Rowling Releases New Potter Short Story

hpJ.K. Rowling has followed up her success authoring the best-selling Harry Potter series by writing original short stories for Pottermore, the online home for the world of Harry Potter.

Today, she released a new story to give fans a glimpse at the boy wizard all grown up.

The newest development in the Potter series centers on the reunion of Harry Potter and his friends at the Quidditch World Cup Finals.

‘Back to the Future’ Shoelaces Coming in 2015

In 1989’s “Back to the Future Part II,” Michael J. Fox’s character Marty McFly sports high-tech sneakers that feature self-tying laces. In the film, the year is 2015. According to Sole Collector, that’s the same year Nike says it will introduce a shoe with similar “power laces.”

A limited number of Nike Air MAGs, replicas of Mary McFly’s high tops sans power laces, were sold on eBay in 2011. Proceeds benefitted the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. No word yet whether the 2015 laces will be introduced on MAGs or on a new shoe model.

2014 Razzie Award Nominees Revealed

The Golden Raspberry Award Foundation has announced the nominees for its 34th Annual Razzie Awards. Described by the Foundation as “Tinsel Town’s tackiest trophies,” Razzies honor the biggest box office bombs of the prior year.

Not even the most popular stars are immune to an occasional flop. The 2014 list of Razzie nominees includes the likes of Johnny Depp, Adam Sandler and Naomi Watts.

As has become a Razzie tradition, winners will be announced on “Oscar Eve,” March 1. In addition to such expected categories as Worst Picture, Actor/Actress, Supporting Actor/Actress, Director, and Screenplay, the Razzies also acknowledge the year’s Worst Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel.

TV Reporters Share Cold Weather Survival Tips

With unusually harsh temperatures hitting much of the nation this winter, Chicago live-on-the-scene TV reporters aren’t the only ones left standing out in the cold.  But as veterans of subzero wind chill factors, they’ve learned a thing or two about dressing defensively. A few recently shared their trade secrets — including battery-operated socks — with The Chicago Sun-Times.

Teachers Turning to Tech to Help Students

In a change that reflects the increasing use of technology in classrooms, more teachers are letting students use tablets and smartphones to study for exams. Some even let them take exams online. Des Moines Register reporter Mary Stegmeir examines the pros and cons of this evolving approach to education.

Tonight: Star-Studded ‘Going For Gold’ Special

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Matt Lauer will host “Going For Gold” tonight on NBC, 7 p.m. CT. The one-hour special won’t spotlight Olympic athletes. Rather, Lauer will be sitting down with Golden Globe nominees.

According to NBC News, “Going For Gold” will feature such small screen stars as Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”) and Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep”).

Theater favorites like Bradley Cooper (“American Hustle”), Alfre Woodard (“12 Years a Slave”), and Justin Timberlake (“Inside Llewyn Davis”) will also be interviewed.

The Golden Globe Awards will air Sunday on NBC, 7 p.m. Red Carpet coverage will begin at 6.

Weather Channel Lists Historic Snow Falls

Inspired by this week’s blizzards and freezing temperatures throughout the country, Weather Channel has compiled a list of the 50 States’ Biggest Snow Days. Find the snowiest day on record for your home state, and see which state holds the record (so far) with an impressive single-day snowfall of 63 inches.

The Weather Channel is available to virtually all Suddenlink customers who have what is commonly known as Expanded Basic TV service.

Some ‘Downton Abbey’ Experiences are State-Side

While “Downton Abbey” fans visiting England may tour the real Highclere Castle, the show and its characters have inspired fantasy experiences right here in the United States.

A hotel in Chicago, a museum in Wilmington, Del., and a resort in Sea Island, Ga., offer unique opportunities for guests to immerse themselves in the Post-Edwardian world of the fictional Crawley family. USA Today has details.

Tips to Dodge Snoopers, Search Faster, More

Tech advisor and radio host Kim Komando shares several helpful tips this week for identifying encrypted websites, quickly tracking flights and package shipments, choosing the best gaming console and tablet computer for your family, and taking better photos with your phone.

New On Demand: ‘The Wolverine’

 

Action fantasy film “The Wolverine” is now available through Suddenlink On Demand, 28 days before Netflix and Redbox.

Hugh Jackman returns as The Wolverine, facing his own demons and his ultimate nemesis in a life-or-death battle that takes him to modern day Japan. With Hiroyuki Sanada.

Where Suddenlink On Demand is available, check out this and other titles by going to Channel 1. A Suddenlink digital receiver is required to access the On Demand menu.