Photo courtesy of Netflix Story by Hank Brainard / Contributing Writer  Westerns have, for years, been trending toward authenticity; audiences are more aware now than ever of the frontier’s harsh realities and sweeping inequalities, which means the myth of the Great American Cowboy pulls less weight. Grit wins over. The films have become darker and dirtier, …

Photo by David Chamberlain / MTSU Sidelines Story by David Jones / Contributing Writer The Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders came into the game against the Kentucky Wildcats as 15-point underdogs, but they didn’t look like it, even after falling to the Wildcats 34-23 Saturday in Lexington. It was a wild game that got off …

Photo courtesy of 20th Century Fox Story by Brandon Black / Contributing Writer  The new “Fantastic Beasts” movie is set to rake in a crisp $65 million this weekend, and the massive number of cars outside the theater as I walked in seemed to support this estimate, considering about one car’s worth of people were …

Photo by Enrique Geronimo / MTSU Sidelines Story by Tayla Courage / Contributing Writer  An American Sign Language course, the first ever offered on Middle Tennessee State University’s campus, is winding down with 20 students. In fact, it’s been so popular that another session was scheduled to begin after students return from fall break. When the class was …

Photo courtesy of Country Music Association  Story by Kristin M. Hall and Mesfin Fekadu / AP Entertainment Writers The Country Music Association Awards tend to be fairly predictable as far as winners go, but could this year be different? Can the new class of country artists upset the longtime favorites on Wednesday? The well-researched music writers …

Photo courtesy of Flickr Story by Associated Press  LOS ANGELES (AP) — Family attorney says Marvel giant Stan Lee, the architect of the contemporary comic book, has died at age 95.