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  • Allison Williams headed skyward as NBC’s Peter Pan Jul 31, 2014 7:34 AM
    NBC has picked its Peter Pan: “Girls” star Allison Williams. The network announced Wednesday that Williams will play the boy who refused to grow up in NBC’s new staging of “Peter Pan Live!” The live telecast of this classic musical will air Dec. 4.

  • Contract dispute delays ‘Big Bang’ production Jul 31, 2014 6:42 AM
    Production on a new season of “The Big Bang Theory” is being delayed because of a contract dispute with its top actors. The Warner Brothers Television studio, which makes television’s most popular comedy, said that Wednesday’s scheduled first day of work after the summer hiatus was postponed. There’s no word on when “The Big Bang Theory” team will be back at work.

  • 'Child of God' a horrifying look at darkness Jul 31, 2014 5:45 AM
    As Lester, an angry, violent homeless man who may be borderline developmentally disabled, mad, or both, Scott Haze is both riveting and revolting in "Child of God." Adapted from Cormac McCarthy's 1973 novel by the filmmaker and actor James Franco, "Child of God" is a deeply disturbing film centered on a murderous, animal-like necrophiliac. Yet Franco keeps viewers' attention, mainly by harnessing the power of Haze.

  • 'Get On Up' captures James Brown's charisma — and moves Jul 31, 2014 5:30 AM
    Tate Taylor's new James Brown biopic "Get On Up" features "42" star Chadwick Boseman, in a thrillingly magnetic performance, as the singer with the growling vocals and the thrilling dance moves. If Boseman was impressive as the dignified Jackie Robinson in that movie, he's electrifying as Brown.

  • Reel life: Did ‘Hercules’ surpass studio’s expectations? Jul 31, 2014 6:00 AM
    Did the studio screw up by burying the "Hercules" screenings until it was too late for positive reviews? Dann offers up his assessment. He also reveals the five hackneyed lines of dialogue he would like to never hear for the next five years.

  • Tickets on sale for “Bye, Bye Birdie Jr.” and “Hair The Musical” Jul 31, 2014 1:55 PM
    Self Esteem for Life Foundation announces Summer 2014 Performances

  • Studio secrets revealed in Gallery Talk August 1 Jul 31, 2014 1:35 PM
    The Norris Gallery in St. Charles presents artist Nick Freeman, who will provide a lively look behind the scenes and describe his step-by-step oil painting methods in a talk on Friday, Aug. 1 at 7 pm.

  • “Rio 2” is Second Surprise Movie in Wednesday Morning Movie Series Jul 31, 2014 1:46 PM
    “Rio 2” is the second surprise movie and the final film in Classic Cinemas’ Wednesday Morning Movie Series on August 6th.

  • Alicia Keys pregnant with 2nd child Jul 31, 2014 12:41 PM
    Alicia Keys is getting ready for another big release: her second child. A representative for the Grammy-winning performer confirmed Thursday that the singer is pregnant.

  • Dinner/roast fundraiser to honor Herb Franks Aug. 8 Jul 31, 2014 2:09 PM
    In celebration of his groundbreaking, five-decade legal career, Franks, Gerkin and McKenna P.C., McHenry County’s preeminent law firm, is hosting a celebrity studded, charity roast to honor the company’s founding partner, Herb Franks.

  • Longtime Chicago Bear Israel Idonije Comic Book Signing at Barnes and Noble Geneva Commons Jul 31, 2014 2:17 PM
    Longtime Chicago Bear Israel Idonije Comic Book Signing at Barnes and Noble Geneva Commons

  • Arlington Hts. glass studio helps woman finish Sandy Hook tribute Jul 31, 2014 6:11 AM
    When 26 children and adults were shot and killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012, Patti Muller, who lives in New Orleans, was inspired to teach herself a new form of artwork to create a stained glass “quilt” remembering the victims. Now, she is in Arlington Heights finishing her artwork at a local stained glass studio and hoping it will motivate others to make a change. “This was a horrific tragedy, but I tried to create something beautiful out of it,” Mueller said.

  • Michael Jackson Neverland Ranch being readied for sale Jul 31, 2014 10:16 AM
    For sale: California estate once home to the King of Pop, named for the island of the Lost Boys. Spacious Tudor-style mansion ideal for entertaining. Chimpanzee not included. Neverland Ranch, the Los Olivos, California, property where the late entertainer Michael Jackson lived, may soon get a new owner. Thomas Barrack Jr.’s Colony Capital LLC is readying the estate for a sale as high-end home values return to peak levels in the area.

  • Brewers feed growing thirst for American craft beers overseas Jul 31, 2014 6:00 AM
    Helping to quench a growing thirst for American craft beer overseas, some of the United States’ largest craft breweries are setting up shop in Europe, challenging the very beers that inspired them on their home turfs. It’s the latest phenomenon in the flourishing craft beer industry, which got its start emulating the European brews that defined many of the beer styles we drink today.

  • Charlie’s Center for the Arts Event Coming to St. Charles Jul 31, 2014 2:54 PM
    The St Charles Arts Council, in partnership with the St. Charles Park District announces the city-wide, all-arts Event – Charlie’s Center for the Arts – ALL of the ARTS, ALL over TOWN – coming to St. Charles Sept. 11-14.

  • Night life events: DJ rocks Addison’s JD Muggs in August Jul 30, 2014 6:00 AM
    Friday’s throughout August, a DJ rocks the house at JD Muggs Still-n-Grill in Addison. Join the summer bags tournament at Cadillac Ranch in Bartlett on Wednesdays. Winners earn $50. Not bad for a fun night out.

  • La Roux returns with sexy, sassy second Jul 30, 2014 5:30 AM
    Coming off an artistic hiatus after a widely acclaimed, Grammy Award-winning debut, La Roux returns in force with an off-beat, electrifying and synth-pop second album. “Trouble in Paradise” showcases the new La Roux, singer-songwriter Elly Jackson minus producer Ben Langmaid. The result is a nine-track collection that adds a sexy edge.

  • North Aurora Days ready for family fun Jul 30, 2014 6:01 AM
    North Aurora Days, which runs Friday through Sunday, Aug. 1-3, offers reasonably priced fun and a chance to get reqcquainted with neighbors.

  • Dining events: Jackson Avenue Pub’s new specials Jul 30, 2014 12:30 AM
    Jackson Avenue Pub offers new food specials; NafNaf Grill's opens a downtown Naperville location; Buca di Beppo has some delicious summer flavors.

  • Five local restaurants make OpenTable’s top barbecue list Jul 30, 2014 1:49 PM
    Five Illinois restaurants — including a couple in the suburbs — made OpenTable’s list of the Top 30 Best Barbecue Restaurants in America.

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