| Oct 15, 2012
Ever the champion of making the literary world safe for genre fiction, author Michael Chabon added another novel to his resume, "Telegraph Avenue," his first in five years. The author's newest yarn, set inside a used vinyl shop on the "ragged...
| Apr 25, 2012
| 8:20 AM
John Cusack claims to have little in common with Edgar Allan Poe.
But clad in an all-black outfit and answering questions thoughtfully between long drags of a cigarette in a lonely room deep in the bowels of McCormick Place during the recent Chicago...
| Oct 24, 2012
When “The Sessions” co-star William H. Macy came to Chicago in the early 1970s, he briefly worked as a waiter at former Lincoln Park bar Le Pub. He made more money, he says, as a carpenter.
“[I would] build shelves and things like...
| Nov 13, 2012
Anyone looking for the loud, boisterous version of Chris Tucker may be disappointed. Asked to tell me a joke, Tucker’s delivery is so understated I react late to the punchline, expecting something juicier than, “I went to a psychic and she...
| May 29, 2012
| 8:34 AM
Film director Francis Ford Coppola ("The Godfather" films and "Apocalypse Now") has reassembled the historic Inglenook winery in Napa Valley and restored the name to the historic property, which is open to the public for tours and wine tasting.
| May 30, 2012
| 9:49 AM
Weather this gorgeous and we’re suggesting you spend part of your night inside? Actually, yes.
These seven theater companies aim to lure you indoors with new comedies, musicals and specialty shows, all of which kick off in June. And really, how can...
| Jun 21, 2012
| 1:29 PM
Baltimore is one city where crowds come out in the heat of the night to take in open-air movies.
In mid-July last year, when the thermometer was hitting 95 in the day and stalling in the 80s past midnight, fun-seekers swarmed to Federal Hill to watch...
| Jul 1, 2012
| 3:32 PM
Summer TV favorites return in July, including the final episodes of TNT's "The Closer," AMC's "Breaking Bad" and DirecTV's "Damages," as well as new seasons of Syfy's "Warehouse 13" and USA's "White Collar."
Several new series debut, with USA's...
| Feb 26, 2013
| 11:14 AM
The current luxury real estate market is redefining “extravagant.”
First, a 8,930-square-foot house on nine acres in Northern California found a buyer for a state record-breaking $117 million. Then word came that financier Gary Winnick is...
| Feb 12, 2013
Once in a while, a movie slips under your radar. For about, oh, 20 years. In 'Big-screen blind spot,' we sit down with those 'classic' movies everybody but us has seen and give them the nostalgia critic treatment.
Confession: Until this week, I had never...
| Jan 30, 2013
| 2:47 PM
At times it felt like an exit interview — the ultimate exit interview.
The details are still so surreal that when I tell people who was there, the words sound as though someone else had dreamed them: Al Pacino walked into the room. Then...