foot, 1,500-pound section of cinderblock wall featuring the stenciled artwork was removed from the Packard Plant site in 2010. It features a figure of a child holding a bucket of red paint and brush alongside the message: "I remember when all this was trees." David Rudolph, a spokesman for Detroit's 555 gallery, says the gallery owns the artwork and the proceeds will help renovate the gallery's new permanent home.

  • Movie review: ‘I Am Chris Farley’ focuses more on comic’s life than death


    “I Am Chris Farley” does not — and obviously cannot — shy away from the comic actor’s death at age 33 of an overdose of cocaine and morphine. It mentions his 17 stints in rehab, including an epic relapse after a preview of the movie “Black Sheep,” but it doesn’t dwell on his final weeks or hours but on his talent, vulnerability, kindness, charisma, desire to be part of a team or ensemble, and willingness to do anything for a laugh. That was obvious to anyone who watched him crash through that coffee table during the “Saturday Night Live” Matt Foley sketch (he was the one living in a van down by the river). It was apparent to anyone who saw him alongside Patrick Swayze as an aspiring Chippendales dancer.

  • Happy birthday, J.K. Rowling (and Harry Potter)

    Ken Raymond | Yesterday

    "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling turned 50 years old today. It's Harry's birthday, too. If he were real, he'd be 35 today. Rowling's actual name, as most fans know, is Joanne Rowling. She was born on July 31, 1965, in Yate, Gloucestershire, England and attended the University of Exeter. Although she has written adult novels under the pseudonym of Robert Galbraith, she is undoubtedly best-known for her infinitely popular books about young wizard Harry Potter and his friends, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley. The trio grow up together over the course of the seven books in the series, having fun, enduring tragedies and fighting the forces of the evil Voldemort, who tried to kill Harry when Harry was but an infant.

  • Cruise, Ferguson deliver a winner with thrilling 'Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation'

    Josh Terry, Deseret News | Yesterday

    There is no actor on the face of the planet who works as hard to entertain his audience as Tom Cruise. He's become the world’s preeminent thrill-seeking philanthropist, and the philanthropist has done it again.

  • Netflix adding 57 titles; dropping 53 in July

    John Clyde, KSL | Updated: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    Netflix streaming will add 57 titles and drop 53 in July. Don't get too excited; the additions aren't all that great.

  • Five for Families: ‘The Muppets' will entertain kids and adults


    Here are five movies from various platforms families may want to consider. Because not all are appropriate for younger children, age recommendations are included.

  • 'Ant-Man' has a winning formula

    Doug Wright, Deseret News | Yesterday

    I think I’m perilously close to becoming a bonafide superhero/comic book character nerd.

  • Movie Review: "The Farewell Party"


    The Farewell Party, comedy/drama, not rated, in Hebrew with subtitles, Center for Contemporary Arts, 3 chiles Co-writers and directors Tal Granit and Sharon Maymon’s clever, moving tale of euthanasia at a Jerusalem retirement community is a film about tough choices. The residents suffer from terminal cancer, dementia, and other illnesses. But a dose of low-key humor helps The Farewell Party to steer clear of heavy-handedness, even as it grapples with some serious issues such as the ethical and moral ramifications of assisted suicide. Yehezkel (Ze’ev Revach) is an amateur inventor with an irascible nature.

  • ‘Home,’ ‘Water Diviner’ on Blu-ray, DVD

    Chris Hicks, Deseret News | Updated: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    The cartoon movie for kids, “Home,” is on Blu-ray and DVD this week, along with Russell Crowe’s directing debut, “The Water Diviner.”

  • Teaser trailer for Netflix’s ‘Unfortunate Events’ great, but fake

    Angela Treasure, KSL | Updated: Thu, Jul 9, 2015

    A perfectly creepy trailer for Netflix’s upcoming adaptation of the popular book series “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events” has turned out to be a fake, according to the streaming service.

  • 'Thelma Lou' transforms from 'Mayberry' local to legend


    MOUNT AIRY, N.C. (AP) — When actress Betty Lynn first moved to Andy Griffith's quaint hometown and inspiration for the eponymous show, she couldn't go to the grocery store without meeting enthusiastic fans, calling out to "Thelma Lou." "They'd hug me and kiss me," says the actress, who played Deputy Barney Fife's girlfriend on the hit television show. "Some of them cry." Eight years later, Lynn is "just another local," says Terri Forrest Champney, a volunteer at the Andy Griffith Museum. "She's just one of us." Except for every third Friday of the month, when the 88-year-old actress transforms from a local to a legend.

