| Jan 13, 2014
Like a creature in a director's cut of "Where the Wild Things Are," Daphne Guinness perches atop Alexander McQueen's armadillo-shaped shoes, in a nude body stocking with Elizabethan ruff around her neck, a jester's cap on her head and black silk fringe...
| Jan 16, 2014
| 1:10 PM
U2, Pharrell Williams and Karen O -- names more befitting of Grammy nominations than the Oscars -- are among the contenders for the Academy Award for original song. Here, the heavy-hitters are all underdogs, as they will have to vie for Oscar gold on...
| Jan 18, 2014
| 4:30 AM
A human corpse is on the receiving end of much of the so-called humor in "God's Pocket," but it's the movie that feels dead on arrival, a strained and tedious pileup of small-town stupidity that might more honestly have been titled "Sad Sacks 'R' Us."...
| Dec 10, 2013
| 7:00 AM
When the 2013 Oscars opened in February, host Seth MacFarlane declared that the show had a theme. The Academy Awards, MacFarlane said, would be celebrating the marriage of film and music. Though such a thesis may have been obscured by the ensuing song-...
| Dec 10, 2013
| 10:30 AM
Much has been made of the vocal performance that Scarlett Johansson delivers as the title character in Spike Jonze's latest film, "Her," about a computer operating system named Samantha who falls for her human owner Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix)....
| Dec 13, 2013
| 9:00 AM
Joaquin Phoenix refused to hug it out.
On an overcast November afternoon, in a $13-million Hollywood home with a skyline view stretching from downtown L.A. to the Palos Verdes peninsula, the notoriously press-averse actor was throwing a fit of pique...
| Mar 31, 2014
| 2:50 PM
Monica Snodgrass was a brave woman to invite more than two dozen 7-year-olds into her home for her son’s birthday party. But with spot-on entertainment planned, it wasn’t the headache one might envision. The Clarksville mother of three had...
| 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...