| Feb 24, 2014
| 6:30 PM
Director John Landis first met writer-director-actor Harold Ramis in New York in the mid-1970s when he was tasked with overseeing a rewrite of what would become "Animal House." "Harold was an old-fashioned gag writer who could always come up with a joke,"...
| Feb 25, 2014
| 10:48 AM
The news that Harold Ramis died Monday at the age of 69 sent many of us scrambling for our web browsers, briefly keeping sadness at bay by remembering a filmmaker, writer and actor who made us laugh -- and then laugh again and again.
What we found was...
| Feb 26, 2014
| 1:28 PM
Colleagues spanning Harold Ramis’ career from Second City to Hollywood — as well as some prominent politicians and in one case both — turned out to mourn the late director-writer-actor at a private funeral service Wednesday in Glencoe, a...
| Feb 24, 2014
| 11:41 AM
Whether in front of the camera, in the director's chair or on the page, the late comedy actor, director and writer Harold Ramis could be counted on to deliver antic humor under-girded by surprising intelligence. Following are five films exemplifying...
| Feb 24, 2014
| 1:16 PM
What I will remember most about Harold Ramis is his smile — always there in his work, ever playing across his face. Even when the writer/actor/director was trying to look serious, his eyes twinkled and a grin tugged at the corners of his mouth. As...
| Jan 24, 2014
In a memorable scene from the 1989 comedy "Uncle Buck," John Candy makes pancakes for Macaulay Culkin's birthday that are so large he needs a snow shovel to flip them.
Kenneth Gagnon, a master carpenter and veteran of Chicago movie sets, made the...
| Feb 17, 2014
| 5:46 AM
Heading into next month's primary election, Republicans in Illinois are more unified on pocketbook concerns but remain divided on social issues — a split accentuated along geographic and ideological lines.
Republicans don't agree on same-sex...
| Aug 4, 2013
Thirty years after "National Lampoon's Vacation" premiered in theaters, a genuine family of Griswolds has made a pilgrimage to Disney World in a replica Wagon Queen Family Truckster.
Steve Griswold, his wife, Lisa, and their daughters, Amber and Brooke,...
| Dec 2, 2013
| 10:01 AM
Congratulations, "Walking Dead," you've made your point. Can we all move on now?
The mid-season finale, "Too Far Gone," arrived, and it walloped our cast of characters like a tank shelling on a hot Georgia afternoon. Which, come to think of it, is...
| Nov 4, 2013
| 2:46 PM
Drew Barrymore's babies keep on coming! The actress is pregnant with her second child.
The "Big Miracle" star's big news comes just 13 months after the birth of her first child, Olive, with husband Will Kopelman, her rep confirmed to E! News' Marc...
| Jan 2, 2014
| 1:01 PM
The Baby Boom, that largest of American generations, is a bundle of contradictions. Its signal characteristics are self-absorption and short attention spans, but also tolerance, nonviolence, a tendency toward political engagement (for better or worse)...
| Oct 30, 2013
| 8:55 PM
Un ambiente tenebroso en el que merodean los muertos vivientes y se escuchan los llantos de una madre que ahogó a sus hijos quizá sea una de las más divertidas maneras de celebrar este año el Día de las Brujas (o Halloween).
Y si vives en el sur de...