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  • Chuck Todd taking over NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ Aug 15, 2014 7:09 AM
    Embattled “Meet the Press” moderator David Gregory is leaving NBC News and Chuck Todd will replace him on the venerable Sunday morning public affairs program, NBC said Thursday. Todd begins his new role on Sept. 7. He remains as NBC News’ political director, but will relinquish his duties as Chief White House correspondent and anchor of MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown.” He has been a frequent guest on “Meet the Press” as a political analyst.

     
  • Smokey Robinson, Long Island Medium coming to Genesee Aug 13, 2014 6:34 PM
    R&B singer Smokey Robinson and Theresa Caputo, the star of TLC's hit show, “Long Island Medium,” will both appear at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan this fall. Motown legend Robinson performs in concert Friday, Oct. 3, while Caputo will return to the area Saturday, Oct. 25, to communicate with the dead before a live audience at the Genesee.

     
  • Big question about Robin Williams’ death: Why? Aug 13, 2014 10:53 AM
    Although police have now revealed that Robin Williams died by suicide, the Oscar-winning actor’s fans, friends and even family continue to struggle to understand why someone who spread so much joy throughout the world could find so little in his own life that he decided to stop living. Williams, who made no secret of his decades-long struggles with depression and substance abuse, died Monday, authorities said.

     
  • Al-Jazeera America logs first anniversary Aug 12, 2014 6:00 AM
    Al-Jazeera America marks its first anniversary on the air next week, and if you haven’t watched much, you’re not alone. The news network has recorded some startlingly low ratings and recently shown signs of retrenchment with layoffs and by cutting some live newscasts. Al-Jazeera America has also won awards for its work, seen some recent audience growth and its chief executive insists a steady growth plan is on target.

     
  • ‘Nashville’ goes live in new season premiere Aug 12, 2014 11:27 AM
    Actor Charles Esten has more at stake in the new season of the ABC drama “Nashville” than resolving the cliffhanger that left his character, singer-songwriter Deacon Claybourne, in the midst of a lyricist love triangle. During the live season-three premiere, Esten will perform a song he co-wrote with Grammy-nominated country singer Deana Carter, “I Know How to Love You Now.”

     
  • Screen, stage actress Lauren Bacall dies at 89 Aug 12, 2014 8:09 PM
    Lauren Bacall, a bewitching actress whose husky voice and smoldering onscreen chemistry with her husband Humphrey Bogart made her a defining movie star of the 1940s and who decades later won Tony Awards in the Broadway musicals “Applause” and “Woman of the Year,” has died at 89.

     
  • Robin Williams: Mourning a manic genius Aug 18, 2014 8:39 PM
    Daily Herald copy editor Sean Stangland has seen a lot in his time at the paper. But Monday's news about Robin Williams hit him as hard as anything he's experienced in his 13 years on the desk. Here's a look at the emotions he felt while putting together the news on the brilliant comedian's death.

     
  • Robin Williams: Filmography, video clips, pictures Aug 12, 2014 12:50 AM
    Robin Williams, who died Monday at age 63, appeared in a staggering number of films, not to mention two network TV series (“The Crazy Ones” and “Mork & Mindy”), countless TV specials and appearances, stand-up comedy tours, and pretty much anything else you can think of that can make you laugh and cry. Here's a visual tour of his filmography.

     
  • Famous fans, colleagues tweet Robin Williams farewell messages Aug 12, 2014 12:49 AM
    News of the death of Robin Williams prompted many of his colleagues, friends, fellow entertainers and famous fans to send heartfelt messages of remembrance Monday via Twitter. Here are a sampling.

     
  • Robin Williams, boisterous comedy star, dead at 63 Aug 12, 2014 7:11 AM
    He was the funniest guy in the room, something that made it all the harder for friends and fans to accept that beneath that reservoir of frenetic energy and seemingly endless good humor resided demons so dark they could push Robin Williams, 63, to suicide. It was no secret that the Oscar-winning actor had suffered for years from periodic bouts of substance abuse and depression. But word that he had killed himself Monday at his San Francisco Bay Area home left both friends and family equally stunned and grief-stricken.

