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  • 4-day Comic Con festival kicks off in San Diego

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Like Batman responding to a beaming Bat signal in the sky, fans are streaming to San Diego for the 45th annual Comic-Con pop culture extravaganza. The four-day festival celebrating film, TV, video games, comic books, costumes and other popular arts kicks off with a preview Wednesday night and goes full force Thursday at the...

  • Conor Oberst dismisses lawsuit against accuser

    NEW YORK (AP) — Singer-songwriter Conor Oberst has dropped his federal libel lawsuit against a woman who accused him of sexual assault in online comments. The Bright Eyes singer's attorney filed the notice of voluntary dismissal Friday in New York federal court. The move comes after Oberst's publicist released a statement from the woman...

  • Chuck Palahniuk brings "Fight Club" sequel to comics

    Chuck Palahniuk is breaking the first two rules of Fight Club: He's talking about Fight Club. The author's devotees probably won't mind since what's on his mind these days is more of the characters and world he created in his 1996 book, which was adapted three years later into director David Fincher's cult film starring Edward Norton and Brad...

  • Tree honoring former Beatle killed by beetles

    In the truth is stranger than fiction department, Los Angeles Councilman Tom LaBonge, whose district includes Griffith Park, told Pop & Hiss over the weekend that the pine tree planted in 2004 near Griffith Observatory in memory of George Harrison will be replanted shortly because the original tree died as the result of an insect...

  • Star Wars Car, a Doomsday doll: Toys of Comic-Con

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — When it comes to designing coveted collectible toys for sale at Comic-Con, the annual celebration of pop culture lifting off Thursday in San Diego, the sky's the limit for the designers at Mattel. Fittingly, the building where Mattel's dreamers conceive of their limited-edition playthings is just down the street from the...

  • Philip Seymour Hoffman's kids won't get fortune

    Philip Seymour Hoffman did everything in his power to make sure his children were "normal." When the Capote actor died of a heroin overdose in February, he left the bulk of his estate to his partner, Mimi O'Donnell, and added the unusual request that their offspring be raised outside of Los Angeles. According to his accountant, David...

  • Freddie Mercury's personal assistant puts finishing touches on Queen tribute show

    8 p.m. Wednesday, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., $30-$59; 520-7469, ticketswest.com "Queen - It's a Kinda Magic!" isn't just any Queen tribute show. This one is Freddie Mercury approved - in a tangential sort of way. Peter Freestone, longtime personal assistant to Mercury, provided some finishing touches to the 13-year-old show....

  • Tinseltown talks: Patty McCormack's 'Bad Seed' still sprouting

    It's been 60 years since William March's chilling novel "The Bad Seed" was published in 1954. The book was promptly adapted for a long-running Broadway play and later a successful 1956 film, both starring Patty McCormack as young Rhoda Penmark, who today would be classified as a sociopathic killer. Rhoda is a manipulative, selfish little girl...

  • Food fight! New show whips up fun

    "Food Fighters" Cast: Host Adam Richman ("Man vs. Food," "Fandemonium"); celebrity guest chefs include Lorena Garcia, Stefan Richter and Marcel Vigneron. Airs: The premiere airs at 7 p.m. Tuesday on NBC The premise: The best amateur cooks in America put their signature dishes to the test against five professional chefs in this high-stakes...

  • Batman will not appear in Fox's 'Gotham' series

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Yes, the new Fox series "Gotham" will feature a young Bruce Wayne, but don't expect him to turn into the caped crusader. Creator Bruno Heller told journalists Sunday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour that "If there is a superhero on this show, it's Gotham." "To me, heroes are more...

  • Fox admits 'Idol' has lacked engaging contestants

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — "American Idol" needs to find contestants the audience cares about. That's a criticism Fox's chairman and CEO, Peter Rice, admitted to journalists Sunday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. "We haven't found in the last two years a group of kids who've captured the imagination of the...

  • Film, TV legend James Garner, reluctant hero, dies

    LOS ANGELES — Actor James Garner, whose whimsical style in the 1950s TV Western "Maverick" led to a stellar career in TV and films such as "The Rockford Files" and his Oscar-nominated "Murphy's Romance," has died, police said. He was 86. He was found dead of natural causes at his home in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles Saturday evening,...

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

    Here's a look at some of the best bets for fun and entertainment over the next few days in the Pikes Peak region: Even the goofy-foots will go for big air this weekend at the Rocky Mountain AM Jam at Memorial Park Skateboard Park, 1605 E. Pikes Peak Ave. It's all about skateboarding, and it's for amateurs of all ages. Action starts at 9 a.m....

