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‘Hotshot’ documentary shows front lines of wildfires

We are a fire city. Even though it happened a long time ago and there are no photographs of the Chicago Fire of 1871, it shadows and defines our history even as we grapple with contemporary fires. Images of the flames that have recently devastated parts of Maui flash before …

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The Hollywood writers’ strike is probably over, now what?

The Writers Guild of America’s strike, which started in May, has now been revealed something endsWhat will happen now? There’s a lot we don’t know yet. WGA members must vote to approve the contract. This will likely happen quickly, but no timeline has been given. Here are some details, summarized …

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Sports programs for casual viewers

Earlier this month, HBO announced that its long-running newsmagazine “Real Sports” would end after this season. Canceled this month too: HBO “Time to Win” Scripted series about the transformation of the LA Lakers in the 1980s under Jerry Buss’ PT Barnum-like ownership. When it comes to sports, HBO is moving …

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Hollywood writers’ strike ends

LOS ANGELES — Leaders of the screenwriters union announced their nearly five-month strike Tuesday after board members approved a contract agreement with the studios, bringing Hollywood at least partially back from a historic pause in production. The boards of directors of the eastern and western chapters of the Writers Guild …

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Actors vote to authorize strike against video game makers

LOS ANGELES — Striking actors have voted to expand their walkout to include the lucrative video game market; This step could put new pressure on Hollywood studios to make deals with artists who provide sound and visuals for games. The Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Radio and Television Artists announced …

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‘NCIS’ star David McCallum dies at 90

LOS ANGELES – Actor David McCallum, who became a teen heartthrob on the hit 1960s TV series “The Man From UNCLE” and 40 years later as an eccentric medical doctor on the hit “NCIS,” has died. He was 90 years old. McCallum died of natural causes Monday at New York …

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Hyde Park Jazz Festival was full in its 17th year

September 23 would still be a big day for jazz fans if it weren’t for the first day of the 17th Hyde Park Jazz Festival. During his set with poet Nikki Giovanni, tenor saxophonist Javon Jackson talked about some of the important musical names born that day, receiving great applause …

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