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The Associated Press Any food that can make your tongue tingle has got to be worth a taste. I’m not talking a seltzer-like zippiness or even a searing, chili-like heat. I mean literally tingling because your tongue is at once numb and buzzingly alive. That is the power of the Sichuan pepper. But why would you want to (albeit mildly) numb your mouth? Because aside from the basic coolness of a tingling tongue, that sensation also changes the way you taste food seasoned with the pepper, adding a wonderful punchy vibrancy and warmth unlike anything else. As its name suggests, the spice has left a serious thumbprint on the cuisine of China’s Sichuan province. It also is used in Japan, where it is called sansho. In Chinese cooking, Sichuan pepper is toasted before being crushed or ground. This mutes the spice’s citrus flavors and heightens its woody notes, making for an excellent pairing with meats.

Sichuan Pepper Meatballs Start to finish: 30 minutes Makes 3 dozen meatballs

For the meatballs: 2 teaspoons Sichuan pepper 1/2 star anise 1/2 teaspoon dry ground ginger 1 egg 4 scallions, whites and greens, finely chopped 2 teaspoons salt 1 pound lean ground beef 1 pound lean ground pork

For the dipping sauce: 1 cup sour cream 2 tablespoons honey Pinch salt Heat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and coat with cooking spray. In a dry skillet over medium heat, toast the Sichuan pepper, star anise and ginger for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Transfer to a spice grinder and grind until reduced to a fine powder. Transfer to a large bowl. Add the egg to the seasoning blend, then whisk well. Mix in the scallions and salt, then add the beef and pork. Use your hands to mix well. Form the mixture into tablespoon-size meatballs. In a large skillet over medium-high, heat about 1 tablespoon of sesame oil until nearly smoking. Working in batches and without crowding the pan, brown the meatballs on all sides, about 5 minutes. Transfer the meatballs to the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining meatballs, adding oil to the skillet as needed. When all of the meatballs have been browned, place them in the oven and roast for 8 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare the dipping sauce. In a small bowl, whisk together the sour cream, honey and salt. When the meatballs are finished, serve them with toothpicks and ramekins of the dipping sauce.

Nutrition information per serving (values are rounded to the nearest whole number): 80 calories; 50 calories from fat (63 percent of total calories); 6 g fat (2 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 25 mg cholesterol; 2 g carbohydrate; 5 g protein; 0 g fiber; 125 mg sodium.

Most Americans never will sip the watermelon margarita at Guy Fieri’s behemoth Times Square restaurant, nor savor the chicken Alfredo at the Olive Garden in Grand Forks, N.D. Yet both eateries somehow shot to the top of the nation’s culinary zeitgeist in 2012, for this was the year of the viral restaurant review, when the rants and raves of seasoned pros and naive octogenarians alike got superstar treatment on the world wide smorgasbord. It was a year when Twinkies died and Paula Deen endorsed a diabetes drug. Which is to say, it was a year when the unlikely was the norm. While restaurateurs bemoaned the influence of Yelp and other social media review sites, 85-year-old Grand Forks Herald restaurant columnist Marilyn Hagerty cut through the noise, heaping near rhapsodic praise on the fine dining at her community’s latest chain restaurant. Hagerty did OK for herself, landing a book deal with Anthony Bourdain. Meanwhile, New York Times reviewer Pete Wells scored a celeb smackdown when he slammed Fieri’s New York restaurant, Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar, in a scathing 1,000-word review written almost entirely in questions. Wells took heat for beating on Food Network’s bad boy, but the review – which tore across Twitter the instant it was posted – certainly drove hordes to Fieri’s tables, even if only to rubberneck the culinary accident. Another revelation – Twinkies may not last forever. Blaming a labor dispute for ongoing financial woes, Hostess Brands decided to close shop this year, taking with it lunch box staples such as Twinkies, Ding Dongs and Wonder bread. The company said it would try to sell off its many storied brands, so maybe there is hope for the mysteriously enduring snack cakes.



