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  • Former JPMorgan banker gets 6-figure book deal Dec 10, 2014 10:13 AM
    A former banker at JPMorgan has a six-figure book deal for a corporate thriller series that began as an online serial. Penguin Random House units G.P. Putnam’s Sons and Penguin Books announced Tuesday they had acquired the first two books of Michelle Miller’s planned five-part series.

  • CBS sets Letterman’s last show for May 20 Dec 10, 2014 12:11 PM
    More than 32 years of late-night talk will pass into history next May 20, with CBS’ announcement Wednesday that David Letterman will host his final “Late Show” on that day. If Letterman makes all of his scheduled broadcasts until then, CBS said he will have hosted 6,028 versions of the “Late Show” and its NBC predecessor, “Late Night.” Letterman moved to CBS in 1993.

  • ‘Birdman’ leads Screen Actors Guild nominations Dec 10, 2014 11:06 AM
    The dark show-business comedy “Birdman” topped the Screen Actors Guild Award nominations with four, including best ensemble cast. Star Michael Keaton was recognized for his work, as well as supporting co-stars Emma Stone and Edward Norton. Following with three nominations each were the coming-of-age tale and critics award favorite “Boyhood,” the Alan Turing biopic “The Imitation Game,” and the Stephen Hawking story “The Theory of Everything.”

  • Passage on assault to be clarified in Dunham book Dec 10, 2014 7:10 AM
    A section from Lena Dunham’s “Not That Kind of Girl” that recounts an alleged assault while she was in college is being changed to make clear that the assailant’s name is a pseudonym. Random House announced Tuesday that both the digital edition and future print editions of Dunham’s best-selling memoir will include the clarification.

  • Dry-aged beef, lively atmosphere impress at Grillhouse by David Burke Dec 10, 2014 9:38 AM
    Grillhouse by David Burke in Schaumburg hasn't been open long, but it's on track to become a local favorite. The restaurant, which opened in late October by New York-based celebrity chef David Burke, offers a wider range of menu items than a traditional steakhouse, and puts a different spin on some of the dishes he offers at David Burke Primehouse in Chicago's James Hotel. But the beef, its preparation, quality and Burke's patented drying method remain unaltered.

  • Gene & Georgetti picks Rosemont for first expansion Dec 10, 2014 10:01 PM
    The oldest family-owned steakhouse in Chicago is opening a second location — the first time the owners have done so in 75 years — in Rosemont. “We want to bring everything people love about Gene & Georgetti in, while also giving that location its own spirit and feel, ” said Michelle Durpetti, a third-generation manager.

  • Real drama casts shadow over ‘Chrisley Knows Best’ Dec 10, 2014 6:00 AM
    On camera, the family on USA’s “Chrisley Knows Best” has briefly addressed son Kyle’s second-season absence, saying he’s “going through a difficult time.” Off camera, the drama is much more intense. Heading into next Tuesday’s season finale, patriarch Todd Chrisley said his 24-year-old son is off his medication for a diagnosis of bipolar disorder and is estranged from the family. Kyle confirms he’s not taking his medication but said he has seen a new doctor who questions his diagnosis.

  • Night life: Shaw’s serves up Pearl beer Dec 10, 2014 3:57 PM
    Shaw’s commemorative Goose Island brew. Caliendo’s free app with toy donation. Hawthorne’s Wednesday specials and trivia.

  • Dining events: Brunch Cafe opens 4th restaurant Dec 10, 2014 6:30 AM
    Brunch Cafe recently opened its fourth location in Huntley. The contemporary breakfast and lunch cafe offers traditional breakfast items and other decadent twists. Charms Grill and Drink, a Greek and American restaurant in Vernon Hills, recently underwent renovations and reopened under new owner Steve Morakalis.

  • Bjorn Ulvaeus talks ABBA and band’s new photo book Dec 10, 2014 5:45 AM
    So their new photo book is the closest fans will ever get to seeing ABBA again. “ABBA: The Official Photo Book” (Weldon Owen Publishing) chronicles the foursome’s history through more than 600 photographs. “I’m not a nostalgic person, but looking at these pictures really took me back,” founding member Bjorn Ulvaeus said. The authorized photographic biography, which features numerous photos from the height of the band’s career in the 1970s, was released earlier this year in Europe, and just recently in the United States.

  • Sam Smith tops MTV’s 2014 best artist list Dec 10, 2014 7:06 AM
    This year’s breakthrough new singer, Sam Smith, went from an artist to watch to MTV’s Best Artist of 2014 and beat out megastars like Beyonce and Taylor Swift. The 22-year-old Smith performed his soulful song, “Stay With Me,” at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, from his debut album, “In the Lonely Hour.”

  • HBO’s ‘The Newsroom’ to end on polarizing note Dec 10, 2014 6:00 AM
    Aaron Sorkin’s much-panned “The Newsroom” has had a fraught relationship with critics since its inception, mostly because of the tendency of the HBO drama’s many insufferable characters to repeatedly, condescendingly explain what journalism really is. “The Newsroom” is set to end Sunday after a six-episode third season, and at first, it appeared it might go out quietly. Then Sunday’s episode happened — and any goodwill the show collected was instantly blown up with an unnerving-if-timely story about rape on college campus.

  • MHS students to perform: Dec 10, 2014 5:05 PM
    Mundelein High School’s Orchesis club will perform for the public Monday. The show is set for 7 p.m. in the school auditorium, 1350 W. Hawley St.

  • Tree of Life Holiday Choir Concert explores ‘Winter’s Wonder’ Dec 11, 2014 8:20 PM
    On Sunday, Dec. 21, the Adult Choir will present its annual Holiday Concert at 10:45 a.m. at Tree of Life Unitarian Universalist Congregation in McHenry. At this year’s concert, “Winter’s Wonder,” the choir will perform holiday music from the Christian and Jewish traditions, as well as a few secular favorites.

  • Elk Grove library trustee proposes expanding services to unincorporated residents Dec 10, 2014 5:30 AM
    There’s an effort to expand the services of the Elk Grove Village Public Library beyond the town’s borders into unincorporated areas that supporters say would benefit a currently underserved population. But they’ll have some convincing to do since the proposal to create a library district requires approval by voters, who must decide if they want library services in exchange for a new property tax.

  • Davis and Chmerkovskiy, together again Dec 10, 2014 5:17 PM
    “Dancing With the Stars” 2013 champions Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy will sign autographs and take pictures with guests from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14 at the Vera Bradley store in Deer Park Town Center, 20530 N. Rand Road, Deer Park.

  • Auditions and art shows Dec 10, 2014 10:52 AM
    Auditions and artist calls starting Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, in Chicago and the suburbs.

  • ‘Boyhood,’ ‘Selma’ among AFI movies of the year Dec 9, 2014 5:45 AM
    The American Film Institute on Monday named the coming-of-age tale “Boyhood,” the sci-fi epic “Interstellar” and the civil-rights drama “Selma” among its top movies of the year. But that's not all; the AFI actually chose 11 movies for its annual top 10 list.

  • Warren High student entertainment: Dec 9, 2014 4:59 PM
    Warren Township High School in Gurnee has comedy and jazz performances scheduled for the public.

  • MHS dancers to perform: Dec 9, 2014 5:02 PM
    Mundelein High School’s Orchesis club will perform for the public Monday. The show is set for 7 p.m. in the school auditorium, 1350 W. Hawley St. Tickets are $4 for adults and $3 for students and seniors.

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