| Aug 1, 2014
Thirty-two years ago Charna Halpern approached Del Close with an offer. He was already a renowned director in the world of comedy, and working at Second City. She had just launched the ImprovOlympic and wanted him to teach a class.
"I heard about this...
| Jul 20, 2014
| 12:51 PM
When I talked with iO Theater proprietor Charna Halpern late Saturday night, she didn't seem particularly nostalgic about the Wrigleyville location she was leaving after nearly 20 years. "I'm not sad," she said. Not even a little bittersweet. Next week...
| Apr 9, 2014
| 7:51 AM
You don't spend nearly a decade in Chicago pursuing a career in improv comedy without working a couple of jobs to sustain yourself — just ask David Koechner.
The actor and comedian best known as Champ Kind in the “Anchorman” films...
| May 22, 2014
| 10:30 AM
Hulu signed a deal with digital studio Vuguru for exclusive subscription VOD rights to three films: comedy "Play Nice" starring Mary Lynn Rajskub ("24"), horror flick "Crawlspace" and puppet-crime comedy "The Fuzz."
"Play Nice," about the mishaps of a...
| Apr 30, 2014
| 2:30 PM
Adam McKay uses Twitter prodigiously -- to engage with fans about "Anchorman 2" or Funny or Die clips, or just to write jokes as he did in his "SNL" days.
"I like Twitter, it's accessible, it's simple, yet you can make it dense. It's political, it's...
| Feb 28, 2014
| 10:22 AM
It was a long time coming, but television newsman Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell, of course, who co-wrote the film with director Adam McKay) and his crew go back before the cameras in a sequel that's virtually sure to please fans of the original comedy....
| Mar 6, 2014
| 7:49 AM
The nominations for the 2014 MTV Movie Awards have been released, with “American Hustle” and “The Wolf of Wall Street” leading the nominations with eight each.
“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” follows close behind...
| Mar 20, 2014
| 10:30 AM
What would you do for $500? For $15,000? For $250,000? That's the engine behind "Cheap Thrills," which begins as a simple "guy walks into a bar" story and snowballs into a mind-blowing little horror show.
Directed with screw-tightening efficiency by E....
| Apr 4, 2014
| 2:58 PM
This combo pack of two Blu-rays and one DVD may have the most extras of any new major studio release. (There might be some titles that had this much on their second or third home video release in a “Gold” or “Collector's” or...
| Apr 8, 2014
| 10:00 PM
Opening Friday, "Cheap Thrills" is filled with disturbing behavior as Craig (Chicago native Pat Healy) and his old friend Vince (Ethan Embry) earn cash in a series of escalating games overseen by a wealthy couple (David Koechner, Sara Paxton). Yet the...
| Apr 10, 2014
| 12:38 PM
It starts with a trip to the bar to drown his sorrows, or at least steel his courage. Craig (Pat Healy) has been laid off. How can he tell his wife (Amanda Fuller) that they're about to be evicted? How will he support her and their baby?
| Apr 10, 2014
| 1:22 PM
The historic Patio Theater in Portage Park has been in Demetri Kouvalis' family since 1987. His father ran the movie theater until 2001, when the air conditioning broke.
The repairs were more than the family could afford, and the theater, built in 1927,...