Daily Archive : Friday May 19, 2017




Life & Entertainment

    In this, Friday, May 19, 2017 photo, Haitian-American hip-hop star Wyclef Jean gestures as he speaks during a news conference at the Little Haiti Cultural Center in Miami. Jean performs Friday in Miami's Little Haiti, a community worried that the Trump Administration won't renew post-earthquake immigration benefits for roughly 50,000 Haitians. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

    Wyclef Jean urges fans to support Haitian immigrants

    Haitian hip-hop star Wyclef Jean is urging fans to pressure the Trump Administration to renew benefits allowing roughly 50,000 Haitians to legally live and work in the U.S. since a 2010 earthquake

    Hugh Jackman marked the character's final performance in "Logan" and is now promoting the film's special noir treatment "Logan Noir," with a black-and-white version of the film in theaters ahead of the DVD release.

    Hugh Jackman's secret? He didn't know wolverines are real

    Hugh Jackman's big secret? The actor who became a star thanks to appearing in nine films as the superhero Wolverine didn't know that wolverines are a real animal when he started filming the role.

    “Rock Paper Scissors” is part of the “Origami in the Garden” exhibit at Morton Arboretum in Lisle.

    5 things to do this weekend in the suburbs
    A celebration of all things chocolate in Long Grove, a free museum day in Elmhurst and a new outdoor art exhibit in Lisle are among your weekend options in the suburbs.


    You Can't Escape the Google Assistant, Even on TV

    At Google I/O 2017, there were a slew of announcements about the ascendency of the Google Assistant and the continued expansion of Android. But smack between these two was news about updates to Android TV, the space where many of Google's recent efforts overlap. One of the big changes Android TV users will see in the coming months is Android O arriving on their devices. The new TV homescreen for O moves six content shortcuts to the top, which users can edit and reorder. This is where you'd put the Netflix or YouTube app. The rest of the page is given over to new channels provided by content producers. Netflix, for example, can put a sample of its offerings in a horizontal scrolling bar. Providers can also create specific channels. In a hands-on demo with Android O, I saw both a YouTube channel and a separate channel for trending content on YouTube. Content providers create the channels, but users can edit which ones appear on their homescreens and the order in which they appear. A new onboarding experience will give users a chance to choose some channels, such as business or technology news. Android TV O can also detect if you have content apps installed on your phone, and will automatically add those to the homescreen. Videos on Android TV will also have auto-playing previews in Android O. As you highlight the static images displaying different shows, they begin to play after a short delay. It's certainly engaging, but personally I was turned off by the idea of auto-playing anything. Oh Hey, Google This year, Google announced that the Google Assistant will be coming to even more platforms - including iPhones. But Android TV will also be playing host to Google's Alexa competitor. It will also be a wide rollout, coming to Android TV devices running Marshmallow, Nougat, and O. The Assistant will also be available on skinned Android TV devices, like the Nvidia Shield streaming box and even branded cable boxes from cable providers.On TV, Google Assistant will function much the same as Alexa and Siri on their respective streaming boxes. You can ask it to play movies, perform searches, and so on. The Assistant does bring some more subtle tricks to the TV, however.For example, you can continue to have a conversation with the Assistant, and reference previous results. You can ask "What is Stranger Things" and see a card talking about the hit Netflix show. You can follow that up with a second question asking "how many episodes is it?" The Assistant understands that by "it" you mean Stranger Things and it will display the answer. All of this is done on-screen, even while other video content is playing.I have an Apple TV at home, and I've been surprised at how much more capable Siri on the iPhone is compared to its TV counterpart. The Google Assistant on Android TV, on the other hand, seems to be as capable as ever. You can ask the Assistant how long it will take to get to work while you're watching Netflix, and a card will appear on the bottom third of the screen with the relevant information.This last point was briefly touched on during the Google I/O keynote presentation. The Google Assistant and the Google Home will soon be taking advantage of nearby screens to present relevant information in response to voice queries. It could push driving directions to your phone or display a weather report on a Chromecast connected TV, for example.This year's Google I/O was very much centered around the idea of Google being an "AI first" company. Putting the Google Assistant into the company's big-screen experience is definitely a step in that direction, but whether people will change their habits, asking questions about the weather or stocks to a TV, remains to be seen.This article originally appeared on PCMag.com.

    Stephen Colbert, host of "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," appears at the opening production number of the CBS Upfront presentation at Carnegie Hall in New York Wednesday, May 17.