“Mommy porn”


If you haven’t read it yet, you’re curious. Just admit it. It’s at the top of library waiting lists, the best-selling book of all time and most recently the Book of the Year, as voted by the public in the Specsavers National Book Awards. Yep, 2012 is the year of “Fifty Shades of Grey.” Dubbed “mommy porn” because of its erotic sexual content and appeal to middle-aged women, the book continues to be in demand. “We saw another resurgence of it over the holiday season, people who didn’t pick it up during the height of the craze,” said Arlene Lynes, owner of Read Between the Lynes in Woodstock. Yes, it’s mostly women, but men are buying it, too. “I think people just really are looking for some form of escapism to get away from reality,” Lynes said. A love story at its core, the book written by E.L. James as a sexy homage to the “Twilight” series first drew older fans of that vampire saga, said Penny Ramirez, assistant head of adult services at Crystal Lake Public Library. “People want to see what it is all about,” she said.


rom the “mommy porn” craze that was “50 Shades of Grey” to the end of the blockbuster Twilight movie franchise to a huge music and comedy concert in

Woodstock, 2012 had its ups, downs and who-the-heck cares moments. Here are our picks for the 10 most talked-about stories of the year.

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“Gangnam Style” On Dec. 21, “Gangnam Style,” Korean pop superstar PSY’s viral dance-along single, made it to an unprecedented 1 billion YouTube views. It topped the charts at No. 1 on Billboard’s K-Pop Hot 100 for five weeks and has held the No. 2 spot on the U.S.-based Hot 100 for 15 weeks. It became the go-to song for DJs across the nation as bar-goers and club-goers alike hit the dance floor to move their hips like PSY.


Legends lost A string of legendary musicians and entertainers died throughout the year. Pop icon Whitney Houston died at age 48 of drowning Feb. 11. Longtime TV show host Dick Clark died at 82 from a heart attack April 18. Disco legend Donna Summer died May 17 of lung cancer at 63. Other deaths included Etta James (Jan. 20), Don Cornelius (Feb. 1), Davy Jones (Feb. 29), Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys (May 4), Andy Griffith (July 3), Ernest Borgnine (July 8), Phyllis Diller (Aug. 20), Michael Clarke Duncan (Sept. 3), and Larry Hagman (Nov. 23).


Rock revival

Rock ’n’ roll definitely had a revival in Woodstock in 2012 thanks to the second annual Wasted Plains festival. The daylong Wasted Plains Rock & Roll Revival in August featured nearly 20 bands from throughout Chicago and its suburbs and other entertainment, including live comedy, a late-nite talk show and attractions for kids and families. Event coordinator Brandon Pacyna sought to expand the event from the year before and succeeded, drawing hundreds to the venue, both inside and outside the Woodstock VFW. Plans for 2013 already are under way. Continued on page 4

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Royal raucous 2012 brought plenty of Royal news. It ranged from the scandalous – leaked photos of a nude Prince Harry playing pool and snapshots of a top-less, sunbathing Kate Middleton – to the celebratory, with the announcement of Middleton’s pregnancy. And then tragedy. A London nurse killed herself after answering and falling for a prank call from two Australian DJs involving a pregnant and hospitalized Middleton.


Kate Middleton (above) and Prince Harry (right) were top newsmakers in 2012.

Vampires bite the dust

After waiting one long year for part two of “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn” to be released in theaters in November, Twilight fans watched Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart as Edward and Bella on the big screen for the last time. The saga began in November 2008 with the first Twilight release based on the first book in Stephenie Meyer’s popular series. Right behind “Spider-Man,” the franchise became one of the top 10 highest-grossing movie franchises in America at number eight, bringing in $1.4 billion at the box office. Worldwide, the franchise grossed $3.3 billion. • Continued on page 5

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The show must go on ... digitally. Cherished by fans for the nostalgia it brings to the area, the McHenry Outdoor Theater launched a Kickstarter campaign in 2012 to raise enough money for needed technological upgrades. Without the upgrades, the theater likely won’t be able to play movies in a few years. It must convert from 3 mm film to a full digital format at a cost of about $110,000. The campaign failed to meet its goal of about $130,000, which also included general theater upgrades. But theater owner Scott Dehn has said he will announce “Plan B” after the holidays. “I will not give up until our goals are met,” he wrote on the theater’s Facebook page.



