Kings Tumultuous Season Finally Comes to an End

Jason Thompson pulls down a rebound against Los Angeles' Jordan Hill at Sleep Train Arena on April 13. The Kings beat the Lakers 102-92 at home, and then beat Los Angeles again on its floor 122-99 on April 15.
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LOS ANGELES — The Sacramento Kings end their regular season on a good note by beating the Los Angeles Lakers 122-99 at the Staple Center on April 15. Ben McLemore lead the Kings with 24 points, seven assists, and five rebounds for the Kings. Derrick Williams had 22 points and six rebounds and Ray McCallum […]

75 Percent of ‘Furious 7′ Audience Was Non-White

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HOLLYWOOD (NNPA) – Hollywood, are you paying attention? Ethnically diverse casts produce record-breaking monster hits. Take exhibit A, the just-released Furious 7, which set or neared records for the studio as well as the national and international box offices.  The Universal film opened to a franchise-best $384 million over the weekend at the global box office, including $143.6 million domestically […]

State of Affairs’ Christopher Michael Holley to Help Produce Crime Thriller “RELLIK” in Sacramento

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SACRAMENTO – Christopher Michael Holley, known for his recurring role on NBC’s State of Affairs and for his role as ‘Beanie’ in Smokin Aces, has joined the production team for the pilot of Rellik, a revolutionary new crime thriller being filmed in Sacramento at the end of April 2015. Holley’s star is definitely on the rise. […]

Olympic champ Gabby Douglas’ family to get reality show

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LOS ANGELES – Olympic women’s gymnastics champion Gabrielle Douglas can add another item to her resume: TV star. The defending all-around gold medalist and her family will be featured in a new Oxygen reality show debuting later this year. The show, which will be co-produced by Douglas and her mother Natalie Hawkins among others, has […]

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Filming of ‘Get Hard’

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NEW ORLEANS (NNPA) – The comedy Get Hard, scheduled for release March 27, co-stars Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart. The shoot took place in New Orleans. A visit to the film’s production studios in there found Ferrell and Hart deep in their craft of making comedy mountains out of molehills. The plot centers on a […]

From 68 to 16 in one week

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NATIONWIDE – If dieters could accomplish what the NCAA Division I Mens’ basketball tournament did last week, no one would be overweight. In an almost magical, but certainly exciting sequence of events, the NCAA TOURNAMENT to determine the National Champion of Mens’ Division I Basketball has, in the span of six days, reduced itself from […]

It’s Tournament Time 2015

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The remarkable basketball skills that the young men and women displayed, the earnest efforts to win that the teams put forth, and the intensity of emotions that followed in both victory and defeat that the fans and families demonstrated during the various Conference Tournaments was but a preview of what is about to take place […]

Emmy Award Winner Tim Russ to Direct Groundbreaking Crime Thriller “RELLIK” in Sacramento

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SACRAMENTO – Actor/Director Tim Russ, best known for his role as “Tuvok” on all seven seasons of Star Trek Voyager, will be at the helm as the director of Rellik, a revolutionary new crime thriller. Rellik is an original series, following the lives of two detectives, as they pursue a serial killer…who seems just a […]

Winfrey’s Harpo Studios in Chicago to close in December

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CHICAGO (AP) — Oprah Winfrey will close Harpo Studios in Chicago, where she filmed “The Oprah Winfrey Show” for more than 20 years, this December, and will transition production for her cable network to a studio in California. Harpo Studios and the Oprah Winfrey Network made the announcement Tuesday. OWN recently moved into a new […]

Film Review: Focus

Will Smith and Margot Robbie co-star in the con artist movie Focus.

OPINION (NNPA) – After Earth, Men in Black 3, Seven Pounds… It’s been a while since Will Smith lived up to his star status in a film worth having his name above the marquee. As Nicky, a con artist’s con artist in Focus, he redeems himself somewhat in a generic but often entertaining game of […]