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Film fireworks: Hollywood turns up the volume on summer movies

Hugh Jackman returns as Logan, the Wolverine, in 'X-Men: Days of Future Past.' Alan Markfield

This summer's movies will be filled with explosions, mega-battles, superheroes, and outer space spectaculars such as 'X-Men: Days of Future Past,' 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' and 'Transformers: Age of Extinction.' More

Loose 'Brick Mansions' is split by too many cracks

David Belle, left, and the late Paul Walker star in the dystopian 'Brick Mansions.' Philippe Bosse

'Brick Mansions' is a sloppy action dud set in a dystopian Detroit starring Paul Walker in one of his final roles. More

Review: 'Other Woman' a female buddy film

Cameron Diaz portrays a romantically jaded lawyer, Carly, caught in a love triangle that goes sideways in 'The Other Woman.' LBI Productions / 20th Century Fox

'The Other Woman,' starring Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann, is a female empowerment comedy and buddy picture with a script that has plenty of snap and crackle to go with the pop. More

Review: 'Railway Man' is anchored by Firth

Colin Firth plays a man trying to live after being physically tortured during WWII in 'The Railway Man.' Lionsgate

'The Railway Man' is a powerful film based on the autobiography of Eric Lomax, a British Army officer who was brutally tortured at a Japanese POW camp during World War II. More

SOCIETY CONFIDENTIAL: 'Bob Benson' does Royal Oak

Actor James Wolk (Bob Ben son on 'Mad Men') and Hillary Doan of Royal Oak's Bistro 82. Bistro 82

'Pete Campbell' bristled about having to go to see GM execs Detroit in last week's episode of 'Mad Men,' largely because his handsome nemesis, 'Bob Benson,' was there. If only he knew! More

Review: 'Ernest & Celestine' is a delicate delight

The animated film 'Ernest & Celestine' is based on the children's books by Belgian author Gabrielle Vincent. Gkids

The Oscar-nominated animated French-Belgian film is a simply rendered tale about a friendship between a mouse and a bear, painted with watercolor backgrounds and hand-sketched characters. More

Review: 'Quiet Ones' is more creaky than creepy

Olivia Cooke plays a mentally unstable young woman with an alter ego while Sam Claflin is an amateur cameraman in 'The Quiet Ones.' Chris Harris

Paying homage in style and theme to the vintage horror movies of the 1970s, the film relies on high production values and sense-battering shock tactics to make up for wooden performances and an illogical, silly script. More

Review: Sluggish slog through Hungary's Holocaust

Ben Kingsley brings class to this ambitious, but complicated film. Liberty Studios

Ben Kingsley classes up an ambitious, if muddled, World War II drama where the sweep of history and a vast array of characters almost obliterate what is a simple story. More

'Stars on Ice' tour brings red-hot Olympians Davis and White to the Joe

With a few 'Stars on Ice' tour dates behind them, Olympians Charlie White and Meryl Davis are enjoying being in the show, Davis says. Elizabeth Conley / The Detroit News

Over the past few months we've watched as Olympians Meryl Davis and Charlie White glided their way to a gold medal and ballroom danced all over primetime television. Sunday, it's Metro Detroit's chance to see the Michigan natives skate in person in 'Stars on Ice.' More

Neon Trees singer is 1 of few gay celeb Mormons

— When Tyler Glenn of Neon Trees announced last month that he's gay, the bigger headline behind his revelation was that he is one of the few publicly out Mormons. More

Success trumps tragedy for violinist playing with DSO

Violinist Augustin Hadelich will play his favorite work with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Detroit Symphony Orchestra

German violinist Augustin Hadelich was horribly burned at 15, and told he'd never play his instrument again. Then he went on to win the International Violin Competition, and now plays with the world's best orchestras. More

Marshall Crenshaw, in town for DMAs, reflects on Detroit

Berkley native Marshall Crenshaw returns to be honored at this year's Detroit Music Awards. MCT management

If Marshall Crenshaw sounds a bit bemused about receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award during the Detroit Music Awards on Friday, at age 60, it's actually just his usual dry conversational tone. He's happy about it. More

Iggy Azalea coming to St. Andrew's Hall with promising debut album

Australian rapper Iggy Azalea will perform Saturday at St. Andrew's Hall in Detroit. Angela Weiss / Getty Images

The blond ambitious rapper with a killer flow from the Australian outback has finally made it and she's not afraid to rap about it. More

Grapevine

Lupita Nyong'o is happy. Michael Buckner / Getty Images

In its annual feature, People magazine named actor Lupita Nyong'o as 'Most Beautiful,' putting her on the cover of the magazine as part of its '50 Most Beautiful' issue. ' More

T.I., K. Michelle to play Chene Park on July 12

T.I. performs at the Big Show at Joe Louis Arena in 2012. Adam Graham / Detroit News

