| Nov 23, 2012
| 12:25 PM
It's not often that a sequel is better than the original, especially when the original is as dazzling as BBC America's miniseries "The Hour" was last year.
But that's the case with the intoxicating mix of lust, longing, superb acting and a little bit...
| Sep 29, 2012
| 6:54 AM
Talk about a TV series keeping current with the news.
Thirty seconds into the Season 2 opener of Showtime’s “Homeland,” viewers see the first image of an American embassy under attack in the Middle East. At just over two minutes into...
| Oct 9, 2012
| 1:22 PM
The widely admired Circle Theatre production of the moving Australian drama "When the Rain Stops Falling" (penned by Andrew Bovell) is moving from Oak Park to Chicago. John Gawlik's production will reopen in January at the Greenhouse Theatre Center on...
| Dec 31, 2012
| 9:30 AM
"The Glass Menagerie" has announced an extension for Jan. 31 to Feb. 17. The surprise hit production of Tennessee Williams' drama is directed by directed by Hans Fleischmann for Mary-Arrchie Theatre Company, and is currently running through Jan. 20 at the...
| Nov 7, 2012
| 8:41 AM
Last fall, FX’s "American Horror Story" burst onto the scene as one of television’s best drama miniseries and was nominated for 17 Emmy Awards. This season, co-creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk flipped the script by changing characters,...
| Nov 8, 2012
| 12:35 PM
Hollywood's most successful director turns on a dime and delivers his most restrained, interior film. A celebrated playwright shines an illuminating light on no more than a sliver of a great man's life. A brilliant actor surpasses even himself and makes...
| Nov 2, 2012
| 1:06 PM
Harper: 436 pp., $28.99
Strange things are happening in Appalachia. The natural world as we know it is coming to an end, overheated by human greed.
| Dec 30, 2012
Designer merry go round
Stefano Pilati was out at Yves Saint Laurent and in at Ermenegildo Zegna. Versus, Azzaro and Vionnet lost their designers, and Jil Sander was back in at Jil Sander, after Raf Simons left that label for Dior. Nicolas Ghesquière...
| Dec 19, 2012
| 10:23 AM
The Library of Congress announced the names of 25 films Wednesday that are to be enshrined in its National Film Registry. Of those 25, 5-1/2 were based on books or stories. The half? Read on.
The 1983 film "A Christmas Story" -- with Ralphie, a frozen...
| Sep 2, 2012
| 5:15 PM
As far back as Louis Lumière's 1895 "Workers Leaving the Lumiere Factory in Lyon" 46-second short, work has been a central theme in motion pictures.¶There have been stark dramas about officer workers as drones (King Vidor's 1928 "The Crowd"), satires...
| Sep 24, 2012
| 4:32 AM
Jon Hamm is a loser. It's not often you can write a story with that line in it, but when you're talking about the Emmys, it's a fact. Despite being the driving force behind one of the most acclaimed series in TV history, Don Draper has yet to take him...