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  • AMAs are good to Iggy Azalea, Taylor Swift & One Direction Nov 24, 2014 12:04 AM
    One Direction won artist of the year at the American Music Awards, taking home three honors and was the night's big winner next to Katy Perry, who didn't attend the show. One Direction also won favorite band, duo or group — pop/rock and favorite album — pop/rock for “Midnight Memories” at the fan-voted show on Sunday night. “This has been a real perfect day ... America feels like a second home to us,” Liam Payne said onstage with his band mates when they won the night's first award.

     
  • ‘Mockingjay, Part 1’ opens with $123 million Nov 23, 2014 11:18 PM
    “Mockingjay, Part 1” didn’t catch fire like the previous installments of “The Hunger Games,” but it still had the biggest opening of the year with $123 million at the weekend box office, according to studio estimates Sunday.

     
  • Matt Czuchry previews his biggest ’Good Wife’ episode in ‘emotionally taxing’ season Nov 23, 2014 6:03 PM
    The approximately 11 million people who tune in every week to watch “The Good Wife,” the gripping CBS drama that’s also possibly the best show on television, know that Cary Agos has had quite a yeall. After all, it’s been a long road for the character. He started as the nemesis of Alicia Florrick, played by Julianna Margulies, but worked his way up to friend and business partner, as the two pulled off a thrilling coup last season and started their own law firm. Actor Matt Czuchry talks about the challenge of anchoring such a tough storyline this season.

     
  • With ‘The Flash’ and ‘Jane the Virgin,’ TV rediscovers niceness Nov 23, 2014 7:15 AM
    For a long time, most prominent television shows have drawn their dramatic juice from the idea that all characters have big, bad secrets. But, delightfully, two of fall’s best new dramas. “The Flash” and “Jane the Virgin,” are running creative laps around their grimmer competitors by demonstrating that the conflicts produced by good intentions are just as gripping as the misdeeds of people who conceal their worst selves rather than conquering them.

     
  • Over ‘Am I Wrong’? Nico & Vinz know how you feel Nov 23, 2014 6:45 AM
    If you’re tired of hearing Nico & Vinz’s worldwide hit “Am I Wrong,” the Norwegian duo knows just how you feel. The 23-year-old musicians from the Oslo suburbs released the optimistic, ambition-focused song in April 2013. Now they’re ready to skip ahead to the next track. Nicolas “Nico” Sereba and Vincent “Vinz” Dery hope radio listeners turn up the volume on their follow-up single, “In Your Arms.”

     
  • Will serious fare freeze out feel-good films this season? Nov 23, 2014 6:30 AM
    One of the paradoxes of holiday films is that they often have little to do with peace and good will toward men, or any other gender. But this year we have at least two family-friendly animated features, plus a modernized remake of a time-tested Broadway musical to lesson the seriousness of a season that has become an annual campaign for studios to lobby for awards and critics’ top 10 lists.

     
  • Constable: Bears make teen’s wish come true Nov 23, 2014 10:55 AM
    Bears fans might moan that today's showdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is a meaningless matchup of disappointing teams. But for Daniel Isufi, 14, of Arlington Heights, the game is his Make-A-Wish dream come true.

     
  • Swank says Jones is a softy and he agrees Nov 22, 2014 6:45 AM
    Academy Award winner Tommy Lee Jones wears more than one cowboy hat in his new Western, “The Homesman,” giving him full control of, well, everything. He co-wrote, co-produced, directs, and co-stars with fellow Oscar winner Hilary Swank. Jones is known to play tough guys and has built a reputation as someone you wouldn’t want to cross. Yet after spending endless hours with Jones, Swank developed a new appreciation for the man of few words.

