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  • Kevin bacon turns 6 degrees to $70,000 as schools pay for stars Sep 22, 2014 12:01 PM
    Hundreds of University of South Florida screaming students rose as the 56-year-old actor took the stage to discuss philanthropy, social engagement and the pastime he inspired: “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon.”“It’s 1994 and I’m just out there minding my own business, making movies and trying to support my family and all of a sudden people start talking to me about this game,” said Bacon,

  • 'Gotham' actor's Penguin inspired by DC Comics Sep 22, 2014 11:27 AM
    Robin Lord Taylor remembers seeing the “Batman” film starring Michael Keaton and Danny DeVito on its opening night in 1989. But the film Penguin isn't the one he's channeling in the Batman prequel “Gotham.” Instead, he says, the comic version of Oswald Cobblepot inspired his performance. “I'm definitely influenced by Danny DeVito's performance and even Burgess Meredith's performance, but since we're starting with him as a younger kid, it was just (DC Comics) in particular that were incredibly valuable,” Taylor says.

  • ‘The Voice’ returns Monday with Pharrell, Stefani Sep 22, 2014 5:45 AM
    The seventh season of NBC's “The Voice” premieres Monday with Adam Levine, country star Blake Shelton and newcomers Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams. Levine warned it could be his most outrageous season yet. “I don’t care about saying things because people find a way to get mad at you about anything you say,” he said.

  • Craig Ferguson plays it loose with new game show Sep 23, 2014 6:07 AM
    Craig Ferguson wouldn't have tackled a game show without the opportunity of making it his own, he said. “I liked this one because the format was loose and it left a lot of room for playing around and improvisation,” he said. "Celebrity Name Game," which debuts at 10 a.m. Monday on WGN, is based on the board game Identity Crisis, pairing celebrities with contestants to figure out — using improvised clues — the names of actors, singers, athletes, politicians and other famous folk.

  • Former Naperville resident amazed to be a ‘Spider-Man’ on Broadway Sep 23, 2014 9:52 AM
    Naperville native Craig Henningsen turned his passion for martial arts into a career performing in TV shows, movies and even the Broadway musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark." He admits that musical was the toughest challenge of his showbiz career. “I’m still pinching myself because they could have hired much better performers than me at the time,” Henningsen said.

  • McKenzie is the real hero of 'Gotham' Sep 25, 2014 10:07 PM
    Subtle, “Gotham” is not. Fox's Batman prequel -- set when Bruce Wayne was just a boy -- is the most anticipated show of the fall season. Yet, its first episode, airing Monday, Sept. 22, is problematic, especially considering the strengths of its premise and its star.

  • DVD previews: ‘Neighbors,’ ‘The Rover’ Sep 20, 2014 6:30 AM
    A young couple copes with rowdy frat boys in "Neighbors," a couple of Aussies journey across a post-apocalyptic outback in "The Rover" and a young soon-to-be Polish nun must face her forgotten past in "Ida." All three films come to DVD Tuesday.

  • MTV to air documentary about transgender youths Sep 19, 2014 11:05 AM
    Laverne Cox will host a documentary on MTV and Logo next month that profiles seven young transgender people.

  • Zachary Quinto rules out role in ‘Heroes Reborn’ Sep 19, 2014 11:05 AM
    Zachary Quinto got his big acting break on NBC’s “Heroes,” but he’s ruling out any role in the “Heroes Reborn” miniseries due to air on the network next year.

  • Actor RJ Mitte sees cerebral palsy as an asset Sep 19, 2014 6:00 AM
    For RJ Mitte, playing Walter White Jr. in AMC’s “Breaking Bad” was art imitating life. Like the 22-year-old actor, his character had cerebral palsy — just a more severe case, requiring Mitte to learn to walk on crutches and slow his speech for the role. Mitte says he also had to revisit some of the challenges he faced growing up, which served as “a great reminder” that helped him win the part.

  • Darrell Hammond takes over for Don Pardo on ‘SNL’ Sep 18, 2014 10:10 AM
    A familiar face — former cast member Darrell Hammond — is taking over for a familiar voice at “Saturday Night Live.” The show announced Thursday that Hammond, who acted on the long-running comedy show from 1995 to 2009, will replace announcer Don Pardo for the Sept. 27 season opener.

