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  • Renee Zellweger: 'People don't know me in my 40s'

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Renee Zellweger says she looks different because she's "living a different, happy, more fulfilling life." The 45-year-old Oscar winner issued a statement to People magazine late Tuesday after she became a trending topic on Twitter, with many fans claiming the actress had become "unrecognizable." Her appearance at a Hollywood...

  • Q&A: Actress Anna Gunn talks 'Gracepoint'

    Recently I was able to sit in on a conference call with actress Anna Gunn. The “Breaking Bad” vet is starring in the new drama “Gracepoint,” which airs Thursdays on Fox. Below is a transcript of the conversation. Q: You had mentioned at the premiere that you kind of dove right into Broadchurch getting ready to shoot Gracepoint. Did you...

  • Colorado artist's sculpture wins top award in Mason City, Iowa

    MASON CITY, Iowa — A statue of a farmer leaning on a spade has been selected from among 20 other sculptures as the most popular in Mason City. The work, called "The Farmer," is this year's winner of the People's Choice award in the north Iowa city. The city will buy it for $15,000 and put the winning sculpture by Lawrence Starck of Loveland,...

  • List: Halloween events for adults in the Colorado Springs area

    Oct. 24-31: "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" - Presented by Fire and Ice Theatrical, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 24 and 25, Oct. 29-31, Club Q, 3430 N. Academy Blvd., for ages 18 and older, $10-$20; 422-9423, tinyurl.com/lczmav8. Oct. 25: BloodLux Bash - Food trucks, creative drinks, entertainment and more, 7:30 p.m.-midnight, Colorado Springs Fine Arts...

  • Shatner, 'Star Trek' director to meet about role

    NEW YORK (AP) — "Star Trek" may be the next frontier for William Shatner — again. Shatner, who played the original James T. Kirk, says he's meeting soon with Roberto Orci, who's directing "Star Trek 3," to discuss reprising his Kirk in the rebooted franchise. "I had a talk with him the other day," says Shatner. "So there's talk — simply talk...

  • Fashion icon mourned in Dominican homeland

    SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Designer Oscar de la Renta was mourned Tuesday in the Dominican Republic as a native son who brought glamour and prestige to a largely poor country better known for baseball and beaches than elegant evening wear. The death of the style icon Monday at his home in Connecticut came as Dominican designers,...

  • Actress Daniele Watts charged with lewd conduct

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actress Daniele Watts, who suggested she was detained by police because of racial profiling after she was found in a parked car with her boyfriend, was charged Tuesday with lewd conduct. Watts, 28, and her boyfriend Brian Lucas, 43, were each charged with a single misdemeanor count that carries a potential sentence of six...

  • Channels removed from Dish amid pact spat

    ENGLEWOOD — Channels such as Cartoon Network and CNN are no longer part of Dish's programming lineup as a deadline has passed for the satellite TV provider and Turner Broadcasting to renew their distribution agreement. Dish Network Corp. said Tuesday that Turner refused to extend the overall deal. But Turner— a division of Time Warner Inc. —...

  • Art for the Cure exhibit to close with silent auction, awards

    Sponsored Content: The Bridge Gallery will host an exhibit closing for “Art for the Cure: The Courageous and Beautiful” from noon-3 p.m. on Sunday. The ceremony will feature a silent auction and an awards ceremony for the People’s Choice Winner. The gallery, located at 218 W. Colorado Ave., has hosted the exhibit since October 3.“Someone from...

  • It's 'Gidget' with a few twists in TheatreWorks' high camp production

    It's "Beach Blanket Bingo" meets "Gidget," with a side of "Sybil" and a spritz of 1960s slasher film. The new production "Psycho Beach Party," by famed female impersonator Charles Busch, opens at TheatreWorks on Thursday. Playwright Busch will also be in town to perform a cabaret, "Charles Busch: Hit the Lights," on Monday and Oct. 28. The...

