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Leonard Nimoy, Trek's Spock, dies

Talents many, but role dominated

Subscriber onlyLeonard Nimoy, the sonorous, gaunt-faced actor who won a global following as Mr. Spock, the resolutely logical human-alien first officer of the Starship Enterprise in the television and movie juggernaut Star Trek, died Friday. He was 83. Continue reading...

Names and faces

Subscriber onlyAlcon Entertainment confirmed Thursday that Harrison Ford would be reprising his role as Rick Deckard in the sequel to Ridley Scott's 1982 classic Blade Runner. The sequel's been in the works for some time now, and shooting is scheduled to begin next summer. However, Scott will not be directing. Continue reading...

Black and white, no Grey

Fifty Shades exposes itself as a fairy tale, but only for wealthy men

Like fast-food burgers and cheap chain motels, Hollywood genre films are built on widely assumed and accepted tropes -- comfort food not in the flavor or texture, which tend toward the wildly bland, but in its familiarity and lack of challenge. Continue reading...

Sniper hit home with bigger audience than winner Birdman

People get weird over movies. Continue reading...

Focus

It's easy enough to imagine why actors are so easily drawn to con-man films. Essentially, the act of taking a mark and getting them to believe anything you tell them is akin to the very art of acting in the first place. You need to make ordinary people believe you are who you say you are and your motivations are what you tell them. It's somewhat more difficult, however, to understand why writers and directors make this same choice. Continue reading...

From briny deep, Squidward tells all

When Little Rock native and Central High School graduate Rodger Bumpass left Arkansas State University and Jonesboro's ABC affiliate KAIT in 1977, fame seemed like a foregone conclusion. After all, he'd won an announcing contest. Continue reading...

Home movies

Whiplash, written and directed by Damien Chazelle Continue reading...

Fifty Shades drops 73%; still No. 1

Fifty Shades of Grey ticket sales dropped 73 percent from its opening, but an estimated $22.3 million second-weekend gross was good enough to win the box office race and push the movie's domestic haul so far to about $129 million. Continue reading...

Mr. Turner

Mike Leigh's Mr. Turner explores the last quarter-century of a superficially ordinary genius. Continue reading...

COMING ATTRACTIONS

(opening dates are tentative) Chappie, R Sharlto Copley plays the title role, a droid who is part of an oppressive mechanized police force until he's stolen, given new programming and becomes the first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself. Continue reading...

PREVIEWS

New this week Focus 77 R Will Smith plays a seasoned master of misdirection who gets involved in a dangerous con game against a young, attractive former protege (Margot Robbie). Continue reading...

Helpful Hints

DEAR HELOISE: Can a feather down quilt be cleaned at home safely? I live in a rural area with no dry cleaners. Continue reading...

Horoscopes by Holiday

Happy birthday. You'll approach your work with love and your love with the attitude that you will keep working to build the bond. That's why neither gets old to you this year. Next month is for travel and making friends. Continue reading...

On Christianity

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Have you ever had someone say to you that Christians are so heavenly minded that they aren't any earthly good? That's what my brother says whenever I try to talk to him about Jesus. Continue reading...

Super Quiz: Cities and States

1. "We'll always have --------." Continue reading...

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