| Jul 9, 2012
| 8:14 AM
You could count on at least one high-profile Hollywood film shooting in the Chicago area the last few summers, from “Public Enemies” in 2008 and “A Nightmare on Elm Street” in 2009 to “Transformers: Dark of the Moon”...
| Jul 11, 2012
| 11:13 AM
I haven't had a chance to write full reviews of DirecTV Audience Network's big Wednesday premiere night, but here are some quick reviews that hopefully will get you to watch. "Damages" proves once again why it is one of the smartest thrillers on TV, and...
| Jan 16, 2012
| 4:37 PM
TV's most underrated current drama, "Southland" (9 p.m. Jan. 17, TNT; 4 stars) launches a fourth season of LA.-based cop stories churning with chases, murders and a police station confrontation so violent and realistic you'll feel like you experienced...
| Jan 29, 2012
| 1:05 AM
Why are the TV shows I like always on opposite the other TV shows I like?
It's a question as old as TV, or at least as old as 1948, when there were only three television networks, and viewers were still forced to choose between “Toast of the Town”...
| Sep 19, 2012
| 11:21 AM
British playwright Polly Stenham is still in her mid-20s, but she has received the kind of attention from the London theater power brokers — commissions, awards and lavish praise — that most emerging playwrights in the cash-poor world of...
| Jul 15, 2012
| 4:30 PM
If you followed Kelsey Grammer’s time in the Chicago area filming Season 2 of cable network Starz’s “Boss,” you likely know the five-time Emmy-winning actor had his wife’s name tattooed on his hip in April at Insight...
| Jul 20, 2012
| 5:11 AM
LOS ANGELES -- Stop us if you've heard this one before: HBO dominated the Emmy nominations announced Thursday morning, picking up 81 nods for viewer favorites such as "Boardwalk Empire" and "Game of Thrones" as well as comedy newcomers "Girls" and "Veep."...
| Jul 19, 2012
| 7:42 AM
The 2012 Emmy nominations are in the books and my first-blush reactions are mixed. Some surprises left me smiling while I was scratching my head about a few perennial nominations. And of course I have to bitch about them all. So here's a quick list of the...
| Jul 19, 2012
| 8:18 AM
Nominees for the 64th Primetime Emmys include several former Chicagoans, continuing a trend from years past. The 2011 winner for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series, Plainfield native and “Mike & Molly” star Melissa McCarthy, was again...
| Feb 8, 2012
| 6:24 AM
Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter has opted to continue his solo tour as planned, including a stop at the House of Blues Saturday, after the unexpected death of his 25-year-old sister.
Leslie Carter Ashton died Jan. 31, reportedly from an apparent...
| Feb 19, 2012
| 6:26 PM
Jeremy Allen White had been craving Kuma’s Corner all morning when we met in front of the popular Avondale burger joint Wednesday. The 21-year-old actor visits Kuma’s every time he is in Chicago filming exterior scenes for Showtime’s...