| Aug 28, 2014
| 5:00 AM
"Ghostbusters" director Ivan Reitman came up with the seminal tag line "Coming to Save the World This Summer" for the film's pre-release poster as a way of "focusing that this movie is perhaps larger than you expect."
The quirky horror comedy starring...
| Aug 25, 2014
| 6:51 AM
Improv hub iO Theater recently moved into new digs in a freshly renovated building in Lincoln Park's Clybourn Corridor.
A celebrity-filled grand opening is slated for this weekend (Aug. 29 & 30) featuring performances from alumni including: "30 Rock"...
| Aug 26, 2014
| 10:20 AM
In his tepid review of the 1980, filmed-in-South-Florida romp “Caddyshack,” Roger Ebert did not predict its enduring place as a pop-culture touchstone worthy of discussion after two Wednesday screenings closing the Art Cinema at the Crest...
| Aug 13, 2014
| 2:09 PM
Hitting its 20th anniversary milestone this year, the Black Harvest Film Festival runs through the month of August at the Gene Siskel Film Center, spotlighting black cinema. The fest hasn't always been especially discerning about quality. I'm not sure...
| Jun 18, 2014
| 8:15 AM
You’d expect a Harold Ramis memorial to be funny given that the guy basically invented modern American comedy in his work from Second City and “SCTV” in 1960s and ‘70s through “National Lampoon’s Animal House,”...
| Feb 24, 2014
| 7:32 PM
When Faber College was about to expel the misfit Deltas of "Animal House," the rambunctious character Bluto Blutarski rallied them, but it was writer Harold Ramis who provided Bluto's stirring words:
"What? Over? Did you say over? Nothing is over...
| Feb 24, 2014
| 11:41 AM
Whether in front of the camera, in the director's chair or on the page, the late comedy actor, director and writer Harold Ramis could be counted on to deliver antic humor under-girded by surprising intelligence. Following are five films exemplifying...
| Jul 31, 2014
| 10:18 AM
A rediscovered 44-year-old film about the genesis and transformation of one of Chicago's oldest street gangs is becoming a training tool for interventionists working with the city's street organizations today.
The 1970 non-fiction film, "Lord Thing,"...
| Jul 11, 2014
| 10:30 AM
Sony has released its trailer for the 30th anniversary release of its blockbuster comedy "Ghostbusters."
Starting with the vintage 1984 Columbia Pictures logo, the trailer begins by declaring "every few decades an event comes along of Biblical...
| Apr 18, 2014
| 10:30 AM
Film Independent at LACMA closed out its season Thursday with a Live Read of "The Graduate." Director Jason Reitman led the event.
Before the Live Read began, Reitman made an announcement that someone very special was in the packed 600-seat Bing Theatre....
| Apr 8, 2014
| 2:30 PM
The Los Angeles Film Festival has tapped filmmaker Lisa Cholodenko ("The Kids Are All Right," "High Art") as guest director.
The festival, now in its 20th anniversary, takes place June 11-19 in downtown Los Angeles.
Past guest directors include David O....