| Aug 14, 2013
| 1:15 PM
"Didn't he play a serial killer?" an editor asked when I brought up Gary Cole's name not long ago. Not a serial killer, but the 1984 TV miniseries "Fatal Vision" was Cole's first major role. Playing Jeffrey MacDonald, the real-life Army doctor who was...
| Aug 1, 2013
| 7:41 AM
A highlight of this year's Black Harvest Film Festival (which begins this weekend and continues throughout the month) will likely be an early look at one of the most anticipated documentaries of the year: "Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley."
| Jul 27, 2013
It all began, Nate Herman says, with a party at Gary Houston's.
"I mentioned to Gary that a mutual friend of ours, whose hairline was receding, had started to look like the President (played by Peter Sellers) in 'Doctor Strangelove,'" says Herman....
| Mar 18, 2013
| 2:41 PM
Charna Halpern's script about her late iO (formerly ImprovOlympic) co-founder Del Close opens with the vastly influential, hard-living, difficult, brilliant improvisation pioneer glimpsing a TV on which his former student Betty Thomas is thanking him...
| Apr 19, 2013
| 7:27 AM
A group of influential screenwriters will converge on Chicago this weekend, including Lucy Alibar (whose script for "Beasts of the Southern Wild" was nominated for an Oscar this year) and Bob Gale (who wrote all three "Back to the Future" films).
| Apr 11, 2012
| 3:27 PM
"No actor should be in Chicago 'cause they wanta make money," a character says in "The Last Duck," a new play that includes a brief but pointed look at our Second City complex. "It's more about art," the guy says. "You know, whatever that means. Or you...
| Oct 15, 2012
| 3:37 PM
People do ridiculous things in the middle of the night. Questionable things. Like decide they will shoot the entire season of a Web series — all 14 episodes, with 50 pages of dialogue — before the sun comes up.
In fact, when director Ron...
| May 4, 2012
| 8:20 AM
Joel Murray and Bobcat Goldthwait have known each other since 1985, when they met on the set of "One Crazy Summer," an iconic comedy of the era starring John Cusack as a dorky animator and Demi Moore as the girl of his dreams.
"The day I met Bob, he...
| Nov 9, 2012
| 12:51 PM
The iO Theater is moving. On Friday, owner Charna Halpern purchased a new space for her long-running comedy enterprise, signaling an end to iO's presence in Wrigleyville after nearly two decades.
Currently located at the corner of Clark and Addison,...
| Mar 14, 2011
| 9:32 PM
THEATER REVIEW: "God of Carnage" ★★★ Through April 17 at the Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St.; Running time: 1 hour, 15 minutes; Tickets are $25-$78 at 312-443-3800 or www.goodmantheatre.org Post-show dining is always tricky in...
| Apr 11, 2010
| 4:26 AM
*David Feiner, artistic director, and some of the kids from the Albany Park Theater Project's latest show, "Feast," talk about their show, running through April 24.
*Lise Dominique and her dog Harvey stop by to talk about...
| Oct 20, 2011
| 12:04 PM
I spent a full day on the set with the "Boss" cast and crew when they were filming here this summer, and I walked away with the distinct impression that the series would not fall into some of the same traps that hampered Fox's "The Chicago Code" or so...