The Arts

Happy 75th, Dolly Parton!

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I asked my student, Misty, to share with my readers some of her vast knowledge about her shero, Dolly Parton, who turns 75 today. Misty’s mom went to high school with Dolly, and when Misty asked her parents to host us in their home this past fall, they pulled out the yearbooks. That’s Misty’s index finger on Dolly’s senior picture. In the group shot below, we show off the “What Would Dolly Do?” t-shirts Misty (second from left) gave us.

So now from Misty Hedrick I give you…

Five Reasons to Love Dolly Parton

1. Billboard estimates Dolly’s current catalog at nearly 5,000 songs. That makes Dolly Parton the most prolific living songwriter. She writes poetry, screenplays, and Broadway musicals, and she starred in hit movies like 9 to 5 and Steel Magnolias. And Dolly now churns out Netflix specials based on her songs, like Jolene and Two Doors

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Review: Risen Movie: Through the Eyes of a Soldier

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Today I have a guest post from my friend, Chrissy Segulin, who lives in Vicenza, Italy. She and her husband, Dave, attended the European premiere of Risen. 

Like CSI, the film “Risen”—a Sony/TriStar production that opens today—starts after “the main event” has happened and follows the main character as he seeks to piece together evidence. Set in Jerusalem at the time of Christ, the story begins with the Crucifixion rather than ending with it. It follows the fictional hero, Clavius (Joseph Fiennes, Shakespeare in Love), an ambitious, high-ranking Roman tribune, and his aide, Lucius (Tom Felton, Harry Potter), as they sort rumor from reality.

Clavius has already seen enough of death; he wants only to retire in peace. But Pontius Pilate tasks him with maintaining order in the city before a visit from the Emperor. Pilate is specifically concerned with the followers of a rabbi who has been …

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Check out the War and Peace Mini-Series

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Screen_Shot_2016-01-11_at_3.18.20_PMHave you been watching the “War and Peace” four-part miniseries?

Simulcasting on Lifetime, A&E and HISTORY, the miniseries began on Monday, January 18, at 9pm ET/PT. The epic story features scoundrels and heroes presented by an award-winning cast. These include SAG Award® and Film Independent Spirit Award winner Paul Dano (Love and Mercy), Lily James (Rose on Downton Abbey), James Norton (Happy Valley), Oscar®, Golden Globe and BAFTA winner Jim Broadbent (Iris), Golden Globe® winner Gillian Anderson (The X-Files) and others. The four-week event airs Mondays, 9pm – 11pm ET/PT.

A thrilling tale of love, war, and family, War and Peace is widely considered the greatest novel ever written. Set against the backdrop of Napoleon’s invasion of Russia, War & Peace is the ultimate story of passion and romance, scandal and deceit. It follows the rise and fall of five aristocratic families, all jockeying for top position in the waning …

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