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Weekend Wonders

Where to go, what to see and what to do 7-Eleven BYO (Bring Your Own) Cup Day For all those who are fans of Slurpees, the convenience store chain is offering a one-day opportunity on Saturday to fill up any cup or ...

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‘Furious 7’ is a great ride – just tune out the dialogue

Before you enter a showing of “Furious 7,” do yourself a favor and bring a large glass bowl along. As the music and engine noises signal the opening credits, carefully remove your brain and place it in the bowl. You ...

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Director talks new comedy ‘Fresno’

New film “Fresno” is a comedy that revolves around a co-dependent sister relationship, one a sex addict and the other a lonely lesbian, who work in Fresno as hotel maids. After accidently killing one of the guests, the sisters Martha ...

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‘Powers’ offers cerebral take on superhero genre

With its recent release of the comic book adaptation “Powers,” PlayStation crossed from the video game realm into the trending world of original streaming service programming. The first three episodes dropped on the PlayStation Network on March 10, with seven ...

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What to Watch Wednesday

“Broadchurch” (BBC America) 7 p.m. The recently renewed British crime drama stars David Tennant (“Doctor Who”) and Olivia Colman (“The Iron Lady”) as detectives solving a shocking murder that took place in a seemingly quaint seaside town. The show’s success ...

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‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ built on shaky foundation

Netflix dipped its toes in the waters of traditional primetime sitcoms Friday by releasing “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” The show, created by “30 Rock” architects Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, was shot for NBC before being sold off to Netflix. Despite its ...

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What to Watch Wednesday

“The Voice” 8 p.m. (NBC) Season 8 returned with original judge Christina Aguilera back in one of the red chairs after a two season absence. The blind auditions will conclude on Monday, but tonight’s episode is a two-hour special featuring ...

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‘House of Cards’ returns with a secret agenda

Power has not been kind to the Underwoods. The third season of the Netflix political drama “House of Cards” debuted on Friday with a slow trudge through the monotony of political life. Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) rose from congressional leader ...

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Review: Apple-centric ‘Modern Family’ episode is a must see

Emmy-winning TV show “Modern Family” has built a reputation for being progressive in its plotlines, so it was no surprise that cast and crew delved into a new-age form of filming by using only Apple technology, such as an iPhone ...

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Latin American Film Festival premieres

Students, faculty and community members packed the Peters Educational Center Auditorium on Friday for a screening of the Colombian film “Jardin De Amapolas,” or “Field of the Poppy.” The event kicked off the spring section of the Latin American Film ...

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Q&A with Kevin Costner and Jim White of ‘McFarland, USA’

Academy Award-winning actor Kevin Costner stars in the upcoming film, “McFarland, USA” based on the 1987 state champion cross country team from the Central Valley high school. Costner portrays the real-life coach, Jim White, who helped the team – made up ...

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What to Watch Wednesday: The top picks for tonight’s primetime television

 (yes, actual live TV) “blackish” (ABC) 9 p.m. Executive producer and star Anthony Anderson’ s hit comedy provides the right amount of laughs and satirical moments with its take on what it’s like for a successful black man and his ...

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Watch to Watch Wednesday

The top picks for tonight’s primetime television (yes, actual live TV) “Earth: A New Wild” (PBS) 9 p.m. PBS’ nature docu-series gives viewers a chance to see “humanity’s relationship with nature and wildlife.” Tonight’s episode focuses on various plains across ...

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Downtown pub awakens “The Force” with ‘Star Wars’ screening

It was standing room only at Peeve’s Public House on Saturday as the Downtown Fresno pub hosted a free all-ages showing of “Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back” for thirsty patrons, hungry families and those who are fans ...

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Best of Sundance: Five films to see

The annual film festival, one of the largest in the United States is known for showcasing plenty of independent films for studios and producers to fight over in bidding wars, but it’s also known for providing movie lovers a hint ...

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What to Watch Wednesday

The top picks for tonight’s primetime television (yes, actual live TV) “American Idol” (FOX)  8 p.m. Auditions continue for the show’s 14th season, and those who have watched from the beginning know that the auditions are usually more entertaining than ...

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Kernels of [Pop] Culture

Remake nabs its “Ghostbusters” The all-female lead cast is set to bring the classic ‘80s comedy back on screen with the likes of Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon. Director Paul Feig will join forces again with funny ...

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Movie Review: ‘Whiplash’ brilliantly captures pain behind the music

By Rory Appleton “Whiplash” is a monster. Damien Chazelle’s electric ode to strict music schools everywhere is impossible to boil down to one or two sentences, but it is best described as a teacher and his pupil’s painful grind towards ...

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