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  • Deaths and sex allegations rock the comedy world Dec 29, 2014 6:18 AM
    For comedians, there was very little to laugh about in 2014. Three pioneering comic legends died — David Brenner, Joan Rivers and Robin Williams — and Bill Cosby went from America’s dad to an alleged serial sexual predator “It’s a tough year,” said Christopher Mazzilli, co-owner of the Gotham Comedy Club.

     
  • Chris Rock and wife Malaak Compton-Rock headed for divorce Dec 28, 2014 7:18 PM
    Chris Rock filed for divorce from his wife Malaak Compton-Rock, a statement from his representative confirmed Sunday.

     
  • Alicia Keys welcomes second child Dec 28, 2014 7:18 PM
    Alicia Keys gave birth to son Genesis Ali Dean early on Saturday morning. It’s baby No. 2 for the Grammy-winner and her husband, producer-rapper Swizz Beatz, who are also parents to 4-year-old Egypt Daoud.

     
  • Final goodbye: Roll call of some who died in 2014 Dec 26, 2014 10:40 AM
    They each turned a moment of violence into a call to action. For James Brady, that moment was when he was shot and wounded by a would-be presidential assassin. For Chung Eun-yong, it was the killings of his two children during a Korean War massacre. Brady and Chung, who died within days of each other in August, are among the notables who left the world in 2014.

     
  • Jazz great Buddy DeFranco dies at age 91 Dec 26, 2014 5:31 PM
    Renowned jazz clarinetist Buddy DeFranco — who collaborated with Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday and other top singers and musicians of his era — has died at the age of 91, his family said Friday. DeFranco’s family told The Associated Press that the famed musician died Wednesday evening at a Panama City hospital.

     
  • 1990s TV star ‘Screech’ charged in bar stabbing Dec 26, 2014 5:14 PM
    Dustin Diamond, who played Screech on the 1990s TV show “Saved by the Bell,” was charged Friday with stabbing a man during a bar fight on Christmas. Diamond, 37, faces charges of felony second-degree recklessly endangering safety charge, disorderly conduct and carrying a concealed weapon.

     
  • The Royal family sends message on Christmas Day Dec 25, 2014 8:58 AM
    Queen Elizabeth II will use her traditional Christmas broadcast to call for international reconciliation and to praise medical workers fighting Ebola in Africa.

     
  • ’Frozen’ is named top entertainer of the year by AP Dec 24, 2014 6:55 AM
    If you have children, or know someone who does, or just listened to one recently, the choice of Associated Press Entertainer of the Year won’t come as much of a shock: It’s “Frozen,” and in 2014, we just couldn’t let it go.

     
  • Chicago’s CM Punk set for real fight with UFC debut Dec 23, 2014 6:01 AM
    At 36, Chicago-made superstar CM Punk is refreshed, focused and confident he can make the gutsy transition from the big stage(d) fighting of pro wrestling in the WWE to a mixed martial arts career inside the cage for Ultimate Fighting Championship. Like Brock Lesnar before him, Punk could become the next WWE champ-turned-UFC pay-per-view box office heavyweight.

     
  • Good news from Tom Brokaw: His cancer is in remission Dec 22, 2014 1:01 AM
    Tom Brokaw says his cancer is in remission. The veteran NBC newsman announced Sunday that, after months of chemotherapy, he soon will begin a drug maintenance program. Sharing with colleagues what he called “very encouraging news,” Brokaw’s internal memo noted that a year ago his future was “more uncertain than I cared to acknowledge.”

     
  • Nicki Minaj keeps us talking, but to what end? Dec 21, 2014 6:00 AM
    Nicki Minaj’s little dramas can be bent into a heroic narrative arc, if you're a fan. If you’re a skeptic, they’re pseudo-controversies posing as hype. And if you’re somewhere in between, they slowly accumulate into a weird tumor of anticipation, a hurdle that Minaj’s music must eventually clear.

     
  • Elton John, David Furnish marry in England Dec 21, 2014 1:12 PM
    Entertainer Elton John and longtime mate David Furnish officially married Sunday on the ninth anniversary of the day they entered into a civil partnership. The couple converted their civil bond under new laws implemented in England earlier this year that allow same-sex marriages.

     
  • Bill Cosby’s silence may be his best defense Dec 20, 2014 3:08 PM
    While his reputation takes a hit, the comedian could potentially ride out the storm as lawyers knock down old claims in court. But if he says something disparaging about an accuser, as one woman has alleged, he could face a new wave of legal trouble.

     
  • Bruce and Kris Jenner finalize divorce Dec 18, 2014 1:47 PM
    Court records show Kris and Bruce Jenner have finalized their divorce, but they won’t be officially single until March. A Los Angeles judge on Tuesday signed off on the couple’s divorce judgment that ends the pair’s 23-year marriage.

     
  • Cosby won’t be charged over molestation claim Dec 17, 2014 6:51 AM
    Los Angeles prosecutors on Tuesday declined to file any charges against Bill Cosby after a woman recently claimed the comedian molested her around 1974. The rejection of a child sexual abuse charge by prosecutors came roughly 10 days after the woman, Judy Huth, met with Los Angeles police detectives for 90 minutes. The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office rejected filing a misdemeanor charge of annoying or molesting a child under the age of 18 because the statute of limitations had passed.

     
  • Black Captain America leading comic book diversity Dec 17, 2014 7:12 AM
    For decades, comic books have been in color, but now they truly reflect all the hues of American society. The new Captain America is black. A Superman who is suspiciously similar to President Barack Obama recently headlined a comic book. Thor is a woman, Spider-Man is part-Puerto Rican and Ms. Marvel is Muslim.

     
  • Iggy Azalea to play Allstate in May Dec 15, 2014 2:56 PM
    Hip hop star Iggy Azalea brings her Great Escape Tour with supporting acts Tinashe and DJ Wizz Kidd to the Allstate Arena in Rosemont on Friday, May 1.

     
  • Craig Ferguson to bring tour to Joliet, Waukegan Dec 15, 2014 2:33 PM
    Comedian Craig Ferguson brings his Hot & Grumpy Tour: Walking to the Earth to the Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet on Friday, March 20, and the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan on Saturday, March 21.

     
  • Christmas cutie: Prince George images released Dec 14, 2014 9:12 AM
    This little prince already knows how to mug for the camera. With a sly grin and robust rosy cheeks, Prince George looks cheerful and self-assured — for a toddler — in pictures released Sunday.

     
  • At 84, Rowlands dances back onscreen in ‘Lessons’ Dec 14, 2014 6:45 AM
    Don’t get Gena Rowlands started on the bulk of film roles she gets offered these days: a lot of grumpy and ill-fated old women. “I can say, for sure, I die,” the actress noted, smiling. “But I have had some really great parts, too.” In “Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks,” opening soon, Rowlands is Lily Harrison, a sharp-tongued septuagenarian who gets more than she bargained for after hiring a private dance instructor, portrayed by Cheyenne Jackson.

     
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