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In this image released by Universal Pictures, Scarlett Johansson, left, and Josh Brolin appear in a scene from "Hail, Caesar!." (Alison Rosa/Universal Pictures via AP)

Review: In ‘Hail, Caesar!’ a studio fixer’s faith is tested

- Associated Press

The Coen canon reaches a crescendo - or rather a warped inversion of one - in “Hail, Caesar!” when the brothers assemble a quartet of religious leaders from various faiths before Josh Brolin’s 1950s movie studio “fixer” Eddie Mannix. The scene plays like a theological joke: the Coen version of a priest and a rabbi walk into a movie studio.


Disney animator endured ageism in new doc on Floyd Norman

- The Washington Times

“Floyd Norman: An Animated Life,” from Erik Sharkey (“Drew: The Man Behind the Poster”) and Michael Fiore, premiering at Santa Barbara International Film Festival this weekend, follows the legendary Disney animator, who was forced out of the Mouse House as he aged, only to be brought back into the bowels of the cartoon empire due to his seniority, having studied under the tutelage of Disney’s old guard, but now finding himself as the “old-timer” in an industry that has largely turned away from hand-drawn animation in favor of pixels.

In this Oct. 8, 2015, file photo, actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt poses for the media on top of the Empire Tower before the premiere of "The Walk" at the Moscow International Business Center, Russia. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)

Joseph Gordon-Levitt donates ‘Snowden’ acting fee to ACLU project

- The Washington Times

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the Hollywood star cast to play Edward Snowden in an forthcoming film about the NSA leaker, said on Thursday that he’s using his acting fee from the Oliver Stone-directed flick to fund a project involving the American Civil Liberties Union and his own production company, hitRECord.

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NBA All-Star weekend: A primer on what to watch in Toronto

- Associated Press

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Ballet program encourages Davenport children to read

- Associated Press

About 1,400 first-graders in the Davenport Community School District received ballet lessons last week, thanks to a pilot program developed by Ballet Quad-Cities to encourage reading.

Lee County Library begins yearlong 75th anniversary

- Associated Press

Lee County Library begins a yearlong 75th anniversary celebration at its monthly Lunching With Books event, featuring a scholarly lecture and dedicatory remarks for two major collections and rededication of the Helen Foster Auditorium.

Band's frontman: No Super Bowl halftime show for Metallica

- Associated Press

While Metallica has steadily attracted more of a mainstream audience throughout its 35-year career, frontman James Hetfield feels they will never play the Super Bowl, and he doesn't seem to mind.