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Summer Stories: The Thick Darkness by Shawn Vestal

It came as Father said it would come, a shroud over the sun, a night in the day, a black pall upon the earthly coffin of the wicked. At the campground, the Forest Service man came and asked for $16.

Mad or brave? Natalie Portman on making her directorial debut

That’s because “A Tale of Love and Darkness” isn’t your typical directorial debut. It’s not a simple genre piece or a little indie romance, but an adaptation of a complex work of contemporary literature by Amos Oz. Oh, and the film is entirely in Hebrew.

Success in stars for Cumberbatch

DETROIT – Benedict Cumberbatch’s mission at the moment is to boldly go into a conversation by phone from London about “Star Trek Into Darkness.” “They’ve let me off for a few days to have some fun with my ‘Trek’ family and say hello to the world awaiting the film and talk about it,” said the 36-year-old British actor, who’s in the midst of shooting the third season of “Sherlock,” the popular “Masterpiece Mystery!” series on PBS. “Then I’m back to sleuthing tomorrow in Cardiff.”

Abrams adeptly handles franchise’s new incarnation

When adapting a revered book or television series to the big screen, most filmmakers find themselves between a rock and a hard place: Either they stick religiously to the source material and give the audience exactly what is expected, or they break outside of the box and run the risk of enraging fans who decry them for deviating from the gospel. In 2009, the J.J. Abrams-directed “Star Trek” did the latter. It was the 11th movie to be inspired by Gene Roddenberry’s cultishly adored universe, and yet it wasn’t weighed down by the baggage of the series’ previous entries – if anything, it served as the start of its own sort of sub-series. Abrams took some of the USS Enterprise’s best-known crew members and gave them newer, younger identities, applying a glossy finish to Roddenberry’s creation while still paying tribute to it.

Into the light

The thing most on Sandy Ross's mind, the thing this mother cannot forget, is the one thing people around her tried their hardest not to discuss with her. It was as if by not talking about her suffering, it would somehow just go away. But of course, the death of two sons by suicide in 2003 would never be forgotten. So Ross took her broken heart and descended even farther into darkness.

Abuse group focuses on prevention

Darkness to Light isn't about teaching children what to do when they've been abused. Instead, it puts the responsibility on adults in the community to keep abuse from happening in the first place. The national nonprofit organization focuses on teaching adults to "prevent, recognize and react responsibly" to child sexual abuse, said Beth Barclay, executive director of the ICARE Children and Family Advocacy Center.