Football Focus 2014

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  • James Corden to take over ‘Late Late Show’ March 9 Oct 23, 2014 4:14 PM
    CBS has set March 9 for the debut of James Corden as host of “The Late Late Show.” Corden is replacing Craig Ferguson, who after a decade in the host chair exits Dec. 18.

  • Toys R Us pulls ‘Breaking Bad’ dolls Oct 23, 2014 9:56 AM
    Toys R Us is pulling its four collectible dolls based on characters from AMC’s hit series “Breaking Bad” after taking heat from a Florida mom who launched a petition campaign last week.

  • Podcasts geek out about Bond, movies, celebs Oct 22, 2014 5:30 AM
    They keep us company while we drive, work and work out. They’re also among the best things to happen in the 21st Century to radio junkies like me. We're talking about podcasts, and here are some worth checking out.

  • Wheeling native Haley Reinhart inks new publishing deal Oct 23, 2014 6:04 AM
    Wheeling native and ‘American Idol’ contestant Haley Reinhart has expanded her publishing deal with ole, the independent rights management company who has been responsible for getting her music exposure on TV shows and films. Under the new deal, ole gains worldwide copublishing rights to Reinhart’s catalog and future work and will provide support for her to record a new EP.

  • #TeamToma plans 'Biggest Loser' event in Addison Oct 22, 2014 10:39 AM
    More than 100 people who support this season's “The Biggest Loser” contestant Toma Dobrosavljevic will gather at Addison Trail High School Thursday night for a group photo followed by a viewing of the NBC weight loss competition show. Dobrosavljevic, 33, a former Addison Trail athlete who now lives in Bloomingdale, has developed a cult following since first appearing on the show last month. His fans call themselves #TeamToma

  • ‘Stalker’ star Maggie Q loves acting — and privacy Oct 22, 2014 5:45 AM
    For Maggie Q, her new series, “Stalker,” hits close to home. But not too close, if Maggie can help it. She sees privacy, and guarding her personal space, as vital to her freedom. Now, in the early weeks of her new series, which airs at 9 p.m. Wednesdays on CBS, she has braced for an even greater challenge to her goal of staying out of the public eye. On “Stalker,” she and Dylan McDermott star as detectives who investigate stalking incidents for the Threat Assessment Unit of the Los Angeles Police Department.

  • ‘S.H.I.E.L.D’ fans push for Coulson/May romance Oct 21, 2014 3:24 PM
    There’s Brangelina and Kimye. But are you ready for Philinda? Clark Gregg says that’s the moniker “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” fans have come up with as they push for an on-screen romance between his character, S.H.I.E.L.D. chief Phil Coulson, and longtime agent Melinda May, played by Ming-Na Wen.

  • Leap of faith led Elgin native to 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' Oct 21, 2014 11:32 AM
    Elgin native Bianca Alarcon might not have landed a job on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” if she hadn't taken what she describes as “a leap of faith.” The Larkin High School alumna had a good job on “Windy City Live” but decided to leave for Los Angeles. Now she works on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” as an executive assistant to the executive producer. “Sometimes you just have to take that leap of faith and go after what you want,” she said.

  • DVD previews: ‘Sex Tape,’ ‘Snowpiercer’ Oct 18, 2014 6:30 AM
    A married couple accidentally makes takes their "Sex Tape" public. An uprising unfolds on a futuristic train in "Snowpiercer." And a young woman returns from the dead in "Life After Beth." All three films are available on DVD Tuesday.

  • ‘Walking Dead’ just won’t die Oct 17, 2014 7:23 AM
    “The Walking Dead” returned to AMC last week to huge ratings, and Sean doesn't really get why. But who cares what he thinks? The show is so big, it has its own pinball table. And speaking of pinball, Wheeling is the place to be this weekend for enthusiasts of the game.

  • Why sports fans have no reason to cheer the rise of internet TV Oct 17, 2014 8:29 AM
    The $6-a-month ESPN charges cable companies for the best of pro sports like football and basketball is starting to look like a bargain. Walt Disney Co.’s sports network is the most expensive piece of the typical cable-TV package that costs about $64 a month, based on U.S. Federal Communications Commission and SNL Kagan data.

  • Maggie Smith gets honor from Queen Elizabeth II Oct 17, 2014 4:45 PM
    British royalty has met acting aristocracy, as Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II bestowed an honor on Maggie Smith during a ceremony at Windsor Castle. Smith, who plays the imperious Dowager Countess of Grantham on “Downton Abbey,” was made a member of the Order of the Companions of Honor Friday in recognition of her six decades in theater, cinema and television.

  • ‘Modern Family’ actress Elizabeth Pena dies at 55 Oct 16, 2014 6:59 AM
    Elizabeth Pena, the versatile actress who shifted between dramatic roles in such films as “Lone Star” and comedic parts in TV shows like “Modern Family,” has died. She was 55. Pena’s manager, Gina Rugolo, said Wednesday the Cuban-American actress died Tuesday in Los Angeles of natural causes after a brief illness. No other details were provided.

  • Cable-free HBO lets ‘Thrones’ fans cut Comcast cord Oct 16, 2014 9:24 AM
    HBO is giving cable subscribers one more reason to cut the cord. Time Warner Inc.’s premium-TV network, the home of “Game of Thrones,” roiled the industry yesterday by saying it plans to offer an online service in the U.S. next year that won’t require a cable or satellite subscription.

  • Neil Patrick Harris says he’ll host Oscars in 2015 Oct 16, 2014 7:15 AM
    Neil Patrick Harris is going for an awards-show trifecta, set to host the 2015 Oscars after four hosting stints at Broadway’s Tony Awards and two at TV’s Primetime Emmy Awards. “To be asked to follow in the footsteps of Johnny Carson, Billy Crystal, Ellen DeGeneres, and everyone else who had the great fortune of hosting is a bucket list dream come true,” Harris said in a statement Wednesday released by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

  • Grohl’s challenge to band results in TV series Oct 16, 2014 5:27 PM
    Dave Grohl doesn’t think small. What began as an idea to challenge his band, Foo Fighters, turned into an HBO television series that celebrates the musical heritage of eight American cities and the idea of music as a community. “Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways” debuts locally at 10 p.m. Friday.

  • Netflix skids on user slowdown Oct 16, 2014 9:16 AM
    Netflix Inc. tumbled after saying a price increase had slowed subscriber growth, while coming competition from HBO gives the world’s largest subscription- streaming service a new challenge.

  • HBO Go-ing away from cable, will stand on its own Oct 15, 2014 2:39 PM
    Next year HBO is cutting the cord and selling its popular streaming video service HBO Go as a stand-alone product, as more Americans choose to watch the Web, not the TV. Viewers longing to see “Game of Thrones”, “True Detective” and “Veep” will no longer have to pay big bucks for cable and satellite contracts. Is this the end of pay-TV as we know it?

  • CNN cuts end Mitchell’s show on HLN Oct 15, 2014 11:40 AM
    Jane Velez-Mitchell and her staff have been laid off due to budget cuts at CNN, ending her nightly program on the HLN network. Her program, which aired for six years at 6 p.m. on the CNN sister network, ended Monday. Mitchell was told of the layoff on Tuesday, said an executive at CNN who requested anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss personnel matters.

  • ‘Real Housewives’ star due back in court Oct 15, 2014 10:05 AM
    One of the Real Housewives of New Jersey stars convicted of bankruptcy fraud this month is headed back to court. Joe Giudice is set to appear in Passaic County court Wednesday on false identification charges.

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