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Latest Hunger Games movie is on Blu-ray, DVD

Latest Hunger Games movie is on Blu-ray, DVD

The latest “Hunger Games” sequel was 2014’s biggest hit, and it finally arrives on Blu-ray and DVD this week, along with several other films, including the Oscar-nominated “Foxcatcher.”
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British vets carry 'Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'

British vets carry 'Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'

“The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” is the kind of movie that wouldn’t work without its cast. It’s an ensemble piece that tries to cram half a dozen storylines into two hours, and the result is a film that feels bloated and thin at the same time.
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'Kirby and the Rainbow Curse' is unique, challenging

'Kirby and the Rainbow Curse' is unique, challenging

First things first: Kirby's latest adventure is a beautiful-looking game.
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Here's 5 movies that celebrate childhood

Here's 5 movies that celebrate childhood

Did you know that March 15 is Absolutely Incredible Kids Day? The holiday was created by Campfire USA to show kids how special they are. Such a day allows parents and grownups to focus on the absolutely incredible kids in their lives.
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Have You Seen This: Drop a beat with your pen

Have You Seen This: Drop a beat with your pen



MUSIC CLASS — When a pen and a desk is your instrument, the whole world is your recording studio, as long as you have a pen and a desk.
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Have You Seen This? Why you should hire an electrician



ELECTRICIAN SCHOOL — Thanks to Pinterest and HGTV we all think we’re expert DIY pros when it comes to our homes. Quite often we go into our projects with the confidence of a lion only to finish and feel as sheepish as, well, a lowly sheep. You should see the wood floors in my house. Let’s just say the elevation change in my living room is enough to give you altitude sickness.
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Live like Tony Stark for a day with Robert Downey Jr.



IROM MAN’S PAD — Whether you love Marvel movies or think they’re the downfall of modern cinema, you can’t deny that you want to be Tony Stark. Go ahead, you can admit it, we won’t judge you.
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‘Madding Crowd,’ ‘Shawshank’ lead Blu-ray upgrades, DVD debuts

‘Madding Crowd,’ ‘Shawshank’ lead Blu-ray upgrades, DVD debuts

Several notable vintage titles are being released this week, including several Blu-ray upgrades and some golden oldies making their DVD debut.
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The latest season of ‘Midsomer Murders’ arrives on Blu-ray, DVD

The latest season of ‘Midsomer Murders’ arrives on Blu-ray, DVD

Barnaby gets a new partner as the latest season of “Midsomer Murders” comes to Blu-ray and DVD this week.
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Netflix adding nearly 40 titles in March, dropping 60

Netflix adding nearly 40 titles in March, dropping 60

ADDINGTON/DROPPINGTON — Another month is almost over, and that means it’s time to find out what you’ll no longer be able to watch on Netflix streaming and what you get to look forward to.
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Leonard Nimoy, famous as Mr. Spock, dies at 83

Leonard Nimoy, famous as Mr. Spock, dies at 83

LOS ANGELES — Leonard Nimoy, the actor known and loved by generations of "Star Trek" fans as the pointy-eared, purely logical science officer Mr. Spock, has died.

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Updated: feb. 27, 2015 4:05 p.m.
Have You Seen This? Baby is new ‘Lord of the Dance’

Have You Seen This? Baby is new ‘Lord of the Dance’

ÉIRE — Unless you were living under a rock at the turn of the millenium, you are more than aware of Michael Flatley and his rise to fame with over-the-top productions centered around traditional Irish step dancing.
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'McFarland, USA' is a movie Disney should be proud of

'McFarland, USA' is a movie Disney should be proud of

"McFarland, USA" (rated PG) — 3 1/2 stars
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The Great Snowball Battle: a snowball fight card game

The Great Snowball Battle: a snowball fight card game

The Great Snowball Battle, by Game Salute, is a simple, short and entertaining card game of throwing snowballs and running for cover.
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'The Lazarus Effect': 3 points for parents

'The Lazarus Effect': 3 points for parents

Information for parents about the film "The Lazarus Effect":
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‘Big Hero 6,’ ‘Feast’ Oscars make case for second Disney 'renaissance'

‘Big Hero 6,’ ‘Feast’ Oscars make case for second Disney 'renaissance'

It’s hard to believe that there was ever a time when Disney Animation was on the verge of shutting down.
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'Risk' video game doesn't improve much on classic board game

'Risk' video game doesn't improve much on classic board game

The board game Risk: The Game of Global Domination has been around for a long, long time — almost 60 years, in fact — making it a bona fide classic in most people’s books. So it’s understandable that this electronic version of the game from “Assassin’s Creed” publisher Ubisoft, which is available for PS4, PS3, Xbox One and Xbox 360, doesn’t mess with the basic formula.
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There's no escaping 'Saturday Night Live'

