| May 31, 2013
| 7:46 AM
I was in 7th grade when "The Breakfast Club" opened in theaters, and I distinctly remember thinking the movie was totally right about everything. I wasn't in high school yet (and that was surely one of movie's allures; a peek in a world I would soon...
| Dec 13, 2012
| 12:36 PM
About halfway through writing the script for "The Fitzgerald Family Christmas" (which opens at the Wilmette Theatre next week), Edward Burns says he found himself at a crossroad. "Do I want to make the big, crazy, funny, holly-jolly Christmas Irish family...
| May 1, 2013
| 9:57 AM
Ravishing redhead Molly Ringwald twirled into our hearts in the ‘80s in timeless films such as Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club and Pretty In Pink. Now, the author, wife and proud mom of three is returning to her musical roots. As the daughter of...
| Oct 28, 2012
Post-punk glory comes to Miami in the form of the Psychedelic Furs, playing 8 p.m. Sunday at Grand Central. The band gained popularity for its John Hughes-era hits, including "Pretty in Pink" and "Heartbreak Beat." The Lemonheads will open. Tickets cost...
| Mar 25, 2013
| 6:06 AM
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A decidedly more '80s version of The Strokes shows up for "Comedown Machine," the New York outfit's fifth major release. How '80s is this record? It's so '80s that there's actually a song called "'80s Comedown Machine." It'd be a...
| Aug 10, 2012
| 3:28 PM
The conversation segued from book to book, ranging from Elizabeth Strout's “Olive Kitteridge” to the works of Philip Roth, over coffee in the Palmer House café. Molly Ringwald had come to Chicago late this spring to support 826CHI, a non-...
| Sep 6, 2012
| 4:19 AM
(With indefatigable recapper Amy Watts on the road this week, Diane Trap steps up to the plate in her stead.)
Cat Deeley is wearing a shiny mosaic dress, like an elegant '70s shower stall. The six remaining dancers open with a routine set to "Scream"...
| Mar 10, 2012
| 5:00 AM
A couple of homes that have a place in cinematic history have been on the market lately.
The Italian estate featured in the 2003 film "Under the Tuscan Sun" is for sale at about $12.531 million U.S. Newly renovated and furnished, the gated and walled...
| Sep 25, 2011
Much has been made this year about the behemoth baby boom generation reaching retirement age. But another significant milestone is slipping past a bit more quietly yet with noticeable impact.
The first wave of Gen-Xers has rounded 40, and they are...
| Aug 11, 2012
Picture a film shoot somewhere in Canada. On one side of a swimming pool, the gear, the crew and most of the cast; on the other side, Molly Ringwald. They're shooting the rest of the scene before her part, so she sits on a box to wait. She begins...
| May 5, 2011
| 3:00 AM
The red-brick Winnetka Georgian so bravely defended by Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone is being put up for sale Thursday for $2.4 million.
Homeowners John and Cynthia Abendshien, empty-nesters who purchased the home in late 1988 for $875,000,...