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Spider-Man gets another swing with Marvel

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Spider-Man won’t be leaving the Marvel Cinematic Universe anytime soon. After a public fallout last month, Sony Pictures Entertainment and The Walt Disney Studios have found a way to work together. The studios said Friday that they would be teaming up once more to ...

Putting a timely focus on nature

Think of botanical illustrators, and you might envision a world of medieval herbalists, tulip or orchid collectors, or affluent young women of the 17th and 18th centuries making detailed drawings and watercolors of garden plants. But there’s nothing old-fashioned about botanical ...

Right at home: Cool stationery elevates the handwritten note

We’re all emailing, texting and DM’ing as fast as our thumbs can type these days, but there’s also some Old School pushback. For many style-savvy communicators, handwritten notes are the thing. Whether it’s a follow-up thank you or a stand-alone communique conveying anything from ...

Literary classic

Cresson Lake Playhouse brings John Steinbeck’s classic “Of Mice and Men” to the barn theater Oct. 3 to 6. Artistic director Paul Seymour discribed the stage adaptation as “very similar” to the book that is often required and popular reading for area high school students. “It’s ...

‘Shooting Heroin’ premiers Oct. 17 at the Rowland Theatre

A movie titled “Shooting Heroin” filmed in Clearfield and Centre County in the fall of 2018 is set to have several showings with a red carpet premiere held at the Rowland Theatre in Philipsburg at 7 p.m. Oct. 17. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at heroinfilm.com. The film ...

Altoona Symphony Orchestra kicks off season with cello sensation Sophie Shao

The Altoona Sym-phony Orchestra launches its 91st season Oct. 5 with “The Gathering Storm,” under the direction of Maestra Teresa Cheung as the symphony commemorates three historic anniversaries. The 2019-20 season recognizes the confluence of three major world events: the centennial of ...

Zellweger on her empathy, adoration for Garland

TORONTO — For Renee Zellweger, the task of becoming Judy Garland was too daunting to contemplate all at once. Such a character needed to be assembled piecemeal: a bit-by-bit metamorphosis starting with the voice, followed by workshopping the songs and then building in the mannerisms, the ...

One of King’s ‘Lucille’ guitars sold for $280K

JACKSON, Miss. — A guitar given to B.B. King for his 80th birthday has sold for $280,000 at an auction of items from the blues legend’s estate. Julien’s Auctions says King often used the black Gibson ES-345 prototype that was one of several guitars he called “Lucille.” A spokeswoman ...

Wolf making history with ‘Law & Order: SVU’

NEW YORK — That familiar “cha-CHUNG” sound effect from the opening credits of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” this Thursday will signal the debut of a new season and something else — TV history. The show’s 21st season launch makes it the longest running prime-time ...

Hanks to receive Cecil B. DeMille Award

LOS ANGELES — Tom Hanks became one of Hollywood’s beloved actors through an array of likable roles, from “Big” to “Forrest Gump,” and now his decorated career has earned him one of the highest honors at the Golden Globes next year. Hanks will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award at ...

Diversity, equal pay rule Emmys

Emmy night is always a chaotic mix of the humorous, the emotional and the inspirational, mixed with some major sequins and glitter. And on this Emmy night, all those elements came together in one glorious moment: Billy Porter’s win as best actor in a drama for “Pose,” the first openly gay ...

Washington Monument reopens

WASHINGTON — First lady Melania Trump cut the ribbon last as the Washington Monument reopened to the public for the first time in three years. The 555-foot stone obelisk closed in September 2016 in order to replace the aging elevator and upgrade security systems. Accompanied by a group of ...

U.S. Navy Band to play in Hollidaysburg

Hollidaysburg native Matthew Neff, who is a Master Chief Musician, will appear with The U.S. Navy Band Commodores jazz ensemble Oct. 22 — during a 20-concert, seven-state tour that brings him back to his hometown. The Oct. 22 concert is free, but the tickets sell out “within hours,” ...

Altoona veteran featured in new World War II book

Former Altoona native, Air Force Lieutenant General Richard E. Nugent, has been featured in the recently released book “Heroes of WWII: Richard E. Nugent, the 1st Batallion Fighter Squadron, and 209 Others” by T. Dennis Reece. The book “relates the life histories of more than 209 WWII ...

‘I’ve got one!’ Hunting neon scorpions in the Arizona desert

LOST DUTCHMAN STATE PARK, Arizona — As the setting sun left a yellow tinge on dirt-colored cactuses as far as the eye could see, park ranger Anna Roberts gave us a lesson on what we were about to hunt. “Scorpions know they will not kill us because we are much larger,” said Roberts, ...

Bringing Nashville to Altoona

A trio of A-list songwriters — Jenn Schott, Phillip White, and Mark Nesler — will grace the Mishler Theatre stage Oct. 11 as Round The Mountain, LLC, presents “From Nashville: Songs and Stories, Vol. 7” to kick off a brand new season. Altoona residents Dana Snyder and JT Garber are ...

Emmy Predictions: Amid newcomers, will ‘Thrones’ slay again?

In the Way Too Much TV Era, it truly is an honor just to be nominated. Imagine that you're working on a television series, one of the many actors, writers and others who give daily thanks for the rise of cable and streaming that has led to gazillions -- at least -- of shows and growing ...

‘The Testaments’ revisits dystopian world

LONDON — Margaret Atwood often gets asked if “The Testaments,” her sequel to “The Handmaid’s Tale,” is set in a dystopian world. “Let us hope so,” she says drily. The Canadian author noted as her new novel was published with a ferocious blast of publicity Tuesday that ...

Shinedown to play BJC Sept. 28

From Mirror reports Shinedown returns to The Bryce Jordan Center Sept. 28 along with Papa Roach, Asking Alexandria and Savage After Midnight. Known for the uplifting anthem “Get Up,” the stop is part of Shinedownás ATTENTION ATTENTION World Tour, produced by Frank Productions. “Get ...

Family: Eddie Money, ‘Two Tickets to Paradise’ singer, dies

A publicist for Eddie Money said the rock star has died after he recently announced he had stage 4 esophageal cancer. He was 70. Cindy Ronzoni provided a statement from the family saying Money died peacefully Friday morning in Los Angeles. The husky-voiced, blue collar performer was known ...