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Cheesy vegetable soda bread

A simple soda bread can be mixed up quickly in time to serve for dinner with a bowl of hearty soup.

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Strong opening for 'The Magnificent Seven' shows westerns can still gallop

'Magnificent,' which is a remake of the 1960 film and stars Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt, came in first place at the box office in its opening weekend. Other new movies this past weekend included the animated film 'Storks.'

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Will 'Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children' translate on the silver screen?

'Peregrine,' which opens on Sept. 30, is the newest attempt by Hollywood to translate bestseller status into hit box office. But it's been a bumpy road recently for young-adult film adaptations.

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'Queen of Katwe' star David Oyelowo calls the film a 'life-affirming African story'

'Katwe' stars Madina Nalwanga as Phiona Mutesi, a Ugandan girl who overcame obstacles to become a chess champion. It co-stars Lupita Nyong'o and David Oyelowo.

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'The Magnificent Seven' brings diversity to Western genre

'Seven' stars Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt and is a remake of director John Sturges' 1960 Western, itself a remake of Kurosawa's 'Seven Samurai.' 

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John D. Loudermilk remembered for 'amazing words and powerful music'

Over the past half-century, Mr. Loudermilk's songs have been recorded by a wide range of musicians, from George Hamilton IV to David Lee Roth.

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The Magnificent Seven: Why critics don't like the film

The remake of 'The Magnificent Seven,' which stars Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, and Ethan Hawke, has gotten poor reviews so far. The film is now in theaters.

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Sony, Dalian Wanda will collaborate as China-Hollywood partnership continues

Sony Pictures and the Chinese company Dalian Wanda will reportedly be teaming up for various high-profile films. It's the newest development in the relationship between Hollywood and China.

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Warm chocolate pudding with smoked paprika candied pecans

A smooth and delicious dessert with a powerful chocolate flavor.

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Top Picks: The Can I Stream It? app, 'The Beatles Live at the Hollywood Bowl' album, and more

Julianne Moore shows her astonishing versatility in 'Maggie's Plan,' the app Gas Guru lets you save money on fuel, and more top picks.

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Pickled Chinese mustard cabbage

Pickling is a quick and easy way to use fresh produce that might otherwise go to waste. Here are five easy recipes for watermelon, red onion, mustard cabbage, carrot and daikon, and cabbage daikon pickles.

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Did The Weeknd and Daft Punk's collaboration yield impressive results?

As previously reported, Daft Punk and The Weeknd worked together on new music and the song, 'Starboy,' recently became available. Was the collaboration a success?

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Judge leaves 'Great British Bake Off': What's behind the show's appeal?

Judge Mary Berry will reportedly not appear on the program once it moves to Britain's Channel 4. Fellow judge Paul Hollywood, however, says he'll remain. 

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Burke, Twain, and the economy of truth

There’s a special way to speak of someone who tells ‘the truth,’ and ‘nothing but the truth,’ but not quite ‘the whole truth.’

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Netflix pushes for '50 percent original content.' Will we subscribe?

Netflix recently announced plans to increase its original content to 50 percent of its total over the next few years, a strategy that the company hopes will help it reach more viewers. What does it mean for current subscribers and traditional media?

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Roasted chicken thighs with apples and capers

Chicken thighs are seared, then pan roasted with apples, capers, shallots, and rosemary for a meal that tastes like autumn.

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Why the definition of a 'hit' TV show has changed

Network shows get ratings that would have gotten them canceled decades ago, while streaming services like Netflix release few figures. How do we know now if a TV show is a success?

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Director Curtis Hanson won over audiences, critics with noir 'L.A. Confidential'

What impressed critics about the film 'Confidential'? Hanson also directed projects such as '8 Mile,' 'The Wonder Boys,' and 'Too Big to Fail.'

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What drew viewers to the deceptively simple show 'This is Us'? (+video)

'Us' features no superheroes or explosions. Yet the trailer for the NBC TV show 'Us,' which premiered on Sept. 20 and depicts everyday people with relatable problems, became a huge success. What about the clip appealed to viewers and will the trailer's success translate to viewership numbers?

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Why I’m still drawn by trains

They’re a lullaby, a punctuation, a (mostly) relaxed way to travel.

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