| Apr 13, 2011
| 11:02 AM
The epic nature of "Game of Thrones," a 10-part HBO series premiering Sunday, April 17, announces itself from the very beginning, as the camera dives and soars like a tipsy falcon over a living map of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros. It's a realm that...
| Apr 14, 2011
| 5:43 PM
Werner's luncheonette, a downtown fixture since 1950 that was a gathering spot for politicians and lawyers as well as office workers and citizens serving jury duty, is closing Friday.
Coming just a few months after the demise of Burke's restaurant, the...
| Apr 15, 2011
| 2:14 PM
Here we are with a promised recap of Sunday's marvelous Trib Nation Author Talks program with Alexander McCall Smith at Elmhurst College.
My colleagues Elizabeth Taylor, the Tribune's literary editor, and Joycelyn Winnecke, associate editor, were left to...
| Apr 19, 2011
| 12:12 PM
The most famous image of Melissa Leo is at the Academy Awards, letting the F-bomb drop while accepting her Oscar in a gown that defined old Hollywood.
A far more typical image of the actress is of her on a recent blustery day. She's in well-worn jeans, a...
| Apr 24, 2011
Summer and the City
A Carrie Diaries Novel
HarperCollins/Balzer & Bray: 409 pp., $18.99 ages 14 and up
For women of a certain age, Carrie Bradshaw and her "Sex and the City" pals are surrogate friends — lovable yet flawed...
| Apr 23, 2011
Last season in previewing HBO's "Treme," I said that in 30 years of writing about television, I had never heard music used as organically, wisely and powerfully as it was in the New Orleans-based series created by David Simon and Eric Overmyer. I also...
| May 8, 2011
Every city has its own singular character — just ask Minneapolis about St. Paul — but there is perhaps no American city as singularly singular, as stubbornly exotic, as attached to its difference as New Orleans, that funky little cosmopolis...
| Apr 26, 2011
"I've always been kind of a shill," says Ted Danson. "The guy out in front of the tent saying, 'Thank you so much for watching "Cheers," come on in and let me introduce you to the marine biologists who have something really important to tell you.'"
| Apr 27, 2011
| 11:49 AM
A month before HBO launches the next round of producer Alan Ball's supernatural saga, based on Charlaine Harris' "Southern Vampire Mysteries" books, the most recent season comes to video.
Werewolves become part of the mix as Sookie (Anna Paquin) leaves...
| Apr 27, 2011
| 1:42 PM
Thor: God of Thunder X360, PS3, Wii, DS/$34.99-$59.99/May 3
April showers have brought May superpowers, as Hollywood is set to deliver the first of many action-packed comic-book movies due out this summer. The Earth-saving, tight-suit-wearing lineup...
| Apr 28, 2011
| 3:12 PM
Any educated scholar who has studied that journey knows that Bill Steigerwald simply hasn't enough facts to "debunk" that journey ("Sorry, Charley, Was Steinbeck's 'Travels with Charley' a fraud?" Reason magazine, April 2011").
For some reason the...