  • Netflix gets ‘Love’ comedy from Judd Apatow Sep 17, 2014 5:45 PM
    Netflix says filmmaker Judd Apatow co-created a new series that will take a frank, comic look at modern relationships. Netflix said Tuesday it has made a two-season commitment to the series, titled “Love.” It will star Paul Rust and Gillian Jacobs as a couple learning about the ups and downs of intimacy and commitment.

  • Spectacle, legacy inspire Chicago tightrope walk Sep 18, 2014 9:33 AM
    Nik Wallenda is all about spectacle, a showman who crossed Niagara Falls and an Arizona gorge on a high wire and now has his sights on Chicago's iconic skyscrapers — partly because of the city's reputation for being windy.

  • Netflix, built on 'House of Cards,' tested by European shows Sep 16, 2014 10:29 AM
    As Netflix adds six countries this week, the world's largest video-streaming service is getting a glimpse of what it's up against. Polls in Europe's biggest TV markets signal that local content -- often available on free channels during prime time -- consistently beats U.S. blockbusters. While Netflix will have some local shows, the question is whether they're good enough to get people to pay.“Viewers will search for the shows they know, and if they can't find them, they'll never subscribe,” said Gilles Fontaine, an analyst at researcher Digiworld in Montpellier, France.

  • Emanuel says students met reading goal; Fallon should pick a venue Sep 16, 2014 7:24 AM
    Chicago Public School students read 2.7 million books this summer as part of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Readers Summer Learning Challenge, officials announced Monday. The number eclipsed the goal agreed upon by Emanuel and NBC’s “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon. The two agreed during a June appearance on the show by Emanuel that Fallon would bring his production to Chicago for several shows if Chicago Public School students read 2.4 million books this summer. “It’s time to pick a venue, Jimmy,” Mayor Emanuel said in a statement.

  • Nik Wallenda to tightrope walk over Chicago River Sep 16, 2014 2:58 PM
    Daredevil Nik Wallenda said Tuesday that his next tightrope walk will be more than 50 stories high from one high-rise building to another over the Chicago River. Wallenda, 35, will attempt the feat without a net or harness. It will be broadcast live on the Discovery Channel at 6 p.m. Nov. 2, the network said. Wallenda will start the walk at one of the two Marina Towers buildings, then travel more than two city blocks across the river on an uphill 15-degree angle to the Leo Burnett Building.

  • Pediatric patients find hidden joys of life on Fox’s ‘Red Band Society’ Sep 16, 2014 5:00 AM
    “Family” can have many meanings, and television is giving it a new one when it comes to those in a Los Angeles hospital’s pediatric ward. The Fox drama series “Red Band Society” has an impressive pedigree starting with executive producer Steven Spielberg and a fellow Oscar winner, star Octavia Spencer. However, heavy lifting also is done by a cast of relative newcomers as the patients who see one another not only through illnesses, but many rites of young life.

  • Rihanna song pulled from NFL show after singer’s Tweet Sep 16, 2014 12:23 PM
    CBS and Rihanna are parting ways over the network’s decision to yank the pop star’s music from “Thursday Night Football” last week. The network said today it’s dropping a pre-recorded song from the singer after she accused CBS of using the Ray Rice domestic violence scandal to penalize her.

  • Jacques Pepin says no slowing down as show ends Sep 16, 2014 4:39 PM
    Jacques Pepin soon will begin production on what his longtime television network is calling his final cooking series, but the chef who has taught generations of Americans to cook says he’s far from retiring. KQED Public Television, the San Francisco-based station that has produced more than a dozen of Pepin’s popular cooking series over the last quarter century, said in a recent release that it will begin recording Pepin’s final series in October. Called “Jacques Pepin: Heart and Soul,” the 26-episode series will offer a retrospective of sorts, drawing on the chef’s 60 years in the kitchen, as well as past episodes he has recorded.

  • New Miss America hits the Atlantic City surf Sep 15, 2014 10:53 AM
    The new Miss America followed in the footsteps of her predecessors and posed for pictures in the Atlantic City surf. Kira Kazantsev of New York celebrated Monday, one day after winning Sunday night’s pageant with the help of a red plastic cup.

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