  • Dining review: Her Story Café a good fit, even near books

    As much as I loved libraries when I was a kid, I would have never considered eating my lunch - or anything else - in one, and I am fairly confident the librarians would have frowned upon the idea. Libraries and attitudes change, and I have to admit that eating near books, especially in Library 21C, the Pikes Peak Library District's newest,...

  • Blues Under the Bridge: Australian singer, slide guitarist credits American influences

    Saturday, Under the Colorado Avenue bridge, 218 W. Colorado Ave., $35-$40, $25 KRCC and Pikes Peak Blues Community members; 473-4801, bluesunderthebridge.com Something else: Other performances include Alvin Youngblood Hart and Boogie Shoes (Jake Loggins and Austin Johnson), 5-8 p.m. Friday, The Mining Exchange, a Wyndham Grand Hotel, 8 S....

  • 3-day music festival moves to Sports Authority Field in Denver

    The organizers behind Riot Fest announced Friday morning that they have found a new Colorado home for their three-day September music extravaganza — Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. The announcement came a week after the event — featuring high-profile artists like the Cure, Primus, the Flaming Lips and Weezer — was denied...

  • Oprah lawsuit over Colorado trail access dismissed

    TELLURIDE — A lawsuit accusing Oprah Winfrey of allegedly blocking access to hiking trails near her property above Telluride, Colorado, has been dismissed. The Telluride Daily Planet reports (http://bit.ly/1zOSt98 ) that a judge dismissed the case from San Miguel County District Court, saying that it should have been filed in Mountain...

  • TERROR-dactyl: Anxiety, fear and joy on new Colorado Springs ride

    My day began with a text from my mom reminding me to bring an extra pair of pants to work - she knew I would be riding the TERROR-dactyl. On Thursday, Cave of the Winds unveiled the ride, which sits 200 feet above the floor of Williams Canyon and reaches speeds near 100 mph. I'm afraid of heights so watching videos of passengers dropping...

  • Longtime KRDO meteorologist says goodbye

    KRDO News Channel 13 Meteorologist Marty Venticinque, whose last on-air shift was Thursday morning, is leaving the station to teach middle-school math and science and work as an athletic director in the Colorado Springs area. He had been with the station since August 1999 and news director Jene Nelson said, "We wish him the very best as he...

  • Get a taste of former Denver Dry Goods department store tea room menus at special dinners in Canon City

    Al and Linda Ballard, owners of The Ca?n City Queen Anne restaurant and tea house in Ca?n City, are never at a loss for ideas for unusual themes for their special teas and dinners. And, for some of us of a certain age, their newest theme, Tribute to the Denver Dry Goods "Tea Rooms," will resonate. The tea rooms operated at the department store...

  • Elaine Stritch mourned as a feisty, funny broad

    NEW YORK (AP) — Elaine Stritch was more than a Broadway actress. She was a New York institution, strolling around in a fur coat, pork pie hat or oversized sunglasses. She often wore shorts and ties, or just black stockings and a white flowing shirt. Her weapon of choice was the zinger. "I like anything I don't know about," she said in a 2010...

  • El Paso County Fair opens Saturday with several 'characters'

    A man with a thousand voices is one of the stars at this summer's El Paso County Fair. OK, maybe not a thousand, but definitely at least a dozen. Joe Gandelman, a ventriloquist from San Diego, will perform daily with about 12 of his characters at the fair in Calhan. It opens Saturday and runs through July 26. "I always like performing,"...

  • Native American Intertribal Festival and Traditional Powwow opens Saturday

    10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. Grand Entry, Freedom Financial Services Expo Center, 3650 N. Nevada Ave., $2 adults, Native Americans in full regalia and children age 12 and younger free, bring chairs as seating is limited; 329-0251, onenationwt.org Powwow etiquette: Don't touch or photograph a Native American performer or instrument...

  • AROUND TOWN: Opening night for The Mezzanine

    Onlookers downtown may have been puzzled on July 11 as people headed toward the same back alley and what had been the nondescript rear of a building that had been, in busy city-alley fashion, lined with overflowing trash containers, broken glass and delivery trucks. It was opening night for The Mezzanine, also known as The MZ and The Mez, and a...

  • MOVIE REVIEW: 'Purge' sequel gets it all out of our systems

    Starring Frank Grillo, Carmen Ejogo, Zach Gilford, Zoe Soul, Kiele Sanchez; directed by James DeMonaco; 100 minutes; R for strong disturbing violence and for language The clever conceit behind James DeMonaco's 2013 sleeper hit "The Purge" was not that American society had resolved its crime/inequality/ population problems with an annual...

