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  • Pop-culture moments to remember in 2014 Dec 23, 2014 9:08 AM
    Dancing Groot. A Bowie song in the '50s. An essential Foo Fighters track. The furious finale of "Whiplash." These and more are Sean Stangland's essential pop-culture moments of 2014.

  • In latest TV spat, Fox News blocked from Dish Network Dec 21, 2014 1:04 PM
    Dish Network subscribers were unable to watch Fox News Channel and the Fox Business Network on Sunday when the channels were taken down as part of contract negotiations.

  • Craig Ferguson says good night as ‘Late Late Show’ host Dec 20, 2014 9:16 AM
    Craig Ferguson will spend tomorrow’s future yesterdays (as his theme song proclaims) somewhere other than “The Late Late Show.” Friday was his last hoorah after a decade as host of the CBS talk show. And what did we learn (as Ferguson is fond of posing at the end of each hour)? Maybe that it was Bob Newhart all those years disguised as Secretariat the Pantomime Horse?

  • DVD previews: ‘Trip to Italy,’ ‘Good Lie’ Dec 20, 2014 6:45 AM
    Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon reprise their roles from "The Trip" in “The Trip to Italy,” in which they motor through that country’s picturesque seaside and islands. Once again, director Michael Winterbottom has created a feast for just about all of the senses, yet worries about mortality, artistic impermanence and moral duty lie coiled at the heart of “The Trip to Italy,” uneasily making their presence felt alongside the protagonists’ hedonistic pleasures. The movie is among Dec. 23's DVD releases.

  • Ferguson wraps up 10 years as host of ‘Late Late Show’ Dec 19, 2014 11:06 AM
    It’s not such a great day, America — not for fans of Craig Ferguson. Ferguson, television’s kinetic Scottish cutup, brings to a close tonight his decade-long run as host of CBS’ “The Late Late Show.” Airing at 11:35 p.m., he concludes a grand stretch of silliness and smarts that, while never posing much of a ratings threat to talk-show rivals, struck a chord with a loyal following.

  • Barrington grad, partner win million in 'Amazing Race' Dec 20, 2014 3:42 PM
    Barrington college student Amy DeJong and her teammate Maya Warren, tasted sweet victory in the final leg of CBS' “The Amazing Race.” The pair won the CBS reality show and will split a million-dollar prize.

  • Stephen Colbert retires his ‘Report’ and the host he played Dec 19, 2014 7:02 AM
    Stephen Colbert is dead. Stephen Colbert is immortal? Long live Stephen Colbert! Nine years of Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” came to an end Thursday night along with its mythical presiding pundit, as the real-life Stephen Colbert bade the audience farewell.

  • Dish adds Netflix app to some of its set-top boxes Dec 18, 2014 6:42 AM
    Dish is making it easier to watch video from an online rival, Netflix. The satellite TV company said Wednesday that it is adding the Netflix app to its latest set-top boxes, its second-generation Hopper devices released in February.

  • Bruce and Kris Jenner finalize divorce Dec 18, 2014 1:47 PM
    Court records show Kris and Bruce Jenner have finalized their divorce, but they won’t be officially single until March. A Los Angeles judge on Tuesday signed off on the couple’s divorce judgment that ends the pair’s 23-year marriage.

  • Country singer Boyd crowned ‘The Voice’ champion Dec 17, 2014 6:48 AM
    Country fans have spoken again. Craig Wayne Boyd, the country rocker from Blake Shelton’s team, was named the winner of “The Voice” Tuesday. Boyd is the third country singer to win the NBC sing-off.

  • Journey to Middle-earth has been an emotional one Dec 17, 2014 6:40 AM
    Fifteen years after filming began in New Zealand on the adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, director Peter Jackson's Middle-earth saga concludes this weekend with “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.” The journey from “The Fellowship of the Ring” to today has been very long, but very rewarding — even if the latter half of it ultimately feels unnecessary.

  • As Colbert exits, say farewell to his proxy Dec 17, 2014 6:01 AM
    Dear Stephen: Before you go, I just had to add my voice to all the others in Colbert Nation. At 10:30 p.m. Thursday, you will end “The Colbert Report” after nine seasons of heroic truthiness. The flesh-and-blood performer with whom you share your name is moving on to even greater stardom: hosting “Late Show” on CBS. We will miss you like crazy.

  • ABC 7 to add 7 p.m. newscast on WCIU Dec 16, 2014 5:07 PM
    ABC 7 announced plans Tuesday to launch a 7 p.m. newscast on WCIU, The U, the flagship station of Weigel Broadcasting Co. It will be the only live local newscast in the Chicago viewing area in that time slot.

  • TLC to launch ‘All About Sex’ late-night talk show Dec 15, 2014 7:45 AM
    The TLC channel is launching its first late-night talk show next month, one with an eye-catching title. TLC said Friday that the Saturday night show, “All About Sex,” will include rotating segments such as the week’s “craziest” sex-related news. The talk show also will give viewers a chance to ask questions about their relationship challenges.

  • Johnson provides ‘Wake Up Call’ in new TV series Dec 15, 2014 6:00 AM
    Dwayne Johnson says it was impossible not to take his work home with him on his new TNT reality series, “Wake Up Call.” “By the end of the very first day ... I was drained.” The show premiered at 8 p.m. Friday. On “Wake Up Call,” Johnson, 42, with the help of experts in various fields, attempts to confront and then help people who are down on their luck or who have made poor choices in their lives.

  • ‘DWTS’ champs Davis, Chmerkovskiy greet fans in Deer Park Dec 14, 2014 9:00 PM
    Shoppers at Deer Park Town Center must have been checking their calendars to make sure it wasn’t Black Friday. The line of people pouring out the doors of the Vera Bradley store Sunday — with a few Lake County Sheriff’s deputies in the mix to keep order — wasn’t there for deals, but to meet “Dancing with Stars” champions Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

  • Weather increasingly part of national news Dec 13, 2014 6:30 AM
    The correspondent most frequently seen on either ABC, CBS or NBC’s evening newscasts this year doesn’t work out of the White House or some overseas trouble zone. It’s Ginger Zee, ABC’s meteorologist. Weather is a big element of local news, but a story about the elements once had to be extraordinary to warrant time on a national newscast. Now it’s routine, and not everyone considers that a change for the better.

  • DVD previews: ‘Magic in the Moonlight,’ ‘Skeleton Twins’ Dec 13, 2014 6:45 AM
    Emma Stone and Colin Firth try to outmaneuver each other in Woody Allen’s latest period romantic comedy, "Magic in the Moonlight." And Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader bring a believable brother-sister dynamic to the sharply told tale "The Skeleton Twins," out Tuesday on DVD.

  • 2015 likely the end for cathode ray tube TVs Dec 13, 2014 7:00 AM
    All production of cathode ray tube TVs is likely to end as early as next year, as Sharp Corp. and two companies in India will withdraw from the business due to the spread of high-definition liquid crystal TVs. This means cathode ray tube TVs, an icon for decades in Japan, will disappear from the market.

  • ‘Inherent Vice’ director Anderson among the modern greats Dec 12, 2014 6:01 AM
    Writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson, whose latest film, “Inherent Vice,” opens Friday in select theaters, has crafted a distinct, singular vision, Daily Herald columnist Sean Stangland says. Here’s how he’d rank Anderson's six previous films.

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