| Dec 3, 2012
| 4:33 PM
Terence Winter wound the spring tight in Season 3 of Boardwalk Empire, each violent twist seeing a piece of Nucky Thompson’s East Coast criminal syndicate fall away and leaving the Atlantic City boss seemingly alone, friendless and on the lam from...
| Sep 16, 2012
| 9:32 PM
In spite of its tendency to be rendered down to facile, generally wrong cartoons to protect children’s and patriots’ delicate sensibilities, history poses a filthy canvas. Those who choose to paint on it can hew to its boring conventions, as...
| Oct 19, 2012
| 4:05 PM
Here is some weekend pigskin to chew on:
—How hot will it get for Texas?
You thought things couldn't get worse after the Longhorns got scorched by Oklahoma last week at the State Fair of Texas. Friday, though, came word that "Big Tex," the 52-foot...
| Oct 26, 2012
| 8:33 AM
I climb out of the car, step into damp October leaves and stare up at the Logan Square apartment building across the street. A chill rushes up the street. I notice a man standing in the front yard, shuffling back and forth. He does not appear rabid. He...
| Oct 26, 2012
| 3:21 PM
Zombies. They're everywhere. Television. Movies. Graphic novels. Pub crawls. Burlesque shows. You can't swing a dismembered arm without hitting one. But look out: In Scott Kenemore's new book, "Zombie, Illinois," the walking dead are invading places...
| Nov 4, 2012
I saved the newspapers from the week after Barack Obama was elected president of the United States, and a few days ago I fished them out of the basket, hidden behind a living room chair, where they've gathered dust for the past four years.
| Nov 5, 2012
| 4:11 PM
It's one of longest running religious colonies in the United States and it's located in southwest Michigan.
At its peak in the early 1900s, the House of David in Benton Harbor had 1,000 members and was a multi-million dollar business empire.Today, over...
| Jun 11, 2012
| 1:24 PM
With all the F-bombs, drink throwing and hair pulling, you'd think we were watching "Bad Girls Club."
Instead, "Mob Wives Chicago" delivered all that drama Sunday as cast members, their families and other invited guests watched during a premiere party at...
| Jan 25, 2013
| 8:27 AM
As is widely stipulated, Dave Barry is a very funny guy. He was hysterical when he wrote his nationally syndicated column for the Miami Herald, for which he won a Pulitzer Prize in 1988, and is arguably even more droll in his madcap novels set in South...
| Jan 10, 2013
| 2:21 PM
One hundred and one years ago, D.W. Griffith gave us "The Musketeers of Pig Alley," often credited as the first gangster film, and once sound came in, nothing hooked movie audiences during the early 1930s more reliably than Edward G. Robinson or James...
| Jan 12, 2013
| 1:14 PM
It's hard to resist Los Angeles-based films noir -- "Chinatown," "Kiss Me Deadly," "The Big Sleep" being only a few of the best -- but "Gangster Squad" is a bit more resistible than most. Director Ruben Fleischer and screenwriter Will Beall have morphed...
| Dec 28, 2012
| 2:17 PM
What's in a name? If you're a Chicagoan and your surname is Capone, everything. There is perhaps no more notorious name associated with the city (except perhaps Gacy, or for a time, Bartman). Growing up, Deirdre Marie Capone lived what she calls a "shame-...