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MPAA: ‘Independence Day’ generated $44M for New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE – The alien sequel “Independence Day: Resurgence” may have destroyed cities across the United States. But the film generated more than $44 million for New Mexico, where the...

DATE: July 1, 2016 | CATEGORY: Film, TV and Streaming

‘Top Spin’: Table tennis is legit sport

Each month, dozens of movies are added to streaming services, a great deal of which slip into the crowd unnoticed. This column aims to highlight a handful of the films that are worth watching that...

DATE: June 30, 2016 | CATEGORY: Film, TV and Streaming

HLN’s Nancy Grace leaving her legal show

NEW YORK – Tough-talking former prosecutor Nancy Grace is leaving her prime-time show on the HLN network in October. The CNN sister station said Grace told her staff Thursday that her show would be...

DATE: June 30, 2016 | CATEGORY: Film, TV and Streaming

Garrison Keillor retires: A look at his 1998 performance in Durango

For Jackson Clark, it all started with a strange phone call. “I was on a business trip and I ended up in Green River, Utah, in a motel overnight, and I called the office and they said somebody had...

DATE: June 30, 2016 | CATEGORY: Arts & Entertainment

Spielberg adapts Roald Dahl’s ‘The BFG’ with uneven, but finally winning, results

“The BFG,” Roald Dahl’s beloved adventure tale about a brave little girl who befriends the titular Big Friendly Giant, finds Steven Spielberg in his natural element of childlike enchantment, yet...

DATE: June 29, 2016 | CATEGORY: Film, TV and Streaming

'The Purge: Election Year': Horror franchise turns topical, yet toothless

“The Purge: Election Year” is less tense than a political argument on Facebook, and about as much fun. Each sequel in the franchise is a reinvention: “The Purge: Anarchy” (2014) went beyond the...

DATE: June 29, 2016 | CATEGORY: Film, TV and Streaming

Scotty Moore, ‘co-founder of rock ’n’ roll’ and Elvis Presley’s guitarist, dies at 84

One summer evening in 1996, Keith Richards and Scotty Moore sat across from each other in a studio in Woodstock, New York. Richards drank a vodka and orange soda, while Moore sipped from a jug of...

DATE: June 29, 2016 | CATEGORY: Music

Politically charged BET Awards honor Prince, Muhammad Ali

A politically charged BET Awards delivered an exciting night of tributes for Prince and Muhammad Ali between calls for action over gun violence, civil rights and presidential politics. These are...

DATE: June 28, 2016 | CATEGORY: Music

Bernie Worrell, masterful P-Funk keyboardist, dead at 72

NEW YORK – Bernie Worrell, the ingenious “Wizard of Woo” whose amazing array of keyboard sounds and textures helped define the Parliament-Funkadelic musical empire and influenced performers of...

DATE: June 24, 2016 | CATEGORY: Music

Bluegrass great Ralph Stanley was one of our last links to an old America

When Ralph Stanley died Thursday at age 89, we lost more than the last surviving founding father of bluegrass. We lost one of our last links to a pre-television America. He was a short, gaunt man...

DATE: June 24, 2016 | CATEGORY: Music

Blast it all, they’re back in ‘Resurgence’

Have we made any progress in the last two decades? Not compared with the world of “Independence Day: Resurgence,” where global peace has reigned since aliens were defeated in 1996; the United...

DATE: June 24, 2016 | CATEGORY: Film, TV and Streaming

Jury: Led Zeppelin did not boost ‘Stairway to Heaven’

There will be no new names added to the writing credits of one of the most famous rock songs in history: On Thursday, a Los Angeles jury found that Led Zeppelin did not plagiarize the opening...

DATE: June 23, 2016 | CATEGORY: Music

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