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  • When it comes it food books, it’s been a good year for geeks and grains Dec 18, 2014 6:01 AM
    Geeks, grains and globe-trotting. Nearly every one of this year’s best food books seems to fall into one of those categories. For those of us who (somewhat obsessively) watch the food world, there actually is some logic to that. Chefs have become fascinated by the hows and whys of cooking, delving into the science of the kitchen to find new ways to master delicious. After some fits and rough starts, publishers finally are learning how to make food science sexy to the home cook.

  • 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.

  • ‘Babadook’ a fresh, frightening tale of horror Dec 18, 2014 6:00 AM
    “The Babadook” is proof that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. Based on this Australian horror film’s trailer — or even a synopsis of the plot, which involves a boogeyman who seems to have stepped out of a picture book — there isn’t much to distinguish it from other similar frightfests. Yet, as it turns out, the feature debut of writer-director Jennifer Kent is not just genuinely scary, but also a beautifully told tale of a mother and son, enriched with layers of contradiction and ambiguity.

  • Updated 'Annie' falls short on charm Dec 18, 2014 6:00 AM
    Director Will Gluck and company have made the story of spunky "Annie" and its songs their own. But, aside from originality points, this new updated “Annie” is a charmless and grossly materialistic bore, especially for now-adults of a certain age who still hold the '82 version in high regard.

  • Gire: 'Babadook' filmmaker: 'I love horror movies' Dec 18, 2014 6:25 AM
    Australian director Jennifer Kent was nominated as “Most Promising Filmmaker” by the Chicago Film Critics for her debut movie, the horror tale “The Babadook.” In an interview, she talks about her film, her love of horror and what really scares her.

  • Hunt for Havana Club yields Cuban-style rums worth the effort Dec 18, 2014 6:01 AM
    “You’ve never tried Havana Club?” My friends were incredulous. Over the years I’d sampled hundreds of rums, but apparently, my education was incomplete without a couple of ounces of this iconic Cuban brand, dating back 80 years. Redolent of vanilla, brown sugar and pecan pie, I was hooked from the first delicious sip of it in Paris, and a new obsession was born.

  • Constable: No Kardashians, but holiday cards hit spot Dec 18, 2014 5:30 AM
    How can an old-fashioned holiday card sent through the mail compete with butt-shaking elves on ecards and viral holiday videos that can propel a family to a reality TV series? Well, holiday cards are hanging in there, and even are on the rise among some younger people.

  • How Kim Jong Un became the target of ‘The Interview’ Dec 18, 2014 6:45 AM
    A few weeks ago, when a freshly stoned Seth Rogen sat down for a lunch interview about “The Interview,” the likelihood of trouble seemed remote. “You’re always hoping nothing horrible is going to happen, obviously,” said Rogen. “If something horrible happened and they were like, ‘It’s inappropriate to release this movie now,’ we’d ultimately go, ‘Yeah, we got to make it and got paid in advance.’” Unfortunately, Rogen’s chuckling hypothetical has come to pass.

  • Gov’t Mule covers Pink Floyd on new live album Dec 18, 2014 6:01 AM
    When you’re playing music for 20 years with the caveat that no two shows will ever be the same, you had better write a lot of music, or cover some great songs. Gov’t Mule does both pretty well, most notably during a Halloween concert in Boston back in 2008. For that marathon show, the jam band played some of their own songs, then covered Pink Floyd in the next two sets. The album title is a play on words, obviously referring to Pink Floyd’s seminal 1973 album, “Dark Side of the Moon.”

  • Gire: Effects trump intelligence in ‘Night at the Museum’ Dec 18, 2014 6:00 AM
    “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” bears all the telltale signs of a feckless children’s fantasy put together by filmmakers who’ve squandered a terrific opportunity to construct a comedy capable of promoting history, learning and research. Instead of crafting a meaningful family comedy with some low level of educational integrity, Shawn Levy and his cohorts merely string together a series of sensational, kiddie-pleasing visuals.

  • Sing along or just listen at upcoming holiday concerts Dec 17, 2014 6:01 AM
    Sometimes the best way to get into the holiday spirit is with music. Whether you perfer the stirring sounds of a brass band, the warmth of a community singalong or the harmony of a professionally-trained choir, you’re bound to find a show you’ll enjoy in the Fox Valley this weekend.

  • Dining events: LongHorn intros winter menu Dec 17, 2014 6:00 AM
    Now through February, taste winter at LongHorn Steakhouse with new seasonal entrees. Chicago’s oldest family-run steakhouse announced plans and the location for its first expansion: Rosemont. The yet-to-be named restaurant will go in at 9421 W. Higgins Road.

  • Gather around the campfire to mark winter solstice Dec 17, 2014 7:01 AM
    The Forest Preserve District of Kane County will hold its annual Winter Solstice Campfire at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve in St. Charles from 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21. The program is free, and all ages are welcome to herald the return of the sun. The program will include stories from different cultures, emphasizing the interplay of cultural, astronomical, and ecological events on this pivotal day.

  • 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.

  • NYC premiere of Rogen film canceled as threats fly Dec 17, 2014 12:45 PM
    Threats of violence against movie theaters. The New York premiere of “The Interview” canceled. Leaks of thousands more private emails. Lawsuits by former employees that could cost tens of millions in damages. The fallout from the Sony Pictures Entertainment hack exploded Tuesday after the shadowy group calling themselves Guardians of Peace threatened moviegoers with violence, prompting Sony to allow theater chains to cancel showings of the Seth Rogen and James Franco comedy “The Interview.”

  • 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.

  • D’Angelo’s ‘Black Messiah’ plays to message of rising up Dec 17, 2014 6:01 AM
    The phrase “long-awaited album” gets tossed around quite a bit. But “Black Messiah,” D’Angelo’s follow-up to 2000’s “Voodoo” comes after a 14-year wait. But “Black Messiah” is finally here, both amazing and right on time, arriving as demonstrators across the nation demand change after the recent slayings of unarmed black men by police in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York.

  • 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.

  • Cosby won’t be charged over molestation claim Dec 17, 2014 6:51 AM
    Los Angeles prosecutors on Tuesday declined to file any charges against Bill Cosby after a woman recently claimed the comedian molested her around 1974. The rejection of a child sexual abuse charge by prosecutors came roughly 10 days after the woman, Judy Huth, met with Los Angeles police detectives for 90 minutes. The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office rejected filing a misdemeanor charge of annoying or molesting a child under the age of 18 because the statute of limitations had passed.

  • Weird museums: Travel off the beaten path Dec 17, 2014 6:01 AM
    Travelers looking for something beyond top attractions like the Space Needle in Seattle might consider adding a weird museum or two to their itineraries. Here are some suggestions from among dozens of unusual museums across the nation, from a funeral museum to an attraction devoted to wet wipes, of all things. They’re all worth a stop, but probably shouldn’t be your only reason for buying a plane ticket.

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