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This image released by DreamWorks Animation shows characters Po, voiced by Jack Black, left, and his long-lost panda father Li, voiced by Bryan Cranston, in a scene from "Kung Fu Panda 3." (DreamWorks Animation via AP)

‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ tops Super Bowl weekend at box office

Sunday, February 7, 2016

The Coen brothers’ Hail, Caesar! and the Jane Austen-monster mashup Pride and Prejudice and Zombies followed distantly behind Kung Fu Panda 3, which remained on top of the box office over Super Bowl weekend. DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda sequel earned an estimated $21 million in its second weekend of release, according to studio estimates Sunday. Joel and Ethan Coen’s …

A look at Teddy Roosevelt and the birth of the primary process

Sunday, February 7, 2016

If Donald Trump wins the Republican nomination for president, over the strenuous efforts of party regulars to derail him, he ought to send a note of thanks to Geoffrey Cowan. Almost 50 years ago, Cowan led a campaign among the Democrats to strengthen the system of primary elections and reduce the power of …

Cam Newton took fancy pants where other pros dare not go

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Super Bowl fashion Lots of athletes have style, but could they rock the Cam pants? Super Bowl 50 is here and it has a breakout star: the $849 Versace skinny pants of Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton. Newton was snapped last week in the zebra stripe, gold swirl rocker pants as he boarded …

‘When Breath Becomes Air’ details dying doctor’s quest to find meaning

Sunday, February 7, 2016

In his posthumously published When Breath Becomes Air, Paul Kalanithi gets straight to the sudden turning point in his life: the day the Stanford neurosurgery chief resident looked at a scan showing he had advanced cancer and likely …

A workaholic dad learns to adapt in ‘This Was Not the Plan’

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Charlie Goldwyn’s life plan has gone awry. He didn’t plan on being raised by a single mother. He didn’t plan on his wife dying. He didn’t plan on relying on his twin sister to help him parent his …

‘The Language of Secrets’ an action-packed cop drama

Sunday, February 7, 2016

The hot-button issues of religion and culture – sometimes wrapped in controversy and suspicion – make a compelling foundation in Ausma Zehanat Khan’s second novel about Esa Khattak, head of Toronto’s Community Policing Section that handles minority issues. …

‘The Cowshed’ a stark reminder of dark time in China

Sunday, February 7, 2016

China doesn’t make it easy for its people to openly discuss sensitive issues. Some were surprised, then, when a professor at one of the country’s most prestigious universities published this memoir in 1998 of his abuse during the …

Author kicks off new series with ‘Orphan X’

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Gregg Hurwitz delivers a masterpiece of suspense and thrills with his latest novel, Orphan X, that invokes the best of Batman, The Bourne Identity and The Equalizer films. The Orphan Program is a secret government program that takes …

The Cult deftly climbs new heights on ‘Hidden City’

Saturday, February 6, 2016

The Cult has had its ups and downs over the more than 30 years since its debut. Hidden City shows the band climbing new heights. Led by mystically inclined singer and lyricist Ian Astbury and down-to-earth, riff generating guitarist Billy Duffy, the band’s 10th album, Hidden City, rocks …

Jimmy Tingle brings presidential primary comedy show to Concord

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Jimmy Tingle has never held an elected office. He’s not a Democratic nor a Republican. But he wants your vote in the 2016 presidential election. Tingle boasts more than 30 years of comedic experience, contributing to The Tonight …

Local Model T club aids Affleck film

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Members of the Central N.H. Model T Club joined other New England Model T clubs for a drive into the past. Specifically, the 1920s in Boston. The car clubs volunteered their vehicles and, in some cases, themselves for …

Jimmy Buffett musical to premiere at California theater

Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Jimmy Buffett musical will make its world premiere next year somewhere nice and warm – the La Jolla Playhouse in California. Producers said Wednesday that the show, which combines Buffett’s blend of rock and country tunes with …

’Love Story’ actors return to Harvard 45 years later

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Actors Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal rolled onto the Harvard campus Monday in an antique convertible similar to the one used in Love Story and reminisced about the film that made them household names nearly half a century …