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  • Rosemont-bound 'Frozen' perfect for ice show, skater says Jan 18, 2015 9:55 AM
    For nearly five months now, Taylor Firth has listened to the Academy Award-winning song “Let it Go” from the hit film “Frozen” over and over each day. Yet she never tires of hearing it. Firth, a national and international medal-winning figure skater, is currently starring as Princess Anna in “Disney on Ice presents Frozen,” coming to the Allstate Arena Wednesday, Jan. 21, for 13 shows before moving on to Chicago's United Centerfor 21 more shows.

     
  • Sunday picks: Garage rockers Twin Peaks play Metro Jan 18, 2015 5:00 AM
    There's no better cure for the post-holiday winter blues than the Tomorrow Never Knows rock festival, which ends at multiple venues in the city today. “Sons of Anarchy“ stars Kim Coates (“Tig”) and Theo Rossi (“Juice”) are just two of the celebrities slated to appear at the 31st Annual Chicago Cycle Show & Swap Meet this weekend at the Pheasant Run Resort and Convention Center.

     
  • Ready your DVR for the midseason TV onslaught Jan 18, 2015 7:00 AM
    The programming onslaught continues, with more new shows this winter than any of us will ever have time to watch. Among the highlights: "Breaking Bad" prequel "Better Call Saul," starring Naperville's Bob Odenkirk.

     
  • Scooter Braun’s real breakout hit is ‘Scorpion’ Jan 18, 2015 5:30 AM
    If Scooter Braun’s name sounds familiar, it’s probably because you’ve read that he’s Ariana Grande’s manager. Or that he represents pop stars gone viral, like Carly Rae Jepsen or Psy. But he’d rather talk about his larger portfolio, which involves producing movies, investing in start-ups and producing one of the few hits of the fall TV season, CBS’ “Scorpion.”

     
  • ABC Family's 'Chasing Life' focuses on young adult cancer Jan 18, 2015 12:01 AM
    Italia Ricci plays a twenty-something journalist who is battling leukemia on ABC Family's "Chasing Life." It's not an easy role, the actress says. "I just feel really guilty when I get to come home and not have cancer and all of the people who have cancer can't turn it off," she said in a recent interview. "It just doesn't feel fair and so that hits me harder than what I have to work out on (the) set."

     
  • FX orders pilot with Adlon of 'Louie' Jan 18, 2015 2:06 PM
    Pamela Adlon of 'Louie' to get a show of her own with FX

     
  • Harper Chamber Music Festival to highlight classical favorites Jan 18, 2015 4:33 PM
    Harper College’s 10th annual Chamber Music Festival will showcase more than 15 of the music department’s most accomplished artist faculty performing great works from the classical chamber music repertoire.

     
  • Linden Cello Duo debuts on Oakton stage Jan 18, 2015 4:38 PM
    Two talented cellists team up for a debut performance at Oakton Community College’s Footlik Theater, 1600 East Golf Road, Des Plaines, at 8 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 31.

     
  • It’s very good to be Bradley Cooper these days Jan 18, 2015 7:21 PM
    There’s definitely a lot going on for Bradley Cooper, who turned 40 earlier this month. Along with eight Broadway performances a week, he’s been busy promoting one of his biggest movies to date, as both actor and producer: “American Sniper,” in which Cooper transforms himself into late Navy SEAL marksman Chris Kyle. And he earned his third career Oscar nomination for the role. “I think the fact that I had a chance to play Chris Kyle and Joseph Merrick in the same year is huge for me,” he said.

     
  • McNally Smith to stage Winter Jazz Blast Jan. 24 in St. Paul Jan 17, 2015 4:06 AM
    High school jazz bands to perform for each other at Winter Jazz Blast Jan. 24 in St. Paul

     
  • Verizon CEO foresees big profits in mobile pay TV Jan 17, 2015 7:33 AM
    Verizon Chief Executive Officer Lowell McAdam has long wanted to become a force in mobile television. Now he’s poised to make that happen so McAdam is exploring deals with AOL and other companies that are leaders in so-called programmatic advertising.

     
  • Houston's estate criticizes Lifetime for movie on singer Jan 17, 2015 4:06 PM
    Houston's estate says fans should 'brace themselves for the worst' with Lifetime movie

     
  • Inarritu’s ‘Birdman’ explores ego and art, on screen and off Jan 17, 2015 11:28 PM
    Director Alejandro Inarritu says the only way to communicate the struggle between a celebrity and his ego in “Birdman” was through long, uninterrupted shots that move at the pace of life. Those sweeping takes — the subject of much discussion this Oscar season — are intended to mimic the way people see the world, he says: “We open our eyes and go with a Steadicam all day, and we can’t escape.”

     
  • Academy president responds to Oscar firestorm Jan 17, 2015 11:28 PM
    Responding for the first time to the firestorm that erupted over the lack of diversity in this year’s Oscar nominations, film academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs says the all-white acting slate inspires her to accelerate the academy’s push for more diversity. The first black president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences spoke out Friday night in an exclusive interview with The Associated Press about the Oscar nominations and the widespread criticism that followed.

     
  • New Fox TV chiefs look for showmen to rescue network Jan 17, 2015 3:05 PM
    Executives: Fox TV needs 'showmanship' of 'Empire,' 'Glee' producer to end ratings slump

     
  • Lee Daniels says he wants to expose homophobia Jan 17, 2015 10:06 PM
    'Empire' creator: Time to blow the lid off homophobia in black community

     
  • 'American Idol' talks of working with 'Empire' Jan 18, 2015 9:51 AM
    "American Idol" producers have talked about a cross-promotion with "Empire," Fox's hot new series about a music industry family, perhaps getting some of the contestants on the scripted show, producers said Saturday.

     
  • Amazon’s Golden Globes wins put TV strategy in the spotlight Jan 17, 2015 6:55 AM
    The Amazon.com Inc. original series “Transparent” picked up two Golden Globe Awards, beating rivals such as HBO and highlighting the progress the online retailer has made as a player in Hollywood. The awards will likely encourage the Seattle-based e-commerce company and other online entertainment networks to continue investing in original programming.

     
  • Hollywood films draw more video game interest Jan 17, 2015 6:22 AM
    Kabam Inc., a closely held publisher of free-to-play mobile games, acquired two Los Angeles-based developers, advancing the company’s plans to make more titles based on Hollywood films.

     
  • Netflix won’t say how many people watch their series Jan 17, 2015 6:41 AM
    Even as Netflix continues to pump out more original programming, its bosses say they will continue to keep secret details on how many people are actually watching. The ratings “arms race” on traditional television has a negative effect on creativity, an executive says.

     
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