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  • No plans to go back again to Middle-earth on film Dec 16, 2014 9:56 AM
    The final installment of “The Hobbit” doesn’t just mark the conclusion of Bilbo Baggins’ journey on the big screen. It’s also the end of a massively successful film franchise that’s earned New Line and Warner Bros. nearly $5 billion, going all the way back to the 2001 release of “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.” The marketing campaign for “The Battle of the Five Armies” promises moviegoers “one last” trip to Middle-earth when it debuts in wide release Wednesday. Will it really be the final outing?

  • Rock hall to induct Green Day, Reed, Starr Dec 16, 2014 8:23 AM
    The punk trio Green Day, poet of the New York underground Lou Reed and “Lean on Me” singer Bill Withers will lead a new class of inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year. The hall announced Tuesday that it will also welcome Joan Jett & the Blackhearts and Ringo Starr. Besides Reed, the class includes posthumous inductees Paul Butterfield and Stevie Ray Vaughan. The 30th annual induction ceremony will be held at Cleveland, Ohio’s Public Hall April 18.

  • Small plates, bold flavors define Oak Brook's El Tapeo Dec 16, 2014 6:03 AM
    Good things come in small packages. And at El Tapeo in Oak Brook they come on small plates as well. Chef Franco Diaz puts a contemporary twist on traditional Spanish tapas at this newer restaurant on the ninth floor of Le Meridien hotel. For a harmonious dining experience, you can't do much better than El Tapeo.

  • Black Captain America leading comic book diversity Dec 17, 2014 7:12 AM
    For decades, comic books have been in color, but now they truly reflect all the hues of American society. The new Captain America is black. A Superman who is suspiciously similar to President Barack Obama recently headlined a comic book. Thor is a woman, Spider-Man is part-Puerto Rican and Ms. Marvel is Muslim.

  • ABC 7 to add 7 p.m. newscast on WCIU Dec 16, 2014 5:07 PM
    ABC 7 announced plans Tuesday to launch a 7 p.m. newscast on WCIU, The U, the flagship station of Weigel Broadcasting Co. It will be the only live local newscast in the Chicago viewing area in that time slot.

  • New breakfast spot Nora’s Cafe opens in Naperville Dec 16, 2014 9:47 AM
    Four-year-old Nora Besiri, namesake of the new Nora's Cafe in Naperville, likes the pancakes, and other customers have been enjoying the omelettes, skillets, fresh-cut hash browns and house-made chips the restaurant has been serving since it opened Nov. 3. "This has been a dream of ours to have our own," Nora's owner Tim Besiri of Westmont said about the new restaurant. "You can tell it's not a chain; it's a family-oriented small business."

  • Weekend picks: Let Cirque lead you into a ‘Holidaze’ Dec 16, 2014 7:30 AM
    Cirque Dreams gets into the spirit of the season with its wintry "Holidaze" at the Chicago Theatre. Demi Lovato, Calvin Harris, Fall Out Boy and more will fill the Allstate Arena with music for the 103.5 KISS-FM Jingle Ball Thursday. And the Organic Theater Company offers a different take on Dickens' classic with "Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol" at NCC.

  • ‘Selma’ stars on poignancy and parallels of movie Dec 15, 2014 2:31 PM
    At Sunday’s premiere of “Selma” in New York, the cast acknowledged parallels between their film about the African-American civil rights movement and recent protests nationwide, calling attention to the deaths of unarmed black males at the hands of police. “You can look out your window and you can see people protesting and you can look at the film and it looks similar,” said Oprah Winfrey, who is a producer on the film and has an acting role as well. “People are wearing different kind of clothes, it’s a different era, but the same issues still prevail.”

  • Johnson provides ‘Wake Up Call’ in new TV series Dec 15, 2014 6:00 AM
    Dwayne Johnson says it was impossible not to take his work home with him on his new TNT reality series, “Wake Up Call.” “By the end of the very first day ... I was drained.” The show premiered at 8 p.m. Friday. On “Wake Up Call,” Johnson, 42, with the help of experts in various fields, attempts to confront and then help people who are down on their luck or who have made poor choices in their lives.

