| Aug 18, 2014
| 10:46 AM
A trio of actors with deep Chicago ties have been added to the cast of the HBO mini-series "Show Me a Hero," the latest project from David Simon.
Longtime TV actor Jim Belushi, Steppenwolf co-founder Terry Kinney and Lakeview native and Columbia College...
| Nov 19, 2014
| 5:14 AM
Update: Since this post appeared on Nov. 6, Rowe and David Simon, the creator of HBO's "The Wire," have had a back-and-forth on their blogs about the city's image. It started with Rowe's Nov. 6 post below. Read Simon's subsequent post here, and another...
| Nov 22, 2014
| 12:36 PM
Listening last week to "Serial," the hit podcast about a 1999 teen murder in Baltimore, I couldn't help thinking about all the folks from the mayor on down who believe they can change the city's media image with some positive public relations.
| Oct 20, 2014
| 7:20 AM
Poor Bob. Poor, poor Bob.
It's not often that one of the side characters on "The Walking Dead" gets a nice moment. Usually, all the joy, relief, laughter and romance are reserved for Rick, Daryl, Michonne or a select few other favorite characters. The...
| Dec 11, 2014
| 10:20 AM
Stephen Colbert asked "Serial" producer Sarah Koenig a question last night that many fans of the hit podcast have been wondering:
"Will that girl ever learn how to pronounce 'MailChimp'?"
In addition to ribbing Koenig about the MailChimp sponsorship,...
| Sep 25, 2014
| 4:16 PM
A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that a lawsuit brought against the Baltimore Police Department and three officers by a man who says he was wrongfully convicted of murder in a 1987 killing can proceed.
James Owens was charged in the robbery,...
| Oct 1, 2014
| 9:56 AM
There's no secret: America's favorite past time is made even more past time-y with a cold beer (or two).
In that spirit, we're offering a drinking game as you watch the Orioles start their momentous post-season run. This game can work for the Detroit...
| Dec 20, 2014
| 6:30 AM
The recent influx of citizen unrest due to a rash of officer-related homicides has left the American citizenry skeptical of the greater good police departments bring to communities nationwide, especially that of traditionally violent neighborhoods that...
| Dec 22, 2014
| 9:10 AM
In this age of instant cinematic gratification, you can log on to Netflix, push the "play" icon, and watch … your own backyard.
The Netflix offerings that you can "Watch Instantly" span the globe, the entire history of moviemaking, and every...
| Dec 26, 2014
| 1:30 PM
George Pelecanos is among our most prolific — and compelling — crime novelists, a writer who evokes his hometown of Washington, D.C., much as Dennis Lehane does with Boston or Michael Connelly Los Angeles: as a character in its own right....
| Dec 31, 2014
| 5:28 AM
George Pelecanos is widely considered to be one of the best crime novelists going, but he's never fit all that comfortably into the genre.
His writing is properly hard-boiled, his heroes are attractively flawed and his villains leave trails of blood...