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Series to explore Chicago

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CNN is planning an unscripted series about Chicago that will be executive-produced by Robert Redford.

The eight-part series, “Chicagoland,” will premiere in 2014.

CNN said Wednesday that “Chicagoland” will explore where politics and policy meet people’s lives in the quintessentially American city.

Redford called Chicago a city with “a rhythm all its own” and said he is “honored” to play a part in telling its story.

Boos, then cheers

Rihanna was booed for turning up late at a concert in Boston, but the audience in New York cheered her on even though she didn’t start on time the following night.

Boston.com reported that fans at the TD Garden on Monday booed the singer for starting her concert at 10:30 p.m. instead of her scheduled 9 p.m., and without opening act A$AP Rocky. Doors had opened at 7:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, Rihanna hit the stage at 10:15 p.m. to cheers at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., where A$AP Rocky also performed.

Festival acts set

Depeche Mode, The Cure, Muse – this year’s expanded Austin City Limits Festival will feature something of a European invasion with five of eight headliners at least partially coming from across the Atlantic Ocean.

Also among the list of headlining performers announced Tuesday were Atoms For Peace, Phoenix, Lionel Richie and Wilco.

The festival in Austin, Texas, expands to two weekends this year, Oct. 4 to 6 and 11 to 13, at Zilker Park. D’Angelo, Queens of the Stone Age, fun., Kendrick Lamar, Tame Impala and Justin Vernon’s other band, The Shouting Matches, also are on the schedule.

Potter area to grow

Fans of Harry Potter and magic, rejoice: Universal Orlando is expanding its Wizarding World of Harry Potter with a new themed area based on the books’ fictional scenes in Diagon Alley and London.

Universal Orlando announced Wednesday that the new themed environment will open in 2014.

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Guitarist Sonny Curtis is 76. Producer-director James L. Brooks is 76. Singer Tommy Roe is 71. Actress Candice Bergen is 67. Singer Billy Joel is 64. Actress Alley Mills is 62. Actor John Corbett is 52. Singer David Gahan is 51. Rapper Ghostface Killah is 43. Actress Rosario Dawson is 34.

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