  • FX launching online 'Simpsons World' experience tomorrow

    Tomorrow FX Networks will unleash Simpsons World, an interactive digital and online experience centered on the animated television series “The Simpsons.

  • Halloween attractions up the scare factor

    Halloween seems to be getting scarier, with attractions going ever-more interactive and in-your-face. At Knott's Scary Farm in Buena Park, Calif., guests are outfitted with neon-green laser guns and ordered to shoot actors portraying zombies by aiming at their heads. At the Dent Schoolhouse in Cincinnati, a butcher appears to demonstrate how...

  • Video Game Haiku Review - 'Alien: Isolation'

    Title: Alien: Isolation Format: PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One Price: $49.99-$59.99 Publisher: Sega Developer: The Creative Assembly ESRB Rating: M (Mature, 17+) The Grade: B –   Alien: Isolation Haiku Review Poop your pants scary Hide or die in gnarly way   Hide, move slowly, hide What’s it all about:...

  • Denver Comic Con 2015 tickets on sale now

    Tickets for the May 23-25, 2014 Denver Comic Con are on sale to the general public today. Nichelle Nichols, who played Lieutenant Uhura from the 1966 “Star Trek” series, and Lindsay Wagner, who played Jamie Sommers from “The Bionic Woman” are two of the first celebrities signed up to attend.  “This year DCC is on Memorial Day weekend, so...

  • On the road to find the world's funniest person

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — It was last summer and Israeli-Palestinian tensions were at the highest they'd been in some time when Jamie Masada hit on a formula for world peace: Forget about guns and bombs, and just tell jokes to each other. The onetime stand-up comic is, after all, the owner of the venerable Hollywood nightclub The Laugh Factory, so...

  • Brad Pitt war film wraps up London Film Festival

    LONDON (AP) — Brad Pitt was bringing the London Film Festival to a storming conclusion Sunday with "Fury," David Ayer's mud- and blood-splattered tale of a tank crew in the closing days of World War II. The film offers a brutal depiction of combat, but Pitt says filming it has made him a better father to his six children with Angelina Jolie....

  • Side Streets: List of famous Colorado Springs-area residents lengthens

    Turns out my list of famous Colorado Springs residents was far from complete. Luckily, plenty of Side Streets readers were happy to fill in some of the gaps with their suggestions after my column last week. None quibbled with my suggestion that silent movie superstar Lon Chaney, eccentric genius inventor Nikola Tesla and Peanuts cartoonist...

  • Side Streets: Royalty to attend film about combat vet's recovery from PTSD and embracing Indian heritage

    American royalty will be on hand Friday as the documentary "Sitting Bull's Voice" plays at Palmer High School. From what I've learned about the film, there are several themes that should resonate with residents of the Pikes Peak region. The documentary traces the life of Ernie LaPointe, a soldier in Vietnam who spent decades struggling with...

  • 'Halo: The Master Chief Collection' has gone Gold, hard drive specs announced

    Earlier today Microsoft announced details on the upcoming “Halo: The Master Chief Collection” for Xbox One. The game has gone Gold, which means copies are being created on discs for distribution.  A couple of other tidbits of info were gleaned from a letter to Halo fans written by Dan Ayoub of 343 Industries. The release date for the...

  • Colorado Springs woman leaving Citizens Project for PBS

    Kristy Milligan is leaving Citizens Project to join Rocky Mountain PBS as its southern Colorado regional director. Rocky Mountain PBS announced the hiring of Milligan, a Colorado Springs native, in a news release Thursday. "Kristy's addition to the Rocky Mountain PBS leadership team will ensure the organization is well positioned to make...

  • High-end Colorado Springs restaurant moves to new building

    There are new digs for Joseph Freyre's Joseph's Fine Dining, which has opened at 1603 S. 8th St. The new eatery is directly across the street from the old location. The dining area is much larger with an inviting bar at the entrance. The menu is much the same as at the previous location, with the addition of a quinoa-kale salad. You'll...

