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Writers@Work Welcomes Bragg and Weaver

Posted on February 25, 2015 at 11:16 am

Listening to oral storytelling during his childhood while growing up in the Appalachian foothills of Alabama helped Rick Bragg hone his writing abilities. As a Pulitzer Prize winner for feature writing, a best-selling author, newspaper writer, and current journalism professor at the University of Alabama, Rick Bragg comes to Chattanooga State Community College as its featured author during the award-winning Writers@Work series April 13-17. “My grandfather on my daddy’s side

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  • “The Duff”

    Posted on February 25, 2015 at 10:53 am

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    Associated Press All teen comedies owe some debt to John Hughes and Amy Heckerling. The milieu of suburban teenage life that they explored decades ago has defined the genre since. The social divisions, the boredom, the dances, the irrepressible awkwardness and the irrational dreaminess of high school students never before seemed so accessible, and so neatly packaged with a perfect soundtrack — even if their scope was rather limited to

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  • “The Last Five Years”

    Posted on February 20, 2015 at 10:15 am

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    Associated Press Don’t be surprised if, settling into “The Last Five Years” with your popcorn, you hear a large number of people around you singing rather than crunching. That’s because the stage play it’s based on, a soulful and romantic song cycle by composer Jason Robert Brown, is a cult favorite of musical theater aficionados, not to mention a preferred source of audition songs. Most recently revived off-Broadway in 2013,

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  • The Sponge Bob Movie: “Sponge Out of Water”

    Posted on February 11, 2015 at 11:50 am

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    Associated Press In the thoroughly enjoyable (though somewhat exhausting) “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water,” the tiny, scheming Plankton takes a surreptitious trip into one of those sponge-holes, he finds a brain coated with cotton candy, rainbows and all manner of sweets, like a scene from “The Nutcracker.” It’s enough to make a cynical little organism sick, but it makes us love sweet SpongeBob even more. As does director

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  • “Sniper” Shoots Down Super Bowl Weekend Record With $31.9M

    Posted on February 5, 2015 at 9:38 am

    ASSOCIATED PRESS “American Sniper” shot down another box-office record: Its $31.9 million is the biggest Super Bowl weekend gross ever. According to studio estimates Sunday, the Clint Eastwood film narrowly surpassed the previous top Super Bowl weekend draw at the North American box office. The concert film “Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: The Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour” opened with $31.1 million against the NFL’s big game in 2008. Hollywood often

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  • Sneak Peek at Cutest Couples

    Posted on February 4, 2015 at 9:06 am

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    How about a sneak peak at some of the great entries we are receiving for the ‘Cutest Couple’ contest? Take a look at a few of the couples who have submitted their photo for a chance to win great prizes from Giles Dunn Diamond Company, High Point Resturant, Monteagle Florist, and Papa Ron’s Restaurant. Reminder: This is the last week to enter the contest. Voting begins on Facebook Friday, Febuary

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  • “Strange Magic”

    Posted on January 28, 2015 at 11:03 am

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    ASSOCIATED PRESS George Lucas has been toying around with “Strange Magic” for almost 15 years. The animated musical fantasy about a fairy kingdom and true love, in theaters Friday, began as a pet project while he was working on the “Star Wars” prequels. Lucas started thinking about audiences and figured that if he’d created “Star Wars” as a “mythological adventure for 12-year-old boys,” maybe he could do one for 12-year-old

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