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Meet Alana Thomspon, 7-year-old self-proclaimed beauty queen and star of the TLC reality TV show, “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo”: “I like to win because I want to win MONAYYY! A dollar makes me holler, honey boo-boo.” That’s how she presented herself as a contestant on “Toddlers and Tiaras” before TLC offered her and her family their own show. Her southern Georgia twang and sassy, dramatic glamgirl child speak was enough for producers to include subtitles. The 10 episodes focus less on the pageants and more on a behind-the-scenes look into Alana’s outlandish family. Although not popular with critics, each episode has averaged 2.4 million viewers, while the season finale ended on a high note with 2.8 million.

Classic expansion

Another local theater and landmark – Woodstock Classic Cinemas – also was in the news in 2012. Work began on a $4.8 million project to bring the historic theater on the Woodstock Square to eight screens from its previous four. Done in two phases, the theater will remain open during construction. The project, including the creation of a revamped and renovated building, is scheduled to be completed in late-summer 2013.


Celebrity split

When movie stars Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes split in June, the divorce hit the tabloids and people dropped their jaws. But because of Cruise’s devotion to the Church of Scientology, this breakup wasn’t so out of the ordinary – in fact, it followed a pattern. Cruise and the church declared his ex-wife Nicole Kidman a “Suppressive Person,” Scientologists’ greatest enemy. Penelope Cruz wasn’t good enough for the church, either, and even a Scientologist actress, Nazanin Boniadi, didn’t make the strict religious cut. Concerned for her daughter, Holmes, a Christian, reportedly could not tolerate Cruise’s Scientology anymore. She’s only lucky she hasn’t been declared an S.P. yet.

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ow do you make a New Year’s party the whole family can enjoy? For years, I barely acknowledged New Year’s Eve to my three kids so they wouldn’t know they were missing anything. I either went to some flashy grownup event or skipped it and went to bed. In the morning, I explained about the date change. Last year, though, our family attended a party at a friend’s, and it was genuinely heartwarming. I began to think it was worth making an effort to mark the holiday, together, at home. New Year’s is not just for adults. A small party is doable and relaxing; think about inviting extended family or close friends and their children. “Parents feel more comfortable with their kids around,” said Selvi Rudge, a mother of three in Larchmont, N.Y., who often hosts friends and kids for New Year’s. “And having the kids there just makes the celebration better.” Preparing with some simple crafting and cooking projects can make everyone feel part of the holiday.

1. New year’s poster – Take an 18-by-24-inch poster board and label it, “What I want to do in 2013.” It can be simple, with a lot of room to write, or it can be decorated by kids who know their way around a poster board. Tape it up somewhere central – I like the refrigerator – and keep washable markers nearby. Write in an entry or two, whether resolution-like (“I want to take up jogging”) or wishful thinking (“I want to explore the Amazon”). The poster can be a family project or it can be opened up to guests as a less-formal guest book at this less-formal party. 2. Table top – Table décor can be kid-constructed and reusable, and it does not have to look childlike or chaotic. A great idea from Sabrina James, style director at Parenting Magazine, is to paint inexpensive plastic chargers (the larger plates that go under dinner plates) with black chalkboard paint, then have the kids decorate the plates with white chalk. They can draw stars or write guests’ names or “2013.” “It all stays black and white, it still looks sophisticated, and the kids have a hand in decorating the table,” James said. 3. Making some noise – Of course there must be noisemakers. James suggests this fresh take:

Paint small, empty raisin boxes with silver or gold paint – spray paint is easiest – and then decorate them with small gems or sequins. Fill the boxes with dry pasta or rice, and tape a Popsicle stick to the back. The noisemakers can sit in vases around the table. Kids will be proud of their contributions, and you’ll be happy to have them as attractive table decorations. 4. Food – To avoid holiday feast fatigue, a New Year’s feast should consist of foods the family actually likes. You’re not tied to tradition, so focus on old family favorites, or on foods that some cultures say bring good luck. According to Epicurious. com, cooked greens symbolize money and good fortune; pork means prosperity. Don’t eat anything that moves backwards, like lobster. 5. After-meal activity – Karaoke is a new tradition for our family; we learned it from the friends who held last year’s party. Systems range in price from less than $100 to more than $1,000, and can be rented, too. Whether you rock the oldies or attempt to rap, the kids are just as entertained as the adults. And they will want their turn, so make sure your song list includes some current hits or favorites they know.


