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Movie news
May 2015

Evan Webb and the Rural Route Ramblers practice, Sunday, April 26, 2015, in McClure, Illinois.
Nielsen survey says Liam Neeson is big ad man (05/27/15)
NEW YORK -- Ad executives looking for a celebrity to endorse their product can't do much better than actor Liam Neeson. That's the conclusion of the Nielsen company, which looked at celebrities who made commercials during the first three months of the year and ranked them with a calculation that takes into account likability, public awareness, influence and other factors. ...
Nationally known ceramicist to be juror of 'Wild Things' exhibit (05/22/15)
The Arts Council of Southeast Missouri will host a national juried exhibit -- "Wild Things" -- with an animal theme in June. The exhibit's juror will be Ruth Ann Reese, a nationally known ceramist who owns a gallery in St. Louis. The following interview with Reese was conducted by Joni Hand, arts council board member and assistant professor of art at Southeast Missouri State University...
Artifacts 5/22/15 (05/22/15)
Southeast Missouri State University's Department of Music will hold its third annual Vocal Arts Boot Camp from June 15 through 20 at the River Campus. The camp, to be held in the new Dobbins River Campus Center, will help students develop and strengthen their singing abilities by working on vocal techniques and performance skills. ...
Tyrannosaurus Chicken blends styles to create new sounds (05/22/15)
There are good band names, and then there are perfect band names. Tyrannosaurus Chicken's may fall in the latter category. True, a band's music is what's important, but in describing the Arkansas duo's far-out sound, there's really no metaphor more apt...
Ink Blotter 5/22/15 (05/22/15)
Casey Carlisle submitted this photo of her tattoo on her wrist by artist Erin Thurman. "I lost my best friend in a drunk-driving accident," Carlisle said. "We always talked about getting wrist tattoos. He will always be in my heart, so I have a heart on my wrist in memory of him. I will always carry his love with me." (Photo submitted by Casey Carlisle)...
Best bet: Armed forces tribute (05/22/15)
Pat Schwent and the Saxy Jazz Quintet will perform a tribute to past and present members of the armed forces at River Ridge Winery in Commerce. Performances will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
Nielsen: 13.76 million viewers for Letterman (05/22/15)
NEW YORK -- Comic celebrities turned out for David Letterman's late-night farewell -- and so did his biggest audience in more than 21 years. The Nielsen company said Thursday 13.76 million viewers saw Letterman end his 33-year career as a late-night TV host with a final show Wednesday night. The last time Letterman had so many viewers was in February 1994, when his show aired after CBS' telecast of the Winter Olympics...
Entertainment news
  • Citing illness, Suge Knight refuses to leave cell for court
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A judge stopped short of ordering Marion "Suge" Knight forcibly removed from his jail cell Wednesday after the rap music mogul said he was sick and refused to go to court for a hearing in his robbery case.
  • Review: Dwayne comes to the rescue, but he forgot the script
    It's sure been a rough year for Hollywood. First there was the stinging Sony hacking scandal. And now we have the humbling image of the Hollywood letters themselves toppling to the ground, as most of California is pulverized by an earthquake -- make that earthquakes, plural -- in "San Andreas."
  • Review: Bujalski bulks up with a starrier cast in 'Results'
    In Andrew Bujalski's directorial debut "Funny Ha Ha" -- the film often cited as the first "mumblecore" movie -- its aimless protagonist Marnie, recently graduated from college, writes a to-do list charming in its modest ambition: "Make friends with Jackie." ''Learn to play chess?" ''Fitness initiative!"
  • Jonathan Franzen talks up, and around, his new novel
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Writing has become no easier for Jonathan Franzen, whose fifth novel comes out this fall.
  • Tracy Morgan settles suit with Wal-Mart over fatal crash
    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Actor-comedian Tracy Morgan has settled his lawsuit against Wal-Mart over a highway crash that killed one man and left Morgan and two friends seriously injured.
  • Prosecutor has no concerns about Lohan community service
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A prosecutor said Wednesday it appears Lindsay Lohan has completed more than 100 hours of community service, the final term of her sentence in a 2012 reckless driving case.
  • Bar stabbing trial starts for sitcom actor Diamond
    PORT WASHINGTON, Wis. (AP) -- Dustin Diamond, the actor who portrayed Screech on the 1990s TV show "Saved by the Bell," went on trial Wednesday on charges that he stabbed a man during a confrontation at a bar, but the proceedings came to a screeching halt at the start after the prosecutor objected to a defense attorney's good luck message for his client.
  • U2's longtime tour manager, Dennis Sheehan, found dead
    NEW YORK (AP) -- For more than three decades, U2's beloved tour manager, Dennis Sheehan, kept the band running on time. Sheehan died early Wednesday, just a few hours after U2 kicked off its latest tour. But promoters vowed the shows would go on in his memory, and they'd be on schedule.
  • Molestation claim against Michael Jackson's estate dismissed
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A choreographer who accused Michael Jackson of years of molestation cannot pursue his allegations against the singer's estate because he waited too long to file the legal action, a judge ruled.
  • Natalie Portman urges new Harvard graduates to take chances
    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) -- Natalie Portman advised graduating Harvard seniors Wednesday to use their inexperience to their advantage, saying she has learned that taking calculated risks can lead to life-changing rewards.
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