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Eight films that raise us up: From ‘Princess Bride’ to ‘Life Is Beautiful,’ these big-screen movies lift the human spirit

UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 22, 2021

Movies are all about emotions. Positive ones, negative ones and everything in between. We’re entertained and enthralled by movies because we’re so emotionally invested in these stories and characters. And given everything going on in the world right now, we could all use some of those positive emotions that only movies can provide.
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National Pie Day today is a sweet celebration of pie, not pi

If you're particularly into numbers, the phrase "National Pie Day" might make you think of March 14, aka Pi Day, a celebration of the mathematical constant that begins with 3.14. But March is still a couple of months away, so National Pie Day can only mean one thing: a day to celebrate the pastry filled with sweet or savory goodness.
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Joanne Rogers, widow of TV’s famed Mister Rogers, dies at 92

UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 16, 2021

Joanne Rogers, an accomplished concert pianist who celebrated and protected the legacy of her husband, the beloved children’s TV host Fred Rogers of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," has died in Pittsburgh. She was 92. Rogers died Thursday, according to the Fred Rogers Center. No cause of death was given. The center called her “a joyful and tender-hearted spirit.”
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Game On: Adventure games are stale, and ‘Indiana Jones’ can save them

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 14, 2021

Once a bastion of inspiration and imagination, the action/adventure genre in video games has become complacent over the years. I won’t lie and tell you the annual “Assassin’s Creed” releases are bad or that the dramatic set pieces of the “Uncharted” series aren’t impressive. But even avid fans of the genre will admit the games have become formulaic. 
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The most anticipated video games of 2021

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 31, 2020

For its many miseries, 2020 delivered some extremely memorable video games. And now, with the arrival of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, there’s more reason than usual to get excited for the offerings of the year ahead.
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Game On: The best video games of 2020

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 31, 2020

The beginning of a new year is often the perfect time to reflect. In general, 2020 has been a year of highs and lows for me and countless others, but lockdowns, fewer and shorter commutes and remote work gave me extra time to play a greater variety of video games than any previous year.
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‘Gilligan’s Island’ star Dawn Wells dies, COVID-19 cited

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 30, 2020

LOS ANGELES — Dawn Wells, who played the wholesome Mary Ann among a misfit band of shipwrecked castaways on the 1960s sitcom “Gilligan's Island,” died Wednesday of causes related to COVID-19, her publicist said. She was 82. Wells died peacefully at a living facility in Los Angeles, publicist Harlan Boll said.