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Michael Shannon and Kevin Spacey star in "Elvis & Nixon," now available on Blu-ray from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Blu-ray review: Elvis & Nixon

- The Washington Times

Director Liza Johnson’s cinematic take on the visit of a pop-culture king to the White House makes for great home theater viewing for lovers of bizarre historical comedies.

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Mark L. Walberg: ‘Digging Up History’

For more than a decade, Mark L. Walberg has been entering your home via the television as the go-to host for damn near everything. His latest gig is as the host of a brand-new PBS show called “Buried History,” which uncovers the history of towns from the (cemetery) ground up. I spoke with Mr. Walberg about his latest show, his love of History and how he occasionally gets confused for that “other guy,” movie star Mark Wahlberg.

In this image released by Paramount Pictures, from left, Anton Yelchin, Chris Pine and John Cho appear in a scene from, "Star Trek Beyond." The movie releases in the U.S. on July 22, 2016. (Kimberley French/Paramount Pictures via AP)

To blandly go: Rebooted ‘Trek’ universe has gone where franchise has long gone before

- The Washington Times

After an outstanding outer space action thriller reboot in “Star Trek” (2009) and a mediocre, if valiant, attempt to redo the gospel standard of all Trek films in “Star Trek Into Darkness” (2013), here we now have “Star Trek Beyond,” a tepid, bland exercise that recycles some familiar Trek tropes but is, in the end, just another sophomoric action movie.

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FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2012, file photo, Christian McBride, of the Christian McBride Big Band, poses backstage with the award for best large jazz ensemble for "The Good Feeling" at the 54th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. The Newport Festivals Foundation announced Thursday, March 10, 2016, that McBride has been named artistic director of the Newport Jazz Festival. McBride will work side-by-side with George Wein at the Rhode Island festival in 2016, and take the reins for the 2017 festival. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

Newport Jazz Festival gets new vision with Christian McBride

- Associated Press

Christian McBride is no stranger to the main stage at the Newport Jazz Festival and this year he'll again be up there in a trio with pianist Chick Corea and drummer Brian Blade. But he'll also be turning his attention to a new role backstage as he takes over as artistic director from festival founder George Wein.

In this 2013 photo provided by RxArt, Kenny Scharf paints a hallway with his art at Kings County Hospital Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. RxArt commissions leading contemporary artists to create original artworks on walls, ceilings, floors - even medical equipment - of pediatrics wards across the country, with the mission of making pediatrics facilities less intimidating and help young patients heal through the power of visual art. (RxArt via AP)

Art with heart: Making children's health wards less scary

- Associated Press

For Dorkas Kaya and other young patients with HIV, seeing the walls of their residential treatment facility transformed with broad splashes of color and graffiti-like scribbles brought a singular reaction: "Whoa!"

New book highlights history of Grandfather Mountain

- Associated Press

Randy Johnson can hardly take a step along the ridges, broad flanks and deep woods of Grandfather Mountain without stepping through his mountain-sized memory lane.

Chris Pratt gestures to the audience at the "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" panel on day 3 of Comic-Con International on Saturday, July 23, 2016, in San Diego. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Marvel marks Comic-Con homecoming with a showstopper

- Associated Press

Marvel Studios took a year off from Comic-Con, but it came back with a pow on Saturday with a spectacle and star-filled presentation offering exclusive looks at "Spider-Man: Homecoming," ''Doctor Strange" and "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2."

Golf Capsules

- Associated Press

Jared du Toit was in position to become the first Canadian to win the Canadian Open in 62 years - and the first amateur to break through on the PGA Tour in 25 seasons.

Clapton guitar auctioned for $45,000

Associated Press

A guitar owned by British singer-songwriter Eric Clapton has sold at auction for $45,000 and the proceeds will be used to pay the medical bills of a well-known Texas musician whose wife recently died of leukemia.