Ann Schatz on her own terms

Omaha native Ann Schatz swears she never meant to be a pioneer. She became one as her hometown's first female sportscaster in the late 1970s, repeating the feat in Portland, Oregon in 1989. From that Pacific Northwest base she's traveled to cover the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway, where she broke the Tonya Harding story, and the 2000 Sydney, Australia Summer Games. She's covered everything from the NBA...

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Cinderella Surprises

The first 150 little girls who showed up for the opening of Cinderella got silver tiaras to go with their fluffy dresses. It’s all very adorable but not necessarily promising to a reviewer whose favorite shows are seldom the stuff that brings out the moppets.

But the fairy godmother must have slipped down the Orpheum Theater aisle and wanded me because I found the entire evening absolutely delightful. Like I’d died...

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Payne’s film about miniaturized human life tackles big themes

The high concept behind Alexander Payne's soon to shoot new feature, Downsizing, unfolds in a near future world where humans can opt to be miniaturized. Everything about the story, from the title to the characters to the plot-lines, gives Payne and co-scriptwriter Jim Taylor ample metaphorical opportunities. 

The $76 million budgeted Paramount picture starring Matt Damon, Reese Witherspoon, Neil Patrick Harris,...

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Omaha Film Festival adds spotlight on Nebraska films

It used to be conversations about local filmmakers doing relevant work here began and ended with Alexander Payne and Nik Fackler. That's changing now and the March 8-13 Omaha Film Festival (OFF) is evidence of it.

The 11-year-old fest, back for the third year at Marcus Village Pointe Cinema, is programming more selections with local ties courtesy its new Nebraska Spotlight lineup of feature-length narrative and...

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The King of America

When I wrote a column late last year saying you'd all be sorry when Donald Trump was out of the 2016 presidential picture, I figured he'd be long gone by now. And yet, as of this writing -- the morning after he strongly won the South Carolina Republican primary -- he's still very much in the race.  

Not so John Ellis Bush, who was pounded so badly in the primary it left him stuttering behind a microphone thanking...

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Jane Lynch

Jane Lynch is most likely a name you recognize, whether from the TV sensational character Sue Sylvester in “Glee,” her performances in the abundance of other shows and movies or from being the host of NBC’s “Hollywood Game Night.” Maybe you have read her autobiography, “Happy Accidents” or perhaps you saw her Broadway debut as Miss Hannigan in Annie. Whichever iconic role you know Lynch from, her comedic, sarcastic...

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Son of the Congo

February 16                                                                                                                                                                                   Son of the Congo screening                                                                                                                                                            Film Streams, 1340 Mike Fahey Street          ...

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