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New on DVD Aug. 22

“Little Boy”: 2 stars. The film is guilty of trying too hard. Had it just focused on a youngster’s heartbreaking efforts to get his father home from World War II, it would have been a touching tale.

TV on DVD: ‘The Royals,’ ‘NCIS: New Orleans’

THE ROYALS: Sex, drugs and scandal vex (fictional) modern U.K. monarchy in E!’s delish new soap hit. Elizabeth Hurley steals scenes as the scheming queen-on-wheels, with Vincent Regan the king who’s had enough, William Moseley and Alexandra Park their tabloid-bait heirs. Plus: Joan Collins! (Season 2 starts in November.)

2015 cherry harvest third largest in 20 years

YAKIMA — Northwest cherry growers ended up harvesting 20.25 million boxes of cherries, just 2 percent more than what they predicted in May, according to a news release from the Northwest Cherry Growers association, which represents orchardists in five Northwest states.
 

‘The Really Big One’? Get ready now, quake experts advise

This week’s New Yorker magazine article, “The Really Big One,” didn’t sugarcoat it: Seattle and several other Northwest cities are destined to be pummeled by a massive earthquake, on a date to be determined. (If you’re a loyal Seattle Times reader, you probably knew that already, based on our previous coverage.)