There's no escaping 'Saturday Night Live'

Way back when, I grew up in lovely Calabasas, California, alongside such notables as Ricky Schroeder and Erik Menendez. (Thankfully, I got out before the Kardashians arrived.) If, by chance, you happen upon a copy of Calabasas High School’s 1986 yearbook, you’ll see a picture of my friend Aaron Priceman in a trenchcoat and sunglasses standing alongside yours truly dressed up as Ed Grimley.
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Oscar-winners ‘Big Hero 6,’ ‘Whiplash’ are on Blu-ray, DVD

Oscar-winners ‘Big Hero 6,’ ‘Whiplash’ are on Blu-ray, DVD

Disney’s “Big Hero 6” is among 2014’s top 10 box-office hits and won the Academy Award last weekend for Best Animated Feature. This week, it was released on Blu-ray and DVD.
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'Lazarus Effect' brings horror cliches back from the dead

'Lazarus Effect' brings horror cliches back from the dead

Sometimes, the road to mediocrity is paved with good intentions.
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Five for Families: ‘McFarland’ a ‘must-see’ family film

Five for Families: ‘McFarland’ a ‘must-see’ family film

Here are five movies from various platforms families may want to consider. Note: Since not all are appropriate for younger children, age recommendations are included.
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5 great movies about friendship

5 great movies about friendship

The noted author C.S. Lewis once said, “Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art. … It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.” Truly, friendship makes life happier and more meaningful as Lewis wisely noted.
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Have You Seen This? Little Led Zeppelin

Have You Seen This? Little Led Zeppelin



THE LAND OF ICE AND SNOW — Led Zeppelin is an iconic band with unforgettable rhythms and face-melting solos. Many have tried to cover Zeppelin and many have failed, but a bunch of kids between the ages of 7 and 12 did a pretty solid job with three Zeppelin classics.
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The winners and losers of the 2015 Academy Awards

The winners and losers of the 2015 Academy Awards

LA LA LAND — The 87th Annual Academy Awards featured all the stars and drama we’ve come to expect over the years. Celebrities of all kinds made an appearance ranging from Lady Gaga to Julie Andrews. Those two actually shared the stage.
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'McFarland, USA': 3 points for parents

'McFarland, USA': 3 points for parents

Information for parents about the film "McFarland, USA."
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Five for Families: 'Mr. Peabody and Sherman's' humor likely to appeal to parents, children

Five for Families: 'Mr. Peabody and Sherman's' humor likely to appeal to parents, children

Here are five movies from various platforms families may want to consider. Note: Since not all are appropriate for younger children, age recommendations are included.
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'The Duff': 3 points for parents

'The Duff': 3 points for parents

Information about the film "The Duff."
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Violent 'Kingsman: The Secret Service' is not for everyone

Violent 'Kingsman: The Secret Service' is not for everyone

"Kingsman: The Secret Service" (rated R) — 3 stars
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'The DUFF' is a blunt take on life as a modern teen

'The DUFF' is a blunt take on life as a modern teen

If you’re still in high school, “The DUFF” may help you feel like you just might survive.
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'Birdman' tops Oscars defined by advocacy, originality

'Birdman' tops Oscars defined by advocacy, originality

LOS ANGELES — Hollywood is smarter than you thought. Whether by design or chance, the 87th Academy Awards elegantly and subtly shifted the tone of the season from a reductive fixation on snubs and fact-checking to a positive celebration of original filmmaking and purposeful advocacy for causes as diverse as immigration, suicide and equal rights.

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FoxMind Games: 4 games for all ages

FoxMind Games: 4 games for all ages

FoxMind is an award-winning company that offers games that are easy to learn, quick to play, smart and fun. Created in 2000, the company won the Game of the Year award in France with one of its first games, Squad 7. Here are four reviews of FoxMind games:
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Have You Seen This? Disney shadows

Have You Seen This? Disney shadows



DISNEYLANDISH — Marketers have the uncanny ability of manipulating us into serious emotional responses with their commercials and events, and Disney may have the best marketing team on the planet.
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And the Oscar goes to: Common themes from a varied list of Best Picture nominees

And the Oscar goes to: Common themes from a varied list of Best Picture nominees

The films nominated for top honors at the 87th annual Academy Awards (Sunday, 6:30 p.m. MST, ABC) deal with everything from parenting, maturation and artistry to war, invention and social justice.
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Game review: Imperial Assault is Star Wars in a box

