| Sep 9, 2013
| 5:39 PM
It's always a privilege to be in the company of an actor who doesn't worry about being liked by an audience, who refuses to ingratiate himself as a performer to soften the sharp edges of his character.
Charlie Robinson, star of the South Coast Repertory...
| Sep 12, 2013
| 6:30 AM
GDYNIA, Poland -- German pay TV outfit Sky Deutschland has acquired a package of Hollywood and indie movies through a deal inked with Tele Munchen Group.
Hollywood pics include "Iron Man 3," and action comedy "Red 2," starring Bruce Willis, John...
| Sep 18, 2013
| 1:30 PM
There's a theory floating around that a latter-day band of buccaneers is trying to capture Connecticut's flagship and sail it away from its home port of New Haven.
Of course, these alleged pirates insist they only want to save the Amistad from what they...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 9:00 PM
Pop phenomenon Lady Gaga, rapper Eminem and indie rock darling Arcade Fire are among the mainstream acts to headline the inaugural YouTube Music Awards.
YouTube will host its first live-streamed music awards show Nov. 3 to honor top performers and...
| Sep 23, 2013
| 10:30 AM
French mini-major Pathe has taken world sales outside Italy on prominent Italo helmer Gabriele Salvatores' new pic "The Invisible Boy," about a 13-year-old whose growing pains prompt supernatural powers.
"Boy," on which cameras started rolling in Trieste...
| Sep 26, 2013
| 6:36 AM
A version of "Chicago (That Toddlin' Town)" sung by Judy Garland plays over the opening moments of "Four Days in Chicago," Haskell Wexler's documentary about the protesters who came town last year during the NATO summit. As Garland sings of State Street,...
| Oct 13, 2013
| 8:30 PM
With little advance fanfare, Spike Jonze's "Her" made a big splash with critics and the audience at the Oct. 12 close of the New York Film Festival. The Warner Bros. pic, which was below the kudos radar, immediately jumped into the Oscar race, but if it...
| Sep 27, 2013
| 12:30 PM
I'm not talking.
Not to a phone.
It may be all the rage for celebrities in iPhone commercials to have pithy exchanges with Siri, the female-sounding voice assistant, but if you ask me, they just sound stupid.
Like actress Zooey Deschanel, in her...
| Jul 22, 2013
| 5:19 PM
Dennis Farina, a Chicago police officer turned character actor who cemented his second career playing gangsters, cops and other tough guys in film and TV, died Monday. He was 69.
The actor, perhaps best known in recent years for his stint on the TV...
| Oct 12, 2012
| 9:27 AM
The prospect of interviewing Don DeLillo produces a certain anxiety. DeLillo, one of the most heralded American novelists of the past 40 years, has a reputation for being inaccessible, emotionally and otherwise. While by no means a recluse like J.D....
| Aug 15, 2013
| 8:58 AM
Chicago is not overburdened with resident comedic celebrities — various aldermen and media figures notwithstanding. So when Nora Dunn moved back to her hometown in 2008, she quickly became the go-to lady for benefits, cameo appearances, readings and...