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  • 'Great snakes!' Spielberg has a new toy — motion capture

    “The Adventures of Tintin” is the first collaboration between Hollywood powerhouses Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson. It’s also Spielberg’s first movie using the filmmaking toy of motion capture special effects and digital filming.

    Spielberg, who directed the film, has had the rights to “Tintin” since the 1980s after someone told him “Raiders of the Lost Ark” reminded them of the book series featuring Tintin written and illustrated by Hergé.

  • Listing the reasons for lists

    A new year means resolutions for many, but I’ve pretty much abandoned that idea.

    That doesn’t mean I don’t have room for improvement in many areas of my life. Everyone has room for improvement, right?

    But, as fond as I am of lists, the New Year’s resolution list is one I’ve just never gotten on board with.

    It really doesn’t make sense, though, because, as my significant other, Rebecca Ricks, is fond of pointing out, I tend to make lists for everything.

  • Traditional, contemporary Christmas songs find balance on airwaves

    You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, but you also know Michael Bublé.

    Christmas songs have filled the airwaves, and charts reflect a mix of tastes ranging from current holiday releases to those that have been around for half a century.

    “Traditional stuff is always popular with us,” WQXE program director Greg Milby said.

  • Visual masterpiece fails to entertain

    “Hugo” is touted as Martin Scorsese’s masterpiece. Visually it is stunning but it’s not particularly entertaining.

    Scorsese might be better known for mafia films filled with people being whacked but this, ironically, is a children’s film.

  • A wish for hope and joy this Christmas

    Long ago there was a time when a population was ruled by strangers in their own country.

    The ruling country was harsh and had an appetite for ruling the world. No talk of any other ruler would be tolerated. 

    People were heavily taxed, desperate for rest and stressed.

    They were frustrated and the gap between rich and poor was vast.

    They were waiting on a promise.

    Waiting until there were shepherds on a hillside, a star in the sky, wise men on their way and a baby in a manger.

  • John Baumgardner's latest CD is chock full of nuts

    Glendale native John Baumgardner is using his musical talents to herald the Christmas season with a new CD.

    He spent his childhood in Glendale. After living in multiple places he often comes back to Hardin County.

    “In fact, throughout the years I’ve been to Glendale so often many people had no idea I’ve lived in Louisville for almost nine years,” he said.

    Beginning at age 9 he took private piano lessons from Marilyn Young for 10 years. At age 15 he began arranging music, playing at weddings and giving lessons.

  • Clara's Tea Party ushers in 'The Nutcracker' at the PAC

    A tea party kicks off a seasonal favorite at Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center when “The Nutcracker” returns to the stage Saturday and Sunday.

    New sets and costumes and more snow are part of this year’s production of “The Nutcracker” held at the PAC at John Hardin High School. Shows are at 1:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday.

  • Children's author holds story hour reading, book signing

    A Hardin County author is the featured guest during a special story hour and book signing for the release of his children’s book.

    Erin Bohannon, who published “Crabby and the Shoofly,” appears at Hardin County Public Library in Elizabethtown from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Saturday.

    Bohannon will read his book and be on hand afterward to sign copies.

    “Crabby and the Shoofly” tells the tale of a crab that becomes lost and gets help from a fly to find his way home.

  • 'White Christmas' shows at Historic State Theater

    Holiday treats and horse-drawn carriage rides will be offered to get patrons in the Christmas spirit when the Historic State Theater holds showings of “White Christmas.”

    The 1954 holiday classic, starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Rosemary Clooney, plays at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday.

    Known for Crosby’s famous rendition of “White Christmas,” the movie involves a song and dance duo who get involved with a sister act and try to save a failing Vermont inn.

  • Christmas spirit starts early for writer

    As the year rolls on quickly to its end, I find myself faced with the challenge of finding the time to get into the Christmas spirit.

    This might not be a problem for most; diving into the holiday season right after Thanksgiving is plenty of time for many.

    Not me.

    It really takes me quite a while to work myself into the Christmas spirit. If I had to wait until the end of November to start decorating, I probably wouldn’t even make the effort.