Monday, Aug 21


All the right instincts in this storefront 'Shockheaded Peter'

It has been 16 years since “Shockheaded Peter,” the cultish British “junk opera” created by the Improbable Theatre and the Tiger Lillies, was first seen at the Athenaeum Theatre. Last time, the show featured most of the brilliant original…

'Game of Thrones': 5 thoughts on penultimate episode of Season 7

If “Game of Thrones” were a person, instead of a television series, we’d be looking right now for the tell-tale signs of addiction. Is there a little powder around the nose? Have valuables been disappearing from the “GoT” house? Is it time…


The slapstick, the telethons, 'Laaa-dy!' — comic and philanthropist Jerry Lewis dies at 91

Chicago Tribune

Comedian Jerry Lewis, who hosted the Muscular Dystrophy Telethon and was paired with Dean Martin in dozens of films and television specials, died Aug. 20, 2017, at the age of 91. Dennis McLellanLos Angeles Times. For decades, Jerry Lewis'…

Sunday, Aug 20


A stunning Young Woman in 'Machinal' at the Greenhouse Theater

“I suppose I gotta marry somebody,” says the sardonic Young Woman of Sophie Treadwell’s “Machinal,” sounding like she’s acquiescing to a death sentence. “All girls do.” The office-bound, mostly impecunious heroine of this fabulously daring…

Friday, Aug 18


‘You’re fearing for your life.' Passenger recalls CTA subway shooting

Chicago Tribune

A gunman standing on a Loop subway platform opened fire into a CTA train stopped at Jackson, wounding a man as panicked passengers scrambled for cover Thursday night, officials said. Some riders complained they got no clear instructions…

Thursday, Aug 17

A couple of Safdies out for a 'Good Time'

In sync with the pace of their latest feature, “Good Time,” things are moving fast for Josh and Ben Safdie. At this year’s Cannes Film Festival their mad sprint of a crime thriller, starring Robert Pattinson as a small-time hood scrambling…

Sources: Feds made recordings at Cinespace Chicago studios in probe of Teamsters boss

Chicago Tribune / News

Federal authorities made secret recordings at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios as part of an investigation into a Teamsters union boss who last month was charged with extorting the business, the Chicago Tribune has learned. Recording…


Allison Moorer and Shelby Lynne collaborate on an album, finally

Allison Moorer and Shelby Lynne are sisters who were singing together while growing up in rural Alabama almost since they could talk. So it may seem incongruous that it took a couple of decades into the singers’ respective solo careers for…


'Logan Lucky': Channing Tatum, Daniel Craig cut a caper

Channing Tatum, left, and Farrah Mackenzie play father and daughter in Steven Soderbergh's heist film "Logan Lucky." (Claudette Barius/Bleecker Street via AP). Michael PhillipsContact ReporterChicago Tribune. I'm officially apologizing for…

Wednesday, Aug 16


What was it like the last time a solar eclipse hit Chicago? Streetlights turned on, and so did people's moods

Chicago Tribune / News

An image from Chasing Eclipses, a current exhibit at the Adler Planetarium. (Phil Velasquez / Chicago Tribune). Steve JohnsonContact ReporterChicago Tribune. This story originally ran in the Tribune on May 11, 1994. We are reprinting it in…

Can't make it outside to watch solar eclipse? Try TV

A "diamond ring" shape is shown during the 2016 total solar eclipse in Indonesia. For the 2017 eclipse over the United States, the National Science Foundation-funded movie project nicknamed Citizen CATE will have more than 200 volunteers…


Elvis Presley died 40 years ago, and he couldn't have picked a worse time to do it

In 1992, the U.S. Postal Service conducted a nationwide survey to determine which face of the late Elvis Presley should be immortalized on a 29-cent stamp: a 1950s Elvis with a pompadour and tweed jacket, or a 1970s Elvis with mutton chops…


'Clinically insane,' '7th circle of hell': Late-night hosts process Trump's news conference

Stephen Colbert digs into President Trump's off-script/off-the-rocker press conference in which he contradicted statements given on Monday condemning hate groups. Emily YahrWashington Post. On Monday, the late-night TV hosts got serious as…


'Game of Thrones' episode shown in Spain, Nordics by error

HBO said Wednesday that due to an error the sixth episode of Games of Thrones' seventh season was shown a week ahead of schedule in Spain and Nordic countries. The episode was available to subscribers in these areas early Tuesday for about…

Tuesday, Aug 15


Anthony Scaramucci met Stephen Colbert on Monday, and it was mostly awkward

In his short time in the Trump administration, Anthony Scaramucci became one of the great comic characters in the repertoire of late-night TV. His Long Island roots, his line about being a “front-stabber” rather than one who knifes people…