  • Manitou Chamber Music Festival and String Quartet Program opens Tuesday

    Opening performance of Manitou Chamber Music Festival, with music by Telemann, Martinu, Beethoven and Brahms, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 800 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, $10-$20; 632-9534, manitouchambermusicfestival.com Something else: Festival runs through Aug. 3 OK, you classical music addicts: You'll certainly...

  • Amateur Pianists International turns 14

    7 p.m. Friday, David Korevaar in recital, event runs through Sunday, Packard Hall, Colorado College, 5 W. Cache La Poudre St., $5-$20, 577-4556, coloradosprings conservatory.org Chuck Cabell turned 78 last week. His brainchild, the Colorado Springs-based Amateur Pianists International, turns 14 this summer. This "youngster" became too much...

  • MOVIE REVIEW: This 'Sex Tape' should be erased

    Starring Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel, Rob Lowe, Rob Corddry, Ellie Kemper; directed by Jake Kasdan; R for strong sexual content, nudity, language and some drug use; 90 minutes The cinematic equivalent of herpes, "Sex Tape" is an uncomfortable embarrassment to raunchy comedies everywhere. Fortunately, no medication is required after being...

  • MOVIE REVIEW: 'Persecuted' fails as a thriller aimed at the Religious Right

    Starring James Remar, Bruce Davison, Fred Dalton Thompson, Gretchen Carlson, Brad Stine; directed by Daniel Lusko; 91 minutes; PG-13 for violence and thematic elements The unholy bond between religion and politics is the background for "Persecuted," a confused and confusing thriller about a TV preacher ruined by a sinister government plot....

  • MOVIE REVIEW: 'Planes 2' is twice as good as the original, which isn't saying much

    "Planes: Fire & Rescue" is roughly twice as good as its predecessor, "Planes," which was so story-and-laugh-starved it would have given "direct to video" a bad name. Yes, there was nowhere to go but up. The sequel's story is about something: Dusty the racing plane learns to be a S.E.A.T. (a Single Engine Ariel Tanker), a firefighting plane....

  • Local A&E news

    New grants announced from Bee Vradenburg Foundation Bee Vradenburg Foundation trustees recently approved $28,000 in grants. Money went to Blues Under the Bridge, sponsored by KRCC 91.5 FM, and the Colorado Springs Music and Arts Center, a program that provides music, drama, dance, mentoring, creative writing and other forms of artistic...

  • New film 'Book of Life' animates Day of the Dead

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Guillermo del Toro is helping to open the "Book of Life." The Oscar winner is producing the animated feature by first-time director Jorge Gutierrez, and joined him at Fox Studios on Monday to unveil footage from the film, set for release in October. "Book of Life" is rich with imagery from Mexican folklore, with a special...

  • Producer says filming in Jerusalem 'exhilarating'

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — "Dig" will arrive this fall on USA as a six-episode thriller set in Jerusalem, starring Jason Isaacs as an FBI agent and Anne Heche as head of the local FBI office. The pilot episode was filmed on location, an experience that executive producer Tim Kring called "absolutely exhilarating." But recent real-world...

  • Girl Meets World: Savage revisits the good old days

    Ben Savage says that when production wrapped on "Boy Meets World" in 2000 after seven seasons, he and his young co-stars were ready to expand their own worlds. "I think at that point all the kids on the show were kind of looking forward to the next step in their lives," hesaid. "'Boy Meets World' was really our childhood, and so when it...

  • Drive-ins use creativity to afford digital switch

    SACO, Maine (AP) — Many in the movie industry feared the need to convert to digital could be the death knell for drive-ins, but drive-in operators are finding creative ways to afford the switch. Drive-in movie theater operators say more than 200 of the remaining 348 drive-ins in the country have made the expensive conversion from film to...

  • Associate: Tommy Ramone, last of the Ramones, dies

    Tommy Ramone, a co-founder of the seminal punk band the Ramones and the last surviving member of the original group, has died, a business associate said Saturday. Dave Frey, who works for Ramones Productions and Silent Partner Management, said Ramone died on Friday. Frey didn't have additional details. Ramone — born Erdelyi Tamas in...

  • TABLE TALK: Manitou Springs eatery has new life in new location

    Adam's Mountain Cafe could be compared to something like a phoenix rising from its ashes, young again to live another cycle. The owners, David and Farley McDonough, were forced to move from their location in the heart of Manitou Springs when the restaurant was ravaged by flooding Fountain Creek a year ago. They bought the former Manitou...

  • Local A&E news

    Manitou Springs new Creative District candidate Manitou Springs was recently accepted as a Creative District candidate in Colorado Creative Industries and the Boettcher Foundation's Colorado Creative Districts Program. Manitou has two years to work toward certification of Creative District. CCI created the program to encourage the formation...

