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  • ‘The Girl on the Train’ is a runaway hit for Paula Hawkins Mar 5, 2015 6:00 AM
    The tedium of the daily commute has turned out to be pretty productive for Paula Hawkins. Journeys spent staring out railway-carriage windows inspired the former journalist’s first thriller, “The Girl on the Train,” whose title character glimpses something disturbing from a commuter express. Published in January, it was billed as “this year’s ‘Gone Girl’” — a label that has turned out to be much more than publishers’ wishful thinking. The book has topped best-seller lists and become a book-club favorite, selling more than 750,000 copies in the U.S. alone.

  • Comedy Central's Bee moves to TBS Mar 5, 2015 4:06 PM
    Samantha Bee joins exodus from 'The Daily Show' to head to TBS

  • Cook Park Library hosts District 70 art show Mar 5, 2015 4:05 PM
    Libertyville School District 70's Arteffects student art show is on display through April 6 at the Cook Park Library in Libertyville. The show features 145 art pieces from the district's five schools.

  • Bennett, Gaga lead star-studded Ravinia schedule Mar 5, 2015 2:42 PM
    Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, the “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin, Seth MacFarlane, Harry Connick Jr., and Santana are part of a diverse group of performers who will take to the stage during Ravinia Festival's 2015 season.

  • This 'Marigold Hotel' definitely second-best Mar 5, 2015 8:08 AM
    “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” could use a hyphen between “Second” and “Best” to be perfectly accurate. Still, fans of the original “Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” will take great pleasure in catching up with the lovably flawed, rapidly aging Brits who arrived at that Indian oasis, run by an ambitiously capitalistic young man anxious to “outsource” old people from other countries.

  • What happens to society in 'Final Hours'? Mar 5, 2015 5:45 AM
    You have to hand it to Australian filmmakers for having the edge on the edge. Following Aussie director Jennifer Kent's stylized reinvention of the horror film with 2014's “Babadook,” Zak Hilditch's unnervingly realistic end-of-the-world drama “These Final Hours” asks this fundamental question: If the world died in 12 hours, would life become more valuable or utterly meaningless?

  • Why we don’t love the MTV Movie Award nominations Mar 5, 2015 6:00 AM
    With the Oscars behind us, you may have assumed that the film awards season was over and done. You’d be wrong. The MTV Movie Awards, which will air April 12 with host Amy Schumer, announced their full list of nominees Wednesday. Unlike the more prestigious ceremonies, MTV’s version of the Academy Awards features not just categories like movie of the year and best female and male performances, but also “best shirtless performance,” “best scared-as-(expletive) performance” and “best fight,” naturally.

  • Hall and Oates sue over granola-maker's Haulin' Oats cereal Mar 5, 2015 6:34 PM
    Pop music duo Hall and Oates can't go for granola-maker's Haulin' Oats cereal, file suit

  • Ringling Bros. to give up elephant acts in 3 years Mar 5, 2015 7:58 PM
    The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus says the “Greatest Show on Earth” will go on without elephants. Animal rights groups took credit for generating the public concern that forced the company to announce its pachyderm retirement plan on Thursday. But Ringling Bros.’ owners described it as the bittersweet result of years of internal family discussions.

  • Vince Vaughn's 'Unfinished Business' a farcical mess Mar 5, 2015 6:51 AM
    The weird badness, or the bad weirdness, of Vince Vaughn's train wreck farce “Unfinished Business” can be traced back to Steve Conrad's dual personality screenplay that, in one scene, appeals to the Walt Disney family values crowd. In the next, Ken Scott's comedy panders to the lowest frat boy denominators of grossly explicit nudity, drugs, insane parties and imaginative sexual positions.

  • Comedy Central's 'Too Many Stars' means plenty of laughs Mar 5, 2015 12:33 PM
    You're a bit late to bid on the chance to join John Oliver in robbing a wine store. Never mind. You can catch such fundraising hijinks and lots more during Comedy Central's "Night of Too Many Stars" telethon (airing from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday), which gathers Amy Schumer, Sarah Silverman, Bill Burr, Steve Buscemi, Gilbert Gottfried, Chris Rock and others to raise money for autism educational programs.

  • Unique perspective gives 'Mr. Heineken' extra credit Mar 5, 2015 5:15 AM
    “Kidnapping Mr. Heineken” shows us its heist story strictly from the kidnappers' points of view, as did de Vries' book. We never know when or where the police might catch on. This helps the movie overcome some of the ham-fisted, hard-boiled dialogue the writers saddled it with.

  • Kirk Players to hold treasure hunt fundraiser April 18 Mar 5, 2015 1:41 PM
    Mundelein’s resident performing arts group, Kirk Players, recently announced their first fundraiser in nearly 50 years.

  • Buffalo Grove father-son team publishes poetry book Mar 5, 2015 9:51 AM
    “Call Me Mysterious” is a poetry book written by Fred Axelrod and illustrated by his son Justin. Fred and Justin, who both reside in Buffalo Grove.

  • Gire: Film society screens 'Two Days' Mar 5, 2015 11:49 AM
    The After Hours Film Society presents the Oscar-nominated drama “Two Days, One Night,” starring Marion Cotillard as a woman who has two days and one night to persuade her factory co-workers to give up their bonuses ($1,200) so that she can keep her job.

  • Jaime Camil shines as telenovela star on 'Jane the Virgin' Mar 5, 2015 2:27 PM
    Last pilot season, Jaime Camil had options - two offers for dramas at ABC and Netflix. Then came a script for The CW's "Jane The Virgin," airing at 8 p.m. Mondays, about a young woman who has vowed to remain chaste until marriage but is accidentally artificially inseminated during a routine checkup. "I was mesmerized. I devoured the script in like 20, 25 minutes," recalled Camil.

  • ECC celebrates Women's History Month Mar 5, 2015 9:37 PM
    Elgin Community College will hold a series of events and activities throughout March during its monthlong celebration of Women's History Month. All events are free and open to the public, unless noted. It is presented by the Women's History Month Committee, African American Women's Subcommittee, Student Life Department, Global and International Studies Taskforce, and the Organization of Latin American Students.

  • Harrison Ford ‘banged up’ but OK after plane crash Mar 5, 2015 9:12 PM
    Harrison Ford crash-landed his vintage airplane Thursday in California and suffered moderate injuries, officials said. Los Angeles fire officials say the single-engine plane went down at about 2:30 p.m. Thursday on the green at Penmar Golf Course in the Venice area of Los Angeles, near the Santa Monica airport. Ford was breathing and conscious when he was taken to a hospital, where he was listed in fair to moderate condition.

  • Tinsley Ellis ‘Tough Love Tour’ comes to Elgin in March Mar 5, 2015 8:55 PM
    The Tinsley Ellis “Tough Love Tour” comes to the Hemmens Cultural Center in downtown Elgin on Saturday, March 21. Presented by the Grafton Blues Association, Ellis will bring the soulfulness and expressiveness of his guitar playing to music that is gentle and melodic as well as to rip-roaring songs that are both poignant and humorous.

  • Night life: Drink brings Brass from the Past Mar 4, 2015 5:00 AM
    Catch Brass from the Past Wednesdays at Drink for some music and beverage specials; Rack House offers March Madness; Grillhouse by David Burke meets Thomas Fogarty Winery and Vineyards for a wine dinner.

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