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January 3, 2013 | By Adam Lukach, @lucheezy and RedEye
For local bands, touring is both a dream and a problem. On one hand, playing sold-out shows across the country measure the highest aspirations, but logistical issues such as transportation, gasoline, gear, food and shelter make anything beyond a brief regional tour often impossible. While finishing up a sophomore release, Chicago band Minor Characters had been planning for such a limited tour, until, after their recent Metro show, the band received a surprise gift from their family, friends and fans: a van, gas money that will allow the band to travel more than 7,800 miles and six months of car insurance.
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December 26, 2013 | By Veronica Wilson and For RedEye
Christmas may have just passed, but if you're paying attention to some of TV's biggest shows, you'd think it was Halloween. There has been one common theme as fall finales wind down, and it's not snow or merrymaking. It's death. Main characters are dropping faster than snowflakes, so we're letting you know whom you should be grieving by taking a look at what their headstones might look like. BEWARE SPOILERS!   Clay Morrow, 'Sons of Anarchy' Clay was booted from his position as president of the club after numerous betrayals.
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February 11, 2014 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
"Gotham" has found its first villain. Robin Lord Taylor will play a young Oswald Cobblepot, aka The Penguin, in the upcoming Fox series that will follow the early career of Commissioner James Gordon - and Batman's future foes. Warner Bros. Television already announced that former "Southland" and "The O.C. " star Ben McKenzie will play a young Det. Jim Gordon. Now it has announced four other regular cast members who will populate Gotham City. Taylor ("Another Earth," "The Walking Dead")
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December 28, 2011 | By Curt Wagner and RedEye
There's just no stopping a man with a crossbow and zombie-ear necklace: Daryl Dixon of "The Walking Dead" is RedEye's Best TV Character of 2011. After 87,821 votes in the championship round, Daryl took the prize with 50 percent of the vote, defeating Abed Nadir of "Community," who earned 49 percent of the votes. The Twiigs service polls never add up to 100 percent for some reason, so Abed fans can take comfort in knowing that it was pretty much a dead heat. But we don't deal in ties at RedEye, so Daryl can claim yet another zombie ear. (Remember in last year's Halloween episode, Abed was turned into a zombie.)
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March 28, 2013 | Elliott Serrano, for Redeye
Last week, special contributor Ben Finfer and I gave our predictions for the first round of the "This Is Madness: The Star Wars Character Tournament" . I went 8-0 in the Light Side brackets while Finfer went 7-1 in the Dark Side. (Finfer chose Hondo Ohnaka over Cad Bane . An honest mistake.) This week we see who's got a higher midichlorian count by switching sides and giving our predictions for who will make the Elite Eight: BLINDED BY THE LIGHT SIDE, By Ben Finfer Han Solo vs. Obi-Wan Kenobi :  C'mon, this is a second round match-up?
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October 30, 2013 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
If you're still struggling to come up with a Halloween costume, Fox has a quick and easy solution with life-size, downloadable masks of characters from its shows. You could go as Winston (Lamorne Morris) Jess (Zooey Deschanel) or other "New Girl" characters. They have Simon Cowell and other "X-Factor" foiks, Roger from "American Dad" and the "Axe Cop" himself. You'll also find masks for characters from "Almost Human," "The Simpsons," "Bob's Burgers," "Family Guy" and other shows.
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March 24, 2014 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
Here's our first look at acting newcomer Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle, the future Catwoman, in the upcoming Fox series "Gotham. " "Gotham" focuses on the origin story of Det. James Gordon before he becomes commissioner of Gotham police and a supported of the Dark Knight. "SouthLand" star Ben McKenzie is starring as Gordon. "Gotham," which comes from Bruno Heller and Danny Cannon, also will introduce many of the future Batman's infamous foes in their younger days. Bicondova will play the teen Kyle as an unpredictable orphan who doesn't trust easily.
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January 23, 2014 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
The first official trailer for WGN America's "Salem," which won't be shown on TV until Saturday, offers a better look at the cast and actual footage from the series. "Salem," premiering April 20, retells the story of the Salem witch trials in 17th century Massachusetts. According to WGN America, "Salem" centers on an epic romance between Salem's most powerful witch, Mary Sibley (Janet Montgomery), and war veteran John Alden (Shane West). "'Salem' explores what really fueled the town's infamous witch trials and dares to uncover the dark, supernatural truth behind them.
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December 19, 2013 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
Chicago Bears' cornerback Charles "Peanut" Tillman talks about being bullied as a child in the upcoming "NFL Characters Unite" documentary. "I was labeled as the geek, the loser," Tillman says in the documentary. "I didn't really fit in. " Tillman and seven other NFL players took part in USA Network's anti-bullying campaign, sharing their personal stories of of overcoming prejudice, bullying and discrimination with eight young people currently experiencing the same challenges. Each week, viewers can watch Tillman and the other players in webisodes posted at charactersunite.com and usanetwork.com . Webisodes featuring Tillman , Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb and Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice already are on the sites.
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March 28, 2014 | By Elliott Serrano, @ElliottSerrano and For RedEye
It's the greatest tournament in the galaxy! No, not the NCAA, but the “ This Is Madness - Star Wars Character Tournament ” ! Last week Ben Finfer of The Game 87.7 and I gave our predictions for the opening round of the tourney that will decide who is the best character in the Star Wars Universe . Finfer went 14-2 in his picks, which Lord Vader would deem “Impressive. Most impressive.” On the other hand, I went 9-7 , and the Dark Lord had this reaction . Anyhoo, we have now reached the Sweet Sixteen!
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