Marvel's "Ant-Man," starring Paul Rudd. (Zade Rosenthal)

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By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal With Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” still dominating the box office after its May 1 release, more summer blockbusters are beginning to roll out for their chance to weigh in as the hottest films of 2015. With stars like Paul Rudd, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pratt, Emma Stone, Bradley Cooper, […]

I’m not sure about being a pirate – unless you count my Napster days of high school and college – so this might be better titled “A Writer Looks at Thirty.” Regardless, I turn 30 today. Sorry, Mom. Even writing 30 sent a chill down my spine. I’m not supposed to be 30. When did […]

By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal The Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters has announced its award winners for works first published, performed, or shown in the year 2014 in Mississippi. The award recipients will now be honored at the annual awards banquet at the Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg on Saturday, June 6. […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal With “Hot Pursuit,” Reece Witherspoon and Sofía Vergara attempted to make a stupid comedy. You can tell because the behind-the-scenes bad guys are so easy to spot. Since no real effort went into creating an interesting story, the movie has to rely on the comedic genius of Witherspoon and […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – This year’s Tupelo Reads book selection was promised by its authors to be a mix of research and romance, motherhood and moonshine. Husband-and-wife duo Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly joined the Tupelo Reads committee on Monday to reveal their novel, “The Tilted World,” as this year’s focus. […]

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Evelyn Harrelson, 5, peeks over artist Jeanine Nahra's shoulder as she works on a scratchboard of a dog Saturday morning during the Gumtree Festival in downtown Tupelo. Nahra is from Getna, Louisiana.

By William Moore Daily Journal TUPELO – This weekend is the first GumTree Festival for Cloud Farrow, but it turned into a homecoming of sorts for the Sand Creek, Alabama, pen and ink artist. “I had friends that have done this show before and they talked me into it,” said Farrow. “It’s one of the […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – New York City will showcase a piece of Elvis Presley history this week. On Monday, Tupelo resident Larry Michael will appear on NBC’s “Today” show, which will feature his 1976-77 MCI tour bus. The diesel-powered bus once belonged to J.D. Sumner, who performed with The Stamps and […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – There’s guaranteed to be something new at the 44th GumTree Festival of the Arts in downtown Tupelo. On Friday, a bumper crop of 110 artists and craftspeople set up their booths around the Lee County Courthouse square. There were plenty of repeat vendors, but some are fresh […]

By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal TUPELO – The 44th annual GumTree Festival kicks off with festivities Saturday morning, but work for the arts celebration already is underway in downtown Tupelo. Roads began closing late Thursday afternoon for vendors and artists to begin arriving today. Broadway Street, between Main Street and Jefferson Street; Jefferson between […]