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Movie Review: Nothing remotely fantastic about 'Fantastic Four'

I'll admit it. About an hour into "Fantastic Four," the inexplicably plodding and dreary new attempt to adapt the beloved Marvel story, I started thinking about Ethan Hunt from "Mission: Impossible."

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Former resident returns to JC to give free concert

A free concert of opera and show tunes at 7 p.m. Aug. 14 at First Presbyterian Church, 324 Madison St., will feature Jefferson City native Suzanne Woods.

Stewart bids 'Daily Show' farewell with Colbert, Springsteen

Jon Stewart said an emotional goodbye on Thursday, after 16 years on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” that established him as America’s foremost satirist of politicians and the media.

Music Review: Lianne La Havas shows off smooth grooves on 'Blood'

Lianne La Havas, "Blood" (Nonesuch)

Lianne La Havas is a 25-year-old London singer-songwriter with a big fan in Prince, who featured her on his album "Art Official Age" and last year performed a secret gig for a dozen people in her living room.

Book Review: Novelist imagines the life of Pissarro's mother

"The Marriage of Opposites" (Simon & Schuster), by Alice Hoffman

Midway through Alice Hoffman's latest novel, the mother of the great impressionist painter Camille Pissarro takes her 2-week-old son into the forest to find a medicine man she hopes can cure him of the malady that has kept him from eating or sleeping since birth.

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Jamie Lee Curtis’ secret to not laughing in ‘Scream Queens’

Jamie Lee Curtis has a trick to not laughing while filming a scene for Fox’s new series “Scream Queens” no matter how funny the dialogue gets, particularly when it’s improvisation from Niecy Nash.

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Feds cite carburetor problem in Harrison Ford plane crash

A problem with a carburetor part led to engine failure and the crash of a vintage airplane piloted by actor Harrison Ford in California earlier this year, federal investigators said Thursday.

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Missouri State Fair has 'a little bit for everybody'

Missouri’s State Fair continues each year with its main mission “to promote agriculture,” Fair Director Mark Wolfe said in a recent interview. But it also exists to entertain, with a variety of contests, competitions, exhibits and carnival rides.

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Movie Review: Edgerton makes deft directing debut with 'The Gift'

Figuring out who's the bully and who's the victim is part of the mystery in "The Gift," a satisfying directorial debut from writer, producer and star Joel Edgerton.

Book Review: Barclay delivers gripping story in 'Broken Promise'

"Broken Promise" (NAL/Penguin Random House), by Linwood Barclay

Linwood Barclay returns to the small town of Promise Falls for his latest novel, "Broken Promise," bringing back several characters and delivering another gripping tale.

Review: Stand-alone gadgets trump all-in-one devices

When Apple announced new iPod music players a few weeks ago, many people asked why anyone would need iPods when smartphones can play music and more. I had that question myself — until I remembered I’ve been carrying an iPod almost every day, mostly for my runs.

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Movie Review: 'Phoenix' a masterful postwar drama set in Berlin

"Phoenix," by the German filmmaker Christian Petzold (the Oscar-nominated "Barbara"), is a post-World War II drama set in Germany where the bombed-out streets of Berlin are strewn with rubble and shame.

Book Review: 'Badlands' is intriguing stand-alone novel from C.J. Box

"Badlands" (Minotaur Books), by C.J. Box

The new Wild West, in which a hamlet becomes a boomtown because of its oil-rich fields, makes a sturdy background for C.J. Box's intriguing new stand-alone novel.

Music Review: Watkins duo gives everyone a turn at the mike

Watkins Family Hour, "Watkins Family Hour" (Family Hour Records)

The 11 songs, all covers, were recorded live in the studio in an attempt to capture the convivial charm of the variety shows hosted monthly by Sara and Sean Watkins at a Los Angeles club.

Book Review: Matthew Reilly writes compelling historical novel

"The Tournament" (Gallery Books), by Matthew Reilly

Matthew Reilly, known for writing intense, over-the-top action thrillers, abandons his brand and delivers "The Tournament," a historical novel set in 1546.

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