| Jan 24, 2012
| 4:08 PM
John Osborne wrote the key post-World War II British drama "Look Back in Anger," later filmed in 1959. By contrast there’s very little anger in all the look-backs among this year’s Academy Award nominations. Oscar's unofficial slogan in...
| 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...
| Jan 30, 2012
| 2:47 PM
Before he wrote the epic "Hugo"— which turned out pretty well, all in all — Brian Selznick penned a little illustrated book called "The Houdini Box," the tale of 10-year-old Victor, an aspiring magician who idealizes Harry Houdini but is,...
| Feb 8, 2012
| 7:47 AM
"War Horse,"the hit West End and Broadway show based on the children's novel by Michael Morpurgo and famous for its puppet horses, will be in Chicago for Christmas.
Broadway in Chicago announced Wednesday that the national touring production of the show,...
| Feb 10, 2012
| 11:36 AM
While "The Artist" is expected to do well at the Feb. 26 Oscars, the film has some new hardware for the mantle courtesy of its four-legged cast member. Uggie won a Pawscar.
The Jack Russell terrier took home the prize on Thursday (Feb. 9) for "Best Scene...
| Feb 12, 2012
| 12:03 PM
The Hippodrome's 2012-2013 Broadway Series will have tried-and-true crowd pleasers such as "Wicked" and "Beauty and the Beast" alongside newer musicals "American Idiot" and "Billy Elliot."
"From a consumer perspective, this is a juggernaut season,"...
| 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
| 11:47 AM
How important are pre-Broadway tryouts and dedicated Chicago productions to Chicago's cultural economy? Very. Especially since the business of touring theater has changed so very much.
As Lou Raizin, Broadway in Chicago's savvy president, well knows,...
| Mar 1, 2012
| 8:44 PM
I couldn't help myself on Oscar night.
The spectacle of Hollywood congratulating itself for another year of films tilting toward the lackluster tends to nauseate me. Whenever Tinseltown's big night swings around, I reach for the remote to turn off the...
| Nov 6, 2011
These have been scrapbook seasons for Tom Hiddleston — over the last two years the 30-year-old British actor has worked with directors Steven Spielberg, Woody Allen, Kenneth Branagh, Terence Davies and Joss Whedon — but there is one snapshot...