| Jun 3, 2014
| 1:12 PM
I didn't think it could be done. But in Season 3 of the web series "Epic Rap Battles of History," Stephen King and Edgar Allan Poe throw down. And it works.
Of course, Poe's poem "The Raven" is a good starting point, an easily adaptible text. Here's the...
| Jun 6, 2014
| 2:30 PM
They came in abundance on Thursday night to the Richard Christiansen Theater to sneer at Carrie, to mock her telekinetic powers, to laugh at her symbiotic relationship with pig's blood, to chortle at her fate. They came to poke fun at a girl who in 1988...
| Jun 9, 2014
| 12:30 PM
Screen Media Films has acquired North American rights to thriller "A Good Marriage," adapted from Stephen King's short story from the collection "Full Dark, No Stars."
King wrote the screenplay, and Peter Askin directed the film, starring Joan Allen,...
| Jun 7, 2014
| 5:00 AM
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The summer blockbusters are coming. And to see them, you don't even need to get off your sofa.
The TV networks are pouring unprecedented amounts of money — and some very creative deal-making...
| May 5, 2014
| 2:30 AM
"Chocolate comes from cocoa, which comes out of a tree. Therefore, chocolate counts as salad," as the new saying goes. And for an old saying, we'll use Richard Wilbur's mysterious one. He was Poet Laureate in 1987. He wrote: "We milk the cow of the world,...
| Mar 7, 2014
Pandemic by Scott Sigler, Crown, 592 pages, $26
When George Romero popularized zombies in the '60s, they were straightforwardly a trope for Cold War anxieties. They trudged and lurched, as vacant as the '50s stereotypes of mindless consumers rising from...
| Mar 28, 2014
"Play normal music!"
The woman yelling this at Neil Young stood three rows away from him at the Rosemont Theater in 2004. Between each song, as he spoke to the crowd about the next chapter in "Greendale," the theatrical rock play he was presenting...
| Apr 24, 2014
| 10:00 PM
Among the many stars of comic books and graphic novels to appear at C2E2 (Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo) this weekend will be DC Comics' Batman scribe Scott Snyder. I first discovered Snyder after reading his breakthrough horror title “...
| Mar 3, 2014
| 10:30 AM
"Tuck Everlasting," the tuner that had been targeting a Broadway run during the 2013-14 season before getting detoured, and the world preem of the musical adaptation of "Bull Durham" are among the titles on tap for the 2014-15 season at the Alliance...
| Mar 5, 2014
| 4:30 PM
Even Jack Bauer, the indefatigable U.S. super agent from the popular Fox series "24," can be bought.
Fox is seeking as much as $500,000 for a 30-second ad in the debut of "24: Live Another Day," a much-ballyhooed revival of its groundbreaking spy drama,...
| Mar 6, 2014
| 10:30 AM
"Resurrection" has such a provocative concept and a well-cast pilot that the temptation is to hang on hopefully for the ride, albeit with a measure of skepticism regarding how much life, renewed or otherwise, the producers can mine from the premise....
| Mar 7, 2014
| 11:00 AM
In "Black Moon," first-time novelist Kenneth Calhoun documents a plague of sleeplessness that threatens the very fabric of the world and reality. The sleepless have hallucinations and turn into the equivalent of manic, deranged zombies, while those who...