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Angelina Jolie in Cambodia for premiere of her new film

Sat., Feb. 18, 2017, 6:50 p.m.

Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie will be a guest lecturer this fall at the London School of Economics. (Heng Sinith / AP)
Angelina Jolie said Saturday that she hopes her new film about Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge will help educate the world about the brutality of the 1970s regime and shed a light on the plight of young people in war zones today.

Ask the Builder: Dealing with a bungled wall tile job

Sat., Feb. 18, 2017, 5 p.m.

The horrible gap between the ceramic tile and the wall is not normal. The back of the tile should be flush with the wall. (Tim Carter)
having a small bathroom remodeled. My wife and I thought we did our due diligence and hired a great contractor. I came home from work to discover the ceramic wall tile has a gap issue. The back of the decorative edge tile is floating above the adjacent wall by almost a half-inch.

In the Garden: Unlocking the secrets to successful gardening for all

Sat., Feb. 18, 2017, 4 p.m.

Staff illustration by Molly Quinn
“Everyone can grow a garden.” That will be the recurring theme for my columns throughout this year’s growing season. I strongly believe everyone should be able to successfully grow a garden, whether it’s filled with veggies, flowers, fruit, or a blend.

For Gore Verbinski, a fresh start after ‘Lone Ranger’

Sat., Feb. 18, 2017, noon

This undated publicity photo released by Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer, Inc. shows Johnny Depp, left, as Tonto, and Armie Hammer, as The Lone Ranger, in a scene from the film, "The Lone Ranger."  (AP Photo/Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer, Inc., Peter Mountain, File) ORG XMIT: NYET511 (Peter Mountain / AP)
Say what you will about Gore Verbinski’s “The Lone Ranger,” but it didn’t lack for ambition. It was, of course, a massive disappointment. So how do you follow up a flop like “The Lone Ranger”? If you’re Verbinski, with a movie about the dangers of ambition.

Bard of Sherman Avenue’s poems raise money for Hospice

Sat., Feb. 18, 2017, 10:30 a.m.

Tom Wobker, aka the Bard of Sherman Avenue, center smiles after being being revealed during Blogfest 2016 on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016,  in Coeur d’Alene. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
For 14 years, the Bard of Sherman Avenue would send little rhymes to Dave Oliveria, who hosts The Spokesman-Review’s Huckleberries Online blog. Now, after his death, 200 of Tom Wobker’s poems have been collected in a chapbook.

Pagan’s latest is love story told from different viewpoints

Sat., Feb. 18, 2017

“Forever is the Worst Long Time” is a love story told from several very different points of view. Camille Pagan unpacks a complicated relationship among a struggling novelist named James; his best friend, Rob; and their shared adoration for Rob’s fiancee, Louisa (Lou). James keeps his feelings hidden for an entire decade, until one fateful night when Rob betrays Lou. James can’t remember a time when Rob wasn’t a major part of his life. Their friendship was strong, until Lou came along. James fell in love immediately and was heartbroken when Rob announced his engagement to Lou. James knew Rob and Lou were wrong for each other, but he kept his emotions at bay. When Lou asked to meet with James years later and secrets of Rob’s infidelity were revealed, James did his best to comfort his best friend’s wife. Waking up next to her in bed the next morning was not a part of his plan.

Philip Pullman reveals ‘His Dark Materials’ follow-up

Fri., Feb. 17, 2017, 7 p.m.

Author Philip Pullman poses for a photograph outside of Worcester College, in Oxford, England, in January. The irrepressible young heroine of Pullman’s fantasy saga “His Dark Materials” returns in a new novel being published in Britain and the U.S. on Oct. 19, the first part of a trilogy called “The Book of Dust.” (Michael Leckie / AP)
The irrepressible young heroine of Philip Pullman’s fantasy trilogy “His Dark Materials” returns in a new novel being published in Britain and the U.S. on Oct. 19, the first part of a new three-book series collectively entitled “The Book of Dust.”

Nicole Kidman reveals past engagement to Lenny Kravitz

Fri., Feb. 17, 2017, 8:52 a.m.

In this 2013 file photo, musician Lenny Kravitz, left, actress Nicole Kidman and country singer Keith Urban pose at the 2013 CMT Music Awards at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. Kidman has revealed that she was once engaged to Kravitz. Kidman confirmed the engagement with the rocker in a recent interview with Net-A-Porter's magazine "The Edit," in which she was discussing her upcoming HBO series "Big Little Lies." (Frank Micelotta / Invision/AP)
Kidman confirmed the engagement with the rocker in a recent interview with Net-A-Porter’s magazine “The Edit,” in which she discussed her upcoming HBO series “Big Little Lies.” Kidman said she already knew co-star Zoe Kravitz because she was once engaged to her father.

7 presidential television, film favorites for the holiday weekend

Fri., Feb. 17, 2017

Martin Sheen (Warner Bros.)
It’s President’s Day weekend. We thought we’d celebrate with a film festival of sorts, featuring memorable performances on the big and little screens of American presidents – real and fictional. As we started brainstorming, it occurred to us that this is a more difficult task than it initially seemed. The list of notable screen presidents is long. Here are 7 of our favorites.

Funny man Harland Williams makes his first trip to Spokane

Fri., Feb. 17, 2017

Harland Williams performs at Spokane Comedy Club on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. (Spokane Comedy Club)
The comic, actor and podcaster will perform at the Spokane Comedy Club this weekend, his first performance in the city. Harland Williams is best known for his minor roles in the films “Dumb and Dumber,” “There’s Something about Mary” and “Employee of the Month.”

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