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SHOREWOOD, Wis. – Announcement has been made of the engagement of Angela Campion and Craig Russell, both of Shorewood, Wis. She is the daughter of James and Barbara Campion of Woodstock. He is the son of Anne Russell of Prescott Valley, Ariz., and the late Robert Russell. The bride-to-be is a 1992 graduate of Marian Central Catholic High School in Woodstock, a 1996 graduate of St. Norbert College in DePere, Wis., with a Bachelor of Business Administration in international business, and a 1999 graduate of Marquette University Law School. She is an attorney with Campion Law in Shorewood and an adjunct professor of law at Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee. Her fiancé is a 1985 graduate of Seligman High School and a 1992 graduate of Northern Arizona Uni-

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Natalia Margaret Cruickshank, 7 pounds, 1 ounce, 19 inches, was born Dec. 12, 2012, at Centegra Hospital – Woodstock to David and Kalina Cruickshank of Algonquin. She joins a brother, Andrzej Patrick Cruickshank, 2. Maternal grandparents are Andrzej and Justyna Styrczula in Koscielisko, Poland. Paternal grandparents are Martin and Maggie Cole in BlanzacPerignac, France, and John and Hanna Cruickshank in Hoffman Estates. Maternal

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‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ dominates publishing By HILLEL ITALIE The Associated Press NEW YORK – The story of 2012 in publishing was the story of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” in more ways than one. E L James’ erotic trilogy was easily the year’s biggest hit, selling more than 35 million copies in the U.S. alone and topping bestseller lists for months. Rival publishers hurried to sign up similar books, and debates started over who should star in the planned film version. Through James’ books and how she wrote them, the general public was educated in the worlds of romance/ erotica, start-up publishing and “fan fiction.” But the success of James’ novels also captured the dual state of the book market – the advance of e-books and the resilience of paper. In a year when print was labeled as endangered and established publishers referred to as “legacy” companies, defined and beholden to the past, the allure remained for buying and reading bound books. James already was an underground hit before signing in early 2012 with Vintage Books, a paperback imprint of Random House Inc., the house of Norman Mailer and Toni Morrison, a house where legacy is inseparable from the brand. She could have self-published her work through, or released her books from her own website, and received a far higher percentage of royalties. “We had a very clear

conversation back in January about the need for a very specific publishing strategy,” Vintage publisher Anne Messitte said. “We talked about distribution, a physical format, publicity. And she was basically clear that she needed what we did as publishers to make that happen.” “Fifty Shades” began as an e-phenomenon, understandable since digital erotica means you can read it in public without fear of discovery. But according to Messitte, sales for the paperbacks quickly caught up to those for e-books and have surpassed them comfortably for the past several months. Everyone was in on the secret. The series sold big at, but also at Barnes & Noble and independents, at drugstores and airports. Publishers from several major houses agreed e-books comprise 25-30 percent of overall sales, exponentially higher than a few years ago, but not nearly enough to erase the power of paper. And the rate of growth is leveling off, inevitable as a new format matures. Simon & Schuster CEO Carolyn Reidy said e-sales were up about 30 percent this year, less than half what she had expected. “There are some people who think that print will go away, but ‘Fifty Shades’ is an indication of why that’s not going to happen,” said Messitte, who added the books attracted many nonreaders who don’t own e-devices. “You’re going to need a mix of ways to read.”


