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  • At 80, MacLaine comes to terms with work, life Nov 3, 2014 6:00 AM
    Shirley MacLaine pulled no punches when asked about her take on life at age 80. “Well, I’m a lot closer to dying,” she said, with a chuckle. Maybe so, but there still seems to be a lot of life left for both the vibrant woman and her Oscar-winning career. MacLaine is among the very few octogenarians who still get name-above-the-title billing, which she shares with 84-year-old co-star Christopher Plummer in the big-screen dramedy “Elsa & Fred.”

     
  • Tom Magliozzi, NPR 'Car Talk' host, dies at 77 Nov 4, 2014 5:59 AM
    Tom Magliozzi, who along with his brother delivered insights on automobiles through a blizzard of Boston-accented quips, putdowns and laughter on NPR's “Car Talk” radio program, died today of complications from Alzheimer's at the age of 77.

     
  • Lena Dunham disputes abuse allegations Nov 3, 2014 11:39 AM
    Lena Dunham was in a “rage spiral” as she disputed a writer’s contention that she sexually abused her little sister. In a recent essay for the conservative National Review Online, Kevin D. Williamson cited a passage from Dunham’s best-selling memoir “Not That Kind of Girl” in which she recalled kissing and touching her sister, Grace.

     
  • Book notes: Rocker Jim Peterik signs new book at NCC in Naperville Nov 1, 2014 6:30 AM
    The Ides of March and Survivor musician Jim Peterik signs copies of his book “Through the Eye of the Tiger” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, at Meiley-Swallow Hall, on the campus of North Central College in Naperville. Tickets are available with the purchase of Peterik’s book from Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville.

     
  • Rowling reveals new tidbits on Pottermore site Oct 31, 2014 7:19 AM
    Just in time for Halloween, J.K. Rowling has given fans a glimpse of what makes a wicked witch tick. The creator of boy wizard Harry Potter published a 1,700-word essay Friday revealing the real-life inspiration behind one of her most memorable villains, the supernatural bureaucrat and Hogwarts teacher Dolores Umbridge. An ice-cold inquisitor dressed in pastel pink, Umbridge first appeared in “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” the fifth of seven books in Rowling’s multimillion-selling series. She was played by Imelda Staunton in the film adaptations.

     
  • Suge Knight, Katt Williams charged with robbery Oct 30, 2014 7:19 AM
    Los Angeles prosecutors have charged Suge Knight and comedian Katt Williams with robbery after a celebrity photographer reported the men stole her camera. Prosecutors say Williams and Knight, who founded Death Row Records, were arrested Wednesday. Knight has a prior conviction for assault with a deadly weapon and could face up to 30 years in prison if convicted.

     
  • Wanted in US, Roman Polanski questioned in Poland Oct 30, 2014 10:52 AM
    Prosecutors in Poland questioned filmmaker Roman Polanski at the request of U.S. prosecutors who are seeking his arrest on charges from 1977 of having sex with a minor, a spokeswoman said Thursday.

     
  • Kix Brooks show in Aurora canceled Oct 28, 2014 5:24 PM
    Country singer Kix Brooks’ Nov. 8 concert at Aurora’s Paramount Theatre has been canceled.

     
  • New book offers ‘Game of Thrones’ back story Oct 28, 2014 6:00 AM
    George R.R. Martin knows all the signs of Boba Fett Syndrome. For Martin, this has meant not just the usual demands for the next “A Song of Ice and Fire” fantasy novel (don’t ask, he’s still working on it), but constant letters and emails asking for information on everything from dragons to Aegon Targaryen’s war against the Seven Kingdoms. Martin’s new book, released this week, is “The World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones,” 300 pages of back story and original artwork by the some of the world’s top fantasy illustrators.

     
  • Beyonce, Topshop team up to launch athletic wear Oct 27, 2014 11:35 AM
    Want a body like Beyonce’s? Now you can buy clothes she’s designed for exercising. The 33-year-old singer announced Monday that she is merging with British retailer Topshop to launch the company, Parkwood TopShop Athletic Ltd. It is a 50/50 joint venture. The clothing line will be available next fall.

