| Dec 3, 2014
| 1:16 PM
Dramas with unlikely performers and documentaries about unexpected subjects dot the 2015 Sundance lineup -- including a Sarah Silverman film about an addict mother and nonfiction looks at subjects as diverse as Mexican drug cartels and the amateur porn...
| Dec 4, 2014
| 2:30 AM
"TALENT HITS a target no one else can hit. Genius hits a target no one else can see." Arthur Schopenhauer.
ABOUT A year ago, at one of Peggy Siegal's amusing luncheons in NYC's The Monkey Bar, I was seated next to a young man who wore a big fuzzy...
| Dec 3, 2014
| 4:50 PM
The Sundance Film Festival is often a place where film actors can try on new guises outside the high-pressure, pigeonholing world of mainstream Hollywood. But when the indie fest gets underway next month, it will bring a very particular kind of...
| Dec 10, 2014
| 4:00 AM
He may not have the enduring popularity of Johnny Carson, but Merv Griffin's charm, wit and intelligence made the talk-show host one of the masters of the genre.
Just as contemporary talk shows feature actors, musicians and celebrity chefs hawking their...
| Dec 12, 2014
| 9:06 AM
Artist Andy Warhol was an enigmatic figure, so when his diaries were published after his death they caused a sensation. Sometimes gossipy, other times insightful, and often mundane (he constantly notes the cost of taxi rides), they showed that the man who...
| Dec 18, 2014
| 7:12 AM
Editor's note: For Christmas 1968, Truman Capote listed for the Tribune the books he would buy for his friends. Christmas is upon us, so we take a look back this week at a 1968 story Truman Capote wrote listing all the books he would buy for his friends....
| Oct 31, 2014
| 4:30 PM
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences announced Friday that 134 films have been submitted for the documentary feature category for the 87th Academy Awards.
A shortlist of 15 films will be announced in December.
Several of the 134 films have...
| Nov 13, 2014
| 6:44 AM
In "Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments, and Assorted Hijinks," a welcome sequel to 2010's "Talk Show," Dick Cavett covers a lot of ground in a collection of erudite and witty pieces: from writing jokes for the comedy-impaired Art Linkletter to...
| Oct 22, 2014
| 3:15 AM
Henry Louis "H. L." Mencken died in 1956 at the age of 75.
Mencken has been referred to as the "Sage of Baltimore". Primarily, Mencken was a journalist. For most of his career, he was a reporter and a columnist for The Baltimore Sun. He was also a...
| Oct 14, 2014
| 3:38 PM
They say Rome wasn't built in a day, but its final collapse takes place over one histrionic 24-hour period in Gore Vidal's "Romulus," which he adapted from Swiss playwright Friedrich Durrenmatt's "Romulus the Great." It's the Ides of March, and if you...
| Oct 11, 2014
| 9:00 AM
In his new book, "Brief Encounters," a collection of his New York Times columns, professional raconteur Dick Cavett shares stories about his brushes with showbiz greats, including a surprise phone call from Marlene Dietrich and meeting with John Lennon...