  • McKellen shares pic of him as 93-year-old Sherlock

    LONDON (AP) — British actor Ian McKellen has revealed the first picture of himself playing a 93-year-old Sherlock Holmes in a new movie. Filming has begun on "Mr. Holmes," which imagines the famous sleuth in his old age as a retiree living in seclusion by the sea. The movie, based on Mitch Cullin's novel "A Slight Trick of the Mind," sees...

  • REVIEW: Central City Opera hits hard with 'Dead Man Walking'

    Last year at this time, the subject was Central City Opera's production of "Our Town." It was an excellent production but couldn't shake the legacy of the original Thornton Wilder play. This season, the company took on "Dead Man Walking," which is based upon the true story of Sister Helen Prejean's calling to shepherd a convicted murderer to...

  • AROUND TOWN: Goofing off at the opera provides evening of laughs

    Inside the Cornerstone Arts Center on the Colorado College campus, opera singers were vocalizing in a most unusual way.

  • Must Do Must See July 11-17

    The Summer of Discovery Space Foundation challenge for the weekend is "Mars, Rovers & Robots," with a Mars movie fest, Mars Lander Design Challenge, themed crafts and activities, hovercraft and UAV demonstrations and water robots. Saturday adds robotics club demonstrations, Stormtroopers, ice cream and chili. This educational event is 10...

  • '36 Views of Pikes Peak' take off on '36 Views of Mt. Fuji'

    Pikes Peak is not camera shy. Its beguiling presence has captured the imagination and canvas of artists for more than a century. But what more can be said about the mountain and the community it keeps watch over? Two new exhibits opening Friday will explore that question: "36 Views of Pikes Peak" opens downtown at GOCA121 and "36 Views of...

  • Colorado Springs Philharmonic takes on '80s pop in the park

    With Colorado Springs Philharmonic and guest artist Sam Harris, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Bear Creek Regional Park, 21st Street and Argus Boulevard, free; 575-9632, csphilharmonic.org Something else: Beginning at 4:30 p.m., free shuttle buses run to the park from Cheyenne Mountain High School, 1200 W. Cheyenne Road. Cyndi Lauper, George Michael...

  • Young artists' training to lead to 'King and I'

    "let's make a scene" What: The 2014 Vocal Arts Festival When: 3 p.m. Sunday Where: Packard Hall, Colorado College, 5 W. Cache La Poudre St. Tickets: $10-$15; tickets available at Meeker Music, 624 N. Tejon St., 646-3127, operatheatreoftherockies.org Something else: Rodgers and Hammerstein's "The King and I" - 7 p.m. July 25 and 26, 3...

  • MOVIE REVIEW: 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' stands above other summer action fare

    "dawn of the planet of the apes" Stars: Jason Clarke, Andy Serkis, Keri Russell, Gary Oldman, Karin Konoval Director: Matt Reeves Running time: 130 minutes Rating: PG-13 for language, violenceGrade: B-plus Advertising for "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" suggests it is another summer film in which abundant action scenes obliterate any...

  • MOVIE REVIEW: Aspiring nun faces hers and Poland's dark past in luminous 'Ida'

    Starring Agata Trzebuchowska, Agata Kulesza, Joanna Kulig, Dawid Ogrodnik; directed by Pawel Pawlikowski; 80 minutes; PG-13 for thematic elements, some sexuality and smoking; A For nearly a year, Pawel Pawlikowski's quietly astounding drama "Ida" has been making the film-festival rounds to deserved admiration. Winner of Poland's highest...

  • MOVIE REVIEW: 'Korengal': Sequel revisits soldiers, targets war aftermath

    Starring Dan Kearney, Lamonta Caldwell, Santana Rueda, Jason Mace; directed by Sebastian Junger; 90 minutes; R for language throughout and brief nude images; B A sequel with an unusual provenance, "Korengal" is made up of unused footage from a 14-month shoot from 2007-08 that already yielded the 2010 Oscar-nominated documentary "Restrepo."...

  • MOVIE REVIEW: 'Begin Again': It's 'Once' once more, with less feeling

    Starring Mark Ruffalo, Keira Knightley, Adam Levine, Hailee Steinfeld; directed by John Carney; 104 minutes; R for language; B You can't really blame writer-director John Carney for trying, but despite a few very nice moments, this bigger, slicker follow-up mostly argues that "Once" should have been enough. "Begin Again" isn't a follow-up...

  • Food not so divine at DeVine Grill

    eVine Grill is in a strip mall composed of a few service-related small businesses in Monument. The restaurant has a claim on the south end of the mini-complex, which offers an impressive vista of the Front Range from Mount Herman to Pikes Peak and points beyond. Unfortunately, the expansive view doesn't compensate for the lackluster food....

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