| 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...
| Aug 2, 2013
| 4:05 PM
A summer TV press tour panel about FX's "American Horror Story: Coven" briefly became a horror of its own for NBC when "Harry's Law" star Kathy Bates took a colorful swipe at her former network.
When asked whether it took a special project to lure her...
| Aug 3, 2013
| 4:25 PM
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Diahann Carroll is no theatrical Rip Van Winkle, although one might think that was the case, going by early reports of her recently announced return to Broadway next spring opposite Denzel...
| Aug 12, 2013
| 6:31 AM
A set of 100 photographs by the late Irving Penn is being donated to the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington.
The photos, which are being given by the Irving Penn Foundation, include rare street photographs dating from the 1930s and '40s,...
| Aug 30, 2013
| 9:07 AM
“Dying is easy; comedy is hard,” British actor Edmund Kean is said to have observed as he lay on his deathbed. Harder still is dissecting why something makes us laugh. And hardest yet might be parsing the genius of a humorist such as Ring...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 7:47 AM
Theatre at the Center, the Equity company, in Munster, Ind., said Thursday it will stage the world premiere of a new musical based on the TV show "The Beverly Hillbillies."
Part of the 2014 season, "The Beverly Hillbillies: The Musical" (adapted from...
| Sep 6, 2013
| 11:24 AM
In one episode of the sitcom “Seinfeld,” George Costanza tries to impress his girlfriend by joining a book club. The first book he has to read is “Breakfast at Tiffany's,” by Truman Capote. For George, the novella is a slog:...
| Oct 3, 2013
| 1:30 PM
Ten years ago this November singer-songwriter Elliott Smith, then 34, died in an Echo Park bungalow from two knife stabs to the chest. According to William Todd Schultz's "Torment Saint: The Life of Elliott Smith," a clear-eyed and devastating new...