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Looking ahead: Shows on the horizon

Looking ahead Unless otherwise noted, tickets are available through TicketsWest (TW); Ticketmaster (TM); Ticketweb (TB); Ticketfly (TF), Hold My Ticket (HMT), Northern Quest (NQ), Nashville North (NN, www.thenashvillenorth.com), the Bartlett (BT, www.thebartlettspokane.com), Festival at Sandpoint (FS, www.festivalatsandpoint.com), Brown Paper Tickets ...

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This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Ben Affleck, left, and Henry Cavill in a scene from, “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” (Warner Bros.)

Stream on Demand: Batman takes on Superman

What’s new for home viewing on video-on-demand and Netflix, Amazon Prime, and other streaming services.Pay-Per-View / Video-On-Demand“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” pits the Dark Knight (Ben Affleck) against the Man of Steel (Henry Cavill) while Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) ...

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This image released by the Disney Channel shows the character Elena who becomes a crown princess in a scene from, "Elena of Avalor," premiering July 22 on Disney Channel. (Disney Channel / AP)

Disney Channel makes history with launch of Hispanic princess

The new animated series for the Disney Channel is set in a fictitious world, but the princess and the country where she lives definitely have been inspired by Latin cultures and folklore. The series will follow Elena (voiced by Aimee Carrero), a 16-year-old ascendant to the throne of the fairytale kingdom of Avalor.

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Gallery Glance: ‘You Are Here’ at Chase

“You Are Here” What: Chris Tyllia, Tricia Florence and Chad Eperdling use elements of mapmaking to create new territories. When: Continuing through Sept. 29, with opening reception from 5-8 p.m. Aug. 5. Hourss are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. Where: Chase ...

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Singer-songwriter Robert Ellis performs Thursday night at The Bartlett. (Courtesy of Dusdin Condren)

Robert Ellis broadens his horizons - again - with latest record

The work of Texas singer-songwriter Robert Ellis, who performs at the Bartlett on Thursday, is defined by a lyrical specificity that sometimes recalls Randy Newman, Harry Nilsson or Paul Simon. Many of Ellis’ songs take the form of one-act dramas, and he says that he often thinks of himself as much a storyteller as a songwriter.

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Feedback: Favorite video games of all time

We asked our Facebook friends for their favorite video games of all time. The answers span generations and some (like the first one) are a little tongue-in-cheek. Here are the responses in full: Bob Salsbury Spokansylvania: A role playing video ...

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Millsap’s songs informed by Pentacostal upbringing

Parker Millsap, who performs with his three-piece backing band at the Bartlett on Monday, admits he was in an “apocalyptic head space” when he started work on his latest album. Appropriately titled “The Very Last Day,” its songs are set in a violent but colorful world of revival preachers, hustlers and two-bit criminals, recalling images you might recognize from the Southern Gothic of Flannery O’Connor.

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Movie review: ‘Equals’ explores a world where emotions are outlawed

Filmmaker Drake Doremus makes films about impossible love; difficult, complicated, bruising, fragile love. His latest, “Equals,” leaves behind the realistic contemporary environments of his two previous features, “Like Crazy” and “Breathe In,” for a sterile, dystopian future, but the emotional issues remain the same. Starring Nicholas Hoult and Kristen Stewart as the star-crossed lovers, “Equals” is a riff on “Romeo & Juliet” by way of “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.”

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Manny and friends return for “Ice Age: Collision Course.” (Twentieth Century Fox)

Movie review: Latest ‘Ice Age’ disappoints

Fourteen years after the first “Ice Age” animated film was a hit, the fifth installment in the franchise, “Ice Age: Collision Course,” rolls into theaters. Is it inevitable? Yes, 2012’s “Ice Age: Continental Drift” was the highest grossing animated film ...

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In this image released by Warner Bros. Pictures, Teresa Palmer appears in a scene from the horror film, “Lights Out.” (Ron Batzdorff / Associated Press)

Movie review: ‘Lights Out’ will make you afraid of the dark if you weren’t already

David F. Sandberg’s excellent horror flick “Lights Out” is a film about common fears and universal phobias; about things that go bump in the night, and exist only in the dark. Built on a clever premise, the film is executed seamlessly. It’s the best expression of a low-budget horror flick: resourceful and smart, where the most charismatic character is the ghoul itself.

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Notes from the 7 Blog: See ‘Boys in the Boat’ documentary at the Garland.

One of the best books I’ve read in recent years was Daniel James Brown’s nonfiction history “The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.” Never was a true-life book written that seemed to better fit a movie scenario. And, of course, Hollywood is jumping all over the project. Some reports even list the potential cast.

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Eric O'Grey, the Spokane Valley man whose story about losing more than 100 pounds with the help of a shelter dog went viral earlier this year, has a book deal. ...

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Inside a downtown gallery maybe two decades ago – that’s where I first got McCuddined. I recall strolling through the vast array of art when one canvas stopped me cold. ...

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