'Brenda Starr' comic comes to an end
December 10th, 2010
10:09 AM ET

'Brenda Starr' comic comes to an end

The news business is suffering a loss: “Brenda Starr, Reporter” will meet her final deadline right after the New Year, according to Tribune Media Services. “Starr” writer (and Chicago Tribune columnist) Mary Schmich and artist June Brigman have decided to part ways with the seven-day-a-week comic.

Instead of finding replacements, the strip’s owner, Tribune Media Services, will draw Starr’s story to a close with a final run in newspapers on Sunday, January 2, 2011.

But Starr hung in there for 70 years, having got her start in a Chicago Tribune comic book insert on June 30, 1940. (The curvaceous character was originally created by New York greeting-card artist Dale Messick.)

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Winona Ryder: I don't use the Internet
December 10th, 2010
09:40 AM ET

Winona Ryder: I don't use the Internet

The psychological thriller "Black Swan" is generating all kinds of Oscar buzz on entertainment blogs, but one of its stars, Winona Ryder, is probably the last person to know about it. That's because the actress has never surfed the Web.

“I don’t use the Internet, but apparently you can find out everything on it,” Ryder reveals in the January issue of Elle magazine. "I have my e-mail on my BlackBerry, and that’s about it. I’ve never read a blog, ever."

Though director Ron Howard gifted her with an iPad, the 39-year-old actress - who plays an aging, washed-up ballet dancer in "Black Swan" - has yet to use it.

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