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Book Review: 'The Witch of Painted Sorrows' is haunting tale

"The Witch of Painted Sorrows" (Atria Books), by M.J. Rose

M.J. Rose writes compelling tales with a gothic flair, and her latest novel, "The Witch of Painted Sorrows," is her most heartfelt yet.

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At SXSW, folk-roots mother-son duo build buzz

Even though Madisen Ward is in a band with his mother, when the duo performs onstage he sees her as something else: a musician.

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Movie Review: 'Insurgent' could use more divergence

Given that conformity is the scourge of the "Divergent" series and much of its young-adult ilk, it's a shame that the films, including the new "Insurgent," do so little to stray from well-worn YA paths.

Runaway beer keg no lucky charm for Indiana teenager

An Indiana teenager’s luck has apparently run out after a runaway beer keg on St. Patrick’s Day caught the attention of police.

Man following in footsteps of Boone, ancestor

An eastern Kentucky man whose ancestor helped Daniel Boone blaze a trail through part of Appalachia is hiking along the same path.

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Movie Review: Sean Penn flexes action-hero muscles in 'Gunman'

At one point in "The Gunman," the new Sean Penn geopolitical thriller, our star goes surfing. It's supposed to show he has a reckless side, since he's surfing in unsafe territory, but it seems to have a larger, much more obvious purpose: To show us that Penn, at 54, is ripped. Very, very ripped.

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British DNA gives window into ancient past, Vikings and all

Genetic samples collected from across the United Kingdom are shedding light on the ancient past, including Viking invasions and a mystery about the arrival of the Anglo-Saxons, researchers report.

‘The Sound of Music’ film turns 50

The hills are alive with the sound of a big, lucrative anniversary.

Fellow Beatle McCartney ushering Ringo into rock hall

Paul McCartney has agreed to induct his former Beatles mate, Ringo Starr, into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next month.

Book Review: Lehane writes gripping finale to crime trilogy

"World Gone By" (William Morrow), by Dennis Lehane

Dennis Lehane's thrilling trilogy about organized crime in the early 20th century is more than a look at gangsters and their ways.

Music Review: Jussie Smollett wears crown on 'Empire' soundtrack

Various artists, "Original Soundtrack from Season 1 of Empire" (Columbia)

If there's one thing that could have sunk Fox's "Empire" faster than bad acting, it's bad music. But ratings for the record-breaking hip-hop drama are soaring, thanks to its addictive story line and entertaining cast, as well as its slew of catchy tunes which are now included in the "Original Soundtrack from Season 1 of Empire."

Music Review: Spring break is over for maturing Luke Bryan

Luke Bryan, "Spring Break . Checkin' Out" (Capitol Nashville)

Luke Bryan opens his annual spring-break album with "My Ol' Bronco," a song about an aging vehicle that still gets the job done.

Book Review: 'Goldeneye' explores Ian Fleming's Jamaican retreat

"Goldeneye" (Pegasus Books), by Matthew Parker

The relationship between James Bond's author, Ian Fleming, and the island where he sought to escape from dreary post-war Britain is explored in Matthew Parker's unique biography, "Goldeneye."

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Scene One presents tales of two grieving friends

An original play written by Mark Wegman is the current show produced by Scene One Theatre in Jefferson City.

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Movie Review: 'Run All Night' has enough gas in the tank

There are, if not 50, at least a dozen shades of world-weary masculinity in the Liam Neeson thriller "Run All Night."

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