Monday, May 21


'Deadpool 2' creative team breaks down three of the film's biggest secrets and surprises

From the very beginning, the creative team behind the “Deadpool” franchise has stuck to one very simple rule that guides every decision they make: “We always say, ‘If you can’t do it in another superhero movie, you’d best be doing it in a …


Billboard Music Awards: Janet Jackson returns, school victims honored

The 2018 Billboard Music Awards paid tribute to the students and teachers affected by recent deadly shootings in Texas and Florida, while the night also featured show-stopping performances by iconic singer Janet Jackson and K-pop group BTS…

Sunday, May 20


Tina Fey brings famous friends and her Sarah Palin impression to 'SNL' finale

Tina Fey hosted the May 19 season finale of "Saturday Night Live" and she brought with her some of her famous friends. For her opening monologue, the former "SNL" writer and actor said she was told she was allowed to do anything because it…


'Shoplifters' wins Palme d'Or, grand prize to Spike Lee; Asia Argento tears into Weinstein at Cannes

A tumultuous Cannes Film Festival concluded Saturday with the Palme d'Or awarded to Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda's "Shoplifters," a tender portrait of a poor, impoverished family, while Harvey Weinstein accuser Asia Argento vowed…

Saturday, May 19


Prince Harry marries American bride Meghan Markle at Windsor Castle

Chicago Tribune

The son of British royalty and the daughter of middle-class Americans wed Saturday in a service that reflected Prince Harry's royal heritage, Meghan Markle's biracial roots and the pair's shared commitment to putting a more diverse, modern…


Drummer Dana Hall shows the beauties of Spring

Chicago drummer Dana Hall leads so many distinct ensembles, and thrives in so many stylistically far-flung settings, that it’s impossible to say which one reveals the most about his musical identity. But surely none shows a greater…


'Bar Rescue' special revisits Chicago bar that closed days ago

A “Bar Rescue” special that revisits a River North bar that got a makeover on the show is scheduled to air days after the bar closed its doors for good. “Bar Rescue” host Jon Taffer visited Blue Frog's Local 22 in 2011 and recommended…

Friday, May 18


Saudi Arabia said to detain women's rights advocates who challenged driving ban

Chicago Tribune

Authorities in Saudi Arabia have detained at least five prominent human-rights activists, including women who for years campaigned to win Saudi women the right to drive, according to people with knowledge of the arrests. The detentions…


Amid heated debate, city approves plan for Obama Presidential Center

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After more than seven hours of emotional and passionate testimony from hundreds of residents, community activists and elected officials, the Chicago Plan Commission voted overwhelmingly to approve the Obama Presidential Center on Thursday…

Thursday, May 17


Ron Howard strikes back with 'Solo: A Star Wars Story,' and has nothing but praise for Phil Lord and Chris Miller at Cannes


The sign reads “Press Hospitality Room,” but there are no journalists to be found. Instead there’s crumpled napkins, unclaimed pens, forgotten umbrellas, a half-empty Coke bottle and a solitary bluebottle fly out of a Raymond Chandler…


Some of the men competing on 'The Bachelorette' have Illinois ties

A few of the men vying for Becca Kufrin’s heart on “The Bachelorette” have ties to Illinois. ABC does not share the contestants’ full names in its announcement, but Internet sleuths often track down who the contestants are before the…


That's a wrap: The 12 best series finales of TV's current golden age

Chicago Tribune

The series finale is a do-or-die moment when a show gets one last chance to say whatever it has to say and do whatever must be done. Expectations are high, failures are frequent and viewers are seldom 100 percent satisfied. Our complaints…


'Things could have gone much worse': Charges filed against ex-student accused of exchanging gunfire with cop at Dixon High School

Chicago Tribune

A school resource police officer is being lauded as a hero for intervening when a former student at Dixon High School opened fire Wednesday morning near the school gym where students were gathered for a graduation rehearsal, authorities…


The looming specter of #MeToo stories turned into fodder for TV and film

It is inevitable that the #MeToo movement will be turned into TV and film. But whose stories are being told? And who gets to tell them? The answers feel, well, actually kind of predictable for Hollywood. Last week, the New Yorker published…


Buddy is a rapper on the verge, after spending time on the edge


Simmie Sims III was a teenage budding rapper from Compton when he met Pharrell Williams through a mutual friend. Pharrell hadn’t yet released “Happy,” wasn’t yet at the height of his powers, but he was still a superstar with his own record…