     
  • Film, TV and music stars among Emmy presenters Aug 11, 2014 11:36 AM
    Film stars Julia Roberts, Matthew McConaughey and Halle Berry are among the first presenters announced for this month’s Emmy Awards ceremony. In a statement Monday, executive producer Don Mischer said 13 celebrities have been confirmed so far as trophy presenters for the Aug. 25 awards.

     
  • Bean's cliched 'Legends' has promising premise Aug 18, 2014 8:39 PM
    “Legends,” based on the novel by Robert Littell, is the latest terrorism thriller from producer Howard Gordon, whose credits include “Homeland” and “24.” The title refers to the FBI code for assumed identities, of which Sean Bean's Martin Odum is a master. When we first meet him in Wednesday's premiere episode, Odum's undercover as a budding bomber named Lincoln Dittmann, and looks and acts not unlike the unsure, inexperienced Walter White of “Breaking Bad's” first few episodes.

     
  • Billy Joel, Maria Shriver featured in PBS doc Aug 10, 2014 4:30 AM
    Billy Joel, Maria Shriver and Samuel L. Jackson — baby boomers all — will be among those featured in an upcoming PBS documentary about the post-World War II generation. PBS announced Thursday that “American Masters: The Boomer List” will air Sept. 23 on member stations. The 90-minute production, directed by filmmaker-photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, will include 19 notable public figures.

     
  • Barbara Corcoran on her 2nd life with ‘Shark Tank’ Aug 10, 2014 7:34 AM
    Barbara Corcoran expects entrepreneurs to listen to what she says, and then do what they want. Even when they’re using her money to build their companies. Corcoran, now one of the investors on the ABC program “Shark Tank,” made her name running New York real estate brokerage Corcoran Group.

     
  • New ‘trashy’ reality TV show focuses on recyclers Aug 10, 2014 5:30 AM
    A new show wants to redefine the meaning of trashy television. “Human Resources,” which debuts Friday on the Pivot network, will focus not on hard-partying beachgoers but on a socially conscious recycling company.

     
  • ‘Fault in Our Stars’ actors winners at Teen Choice Awards Aug 10, 2014 10:36 PM
    Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort of “The Fault in Our Stars” rode a victorious wave at the Teen Choice Awards. The actors were honored with several prizes at Sunday’s fan-favorite extravaganza, including choice drama movie actor and breakout movie star for Elgort and choice drama and action movie actress for “Divergent” star Woodley. The pair was also awarded the surfboard-shaped trophy for choice movie lip-lock for their “Fault in Our Stars” smooch.

     
  • DVD previews: ‘Muppets Most Wanted,’ ‘Railway Man’ Aug 9, 2014 5:45 AM
    Kermit and company reunite for "Muppets Most Wanted." But the gang's would-be road manager and his accomplice -- an evil Kermit look-alike -- provide plenty of complications in this tale, which heads to DVD Aug. 12.

     
  • Shepherd, McCarthy to share their last ‘View’ Monday Aug 8, 2014 10:04 AM
    Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy are saying goodbye to “The View” next week. ABC says their final appearance as co-hosts of the daytime talk show will air Monday.

     
  • Starz’s ‘Outlander’ brings novels to life vibrantly Aug 8, 2014 8:35 AM
    There’s an odd believability you find inside “Outlander” that somehow makes it feel true-to-life. Claire, a lovely British Army nurse on a second honeymoon in Scotland, is mysteriously swept from 1945 back to 1743, plopped into a strange and alien existence, including marriage to a dashing Scottish warrior, even as she struggles to return to “modern” times and the husband she left behind. Premiering on the Starz network at 8 p.m. Saturday, “Outlander” is adapted from Diana Gabaldon’s wildly popular novels.

     
  • Moss on ‘True Detective’: ‘It’s a fantastic show’ Aug 8, 2014 11:03 AM
    Elisabeth Moss won’t say whether she’ll be joining the second season of “True Detective,” but she calls HBO’s mystery series “a fantastic show.” The 31-year-old “Mad Men” and “Top of the Lake” star is among a handful of actors rumored to appear in the next installment of the anthology series. Its second season will take place in California and is distinct from the Emmy-nominated first season starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. Moss said in an interview Thursday that she’s been “a fan of HBO since the get-go” and has “seen everything” on the network. But she wouldn’t discuss whether she’s up for a role. She was promoting her role in the indie film “The One I Love,” which also stars Mark Duplass and is set for limited release Aug. 22.

     
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