Entertainment

‘Focus’

Starring: Will Smith, Margot Robbie

Directed by: Glen Ficarra and John Requa

Rated: R

 

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Was it just me, or was that one of the longest and most boring Oscar shows in recent history? At one point, I jokingly told my guests that I would have to serve breakfast it Neil Patrick Harris didn’t wrap up that predictions-in-the-box joke which, unfortunately, wasn’t nearly as funny as he thought it was. 

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Girls’ Haven Gumbo Festival logo

The 21st annual Girls’ Haven Gumbo Festival is schedule for Saturday, Feb. 21 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Parkdale Mall parking lot.

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John Travolta and Debra Winger star in 'Urban Cowboy'

This week’s installment of Classic Movie Night at the Jefferson Theatre on Friday, Feb. 20, hits close to home with the 1980 feature film Urban Cowboy starring John Travolta and Debra Winger.

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The Apprentice first-season winner Bill Rancic, E! News anchor Giuliana Rancic

One of the world’s most watched couples, The Apprentice first-season winner Bill Rancic and E!

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Selma
boyhood

Last weekend, the Golden Globes showered “Boyhood” (available now on VOD) with the lion’s share of awards. Best Supporting Actress went to Patricia Arquette, Best Director (Drama) went to Richard Linklater and Best Drama went to the movie. It was quite a night for the Texas filmmaker’s grand experiment, as he has called it.

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Into the woods
Big eyes

The awards season is officially underway, and anticipation will begin in earnest after the winners are announced at the Golden Globe ceremony this Sunday. This event sponsored by the Hollywood Foreign Press has never been a huge indicator of whom Oscar will favor, but because it splits the film categories into “Drama” and “Comedy or Musical” there are twice as many winners, and that offers much more exposure for top competitors.

‘Into the Woods’

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San Francisco theatrical producer Kate Robards will be performing a one-woman tale of her juicy journey from her hometown of Orange, Texas, to Shanghai, China in the cleverly named production Mandarin Orange on Friday, Jan. 9, and Saturday, Jan 10, at Orange Community Players, 708 W. Division St. in Orange.

Tickets can be purchased at orangecommunityplayers.com and are $10 each.

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This was the year of a lot of worsts, some pretty goods and a spare few bests in the bunch. In fact, the entire summer of 2014 may go down as one of the overall worst years for movies in quite some time. A slew of superheroes dominated screens and numbed audiences. One of the later entries, “Guardians of the Galaxy,” literally saved the day — and the season.

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Bag of Donuts

Still undecided about what to do on New Year’s Eve? Concerts? Casino? Stay at home and watch the ball drop? Well, you have plenty of options.

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