| Nov 15, 2013
| 9:21 AM
Until recently I assumed the statute of limitations on my chances of becoming a "Doctor Who" fan had long since expired — sometime around the decline of communism and the rise of Sir Mix-A-Lot, if I had to guess.
Simply put, the series —...
| Dec 5, 2013
| 6:44 AM
In an act of mass self-brutalization, Americans reached for their computers Wednesday to summon the sounds of murder.
They were clicking on those 911 audio recordings, those voices of frightened teachers and parents calling for help at Sandy Hook...
| Aug 17, 2013
My colleague Chris Jones broke the news late in February, writing: "Famous for his work on 'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,' (William) Petersen is generally a big box-office draw in Chicago, where he frequently has appeared onstage for 30 years."
| Jun 20, 2013
| 8:59 AM
Finally! A romantic comedy that works. And not just because of Shakespeare.
There's a disarming home-movie vibe to adapter/director Joss Whedon's small-scale, black-and-white contemporary version of "Much Ado About Nothing." He shot it in 12 days in his...
| Oct 2, 2013
Mark Fajardo's first weeks in the very public job of Los Angeles County coroner coincided with the deaths of two TV actors — one from "That '70s Show" and another from "Rizzoli & Isles" — and the toxicology report from the car-crash death of...
| Jul 9, 2011
| 8:56 PM
If Casey Anthony had been tried 30 years ago in that same Orange County courtroom, she probably would be facing a death sentence today instead of the few measly years she spent awaiting trial.
The 25-year-old mother who last week slipped out of a...
| Oct 4, 2012
Jeremy Clark is a serious young man from a serious neighborhood: Roseland on the South Side, the kind of place most of you see only from a distance, in a crime story.
Blue cop lights flashing, yellow police tape on the trees, angry neighbors mingling,...
| May 17, 2012
| 5:46 AM
When the CBS television series "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" was in expansion mode, it was fun to think about a potential "CSI: Orlando." Surely, the writers could work up murder mysteries using distinctive elements of The City Beautiful, such as the...
| May 28, 2012
| 4:05 PM
Making money from YouTube videos — it's something I've always wondered about. You won't get rich stuffing Mentos into bottles of Diet Pepsi, right?
Probably not. But millions of people are at least hoping for some modest returns, thanks to a...
| Sep 6, 2012
Popular WTTW-Ch. 11 restaurant show "Check, Please!" is among the most successful locally produced series in Chicago television and an oasis of public television reasonableness in an otherwise frenetic restaurant scene. The series begins its 12th season...
| Feb 26, 2013
| 12:51 PM
William Petersen, the actor with longtime roots on the Chicago stage, is to appear this summer at the Steppenwolf Theatre in a two-person show about a teenager and her reculsive uncle in Costa Rica.
Titled "Slowgirl" and penned by Greg Pierce, it will...