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Student News: Thanks and giving beyond Thanksgiving
When one thinks of Thanksgiving, many things come to mind. Turkey. Gravy. Mashed potatoes. The word itself, however, is made up of two ideas that should be even closer to one’s heart than Mom’s famous pumpkin pie: “thanks” and “giving.” Let’s start with the first half of the word: tha...
By Mari Andreatta FULL STORY
Elba anchors ‘Mandela’ with dignity, charm
If there were ever a season to learn, via the movies, about crucial periods of history, it’s this one. Last month we were introduced to “12 Years a Slave,” Steve McQueen’s unforgettable look at American slavery, through one man with an incredible story. And now we have “Mandela: Long Walk...
By Jocelyn Noveck The Associated Press FULL STORY
‘Mandela’ marks Elba’s cinematic maturity
BEVERLY HILLS — When portraying South African revolutionary Nelson Mandela in the biopic, “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” Idris Elba embraced the harsh realities of Mandela’s life and was determined to stay in character even when the cameras stopped rolling. But the British actor knew his ...
By Jessica Herndon The Associated Press FULL STORY
‘November’ paints unflattering picture of Oval Office
With the election a mere week away, an intellectually and ethically challenged American president is deeply worried about his chances for re-election in David Mamet’s “November,” presented by Dragon Theatre in Redwood City. President Charles Smith’s (Peter K. Owen) fears are justified. As ...
By Judy Richter Daily Journal correspondent FULL STORY
Susan's Travels Tours + Trips
ELVIS, LEAD BELLY AND THE RESIDENTS: SHREVEPORT, LA., REVELS IN ITS MUSIC. Music is woven into the fiber of Shreveport. Generations of performers have been born or nurtured there, adding their names to the rich history of this upbeat city on the banks of the historic Red River. ELVIS MAY HAVE LEFT ...
By Susan Cohn Daily Journal Senior Correspondent FULL STORY
For inaugural poet, a journey home to America
MIAMI — The Miami neighborhood where inaugural poet Richard Blanco grew up, in many ways, resembles Cuba his family left behind. Down the street, a man sells avocados from a small table. His favorite bakery, a few blocks north, serves guava pastries and cafe con leche. As a child and even as an ...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Alexa Davalos goes film noir in TNT’s ‘Mob City’
LOS ANGELES — Alexa Davalos has handled her share of rough-and-tumble action in movies including “The Chronicles of Riddick,” “The Mist” and “Clash of the Titans.” But in TNT’s new series “Mob City,” the actress takes on the sophisticated nuances of film noir, in which come-hit...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Holiday album a first for English singer Nick Lowe
NEW YORK — Nick Lowe wasn’t exactly filled with the Christmas spirit when his American record company suggested he make his first holiday album. He’s no Scrooge. But for musicians in his native England, holiday albums aren’t the coolest thing to do. A song or two is nice, but an entire albu...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Boston Marathon bombing affected 'American Hustle'
NEW YORK — While shooting in Boston, David O. Russell found his film “American Hustle” caught up in the Boston Marathon bombing. When the city was essentially shut down for the manhunt for suspect Dzokhar Tsarnaev in April, the production — which had been shooting in the area — had to be...
The Associated Press FULL STORY

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