| May 7, 2012
| 12:21 PM
George Lindsey, the Southern-born character actor who played dim hayseed Goober Pyle, the genial gas station auto mechanic on "The Andy Griffith Show" and "Mayberry R.F.D.," died early Sunday morning. He was 83.
Lindsey, who later was a regular on the...
| Oct 13, 2011
Motorola chief transformed company
Robert Galvin, 89, who over nearly three decades as Motorola's chief executive transformed the maker of police radios and TVs into one of the world's leading electronics companies, died in his sleep...
| Jun 22, 2012
Film critic Andrew Sarris began his rise to prominence in the early 1960s when, fresh off an extended visit to Paris, he became a primary spokesman for a theory that would reverberate throughout the cinema world.
Screenwriters and producers may have...
| Jul 7, 2011
Actor known for Native American roles
Gordon Tootoosis, 69, a Canadian actor who often played Native American characters in movies and on television, including One Stab in the 1994 epic western "Legends of the Fall," died Tuesday at a...
| Jul 18, 2011
| 1:15 PM
German media mogul
Leo Kirch, 84, who turned his one-man film distribution company into Germany's second-biggest media business before losing control of it after a gamble on pay television, died Thursday in Munich. His family did not give...
| Feb 5, 2012
Love is always lovelier some place other than home. Well, at least in the celluloid universe.
Traveling by boat, train or even bus can lead to romantic entanglements in the movies, as does visiting über-romantic locales such as Rome, Paris and Venice. Of...
| Dec 7, 2011
| 3:18 PM
Cornell Woolrich (1903-1968) knew his way around two things: rock-hard prose and stone-cold corpses.
He was a wizardly writer of mysteries, a man who could ratchet up the menace and dread by steady, excruciating degrees. His sentences were of the...
| May 6, 2011
| 12:32 PM
Haikufest will feature presentations on the style of haiku and haiga, the combination of haiku and Japanese art, 1-5:30 p.m. at the Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave., Evanston; free. Registration recommended. 847-881-2664.
| Jan 19, 2011
| 3:24 PM
The Mystery Writers of America announced the 2011 nominees for the Edgar Allan Poe Awards on Wednesday, which also marked the 202nd birthday of the award's literary namesake.
While Chicago-based nominees were absent from most categories, both Sara...
| Aug 21, 2012
| 1:03 PM
Although best known as a director, Sean Graney actually is becoming a most intriguing (and admirably prolific) adapter of classic literary works — from Sophocles to Shakespeare to Edgar Allan Poe. His talents in that arena aren't unlike his...
| Aug 29, 2011
| 12:46 PM
“Promises, Promises,” the 1968 musical with a book by Neil Simon and a score by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, will be part of the 2012 season at the Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook Terrace, a spokesman for the theater said Monday.
| Dec 19, 2010
From the lava-like raw-linen tunic inspired by avant-garde Japanese design in "The Tempest" to the Rodarte-designed twisted tutus in "Black Swan," the fashion in this holiday season's "prestige" films is notable for historical references and inventive...