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Robin Williams dead at 63
August 11, 2014
Robin Williams, the Academy Award winner and comic supernova whose explosions of pop culture riffs and impressions dazzled audiences for decades and made him a gleamy-eyed laureate for the Information Age, died Monday in an apparent suicide. He was 63.
Scrabblers rejoice: 5,000 new words are on the way
August 4, 2014
The last freshening up for “The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary” was a decade ago. Entries in the forthcoming book include texter, vlog, bromance, hashtag, dubstep and selfie were mere twinkles on the racks of recreational players.
Riders call tallest waterslide scary, but worth it
July 9, 2014
Six weeks after the world’s tallest waterslide was initially scheduled to open to the public, media members and local dignitaries took the first rides Wednesday on the Kansas City, Kansas, attraction.
World’s tallest water slide set to open Thursday in Kansas City
July 8, 2014
After three delays, the world’s tallest water slide is scheduled to open this week.
Bridge players compete for 17 hours straight in Lawrence to raise money for Alzheimer’s research
June 22, 2014
A local bridge club raised several thousand dollars for Alzheimer’s research Saturday by playing for 17 hours straight on the longest day of the year. By Giles Bruce
Lied Center: Mandy Patinkin out, Bernadette Peters in
June 4, 2014
Multi-award-winning Kansas University alumnus and Broadway star Mandy Patinkin has canceled all of his 2014-15 engagements, including a planned March appearance at the Lied Center, the center announced Wednesday.
4 places in Lawrence to get your nature fix
April 29, 2014
Looking to get back out into nature now that the weather is getting warmer? Lucky for you, Lawrence has a variety of parks and nature centers for people who want revel in the outdoors this spring. By Giles Bruce
Playing it ‘Saf3’: Lawrence native finds success in TV show
April 26, 2014
Since she was an adolescent at South Junior High School, Lydia Hull had been dreaming of a career in acting. Now, the Lawrence native has just experienced her first big break. By Nikki Wentling
Think you can beat the critic? Make your picks in our Oscar contest
February 17, 2014
The 86th Academy Awards are coming up quickly, and this year Lawrence.com and Liberty Hall have teamed up to bring you an Oscar contest that could win you free passes to movies, concessions and free movie rentals.
Jayhawkers’ brings a legend back to life
Film tells story of how Wilt Chamberlain changed Lawrence on and off court
February 9, 2014
Broad, sweeping biographical films that try to sum up a person’s entire life in two hours rarely ever get it right. That’s why the best thing that happened to Kevin Willmott’s movie “Jayhawkers” was not being able to raise the $12 million dollars they needed.
Locally produced Web series take funny look at gaming culture
February 7, 2014
The Gaming Wildlife Foundation, made up of a handful of Kansas University film and media studies graduates, hopes to take its 15 minutes of fame to full-time work.
Wilt Chamberlain film ‘Jayhawkers’ premiering Feb. 14
January 17, 2014
Kansas University professor Kevin Willmott will premiere his new film “Jayhawkers” at the Lied Center February 14.
Eric Melin’s 10 best movies of 2013
December 22, 2013
2013 was an embarrassment of film riches, and the best movies of the year are all over the place in terms of budget, scope, genre and style.
Hunting for big bucks
November 8, 2013
Steve Campbell is ready to shoot at bevies of wild animals — in downtown Chicago.
Enter our annual scary story contest for young writers
October 9, 2013
The Journal-World’s annual scary story contest is back, and it’s open to students in three categories: elementary school, middle school and high school.
Lied Center to host The Price is Right Live!
September 8, 2013
The Lied Center is inviting audiences to “come on down” and win big prizes at The Price is Right Live! on Sunday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. Tickets will go on sale at 11 a.m. Monday.
Televison history buffs dig Black Jack Battlefield
August 11, 2013
Black Jack Battlefield, the National Historic Landmark just east of Baldwin City, will be featured on an episode of the National Geographic Channel show “Diggers” on Aug. 14.
Sandbar Block Party to celebrate anniversary, new sub shop
August 6, 2013
The fifth annual Sandbar Block Party will celebrate the beach-themed bar’s 24th anniversary and the opening of the new Sandbar Sub Shop location at 745 New Hampshire St. Lawrence-formed indie band Cowboy Indian Bear will perform before the Grammy-nominated The Fabulous Thunderbirds, a Texas-based, blues-rock group formed in 1974. By Nikki Wentling
Tune In Tonight: CNBC doesn’t stand out with ‘Crowd Rules’
May 14, 2013
Call me confused. I’m frequently stumped when a cable network deviates from its original purpose to pursue generic reality shows, readily available elsewhere. The newest CNBC offering is “Crowd Rules” (8 p.m.) a show so unabashedly unoriginal, it just might work. Imagine the set from “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” the music from “The Apprentice” and the general thrust of “Shark Tank” and you’re getting close.
Summer movie preview: Which new franchises will take flight?
May 12, 2013
Nobody ever accused Hollywood of being original, so it’s no wonder that so many sequels and reboots are on deck for 2013. The big question is whether any new franchises will be able to separate themselves from the pack this summer.
