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James Earl Jones, Cicely Tyson to star together on Broadway

Broadway-goers this fall will get a special treat — James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson sharing the same stage again.

Diversity Study: Super Bowl ads less gender offensive

While Super Bowl XLIX commercials were more sensitive and less gender offensive than in past years, women and people of color remain vastly underrepresented among the creative directors who are producing those ads, according to a diversity study released Wednesday.

Book Review: 'American Warlord' follows Chucky Taylor from US to Liberia

"American Warlord: A True Story" (Alfred A. Knopf), by Johnny Dwyer

Chucky Taylor's 2008 trial in Miami federal court was a sort of homecoming for a young man whose adolescence in Florida had been like so many others bored with the suburbs and longing for absent fathers.

Music Review: Halestorm delivers tight, yet very basic rock

Halestorm, "Into the Wild Life" (Atlantic)

Grammy-winning rock band Halestorm is out with its third studio album, "Into the Wild Life," 13 tracks of edge-free power rock, spurred on Lzzy Hale's strong vocals — if anything else.

Verizon defends new cable deals as media companies complain

Verizon is defending its new, cheaper cable packages that let customers choose groups of channels as media companies protest.

Chemistry Ph.D. student illustrates her thesis in comic book

Late last spring, a doctoral student worked late into the night.

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Movie Review: Binoche, Stewart excel in Assayas' meditation on age

The aging actress has always been a deliciously potent subject for movies, from Norma Desmond in "Sunset Boulevard" to Margo Channing in "All About Eve" and way beyond.

Book Review: New Jo Nesbo thriller reads like extended poem

"Blood on Snow" (Alfred A. Knopf), by Jo Nesbo

From its stunning opening line — "The snow was dancing like cotton wool in the light of the street lamps" — to its surprising and poetic ending, Jo Nesbo's latest novel is a dream.

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Movie Review: A visionary sci-fi thriller is born in 'Ex Machina'

"Ex Machina" establishes itself as a unique and deeply unsettling psychological thriller that's both necessary and unforgettable.

Book Review: Coal and its future fuel conflicts around the globe

"Coal Wars: The Future of Energy and the Fate of the Planet" (Palgrave Macmillan), by Richard Martin

Fierce conflicts over coal are taking place around the globe, but author Richard Martin says the decline and ultimate demise of the fuel that powered the Industrial Revolution is inevitable and cannot be reversed.

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Buck-a-Bone, a rib lover’s dream

The ninth annual Capital City Cook-Off and the Buck-a-Bone barbecue and rib competition fundraiser has been scheduled for Friday, April 24 in Jefferson City.

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See Sturm and friends sing

Returns home to pay homage to his late father

When Steve Sturm was a kid, he loved making music so much he would stack up books and magazines from the family collection to create a drum kit of sorts in the living room.

Music Review: Randy Bachman pulls his weight on 'Heavy Blues'

Bachman, "Heavy Blues" (Linus Entertainment)

Where has THIS been for the past four decades? Randy Bachman, who made classic rock history with Bachman-Turner Overdrive and The Guess Who, has recorded his best album since 1976.

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From the Stacks: ‘The Unwanteds’ examines value of creativity in children’s dystopian novel

“Quill prevails when the strong survive” is the motto of the isolated island of Quill.

Musical chairs: Who would Shelton want in his 'Voice' seat?

Musical chairs is a common game on "The Voice." Pharrell is sitting in a seat originally owned by CeeLo Green and once occupied by Usher, while Shakira and Gwen Stefani have filled in when Christina Aguilera took a hiatus from the show.

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