| Jan 1, 2014
Movies operate differently from plays. Tracy Letts knows and appreciates this point. There are things that the new film of "August: Osage County" can do that his Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning play, which premiered at the Steppenwolf Theatre in...
| Jan 7, 2014
| 5:45 AM
Before portraying a dysfunctional Oklahoma family on screen in “August: Osage County,” the movie's actors learned to be a family first by sharing stories, meals and, sometimes, the same living quarters.
At least that’s how actress...
| Jan 9, 2014
| 7:26 AM
Over and over, the negative reviews of "August: Osage County" have pulled variations on a sad theme, with various New York- and LA-based critics wrestling with the film without having seen, or read, the Tracy Letts play that came before it. Paraphrased,...
| Jan 11, 2014
| 11:39 AM
Sundance Channel will bring back the French supernatural drama "The Returned" for its second season, the network announced Saturday.
Considered by many, including me, to be one of the best new series of 2013, "The Returned" ("Les Revenants") follows...
| Jan 11, 2014
| 12:30 PM
Sundance Channel chief Sarah Barnett opened her Television Critics Assn. session Saturday by promising the crowd more zombies -- the Gallic walking dead of "The Returned."
Sundance scored a buzzy hit last year by running the French series "The Returned,"...
| Jan 14, 2014
| 8:30 PM
It's unclear how many films will fare at Thursday's Oscar nominations, including "August: Osage County." Critics have been mixed, even surprisingly mean; but actors (who comprise 20% of Academy voters) love the film -- a fact brought home Monday night...
| Dec 30, 2013
| 9:52 AM
It was the year of the shameless "Sharknado," a disastrous "Dexter" finale and Miley Cyrus' tongue at the VMAs. Has one tongue ever caused so much talk?
Those scenes deserve a place in any capsule of 2013, but the year should be remembered for top-notch...
| Dec 26, 2013
| 2:15 PM
"I'm just truth telling," says Meryl Streep's Violet, the gorgon mother at the center of "August: Osage County," and in that same spirit I have to confess that (a) I never saw this Pulitzer Prize-winning vehicle by Tracy Letts when it was on stage and (b)...
| Dec 20, 2013
| 12:50 PM
The Steppenwolf Theatre Company welcomed 275 guests to its fifth annual Women in the Arts fundraiser.
Held at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago on Dec. 9, the luncheon honored actresses Juliette Lewis, Margo Martindale and Julianne Nicholson for their work...
| Dec 17, 2013
| 2:30 AM
"Thank God, we can't tell the future. We'd never get out of bed!" grumps Julia Roberts in the upcoming film "August: Osage County."
This refers to some desolate, real-life place in the Oklahoma plains.
JULIA might even say these same words at the...
| Dec 13, 2013
| 12:20 PM
Julia Roberts is not pregnant, and she doesn't seem to want to get pregnant ever again.
Reports began percolating that the 46-year-old might be expecting a fourth child when photos of her wearing a baggy sweater while visiting her in-laws surfaced...
| Nov 9, 2013
| 4:30 PM
A famous ensemble cast, a critically-acclaimed play and a director that brought him to fame with "ER" were several reasons for George Clooney to become a producer on dark comedy "August: Osage County." But why did he really do it?
"It was the cash,...