| Feb 2, 2012
| 8:44 AM
Hammer films launched in 1934 and in the ‘50s, after success with Dracula and Frankenstein films, they went that direction in the ‘60s and ‘70s with lots of gothic horror films.
They first came to my attention when they released the...
| Feb 2, 2012
| 4:42 PM
It just doesn't seem right watching Natalie Dormer act in contemporary clothing, let alone with her natural blond hair.
"I do quite a lot contemporary stuff," Dormer told me, laughing, during a phone interview from London, "but the American audience...
| Feb 3, 2012
| 8:43 AM
On the opening night of Chicago Live! Thursday, in its new home at Pipers Alley with The Second City, the show didn't feel new: It felt like a homecoming. No one from Chicago would feel out of place.
Rick Kogan needed no script to talk about the 43rd...
| Feb 6, 2012
| 10:14 AM
Are we always to be haunted by our past? August Wilson raises the question in hisPulitzer Prize-winning play "The Piano Lesson."
"There ain't no ghosts in this house," insists Boy Willie, recently returned to the home shared by his uncle and sister.
| Feb 12, 2012
Oatman. If it was good enough for Clark Gable and Carole Lombard on their honeymoon, Oatman should be good enough for you, although it's been 73 years since the Hollywood couple spent their honeymoon night in the allegedly haunted...
| Feb 14, 2010
As Pierce Brosnan and Ewan McGregor describe it, there was no need for the cast of Roman Polanski's "The Ghost Writer" to have long, philosophical discussions about the movie's creepy real-life parallels.
It wasn't necessary, for example, to dissect...
| Sep 27, 2009
A few years ago, while abroad for a summer semester in England, I flew over to Ireland for a short vacation over the Bank Holiday weekend. I spent much of the time in Dublin but before getting there, I had a day's layover in Belfast. And though one only...
| May 30, 2010
One of the first lessons any writer should learn is that where you start isn't necessarily where you end up and that your defining books are often beyond your control. Michael Koryta arrived auspiciously at the authorial gates when his first novel,...
| May 16, 2010
The Eyes of Willie McGee
A Tragedy of Race, Sex, and Secrets in the Jim Crow South
Harper: 404 pp., $26.99
In Jim Crow's dark closet, countless skeletons lie moldering and forgotten. For every "cold case" prosecution that brings a doddering...
| Oct 31, 2008
In an ornate, late-19th-century building on downtown Orlando's historic Church Street, a trendy Spanish tapas bar and restaurant is abuzz with tourists and locals. Upbeat rhythms from Seville fill the air.
But Emilio San Martín says there is a ghostly...
| Oct 15, 2009
With Halloween costumes in the stores before Labor Day, it's obvious that the haunted mindset is pretty close to a year-round thing in Florida.
In tourist destinations ranging from Key West to St. Augustine and Fernandina Beach, ghosts are a permanent...