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December 5, 2013 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
Jim Carter, who many know as the butler Carson on "Downton Abbey," plays Santa Claus in a disturbing new video from Greenpeace titled "An Urgent Message from Santa. " He's not the happy-go-lucky Santa you think of at Christmas. Looking worn out, disappointed and downright tragic, Santa warns of a melting Arctic. "Dear children," he begins, "regrettably, I bring bad tidings. For some time now, melting ice here at the North Pole has made our operations and our day-to-day life intolerable and impossible.
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December 5, 2013 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
Jim Carter, who many know as the butler Carson on "Downton Abbey," plays Santa Claus in a disturbing new video from Greenpeace titled "An Urgent Message from Santa. " He's not the happy-go-lucky Santa you think of at Christmas. Looking worn out, disappointed and downright tragic, Santa warns of a melting Arctic. "Dear children," he begins, "regrettably, I bring bad tidings. For some time now, melting ice here at the North Pole has made our operations and our day-to-day life intolerable and impossible.
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SPORTS
September 20, 2012 | By Jack M Silverstein and For RedEye
Offensive lineman Jonathan Scott arrived in Chicago on Sept. 10 after six seasons with Detroit, Buffalo and Pittsburgh. He sat down with RedEye and shared his thoughts on Bears quarterback Jay Cutler.   Jonathan Scott: I haven't had any in-depth conversations with [Cutler] because I'm new to the team, but I do remember when we were in the [NFL] combine together. I remember him because he was from Santa Claus [pauses], somewhere … Jack Silverstein: Indiana. Scott: … and I thought that was hilarious.
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September 20, 2012 | By Jack M Silverstein and For RedEye
Offensive lineman Jonathan Scott arrived in Chicago on Sept. 10 after six seasons with Detroit, Buffalo and Pittsburgh. He sat down with RedEye and shared his thoughts on Bears quarterback Jay Cutler.   Jonathan Scott: I haven't had any in-depth conversations with [Cutler] because I'm new to the team, but I do remember when we were in the [NFL] combine together. I remember him because he was from Santa Claus [pauses], somewhere … Jack Silverstein: Indiana. Scott: … and I thought that was hilarious.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 22, 2011 | By Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
**1/2 (out of four) Before “Arthur Christmas,” the theater subjected me to TWO viewings of Justin Bieber's video for “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.” So pain already was pounding my head. But the computer-animated, 3-D “Arthur” deserves blame for increasing the throbbing. This movie does not know when to take a breath. From Aardman Animations (“Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit,” “Flushed Away”) and first-time feature director Sarah Smith, “Arthur Christmas” tells many jokes for adults but moves with the frantic excess of an...
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December 4, 2011 | By Stephen Markley, For RedEye
As a person who thinks all organized religions have been a net "bad" for human civilization, I gotta say, I still really enjoy Christmas. You get days off work, you get to see your family, your friends, there's good food, alcoholic eggnog, presents, the lights are pretty and tend to put women in an amorous mood - don't ask me why. Therefore, I'm anti-"War on Christmas. " But I'm pro-"War on Christmas Music. " There's not really a way to sugarcoat this, but people who like Christmas music are morons.
SPORTS
October 25, 2012 | RedEye
We put our Twitter followers to the test before every Bears game. At stake: a chance to join our Four Score panel. Enter by 1) Having the right answer, and 2) Following and tweeting @redeyesportschi with your guess by noon Monday with the hashtag #bearschallenge. Here are this week's question and answer, along with our winners (that's right, more than one!): Question Starting in Lovie Smith's hometown, if you drove to the hometowns of Jay Cutler, Brandon Marshall, Matt Forte, Brian Urlacher and Julius Peppers and then to Soldier Field, in that order,...
SPORTS
July 22, 2013 | By Matt Lindner and For RedEye
Heroes are placed on pedestals because they are what we perceive to be the idealized version of ourselves. They come through in the clutch, play the game the right way, succeed without cutting corners. Until, as we learned once again Monday, they don't. The digital handwringing began almost the second it was announced that Milwaukee slugger Ryan Braun would be suspended for the rest of the year for being tied to a Florida clinic that distributed performance-enhancing drugs.
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August 8, 2013 | By Alex Quigley and For RedEye
Jay Cutler is going to have the best year of his NFL career in 2013. Whether you love the Bears quarterback or love to hate him, Jay does not care. (DOOOOOOOOESN'T CAAAAAAAARE.) But what's happened around Cutler is what's important in forecasting his near future. 1. The Trestman factor When Marc Trestman arrives at a new team, offensive numbers surge. He became the Oakland Raiders' offensive coordinator in 2002 - and 37-year-old Rich Gannon threw for 4,689 yards. When he took over the CFL's Montreal Alouettes in 2008, they scored 610 points in 18 games.
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August 7, 2012 | By Matt Lindner, For RedEye
Adulthood has ruined many of the things that brought me great joy as a child. Birthdays are now reminders I'm getting old. The Easter Bunny and Santa Claus are now creepy guys in costumes. And that's not the worst of it. The one joy adulthood completely and totally obliterates is the sick day. For adults, sick days are worse than paying your student loans, missing your bus and making last weekend's regrettable walk of shame all rolled into one. This epiphany hit me recently as I recovered from a nasty infection that kept me out of the office for six days.
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December 4, 2011 | By Stephen Markley, For RedEye
As a person who thinks all organized religions have been a net "bad" for human civilization, I gotta say, I still really enjoy Christmas. You get days off work, you get to see your family, your friends, there's good food, alcoholic eggnog, presents, the lights are pretty and tend to put women in an amorous mood - don't ask me why. Therefore, I'm anti-"War on Christmas. " But I'm pro-"War on Christmas Music. " There's not really a way to sugarcoat this, but people who like Christmas music are morons.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 22, 2011 | By Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
**1/2 (out of four) Before “Arthur Christmas,” the theater subjected me to TWO viewings of Justin Bieber's video for “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.” So pain already was pounding my head. But the computer-animated, 3-D “Arthur” deserves blame for increasing the throbbing. This movie does not know when to take a breath. From Aardman Animations (“Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit,” “Flushed Away”) and first-time feature director Sarah Smith, “Arthur Christmas” tells many jokes for adults but moves...
ENTERTAINMENT
November 20, 2012 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
Zero stars (out of four) “Hey kids, what would you think about a movie in which pizza and ice cream were voiced by your mom and Selena Gomez and had sleepovers and fought crime? Would you like that?” That kind of foolish, focus-grouped approach theoretically inspired the 3-D animated “Rise of the Guardians,” in which tattooed and/or snarky versions of commercialized icons associated with religious holidays (Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny), inclusive children's figures (the Tooth Fairy, the Sandman)
NEWS
November 28, 2012 | Alanna Zaritz & Ernest Wilkins
[Note from Ernest: Last night, legendary style blogger Scott Schuman (p/k/a The Sartorialist ) was the featured guest at a lecture at the Museum of Contemporary Art. I couldn't be there, but NoDN participant Alanna Zaritz was and she not only recapped the whole damn thing, she even took pics!  Take it away, Alanna!] Check out shots from last night's event here. In what was probably the zenith event this November of Dressing Nicely, hundreds of well-shod Chicagoans descended on the Museum Of Contemporary Art. Everyone dressed to seduce...
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