Tune In Tonight: ‘Nature’ brings us back to doe
May 8, 2013
According to poll figures I just made up, 73 percent of homeowners are obsessed about keeping squirrels out of their bird feeders and keeping deer from eating their vegetables, flowers and shrubs. Tonight’s “Nature” (7 p.m., PBS) will shed no light on the eternal battle between man and squirrel, but “The Private Life of Deer” is illuminating.
Tune In Tonight: ABC offers ‘new’ Britcom import
May 1, 2013
The television season may be nearing its end, but new “midseason” replacements keep arriving. ABC presents “Family Tools” (7:30 p.m.), a contrived fish-out-of-water tale about a hapless adult son, Jack (Kyle Bornheimer), forced to take over his family’s home improvement business after his father, Tony (J.K. Simmons, “The Closer”), has a heart attack. The good news is that this is not a “Home Improvement” knockoff. The bad news is that the good news stops there.
Tune In Tonight: Knox trial examined on ‘20/20’
April 30, 2013
Is Amanda Knox innocent or guilty? And how many of us really care? For those who haven’t heard, Knox was a American college student studying abroad in Perugia, Italy, when arrested and convicted for the gruesome 2007 murder of a roommate. Her conviction was later overturned by an Italian court, and she’s the subject of an hourlong interview on tonight’s “20/20” (9 p.m., ABC).
Tune In Tonight: Comedy in ‘The Big C’ is sickening
April 29, 2013
The cancer comedy “The Big C” (9 p.m., Showtime) wraps up its final season in four episodes. It’s not hard to see where this is going. The final installments will break out of the show’s half-hour format with longer narratives as the end grows near. I wish I could love or even like this series, which grapples with such sad and profound matters. But it does so with cloying whimsy and precious situations. (And I’m not just talking about casting Gabourey Sidibe.)
Tune In Tonight: ‘Good Wife,’ ‘Vikings’ end their seasons
April 28, 2013
Two acclaimed series wrap up Sunday, and happily for fans, both are assured of a new season. “The Good Wife” (8 p.m., CBS) finishes its fourth season with Zach certain he has evidence of vote rigging. This legal drama, set in Chicago (but shot in New York), has never been at the top of the ratings. But it has given CBS something it doesn’t get from its more popular shows: critical acclaim, prestige and a positive buzz from the chattering class. “NCIS” may get more than 20 million viewers, but cutting edge it is not. CBS has long maintained that it’s not in the business of collecting Emmys, but it’s nice to have at least one show that gets some respect.
Tune In Tonight: Lifetime’s bad girls out for ‘Revenge’
April 27, 2013
Where would the women’s network be without bad girls or femme fatales? Brooke Burns (”Baywatch”) stars as the conniving other woman in “A Sister’s Revenge” (7 p.m. Saturday, Lifetime). Michael Miller (Tim Rozon) has put his wild ways behind him. The former Lothario has settled down with a wife and baby and is focused on running the hottest new restaurant in town.
Tune In Tonight: Can ‘Nashville’ find an audience in time?
April 24, 2013
Despite being the best, or at least the best-reviewed, new show of the season, “Nashville” (9 p.m., ABC) has seen its ratings steadily decline since midseason. Nothing kills a soapy melodrama like asking viewers to return in three weeks to see what happens next, followed by another two-week hiatus.
Tune In Tonight: ‘Hearst’ tells different tale from ‘Kane’
April 23, 2013
As media experiences go, there’s nothing more peculiar — and interesting — than spin control seven decades after the fact. Released in conduction with the 125th anniversary of the Hearst Corp., the documentary “Citizen Hearst” (7 p.m., BIO) has the unenviable task of retelling its subject’s story, a tale many people will associate with the 1941 drama “Citizen Kane,” whose title character was loosely based on Hearst. And that’s only a film generally considered to be the greatest movie ever made.
Tune In Tonight: New thriller appeals to smart crowd
April 22, 2013
What happens when a closed case comes undone? A smart whodunit and a superior psychological thriller, “Rectify” (8 p.m., Sundance) deserves a large audience. It will probably get a smart one. Convicted of rape and murder, Daniel Holden (Aden Young) spent 19 years in prison, most of them on death row awaiting execution. After DNA evidence appears to exonerate him, he returns to his shattered, confused family in the small town of Paulie, Ga., which is filled with friends of the murder victim — who still want him behind bars. Chief among them is Sen. Roland Foulkes (Michael O’Neill), whose prosecution of Holden launched his political career. The local sheriff (J.D. Evermore) doesn’t seem too pleased with Holden’s release either, and most of the scuttlebutt at the coffee shop involves conversations about returning him to prison, evidence be damned.
Tune In Tonight: Watergate special tries too hard
April 21, 2013
Too often, history — particularly recent history — is reduced to nostalgia and show business. So a week after “The ‘80s: The Decade That Made Us” premiered on the National Geographic Channel, I was hesitant about “All the President’s Men Revisited” (7 p.m., Discovery), hosted by Robert Redford. The rewarding documentary just tries to tackle too much in its two-hour running time. I’m not sure if a weeklong or even a monthlong documentary miniseries could have done the subject justice.

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