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Book Review: 'Devotion' perfectly paced, cruises along in the fast lane

"Devotion" (Ballantine Books), by Adam Makos

In the spirit of "Unbroken" and "The Boys in the Boat" comes "Devotion: An Epic Story of Heroism, Friendship, and Sacrifice" by journalist Adam Makos.

Film censors to Mr. Bond: No kissing please. We’re Indian

India’s film censor authorities have ordered kissing scenes in the latest James Bond movie, “Spectre,” be shortened before it is released in the country.

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Hello: Adele’s ‘25’ will give industry much-needed boom

Hello, it’s Adele, and she’s going to give the music industry a much-needed boost this year with “25.”

Decades of hosts return for ‘GMA’ anniversary

ABC’s “Good Morning America” celebrated its 40th anniversary Thursday with a studio jammed with the men and women who hosted the wake-up broadcast through its long history.

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Movie Review: Game over in the dreary 'Mockingjay Part 2'

From the start, though, it's clear "Mockingjay Part 2" is neither intended for critics nor newcomers. It's for the fans of Suzanne Collins' books, to which the franchise has slavishly sworn its fidelity.

Music Review: Tim McGraw's 'Damn Country Music' is darn good

Tim McGraw, "Damn Country Music" (Big Machine)

Few veteran artists straddle contemporary and traditional country music styles as well, and as entertainingly, as Tim McGraw. On his new album, "Damn Country Music," McGraw includes tunes George Jones would have felt comfortable performing, while others push country music into new territory.

Book Review: 'Black Dragon River' seeks China, Russia

"Black Dragon River" (Penguin Press), by Dominic Ziegler

Author Dominic Ziegler draws deeply on history while traveling down the river that, with tributaries, marks much of the Russia-China border. As he makes his way through rural Mongolia to begin his journey, he sets the scene with 13th-century tales of Genghis Khan, whose Mongols sacked both Beijing and the seat of early Russian civilization, Kiev.

More than sing, Pharrell and others want to talk about race

When Pharrell Williams signed up to perform at an all-star concert highlighting race relations in America, the multi-layered musician didn't want to "have a kumbaya type-of-moment" onstage with his fellow performers, as he put it.

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Movie Review: Riveting 'Spotlight' uncovers church scandal

Mark Ruffalo never walks in "Spotlight." His very slowest is just shy of a flat out jog. It's a minor detail, but it's crucial to appreciating why this studied, smart look at The Boston Globe's Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation into the abuses of the Catholic Church is also utterly exhilarating.

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Movie Review: Cranston commands as blacklisted writer in 'Trumbo'

Sitting in a bathtub with a pen in one hand and glass of whiskey in the other, a long cigarette holder dangling beneath his wiry moustache, Dalton Trumbo wrote countless Hollywood screenplays. But you don't have to know a thing about Trumbo, Hollywood or communism to enjoy watching "Trumbo."

Book Review: 'The Comedians' details history of comedy stage by stage

"The Comedians" (Grove Press) by Kliph Nesteroff

Written by former stand-up comic Kliph Nesteroff, "The Comedians" follows the meandering history of everything funny.

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Caroling group sings final notes

The Missourians, a Dickens-style caroling group, is beginning its 29th and final season in December.

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From the Stacks: ‘All the Truth That’s in Me’ follows young woman’s struggle to find voice

Silence is anything but golden when a young voice is taken — and, with it, the truth.

Fall concert on tap Tuesday in Rotunda

The Jefferson City Community Symphonic Band will host a traditional fall concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Missouri Capitol Rotunda.

Book Review: 'The Crossing' is great character study

"The Crossing" (Little, Brown and Co.), by Michael Connelly

Michael Connelly brings back both of his series characters, now retired detective Harry Bosch and criminal defense attorney Mickey Haller, in his latest novel, "The Crossing."

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