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By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal HATTIESBURG – Tupelo Community Theatre has done it again. For the sixth year in a row, TCT has won the Warren McDaniel Award for Best Production at Mississippi Theatre Association, allowing for advancement to the Southeastern Theatre Conference. Winners were announced at MTA on Sunday, as the cast of […]

By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal TUPELO – Herb “Flight Time” Lang certainly puts the globetrotter in Globetrotters. For the past 18 years, he’s been traveling with the world-class basketball team all over the world. On his list of many accomplishments is meeting President Barack Obama twice, and spinning a basketball on Pope Francis’ finger […]

When the new calendar delivery arrives at the Daily Journal newsroom ahead of each new year, I feel a bit like Steve Martin’s character in “The Jerk” when the new phone books arrive. I may not dance around in the parking lot, yelling at passersby, but the enjoyment is there. There’s several reasons for this. […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal Hollywood loves to celebrate itself, and I don’t mind with results like “La La Land.” I was entranced by the music, the dancing, the cinematography, the scenery and the performances. They combine to tell the story of two talented souls falling in love. Mia (Emma Stone) was a star […]

By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal OXFORD – The annual Oxford Film Festival became a teenager last year, and like any teenager, is ready to grow and stretch its legs. Now in its 14th year, the arts staple is welcoming in the new, while honoring the old. “This is more than just sitting in a […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal STARKVILLE – A Starkville teen is trying for a second time to make a name for himself in the culinary world. Mark Coblentz, a 13-year-old at Armstrong Middle School, has been chosen to be among 40 young chefs competing for a coveted spot in the Top 20 on the Fox […]

By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal TUPELO – Different accents and dialects all spoke the same language in Tupelo on Sunday – Elvis. Dozens braved the cold to attend the annual birthday celebration for Elvis Presley at the birthplace and museum on Sunday. The late musician and pioneer was born in Tupelo on Jan. 8, […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal LOS ANGELES – When Tupelo native Tina Mabry decided to go to Hollywood more than 15 years ago, her goal was to tell stories she believed in. A writer, director and producer, she focused on feature films at the beginning of her career, but, lately, she’s found success on […]

By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal TUPELO – Jeff Rolfzen hails from Minnesota. His musical counterpart (and wife), Rocky, was born in Montana. When it came to naming their group, the state birds from each state made for a good choice. The two now travel as The Lark and the Loon, loading up their car […]

This time of the year is always fun to go to the movies, for me at least. As awards season closes its window and the holidays wrap up, I try to set aside some time to head to the cinema and end (or start) the year with some releases I may have missed. And now […]