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LOS ANGELES — A cheeky provocation wrapped in a zingy punchline, Justin Simien's "Dear White People" recalls other memorably promising debuts — by filmmakers named Spike, for instance, whether Lee or Jonze.

When we first see Michael Keaton in "Birdman," Alejandro G. Inarritu's bracingly inventive and accomplished new film about fame, relevance, self-worth and lots of other intense stuff, he's sitting in his white undies, in the middle of a dressing room.

Like most professional athletes, climber Paige Claassen has a hearty appetite. But unlike most athletes, her diet is not focused on low fat, low carb, low sugar.

If you’ve not yet pulled your tomato plants from the ground, it won’t be long before winter’s cold temps take over and force your hand. But before that happens, you may have lots of green tomatoes still clinging to the vines.

Good morning, ides-of-October reader. Pumpkin and apples and cinnamon scents are in the air, and it wouldn’t be a bad time for cornbread, either.

  • Oct. 15th, 2014  |
  • By Jane Henegar

Even if your name doesn’t end in Skywalker, seeing Darth Vader walk through the door at the head of a platoon of stormtroopers is generally a good sign that it’s time to make a quick exit.

It’s hard not to be cynical about most everything.

  • Oct. 14th, 2014  |
  • By Tom Tozer and Bill Black

The number 3 is proving quite lucky for Hannah Faith Greene.

Color and decorative pieces can improve the look of a home outside as well as in. Add trim boards, columns or porch accessories and you can dress up the facade of a house, improving its value and curb appeal.

When the documentary "Simple As That" took the Platinum Remington Award at the World Fest in Houston almost two years ago, filmmaker Ashley McCue "just thought they were being nice."

BARRY: Lisa, I remember a day 13 years ago when I had lunch with Mike Schoenborn and Nick Jessen when they discussed putting together an Oktoberfest event at the Chattanooga Market at First Tennessee Pavilion. Neither is involved today, but the event has grown from first one day to two and this year it will span five days. Yowza.

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