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Revisionist Awards: What SHOULD Have Been Nominated

Roe Conn & Richard Roeper look back at the awards that should have been! Listen to hear which films and performances popular award ceremonies overlooked.

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‘Ice Age’ franchise tries spin-off with possum brothers

This is the sixth "Ice Age" feature — not counting two TV specials — and it’s all alarmingly familiar even as it tries to refocus away from the original stars.

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Is it crazy to think COVID is the Earth’s way of protecting itself from humans?

The nightmare-inducing 2000 sci-fi flop ‘Red Planet,’ starring Val Kilmer and Carrie-Anne Moss, has me thinking of an even wilder doomsday scenario / movie plot. Or is it?

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Chicago’s Joseph Sikora brings his ‘Power’ tough guy home for the city’s first show in the hit Starz franchise

On ‘Power Book IV: Force,’ filmed in Chicago, Tommy Egan is ‘a shell of a man’ but savvy enough to start over.

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‘The Afterparty’ skips through genres on the way to solving a witty murder mystery

In the clever, all-star Apple TV+ series, each episode is shot in a different style suited to the suspect.

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The Mix: Things to do in Chicago Jan. 27-Feb. 2

TimeLine Theatre’s ‘Relentless,’ a Punch Brothers concert and an innovative Illinois Holocaust Museum exhibit are among the entertainment options this week.

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Is Rhone Talsma still the ‘Jeopardy!’ champ?

Spoiler alert: The Chicago librarian, who dethroned Amy Schneider on Wednesday, faced an 18th century challenge and more on Thursday. How did he do?

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‘Work in Progress,’ Showtime series made in Chicago, canceled after two seasons

Lilly Wachowski, an executive producer of the show starring Abby McEnany, calls the decision ‘a major bummer.’

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Comedian’s series examines conflicted feelings about Bill Cosby

In his Showtime project, former Chicagoan W. Kamau Bell tries to lead ‘the whole conversation’ about Cosby as both cultural leader and alleged abuser.

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Peter Robbins, voiced Charlie Brown in Peanuts holiday TV specials, dies at 65

Robbins was the first actor to voice Charlie Brown, beginning at age nine until he was 13.

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On Janet Jackson documentary, the discreet singer (almost) tells all for you

Thoughtfully and passionately, artist opens up her childhood, her first marriage and her superstar brother Michael.

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Chicagoan dethrones ‘Jeopardy!’ champ Amy Schneider

Rhone Talsma, a librarian in Chicago Ridge, wins $29,600 to break Schneider’s 40-game winning streak.

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‘The Fallout’: Stark teen film focuses not on school shooting, but on the aftermath

Wrenching at times, the movies knows when to weave in moments of warmth and humor.

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‘Woman in the House ...’ mocks the women in the thrillers — hilariously

Kristen Bell, popping pills and gulping wine, is a hoot in the over-the-top Netflix spoof of psychological murder mysteries.

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Smollett sentencing hearing scheduled for March

Smollett was found guilty by a Cook County jury last month of five counts of disorderly conduct for lying about a racist and homophobic attack on himself in 2019 near his Streeterville neighborhood home.

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Film looks back at Ye as a young, awkward, audacious Chicago rapper

The three-part ‘jeen-yuhs’ trilogy tracks the superstar’s career with 20 years’ worth of intimate footage, starting with his origins as Kanye West, a producer with a flair for freestyle.

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‘Half the way to rehabilitation’

There’s still time for Jussie Smollett to say what happened.

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‘The Gilded Age’: Another smart, lavish period piece from ‘Downton Abbey’ creator

On instantly addictive HBO soaper, Julian Fellowes explores an 1882 wealth explosion in New York City.

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‘Secrets of Playboy’ recalls the ugly side of Hefner’s empire of beauty

On A&E series, the company’s models and staffers describe drug use, exploitation of women and the founder’s controlling tactics.

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‘SNL’ stars Colin Jost, Pete Davidson buy Staten Island Ferry boat with floating nightclub in mind

The boat was auctioned by New York City’s Department of Citywide Administrative Services, and other city departments will have to sign off on operating it as a floating nightspot.

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‘Sanford and Son’ at 50: TV series was ‘double-edged’ Black sitcom pioneer

An instant ratings smash, it opened the door for other Black family shows to move into the virtually all-white TV neighborhood.

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‘A Christmas Story’ sequel to focus on grown-up Ralphie

Peter Billingsley, star of the 1983 film, is in talks to play the role again.

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Part history, part fantasy, ‘The King’s Daughter’ dwells where nonsense reigns

Pierce Brosnan camps it up as a macho Louis XIV conspiring to steal a mermaid’s immortality.

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Europe on the precipice in ‘Munich — Edge of War’

The Netflix film would be better grounded — and more timely — if it spent less effort honoring Neville Chamberlain’s noble hopes and more time examining why Chamberlain, Britain and Europe weren’t more awake to the clear and present danger.

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‘As We See It’: The funny, moving adventures of three roommates on the autistic spectrum

Brilliant Amazon Prime Video series will have you laughing out loud one moment and choking up the next.

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The Mix: Cool things to do Jan. 20-26 in Chicago

"The Gem of the Ocean" at the Goodman Theatre, Kane Brown in concert, the Chicago International Puppet Festival and "Disney on Ice" are among the entertainment offerings in the week ahead.

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Yvette Mimieux, starred in ‘Time Machine,’ ‘Where the Boys Are,’ dies at 80

In 1960’s "The Time Machine," based on H.G. Wells’ 1895 novel, Mimieux starred opposite Rod Taylor as Weena, a member of the peaceful, blond-haired Eloi people in the year 800,000.

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In Season Four, blood and betrayal run through the ‘Ozark’ mountains

The Byrdes’ risky adventures in money laundering continue to captivate as the Netflix show nears its end

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André Leon Talley, fashion industry icon and former creative director of Vogue, dead at 73

Talley began at Vogue in 1983, later serving as the fashion bible’s creative director and editor-at-large.

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Bill Jackson, creative mind behind Dirty Dragon and the Blob, dead at 86

Jackson, who died in California Monday, brought out-of-the-ordinary characters to life through his Chicago children’s television shows, including "Gigglesnort Hotel."

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CBS series ‘Bull,’ roiled by backstage controversy, nears its final arguments

Current season, the sixth for the legal drama, will be its last.

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Netflix lands 52 NAACP award nominations; ‘Harder They Fall,’ ‘Insecure,’ H.E.R. earn multiple nods

Regina King will compete for entertainer of the year against Lil Nas X, Megan Thee Stallion, Jennifer Hudson and Tiffany Haddish.

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‘Jockey’ a small but strong movie about a small but strong athlete

Everything feels real in the drama starring Clifton Collins Jr., just right as a veteran rider taking a risk by getting back in the saddle.