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Michael Phillips

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  • To the screen, and back again

    To the screen, and back again
    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 &...
  • Oscars: Seth MacFarlane is an Academy guy

    Oscars: Seth MacFarlane is an Academy guy
    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...
  • 'Pacific Rim' delivers monster-mashing fun, reviews say

    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...
  • Bringing Chicago baseball fans some real laughs

    Bringing Chicago baseball fans some real laughs
    "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...
  • Video: Oscar nominations 2013

    Video: Oscar nominations 2013
    Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips on the 2013 Oscar nominations. (Posted: Jan 10, 2013)
  • No hockey? Watch "Slap Shot" with us. (This event sold out)

    No hockey? Watch "Slap Shot" with us. (This event sold out)
    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...
  • 'Slap Shot' night: We're bringing our (bleeping) toys with us!

    'Slap Shot' night: We're bringing our (bleeping) toys with us!
    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...
  • 'It's in the hole!'

    'It's in the hole!'
    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...
  • 10 things you might not know about film critics

    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....
  • Why should we watch Caddyshack?

    Why should we watch Caddyshack?
    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...
  • Join us for upcoming Trib Nation events

    Join us for upcoming Trib Nation events
    Here’s a glimpse of some upcoming Trib Nation events for December, 2012, and early January, 2013. The full, updated list is online at TribNation.com/Events. Printers Row: Michael Connelly Pulitzer Prize winner and Printers Row Journal...