| Feb 20, 2013
For context about predictions of major entertainment events, Duff Goldman from “Ace of Cakes” correctly predicted the result of this year’s Super Bowl. NFL experts did not.
Likewise, making Oscar predictions can be a bit ridiculous, as...
| Feb 25, 2013
| 11:07 AM
Highlights from backstage at the Oscars:
The “Argo” trio of Ben Affleck, George Clooney and Grant Heslov took the stage, and Affleck was asked when he felt was tipping point for his movie’s victory.
| Oct 17, 2012
In the excellent new drama “Mr. Sophistication,” veteran comedian/actor Ron Waters (Chicago-native Harry Lennix) is tempted by the notion that fame means he exists on a different level in society.
“I think any honest celebrity would see...
| Nov 15, 2012
***1/2 (out of four)
I don’t love the title. Yet I’m highly in favor of almost everything else about “Silver Linings Playbook,” which turns grief and mental illness into rich fodder for warmth, connection and comedy.
| Jul 24, 2012
“The magazine’s called RedEye?” asks “Red Lights” star Cillian Murphy, who played the villain in the 2005 horror-on-an-airplane film “Red Eye.”
Yes, I tell him, and ask if he gets strange looks on planes. “...
| Jul 26, 2012
** (out of four)
Beware, David Copperfield.
That’s because much of “Red Lights” revolves around Dr. Tom Buckley (Cillian Murphy), a physicist determined to expose any and all supposed psychics and paranormal visions as frauds. He knows...
| 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...
| Dec 20, 2012
| 2:36 PM
Years ago when I was a student at Northwestern University, a handful of executives at America Online came to my class and explained that you, I and everyone we know would soon find ourselves pleasantly stranded on "information islands." We nodded,...
| Mar 8, 2012
**1/2 (out of four)
I’m not faulting Paul Dano for being one of the less (to put it nicely) screen-friendly presences in Hollywood. I am faulting “Being Flynn” for shoving Denise (Olivia Thirlby, excellent), a cute and extremely...
| Jun 21, 2012
It will be a while before I post the full Q&A from today's interview with Cillian Murphy and writer/director Rodrigo Cortes of "Red Lights," opening July 27. For now, here are some of Murphy's thoughts about taking on lighter roles and what the actor...
| Jan 10, 2013
| 12:59 PM
With a conspicuous diss of Kathryn Bigelow, the un-nominated director of “Zero Dark Thirty,” the Academy Awards nominations were announced Thursday morning.
“Zero Dark Thirty” was one of nine films given the best picture...