| Jun 7, 2014
| 9:00 AM
At the moment, "Maleficent" and its evil queen are burning up the big screen, and over on HBO, "Game of Thrones" and its Mother of Dragons are on fire too. Sequels to 2012's "Snow White and the Huntsman" and 2010's "Alice in Wonderland" are due in...
| Mar 2, 2014
| 8:32 PM
In the movie equivalent of hitting a home run on a first at-bat, Spike Jonze won the Academy Award for original screenplay on Sunday for “Her,” the first feature film script he wrote on his own.
Jonze’s sci-fi romantic dramedy...
| Feb 28, 2014
Oscar-nominated or not, a screenplay remains a halfway thing until it goes before the cameras. Similarly, a movie is only a movie until the post-screening discussion, whether that discussion takes place in your head, alone, or with strangers in a room. At...
| Feb 20, 2014
Each year, Tinley Park officials call for proposals from artists to create special benches for Oak Park Avenue, the downtown's main street.
Now entering its 11th year, Benches on the Avenue is one of the village's most beloved traditions, according to...
| Feb 5, 2014
| 12:30 PM
Last week's disqualification of "Alone Yet Not Alone" from Oscar's best song category is the latest in a series of scandals and head-scratchers that have plagued the music Oscars for years.
It's only the second time in four decades that a music...
| Feb 13, 2014
| 6:30 AM
Spike Jonze's idiosyncratic risk-taking has been rewarded with broad acclaim throughout his career, including two Directors Guild of America nods and four Oscar nominations (three this year alone for "Her"). Still, he's not immune to doubt.
| Feb 11, 2014
| 5:30 AM
The musical lineup will be characteristically ambitious and wide-ranging throughout the Los Angeles Philharmonic's 2014-15 season, which is being announced Tuesday. And Walt Disney Concert Hall audiences will find increasing amounts of stimuli for the...
| Jan 27, 2014
| 1:43 PM
In an effort to correct the missteps of literary history, Bookslut has launched the Daphne, a prize for the best book published 50 years ago. Sure, there was a National Book Award in 1963 -- but Bookslut thinks it went to the wrong title.
| May 8, 2014
| 3:24 PM
It’s never easy to turn a thin, meditative children’s book into a full-fledged feature, capturing the oblique magic that comes on the page while still filling 90 or 100 minutes of big-screen action.
Disney’s approach with Judith...
| May 28, 2013
Tuesday, May 28 Hope you had a fabulous Memorial Day weekend! Of course, having yesterday off makes today feel like a Monday... We had perfect weather for all of the Memorial Day remembrance events. It's so important to take a moment and honor those who...
| Jun 12, 2013
| 6:34 AM
Anne Frank was born June 12, 1929, 84 years ago today. During her short 15 years, she kept a diary and wrote there sorting out her emotions, describing her crushes and despair, her desires and dreams. She kept the diary from 1942 to '44, the two years...