| Jan 8, 2013
No matter who wins or loses Sunday, the 2013 Golden Globes ceremony obviously will be awesome because Tiny Fey and Amy Poehler are hosting. Really: That should be enough to make even the most awards show-averse movie/TV fans tune in.
Yes, there will...
| Jan 10, 2013
| 12:59 PM
With a conspicuous diss of Kathryn Bigelow, the un-nominated director of “Zero Dark Thirty,” the Academy Awards nominations were announced Thursday morning.
“Zero Dark Thirty” was one of nine films given the best picture...
| Jan 13, 2013
| 7:51 PM
Golden Globe Awards co-hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler opened Sunday's ceremony promising they wouldn't be as snarky as former host Ricky Gervais, but they managed to get off a few zingers.
"Ricky Gervais could not be here tonight because he is no...
| Jan 16, 2013
| 2:23 PM
Abraham Lincoln has been given many titles over the years: Rail Splitter, Great Emancipator, even, to the detriment of the undead, Vampire Hunter.
Some of these have more historical credibility than others.
But one that he's earned without question,...
| Jan 21, 2013
| 1:24 PM
It's time to play one of our favorite yearly games at Times Community News: Can You Outguess the Features Editor? And no, that's not a rhetorical question. You probably can.
Last year, incurable Oscar junkie that I am, I challenged readers to beat my...
| Jan 30, 2013
| 2:47 PM
At times it felt like an exit interview — the ultimate exit interview.
The details are still so surreal that when I tell people who was there, the words sound as though someone else had dreamed them: Al Pacino walked into the room. Then...
| Feb 3, 2013
On New Year's Day 1863, Quinn Chapel, a black church in Chicago, hosted a celebration of the Emancipation Proclamation. According to the Tribune's account, after Scripture was read and the choir sang, J. Stanley recited a poem he'd written for the...
| Feb 13, 2013
| 3:25 PM
This Friday at 4 p.m. at the Abraham Lincoln Book Shop, screenwriter and playwright Tony Kushner will pay a visit to one of his favorite Chicago haunts.
In the spirit of the movie “Lincoln,” which Kushner wrote and which revels in the...
| Feb 14, 2013
| 5:35 PM
America's fascination with Abraham Lincoln seems nearly limitless--Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" is an Oscar favorite, Doris Kearns Goodwin's 2005 book "Team of Rivals," on which Spielberg's film is partly based, remains on the New York Times bestseller...
| May 10, 2011
Steven Spielberg was to direct the film of the tween-teen adventure series “The 39 Clues.” That much was established before the books, and the audio versions of those books (which my kids are hooked on for road trips) even came out. Rick...
| May 31, 2011
More than a dozen California state parks, which have been a rich source of filming for such classic Hollywood movies as “High Noon,” George Lucas’ Star War’s sequel “Return of the Jedi,” and Steven Spielberg’s ...