| Aug 23, 2012
"Premium Rush" is great fun — nimble, quick, the thinking person's mindless entertainment. In the same week of "Hit & Run," which offers only meager escapism in a high-velocity realm, director and co-writer David Koepp's thriller about a bicycle...
| Jun 5, 2012
| 11:34 AM
A Red Orchid Theatre has announced its 2012-13 slate, marking the Old Town theater company's 20th season of shows.
The year begins in October with the world premiere of "The Opponent," penned by Brett Neveu, the writer with a long association with A...
| Jul 19, 2012
| 8:18 AM
Nominees for the 64th Primetime Emmys include several former Chicagoans, continuing a trend from years past. The 2011 winner for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series, Plainfield native and “Mike & Molly” star Melissa McCarthy, was again...
| Feb 26, 2012
| 9:42 AM
Michael Shannon will return to A Red Orchid Theatre in Chicago next season to star in a show, the actor has said.
“It’s going to be our 20th anniversary at Red Orchid next season, so I’m going to come back and do a show,”...
| Jul 31, 2012
| 3:25 PM
There isn't going to be a better time all year for star sightings in Chicago than this weekend.
Lollapalooza will not only bring 100-plus acts to the city, but also draw dozens of celebrities who are just as excited as the rest of us to watch their...
| Jun 13, 2013
| 2:40 PM
Thanks, "Man of Steel." Because of the scene where Superman battles two of his adversaries from the planet Krypton in downtown Smallville, wrecking most of an IHOP and a Sears store, I now associate pancakes and appliances with pain and suffering.
| Jun 12, 2013
Perhaps it’s not surprising that Michael Shannon, an Oscar nominee (“Revolutionary Road”) known for playing troubled characters, appears as tortured madman General Zod in “Man of Steel,” opening Friday. Would he be open to...
| Jun 13, 2013
| 2:33 PM
Let us consider for a moment the Hollywood performance that never gets nominated for awards but can be just as indelible as any Oscar-winning role. I'm referring to the celebrity interview that goes viral.
Typically interviews that are done during a...
| Jun 12, 2013
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Other than a major influx of action and Kal-El’s/Superman’s mom giving birth, “Man of Steel” opens much like 1978’s “Superman.” Kal-El’s father Jor-El (Russell Crowe) dismisses evil...
| Nov 15, 2012
| 5:37 AM
I was in New York City last week.
On Tuesday, Election Day, CNN had big screens in Times Square, and I joined the folks watching the returns. We cheered a lot, especially when CNN turned cameras on us.
On Wednesday, a nor'easter struck NYC. I can't...
| Feb 25, 2012
| 4:37 PM
“The Artist” and “The Descendants” will be vying for the top prize at the Film Independent Spirit Awards, which will hand out trophies in 14 competitive categories in a relaxed beachside ceremony in Santa Monica Saturday. Also...