| Nov 18, 2011
Jan Ziegler can spot the veterans by their measuring tapes. "The first year, people pick a tree that's too tall," said Ziegler, who owns Ziegler Christmas Tree Farm in Elgin. "They look smaller in the field. So the next year, they measure."
| Dec 13, 2012
I told myself I wouldn’t get worked up over the Golden Globe nominations this morning, but here we go again.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association—an anonymous group of freelancers much, much smaller than the Academy—really booted...
| Dec 17, 2012
Ridiculously, unjustly, few Oscar prognosticators include “This is 40” star Leslie Mann or her husband, writer-director Judd Apatow, on lists of likely nominees. Thing is, Apatow’s a member of the Academy—will he vote for himself?...
| Dec 19, 2012
**** (out of four)
“Forty can suck my [bleep]” -- Debbie (Leslie Mann) in “This is 40.”
Writer-director Judd Apatow (“The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” “Funny People”) may always be a softie, but his latest film...
| Dec 23, 2012
| 9:26 AM
It was a ho-ho-ho-hum weekend at the box office, as five new releases failed to draw moviegoers to the multiplex in droves.
"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" was the No. 1 film for the second consecutive weekend, collecting an additional $36.7...
| Dec 29, 2012
| 4:32 PM
"Django Unchained" (R). A slave-turned-bounty hunter sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner. With Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz and Leonardo DiCaprio. TownMall Cinemas (12:15, 3:45, 7:20, 10:50 p.m.)
| Aug 16, 2012
***1/2 (out of four)
Eleven-year-old Norman (voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee) did not ask for the ability to see and communicate with ghosts. Why would he? This young horror film fan surely would have seen “The Sixth Sense” and known that Haley...
| Oct 24, 2012
| 10:14 AM
The young title character in this stop-motion animation fantasy (voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee) shares a trait with Haley Joel Osment's alter ego in "The Sixth Sense," summed up by the sentence, "I see dead people."
While that can mean comforting reunions,...
| Jun 13, 2012
Phone therapy for primary-care patients with clinical depression is not only as effective as therapy at the doctor's office, it also can enable them to continue therapy, according to the results of a study by Northwestern Medicine in Chicago.
| Dec 7, 2012
| 12:41 PM
LOS ANGELES — On a late February morning in the editing suite of Judd Apatow's multi-level West Los Angeles headquarters, the writer-director and editor Brent White were playing back scenes from Apatow's new comedy, “This Is 40.”...
| Mar 9, 2012
The single-family home continues to rule as the No. 1 housing choice for buyers with families. But for those who want single-house style, luxury amenities and a low-maintenance lifestyle, the contemporary town home is an enticing alternative.