| 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...
| Aug 1, 2014
His shadow is a substantial thing, shading the increasingly active and ever-expanding Chicago comedy world in the same way that Louis Sullivan still influences young architects, Muddy Waters impacts bluesmen or Nelson Algren whispers to writers.
| Mar 3, 2014
| 5:35 AM
“Gravity” won the most awards, “12 Years a Slave” won the biggest award, and host Ellen DeGeneres crashed Twitter.
Despite working with material that wasn't particularly sharp, DeGeneres proved that a dry delivery can go a long...
| Mar 3, 2014
| 11:24 AM
WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — If you’re curious about the big difference between Oscar night’s two main after-parties, the Governors Ball and the Vanity Fair party, consider this:
The buzzy happening at the Governors Ball, the academy&...
| Mar 2, 2014
| 9:36 PM
HOLLYWOOD — There’s the show, and there’s the show behind the show, and which involves more work or offers more entertainment is debatable.
For instance, Jared Leto’s backstage session after winning the best supporting actor...
| Feb 25, 2014
| 10:48 AM
The news that Harold Ramis died Monday at the age of 69 sent many of us scrambling for our web browsers, briefly keeping sadness at bay by remembering a filmmaker, writer and actor who made us laugh -- and then laugh again and again.
What we found was...
| 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...
| Apr 11, 2014
| 11:36 AM
The 86th Academy Awards were presented on March 2, and if you were among the estimated 43.7 million people watching the event on television you heard Jared Leto give an emotional speech accepting his best supporting actor Oscar and listened to John...
| Mar 19, 2014
| 7:22 AM
After the coffee. Before deciding whether to see "Nymphomaniac" now or wait for the edited version on cable.
The Skinny: Caught Sunday's "The Walking Dead" last night where the Lizzie character got Fredo'd. Godfather fans will get the reference. Tough...