Atlanta rapper T.I. will perform a July 12 concert at Detroit's Chene Park Amphitheatre alongside R&B singer K. Michelle, venue officials announced Wednesday. More

Cleveland women held captive seek Joan Rivers' apology

— Attorneys for two women held in a Cleveland home and abused for a decade say Joan Rivers should apologize for comparing living in her daughter's guest room with the captivity they experienced. More

Amazon Prime snares classic shows in deal with HBO

Michael Imperioli and James Gandolfini in 'The Sopranos.' The first batch of shows will be available on Prime Instant Video starting on May 21. HBO

Seattle — Amazon is teaming up with HBO, the first such streaming arrangement agreed to by the cable network, in a deal that will make available to Amazon Prime members some classic TV like 'The Sopranos' and 'The Wire.' More

Lupita Nyong'o named People's 'Most Beautiful'

Actress Actress Lupita Nyong'o Frederic J. Brown / Getty Images

New York — People magazine has named Lupita Nyong'o as the 'World's Most Beautiful' for 2014. More

Letterman gets visit from his successor, Colbert

Stephen Colbert, left, host of the 'Colbert Report' on the Comedy Central Network, has a laugh on stage with host David Letterman on the set of the 'Late Show with David Letterman,' in New York. John Paul Filo / CBS

New York — Stephen Colbert, who will take over for a retiring David Letterman on CBS' 'Late Show' next year, revealed Tuesday that he almost worked for Letterman — twice. More

Pupuseria y Restaurante Salvadoreno features filled pupusas, a national dish

The menu offers 16 filling pupusa options, some with one item (like cheese or bean only), some with combos. Max Ortiz / The Detroit News

The titular pupusas — the national dish of El Salvador — are thick handmade corn tortillas that resemble pita bread more than they do Mexican tortillas, stuffed with 16 single or combo filling options at Pupuseria y Restaurante Salvadoreno. More

It's Jena Irene Asciutto Day in Oakland County for 'Idol' contestant

Jena Irene performs on American Idol. FOX

As Farmington Hills' Jena Irene Asciutto prepares to compete on Wednesday's 'American Idol,' Wednesday has been declared Jena Irene Asciutto Day across Oakland County, according to county executive L. Brooks Patterson. More

Pop star Chris Brown's D.C. trial delayed for months

R&B singer Chris Brown Nick Ut / AP

Washington — Chris Brown's trial on an assault charge in Washington has been delayed for months. More

About 30 films from around the world coming to Jewish Film Festival

In 'Dancing in Jaffa,' a man uses ballroom dancing to teach compassion. JCC Film Festival

The selections at this year's 16th annual Lenore Marwil Jewish Film Festival have range. They will be shown in an overlapping schedule, beginning tonight in Flint, then in West Bloomfield Township and in Ann Arbor. More

Fantastical Lego KidsFest returns to Novi

Lightning McQueen from 'Cars' is one of several full-sized sculptures that are part of the show. LEGO KidsFest

Children of all ages will experience all things Lego when LEGO KidsFest returns for the second year to Suburban Showplace Collection in Novi this weekend. More

First ladies have history of making TV cameos

First lady Michelle Obama will make a cameo appearance Thursday on the season finale of 'Parks and Recreation.' Here are five other somewhat unusual TV appearances of ex-first ladies. More

Weekend planner: Your guide to local events

Allen Imeh Akpanudosen / Getty Images

See Tim Allen at Forgotten Harvest Comedy Night, check out the inaugural Midwest Media Expo, hear singers Ledisi and Iggy-Azalea, and more. More

Pottery workshop includes tour of Arab museum

Feed Your Soul, a pottery workshop and docent-guided tour, will run May 17 at the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn. More

Wiz Khalifa summer tour makes Aug 10 stop at DTE Energy Music Theatre

Wiz Khalifa performs at DTE Energy Music Theatre in July 2013. Adam Graham / Detroit News

Pittsburgh rapper Wiz Khalifa has announced dates for his summer tour, including an Aug. 10 appointment at DTE Energy Music Theatre, according to a tour itinerary released Tuesday. More

Tony winner Sutton Foster, Jeanine Tesori reunite for new musical

Sutton Foster in 'Violet' in New York. Joan Marcus / AP

Troy native Sutton Foster is again working with composer Jeanine Tesori, who has written the music for Foster's latest show, 'Violet.' More

Which Wich brings 50-sub menu home

Which Wich opened in Grosse Pointe last Wednesday. The subs are available as lettuce wraps and salads. Shakes are also offered. Which Wich

Which Wich sandwich franchise opened its first Metro Detroit restaurant last week in Grosse Pointe. It was created by Michigan State University graduate Jeff Senelli, who grew up in Metro Detroit. Plus the food and beverage calendar. More

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