| Aug 27, 2012
| 11:40 AM
Fire hit Tyler Perry's studio in southwest Atlanta on Monday, the second time a blaze has erupted at the entertainment complex this year.
A representative for the filmmaker described the new fire as "small," and said it was put out with a fire...
| Sep 6, 2012
| 3:47 PM
The new season of the detective series "Wallander" opens with a shocking murder, but the real stunner involves Kenneth Branagh's character Kurt Wallander: He actually smiles.
In "An Event in Autumn" (8 p.m. Sunday, WTTW; 3.5 stars), the first of three...
| Oct 2, 2012
| 3:04 PM
ROSEVILLE, Michigan -- The seemingly never-ending search for the remains of missing Teamster boss Jimmy Hoffa hit another dead end Tuesday when soil results taken from the grounds of a home in Michigan showed no evidence that human remains were buried...
| Sep 28, 2012
| 2:46 PM
Bruce Willis must really like projects that muck with time or at least involve confrontations between past and present: from his first major feature, “Sunset” (old guy vs. young guy, real West vs. more modern myths of the West) through “...
| Mar 20, 2011
It's no easy job, being the lungs of Los Angeles.
But Griffith Park, the foremost green space in a city notorious for meager parkland and abundant smog, endures bravely, maybe even heroically. Venture into the park, or nearby Elysian Park, or one of...
| Jul 22, 2011
| 4:01 PM
Four years ago Chicago transplant Marcus Sakey was the new kid on the block when his novel “The Blade Itself” put his name on bookshelves. This first novel and the three books that followed imprinted his adopted city in the minds of crime...
| Jul 15, 2011
| 8:42 AM
You'll read "The Ambition" trying to figure out which real-life characters the book's key players are based on.
Is power-hungry pastor Eric Stone really Willow Creek Senior Pastor Bill Hybels? Does corrupt judge Reese McKelvie have a doppelganger at...
| Jun 13, 2011
| 6:24 AM
One of the most fascinating murder cases in history is examined in "The Perfect Crime," the second episode of the new true crime series "Behind Mansion Walls" (9 p.m. June 13, Investigation Discovery; ** out of four).
"The Perfect Crime" looks at two...
| Nov 18, 2010
Ozark waitresses turned boxers. Los Angelenos battling over racial and social inequality. Boston's criminal element and a do-gooder detective. A West Texas cowboy and a satchel of money. A slum kid from India and a game show. Bomb specialists in Iraq...
| Oct 28, 2010
Massive, worldwide success often remains a bit enigmatic, but this publishing breakthrough seemed especially unlikely.
The first novel begins with the dull thud of a family tree full of foreign names: The book starts slowly — digging into arcane...
| Sep 15, 2010
At some point, many bookish people find themselves struck by the first stanza of Philip Larkin's mordant, post-therapy poem "This Be The Verse":
They … you up, your mum and dad.
They may not mean to, but they do.
They fill you with the faults...