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  • LeVar Burton riding the 'Rainbow' toward new digital realm for next generation

    LeVar Burton riding the 'Rainbow' toward new digital realm for next generation
    When LeVar Burton signed up to host "Reading Rainbow" in 1983, he thought the show would only be a short chapter in his television career.
  • Music Box to celebrate noir icon Robert Ryan

    Music Box to celebrate noir icon Robert Ryan
    On screen, there always was something unsettling and unsettled behind Robert Ryan's eyes. Tall (6-foot-4), formidable, with a voice somewhere between soothing and scarily resigned, he was perfect for post-World War II film noirs and westerns. He made...

    Indie heist comedy stakes out Chicago's Jewelers Row

    Indie heist comedy stakes out Chicago's Jewelers Row
    While Spike Lee's "Chiraq" has been sucking up much of the oxygen lately, a smaller movie project quietly began filming in town this week. "Imperfections," with a screenplay from director David Singer, is a heist comedy about an out-of-work actress...

    Chicago filmmaker Prashant Bhargava dies of heart attack

    Chicago filmmaker Prashant Bhargava dies of heart attack
    Prashant Bhargava, a filmmaker born and raised on Chicago's South Side, died Friday in New York at the age of 42. Bhargava primarily worked as a director of commercials (including promos for several HBO series such as "The Wire," "Def Poetry Jam,"...

    Cannes 2015: Amy Winehouse, Cate Blanchett on dangerous ground

    Cannes 2015: Amy Winehouse, Cate Blanchett on dangerous ground
    Vocal powerhouse Amy Winehouse dominated the 2008 Grammys with her album “Back to Black.” Three years later she was dead from alcohol poisoning compounded by drug addiction. The strong, sobering new documentary “Amy” from “...