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  • Toys R Us pulls ‘Breaking Bad’ dolls Oct 23, 2014 9:56 AM
    Toys R Us is pulling its four collectible dolls based on characters from AMC’s hit series “Breaking Bad” after taking heat from a Florida mom who launched a petition campaign last week.

  • 'John' a Wick-ed, action-packed tale of stylish revenge Oct 23, 2014 3:31 PM
    Just when we thought we'd had quite enough of retired cops, hitmen and special-ops agents forced back into active duty to mete out justice, Chad Stahelski's “John Wick” shoots us between the eyes with an old-fashioned revenge tale directed with tongue-in-cheek humor, choreographed with bone-breakingly realistic stunts, and edited on Red Bull. Keanu Reeves stars as a retired Russian killer.

  • Kimono’s evolution reflects changing Japan Oct 23, 2014 6:00 AM
    It’s difficult to imagine a more eloquent symbol of Japan than the deceptively simple, T-shaped kimono. Traditional yet ever changing, the kimono has evolved dramatically over the past 150 years. Its story encompasses the evolution of weaving, dyeing and embroidery techniques, as well as Japan’s aesthetic, social and even political history. “Kimono: A Modern History,” on view at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art through Jan. 19, 2015, is a tour de force in textiles.

  • Rare ancient Chinese bronzes go on display in U.S. Oct 23, 2014 5:45 AM
    When the mysterious people of China’s Sanxingdui packed up and moved away 3,000 years ago, they left behind no written language and no indication of who they were, where they were going or why. What they did leave was a gigantic cache of intricately fabricated, larger-than-life bronze art works, which are now on display at Southern California’s Bowers Museum, the first stop on a rare U.S. tour.

  • Ted Melfi takes questions about 'St. Vincent' Oct 23, 2014 6:30 AM
    Ted Melfi is a TV commercial director making his first feature (as director, writer and producer) with the Bill Murray comedy “St. Vincent"; local movie theaters are showing scary and family-friendly films for Halloween.

  • 'Stonehearst Asylum' a wasted opportunity Oct 23, 2014 6:30 AM
    The Edgar Allen Poe-inspired "Stonehearst Asylum" fails to be sexy, scary, revealing, suspenseful or even exciting, but it looks really good.

  • Time-jumping kills the tension in mysterious 'Blue Room' Oct 23, 2014 6:30 AM
    French actor Mathieu Amalric's "The Blue Room" is not exactly the classic “Double Indemnity,” but at least it's not the sensationalized “The Other Side of Midnight,” either.

  • Jaycees host Halloween Kid’s Fun Fest Oct 23, 2014 12:41 PM
    Jaycees host Halloween Kid’s Fun Fest

  • Lakeside Legacy Foundation presents ‘Paranormal’ Joe Diamond at the Dole Oct 23, 2014 12:50 PM
    At 7 and 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, Joe Diamond will fill the audience with shock and awe from his magic and paranormal skills in the Listening Room at the Lakeside Legacy Arts Park in Crystal Lake.

  • Celebrate International Games Day, November 15 at Palatine Library Oct 23, 2014 12:10 PM
    Celebrate International Games Day, November 15 at Palatine Library

  • 'Dear White People' addresses race with comic touch Oct 23, 2014 5:15 AM
    “Satire is the weapon of reason,” one character tells another in “Dear White People,” a movie that exemplifies that sentiment with a potent combination of playfulness and pointed cultural critique. This alternately thoughtful and hilarious comedy of campus manners is the bracingly candid brainchild of first-time filmmaker Justin Simien, who has created that rarity in American society: a movie that simultaneously sends up the national “conversation about race” while advancing the conversation itself.

  • ‘23 Blast’ fumbles faith-based football tale Oct 23, 2014 6:00 AM
    Faith meets football in the film "23 Blast," the fact-based story of a high school player blinded by an aggressive eye infection. Just as the teen reaches his nadir of self-pity, his coach devises an outlandish plan for him to rejoin the team. It's a sweet story, but not nearly as strong as it could have been in more experienced hands.

  • Keaton nails quirky tale of artistic redemption Oct 23, 2014 5:30 AM
    Alejandro G. Iñárritu shot “Birdman” in 30 fleet days with Emmanuel Lubezki's superior camera work effortlessly piecing the story together in a seemingly seamless single take, or at least close to it. It's the kind of daring, accomplished work that critics and Oscar voters notice — along with other delectable cinematic elements to behold in “Birdman,” such as Michael Keaton's performance.

  • Jerry Lewis shoots for stage success at Aurora's Paramount Oct 23, 2014 3:34 PM
    What's the best thing about being Jerry Lewis? “When I open my eyes in the morning, I'm a hit!” Lewis tells Daily Herald film critic Dann Gire in an email interview for the comedy icon's on-stage appearance at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora. Lewis, 88, explains why he still goes out on stage and why he won't release his controversial Nazi concentration camp drama “The Day the Clown Cried.”

  • Schaumburg Library Presents From Battlefield to Boardroom with the Colonel Oct 22, 2014 8:54 AM
    Schaumburg Library Presents From Battlefield to Boardroom with the Colonel

  • Podcasts geek out about Bond, movies, celebs Oct 22, 2014 5:30 AM
    They keep us company while we drive, work and work out. They’re also among the best things to happen in the 21st Century to radio junkies like me. We're talking about podcasts, and here are some worth checking out.

  • Judson welcomes audience participation for ‘Altar-ed: Scenes in a Bridal Shop’ Oct 22, 2014 1:01 AM
    The Judson University Theater Program invites the community to join them for “Altar-ed: Scenes in a Bridal Shop” at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 24 to Nov. 1, in the Performance Hall at Thompson Center, 1151 N. State St., Elgin.

  • Little Big Town top-notch on new album Oct 22, 2014 5:45 AM
    How do the four vocalists of Little Big Town respond to the platinum success of the group’s most rewarded album, 2012’s “Tornado?” Certainly not by playing it safe. On their sixth album, “Pain Killer,” Little Big Town — Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Phillip Sweet and Jimi Westbrook — experiment endlessly with harmonies, arrangements, loops and sound effects.

  • Safe, Fall Family-Fun at Trunk or Treat Sunday, October 26 from 3:00 – 6:00p.m. Immanuel Lutheran Church and School Parking Lot Oct 22, 2014 8:39 AM
    Safe, Fall Family-Fun at Trunk or Treat Sunday, October 26 from 3:00 – 6:00p.m. Immanuel Lutheran Church and School Parking Lot

  • Listening Room welcomes singer-songwriter Steve Sebby for First Friday Open Mic Night Oct 22, 2014 6:05 PM
    The Listening Room at Lakeside Legacy is proud to present “First Friday Open Mic Night.” Singer songwriter Steve Sebby will host an open mic night the first Friday of every month starting on Nov. 7. This is no ordinary open mic night — we welcome every type of art genre to our room: poetry, solo instrument, comedy, story telling, or even spoken word.

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