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  • Elvis is in the building and his legacy lives on

    The King would have celebrated his 77th birthday Sunday, and despite being gone for 35 years, Elvis Presley fans have kept his legacy alive.

    Elvis tribute performer Eddie Miles believes there could be a number of reasons for The King’s longevity, but it might boil down to one thing.

    “Basically, the simple answer is the music,” he said.

    Elvis was charismatic and good-looking, Miles said, and he went beyond music into movies and TV specials.

  • Dude, where's my hover board?

    It’s 2012 and many of you might be asking, “Where’s my flying car?”

    A good question indeed.

  • The best and worst movies of 2011

    Looking back over the films I reviewed in 2011, there were some good ones and some not so good ones. I’m sure there were some better ones I didn’t view and probably some that were worse, but here is my best and worst list for the year.

    “The Help” stands out as one of the best films I saw last year. The combination of humor and distress woven together created a compelling story of courage and hope. The three standout performances by Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and Jessica Chastain all have earned Golden Globe nominations.

  • Holiday spirit alive through new year

    Christmas presents might be unwrapped, but the holidays are not over.

    In fact, if you’re still in the Christmas spirit and want to soak up more seasonal ambiance, it’s not too late.

    Until Jan. 1, Christmas in the Park is lighting up Freeman Lake Park in Elizabethtown. Every night between 6 and 11 p.m., the drive-through light display provides a visual holiday treat. Admission is free but donations are accepted. More than 100 displays and more than 1 million lights are featured in Christmas in the Park.

  • From classic theater to classic rock

    Hardin County arts and entertainment flourished in 2011. From local productions to nationally known performers, there was a little bit of everything available.

    New to the local arts scene in 2011, Emily West, executive director of the Historic State Theater, said it’s been an “incredible” year for arts and entertainment in Hardin County.

  • '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.