| 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...
| 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...
| 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"...
| 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...
| Jul 21, 2012
| 4:00 PM
It may be too obvious an intro, but filmmaker Todd Solondz — whose new film “Dark Horse” opens next week — could himself be considered a dark horse. His films have a strong following at festivals and in art houses, but they are too...
| 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...
| Mar 20, 2012
| 10:31 AM
Reporter Matthew Hay Brown took a break from covering military affairs and national security to review the Psychedelic Furs' show at Rams Head on Stage Monday night.
Is there anyone having more fun at a Psychedelic Furs show than frontman Richard...
| Jun 3, 2011
What's your pleasure, movie mavens? Ruby slippers? Dung-loving directors? Foil-wrapped zucchini smugglers? Or simple 80′s nostalgia? In the next two weekends, Music Box Theatre (3733 N. Southport) has it all. On June 11, schlockmeister legend John...
| Jul 15, 2011
A series in Sunday Calendar about what Times writers & contributors are listening to right now... Alternate ending to John Hughes’ “Pretty in Pink”: Instead of crashing the prom in her homemade dress, Molly Ringwald shuts her bedroom...
| Aug 7, 2011
There's a new anniversary BluRay edition of “Ferris Bueller's Day Off,” the perfect excuse to introduce the tweens to the teen oeuvre of John Hughes with a minimum of sexual come-ons (Noooo “Sixteen Candles”) and an acceptable...