By Frazier Moore AP Television Writer NEW YORK – Donna Douglas, who played the buxom tomboy Elly May Clampett on the hit 1960s sitcom “The Beverly Hillbillies,” has died. Douglas died Thursday in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, near her hometown of Zachary. The cause of death was pancreatic cancer, said her niece, Charlene Smith. Douglas was […]

By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal TUPELO – January welcomes in another birthday for Elvis Presley, and Tupelo plans a celebration fit for the king of rock and roll in 2015. Starting January 8, more than seven organizations around town will participate in a city-wide event schedule, culminating with an Elvis-themed concert from the North […]

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Rootie (Katelyn Stieg), right, pleads her case to Bev (Belinda McKinion).

By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal TUPELO – Elvis may have left the building, but Bev and Rootie are waiting to get in. TCT’s latest offering puts two women in line in the early morning hours of June 4, 1982, before Graceland opens to the public for the first time. But who gets in first? […]

By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal TUPELO – Mary Frances Massey has been very busy. The singer, dancer, and overall performer has been cultivating an album for release later this month. “It’s all music and lyrics I’ve written myself,” Massey said. “The McKay Trio has been backing me on production. I basically pitched each track […]

While at the presidential palace in North Korea, Dave (James Franco, left) and Aaron (Seth Rogen) communicate with their CIA handler in “The Interview.” (AP Photo/Columbia Pictures, Sony, Ed Araquel)

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal Co-directors Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg earned my goodwill with 2013’s “This is the End,” an impolite and apocalyptic comedy. I laughed. I laughed hard. I also cringed. So I was expecting the same with “The Interview,” the pair’s latest feature that stars Rogen and James Franco. No one […]

By Jake Coyle AP Film Writer NEW YORK – “The Interview” was put back into theaters Thursday when Sony Pictures Entertainment announced a limited theatrical release for the comedy that provoked an international incident with North Korea and outrage over its cancelled release. Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton said Tuesday that Seth Rogen’s North Korea […]

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By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Paul Thorn’s always willing to expand his fan base, and he goes about it with a combination of talent, humility and hard work. “It’s been the best year I ever had,” Thorn said. “The way I define it is when I do gigs, more people are there. […]

By Christine Mai-Duc Los Angeles Times (TNS) Joe Cocker Cocker, a musician best known for hits such as “With a Little Help From My Friends,” “Have a Little Faith,” and “You Are So Beautiful,” has died. Cocker died at his home in Colorado on Monday after a battle with lung cancer, his agent’s office and […]

By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal TUPELO – The sounds of the season will return to Link Centre on Sunday, with the annual holiday concert highlighting the talents of Nan Lawrence, Calvin and Jauna Ellis, Greg Earnest, Sara Plunkett, and Mary Frances Massey. “We all started working on projects together at Link Centre in 2008,” […]