Shonda Rhimes' move to Netflix is a gut punch to ABC

The ABC network three years ago handed its most lucrative night of the week — Thursday — to its most prolific producer, Shonda Rhimes. ABC grouped three Rhimes-produced shows together and promoted the bloc as “Thank God It’s Thursday.” The…

CTA trains running again, three hours after man jumps into path of train at Fullerton

Chicago Tribune

Red, Brown and Purple line trains were stopped at the Fullerton station for three hours during the morning rush Tuesday after a man jumped into the path of a train in an apparent suicide, according to police and fire officials. The body of…

Monday, Aug 14

Prince-themed episode of 'Empire' to be shot next week in Chicago

A Prince-themed episode of the Fox hip-hop drama "Empire" is scheduled to be shot in Chicago next week for the upcoming fourth season. A birthday celebration for the young daughter of rapper Hakeem Lyon (played by Bryshere Y. Gray) will…


Robert Pattinson, serious film buff, on loving Claire Denis, Jean-Luc Godard and other world cinema favorites

With the release of “The Lost City of Z” and “Good Time,” 2017 may well be remembered as the year Robert Pattinson officially became a critics’ darling. Some might claim the shift began in 2012, when the British actor, still best known for…

Sunday, Aug 13


'Annabelle: Creation' scares up a box office win as the summer season winds down

Despite a frightfully dry August at the box office, Warner Bros. managed to come out on top with two films leading the weekend numbers. Horror flick “Annabelle: Creation,” which cost about $15 million, came in above expectations, bringing…


Talk of diversity (or lack thereof) dominates TV press tour

Twice a year, the Television Critics Assn. convenes in Los Angeles for a two-week ritual known as “press tour” — a seemingly endless series of Q&A sessions and cocktail parties at which TV networks, streaming services and other content…

Friday, Aug 11


Theater openings Aug. 11-17

Eli Tokash rehearses with the cast for "Trevor the Musical" at Writers Theatre Wednesday, July 26, 2017, in Glencoe. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune) (John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune). Chicago Tribune. Saturday. “Shockheaded Peter”: Black…

Thursday, Aug 10


The Duffer Brothers soak in their 'Stranger Things' success and promise dark things to come

The last year has been somewhat remarkable for twins Matt and Ross Duffer, better known in Hollywood collectively as the Duffer Brothers. As the creative forces behind “Stranger Things,” they gave birth to a pop culture phenomenon last…


Leslie Jones lets loose at a 'Game of Thrones' viewing party

And you thought you were really into "Game of Thrones." Leslie Jones returned to "Late Night With Seth Meyers" Wednesday for another installment of "Game of Jones," a recurring skit that features the "Saturday Night Live" star's…


Scaramucci will sit for interviews with Stephen Colbert, George Stephanopoulos

Anthony Scaramucci, former White House communications director, speaks during a press briefing at the White House in Washington, D.C. on July 21, 2017. (Jim Watson / AFP/Getty Images). Emily HeilWashington Post. Is there a T-shirt for this…


'Menashe': A Brooklyn tale of father, son and community

“Menashe” marks the feature debut of documentary-trained director Joshua Z. Weinstein, who shot his movie, partially under wraps across a two-year period, in the Hasidim community of Brooklyn, N.Y.’s Borough Park district. The film’s in…

Wednesday, Aug 9


Danny Pudi is quacking for joy over the new 'DuckTales'

Danny Pudi is known for his slender frame. No, really, that’s his trademark. Not the fact that he was Abed on NBC’s “Community” for six seasons, where he and Donald Glover were among the best buddy comedy relationships on TV. Not the fact…

Tuesday, Aug 8


Glen Campbell, 'Rhinestone Cowboy' singer, dead at 81

Chicago Tribune

Glen Campbell, a guitar prodigy and ballad singer who dominated the polished, string-swelling countrypolitan sound of the late 1960s and 1970s and cultivated a clean-cut image at odds with his once-stormy personal life, died Aug. 8. He was…


Acclaimed singer and actress Barbara Cook has died at 89

Barbara Cook, whose shimmering soprano made her one of Broadway's leading ingenues and later a major cabaret and concert interpreter of popular American song, has died. She was 89. Cook died early Tuesday of respiratory failure at her home…

Monday, Aug 7


Chris Pratt and Anna Faris announce separation

Chris Pratt and Anna Faris announced Sunday that they are separating after eight years of marriage, sparking a wave of shock and sadness online about the demise of one of Hollywood's most popular power couples. The actors announced their…