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Missy Elliott reaffirms superstar status with ‘Iconology’ EP, ‘Throw It Back’ music video

The hip-hop icon has returned just days before her Video Vanguard Award honor and performance at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards on Monday to surprise fans with her first new project in 14 years.

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Taylor Swift releases “Lover,” personal journal entries

The pop singer gives fans a personal look into the highs and lows of her career.

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Dave Chappelle will host benefit concert for Ohio shooting victims

The comedian will be among national and local entertainers planned for the main stage at the "Gem City Shine" event in Dayton on Sunday.

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Kirsten Dunst a wonder, but her new pyramid-scheme sitcom on Showtime falls apart

Too often, the humor of ‘On Becoming a God in Central Florida’ is more weird than witty.

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Taylor Swift’s superb new album ‘Lover’ a winning look on the shapes love can take

‘I want to be defined by the things I love — not the things I hate,’ she writes in the album notes and repeats in ‘Daylight,’ the final song.

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Model became Dior ‘mannequin’ by knocking on fashion designer’s door

Designers and artisans would pin, prod or tuck fabric and toiles to these living "mannequins" to bring sketches and ideas to life.

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West Side mural recalls Black Panthers leader Fred Hampton, killed by police 50 years ago

The image of ‘Chairman Fred’ looms down from a building blocks from where he was gunned down in his sleep in 1969.

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Judge appoints ex-U.S. Attorney Dan Webb to investigate Jussie Smollett case

Webb will lead the investigation into a hate crime hoax allegedly plotted by Jussie Smollett and how Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx handled the criminal charges against the now former "Empire" actor.

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‘After the Wedding’: The twists don’t turn out in morose, off-putting drama

Julianne Moore gives a surprisingly broad performance as a rich exec with ulterior motives as she offers a donation to an orphanage worker (Michelle Williams).

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Afrobeat pioneer Burna Boy, plays HOB next month, making a name for himself in the US

It’s been a big summer for the Nigerian performer. He was featured on a song from Beyonce’s ‘Lion King’ project, and he put out his fourth album.

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‘How to Be an Antiracist’ by Ibram X. Kendi jumps to No. 1 for nonfiction on Publishers Weekly bestsellers list

And (like it’s usually been for weeks) Delia Owens is atop the fiction list with her huge-selling ‘Where the Crawdads Sing.’

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In ‘Into the Woods’ at Writers Theatre, something wonderfully wicked this way comes

The musical, directed by Gary Griffin, is as effortless as listening to a lullaby. It is also marvelously subversive.

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Sean Spicer responds to ‘Dancing with the Stars’ backlash

The former Trump aide hopes the show is a "politics-free zone."

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New ‘Candyman’ movie adds Chicago actors to its cast

The "spiritual sequel" to the 1992 horror film is now shooting in town.

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Taylor Swift plans to re-record original discography

The singer confirmed the news Thursday on "Good Morning America" while promoting her new album, "Lover," which comes out Friday.

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Seems like old times for newly reunited Hootie & the Blowfish

The band is also set to release its first album in nearly 15 years, titled "Imperfect Circle."

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Titanic wreckage in ‘shocking’ decay, ‘devoured’ by metal-eating bacteria

A new expedition found the ship’s hull starting to collapse and the officers’ quarters, where the captain had his rooms, beginning to deteriorate.

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‘Peanut Butter Falcon’ is sweet and corny and undeniably engaging

The film’s reality-defying, storybook approach to the plot and the characters grows on you.

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Dear Abby: Why do I have to plan everything my wife and I do?

Man feels frustrated that his spouse, who never finds new restaurants or arranges vacations, feels more like a daughter than a partner.

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Horoscope for Thursday, August 22, 2019

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Curtain Call: ‘Something Rotten,’ ‘Howard’s End’ and more theater openings Aug. 23-29

From comedy and drama to musicals and dance, Chicago’s stages are alive with vibrant productions.

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The Sony/Disney Spider-Man custody battle, explained

The hashtag #SaveSpiderMan is being used as a plea to keep the character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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Drag/dinner ‘palace’ Lips serves up opulence, fine dining and stunty performances

Guests at the Near South Side venue can expect an experience that’s just as over-the-top as the decor, thanks in part to the performers who do double duty as servers.

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Evi Levin, effervescent partner to renowned violinist Walter Levin, has died

The Levins were the subject of the Sun-Times 2015 series ‘Evi & Walter: A love story in any key.’

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Country singer Drake White suffering from brain condition

He says he’s been diagnosed with arteriovenous malformation, which is an abnormal tangle of arteries and veins in the brain.

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‘American Factory’ is impressive — so what’s next from Obama production company?

At almost two hours, the documentary doesn’t drag. Instead, it sets an impressive precedent for Michelle and Barack Obama’s forthcoming projects.

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Sean Spicer and all the other celebs competing in ‘Dancing with the Stars’ this season

"Dancing with the Stars" promises "one of the best casts we’ve had in years" this season, says executive producer Andrew Llinares.

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‘Angel Has Fallen’: Gerard Butler easy to root for, even when the movie isn’t

The engaging action star returns to Secret Service role in a high-speed sequel.

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Dear Abby: Husband said he’d delete my nude photos, then posted them

His wife, who became the subject of lewd comments on a porn site, feels betrayed and is considering leaving him.

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Horoscope for Wednesday, August 21, 2019

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Larry King divorcing seventh wife after 22 years

Larry King and Shawn King, then a singer and TV host, married in 1997 and have two adult sons, Chance and Cannon.

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Keanu Reeves will go back into the rabbit hole for fourth ‘Matrix’ movie

Director Lana Wachowski and co-star Carrie-Ann Moss also are on board for the sci-fi sequel.