Shilpa Ray channels punk, Warhol and New York energy

New York-based singer and songwriter Shilpa Ray drew inspiration from her job in a nightclub and other gritty big city experiences for her current album "Door Girl." (Ebru Yildiz photo) Chrissie DickinsonChicago Tribune Shilpa Ray's job at…


Courtney Barnett went inside, and out came beauty — and darkness


Since breaking out with 2014’s “The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas,” Courtney Barnett had made a nice life for herself. So much so that the Australian singer-songwriter was being regularly dubbed “the female Bob Dylan” for penning the sort…

Wednesday, May 16


Yes, Harry Styles (that Harry Styles) will executive produce a sitcom on CBS this fall

The most unusual executive producer on a new fall show for CBS? Harry Styles. Yes, that Harry Styles. The 24-year-old pop artist, the breakout star of boy band One Direction. Even the CBS scheduling chief, Kelly Kahl, clarified on a…


'Anastasia' will journey to the Oriental Theatre during Broadway in Chicago's 2018-19 season

On Wednesday, Broadway in Chicago announced that ‘Anastasia,’ the musical inspired by the 1997 animated film, will have a two-week engagement during the BIC’s 2018-19 season. The production will play Chicago from March 26 through April 7,…


The shows of a Chicago summer: Cher, 'Waitress' and a support group for men

Niala Boodhoo, the charming host of the Illinois Public Media radio show “The 21st,” had a question for me Tuesday. What can people coming to Chicago this summer plan to see at the theater? You know, she said, cheerily, beyond “Hamilton”?

10 years after 'I Kissed a Girl,' Rita Ora's single stirs debate over portraying bisexuality

When Katy Perry released "I Kissed a Girl" 10 years ago last month, the catchy song launched the preacher's daughter to chart-topping fame. It was praised by some as a groundbreaking and bold "lesbian anthem." For Perry, it was a "sweet…


Black rhino Layla gets a forklift-aided CT scan in Brookfield

The forklift in the rhino enclosure and the team of at least 40 people around it were some of the signs that Tuesday was not a normal day at Brookfield Zoo. So was the bellow that came from the general direction of Layla, the zoo’s 7 1/2…

Tuesday, May 15


Tony-winner Len Cariou to bring his one-man musical revue, 'Broadway and the Bard,' to Stage 773

Tony Award-winning actor Len Cariou will bring his one-man musical revue, "Broadway and the Bard" to Chicago this June. (Heron Agency) KT HawbakerChicago Tribune On Tuesday, Tony Award-winning actor Len Cariou, Starry Night Productions and…


CBS chooses 'nuclear option' against Shari Redstone: It sues to thwart Viacom merger

CBS Corp. has essentially declared war on its controlling shareholder, Shari Redstone, setting the stage for an epic battle for control of one of America’s oldest and most popular broadcasting companies. CBS’ board on Monday filed a…

Monday, May 14


Goodman announces cast for world premiere of Ellen Fairey's "Support Group for Men"

On Monday, the Goodman announced casting for its upcoming world premiere of “Support Group for Men” by Ellen Fairey. The comedy, which tackles shifting gender norms and social paradigms through a group of middle-aged men, will run from…


Lincoln Center production of 'Falsettos' to tour Chicago in 2019

On Monday, Broadway In Chicago announced that the first national tour of the Lincoln Center’s “Falsettos” will run for a limited engagement during BIC’s 2018-19 season. The Tony Award-winning musical will be staged at the Oriental Theatre…


Rauner proposes reinstating Illinois death penalty in cases of mass killings, police slayings

Chicago Tribune / News

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner on Monday proposed reinstating the death penalty in Illinois for mass killers and people who slay law enforcement officers as part of his rewrite of a gun control bill. The death penalty provision would create…


Which Chicago TV shows got renewed?

First responders will be busy on Wednesday nights in Chicago, or rather, “Chicago.” Dick Wolf’s franchise of NBC shows that are set and filmed in the city are slated to air as part of a three-hour block on Wednesday nights starting this…


Pilsen contestant 'very shocked' she made it into 'MasterChef Junior' finale

Beni Cwiakala, of the Pilsen neighborhood, applied to be on “MasterChef Junior” after watching Addison Osta Smith, of River Forest, become the youngest and first female winner of the Fox network competition. Beni outperformed 37…

Sunday, May 13


E. Faye Butler is a worthy teacher for suburban and city kids alike in 'Last Stop on Market Street'

The next time there are problems with phones or iPads in our house, I’m sending for E. Faye Butler. I made this resolution on Wednesday morning at Chicago Children’s Theatre, alongside a couple of very smart new friends of mine from…