     
  • ‘Time Out of Mind’ is rich study on Dylan Oct 27, 2014 5:45 AM
    The second installment of Ian Bell’s two-part biography of Bob Dylan, “Time Out of Mind,” is a compelling, focused examination of the latter half of the elusive singer-songwriter’s life and career, starting off with his acclaimed “Blood on the Tracks” album in 1975 and bringing readers close to the present day. For Dylan’s many obsessive fans, who have been offered a wealth of analyses of this singular artist over the years, Bell delivers the goods.

     
  • TV pioneer and sitcom king Norman Lear pens a book Oct 25, 2014 6:15 AM
    From the moment Norman Lear began writing his memoir, he knew what the first line would be: “When I was a boy I thought that if I could turn a screw in my father’s head just a sixteenth of an inch one way or the other, it might help him to tell the difference between right and wrong.”

     
  • Book notes: Kiss’ Gene Simmons signs ‘Me, Inc.’ at Tivoli Oct 25, 2014 6:45 AM
    Gene Simmons, of rock band Kiss, signs copies of his new book, “Me, Inc.,” at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the Tivoli Theatre in Downers Grove. And New York Times best-selling author Jodi Picoult discusses her new novel, “Leaving Time,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, in Wentz Concert Hall at Naperville's North Central College.

     
  • Rowling writes back story of Potter character Oct 24, 2014 2:10 PM
    Harry Potter fans can look forward to a Halloween treat, with some tricks, from J.K. Rowling. In an announcement posted Friday on her website, pottermore.com, the author revealed that she has prepared a 1,700-word story about the witch and former Hogwarts professor Dolores Umbridge.

     
  • Queen sends first tweet, signed ‘Elizabeth R’ Oct 24, 2014 10:03 AM
    Queen Elizabeth II has sent her first tweet — and she’s signed it “Elizabeth R.” The 88-year-old monarch tried her hand at Twitter as she opened a new gallery in central London’s Science Museum Friday. “Elizabeth R” is how the queen signs official documents. The “R” stands for “regina”, the Latin for queen.

     
  • Renee Zellweger: ‘People don’t know me in my 40s’ Oct 22, 2014 1:54 PM
    Renee Zellweger says she looks different because she’s “living a different, happy, more fulfilling life.” The 45-year-old Oscar winner issued a statement to People magazine late Tuesday after she became a trending topic on Twitter, with many fans claiming the actress had become “unrecognizable.” Her appearance at a Hollywood event earlier this week sparked widespread Internet chatter.

     
  • Circus matriarch Madame Rosa remains active at 103 Oct 21, 2014 6:00 AM
    Madame Rosa appears at the circus apartment doorway in sparkling diamonds, red lipstick and a walking frame — and sits down beside her leopard skin rug. “That’s Mickey,” exclaims the 103-year-old doyenne of Europe’s most famous circus, pointing to all that remains of her former pet. “He died of old age. We had him a long time,” she says nostalgically. Soon, anecdotes from the matriarch of Paris’ famed Winter Circus come pouring out. The great Madame Rosa is now considered the big top’s most eccentric, and oldest, character.

     
  • Pregnant Kate back at work after morning sickness Oct 21, 2014 10:42 AM
    The Duchess of Cambridge has resumed her royal duties after spending more than two months out of the public eye while suffering from acute morning sickness.

     
  • 'Gray Mountain' won't disappoint Grisham fans Oct 21, 2014 11:44 AM
    “Gray Mountain” introduces readers to Samantha Kofer, John Grisham's latest character to tackle walking the line between right and wrong. Kofer is working for a giant Wall Street law firm when the financial world collapses in 2008. She goes to work in a legal clinic in rural Virginia without pay and soon becomes involved in the intricacies of helping those who can't afford legal help find justice.

     
  • British royal couple’s second child due in April Oct 20, 2014 1:12 PM
    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have confirmed that their second baby is due in April — the first time they’ve offered a month for the royal birth. Kensington Palace also said in a statement Monday that the duchess, who has been sidelined by a prolonged bout of severe morning sickness, continues to improve.

     
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