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Sister torn between needy nephews, husband Dear Abby: My sister, the mother of three boys, is now unable to take care of them. My family is asking me and my new husband to take them in. To me it’s a no-brainer – something I’d do in a heartbeat. My husband refuses! He says if we do, we’ll never have children of our own. I feel like I’m being forced to choose between my husband and my nephews. What would you do? – Pulled In Two In Cincinnati Dear Pulled In Two: I’d keep talking

to my husband about it, and find out why he thinks taking in your nephews would prevent you from having children of your own. As a newly married man, he may be feeling overwhelmed at the prospect of having three boys to raise and support, so he can’t imagine having another child with you. Do not let the subject rest until you have the answers to all of your questions. If the reasons are financial, per-

haps he’d be more open to the idea if the rest of the family is willing to chip in. If that’s not the case, then you will have some serious choices to make. Dear Abby: I have been with my wonderful wife for 35 years. Friends have said they wish they could have a relationship like ours, but an interloper has come between us, interfering with our ability to communicate. Her cellphone has taken over her life. She’s constantly playing word games with 12 different friends, texting, etc. It starts first thing in the morning and lasts into the night. I returned my cellphone after two weeks when I saw the writing on the wall. My wife and I used to sit together and have nice conversations. Now they are interrupted by weird noises when her phone announces she has another text. I took a friend on a fishing trip to Mexico, and his phone never left his palm. Is this my future? – Missing

Face Time In Arizona Dear Missing: Yes, unless you are

able to negotiate an agreed-upon period of time during which you are your wife’s first priority and her cellphone is turned off. As to your fishing buddy, either accept he has a new toy, or cast around for someone who is less technology-addicted to join you next time. Dear Abby: After two years of dating, my girlfriend, “Noelle,” and I have become engaged. I asked for her father’s blessing, and after first telling me he wanted a few weeks to think about it, he said yes. He then complained because he thought I’d ask him “somewhere with less distractions.” (We were at the house, alone. He was sitting on the couch, and I was in a chair.) I think he was just looking for something to gripe about. After receiving his blessing, I proposed. Her dad says he’s happy for us, but keeps acting like the wedding

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is years away. We have set a date for nine months from now, but he won’t even discuss the budget. He calls Noelle and tells her who he wants her to invite, but seems surprised to find out it costs money. He’s breaking her heart. I am buying a condo, so I don’t have much money available, but I have offered to help as much as I can. It’s killing Noelle to have her father act this way. He is complaining about being forced to take out a loan. Is there anything I can do to get him to realize he’s ruining this for his daughter? – Stressed-Out Groom,

Redwood City, Calif. Dear Stressed Out: Probably not, but you could relieve the stress on everyone by talking Noelle into a romantic elopement.

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Self-centered people often feel isolated, misunderstood Mr. Atwater: I have been married for 21 years, and I know my husband well. He is very generous to me and the kids, and he seems really friendly and warm, but that is mostly when other people are around. Even though he sees himself as a giver, he mostly thinks about himself. When he buys me things, they generally are things he likes. When he says how well he supports us (and we live in a nice house with all the trimmings), it’s more for his ego than because he wants to make me comfortable.

We argue about this, the drinking, lack of sex, how poorly I do at raising the kids, how dirty the house is and how I spend too much money – the usual – but the thing that baffles me is how a person can give so much materially and so little emotionally. Dear Reader: It is confusing when someone is generous and self-centered. Generous or selfish describe acts while self-centered describes a characteristic. Self-centered people may be generous when it serves them, but they often believe in their

selflessness while having no hesitation about reminding you of the price you must pay for the generosity. A truly generous act has no cost. Self-centered people often believe their giving suffices for understanding, emotional connection and intimacy. It always rings hollow. Self-centered people are in a prison of their own thoughts, opinions and points of view. They have an inability to see beyond their own limited perceptions. They are always right, whether they are or not. All outside events are seen

through the filter of how it may affect them. Self-centered people, while they may appear friendly and outgoing, often feel isolated and alone. They often respond internally with the feeling they are misunderstood and not being treated the way they deserve. In this way, they add resentment to the prison bars. In a way, self-centeredness is like alcoholism, which it is a symptom of, in that the sufferer is unaware of its severity and consequences and is unable to change it. Like alcoholics, self-centered

people often are surrounded by those who have tolerated it for their own reasons. Have you let the material things suffice for intimacy because of your own fear or materialism? Have you let the self-centeredness pass and let resentments build? If so, you may have some work to do on yourself. A selfish act may deserve our rebuke, but a self-centered person deserves our compassion.

