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5 thoughts on the Season 8 midseason finale of 'The Walking Dead': It's Carl's show

Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes, Danai Gurira as Michonne in "The Walking Dead." (Gene Page/AMC). Steve JohnsonContact ReporterChicago Tribune. So at the end of Sunday's midseason finale of “The Walking Dead,” there are lots of things we…

Sunday, Dec 10


'SNL' cold open: Kids wonder if Al Franken, Roy Moore and Trump are on Santa's naughty list

Santa Claus (Kenan Thompson) and his elf (Kate McKinnon) field some uncomfortable Christmas present requests in the cold open skit on "Saturday Night Live." Amy B WangThe Washington Post. In its latest cold open, "Saturday Night Live" took…

Friday, Dec 8


Gossip editor of National Enquirer's publisher faced sexual harassment allegations at another job

Dylan Howard, the top editor at National Enquirer publisher American Media Inc., who previously faced allegations of sexual misconduct at the gossip news giant, was also accused of harassing behavior at another employer, according to…


'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom': Watch the first trailer

On Thursday, the prehistoric death trap of Jurassic World beckoned visitors back with a new trailer during Thursday Night Football. "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" is the sequel to "Jurassic World," Colin Trevorrow's 2015 reboot of the …


Dylan Farrow: Why is Woody Allen exempt from the storm of sexual assault allegations?

Chicago Tribune

Woody Allen's adoptive daughter, Dylan Farrow, wants to know why. The New York Times exposé in October alleging film producer Harvey Weinstein used his position to sexually harass and abuse aspiring young women sparked what Farrow calls a …

Thursday, Dec 7


Demolicion is the music fest you need

“We really wanted to have Demolicion be a reflection of everyone,” said Alex Fryer, co-founder of the second annual Demolicion music festival. Influenced by other local music festivals like Ruido Fest and Pilsen Fest, Demolicion aims to…


Stolen jokes, stolen songs: 2 artists on what happens when works-in-progress are lost to thieves

Beyond being touring performers on the rise, Beth Stelling and Amanda Shires don’t have a lot in common. Stelling, who plays Thalia Hall at 8 p.m. Thursday (thaliahallchicago.com), grew up in Ohio and began her stand-up comedy career in…


Garrison Keillor says MPR wrong to dismiss him without investigation

Garrison Keillor, seen here in 2014, was fired by Minnesota Public Radio over allegations of improper behavior. (Jeffrey Thompson / Minnesota Public Radio via AP). Jeff BaenenAssociated Press. Garrison Keillor says Minnesota Public Radio…

Wednesday, Dec 6


The Jesus Lizard is back to make Chicago good and loud again

One time in Chapel Hill, N.C., singer David Yow, sweaty and stringy-haired as usual, was floating atop the audience and somebody grabbed him by the back of his pants and wouldn't let go. "I was hitting behind my back with the microphone,"…


Clinton was warned about Harvey Weinstein by Lena Dunham: report

Lena Dunham claims that she warned Hillary Clinton's communications director about Harvey Weinstein's behavior, the New York Times reported in an expose that includes new details about the lengths Weinstein went to cover-up his alleged…

Tuesday, Dec 5


Stephen Colbert made Billy Bush watch the 'Access Hollywood' tape — and it was awkward

On Monday night, Billy Bush -- once a staple of infotainment shows -- stopped by CBS's "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" for his first TV appearance in more than a year. "Folks, you know my first guest tonight as a former anchor of the …


John Oliver and Stephen Colbert are asking the awkward questions about sexual misconduct

It wasn't supposed to be a symposium on sexual harassment. When Dustin Hoffman showed up to the 92nd Street Y for a film panel Monday night in honor of the 20th anniversary of "Wag the Dog," he no doubt thought it would be a celebratory…


Ravinia Festival cuts all ties with former music director James Levine over sexual misconduct allegations

The Ravinia Festival, where James Levine served as music director for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s summer residencies from 1973 to 1993, has severed all ties with the famed conductor amid allegations of sexual misconduct currently…

Monday, Dec 4


Why did Bryan Singer leave 'Bohemian Rhapsody'? Even experts can't figure out which way the wind blows.

Actor Tom Cruise, right, and director Bryan Singer pose in New York on Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008. (Jim Cooper / AP). Steven ZeitchikWashington Post. As the director of four "X-Men" films, Bryan Singer has shaped numerous stories about Charles…


South Florida singer Gloria Estefan among those awarded at Kennedy Center Honors

This year's Kennedy Center Honors recognizing outstanding artists and performers managed to skip the political drama that loomed over it earlier this year — just ask honoree Norman Lear.


