| 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...
| Nov 17, 2011
This fall, theater fans may be in for a little déjà vu: "Carnage," "Ides of March," "A Dangerous Method" and "War Horse" are all films, opening from October through December, that have been adapted from plays. All are also popping up with early buzz,...
| Dec 12, 2012
| 1:12 PM
An international blockbuster arrives in Chicago next week, a production that has played for months to capacity houses and has broken box office records. Already, it has been seen by more than a million theatergoers.
Stop already, you say. Everybody...
| Feb 27, 2012
| 1:48 PM
"The Artist" has won the Oscar for best picture and I'm speechless.
It's not lack of passion for the film that has robbed me of the power of words; it's that I felt so strongly that my thoughts were geared to how I would react should the worst happen,...
| Dec 20, 2012
When the National Theatre of Great Britain's majestic, magnificent adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's "War Horse" opened at New York's massive Lincoln Center — on its way to five Tony Awards, sold-out houses, and a 21-month run — one had an...
| Dec 27, 2012
| 10:51 AM
Most years, the last full week before Christmas is quiet — the best-of-the-year lists are already done, and the holiday perennials are up and running. Steppenwolf, which is not about to program "The Gift of the Magi," sometimes opens a defiantly...
| Aug 29, 2012
| 1:21 PM
Walt Disney Studios will no longer release movies from its partner DreamWorks Studios around the world.
The two companies have renegotiated their longstanding agreement. Going forward, Disney will only release movies produced by DreamWorks, the...
| Sep 5, 2012
| 9:05 AM
"War Horse" on Broadway will ride off into the sunset in January. Producers of the Tony Award-winning drama have set a Jan. 6 closing date for the play at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre. By the time it closes, the play will have run for close to 21 months. ...
| Sep 11, 2012
| 8:00 PM
The nominations for the 2011-2012 Ovation Awards were announced Tuesday evening. Leading the way were Center Theatre Group with 29 nominations, followed by the Celebration Theatre and Musical Theatre West, with 16 nominations each.
| Sep 13, 2012
| 11:21 AM
The creation of my top 10 list of upcoming fall theatrical attractions for last Sunday's A+E section meant some quality time wrestling with ticket prices. And comparing my list with that of the previous year, I could see an interesting snapshot of where...