    Think you've seen this on TV before? You're right

    There's something familiar about the schedules television broadcasters are presenting for next season, with the revivals of shows like 'Will & Grace,' 'Roseanne' and 'American Idol.' Science fiction, fantasy and military dramas will also be big.


    The top 10 songs and albums on the iTunes Store

    This week's top selling songs and albums on Apple's iTunes

    FILE - This July 1, 2013 file photo shows, Kimberly Guilfoyle, from left, Bob Beckel, Eric Bolling, Dana Perino, Greg Gutfeld and Andrea Tantaros co-hosts of Fox News Channel's "The Five," following a taping of the show in New York. Fox News Channel says it has fired Beckel for making an insensitive remark to a black employee. Beckel, who has been a liberal panelist on the show "The Five," was on his second tour of duty at Fox after being bounced in 2015 for substance abuse. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Invision/AP, File)

    Fox News fires Bob Beckel for racially insensitive remark

    Fox News Channel says it has fired commentator Bob Beckel for making a racially insensitive remark to a black employee

    Chris Cornell, 52, who gained fame as the lead singer of the bands Soundgarden and Audioslave, died at a hotel in Detroit Wednesday night.

    Family of musician Chris Cornell disputes he killed himself

    Rock musician Chris Cornell’s wife on Friday disputed “inferences” that the rocker killed himself in a Detroit hotel room, saying he may have taken more of an anti-anxiety drug than he was prescribed.

    Bryan Cranston, left, and Jennifer Garner, right, attend a special screening of "Wakefield," hosted by The Cinema Society, at Landmark Sunshine Cinema on Thursday, May 18, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)

    Jennifer Garner, Bryan Cranston got very cozy for new film

    Jennifer Garner thinks Bryan Cranston took intimacy training sessions to help them appear more natural as a married couple for their new film "Wakefield"


    Vevo Updates Apple TV App With Slick New Look

    Vevo is updating its app for fourth-gen Apple TVs, fusing a swish new user interface-complete with picture-in-picture animations-with streamlined access to original content-something which Vevo's been quietly doubling down on over the past 18 months. Having bagged exclusive album drop footage with the likes of Ariana Grande and The Weeknd along with original 60-second interviews with artists ranging from Harry Styles to De Staat's Torre Florim, the new Vevo on the block is more than just syndicated YouTube uploads. Signing in to the new Vevo on Apple TV-which lands in the App Store this Friday-takes you to a glossy, image-heavy UI, complete with Netflix -style video icons. When building a playlist, thumbnails for videos suddenly spring to life when you hover over them, as if they're competing for your attention versus whatever else may already be playing in the background. The idea is that the more you use the new Vevo, the better it'll get at serving up recommendations. Eventually, you'll just fire up the service and have a stack of new videos, concerts, and interviews to power through. Yes, personalized recommendations have become a bigger deal for Vevo. "Our focus is now on bringing our audience, people who love music, closer to their favorite content," Product manager Anna Zvagelskaya told PCMag. "What we mean by that is all of your favorite music that we recommend is personalized for you. "The content that we curate, the live shows that we produce, the original programming that takes you behind the scenes with your favorite artists, we'll serve it you so that it's instant, it's not a difficult navigation, you don't have to search hard for it, it's just there." It is very beguiling; even during a demo via not-that-great hotel Wi-Fi, videos didn't struggle to load. We're keen to see how this will work with Watch Party, a new feature Vevo first launched on its desktop player in March. It lets artists chat directly with fans, drop in video premieres, curate video playlists, ask questions, and chat amongst themselves. It's perhaps midway between a Reddit AMA and a YouTube playlist in spirit if not in execution. Zvagelskaya said the idea is not to build a social network, per se (you can sign in with an email address, Facebook, or Twitter), but to build a "music network."


    Deductions for property taxes could be on the chopping block

    A tax-reform “outline” that President Donald Trump recently presented to Congress suggests that write-offs for real estate property taxes might be eliminated.


    Future unclear for capital gains exclusion

    It’s often the biggest pot of gold available to any homeowner, yet its fate remains unclear under the main tax code overhaul plans proposed so far on Capitol Hill.

