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Krasinski’s ‘A Quiet Place’ is intoxicatingly creepy

Let's start with a popcorn warning. If you're bringing your usual tub of multiplex popcorn into "A Quiet Place," just be aware that you'll be hearing every single crunch. That's because much of John Krasinski's ingeniously creepy new film, in which he stars alongside his real-life better ...

Unrestored ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ returning to theaters

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An unrestored 70mm print of Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece "2001: A Space Odyssey" is coming to select U.S. theaters in May in celebration of the film's 50th anniversary. Warner Bros. Pictures says Wednesday that the cut will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on May 12 ...

Kindness is contagious: Are you kind when you disagree with someone?

What feelings arise when you read the name Donald Trump? Does it create a knot in your stomach? Do you feel pride in our president? Or are you feeling numb to politics in general? There is a young woman in my town who is one of the kindest, most gentle people I have ever met. I got to know ...

Altar-bound Meghan Markle to leave TV show with a wedding

NEW YORK (AP) — Real life will imitate art this spring at the USA series "Suits" when series regular Meghan Markle bids farewell to the legal drama in a wedding — and then goes off to marry her prince in real life. Show creator and show runner Aaron Korsh has written an on-screen wedding ...

Netflix ‘On My Block’ hits race, poverty with teen humor

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Film and television productions about the inner city typically follow the same formula: life is depressing, addicts lurk at every corner and students can barely do homework without ducking to the rat-a-tat-tat of drive-by bullets. Teen dramedy "On My Block," a new ...

Graceland opens vault for Elvis documentary to air on HBO

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A new television documentary about Elvis Presley takes advantage of the vast collection of footage, pictures, documents and music from his estate to give a behind-the-scenes look at the king of rock 'n' roll. "Elvis Presley: The Searcher," a two-part, three-hour ...

Q&A: Kenneth Lonergan on adapting ‘Howards End’

NEW YORK (AP) — "Howards End," the upcoming four-part miniseries adapted from E.M. Forster's 1910 novel, isn't Kenneth Lonergan's first foray into television. That would be the animated Nickelodeon kids show "Doug." Before Lonergan was one of the most acclaimed playwrights and filmmakers of ...

Visiting Memphis 50 years after King’s assassination

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Fifty years ago, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was killed while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. The civil rights leader's shocking murder on April 4, 1968, marked one of the most significant moments in U.S. history. The city's ...

Labs still lead but French bulldogs leap in popularity in US

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans still love Labrador retrievers, but the nation's flirtation with French bulldogs has reached new heights. Labs remain the country's most popular purebred dog for a 27th year, while German shepherds and golden retrievers have hung onto the second and third spots in ...

Kindness is Contagious: Listen to your gut for kindness

People often ask me for ideas about doing random acts of kindness. They want something that doesn’t cost a lot or is perhaps free. Something that will be impactful, but not too time consuming. Something that the whole family can be involved in or an act that will create a bond with a ...

Weekend becomes bakecation, breaducation all in one

We’ve heard of the staycation, the workcation and the playcation. And if you’re a Swift, there’s also bakecation. It all started a couple of months ago, while we watched Mom slide a pan of her gooey caramel rolls into the oven. I mentioned that I really needed to learn how to make ...

Circle tour on Amtrak provides coast-to-coast look at US

WESTLAKE, La. (AP) — After more than a day of train travel across the desert Southwest, the green woods in Louisiana outside our sleeping compartment's windows were a pleasant change. But we weren't moving. For hours. The Sunset Limited until then had been making good time, even ...

How to read between the lines of Airbnb listings

If you're not a regular Airbnb user, it may take trial and error to interpret the language in the listings. You don't always know what you're getting, and listings sometimes don't deliver what you expect. But the possible benefits — saving money and experiencing a destination like a local ...

Books placed backward: art or nonsense?

Looking for an easy way to organize a messy bookshelf? You might consider turning all the spines backward. Yes, the backward bookshelf is one of the easiest ways — albeit, not too functional — to clean up a hodgepodge of texts. It's also an interior design craze that's about as culturally ...

Ax throwing gains in popularity as pastime, sport

NEW YORK (AP) — Leave it to the hipsters of Brooklyn to combine craft beer and sharp objects. Kick Axe Throwing is the first bar in New York City to pick up on a nationwide trend of ax throwing, a growing sport that some enthusiasts hope will take off the way bowling did in the last ...

Kindness is contagious: Kindness reaches through the thickest of walls

I went to visit a friend in prison a few weeks ago. It was the first time I had been in the belly of a correctional facility since I was a child. Back then, I went with my mom to visit her husband. This time, I got to escort a young friend to see his mom. Two different prisons, one for men ...

Staging your home not as easy as you think

I used to marvel at how flawlessly they would stage a finished room on HGTV. Every pillow was perfectly plumped; every detail from the artwork to the rug was Goldilocks-right. How cool it would be to have someone “stage” my house, I thought. Some design genius would whisk in, fling a few ...

What’s in a name: Gender-neutral baby names are on the rise

NEW YORK (AP) — Whether Royal, Charlie or Salem, Skyler, Justice or Oakley, unisex names for babies are on the rise among parents more willing than ever to embrace the possibility of gender fluidity in their children and attempt to head off sexism on their behalf. "We're definitely seeing ...

‘His laboratory was the universe’: Stephen Hawking 1942-2018

WASHINGTON (AP) — Everyone knew of Stephen Hawking's cosmic brilliance, but few could comprehend it. Not even top-notch astronomers. Hawking, who died at his home in Cambridge, England, on Wednesday at age 76, became the public face of science genius. He appeared on "Star Trek: The Next ...

A timeline of noted physicist Stephen Hawking’s life

Jan. 8, 1942 — Born in Oxford, England, the eldest of four children of Frank Hawking, a biologist, and Isobel Hawking, a medical research secretary. 1952 — Attends St. Albans School. 1959 — Receives a scholarship to attend University College, Oxford, from which he graduates with a ...