| Dec 7, 2012
| 12:10 PM
I'm 51 and Bilbo-free. Somehow "The Hobbit" has eluded me my entire reading life. What was I reading in junior high when I first noticed everyone else was reading it? "Big A: The Story of Lew Alcindor," maybe. Or William K. Everson's book on Laurel &...
| Feb 23, 2013
| 8:23 AM
When Seth MacFarlane takes the stage Sunday as host of the 85thAcademy Awards, chances are a large portion of the viewing audience will look at their TV screens and wonder: Who is this guy? He might just be the least famous Oscar host ever , with a resume...
| Jul 12, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Amid a summer in which Earth has been decimated by an alien intelligence, abandoned by humanity, overrun by zombies and beset by demons, "Pacific Rim" introduces yet another threat: kaiju -- giant, city-smashing monsters from the deep. Mankind's only hope...
| Jul 22, 2013
| 8:45 AM
"There's no crying in baseball."
Start there. Start with one of the most famous movie lines ever. Start with Tom Hanks’ character in "A League of Their Own" in that magnificent scene where he's screaming about the Cubs' lousy hitting with...
| Sep 6, 2013
| 9:50 AM
"Riddick" -- the third sci-fi film to star Vin Diesel as the interplanetary antihero of the same name -- arrives nine years after its predecessor, "The Chronicles of Riddick," and 13 years after the original, "Pitch Black." Unfortunately for Diesel and...
| Jan 10, 2013
| 9:51 AM
Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips on the 2013 Oscar nominations. (Posted: Jan 10, 2013)
| Nov 28, 2012
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman locked out the players on Sept. 15. Since then, he has decided to hold his breath until he turns blue. No NHL hockey. No hope, either. This made hockey fans sad, even those in Columbus. Then Stevie Sunshine had an idea: If we...
| Nov 29, 2012
| 7:13 AM
The NHL and the players association are going to federal mediation. Forget them.
We’re going to the Federal League, and you’re invited.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman locked out the players in September. Since then, the house elf for Boston...
| Apr 24, 2013
| 8:15 AM
Let’s talk about the most famous call at The Masters.
It did not occur this year at the recently completed tournament, although the way Adam Scott and Angel Cabrera played golf’s version of H-O-R-S-E for the last hour certainly lent itself...
| Apr 14, 2013
A screenwriter who went by the pseudonyms of R. Hyde and Reinhold Timme died recently in Chicago. Others knew the man as Roger Ebert, film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times. Ebert's death got us thinking about interesting facts involving movie critics....
| Apr 11, 2013
It’s fun, that’s why. I’m here for the fun.
The raucous, laugh-filled experience of the Tribune’s “Slap Shot" sparked it, and I’m still getting thanks for co-hosting that event. “Caddyshack" is the “Slap...