| Mar 31, 2011
| 11:57 AM
FX's "Justified" seems to be on a roll in its second season. The storytelling has gotten even richer than in its freshman season. The acting, from stars Timothy Olyphant and Walton Goggins and the season-long guest star Margo Martindale (OK, and the...
| Apr 7, 2011
| 4:23 AM
To borrow from "A Hard Day's Night," Russell Brand is a mod, a rocker and a mocker.
He's got an edgy version of elfin charm — if you can call a 6-foot-1 man elfin. Lately he's had a mocker's version of a Midas touch. He gave voice to the Easter...
| 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 21, 2011
| 8:07 AM
BIRTHDAY GUY: Actor James LeGros was born in Minneapolis on this date in 1962. This birthday guy starred on the short-lived series "Mercy" and has appeared in films such as "Phantasm II," "Living in Oblivion," and "November." LeGros' other television work...
| 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.'"