Game review: Imperial Assault is Star Wars in a box

When Fantasy Flight Games announced Star Wars: Imperial Assault at Gen Con, America's largest board game trade show in August, it quickly became the most anticipated game of the year. With Fantasy Flight Games' Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures the company's top-selling line, and with“Star Wars, Episode VII: The Force Awakens” soon in theaters, a new big box Star Wars campaign game seemed like a sure-fire hit that didn't require a targeting computer.
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Japanese ‘Power Rangers’ inspiration ‘Zyuranger’ comes to DVD

Japanese ‘Power Rangers’ inspiration ‘Zyuranger’ comes to DVD

Fans of the hugely popular American-produced “Power Rangers” franchise have been clamoring for years to see a stateside DVD of the Japanese TV program that inspired it — and it’s finally been released this week.
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Game review: A House Divided, Rise of Empires offer epic adventures

Game review: A House Divided, Rise of Empires offer epic adventures

A House Divided, from Mayfair Games, is a two-player strategic war game set in the U.S. Civil War. One player takes on the role of the Union while the other plays the Confederacy.
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Game review: The Battle at Kemble's Cascade brings '80s arcade games to the table

Game review: The Battle at Kemble's Cascade brings '80s arcade games to the table

If you were a kid in the 1980s, you no doubt remember all of those great scrolling shooter arcade games like Galaga, Space Invaders and 1942. The Battle at Kemble's Cascade, a new board game from Z-Man Games, brings that same kind of adventure to the tabletop.
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Game review: Cross Hares doesn't quite hit the target

Game review: Cross Hares doesn't quite hit the target

Cross Hares: Testing Ground
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Syrinscape: auditory atmosphere for fantasy roleplaying games

Syrinscape: auditory atmosphere for fantasy roleplaying games

The whole ethos of tabletop roleplaying games is to create an immersive environment that transports players to fantastic realms. A variety of player aids have been developed for games, such as Pathfinder, that now include a complete audio sound app.
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Oscar nominee ‘Theory of Everything’ leads new movies on Blu-ray, DVD

Oscar nominee ‘Theory of Everything’ leads new movies on Blu-ray, DVD

The biographical film about Stephen Hawking that is nominated for five Academy Awards leads this week’s new movies on Blu-ray and DVD.
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Can you match the movie to these popular quotes?

Can you match the movie to these popular quotes?

We’ve all endured that conversation where references fly over our heads like mathematical formulas in a Tracer Bullet plot.
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Time once again for another round of Oscar trivia

Time once again for another round of Oscar trivia

If you think of Meryl Streep as ancient and the oldest film you’ve ever seen is “Spider-Man,” this column probably isn’t for you.
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Little-known facts about the Oscars

Little-known facts about the Oscars

Oscar night is almost upon us. And short of watching all the nominated films to be able to make reasonable arguments for why so-and-so was snubbed, what better way to get into the spirit than reading up on some of the fascinating, bizarre and little-known trivia from throughout Oscar history?
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'Pirates of the Caribbean 5' gets official synopsis, starts filming

'Pirates of the Caribbean 5' gets official synopsis, starts filming

THE BLACK PEARL — Captain Jack Sparrow is headed back to the theater at least one more time, and the fifth installment of the Disney franchise has begun filming and received an official synopsis.
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A bevy of new DVD releases aimed at kids are in release

A bevy of new DVD releases aimed at kids are in release

A 1960s sci-fi kids show with puppets arrived on DVD recently, along with quite a few animated programs.
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'Digging for Fire' is an interesting portrait of an aging marriage

'Digging for Fire' is an interesting portrait of an aging marriage

“Digging for Fire” is the latest from the director of last year’s “Happy Christmas.” Built around the exploits of a married couple somewhere in their 30s, it’s an interesting piece on adulthood, fidelity and taking a hard look at the paths we’re on in life.
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5 classic romantic movies

5 classic romantic movies

In honor of the most romantic holiday of all, Valentine’s Day, we’ve complied a list of the greatest and most iconic romantic movies. Whether you’ve got a date this weekend or not, snuggle up with these classics and enjoy an evening full of love and romance.
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‘Olive Kitteridge’ leads TV shows on DVD

‘Olive Kitteridge’ leads TV shows on DVD

The TV shows newly released on Blu-ray and DVD this week are led by the HBO miniseries “Olive Kitteridge,” the fourth season of “Hart to Hart”, and “Greatest Heroes of the Bible.”
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Disappointing 'Seoul Searching' isn't what audiences are looking for

Disappointing 'Seoul Searching' isn't what audiences are looking for

The Sundance press guide paints “Seoul Searching” as a loving tribute to ’80s pop culture and the films of John Hughes, and that affection is obvious. But the final product is far too flawed to do its inspiration justice.
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'Jupiter Ascending' features a fuzzy plot

'Jupiter Ascending' features a fuzzy plot

'Jupiter Ascending,' rated PG-13, 2 1/2 stars
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