  • Blog: Sample the arts scene with Stage Flight

    October is Arts Month across the nation, and here in the Springs. TheatreWorks, the Colorado Springs Philharmonic and the Fine Arts Center have conspired to make it even easier and more affordable for you to get out and get some culture. Stage Flight allows you to choose one performance from each of the three organizations for $99. Right...

  • 16 dead in accident at South Korean concert

    SEOUL, South Korea — Sixteen people watching an outdoor pop concert in South Korea fell 20 meters to their deaths Friday when a ventilation grate they were standing on collapsed, officials said. Photos of the scene in Seongnam, just south of Seoul, showed a deep concrete shaft under the broken grate. A Seongnam official announced the deaths...

  • Quentin Tarantino film gets permit, with provisions, to use Telluride ranch

    DENVER — San Miguel County Commissioners have approved a special-use permit to let Quentin Tarantino use a ranch near Telluride to shoot the upcoming film "The Hateful Eight." The Denver Post reports (http://goo.gl/MkZN8T ) the permit adds speed and parking limits, plus a $25,000 bond for road repair and re-vegetation. The nearly...

  • 'Men, Women & Children:' Terrifying social media tale

    Starring Adam Sandler, Rosemarie DeWitt, Emma Thompson, Jennifer Garner, Dennis Haysbert, Judy Greer; directed by Jason Reitman; 119 minutes; R for strong sexual content including graphic dialogue throughout (some involving teens) and for language Imagine a world in which lies could be spread without consequence, where a slight slice of...

  • 'Fury' makes a fine B-movie vehicle for Wardaddy Brad Pitt

    This bit of heroics isn't "what I wanted to do," Brad Pitt's battle-scarred sergeant, and a hundred movie sergeants before him, growl. "But it's what we're doing." "Fury" is the sort of World War II movie Hollywood used to churn out four or five times a year - a gritty, grunt's eye-view of combat. The grit is bloodier and R-rated now, as is...

  • 'Book of Life' offers up a Mexican tale told in animated Mexican colors

    Starring the voices of Zoe Saldana, Channing Tatum, Diego Luna, Ron Perlman, Kate del Castillo, Ice Cube, Placido Domingo; directed by Jorge R. Gutierrez; 95 minutes; PG for mild action, rude humor, some thematic elements and brief scary images "The Book of Life" is a Mexican-accented kids' cartoon so colorful and unconventionally dazzling...

  • 'Best of Me' is the worst of Nicholas Sparks

    Starring Michelle Monaghan, James Marsden, Gerald McRaney, Luke Bracey, Liana Liberato, Sean Bridgers; directed by Michael Hoffman; 113 minutes; PG-13 for sexuality, violence, some drug content and brief strong language For an hour or so, Michelle Monaghan and James Marsden gamely swim against the current, fighting the torpid tide of tripe...

  • COLORADO SPRINGS STAGE EVENTS: OCT. 17-23

    STAGE OPENING FRIDAY D.L. Hughley - 7:30 p.m. Friday, Arnold Hall, 2308 Cadet Drive, tickets at box office, 333-4497 SATURDAY Mike Birbiglia - 8 p.m. Saturday, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-7469, pikespeakcenter.com TUESDAY Last Comic Standing - 7 p.m. Tuesday, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-7469,...

  • Must See Must Do: What's happening around Colorado Springs this weekend

    Video: A hauntingly good time is waiting for you to enter, if you dare. Ghouls Gulch haunted house at Palmer Park and North Academy is tantalizing you with screams a plenty. For more info: ghoulsgulch.com or 719-445-1825. More happenings in the Colorado Springs area. - List: Colorado Springs music events this week FRIDAY-SATURDAY...

