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FRIDAY, JAN. 13, 2017, 10:51 A.M.

Jamie Foxx goes undercover in the moody but rote Vegas cop thriller ‘Sleepless’

More honesty in criticism is one of my New Year’s resolutions, so here goes: “Sleepless,” a Las Vegas-set cop thriller starring Jamie Foxx, actually put me to sleep for a few minutes. Fortunately, like the character who bumps his head and almost drowns in a women’s spa, I wasn’t unconscious for long. OK, I missed the scene in which Foxx hides 25 kilos of cocaine in a men’s lavatory, but the exposition in this movie – even when yelled over the heavy drone of dance music and gunfire – is thick and repetitive enough to keep you from getting too lost.

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FRIDAY, JAN. 13, 2017, 10:47 A.M.

Show that cast Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson is shelved

It’s quite possible that no one would have heard of the show “Urban Myths” if the Sky Arts network’s series hadn’t cast white actor Joseph Fiennes to play Michael Jackson. Social media users were up in arms that a series airing in 2017 would cast a white actor as a black man. The late singer’s relatives were equally horrified. Daughter Paris tweeted that the portrayal made her sick.

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FRIDAY, JAN. 13, 2017

Looking ahead: Our weekly rundown of new shows on the horizon

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‘Voice’ winner Sundance Head will do it to country songs with Blake Shelton
Stage
‘Pippin’ is odd in all the right ways
Jimmy Buffett show to stop in New Orleans, Houston, Chicago
‘Pippin’ a flashy, splashy stage staple
Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher and the sad footnote to their shared Broadway debut
Spokane Civic Theatre presents “It’s a Wonderful Life” as a live radio play
Movies
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Q&A: Viggo Mortensen on ‘Captain Fantastic,’ acting with kids, and finding happiness in North Idaho
Review: ‘Monster Trucks’ is a fun-fueled hybrid of live action and CGI
Review: ‘The Bye Bye Man’ delivers horror at its most derivative
The 7: Actor Viggo Mortensen displays versatility and fearlessness in non-blockbuster roles
Visual arts
Avenue West artists put out the call for spring with new group show
Spokane artist Sheila Evans delves into nature with oils show at Dodson’s
There’s something for everyone at Spokane’s annual First Night celebration
Spokane photographers Bill and Kathy Kostelec bring a vintage feel to their B&W images
YWCA sculpture a symbol of new beginnings
Books
American Life in Poetry: ‘The Print the Whales Make’ by Marge Saiser
Review: ‘Her Every Fear’ is effective, compulsive thriller
Turning the page on 2016: Local readers and writers share their favorite books of last year
Poet Tim Greenup creates a coming-of-age collection in ‘Without Warning’
No pictures, please: BJ Novak back with new kids book
Television
Around the remote: Showtime’s ‘Homeland’ faces timely transition
Sailing away: ‘Survivor’ contestant using his ‘life changing’ experience to pursue new dreams
Coen brothers to make their first TV series
‘Voice’ winner Sundance Head will do it to country songs with Blake Shelton
‘Twin Peaks’ sequel to debut May 21 with two-hour episode
Dining
Ring in 2017 at Perry Street Brewing’s Frosted Formal
On Tap: Trickster’s, Twelve String celebrate birthdays with barrel-aged beers
On Tap:
Coffee convert starts small-batch Lake City Coffee
Taste of Japan
Family
Tiny robots drive big learning at the library
Let the kids enjoy New Year’s festivities 12 hours early
Let the kids enjoy New Year’s festivities 12 hours early
There’s something for everyone at Spokane’s annual First Night celebration
‘Carol Sing-Along’ aims to spread cheer in downtown Spokane


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