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  • Dinosaur documentary digs into finding Sue — and serving time Aug 17, 2014 5:30 AM
    In 1990, Pete Larson and his volunteer team discovered a T-rex skeleton that would become known as “Sue,” now on display at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry. Then Larson spent 18 months in the federal slammer, not for dino-napping, but for failing to fill out customs forms. This whole, unbelievably true story is the subject of Todd Douglas Miller’s new documentary “Dinosaur 13.”

     
  • Guiltless pleasure: TV's image improves, along with its programming Aug 17, 2014 5:30 AM
    For years, polls uncovered a certain shameful attitude toward watching television. But attitudes have changed, and binging on your favorite shows is no longer considered a "guilty" pleasure — thanks to both better programming and the ability to watch what you want when you want it.

     
  • Amazon takes on Disney’s superheroes in pricing fight Aug 17, 2014 7:12 AM
    Amazon.com Inc. is taking on Walt Disney Co. and its superheroes in its quest to gain more control over pricing online. Amazon blocked pre-orders of Disney’s summer hit movie “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and other titles in disk form, repeating a tactic used in recent disputes with book publisher Hachette and film studio Warner Bros.

     
  • ’Turtles’ tops weak debut for ‘Expendables 3’ Aug 17, 2014 5:56 PM
    Moviegoers continued to shell out for “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” while Sylvester Stallone’s action ensemble “The Expendables 3” was easily outgunned in its weekend debut. Paramount Pictures’ rebooted reptiles took in $28.4 million in the film’s second weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. That far surpassed the limp $16.2 million earned by Stallone’s gang of aged but buff warriors.

     
  • Farm image exhibition Aug 17, 2014 5:29 PM
    “The Farm: Images from the Heartland” art exhibition will open Sunday, Aug. 24 with a public artist’s reception from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Lake County Discovery Museum, at the Lakewood Forest Preserve in Wauconda.

     
  • Horses, pageantry take center stage in St. Charles Aug 16, 2014 6:50 PM
    The Festival Of The Horse & Drum is 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 S. Randall Road, St. Charles. The country’s only multicultural, multimedia equestrian festival. festivalofthehorseanddrum.com.

     
  • Games pitch-perfect for Grayslake Summer Days festival Aug 16, 2014 11:05 PM
    Music, food and Lake County’s only night parade are the highlights of the annual Grayslake Summer Days festival this weekend.

     
  • Android lets you multitask on mobile devices Aug 16, 2014 7:35 AM
    Smartphones and tablets would be much more useful if they allowed us to multitask the way desktop and laptop computers do. That’s starting to change with Android devices, though. Here's a look at what you can do on what devices.

     
  • Three key questions to ask when your phone contract ends Aug 16, 2014 7:39 AM
    Your current cell phone contract is about to end and your carrier is offering you all kinds of discounts to extend your contract. Before you sign up for another two years, there are three key questions you should consider.

     
  • Twitter reviews policies after Robin Williams’s daughter abused Aug 16, 2014 7:40 AM
    Twitter Inc. is reviewing its policies on privacy and support for family members of deceased users after Robin Williams’s daughter was sent abusive messages following his death. Twitter has suspended “a number of accounts” related to the incident.

     
  • Michael Cera releases album he calls ‘honest’ Aug 16, 2014 6:30 AM
    Michael Cera released an indie folk album last week — quietly, in a way almost as unassuming as the actor himself. “I would record a lot of the songs in the middle of the night just at home. I never thought anyone would ever listen to them,” he said in an interview Thursday. “It’s really nice that people are paying any attention to it because there’s a lot of stuff to listen to.”

     
  • On the road: It's almost time for apple season Aug 16, 2014 5:30 AM
    Opportunities for family fun picking apples still exist in McHenry County, and the time for early-season apples is right around the corner. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Chicago's Fashion Fest takes over Division Street next weekend, with all kinds of fashion and shopping.

     
  • DVD previews: ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2,’ ‘Quiet Ones’ Aug 16, 2014 5:45 AM
    “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” is a strenuously chipper but nonetheless saggy, baggy and mostly ho-hum addition to the Spider-Man canon. It swings onto DVD Aug. 19.

     
  • Weekend picks: Rod Stewart, Santana bring the tunes Aug 16, 2014 7:42 AM
    Get ready to swoon at the romantic song stylings of Rod Stewart and Santana in concert at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont. See which horse comes out on top at the Arlington Million and International Festival of Racing at Arlington International Racecourse in Arlington Heights. And humans and their canine pals are invited to the Dog Days of Summer at Knupper Nursery & Landscape in Palatine for grooming, training demos and activities.

     
  • Grayslake collector adding to ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ museum Aug 16, 2014 5:43 PM
    Richard Goodson has lassoed many “It’s a Wonderful Life” collectibles, but he’s willing to part with some to help a museum dedicated to the classic Christmas movie. “I began collecting in 1998,” Goodson told the Daily Herald. “My wife purchased a still signed by Jimmy Stewart as a gift. The reaction I received displaying the piece was surprising. The discussions and memories that were so freely shared were treasures in themselves.”

     
  • Kellan Lutz says Robin Williams was role model Aug 16, 2014 5:30 AM
    “Twilight” star Kellan Lutz teared up when he talked about the death of Robin Williams, saying he saw the actor-comedian as a model for how to be a dad. “I love my dad, (but) kind of grew up with my mom and always wanted a father figure there, and I’m a huge fan of his movies and always just wished he was my dad,” an emotional Lutz said Thursday.

     
  • Car Fun on 21 in Libertyville: Aug 16, 2014 1:01 AM
    MainStreet Libertyville hosts Car Fun on 21 from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, on Church Street in downtown Libertyville.

     
  • Book notes: Tawni O’Dell talks ‘One of Us’ in Gurnee Aug 16, 2014 5:45 AM
    "One of Us" author Tawni O'Dell discusses and signs copies of her book at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19, at the Warren-Newport Public Library, 224 N. O'Plaine Road, Gurnee.

     
  • Veteran project promotes awareness through artwork Aug 16, 2014 7:00 AM
    Navy veteran Michael Woods, 32, of Huntley knows how difficult it is to transition from the military back to civilian life. To bring awareness to what many soldiers experience during that transition, Woods partnered with Veronica Juncer of Mount Prospect to jumpstart a project that showcases veteran-related artwork.

     
  • International racing fans eager for Arlington Million today Aug 16, 2014 4:01 AM
    As the suburbs gear up for the 32nd annual running of the Arlington Million at Arlington International on Saturday, for the first time viewers will be tuning in all over the world. The biggest day in Illinois racing is also a big day in Europe, home to 12 of the horses who will race in Saturday’s four major races. “This is great news for the fans back at home,” said Alistair Donald, director of the International Racing Bureau.

     
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