| Oct 2, 2014
| 11:23 AM
Anna D. Shapiro, the Tony Award-winning director of "August: Osage County," has been named the new artistic director of the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, the company announced Thursday.
Shapiro will assume the job in the fall of 2015, succeeding...
| Dec 31, 2014
| 11:19 AM
The winter season in Chicago theater features festivals, large-cast epics and revivals with a twist. Out of the scores of shows opening in the next few weeks at Chicago theaters, here are 10 that, for one reason or another, I'm anticipating with...
| Sep 1, 2014
| 7:35 AM
If you look carefully at the walls of the Buzz Café, there’s a little bit of Hollywood.
How it got to the Oak Park Arts District cafe is a bit of mystery, or was, until recently.
Specifically, two photo-realistic paintings — titled “...
| Oct 31, 2014
| 9:45 AM
Tom McGrath has discovered that kids believe Skipper, the tough, no-nonsense penguin he first voiced in the 2005 animated hit "Madagascar," is real.
"That is the curse of being a voice," said McGrath, who reprises the bird with a penchant for Cheezy...
| Nov 5, 2014
| 1:24 PM
Sandro Miller's homage to Diane Arbus' "Identical Twins, Roselle, New Jersey," from 1967:
Sandro Miller, photographer: "The original is haunting. One has fear, one a gleam in her eye, enjoying the moment. John switched between them in seconds. Of...
| Nov 5, 2014
| 1:13 PM
The first thing to know about "Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photographic Masters," the new exhibition opening at the Catherine Edelman Gallery in River North on Saturday, is that the artists mean it.
They do, they really do.
| Nov 6, 2014
| 8:30 AM
John Malkovich and Toni Collette are joining Noomi Rapace, Michael Douglas and Orlando Bloom in the thriller "Unlocked."
Sales-financing banner Bloom, which introduced the project at Toronto, is selling rights at AFM.
Michael Apted is directing from a...
| Nov 7, 2014
| 12:30 PM
Michael Apted's "Unlocked," starring Noomi Rapace as a CIA interrogator, has sold to a flurry of territories at the AFM, where Alex Walton's Bloom is shopping the project.
Bloom pre-sold the pic to Benelux (DFW), Eastern Europe (Forum), Germany (Square...
| Nov 14, 2014
| 4:02 PM
Benedict Cumberbatch does some mean impressions, and by mean, we mean uncanny and hilarious.
"The Imitation Game" and "Sherlock" star, 38, who has a fervent fan following, executed a litany of "imitations" during an interview with MTV during which he...
| Nov 25, 2014
| 2:55 PM
It's hard to go wrong with penguins.
They can be elegant and emotionally engaging in real life, as the Oscar-winning documentary "March of the Penguins" beautifully captured. They can also be toe-tapping hysterical and wildly musical, as they proved...
| Nov 27, 2014
| 4:08 PM
Nick, Kurt and Dale (Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day) are back in business. In fact, they start their own business. But an evil investor causes problems and leads to an ill-advised scheme to straighten things out. Rated R. 1:48. Hampton...