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  • Our picks for some of the year's best performances Dec 25, 2014 5:00 AM
    The best of the movies of 2014 are celebrated with a run-down of the actor and actress of the year and other notable honors, as selected by our film critic, Dann Gire.

     
  • 'Zero Motivation' jumps around a lot for a military comedy Dec 25, 2014 5:00 AM
    Talya Lavie's military comedy “Zero Motivation” has been aptly described as “Private Benjamin” meets “M*A*S*H*” meets “Office Space,” and that's a fair description of the subject and style the Israeli filmmaker employs in her third feature, a crazy, lumpy mix of feminism, supernatural possession, attempted military rape, friendship and brainless bureaucracy.

     
  • ABC 7 to broadcast “Countdown Chicago 2015” Dec 25, 2014 5:36 PM
    ABC 7 will continue its 24-year tradition of hosting a live, local brodcast of New Year's Eve parties, "Countdown Chicago 2015!"

     
  • Believe Project: $100 to help a lonely man smile on Christmas day Dec 25, 2014 7:30 AM
    The Daily winner of $100 through the Believe Project is Debbie Rosenbach of Elmhurst, who would like to see a lonely man smile on Christmas Day.

     
  • Webster’s new words of year include ‘culture’ Dec 25, 2014 6:00 AM
    A nation, a workplace, an ethnicity, a passion, an outsized personality. The people who comprise these things, who fawn or rail against them, are behind Merriam-Webster’s 2014 word of the year: culture.

     
  • No problems at sold out ‘Interview’ screenings Dec 25, 2014 9:29 PM
    Moviegoers seeking laughs or looking to make a political statement rushed to two of the suburban movie theaters that elected to show “The Interview” on Christmas. So many people came to see “The Interview” at midnight that owner Debbie Benjamin had to open an additional screen at Buffalo Grove Theatres.

     
  • Lazarus House Christmas dinner a community affair Dec 25, 2014 5:27 PM
    More than 100 people gathered to share a meal, friendly conversation and holiday spirit, at Lazarus House’s annual community dinner on Christmas afternoon in St. Charles.

     
  • Cupich, Jackson address jail inmates Dec 25, 2014 7:17 PM
    Chicago’s new archbishop and the city’s best-known civil rights leader each delivered Christmas messages of hope to inmates at one of the nation’s largest jails Thursday, stressing that having the right focus could help them turn their lives around.

     
  • Pope wishes Christmas hope and peace for Mideast Dec 25, 2014 8:58 AM
    Pope Francis focused his concern on those weeping in the world this Christmas, singling out refugees, hostages and others suffering in the Middle East, Africa and Ukraine as he prayed for hope and peace Thursday. Anguish for children who are victims of violence, including in the recent terrorist attack on a Pakistani military school, tempered the pontiff’s traditional Christmas Day message, which he delivered from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica. Tens of thousands of Romans and tourists crowded into St. Peter’s Square to hear Francis deliver the “Urbi et Orbi” message. (Latin for “to the city and to the world.”) “Truly there are so many tears this Christmas,” Francis said after noting all the pain and suffering in the world. The pope lamented that there were vast numbers of children who are ‘’made objects of trade and trafficking” or forced to become soldiers. Francis began his review of the world’s troubled places by recalling the persecution of ancient Christian communities in Iraq and Syria, along with those from other ethnic and religious groups. ‘’May Christmas bring them hope,” he said. Referring to refugees and exiles, he prayed: ‘’May indifference be changed into the necessary humanitarian help to overcome the rigors of winter.” The pope also thanked those courageously helping people infected with Ebola in Africa. He prayed, too, that those in affluent countries, who are ‘’immersed in worldliness and indifference,” will experience a softening of heart.

     
  • Short & Sweet critic Melanie Andreani reviews Newsies with Diana Martinez of Broadway in Chicago Dec 24, 2014 1:01 AM
    Short and Sweet guest critic Melanie Andreani shares her perspective on Newsies with host Diana Martinez of Broadway in Chicago.

     
  • Short & Sweet critic Linda Rosen reviews Cinderella with Diana Martinez of Broadway in Chicago Dec 24, 2014 1:01 AM
    Short and Sweet guest critic Linda Rosen of Buffalo Grove reviews Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella with host Diana Martinez of Broadway in Chicago.

     
  • Believe Project: $100 to help friend/coworker with big medical bills Dec 24, 2014 7:30 AM
    The Daily winner of $100 through the Believe Project is Judy Walton of Elgin, who wants to help a friend and coworker face a mountain of medical bills.

     
  • Who hacked Sony becomes Internet’s new mystery Dec 24, 2014 6:06 PM
    Everyone has a theory about who really hacked Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. Despite President Barack Obama’s conclusion that North Korea was the culprit, the Internet’s newest game of whodunit continues. Top theories include disgruntled Sony insiders, hired hackers, other foreign governments or Internet hooligans. Even some experts are undecided, with questions about why the communist state would steal and leak gigabytes of data, email threats to some Sony employees and their families and then threaten moviegoers who planned to watch “The Interview” on Christmas.

     
  • Amy Adams finds the quiet strength in Margaret Keane Dec 24, 2014 5:22 PM
    Amy Adams didn’t connect with the character of Margaret Keane when she first read the script for “Big Eyes.” She cannot remember whether it was right before or right after she’d given birth to her daughter, but for Adams, who was determined to play more confident characters after she got a taste of one in “The Fighter,” the story looked to her like victimization. But then she read it again, later, and everything came into focus.

     
  • Editorial: The holiday warmth that comes from helping those in need Dec 24, 2014 5:01 AM
    A Daily Herald editorial says we must take time to bask in the the warmth and spirit of giving to those in need this time of year.

     
  • Where is Santa? NORAD knows Dec 24, 2014 12:15 PM
    If you're worried about Rudolf and Santa navigating their way around the globe, dodging storms and planes, you can relax. Some of the best military minds in the world are keeping an eye on his progress — and you can too.

     
  • St. Patrick winter coat drive Dec 24, 2014 5:14 PM
    The St. Patrick School student council is sponsoring its fourth annual Winter Coat Drive to benefit the Holy Family Food Pantry in Waukegan.

     
  • Amazon-Hachette feud headlines book news in 2014 Dec 24, 2014 6:00 AM
    Like a serial for the digital age, the book world's most dramatic story of 2014 unfolded in installments, often in real time. A dispute about e-book revenues between Amazon.com and Hachette Book Group led to Amazon's removing buy buttons, cutting discounts and reducing orders for works ranging from J.K. Rowling to J.D. Salinger. Here are the highlights from 2014 in book news.

     
  • Is your time worth more than your money to charity? Dec 24, 2014 6:55 AM
    As you mull over the best ways to give back during the holidays, keep in mind that cash isn’t the only currency at your disposal: You can also give of your time. Which is woth more? Try this online calculator to see.

     
  • Restaurants seeking simpler menus Dec 24, 2014 6:00 AM
    Casual-dining restaurants, long known for boasting tome-like menus to appeal to a broad range of customers, are narrowing their offerings to focus on the cuisines they do best. The changes are geared toward winning back customers from fast- casual eateries and keep prices low.

     
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