Agent Classified (Benedict Cumberbatch), left, and Skipper (Tom McGrath) keep getting in each other’s way in “The Penguins of Madagascar.” (AP Photo/DreamWorks Animation)

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal Adults have been spoiled by great animated movies that appeal to all ages. “The Penguins of Madagascar” falls short of that standard, though the under-13 crew that went with me reported having a fine time. The penguins have appeared in the “Madagascar” films as minor characters with big personalities. […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal PONTOTOC – A trip to “Redneck Island” might make a Northeast Mississippi resident $100,000 richer. But Margaret Wood, 22, of Pontotoc, can’t say too much now because the show debuts at 9 p.m. today on CMT. “I can’t tell you how long I make it because it’d give the […]

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Youth from St. Helen Catholic Church get ready to leave the staging area for the Christmas parade in Amory, one of several Northeast Mississippi towns to kick off the parade season Monday night.

By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal TUPELO – The Christmas parade season is underway in Northeast Mississippi. The 66th Annual Reed’s Tupelo Christmas Parade will hit the streets of downtown on Monday, Dec. 8 at 6:30 p.m. beginning at the intersection of Main Street and Front Street. The Tupelo tradition will include many floats from […]

By Errol Castens Daily Journal Michael Parker is a man at once intimately familiar with the world’s worst facets and yet not at home in even its best offerings. He’s a sleuth, a protector, a warrior, a lover, a mourner and a searcher. And it is Parker’s story that Tupelo native Merle Temple uses to […]

By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal TUPELO – Seven-time Country Music Association Musician of the Year award winner Mac McAnally has a special relationship with Tupelo. It is only fitting he return here for the holidays. “The Lyric Theatre is special to me; it’s the first place I ever saw a movie. I guess that […]

By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal TUPELO – “Bigger and better every year,” is how Tupelo Ballet director Sharon Long describes the 32nd annual production of “The Nutcracker.” “We’ve got brand new costumes and a record-setting cast – our biggest ever, with 140 performers,” Long said. “We have dancers from all over North Mississippi, from […]

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Calliope (Leona Harris), Emily (Eron Hendrix), and Amos the Mouse (Tracy J. Clark) try to save Christmas after a mishap left them off Santa's naughty or nice list.

By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal TUPELO – What do a Jewish elf, a 10-year-old girl, and a talking mouse have in common? They’re out to help Santa and, ultimately, save Christmas. In “’Twas the Night Before Christmas,” Santa Claus has skipped over Emily and Amos the mouse’s house, and Calliope the Elf is trying […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1” has a tough job to accomplish. Suzanne Collins’ book “Mockingjay” stands alone as the third in her “Hunger Games” trilogy, but the story’s been turned into two movies. “Part 1” primes the audience to want a certain release, but that release won’t come […]

By Carolyn Parson Monroe Journal ABERDEEN – All eyes will be on Aberdeen next year thanks to it landing three fishing tournaments. “The city will incur some expenses for these events, but the estimated revenue will have a bigger impact for the community,” Mayor Cecil Belle said. “We have a committee formed to help plan. […]