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TV highlights: ‘Underground’ ends its second season on WGN America

Survivor (CBS at 8) The castaways get visits (and advice) from loved ones. Shots Fired (Fox at 8) Preston and Ashe come under pressure to solve the Joey Campbell case when a potential murder weapon surfaces. Empire (Fox at 9) The feud between the Lyon and Dubois families heats up. Rapp
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Folks in ‘S-Town’ have some words of their own for podcast

WOODSTOCK, Ala. — Attention is often a hard-won commodity out in the country, and sometimes it’s the last thing a little town wants.Residents puff out their chests when a high school in a rural town upends a big-city rival to win a championship, but they’re just as likely to be deflated by som
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Sturgill Simpson leads nominees with 3 at Americana Awards

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Grammy-winning country singer Sturgill Simpson leads the Americana Honors and Awards nominees with three nominations, including album, artist and song of the year.The Americana Music Association announced the nominees Tuesday in Nashville, Tennessee. The 16th annual awards show
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Mother’s Play: Roz Chast’s latest New Yorker cover brilliantly stitches in the magic of embroidery

ROZ CHAST can brilliantly needle the satire out of life’s daily absurdities, but one artistic discipline she had mostly quit since childhood was embroidery.“I learned how to embroider when I was in sixth grade, and both the boys and the girls had to embroider a map of the U.S. but hadn’t done
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Illustrating the guilty: James Earl Ray, Jean Harris, Charles Manson

The Library of Congress exhibition “Drawing Justice: The Art of Courtroom Illustration” is full of the famous, the infamous and at least a few people who were downright evil. It covers the recent history of courtroom illustration, and while it doesn’t aim at the tawdry, it inevitably reminds v
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How ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ pulled off one of the most joyous opening sequences in years

Author’s note: This column contains minor spoilers.JAMES GUNN was working on a treatment for “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2″ when he got the idea for what he envisioned as “the greatest opening sequence of all time.”Thunderstruck by the concept, the director brought producer Simon Hatt in
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HBO sets movie about ‘Fantasy Island’ star Herve Villechaize

LOS ANGELES — HBO says it’s green-lighted a movie about Herve Villechaize (ER-vay Vill-SHEZZ). He’s the late actor who played Mr. Tattoo on TV’s “Fantasy Island.”HBO said Tuesday that “My Dinner with Herve” will star Peter Dinklage of “Game of Thrones” as Villechaize. “Fifty Sh
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Jimmy Kimmel slams critics of his emotional health-care plea, calls out Newt Gingrich

A week after Jimmy Kimmel shared the news about his newborn son’s heart defect — and made an emotional plea about preexisting conditions amid the health-care debate — he returned to his late-night show on Monday to huge applause from his studio audience.“I made an emotional speech that was
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‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ director had ‘suicidal thoughts’ as a boy. Here’s how art helped him.

OVER THE weekend, as his film rocketed to the top of the box office, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” director James Gunn shared a wish for the emotional good his movie might do — just as pop-culture art was there for him several decades ago, when he was a boy struggling to survive.“When I w
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Detroit Free Press cartoonist wins RFK Award for his piercing focus on the Flint water crisis

PART OF the power of local journalism is to illuminate a crucial issue over the longer term, well after the national spotlight has left town. And it is with that sense of purpose that Michigan journalist Mike Thompson stayed focused last year on the Flint water crisis.“Flint was the big story for
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