  • Nine decades of movie magic on display at special show


    CANON CITY — Glowing princesses and grumpy old men, captivating wildlife and silly snowmen are just a few of the iconic Disney characters that are coming to life here. The artwork that has captured the imaginations of nine decades of moviegoers is on display at the Fremont Center for the Arts, 505 Macon Ave. Dubbed “Disney Fire Art: A Dream Come True,” the exhibit is packed with 50 pieces created by original Disney artists. Artworks range in size from smaller gallery wraps to limited edition prints and large original artworks. “This show is getting quite a few people in and is enjoyed by all, no matter their gender, age or economic status,” said Gloria Countryman, marketing coordinator for the arts cente

  • Mashable man Dan Rather isn't the retiring type


    NEW YORK (AP) — At age 83, Dan Rather is starting over. The veteran broadcaster has quietly shut down the "Dan Rather Reports" newsmagazine he'd been making since leaving CBS News a decade ago and opened an independent production company, with seed money from AXS-TV founder Mark Cuban in exchange for a series of interviews with entertainers. His "News & Guts" firm is even working on a scripted fiction series. Rather has also signed on for reporting and analysis at the website Mashable, where his story urging people not to get too wound up about the early stages of the 2016 presidential campaign appeared this week. Retirement? Not an option. "I love to work," Rather said.

  • Invisible Women? Hollywood's female superhero problem


    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Batman. Spider-Man. Iron Man. Ant-Man. The list of male superheroes starring in their own big-screen escapades is bigger than Tony Stark's ego, and the billions of dollars these films have generated rival the fortunes of the well-off tinkerer. However, in spite of Hollywood's continued fascination with supermen, a new surge of female power could finally electrify the genre and more closely resemble the audiences of comic book adaptations. That's the apparent takeaway from Marvel Studios' latest release, "Ant-Man." The film concludes with — spoiler alert — Evangeline Lilly's character, Hope Van Dyne, being bestowed with her late mother's prototype superhero suit and alter-ego.

  • New movies on demand


    Rihanna gets animated, and Emma Stone goes Hawaiian in this month’s video-on-demand selections. Titles are available on all cable and satellite systems. “Home” (available now). An animated film about aliens who conquer Earth without asking us how we might feel about it. Critics responded coolly, but moviegoers made it a $369 million hit. With the voices of Jim Parsons, Rihanna and Steve Martin. “The Divergent Series: Insurgent” (premieres Tuesday). Here’s your chance to brush up on the young-adult sci-fi franchise, whose two-part finale begins next year. With Shailene Woodley, Kate Winslet and Theo James. “Child 44” (Tuesday). Tom Hardy plays a security agent tracking a serial killer in Soviet Russia.

  • TV review: ‘American Summer’ series on Netflix is better than the movie


    THE SERIES: “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp” WHEN, WHERE: Now streaming on Netflix. WHAT IT’S ABOUT: It’s the first day of summer at Camp Firewood — the year is 1981 — and the original counselors are all here, including Beth (Janeane Garofalo), who’s joined by camp newcomer Greg (Jason Schwartzman). Also: Andy (Paul Rudd), Katie (Marguerite Moreau), Gene (Chris Meloni), Victor (Ken Marino), Ben (Bradley Cooper), Susie (Amy Poehler), Neil (Joe Lo Truglio), J.J. (Zak Orth), McKinley (Michael Ian Black), and Gail (Molly Shannon). Physicist Henry (David Hyde Pierce) arrives a couple of episodes in. Lindsay (Elizabeth Banks) is an undercover journalist from a music magazine.

  • 3 injured when movie screen falls into NY park's wave pool


    DARIEN, N.Y. (AP) — Three people escaped with minor injuries suffered when a large movie screen fell into a wave pool at a western New York amusement park. Officials at Darien Lake in the Genesee County town of Darien, 25 miles east of Buffalo, say the outdoor screen toppled into the deep end of the amusement park's wave pool on Thursday. Three swimmers suffered minor injuries and were treated at the scene by emergency medical personnel. The screen was removed from the pool, which reopened within an hour after the accident. Officials say contractors had set up the screen earlier Thursday for the park's "Dive-In Movie Night" event Friday, featuring "Finding Nemo." The screen has been reinstalled and the movie will be s

  • Filmmaker working to tell story of Wabash River


    SULLIVAN, Ind. (AP) — Susanne Schwibs and her crew visited Sullivan County recently, filming on the Merom Bluff and in Fairbanks for a documentary on the Wabash River's history that should be aired on public television to coincide with Indiana's bicentennial next year. "The way we are looking at it is not so much the historical fact, but the spirit that drove it," said Schwibs, a producer/director with Indiana University's PBS station WTIU. "The Wabash River was such an important site to the history and character of America. I've always been fascinated by the Wabash. Personally, I have dreamed of making this film for the past 10 years and I am so excited it is happening. "I wanted to capture the spirit of the settlers and s

  • HBO chief says 'Game of Thrones' could wrap after 8 seasons


    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Here's a roundup of news Thursday from the Television Critics Association summer meeting, at which TV networks and streaming services are presenting details on upcoming programs: ___ GAME OVER? "Game of Thrones" fans, brace yourselves: The fantasy saga's end is perhaps just a few years away. HBO programming chief Michael Lombardo said that the drama series' producers are leaning toward three more seasons after the just-concluded season five. "I'm always hoping they're going to change their minds, but I think that's what we're looking at right now," Lombardo told a Television Critics Association meeting.