  • Looking for a Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve? Dec 16, 2014 9:37 AM
    Finding a family-friendly and safe New Year’s Eve option can be quite a trick for Moms and Dads... The Lake Zurich Holiday Inn Express and Suites is providing an option for area families. Join others for an overnight stay, where you can enjoy a pool party, pizza and soda, a visit from Elsa and Olaf from Frozen and a complimentary breakfast the next morning! Simply call 847-726-7500 or email LakeZurichSales@mphhotels.com for rate information. The Holiday Inn Express and Suites in Lake Zurich is located at 197 S. Rand Road in Lake Zurich.

  • Review: 'Five' by Ursula Archer is intriguing Dec 15, 2014 12:44 PM
    Book Review: Intriguing 'Five' by Ursula Archer has twisting, yet believable plot

  • New Ailey dance pays tribute to civil rights icon Dec 15, 2014 5:45 AM
    It would seem the timing could hardly be more apt for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s new civil rights-themed piece, “Odetta,” a tribute to the late folk singer often referred to as the voice of the civil rights movement. “I’d like to take credit,” quips Robert Battle, artistic director at Ailey, of the timing. But the piece was planned long before the killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.

  • Side Street Studio Arts presents 2nd annual Jingle Bell Jam! Dec 15, 2014 8:14 PM
    Side Street Studio Arts in downtown Elgin will host the second annual “Jingle Bell Jam!,” a day of music, featuring a wide range of area bands and solo musicians, on Saturday, Dec. 20. It is open to the public, with a $12 suggested donation at the door; $2 from every $12 donation will go to Food for Greater Elgin's Holiday Fund Drive.

  • Iggy Azalea to play Allstate in May Dec 15, 2014 2:56 PM
    Hip hop star Iggy Azalea brings her Great Escape Tour with supporting acts Tinashe and DJ Wizz Kidd to the Allstate Arena in Rosemont on Friday, May 1.

  • Craig Ferguson to bring tour to Joliet, Waukegan Dec 15, 2014 2:33 PM
    Comedian Craig Ferguson brings his Hot & Grumpy Tour: Walking to the Earth to the Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet on Friday, March 20, and the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan on Saturday, March 21.

  • Smoking Gun takes the ‘Best Martini in ’Burbs’ title Dec 16, 2014 6:01 AM
    After nearly 8,000 votes were cast and the judges sipped samples of the top cocktails, the Daily Herald named the “Best Martini in the ‘Burbs” Monday night.

  • Chicago critics pick ‘Boyhood’ as best 2014 film Dec 16, 2014 12:07 AM
    The Chicago Film Critics Monday named Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” the best movie of 2014, Linklater as best director and Patricia Arquette as best supporting actress. Michael Keaton won best actor for “Birdman.” Julianne Moore won best actress in “Still Alice.” Chicago critics named character actor J.K. Simmons best supporting actor as a control-freak jazz band conductor in “Whiplash.”

  • Brilliant choreography part of 'Newsies' undeniable appeal Dec 16, 2014 5:41 AM
    Everything you need to know about the allure of “Newsies,” an exuberant, feel-good show in its first national tour, was obvious from the excited expressions of the children who arrived by the busload to Chicago's Oriental Theatre for Friday's opening. The show is a classic David-and-Goliath story, inspired partly by New York City's newsboy strike of 1899.

  • Hidden identity a key element of comic book superhero stories Dec 15, 2014 12:43 PM
    “Why do superheroes hide their identities?”asked a young Grayslake Area Public Library patron.

  • Des Plaines school’s ‘Mulan’ production a learning experience Dec 15, 2014 1:20 PM
    This December, students from Friendship Junior High School in Des Plaines brought the 1998 Disney classic “Mulan” to their performance stage. Friendship students performed a morning matinee for fifth-grade students from Brentwood and Devonshire elementary school in Des Plaines and Robert Frost elementary school in Mount Prospect as a way of introducing the students to their future school.

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