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With a new ‘Vacation,’ a look at laughable comedy remakes

In Hollywood’s reboot frenzy, the movie industry has increasingly turned to reviving classic comedies, only to find that few things are harder to rekindle than the elusive elements — Bill Murray’s timing, John Belushi’s eyebrows— that make up a great comedy.

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  • Boeing gives Kennedy Center $20 million for major expansion

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Aerospace giant Boeing Co. is giving the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts $20 million toward the center’s expansion project. The Kennedy Center announced the gift Wednesday from the Chicago-based…

  • Boeing gives Kennedy Center $20 million for expansion

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Aerospace giant Boeing Co. is giving the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts $20 million toward the center’s expansion project. The Kennedy Center announced the gift Wednesday from the Chicago-based…

  • TV depiction of Colombia’s only saint angers her devotees

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — For weeks, billboards on buses and television spots have been announcing what promises to be Colombia’s next big prime-time sensation. But the planned debut Wednesday of a TV soap opera dramatizing…

  • US Olympic hero Jim Craig to auction memorabilia

    NEW YORK (AP) — The American flag that goalie Jim Craig draped over his shoulders after the U.S. Miracle on Ice victory at the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympics is on the auction block. The…

  • Post-White House, Sam Kass to be food analyst for NBC News

    BOSTON (AP) — After six years of helping the Obama administration determine the nation’s food policy, former White House chef and food policy adviser Sam Kass will now report on it. NBC News announced Wednesday…

  • Mike Holmes: Buy a home using intelligence, not illusion

    NEW YORK (AP) — Mike Holmes, famous for calling out bad plumbing, woodworking and electrical work on the HGTV show “Holmes on Homes,” says there are steps homebuyers can take to avoid many of those…

  • Shakira and Pique may have another athlete in the family

    MIAMI (AP) — Shakira and pro soccer player Gerard Pique may have another athlete in the family. On Wednesday, Shakira, 38, posted a video to Twitter and Facebook of the couple’s youngest child, Sasha, who…

  • 2 houses from ‘Breaking Bad’ for sale in Albuquerque

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two houses featured on the hit AMC-TV series “Breaking Bad” are up for sale in Albuquerque. A mother-daughter realty team said this week they are helping sell the home where the…

  • Review: Mission accomplished for Cruise in new ‘MI’ flick

    There’s some interesting talk in the cleverly satisfying script of “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation” about the element of luck. As in: How much is luck a factor in the success of Ethan Hunt and…

  • Jane Birkin asks Hermes to take her name off croc handbag

    PARIS (AP) — British singer Jane Birkin has asked Hermes to take her name off the crocodile-skin versions of the iconic Birkin handbag, after being contacted by animal rights group PETA over “cruel” slaughtering practices.…

  • ‘The Book of Mormon’ gets rousing reception in Utah

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The biting satirical musical that mocks Mormons received a rousing reception in its first-ever showing in the heart of Mormon country, kicking off a sold-out, two-week run at a Salt…

  • Reality TV show unveils life as a trainer of animal actors

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — For years, Bill Berloni has taught his dogs to play make believe. Now, he’s making it real. The trainer teaches rescue dogs to beg, bark and bow or sit, stand and…

  • Deer takes the stage at area theater

    WASHINGTON — An area theater company hosted an unusual, and unplanned, cameo on Tuesday. A deer wandered into the Signature Theatre, in Arlington, Virginia, and made it all the way to the stage before being ushered off,…

  • ‘Go Set a Watchman’ sales drop, but it’s still top seller

    NEW YORK (AP) — Sales dropped sharply for Harper Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman” in its second week of publication. But it remained the best-selling book in the country for the week ending July 26,…

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