  • Medical examiner releases cause of Joan Rivers' death

    NEW YORK — The New York City medical examiner says Joan Rivers died from low blood oxygen during a medical procedure. The comedian, who was 81, died Sept. 4. She had been hospitalized since Aug. 28 when she went into cardiac arrest during a routine medical procedure at a doctor's office to check out voice changes and reflux. Medical...

  • Comedian in Colorado Springs: What do D.L. Hughley and Ebola have in common?

    D.L. Hughley likes to stay immersed in the news. Sometimes he even gets mixed up in the news without knowing it. The actor, comedian and writer arrived in Dallas on the same day last month as the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. "We are a very paranoid country," Hughley says. "We have to keep things in perspective. The...

  • Arnest's 'Ludlow Scenes' to open Chamber Orchestra season

    If you've been a regular reader of The Gazette over the past two decades, then you know Mark Arnest. For 15 years, he was the arts writer and critic for this paper, winning awards while being ubiquitous throughout the community. Less known were his own artistic efforts. Growing up in Colorado Springs with a father who was a successful...

  • List: Colorado Springs music events this week

    MUSIC - Back East Bar & Grill - 9475 Briar Village Point, 264-6161, backeastbarandgrill.com - Black Forest Community Center - 12530 Black Forest Road, blackroseacoustic.org - The Black Sheep - 2106 E. Platte Ave., 227-7625, blacksheeprocks.com - The Cliff House at Pikes Peak - 306 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs, 785-1000,...

  • Colorado Springs area craft fairs this week and beyond

    Admission is free unless otherwise noted. Send information for local holiday craft fairs at least two weeks in advance to Carlotta Olson at listings@gazette.com. Include dates, times, location with street address, admission cost and contact information to be listed in the paper. Friday and Saturday Falcon Craft Fair - Sponsored by the...

  • 'Sitting Bull's Voice' opens this year's Indie Spirit Film Festival

    Runs Friday through Sunday, three venues: Palmer High School, 301 N. Nevada Ave.; Antlers Hilton hotel, 4 S. Cascade Ave.; Centennial Hall and Dwire Hall at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, 1440 Austin Bluffs Parkway, $10-$40 films and workshops, $110 two-day pass, $130 three-day pass; indiespiritfilmfestival.org. Ernie LaPointe...

  • Tracy and Sushe Felix landscapes revisit Manitou Springs

    Opening reception 5-8 p.m. Saturday, runs through Nov. 23, Tracy Miller Gallery, 16 Ruxton Ave., Manitou Springs, free; 650-0827, tracymiller
gallery.com. One glance at a Tracy Felix or Sushe Felix canvas and you know the source of inspiration for the husband and wife artists. Landscapes. Specifically, Southwestern landscapes. The duo...

  • Winner of Pikes Peak Arts Council's lifetime achievement award announced

    Opera Theatre of the Rockies founder and artistic director Martile Rowland was given a lifetime achievement award at the 14th annual Pikes Peak Arts Council Awards at Library 21c on Wednesday night. "Her story is phenomenal," said Nora Hardin, PPAC executive director. "She's a world-class talent in our community. She stayed in our community,...

  • Haunted Brew Fest favors booze over boos, but costumes encouraged

    Relax: The goal of The Haunted Brew Fest isn't to startle you into spilling your beer. It'll leave that to the "real" haunted houses. With 50 breweries from Colorado and beyond pouring samples of 140 beers, the Halloween-themed festival is all about the suds. OK, mostly about the suds. Also on tap, fare that's not so easy to swallow for...

  • 'Modern Family' actress Elizabeth Pena dies at 55

    LOS ANGELES — Elizabeth Pena, the versatile actress who shifted between dramatic roles in such films as "Lone Star" and comedic parts in TV shows like "Modern Family," has died. She was 55. Pena's manager, Gina Rugolo, said Wednesday the Cuban-American actress died Tuesday in Los Angeles of natural causes after a brief illness. No other...

