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  • Actors nail performances in Crowe’s ‘We Bought a Zoo’

    “We Bought a Zoo” has the potential to have everything going for it. It has animals, kids and Matt Damon (“Contagion”). But I wasn’t convinced it is completely family friendly.

    The story is loosely based on a real life journalist, who bought a zoo in the English countryside,  and his two children. The film version is set in California.

  • 'Blue Hawaii' to show at Historic State Theater

    Riding the wave of Elvis’ Jan. 8 birthday, the Historic State Theater in Elizabethtown will show “Blue Hawaii” on Friday and Saturday.

    Showings of the 1961 film are at 8 p.m. both days and 2 p.m. on Saturday.

    “Blue Hawaii” features Elvis as a soldier returning to his Hawaiian home where he takes a job as a tour guide at his girlfriend’s agency. “Can’t Help Falling in Love” is a featured song in the film.

  • Latest in local 'Dad the Hero' movie series to premiere

    A free premiere of a movie made by local production company Take 7 Films is slated for 6:30 p.m. Friday at Grace Heartland Church in Elizabethtown.

    “Dad the Hero On Vacation” is the latest in a series of films produced by Take 7 Films, which is part of the Family Builders International Ministries in Elizabethtown.

    The free premiere of the movie is followed by another showing at 7 p.m. Jan. 21 at the Historic State Theater in downtown Elizabethtown. Admission to the second showing is $3 and doors open at 6:30 p.m.

  • 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.