Met suspends famed conductor James Levine; Ravinia, CSO wait for investigations over alleged sexual misconduct

Conductor James Levine directs the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia Festival in Highland Park in August 2017. (Kamil Krzaczynski / Chicago Tribune). John von RheinContact ReporterChicago Tribune. Both the Ravinia Festival and the…

Sunday, Dec 3


Alec Baldwin returns to 'Saturday Night Live' as Trump in 'Christmas Carol' sketch

"Saturday Night Live" took a page from Charles Dickens in its cold open as Alec Baldwin returned to the show as President Trump in an opening sketch inspired by "A Christmas Carol." "SNL" skewered the news that former National Security…

Saturday, Dec 2


NBC source: No payout for Lauer on rest of contract that paid him $25M a year

NBC is standing firm against giving fired "Today" host Matt Lauer a payout on the multimillion-dollar salary he's leaving behind, according to a person at the network. Lauer, said to have earned around $25 million a year, reportedly is…

Friday, Dec 1


Ex-Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn pleads guilty, is cooperating in Trump campaign probe

Chicago Tribune

Michael Flynn, the retired general who campaigned at Donald Trump's side and then served as his first national security adviser, pleaded guilty Friday to lying to the FBI about reaching out to the Russians on Trump's behalf and said…


Jimmy Kimmel delivers scathing response to Roy Moore after their 'Twitter war'

"I had an interesting day today," Jimmy Kimmel told his ABC late-night show audience on Thursday. "I somehow found myself in a Twitter war with Roy Moore." This is true -- the U.S. Senate Republican nominee from Alabama fired off a couple…


There's a darker side to Improv Nation

Tina Fey, Scott Allman and Rachel Dratch in a scene from 1996's "Citizen Gates," Second City's first gender-equal show with three men, three women. (Second City). Chris JonesContact ReporterChicago Tribune. When he was drunk, or high from…


Chicago link to Johnny Depp's Hollywood lawsuit: A hedge fund, mayor's brother

Chicago Tribune

Embattled actor Johnny Depp, engrossed in a multimillion-dollar legal battle with his former business managers, is seeking records from a Chicago-area hedge fund, including any communications relating to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Hollywood…


Late-night TV hosts skewer Matt Lauer - and President Trump's response

Most of the late-night TV hosts had plenty to say Wednesday about the downfall of "Today" show host Matt Lauer, who was abruptly fired earlier that day after allegations of sexual misconduct from an NBC employee. However, one comedian had…

Thursday, Nov 30


Ida Lupino: Hard, fast, beautiful — and a maverick director

A director needs two things to become a director: the luck of opportunity, and the opportunity for luck. For most of Hollywood’s 100-plus years dominated, controlled and exploited by men (as the industry is, still; check back with me in a…


Garrison Keillor, ex-host of 'A Prairie Home Companion,' fired after allegations of improper behavior

Garrison Keillor, whose stories of small-town characters entertained legions of public radio listeners for 40 years on "A Prairie Home Companion," became another celebrity felled by allegations of workplace misconduct on Wednesday when…

Wednesday, Nov 29


Do good for children with cancer with the Letters of Love Campaign

Chicago Tribune

Whether you love the holiday season or are a die-hard Grinch, it’s hard to pass up an easy opportunity to give back — in this case, to children with cancer. I See Me! publishes personalized books, games and other items, and now the company…


Aspiring actress details allegations against Harvey Weinstein

Chicago Tribune

An aspiring actress who met Harvey Weinstein by chance in 2014 detailed in tears Tuesday how she said the media mogul made her stand in front of a mirror in his hotel room in Cannes, France, while he stood behind her, groping her and…

Tuesday, Nov 28


Jingle Bash vs. Jingle Ball: Which holiday fest lineup packs the pop?

Some of music’s biggest names in pop are getting into the holiday spirit. No, we’re not talking about your favorite artist’s timely, new holiday album (here’s to hoping for just a one-off single) — it’s B96 & Pepsi’s Jingle Bash and iHeart…


Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle to wed next year

Newly engaged Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Monday lifted the secrecy that had shrouded their 18-month romance, revealing they met on a blind date, bonded during a camping trip under the stars in Botswana and that Harry proposed over a…


Farewell to 2 jazz giants: Jon Hendricks and George Avakian

A sizable chunk of jazz history left us last week, with the deaths of two irreplaceable nonagenarians: groundbreaking singer Jon Hendricks and pioneering record executive George Avakian. For each not only extended the breadth of what we…