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‘Muppets,’ ‘Divergent’ bring comedy, suspense to theaters

By Pat Quinn | March 19, 2014

“Muppets Most Wanted”The Muppets are back and travel across the globe in their latest movie.There is a criminal mastermind who happens to be Kermit the Frog’s look-a-like, and he’s stealing priceless items. Kermit is framed and he must find a...

Rauner, Quinn to face off in gov. race

By Rachel Scaman | March 19, 2014

Republican Bruce Rauner and Democrat Pat Quinn will face off in November’s gubernatorial elections, with Illinois’ pension reform set to be a key issue.Rauner took the win among the Republicans in the primary elections Tuesday. The race was between...

‘Supermodel’ fosters melody

By Pat Quinn | March 18, 2014

Indie, alternative rock group Foster the People’s sophomore album, “Supermodel,” combines intricate percussion parts with satisfying melodies.The five-year-old California band has developed a unique alternative sound that carried over well from...

NIU should give credit to comics

By Pat Quinn | March 17, 2014

As NIU restructures its gen. ed classes for students, the university should consider adding comic book classes. Between communication, English and history and foreign language courses, comic book classes could be applicable to a variety of subjects.“Captain...

Audience gets history lesson at the movies this weekend

By Pat Quinn | March 5, 2014

“300: Rise of an Empire” and “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” will bring history to the big screen Friday.“300: Rise of an Empire”The new “300” film picks up where the first one left off.Xerxes, the leader of the Persian army, defeated King...

‘Hannibal’ cooks up drama for season two

By Pat Quinn | March 3, 2014

If season one was the first course of the “Hannibal” dinner party, season two is every cannibals’ favorite meal for Will to roast. Hannibal has started off deliciously strong, keeping the audience indulged in this psychotic drama-thriller. The show...

Cold War gets hot for ‘Americans’

By Pat Quinn | February 25, 2014

“The Americans” will have even more twisted deception this season than it did in the first.At the end of season one the FBI had a run-in with Philip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth (Keri Russell) Jennings. Their daughter, Paige (Holly Taylor), was snooping...

Hosts, friends popularize Fatty’s trivia

Hosts, friends popularize Fatty’s trivia

By Pat Quinn | February 25, 2014

Wednesdays are a busy night at Fatty’s Pub & Grille, largely because of trivia hosts Dan Monnier and Zach Andrews.Monnier and Andrews host Fatty’s, 1312 W. Lincoln Highway, pop culture trivia night, which brings in students and locals for food,...

Boy meets Gluten-free girl

By Pat Quinn | February 24, 2014

Classic story: Boy met girl, boy invited girl to dinner, girl has gluten allergy. This is the story of a gluten-free date.The guy thought about what he could possibly make for this girl, but pasta, sandwiches and pizza were a no go. The guy wanted it...

‘Pompeii,’ ‘3 Days to Kill’ lack new plot, characters

By Pat Quinn | February 19, 2014

With “3 Days to Kill” this weekend, moviegoers shouldn’t waste them at the theater.“Pompeii”“Pompeii” tells the story of a former slave who is now a gladiator fighting for his life and his true love all before Mt. Vesuvius erupts.The movie...

Top apps worth the addiction

By Pat Quinn | February 18, 2014

Just because “Flappy Bird” went under doesn’t mean other apps aren’t thriving. Four gaming apps lead the iTunes chart.1. “Splashy Fish”Users navigate a fish who passes through a series of ancient-looking pillars in “Splashy Fish.” This...

Drivers educated on cellphone law

By Ryan Chodora | February 13, 2014

Illinois is launching a campaign to educate drivers about a ban on driving with hand-held cellphones.Several state departments have launched a campaign, Drop it and Drive, to raise awareness of the law. The campaign will include the distribution of posters...