| Aug 22, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Denis taught me how to tame "The Beast." He was 12. I was 52.
We met in a rail yard in Tapachula, Mexico, not far from the Guatemalan border. I had slung two cameras over my back and climbed the iron rungs to the top of a hopper car. I peered over and...
| Nov 7, 2014
| 4:30 PM
Bernard Hopkins made a vow to his mother to not fight beyond the age of 40, and even briefly retired to keep his word.
Two months before he turns 50, Hopkins will step into an Atlantic City ring Saturday night to face arguably the sport's most...
| Aug 21, 2014
| 4:30 PM
GSN has signed on for more trivia and matchmaking, having given a fourth-season order to the Brooke Burns-hosted "The Chase" and a second-season order to "It Takes a Church," its recently debuted series where Christian congregations across the U.S. help...
| Feb 2, 2012
| 8:46 PM
If you've turned on a television in the last year, you've probably glimpsed Young the Giant.
The Irvine natives have played on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!," "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno"and "Later with Jools Holland" in the U.K.
Rock music enthusiasts...
| Nov 20, 2012
The Chicago-based Showtime dramedy "Shameless" can either be seen as a small victory for Chicago's TV and film community or a missed opportunity, depending on how you want to look at it.
The series films most of its exterior scenes in Chicago (unlike...
| Feb 28, 2013
| 7:39 PM
Some people just won't take "no" for an answer. In the case of Ragnar Lothbrok in the new historical drama "Vikings" (9 p.m. CT March 3, History; 3 stars out of 4), that's a good thing.
In History Channel's nine-part scripted series--its first--...
| Apr 5, 2013
| 11:58 AM
Before History Channel's "Vikings" premiered in early March, leading man Travis Fimmel may have been best known for his modeling days--and Calvin Klein underwear ads.
Many Chicagoans probably remember the blue-eyed Aussie for starring with Patrick Swayze...
| Jan 19, 2011
How did a cheesecake from a southwest suburban bakery land a role in "The Dilemma," Ron Howard's new made-in-Chicago movie starring Vince Vaughn?
"It's all who you know," said Beth Fahey, only half jokingly. Fahey and her sister, Becky Palermo, own...
| Feb 21, 2009
| 1:14 PM
Patrick Swayze, the actor and classically trained dancer whose role in the enduringly popular "Dirty Dancing" made him a movie star, one who struggled with the alienation of fame and against being typecast as a leading man, died Monday. He was 57....
| Sep 15, 2009
Though it was not his first film or even his breakthrough -- he'd already had that three years earlier with "Dirty Dancing" -- my favorite memory of Patrick Swayze came in 1990 with the romantic thriller "Ghost" with Demi Moore: He played a man whose love...