| Feb 21, 2014
| 1:04 PM
Vandals have been systematically defacing copies of books by and about Anne Frank in public libraries in Tokyo, according to Japanese media reports Friday.
More than 250 copies Anne Frank's "The Diary of a Young Girl" and other books about the Dutch...
| Feb 11, 2014
| 3:14 AM
Anne Frank's diary – and life – ended when the Nazis sent her to a concentration camp, but her stepsister is keeping her legacy alive in South Florida.
This week, Eva Schloss, who is 84 and lives in London, is traveling here and elsewhere in...
| Jan 18, 2014
| 5:00 AM
The memoir "12 Years A Slave" was published in 1853, a year after Harriet Beecher Stowe's classic, "Uncle Tom's Cabin."
Now Solomon Northup's personal narrative is a bestseller — 161 years after it first came out — through a tie-in to the...
| Dec 30, 2013
| 5:30 AM
Linda Lavin is getting the hang of Twitter.
She's been practicing on Thursday nights when she tweets during both East and West coast airings of NBC's sitcom "Sean Saves the World." In the series Lavin plays Lorna, the loving, albeit pushy, mother of...
| Dec 29, 2013
| 3:14 PM
When the first-ever Alewife Awards were presented to mark 1996's most dubious cultural happenings and incidents, many Chicagoans were familiar with that stinky fish washing up on Lake Michigan's beaches. Dead alewife sightings have since grown rare, yet...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 9:17 AM
Is there a life form in another galaxy like Michael Dale Brown — one who lugs a camera around on location shoots and helps operate a small community theater?
He wouldn't rule it out.
Brown, who serves as co-president of the Costa Mesa Playhouse'...
| Oct 31, 2013
| 10:30 AM
J.C. Chandor ("All Is Lost"), Ryan Coogler ("Fruitvale Station"), Scott Cooper ("Out of the Furnace"), Steve McQueen ("12 Years a Slave") and John Wells ("August: Osage County") joined in a Focus on Directors panel that Variety sponsored at the Mill...
| Nov 8, 2013
This year, the German Film Awards were dominated by "Oh Boy." In the movie, an elderly stranger confesses to a young Berliner he meets in a bar that, as a boy, he watched his father join a mob to smash the windows of Jewish-owned businesses, including...
| Nov 16, 2013
A few years ago my husband and I were visiting the Great Synagogue in Rome, built in 1870 to encompass the 2000 year heritage of Italian Jews. The synagogue houses a museum with one of the largest collections of Jewish artifacts in Europe.
| Dec 3, 2013
When parents tell me they're going to Europe and ask me where to take their kids, I'm sometimes tempted to answer, "To Grandma and Grandpa's on your way to the airport."
It's easy to make the case against taking the kids along. A European vacation with...
| Dec 5, 2013
Looking over the Siskel Film Center schedule recently, a little-known film from 1944 called "Christmas Holiday" starring Gene Kelly caught my eye. Hang on. Hang on! Gene Kelly made a Christmas movie? How have I missed this?
"It's one of the oddest...
| Dec 12, 2013
| 4:30 AM
PARIS- On the heels of winning the European Film Award for best animated film with "The Congress," Israeli helmer Ari Folman has unveiled his next project: A family-skewed toon based on Anne Frank's diary.
Bringing the Anne Frank diary to all screens...