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Johnny Depp is back as Captain Jack Sparrow, but is that his best role? Take our poll.

By Deanna Stevens Published: May 23, 2017

Johnny Depp returns this week in one of his greatest roles: Captain Jack Sparrow. The crafty, off-kilter pirate fronts the fifth film in the fantasy-adventure franchise: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.

Review: Johnny Depp delivers a satisfying sequel in ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’

From the Mad Hatter to Ichabod Crane to Gilbert Grape, Depp is one of our most versatile film actors. He has been nominated for three Oscars for best actor - for the first Pirates film, for the horror musical Sweeney Todd, and for the drama Finding Neverland - but has yet to win.

Here are five of Depp's greatest screen roles. What was his best performance? Vote in our poll.  

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UFC 211: Where to watch Cleveland's Stipe Miocic defend the heavyweight title in the Akron area

By Published: May 10, 2017

Stipe Miocic, the UFC heavyweight champion from Cleveland, will defend his title for the second time on Saturday night. Check below to see where you can watch it in the area.

Miocic (16-2) will take on Junior dos Santos (18-4) in the main event of UFC 211, which takes place at American Airlines Center in Dallas. The five-fight main card starts at 10 p.m. ET.

The champion last fought in September when he knocked Allistair Overeem out in the first round.

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Video: Indians slugger Edwin Encarnacion gets a standing ovation in Toronto

By Published: May 9, 2017

For the first time since signing a three-year, $60 million contract with the Cleveland Indians, Edwin Encarnacion returned to Toronto on Monday night. The Blue Jays fans gave the slugger a standing ovation.

Encarnacion played eight seasons for the Blue Jays. For Toronto he hit 289 home runs and 679 RBI. He batted in the middle of potent lineup that made the ALCS each of the past two seasons. A three-time All-Star with the Blue Jays, Encarnacion finished 14th in MVP voting after he batted .263 with 42 home runs, 127 RBI and 99 runs.

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Summer Movie Madness: The votes are in! See Enjoy on Thursday to see which film won.

By Deanna Stevens Published: April 19, 2017

Bracket update: We started with 32 of the greatest summer blockbusters of all time. You voted, and many of the presumed favorites — Jaws, Batman, Harry Potter, Animal House — have fallen.

Now our Summer Movie Madness Tournament has come down to the championship: Star Wars vs. Indiana Jones.

In the round of four, No. 1 seed Star Wars (58 percent) ousted No. 3 seed Forrest Gump (42 percent), while No. 6 seed Indiana Jones (81 percent) defeated No. 1 seed Shrek (19 percent).

Perhaps the key question for the title is: Which Harrison Ford do you prefer? Cynical, smart-alecky, Millennium Falcon-flying Han Solo, or cynical, ever-resourceful, whip-wielding Dr. Jones?

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Corned beef vs. Reuben: Which sandwich is your go-to on St. Patrick's Day? (poll)

By staff Published: March 15, 2017

Which sandwich reigns supreme for a St. Patrick's Day meal? You tell us.

If you're making a corned beef at home for St. Patrick's Day this year, why not add a twist to the classic? Check out a recipe here for glazed corned beef with carmelized cabbage. We may disagree about the sandwich, but we can all probably agree that sounds delicious.

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When can you see 'Hamilton'? Playhouse Square announces its 2017-2018 Broadway season

By Beacon Journal staff Published: February 28, 2017

You want a revelation? Playhouse Square will announce its 2017-18 Broadway season tonight at a launch party in the State Theatre. The biggest news is finding out when the megahit Hamilton will arrive in Cleveland. Waitress is also on the bill, and there are five more shows still to be unveiled.

Beacon Journal arts writer Kerry Clawson and features editor Lynne Sherwin will be in The Room Where It Happens. Follow the news live here as it unfolds, and you won't have to Wait For It

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2017 State of the City: Video asks 'Why Not Akron?'

By Darrin Werbeck Published: February 28, 2017

The city of Akron released a video produced by the Pritt Entertainment Group touting all the city has to offer as part of Mayor Dan Horrigan's 2017 State of the City address Tuesday.

The city paid PEG only $5,000 for the video, although officials said it was a $75,000 value. 

"It was a labor of love," spokeswoman Ellen Lander Nischt said about the project. 

The video ends with the social media tag #WhyNotAkron:

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Oscars 2017: Who will win? Share your predictions (poll)

By staff Published: February 24, 2017

Beacon Journal pop culture writer Clint O’Connor has been sharing his Oscar predictions all week. Now we want to hear yours.

Let’s take a look back, shall we?

Best Supporting Actor

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