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  • No one cares more

    When I got my reviewer's copy of Bill Walsh's new book, Yes I Could Care Less: How to Be a Language Snob Without Being a Jerk (St. Martin's Griffin, 256 pages, $14.99), the book fell open to this passage: "You're free to talk back to your usage guides....
  • Video/Q&A: Chicago native 'Flight' director Robert Zemeckis

     Video/Q&A: Chicago native 'Flight' director Robert Zemeckis
    Raised in the South Side neighborhood of Roseland, 61-year-old director Robert Zemeckis hasn’t achieved much as a filmmaker. Oh, wait: He’s only made classics like “Back to the Future,” “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” and...
  • I blame the Renaissance

    It never fails. You try to point out that some supposed rule has no validity or make some empirical observation about actual English usage, and immediately comes the God-is-dead-and-everything-is-permitted outcry. It happened today in a Facebook comment...
  • Chicago, that tippling town

    Chicago, that tippling town
    The first rule of business — any business — is this: Do what you do well. And what Chicago does well is drink. Oh, there are other things to be sure (architecture! comedy! baseball!), but in this city, booze is as much a business as it is...
  • Sighting: Zac Efron, Rosie O'Donnell, Gloria Estefan at Paris Club

    Sighting: Zac Efron, Rosie O'Donnell, Gloria Estefan at Paris Club
    Following the debut of her talk show Monday, Rosie O'Donnell and her girlfriend and family had dinner at Paris Club. Singer Gloria Estefan had dinner at Paris Club after appearing on the show Tuesday, as did actor John C. Reilly following his Chicago...
  • Common: 'Hell on Wheels' role 'most fulfilling' yet

    Common: 'Hell on Wheels' role 'most fulfilling' yet
    Common said he put a significant amount of time into his role as former slave Elam Ferguson on AMC’s Wild West drama, “Hell on Wheels.” The Chicago rapper-turned-actor, however, refused to call the role difficult. “It’s the...
  • 'Chicago Fire' trailer includes Rahm Emanuel cameo, Kerry Wood releasing children's book, John Mayer spotted at Jake Melnick's

    'Chicago Fire' trailer includes Rahm Emanuel cameo, Kerry Wood releasing children's book, John Mayer spotted at Jake Melnick's
    The three minute trailer for the upcoming NBC drama “Chicago Fire” features firefighters battling flames in a collapsing building, a firefighter receiving a “Pulp Fiction”-like needle through the chest, and two people sucking...
  • Chumlee of 'Pawn Stars' getting chummy with fans, Jennifer Morrison featured on Michigan Avenue cover, Katie Couric dines at Pump Room

    Chumlee of 'Pawn Stars' getting chummy with fans, Jennifer Morrison featured on Michigan Avenue cover, Katie Couric dines at Pump Room
    You will find plenty of merchandise featuring “Pawn Stars” cast member Austin “Chumlee” Russell at the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas — everything from Chumlee bobbleheads, golf balls and Chumberry lip balm...
  • Romney raises millions at Chicago campaign event

    Romney raises millions at Chicago campaign event
    Mitt Romney brought his presidential campaign to President Barack Obama's hometown Thursday, raising $3.3 million for himself and fellow Republicans as he warned that the Democratic incumbent would put the nation on a perilous European economic path....
  • 'Avatar' star Sam Worthington coming to Chicago, 'Shameless' ratings up, Wu-Tang members dine at Joe's

    'Avatar' star Sam Worthington coming to Chicago, 'Shameless' ratings up, Wu-Tang members dine at Joe's
    “Avatar” and “Clash of the Titans” star Sam Worthington will visit Chicago on Wednesday to promote his upcoming heist thriller “Man on a Ledge.”  The 35-year-old actor will meet with media to discuss “Man on a...
  • Tricks are the trade

    Tricks are the trade
    I don't meet many magicians these days and that's a shame. Magicians are among my favorite people and Chicago has a lengthy and colorful history with magic and those who practice it. It wasn't so long ago that I sat with a magician named Walter Anthony,...