| May 23, 2014
| 9:04 AM
Past predictions of the future, especially a future that is itself in the past, always have an absurd cast to them upon reading. But there's an unexpected poignancy to Armistead Maupin's "Jackie Old," a very tongue-in-cheek prognostication from 1980 about...
| May 23, 2014
| 8:30 PM
JUSTIN CHANG: Shortly after the Cannes Film Festival lineup was unveiled more than a month ago, I cautioned festival-goers against jumping to the conclusion that this year's slate would be dull, disappointing, a waste of time, etc. I'm happy, if hardly...
| Jul 30, 2014
| 6:30 PM
Robert Halmi Sr., the Hungarian-born producer who battled the Nazi and Soviet occupations in his youth before becoming a top magazine photographer and telepic mogul, died Wednesday of a brain aneurysm at his home in New York City. He was 90.
| Jul 22, 2014
| 4:33 PM
A diverse roster of big names in the arts, literature and entertainment – including Linda Ronstadt, dancer-choreographer Bill T. Jones, author Maxine Hong Kingston, Broadway composer John Kander and L.A.-nurtured visual artist James Turrell --...
| Jul 4, 2014
Netflix night with Harper Lee sounds like a late-night comedy sketch, as does an afternoon at the laundromat, or even a quick stop at McDonald's with the famously reclusive author of "To Kill a Mockingbird." Yet these scenarios represent just another...
| Jul 10, 2014
| 8:04 AM
Marcel Proust was born on this day in 1871. Happy 143rd birthday, Marcel Proust!
These days Proust is known as a genius, the author of the brilliant, mammoth novel, known as both "Remembrance of Things Past" and "In Search of Lost Time." But how was...
| Aug 13, 2014
| 3:58 PM
For those of us who follow actors and their lives, professionally or simply as fans, this has been a pretty tragic period. In the past 14 months, we’ve lost three top-tier performers startlingly before their time -- first with the passing of...
| Sep 16, 2014
| 10:00 PM
Chicago's theater scene is known for its groundbreaking plays and experimental comedy, but when it comes to original musical works, local actress, director and choreographer Amber Mak felt there was something missing.
"We have a thriving musical theater...
| Feb 6, 2014
| 5:36 AM
BERLIN -- Organizers of the 64th Berlin International Film Festival announced on its opening day Thursday that they would honor the late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman by mounting a special screening of "Capote."
Hoffman won the Oscar for best actor in...
| Feb 3, 2014
| 6:22 AM
Philip Seymour Hoffman was always one of my favorites. It always seemed to me that he didn't make bad movies, and I've always attributed that to a belief that Hoffman's talent elevated everyone around him.
Like a lot of appreciators of film, upon...
| Dec 26, 2013
| 1:47 PM
As 2013 winds to a close, we thought we'd take one more look back at the year's literary highlights. We asked Printers Row Journal contributors to write about a book they read this year that will linger in their minds well into 2014. Here's what they...