    FILE - In this May 7, 2017, file photo, Big Sean performs "Jump Out the Window" at the MTV Movie and TV Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. It was announced on May 19, 2017, that Big Sean will headline Billboard’s Hot 100 Music Festival on New York’s Jones Beach. The two-day concert begins Aug. 19. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

    Big Sean, Major Lazer headline New York's Hot 100 fest

    Big Sean, Major Lazer and Zedd are set to headline Billboard's Hot 100 Music Festival on New York's Jones Beach this summer

    The living room in the Augusta model home features a transitional look at the Lakes of Boulder Ridge in Lake in the Hills.

    Lakes of Boulder Ridge: Model profile

    The Lakes of Boulder Ridge celebrates its grand opening Saturday, May 20, and Sunday, May 21, as it showcases two duplex models with irresistible interiors. The new golf course community by Plote Homes in Lake in the Hills sits on 143 acres and backs up to Boulder Ridge Country Club’s west nine holes.


    Dining events: $10 off Q-BBQ’s Papa Q platter in May

    Q-BBQ in Naperville offers its ultimate Papa Q platter for $19.99 through the end of May. Disotto in Highwood celebrates another trip around the sun at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 19, with a five-course tasting menu.

    Long Grove’s Chocolate Festival returns from Friday to Sunday, May 19-21.

    Weekend picks: Satisfy your cravings at Chocolate Fest

    The Long Grove Chocolate Festival returns with a smorgasboard of sweet snacks and tasty tunes this weekend in Long Grove. More on this and other upcoming events.

    Before “Seven,” “Fight Club” and “The Social Network,” David Fincher was a music-video director who got called up to the big leagues to helm 20th Century Fox’s “Alien3.”

    Before ‘Alien: Covenant,’ revisit David Fincher’s installment

    With “Alien: Covenant” in theaters, it’s time to revisit David Fincher’s underappreciated third film in the franchise starring Sigourney Weaver and Charles Dance of “Game of Thrones.”


    Bathroom addition permitted but not approved

    Q. When we bought our home, the seller disclosed that the added bathroom was built with a permit. He even showed us a copy of it. After moving in, we learned there were numerous plumbing and electrical violations and that the work was never signed off by the building inspector. How could this happen if the work was permitted?


    Night life events: Craft beer tributes across the suburbs

    Official’s Time Out in Hoffman Estates pays its respects to American Craft Beer week with some specials this weekend. Two Brothers celebrates Chicago Craft Beer Week with a specialty pairing available at Roka Akor Old Orchard.

    The 1975's U.S. tour brings the British band to the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Tinley Park on Saturday, May 20.

    Varied influences pave the way for English rock band, The 1975

    Matthew Healy, frontman of the English rock band The 1975, remembers how emotional his first major concert was when he was just 8. He hopes fans feel the same way when they see The 1975 on tour, including a May 20 show at the WKQX PIQNIQ music fest in Tinley Park.



    Trump’s compulsive talk and the incomplete story leaks tell

    Columnist Kathleen Parker: One thing we’ve learned the past several weeks is to ignore the White House and wait for Donald Trump to spill the beans.


    Montenegro looks West, away from Moscow
    Columnist Georgie Anne Geyer: Often enough through history, while the international community focuses on the huge problems it faces, it’s easy to overlook important small places crying out, “Pay attention, pay attention!”


    Police interactions and red light cameras
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: There are many news stories lately about deadly interactions between police and the general public.


    Show didn’t like elderly
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: My husband and I visited the Steve Harvey taping shortly after they came to Chicago. They are guilty of ageism.


    Wrong priorities
    A Mundelein letter to the editor: Instead of working to solve our state’s catastrophic challenges, Michael Madigan and his partner Sam Yingling just passed a bill for taxpayer-funded abortions at a cost of $60 million.

    Patty and Russell Coffland enjoy Halloween a few years ago with nieces Brittany, left, and Tiffany.

    Cofflands thank St. Charles community for support during tragedy
    Patty and Russell and Coffland, aunt and uncle to murdered twins Brittany and Tiffany, thank St. Charles community for its support during the tragedy.


    Police chiefs urge end to budget impasse
    A Oak Brook letter to the editor: As police chiefs, we put the safety of our communities as our top priority. While placing dangerous criminals behind bars is part of that effort, it is not enough to win the fight against crime.


    Russian collusion made up by the media
    An Elgin letter to the editor: There is no Russian collusion. This is just made up by Democrats and the media. There is a lot of hated towards Trump!


    Today’s Opinion Page editorial cartoon
    Today’s Daily Herald Opinion page editorial cartoon


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