The year delivered so many great films, we could easily have a top 15, but our winner is ....
'Game of Thrones,' 'Breaking Bad,' 'Masters of Sex' lead the pack.
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That limbo-like week between Christmas and New Year's is a great opportunity for day trips, maybe even an overnighter, to reacquaint yourself with the Bay Area's beauty and history.
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An unexpected BART train greeting makes a guy think twice.
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WATCH THIS: "A Home for the Holidays With Celine Dion" (8 p.m., CBS): The Canadian crooner hosts and performs on the 15th annual edition of the special that serves up heartwarming stories about adoption.
Jamaican powerhouse Tessanne Chin captured the Season 5 crown on "The Voice" Tuesday night.Chin, a 28-year-old native of Kingston, is a former backup singer who toured with Jimmy Cliff before releasing her own solo album.
'Game of Thrones,' 'Modern Family,' 'Glee' also have characters up for the prize.
Also on display at Bay Area museums: Carrie Mae Weems, Anders Zorn and the Bay Bridge Troll
First-time restaurateurs Robert Gallo and David Waitrovich aim to bring upscale dining that's accessible to Alamo with help from chef Joe Panarello.
WATCH THIS: "NCIS" (8 p.m., CBS): In a Christmas-themed episode, Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and Ellie (Emily Wickersham) investigate a mysterious illness that has broken out among dozens of children of military families.
Homemade holiday gifts are always special, but when they include a jar of lemon curd and a loaf of banana-chocolate chip bread, they're delicious too.
Over the past 30 years, husband-and-wife winemakers Heidi Peterson Barrett and Bo Barrett have built their reputations on individual Napa projects. She's known for Screaming Eagle and La Sirena; he's the brains behind Château Montelena. Now, for the first time, they've joined forces on a small production of cabernet sauvignon under a new label, Barrett & Barrett.
Jack Cheevers, a former reporter with the Los Angeles Times, Oakland Tribune and Contra Costa Times, spent more than a decade trawling through public records as he researched 'Act of War: Lyndon Johnson, North Korea, and the Capture of the Spy Ship Pueblo' and interviewed several crew members, including the ship's captain, Lloyd M. Bucher.
As the curtain prepares to drops on a very entertaining season that had us considering the social implications of playing against or with your loved ones, we join the final four -- for now -- survivors after last week's brutal tribal council.
The Muscovy duck has a very distinctive red, warty splotch on its face that provides easy identification.
Starring Oscar Isaac, Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan and John Goodman and set in the '60s folks scene, the movie has not much of a plot to speak of, just a piercing, evocative sense of a time, a place and the characters contained within it.
Will it be Will, Tessanne or Jacquie?
Why not spend your tourist dollars in countries that are striving to improve their records of human rights, environmentalism and social welfare? The nonprofit, Bay Area-based Ethical Traveler group has just released its 2014 list of best ethical destinations for 2014.
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Beyonce's 'surprise' new album lacks memorable songs.
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The often dark and bawdy production plays through Jan. 12 at Berkeley's Ashby Stage.
Many have dropped the ball while decking the halls. They may have knocked over a Christmas tree or blown fuses with an overabundance of festive bulbs, but these are sometimes the most memorable part of the holidays.
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Every performance of the Baroque oratorio, a staple of the holiday season, is different; performances are slated throughout the Bay Area in the coming days.
'Coney Island Christmas,' a gentle comedy about a Jewish family's New York life, plays through Dec. 22 in San Jose.
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WATCH THIS: "Hawaii Five-0" (9 p.m., CBS): In an unusually powerful episode, a murder attempt is made on a Pearl Harbor veteran and the case leads the team to focus on a shameful piece of American history: The imprisonment of residents of Japanese ancestry during World War II.
'Anchorman 2' super tickets allow fans to see the movie before its release. But will the high price of these tickets become the norm for other blockbusters, such as 'Iron Man'?
A burbling fountain provides the perfect backdrop for a lazy afternoon in the beautiful courtyard of this Morgan Hill winery, enjoying a glass of winemaker Alan DeWitt's estate zinfandel, petit sirah and rare Italian varietals while doing some stress-free holiday shopping in the massive gift shop.
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Question about bees in winter leads to a close look inside the hive.
The rapper thrilled fans with strong set list, performance and stripped-down production at SAP Center -- only the finale lacked fire power.