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Jay Blakesberg
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Grateful Dead Hit Emotional Peak for Final ‘Fare Thee Well’ Concert: Set List and Photos

The final night of the revamped Grateful Dead’s Fare Thee Well concerts in Chicago was an emotional evening filled with the kind of surprises, hits and misses that fans have come to expect.

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Mat Hayward, Getty Images
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Van Halen Kick Off 2015 Tour With Debuts and Rarities: Set List, Photos + Videos

The opening night of Van Halen's 2015 tour found the band breaking out songs that haven't been heard live in years, if at all.

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‘Ted 2’ Review: Hateful Teddy Bears Are People Too, Bro

It’s funny that the poster for Ted 2 features the title character with his back to the camera and his hands suggestively poised near his crotch above the tagline “Ted is coming, again” because the whole movie revolves around the fact that Ted can’t come, not even once. Ted doesn’t have any genitals or a reproductive system, so he can’t have a baby with his wife. His search for a sperm donor eventually spills into the legal system, where a court case will decide a surprisingly complex question: Is Ted a person?

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‘Jurassic World’ Review: The Park Is Open and Full of Dumb People

When all you care about is money, bad things happen. That’s the message of Jurassic World, where greedy theme-park executives hoping to spike attendance engineer the “Indominus Rex,” a genetically-modified dinosaur that immediately turns on its creators and runs amok. Designed as a cautionary tale about the dangers of building a meaner, badder monster purely for the sake of profits, Jurassic World works equally well as a cautionary tale about doing the same thing in movies. All of the rationalizations provided by Jurassic World’s employees — “Consumers want them bigger, louder, more teeth.” “Somebody’s gotta make sure this company has a future!” — could have been taken directly out of the mouths of the studio executives who approved this gene splice of a reboot and a sequel. Their creation — the Indominus or the movie, there’s basically no difference — is as advertised; huge, mean, and visually striking. But this experiment is not without consequences.

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Heart Get the Little Things Right in Ohio: Concert Review

Heart's recent visit to Cleveland found them delighting the crowd with both expected and unexpected moments.

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Joshua Timmermans, Mountain Jam
Joshua Timmermans, Mountain Jam
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Robert Plant Reigns at Mountain Jam

Can we all agree that Robert Plant is the king of classic rock yet?

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‘Spy’ Review: An Empowering but Uneven Female Spy Spoof

Paul Feig’s The Heat took a genre that has traditionally belonged to men — the buddy cop movie — and gave it a female twist. Feig’s new movie, Spy, does much the same thing, this time for spy films, a world that has long been by, about, and for dudes and their power fantasies. Spy explicitly subverts the genre’s typical gender dynamics by casting Melissa McCarthy as a lowly, desk-bound CIA analyst named Susan Cooper, who has spent her entire career in the shadow of a glamorous James Bond-esque spy (Jude Law) and then finally gets her opportunity to step into the spotlight and become a full-fledged field agent.

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‘Chappie’ Review: Highly Artificial, Limited Intelligence

The technology in Neil Blomkamp’s movies is so fully realized and intricately detailed that it feels like another one of his characters. Now Blomkamp’s made Chappie, a film where that’s literally true in the form of a police robot given the gift of human consciousness. The result is one giant metaphor for itself; a story of the world’s first true artificial intelligence and how it is almost corrupted by violence, presented in a movie where any semblance of serious consideration of what it means to be alive is drowned out by gunfire, explosions, and macho posing.

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‘Focus’ Review: Welcome Back, Movie Star Will Smith

It’s been a decade since Will Smith was “Will Smith” onscreen. Sure, he’s made movies in the last ten years; science-fiction pictures, dramas, comedies. He even played Satan, once. But none of them riffed on that classic Will Smith persona that everyone loves; the infectious charm, the seductive smile, the cocky but casual swagger. (What’s that? Men in Black 3? No, they never made a third Men in Black. You must be confused.)

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Maybe I’m Amazed. How I Want To Remember It. [VIDEO]

God Bless Paul McCartney. At 72 (73 in June) he is still having a great time performing and most of the time it's great, but this particular song should not be on his play list anymore if he was feeling OK last night.

When Paul McCartney started singing Maybe I'm Amazed I truly thoug

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Lake Superior State University Releases 2015′s Banished Words List

Lake Superior State –- the smallest public university in Michigan -- has released its annual list of banished words.

The list’s proper name is the List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Mis-Use, Over-Use and General Uselessness, and has been a Lake Superior tradition since 1976.

Which words have been banned this year?

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ZZ Top and Jeff Beck Trade Licks, Cover Jimi Hendrix Twice on Opening Night

ZZ Top and Jeff Beck kicked off their summer tour in fine style on August 8 in Missoula, Montana.

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