| Feb 5, 2012
David Marshall Grant sits at his desk in a nondescript office in an unmarked building in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn, near the East River.
That's where Broadway magic happens, at least by way of the new NBC series"Smash," which premieres 10...
| 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 12, 2012
| 3:47 PM
No. 6 Tigers: 25th in a series counting down to spring training. Next: Diamondbacks.
This not just in: Justin Verlander is a stud.
He makes an in-his-prime Richard Gere look like Don Knotts. If he was a guitarist, Eric Clapton would never go on stage...
| Dec 28, 2011
| 1:40 PM
Richard Gere and Topher Grace make for an odd-couple pairing in this melodrama about the pursuit of a foreign assassin evidently at work in the nation's capital.
Gere plays a former CIA man long versed in the killer's methods, and Grace is cast as the...
| Jul 20, 2011
| 3:31 PM
Peek-A-Boo At Pioneer Court
The controversy surrounding the new 26-foot Marilyn Monroe statue in downtown Chicago's Pioneer Court is swirling through the streets of Chicago and the backrooms of City Hall...and it has more than just Marilyn's over-sized...
| Mar 20, 2012
| 12:59 AM
It’s not like I thought Jonah Hill would come off an Oscar nominated performance in Moneyball (it wasn’t deserved), and start doing serious roles. This is the perfect vehicle for him. He wrote, produced, and starred in this film that takes its...
| Mar 26, 2012
| 8:19 AM
The Orioles don’t play until tonight, but I figured I’d give you something baseball-related to read today.
Bert Sugar, best known as a boxing historian, died Sunday from cardiac arrest. He was 75.
Sugar is remembered for wearing his fedora,...
| Apr 2, 2012
| 10:25 PM
From all my years in radio, and now doing movie reviews, I’ve interviewed a lot of stars. I’ve often enjoyed the messages they left on my machine better than the actual interviews.
When I wrote about parties for a local paper, Martin Mull...
| May 19, 2011
What do you get when you drop a longtime self-loather into the glitz and glamour of Hollywood? This hysterical, and brutally honest, look at the impossible standard of perfection for which so many of us strive.
Actress and comic Lisa Ann Walter boldly,...
| Sep 7, 2012
| 6:56 AM
5:30 - 9 a.m. Jonathon Brandmeier
9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Mike McConnell
9:05 a.m. A teacher’s strike, trouble abroad, and NOW a bacon crisis! Is it the end of the world?! Mike McConnell finds out what could be interrupting delivery of your favorite...
| Sep 13, 2012
**1/2 (out of four)
Ruthlessly pursuing a billionaire he’s sure deserves to be punished, detective Bryer (Tim Roth) laments, “He does not get to walk just because he’s on CNBC.”
Frustration toward the invincibility of the rich...