  • First downtown pumpkin patch in Acacia Park

    It's the great downtown pumpkin, everybody! The first Downtown Venetucci Pumpkin Patch happens Sunday, Oct. 19, in Acacia Park. It coincides with the Downtown Sunday Market that runs from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., and sells Colorado-grown fruits, veggies, meats, honey, baked goods, sweets and hand-crafted items. Pumpkins will cost $6 and proceeds go...

  • Snoop Dogg backs Colorado gov hopeful with music fest

    Snoop Dogg is organizing a multi-day music and comedy festival in the Denver area on Halloween weekend — a.k.a. a few days before the general election — and Snoop will be performing and raising awareness for Colorado gubernatorial candidate Mike Dunafon, the Dunafon campaign told The Cannabist on Wednesday. Not only is Snoop putting...

  • Video Game Haiku Review - 'NBA 2K15'

    Title: NBA 2K15 Format: PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One Price: $59.99 Publisher: 2K Sports Developer: Visual Concepts ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) The Grade: B+   NBA 2K15 Haiku Review Revamped My Career   Groovy soundtrack from Pharrell  Do not scan your face What’s it all about: The annual NBA video game sim...

  • String quartet celebrates 25 years

    The Veronika String Quartet presents "The Great Tradition" with quartets by Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky and Prokofiev. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Ascension Episcopal Church, 420 W. 18th St., Pueblo; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Fine Arts Center's Music Room, 30 W. Dale St., $10 - $20; 634-5583, csfineartscenter.org and veronikastringquartet.com The Veronika...

  • Jay Leno returning to series TV

    NEW YORK — Jay Leno is returning to nightly television. The former "Tonight Show" host's new prime-time venture, tentatively titled, "Jay Leno's Garage," and based on his Emmy Award-winning Web series, will premiere on CNBC in 2015, the network announced Wednesday. The precise debut date and frequency of airing are yet to be...

  • Blog: Authors of 'House of Night' series want to see you

    How much fun would it be to write books with your mama? And what do you do when you disagree about a plot twist? How do you write a love scene with your mom sitting right there? Find out the answers Monday night when P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast, the "House of Night" authors, visit the Tattered Cover Book Store in Highlands Ranch. They'll...

  • TV Review: 'Marry Me' brings the laughs thanks to comedy vets

    “Marry Me” Cast: Casey Wilson (“Happy Endings”), Ken Marino (“Party Down,” “Eastbound & Down”), Tim Meadows (“Saturday Night Live”), JoBeth Williams (“The Big Chill,” “Hart of Dixie”) Airs: The premiere episode airs at 8 p.m. Tuesday on NBC The premise: After six years of dating, Jake (Ken Marino) is finally ready to pop the...

  • Blog: Where are my Halloween fans?

    There are a couple of holidays I can really get behind: Halloween and Valentine's Day. I know! Such a dichotomy. I love Halloween and all its ghosts and goblins, candy corn and pumpkin-flavored everything. If there's a spooky play, I'm there. That means I was at the preview show of the Fine Arts Center's new production of "Dracula." It...

  • TV Review: 'Jane the Virgin' much more than a provocative name

    “Jane the Virgin” Cast: Gina Rodriguez (“The Bold and the Beautiful”), Andrea Navedo CQ (“One Life to Live,” “Guiding Light”), Justin Baldoni CQ (“Everwood”), Ivonne Coll CQ (“Glee”) Airs: The premiere episode airs at 8 p.m. Monday on The CW The premise: Jane Villanueva (Gina Rodriguez) is a driven young woman studying to become a...

  • Iggy Azalea top nominee at American Music Awards

    NEW YORK (AP) — Australian rapper Iggy Azalea is the lead nominee at the American Music Awards. Dick clark productions announced Monday that the "Fancy" performer is up for six awards at the Nov. 23 event at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live. Azalea's nominations include artist, new artist and single of the year for her No.1 smash "Fancy." John Legend,...

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