| Oct 17, 2014
| 2:30 AM
A group of Somali pirates try taking to the skies in "Default," which portrays the negotiating crisis that ensues when American journalists are held hostage on a chartered plane in the African archipelago republic of Seychelles. An effectively tense...
| Oct 1, 2014
| 7:29 AM
Art Smith vs. Kevin Gillespie: Who ya got?
Considering you’re reading this on a Chicago blog, I’m going to assume you’ll be #TeamArt when the two chefs face off at 9 p.m. Wednesday on Bravo’s “Top Chef Duels.” The...
| Sep 30, 2014
| 2:42 PM
Betty Duppenthaler believed in luck. It began when she and her twin brother, Booker, were adopted from a Jacksonville orphanage in 1928 by Bert and Charlotte Roper, one of the early citrus families in Central Florida.
Betty grew up in a three-story...
| Sep 22, 2014
| 5:33 PM
Peter R. Herr took a fledgling music program at Glenbrook North High School and during nearly three decades as director of bands put together an award-winning ensemble that entertained local audiences and others in New York, Hawaii, Canada and Europe....
| Sep 24, 2014
| 6:46 AM
"Outlander" costume designer Terry Dresbach has to dress the cast in clothing from two eras -- post-World War II England and Scotland in the 1700s. The 1700s-era wedding gown she made for series star Caitriona Balfe's reluctant marriage had to do more...
| Aug 25, 2014
| 4:00 PM
Like a million other people, Jorge Gutierrez dumped a bucket of ice-cold water over his head, made a donation to the ALS Association and challenged a few others to do the same.
But as someone who saw two close friends die of the disease, the Boca...
| Sep 22, 2014
| 10:17 AM
Now that the school year has begun, we have many questions: Is the new Core Curriculum good or bad? What about "No Child Left Behind"? How many remedial courses should a college student be allowed to take? Letter grades versus pass/fail? The questions and...
| Sep 24, 2014
| 2:31 PM
It's two men and a baby: Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent are going to be dads.
The "American Dream Builders" host and his new husband shared the news Wednesday on their Facebook pages, revealing they were expecting their first child via surrogate in...
| Sep 25, 2014
| 2:05 PM
CHARLOTTE, N.C. Do we have to butter you up for this news? Paula Deen is back, y'all, and she loves her some Charlotte.
More than 2,000 people attended Deen's show at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center on Wednesday night, including one couple who...
| Oct 8, 2014
| 7:24 AM
Stacy London, co-host of TLC's popular "What Not to Wear," style commentator on the "TODAY Show" and breast cancer awareness advocate, will be the keynote speaker at the 11th annual "Go Pink Luncheon" Oct. 24.
The event raises funds and awareness for...
| Oct 6, 2014
| 3:50 PM
Raven-Symone is an American, period, and let the labels stop there.
While the 28-year-old actress did just tell Oprah Winfrey that she's in a relationship with a woman -- that after seeming to come out in August 2013 -- she also balked at being...