| Jan 31, 2014
The Last Man on Earth by Tracy Anne Warren, Signet Select, 352 pages, $7.99
"Never mix business and pleasure" is an adage that advertising professionals Madelyn Grayson and Zack Douglas throw out the window in "The Last Man on Earth," a contemporary...
| Feb 10, 2014
| 9:22 AM
Stage 773 has announced the line-up for the second annual “Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival,” a festival dedicated to the geekier sect of the Chicago funny scene, representatives for the venue said on Monday. Including sketch, improv, stand-up and...
| Feb 7, 2014
Memoir has become popular enough to spawn a variety of subgenres, from chronicles of childhood abuse to accounts of late-life dementia. The literary memoir, featuring the coming-of-age stories of writers, has birthed its own derivative specialties. One of...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 5:00 AM
If you love movies, and you love romance, the DVD world has lots of new releases you can sample, depending on the kind of romantic you are.
If you are a traditionalist, there is the "Keepsake Edition" of the BBC's 5 1/2-hour 1995 version of Jane Austen'...
| Mar 19, 2014
| 4:09 PM
LONDON — Trying not to be penny-wise but pound-foolish, Britain announced Wednesday that it will ditch its venerable round 1-pound coin in favor of a new 12-sided model specially designed to foil counterfeiters.
The new piece, to enter circulation...
| Mar 25, 2014
| 8:56 AM
Putting authors on currency is not a new thing. Benjamin Franklin, a founding father and author of “Poor Richard’s Almanac,” is on the U.S. $100 bill, and in Chile the Nobel laureate and poet Gabriela Mistral graces the 5,000 peso bill,...
| Apr 11, 2014
| 11:25 AM
Thinking about coming to the Festival of Books at USC this weekend? This year you can take the Metro, eat at food trucks and stay for a comedy show, all in addition to the oodles and oodles of book events. Here are some hints to help you organize your...
| Apr 17, 2014
| 11:15 AM
The exhausted mockumentary genre provides yet another reason for its demise in "Authors Anonymous," a tenaciously unfunny comedy about an amateur writers group that goes into crisis mode when its dumbest member lands a book deal.
Full of preening idiots...
| Apr 18, 2014
| 4:30 PM
It's not that the Marlon Wayans horror spoof "A Haunted House 2" isn't stupid. It is, incredibly so, as well as technically inept, damn near plotless, and mired in humor so puerile, ugly and regressive that this critic witnessed a gaggle of preteen...
| Apr 30, 2014
| 12:30 PM
"Belle," directed by Amma Asante, opens on May 2 (Fox Searchlight).
WHY IT MATTERS: The film takes an original approach to 18th century slavery, making the troubling point that it was the foundation of a region's economic system -- yet the topic is...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 2:13 PM
If binge-watching the second season of "House of Cards," Netflix's misanthropic political thriller, isn't your idea of romance, take heart: There are plenty of other shows that celebrate love in its myriad forms available for you to binge-watch this...