• Rick Atwater is a licensed clinical professional counselor.

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“Django Unchained” HH Rated R for strong graphic violence throughout, a vicious fight, language and some nudity, 2 hours, 35 minutes STARRING: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Walz, Leonardo DiCaprio PLOT: With the help of his mentor, a slave-turned-bounty hunter sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner. VERDICT: For his latest blood fest, Quentin Tarantino largely replays all of his other blood fests, specifically his last flick, “Inglourious Basterds.” In Tarantino’s new tale of wickedly savage retribution, a black man (Foxx) gets to rewrite Deep South history by becoming a bounty hunter on a killing spree of white slave owners and overseers just before the Civil War. Granted, there’s something gleefully satisfying in watching evil people get what they have coming. But the film is Tarantino at his most puerile and least inventive, the premise offering little more than cold, nasty revenge and barrels of squishing, squirting blood. The usual Tarantino genre mishmash – a dab of blaxploitation here, a dollop of Spaghetti Western there – is so familiar now that it’s tiresome, more so because the filmmaker continues to linger with chortling delight over every scene, letting conversations run on interminably and gunfights carry on to grotesque excess. Tarantino always gets good actors who deliver, though, and it’s the performances by Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz and Samuel L. Jackson that make the film intermittently entertaining amid moments when the characters are either talking one another to death or just plain killing each other. – David Germain, The

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“Les Misérables” HH½ Rated PG-13 for suggestive and sexual material, violence and thematic elements, 2 hours, 37 minutes STARRING: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfreid PLOT: Years after ex-prisoner Jean Valjean (Jackman) breaks his parole to become a virtuous man, fanatical policeman Javert (Crowe) continues to hunt him. While avoiding Javert, Valjean helps a dying prostitute (Hathaway) and, years later, her daughter (Seyfried). VERDICT: Director Tom Hooper’s interpretation of the blockbuster stage show is a musical in close-up. With

his actors singing their roles “live,” Hooper can push his camera’s right into their faces. This is riveting for the first hour, then becomes repetitive. Jackman, Crowe and Hathaway are electrifying. This film was made for fans of the stage show. Others who don’t know the story going in will be lucky if they know it going out. – Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest

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“Parental Guidance” HH Rated PG for some rude humor, 1 hour, 44 minutes STARRING: Billy Crystal, Bette Midler, Marisa Tomei PLOT: Artie and Diane agree to look after their three grandkids when their type-A helicopter parents need to leave town for work. Problems arise when the kids’ 21st-century behaviors collide with Artie and Diane’s old-school methods. VERDICT: The schmaltz is piled on thick, and if the comedy were any broader it would require an Imax screen, but still there’s something touching about how hard Billy Crystal and Bette Midler hustle to peddle the threadbare material that makes “Parental Guidance” a perfectly tolerable, if uninspired, moviegoing experience. It would have been nice if director Andy Fickman (“Race to Witch Mountain”) and husband-andwife screenwriters Lisa Addario and Joe Syracuse (“Surf’s Up”) could have mined some fresher stuff from this frequently played ballgame, but at least when you’ve got Crystal calling the shots, you can still count on the occasional change-up.

– Michael Rechtshaffen, The Hollywood Reporter

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“THE GUILT TRIP” Sunday, Dec. 30

AMC Lake in the Hills 12 – 11:00 a.m., 1:45, 4:40, 7:15, 10:30 p.m. Classic Cinemas Carpentersville 12:30, 2:45, 5:00, 7:15, 9:30 p.m. Regal Cinemas – 11:35 a.m., 2:10, 4:40, 7:50, 10:35 p.m.

