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Thursday, August 13, 2015

"Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation" is the 2015 summer movie season's most thrilling action film, in no small part because of Tom Cruise's stunts, starting with the opening scene, one you may have seen in part online or in previews, where Cruise hangs on the outside of a military transport aircraft.

Even though making-of footage depicts Cruise in a harness, that is him outside the plane. There were said to be no computer-generated effects for this scene, one that Cruise and others have said required eight takes.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) Camryn Manheim is joining the Deaf West Theatre production of "Spring Awakening" on Broadway.

Producers said Monday that Manheim will play several female roles in the Tony Award-winning rock musical about a dozen young people discovering their sexual identities. The revival is choreographed by Spencer Liff, directed by Michael Arden and will feature a cast of 28 that blends hearing and deaf performers.

Previews begin Sept. 8 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre and will be performed simultaneously in English and American Sign Language. Tickets are now on sale.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File In this Feb. 22, 2015 file photo, Justin Theroux, left, and Jennifer Aniston arrive at the Oscars in Los Angeles. Howard Stern  has revealed details about the secret wedding between Aniston  and Theroux, including that Jimmy Kimmel officiated. Stern  was a guest at the Los Angeles ceremony Wednesday, Aug. 5,  that Aniston and Theroux disguised as a birthday bash for Theroux. Stern said on his radio show Monday that he knew ahead of time  it was a wedding because the couple asked him to give a speech.

NEW YORK (AP) – Howard Stern has revealed details about the secret wedding between Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux, including that Jimmy Kimmel officiated.

Stern was a guest at the Los Angeles ceremony last Wednesday that Aniston and Theroux disguised as a birthday bash for Theroux. Stern said on his radio show Monday that he knew beforehand that it was a wedding because the couple asked him to give a speech.

Thursday, August 6, 2015
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Jonny Lang will take the stage at Penn's Peak on Sept. 27.

Jonny Lang with The Record Company will perform at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe at 8 p.m. Sept. 27.

Sixteen years ago, at the age of 16, Lang found success with the release of his major label debut album "Lie To Me."

Fame does not seem to have impacted him from being the same country farm boy from Fargo, North Dakota, who got his start in the local clubs of Minneapolis.

He survived the passage of youth to adulthood, fell in love, began a family, and in the process passed through the life lessons we all endure.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

You couldn't ask for two more disparate films than "Mr. Holmes" and "Amy."

Each, for wildly different reasons, merits seeing. Those who see "Mr. Holmes" may not like "Amy," and vice versa.

"Mr. Holmes" can be chiefly recommended for Ian McKellen as an elderly Sherlock Holmes losing his razor-sharp memory and analysis. There's lots of life and wit in the old gentleman, conveyed in a sprightly, nuanced and absorbing performance by McKellen.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

"45RPM A Tribute to the '70s AM Radio Hits" at Penn's Peak has been rescheduled to 8 p.m. Oct. 24.

All tickets for the concert, which was scheduled for this Friday, will be honored for the October show.

The band formed in September of 2010 after six seasoned musicians found themselves stuck in a rehearsal room. They challenged each other to a game of "What's the cheesiest song you remember from the good old days of Top 40 AM radio?" The result? 45RPM.

The band is know for playing note-perfect renditions of songs from the heyday of AM radio.

Thursday, July 30, 2015
David Johnson/Discovery Communications via AP Veteran animal trainer Bill Berloni poses with Taran, who was trained to play Winn-Dixie in the movie "Because of Winn-Dixie," on his farm in Higganum, Connecticut. When he isn't performing or modeling, Taran likes to lean on people. Both Berloni and Taran will be in the upcoming Discovery Family Channel show "From Wags to Riches with Bill Berloni," which debuts on Aug. 6.

LOS ANGELES (AP) For years, Bill Berloni has taught his dogs to play make believe. Now, he's making it real.

The trainer teaches rescue dogs to beg, bark and bow or sit, stand and shake for movies, TV and the Broadway stage. Once the animal actors retire, he brings them home to join his 30 dogs, one cat, farm animals and singing macaw that swears like a sailor.

He is bringing the motley crew to reality TV in "From Wags to Riches with Bill Berloni," the Discovery Family Channel's first original series, debuting next week.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Zade Rosenthal/Disey/Marvel via AP This photo provided by Disney shows Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man in a scene from Marvel's "Ant-Man."

The first reaction was: Not another Marvel Comics movie.

After seeing "Ant-Man," the reaction is: Yes! Another Marvel Comics movie.

"Ant-Man" is this summer's best popcorn movie, and even more entertaining than one of the other top films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, "Guardians of the Galaxy" (2014).

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

"Minions" is one of the worst animated feature films I've seen in recent memory.

This shouldn't be surprising since "Minions" is the spawn of "Despicable Me" (2010) and "Despicable Me 2" (2013).

The goal of the Minions, after all, is "to serve the most despicable master they can find." Now isn't that a nice anti-social lesson to give the young 'uns?

Thursday, July 16, 2015
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lee Greenwood

Lee Greenwood, whose hit "God Bless the USA" has been voted the most recognizable patriotic song in America, will perform Friday at Penn's Peak.

The country music superstar could easily talk about the accomplishments in his life, but this high-energy entertainer prefers to continue writing and recording with the same passion and integrity that has always fueled his stellar career.