| Nov 20, 2014
| 4:00 AM
Sir Paul McCartney is sitting less than five feet from me at a grand piano, singing his 1973 hit "Live and Let Die." When I turn my head to the right, his drummer is about six feet away. If I swivel 90 degrees, I can see the production crew hoisting...
| Sep 24, 2014
| 3:38 PM
Film festivals in Toronto and Telluride, Colo., jockeyed intensely for premieres this year, and Venice offered several splashy debuts.
But some of the year's biggest movies waited out those late-summer gatherings to land somewhere else entirely —...
| Aug 22, 2014
| 5:41 PM
Chloë Grace Moretz has played such outsize characters as a foul-mouthed adolescent assassin, a telekinetic teen outcast and a deceptively fresh-faced vampire, but this weekend she returns to theaters in quite a different role: a normal girl.
In "If I...
| Apr 3, 2014
It's a bit of technology whose name might elicit a puzzled look from millennials, and it sounded — scratchily — over the phone from Diana Krall's apartment.
Those familiar with the history of vinyl will know that 78 rpm records, or 78s,...
| May 28, 2014
| 10:00 PM
There's nothing wrong with the usual summer fest trifecta of curb-sitting, head-bobbing and beer-sipping, but if you're craving a little more substance, mark your calendar for Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Fest, held June 7 and 8 in the blocks...
| May 14, 2014
| 12:30 PM
Playwright and screenwriter John Logan is known for his versatility -- moving easily among pics as disparate as "Hugo," "Rango" and "Skyfall" as well as the upcoming bigscreen adaptation of tuner "Jersey Boys." He's working on drafts for the next two Bond...
| May 10, 2014
| 6:00 AM
Having created and shared them throughout recorded time, we are well acquainted with monsters, their forms and habits, strengths and weaknesses, ways of appearing and disappearing.
Homer and the Bible are full of awful beasties; Shakespeare gave us...
| Jul 14, 2014
| 2:48 PM
Martin Scorsese's "Silence" is poised to find its voice at Paramount Pictures. The studio is negotiating a deal to distribute the director's long-gestating religious drama, an adaptation of the novel by Japanese author Shusaku Endo.
The film will star...
| Jun 26, 2014
| 2:30 PM
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has invited 271 individuals to become members, with the list reflecting the org's determination to bring more diversity to its ranks.
Every year, the list of invitations includes several recent Oscar...
| Jun 13, 2014
| 12:30 PM
As part of the Roman Empire, Taormina was renowned for its fine wine and high-quality marble. Today the picturesque Sicilian town, with its sweeping view over the Strait of Messina, is best known for the film festival that bears its name -- Italy's oldest...
| Jun 9, 2014
| 8:30 PM
In his first interview since being named director of the Academy Museum, Kerry Brougher outlined the broad strokes of how he and executives of the Motion Picture Academy envision the organization's planned movie museum. Brougher, seated at the Academy's...