| Jan 31, 2012
| 11:28 PM
After his time spent as one of seven strangers on MTV's "The Real World: D.C.," we're assuming Baltimore native Ty Ruff, 23, was better equipped to handle drama. Then came this season of MTV's other addictive reality show "The Challenge" (10 p.m....
| Jan 30, 2012
| 2:35 PM
A couple of years ago, Bruce Sheridan, chair of the film program at Columbia College, noticed a curious thing happening. A few of the film majors who interned on the Chicago production of "The Dark Knight" had started making their student films and, as...
| Feb 5, 2012
In one of the more talked-about transactions in town, actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have sold their Malibu beach house to daytime host and comedian Ellen De Generes for $12 million.
The 4,088-square-foot house, built in 1962, features walls of...
| Feb 1, 2012
| 2:40 PM
Dramas about sports are enjoying a renaissance: "Moneyball"is an Oscar contender, "Magic/Bird" is on its way to Broadway and, here in Chicago, the Jackie Robinson play "Mr. Rickey Calls a Meeting" is packing them in at the Lookingglass Theatre. So Ronan...
| Feb 2, 2012
| 8:46 PM
NEWPORT BEACH — Some people in the audience gasped as the aerial photo flashed on the screen at the front of the room.
They were reacting in wonderment as a color shot came up of the so-called "Loop," a section of the Green River that snakes...
| Feb 16, 2012
| 10:09 AM
Jonah Hill was a recent Oscar nominee for "Moneyball," but the more typical brand of movie he's known for is represented by this comedy.
As the title suggests, he plays a suspended student-turned-baby sitter, and one who buys himself a heap of trouble...
| Feb 16, 2012
| 8:42 PM
Nine films were nominated for Best Picture at this year's Academy Awards, but I think only my top three picks below have a real chance of winning. They're included here with some other movies that I think also deserved recognition:
1. "The Artist"—...
| Feb 20, 2012
| 8:30 AM
A week or so ago, we asked you to vote for the 10 best sports movies of all time. And, 9,280 ballots later we unveil your picks.
No. 10: Chariots of Fire (650 first-place votes, 16,426 points)
Well, this one surprised me. I didn't think it would make...
| Feb 26, 2012
| 11:00 AM
Is silence truly golden? Can George Clooney's tears bring Oscar happiness? Will Billy Crystal's yuks play as well as they did eight years ago? And could the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the first time bestow acting statuettes on two...
| Feb 22, 2012
| 12:50 AM
The Oscars are serious — important people making important, relevant, thought-provoking movies about race, marital relations, horses and Owen Wilson seeing dead Parisians. The dresses and jewelry are beyond fancy. The tuxes are bespoke. Sidney...
| Feb 23, 2012
| 5:26 PM
California's film tax credit program would be extended five more years under legislation introduced in Sacramento on Thursday.
With the support of a coalition of industry groups, including the Motion Picture Assn. of America, Assemblyman Felipe...