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Seth Grahame-Smith’s Jane Austen-zombie mash-up makes it to the screen

When Seth Grahame-Smith came up with the idea for a mash-up of Jane Austen’s most popular book and a tale of today’s probably equally popular armies of the undead — resulting in the 2009 novel “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” — he had no idea that it would be such a huge success. He went on to have another hit with another genre novel, “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” and though that book’s film adaptation fizzled at the box office, the new film of “PPZ” has some very strong buzz going. Grahame-Smith spoke about the book recently in West Hollywood.

Comic talent saves goofy ‘Zoolander No. 2’

Fifteen years later, Ben Stiller and his teeny-weeny flip phone are back on the runway for a continuation of his fashion-industry farce in “Zoolander No. 2.” And Stiller, who also co-wrote and directs, accessorizes his movie with the same fun and goofy energy as the first, even if the story is thinner than Kate Moss.

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Juvenile court policy hopes to reduce incarceration rates

In an effort to reduce the number of juveniles being sent to the detention center, Sixth Division (Juvenile) Circuit Judge Earnest E. Brown Jr. met with school resource officers from the Pine Bluff, Dollarway and Watson Chapel districts Friday and encouraged them to consider alternatives to arrest.