     
  • James Nesbitt explores grief as a father whose child disappears Nov 22, 2014 6:01 AM
    “The Missing” is a thriller etched into a portrait of the parents of a 5-year-old boy who, with his family on holiday in a quiet French village, disappears without warning. During the series’ eight episodes, the action pingpongs between 2006 and 2014, by which time the child’s mother (Frances O’Connor) has mounted a desperate effort to move on. She exists in stark contrast to Tony, the father (James Nesbitt), who in the ensuing eight years has only grown more fixated on finding his son as he grasps at evermore slender straws.

     
  • DVD previews: ‘November Man,’ ‘Expendables 3’ Nov 22, 2014 6:30 AM
    Roger Donaldson makes efficient hack work of a script adapted from a book by former Daily Herald columnist Bill Granger. "The November Man" stars former James Bond Pierce Brosnan as a former CIA agent lured back into duty. The movie hits DVD Tuesday.

     
  • Consider pumpkin spice — then skip it Nov 22, 2014 5:30 AM
    With autumn upon us, some turn morbid in our thinking. Maybe it’s that defiant blaze of leaf-color before the inevitable rot. Maybe it’s the growing length of the darkness trapped in a 24-hour blip, or the wind’s icy reminder that, no matter how we run, time will catch up to us eventually. Or maybe it’s just all the darn pumpkin spice.

     
  • Weekend picks: Catch Gilbert Gottfried at Zanies Rosemont Nov 22, 2014 5:15 AM
    The often controversial comedian Gilbert Gottfried returns to the Chicago area for a weekend of shows, tonight playing at Zanies in Rosemont. See thousands of toys and games from around the globe at the Chicago Toy & Game Fair, at Navy Pier in Chicago. Get into the holiday spirit with a tree lighting in downtown Highland Park. Or enjoy some amazing Las Vegas-style illusionists perform on tour in “David Thomas presents The World of Magic” on Saturday at the Batavia Fine Arts Centre.

     
  • How YouTube is threatening Spotify Nov 22, 2014 6:22 AM
    After months of lead-up, Google-owned YouTube announced this week that it will offer a paid music subscription service. This sounds like a good deal, and Spotify should be worried.

     
  • Review: Apple’s iOS 8 provides a smarter type Nov 22, 2014 6:04 AM
    Apple’s new keyboard is so much smarter than its predecessor that most longtime iPhone and iPad users probably will be quite happy just to use it. But there are some other options out there to explore.

     
  • Facebook again tries to simplify privacy policy Nov 22, 2014 6:33 AM
    One more time, Facebook is trying to simplify its lengthy privacy policy — and make it much shorter — to explain how it targets advertisements to its 1.35 billion users.

     
  • People feel loss of control of personal info, Pew reports Nov 22, 2014 6:33 AM
    Do you feel safe sharing any information online? If you said no, you're not alone. Some 81 percent of people surveyed don’t feel secure using social networking sites and two-thirds of them think the government should do more to regulate those advertisers.

     
  • Alison Krauss to perform at Emmylou Harris tribute Nov 21, 2014 10:51 AM
    Alison Krauss is set to pay tribute to Emmylou Harris at a concert in January. “The Life & Songs of Emmylou Harris: An All-Star Concert Celebration” will take place Jan. 10 at the DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.

     
  • Taylor Swift to receive Dick Clark award for excellence at AMAs Nov 21, 2014 10:52 AM
    Taylor Swift is getting a special — and new — award from the American Music Awards. Dick Clark productions announced Friday that Swift would receive the Dick Clark Award for Excellence at Sunday’s show.

     
  • Kelsey Grammer’s daughter is Miss Golden Globe Nov 21, 2014 10:52 AM
    Kelsey Grammer’s daughter Greer is the new Miss Golden Globe. Hollywood Foreign Press Association President Theo Kingma made the announcement Thursday night at a party in her honor. It’s been a Golden Globe tradition for 50 years to have the daughter or son of a past winner help hand out statuettes during the ceremony.

     
  • Bill Cosby’s Arizona show canceled amid scandal Nov 21, 2014 10:04 AM
    Bill Cosby’s February appearance at an Arizona casino has been canceled amid widening allegations of sexual assault.

     
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