| Nov 19, 2012
| 1:15 PM
Every year around this time, the CTA stars in a high-budget film called "Will there be service cuts and fare hikes next year?"
This year's theme involves CTA president Forrest Claypool and union leaders negotiating over changes to decades-old work rules...
| Nov 20, 2012
The Chicago-based Showtime dramedy "Shameless" can either be seen as a small victory for Chicago's TV and film community or a missed opportunity, depending on how you want to look at it.
The series films most of its exterior scenes in Chicago (unlike...
| Nov 21, 2012
| 9:01 AM
Something is pecking to get inside the country house in the play "The Birds," now at Mosaic Theatre in Plantation.
And something is threatening to claw its way out, too. In between is where the suspense patiently perches in a drama by Conor McPherson,...
| 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...
| Nov 25, 2012
Using a newly developed editing machine that he dubbed the "three-headed monster," Dann Cahn pioneered multi-camera editing on sitcoms in the 1950s while helping to craft a classic, "I Love Lucy."
"Lucy" broke ground in television by employing three...
| Nov 25, 2012
| 11:29 AM
Yes, Mandy Patinkin saw "Saturday Night Live" spoof "Homeland" in a sketch this month. And no, the South Side native and Kenwood Academy High School alum wasn't insulted by Bill Hader's impression of him or the exaggerated impersonations of his "Homeland"...
| Nov 26, 2012
| 7:47 PM
Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys have begun filming "The Americans" for FX in Brooklyn.
I'm looking forward to the series, a Cold War spy drama set in the 1980s and scheduled to premiere in January 2013. It comes from "Falling Skies" producer Joe Weisberg,...
| Dec 1, 2012
| 7:00 AM
NEW YORK — Tracy Letts has his hands full these days writing plays and preparing for the release of the movie version of his Pulitzer-Prize-winning drama, "August: Osage County." But he's added another formidable task to his agenda: elucidating...
| Dec 5, 2012
| 11:55 AM
"Zero Dark Thirty," Kathryn Bigelow's drama about the hunt for Osama bin Laden, was named the best film of the year Wednesday by the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures.
The movie, set to open in limited release Dec. 19, took home two other...
| Dec 5, 2012
| 5:58 PM
Ninety passengers aboard an Egypt Air flight from Cairo to Kuwait could have used actor Samuel L. Jackson this week after a snake reportedly bit a Jordanian man who smuggled the reptile onboard.
Jackson’s character in the movie “Snakes on a Plane”...
| Dec 6, 2012
| 1:08 PM
After Gerard Butler's latest film flops at the box office this weekend, the actor could be benched from Hollywood's A team.
Butler's cold streak at the multiplex is set to continue with "Playing for Keeps," a soccer-themed romantic comedy that may debut...