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Oscars: ‘Birdman’ swoops to conquer for small films (+video)

The conventional wisdom going into the 87th Academy Awards was that it would be a horse race between two quirky, experimental films: “Boyhood,” Richard Linklater’s coming-of-age drama that took 12 years to film, and “Birdman or (the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance”), a backstage show-business satire that director Alejandro González Iñárritu constructed to resemble one continuous take.

Jazz virtuoso Clark Terry dies at 94

Clark Terry, a trumpet and fluegelhorn virtuoso who was an ebullient mainstay in the Duke Ellington and “Tonight Show” big bands and who became a mentor to generations of jazz players, including Miles Davis and Wynton Marsalis, has died at 94.

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Gary Owens, longtime radio host and announcer on TV’s ‘Laugh-In,’ dies at 80

“From beautiful downtown Burbank,” Gary Owens vaulted to fame playing the zany announcer in the landmark TV comedy series “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In.” He never stopped working after that, doing commercials, variety specials, cartoons, radio shows and even theme-park announcements in his deep voice that was one of the most famous in show business.

GC presents ‘Cinderella Confidential’

The Prince has a shoe and he’s ready to marry. Find out why the kingdom is abuzz when Grayson College Theatre for Young Audiences presents “Cinderella Confidential” at the Cruce Stark Auditorium, located in the Arts & Communication Center on GC’s Main Campus in Denison. The 50-minute play features morning performances at 10 a.m. on Feb. 18-20 and one evening performance at 7 p.m. on Feb. 21.

How Jon Stewart became one of America’s nontraditional leaders

Way back in 2010 — back before Jon Stewart announced he will leave “The Daily Show,” before Stephen Colbert left to replace David Letterman, before John Oliver left to start his own show, before Brian Williams got suspended for “truthiness” — Stewart took his brilliant brand of fake news satire off the screen. In an event that was part marketing stunt, part satiric response to conservative commentator Glenn Beck and part meta moment of cognitive cultural dissonance, he and Colbert hosted the is-it-fake-or-is-it-real “Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear” just days before the midterm elections.