“the hobbit: an unexpected journey” Sunday, Dec. 30

AMC Lake in the Hills 12 – 2D: 12:15, 4:15, 8:15 p.m.; 3D: 11:30 a.m., 3:15, 7:15 p.m. Classic Cinemas Carpentersville 2D: 12:35, 4:00, 7:25 p.m.; 3D: 2:10, 5:35, 9:00 p.m. Classic Cinemas Woodstock – 12:35, 4:00, 7:25 p.m. McHenry Downtown Theater – 12:45, 4:00, 7:15 p.m. Regal Cinemas – 2D: 11:20 a.m., 3:00, 6:40, 10:30 p.m.; 3D: 11:40 a.m., 12:40, 3:30, 4:30, 7:10, 8:10 p.m.

“Jack Reacher” Sunday, Dec. 30

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“les miserables” Sunday, Dec. 30

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Sunday, Dec. 30 AMC Lake in the Hills 12 – 11:10 a.m., 1:40, 4:20, 7:10, 9:40 p.m. Classic Cinemas Carpentersville 12:00, 2:20, 4:40, 7:00, 9:20 p.m. Classic Cinemas Woodstock – 12:00, 2:20, 4:40, 7:00, 9:20 p.m. McHenry Downtown Theater – 1:00, 4:15, 7:00 p.m. Regal Cinemas – 12:00, 2:40, 5:20, 8:00, 10:50 p.m.

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very year, fashion offers up the good, the bad and the ugly. But what the industry is really built on – and consumers respond to – is buzz. Here are the top moments of 2012. – Samantha Critchell, The Associated Press

Two-tone Stella McCartney dresses

Julianne Moore at the Emmys

Stella McCartney, no stranger to the red carpet, has created a style that celebrities can’t get enough of. Her ultra-flattering “silhouette” dress has become almost ubiquitous. It features one color on the bodice and back, and a graphic opposite on the sides and sleeves. Kate Winslet has worn several versions, and Brooklyn Decker, Kate Moss, Edie Falco and Liv Tyler have, too. The best turn might have been Jane Fonda at the Cannes Film Festival.

Julianne Moore’s neonyellow Dior Haute Couture outfit (really a sweater and ball skirt) spawned a love-itor-hate-it debate among armchair style critics. What was largely left out of that conversation, however, was that it was Raf Simons’ big celebrity debut for Dior, which he took creative control of after the John Galliano scandal. At least Simons can claim the better reviews when it came to his showdown of next-gen designers at historic French houses against Hedi Slimane at Saint Laurent Paris.

007’s slim suits Daniel Craig’s wardrobe in “Skyfall” is impeccably tailored – and quite tight. Unlike the James Bonds that came before him who all liked the traditional looser, longer cut of a Savile Row-style suit, Craig, whose wardrobe is created mostly by Tom Ford, takes his suits Euro style with tapered legs and shorter rises.

Beyoncé’s body

Some new mothers claim they feel sexier than ever. Beyoncé was living proof at the Met Gala, the important industry event co-hosted by Vogue’s Anna Wintour. Beyonce’s skin-tight, largely sheer– save the bodice beading and feathered fish-tail train – gown by Givenchy announced that Ivy Blue Carter’s mom wasn’t going to hold back.

Miley’s cROP When Miley Cyrus cut off the long hair her fans had become used to, she took some heat. She has said (and Tweeted) repeatedly, though, she was pleased with the new punkpixie look and was sticking with it. Short hair turned out to be a big trend, with Alicia Keys, Rihanna and Anne Hathaway all ending the year with much shorter locks than they started with.

matching hues

Michelle Obama and Ann Romney turned out to the second presidential debate in practically the same shade of hot pink. The potential embarrassment was chalked up to timing: October is breast cancer awareness month.

Angelina Jolie at the Oscars

The leg that peeked out of the high thigh-high slit of Angelina Jolie’s Versace gown was the most exciting appearance on the red carpet. The gown fit perfectly into the sleek, simple, sexy mold that Jolie favors, but it was Jolie’s pictureperfect pose to expose just enough thigh that launched a thousand memes. Her companion Brad Pitt gets an honorable mention for his scruffy appearance in a Chanel fragrance ad that left many scratching their heads. Photos provided