| Jun 11, 2012
| 6:45 AM
In the 1960s when I was a beat reporter for a daily newspaper in Virginia and later taught journalism, many would snicker, "if it bleeds, it leads." Yet bleeding leads sold papers, and 40 years ago, even decent publications sometimes indulged.
| Oct 30, 2013
| 5:04 PM
Recently, I spent an hour floating in a 4-by-8 isolation tank filled with tepid salt water in a basement in Manassas, Va.
No, this wasn't a "Silence of the Lambs" scenario. It was an exercise meant to bolster my sanity, not endanger it.
| Jul 27, 2013
| 4:28 PM
James Spader has gorgeous hair.
You've seen it in "Pretty in Pink" and other Brat Pack movies. You've marveled about it when he was on "Boston Legal." It's been a trademark throughout his career, which included his recent TV stint on "The Office."
| Aug 20, 2013
| 12:47 PM
Students at Hinsdale Central and Hinsdale South high schools, and their parents, can see a full list of which R-rated movies may be shown in courses now that they are listed for the first time on the schools' websites.
The lists, which include all...
| Jul 27, 2013
| 10:59 AM
With cable television taking more chances with edgy content, NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke said it was important for the network to let producers know that it too will stand by programs that push the envelope.
Responding to a question at...
| Mar 23, 2013
| 12:41 PM
The last weekend of March offered up a bunch of TV events, but you ain't seen nothing yet. April 2013 brings showers of season and series premieres, finales and films to add to the already launched new seasons of "Game of Thrones," Doctor Who" and others....
| Jan 20, 2013
| 10:19 PM
If you are sensitive to bloody images of horrible murder, you might not want to watch the new serial killer drama "The Following" (8 p.m. CT Jan. 21, Fox; 3 stars out of 4). If you like to be scared to the point of watching through interlocked fingers,...
| May 29, 2013
| 4:30 PM
Wine is a favorite hobby for biz figures from Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt and Drew Barrymore to Pixar's John Lasseter, and now a theater chain known for its beer and snacks is embracing wine as a way to commemorate classic films and grow the indie exhib's...
| May 24, 2013
| 11:00 AM
When Showtime debuted "Dexter" way back in 2006, people couldn't quite grasp what they were seeing. A serial killer? As a sympathetic leading man? Were those the flames of Sodom burning distantly behind us?
"Silence of the Lambs" had whet our appetite...
| Jan 17, 2013
| 7:34 AM
National Lampoon, one of the most recognizable names in comedy, but one that has seen its brand image suffer in recent years, is getting back into the stage business with a brand new production -- "Sketches from the National Lampoon" at the Hayworth...
| Mar 31, 2013
| 7:19 AM
You get premieres, returns and season finales this week. The highlights:
1. "Justified" concludes its exceptional fourth season at 10 p.m. Tuesday on FX. Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) has a final showdown with the Detroit mob. FX also says that "Boyd...
| Apr 2, 2013
| 6:00 AM
You just can't keep a good cannibal down.
More than three decades after he first murdered and chomped his way to pop culture infamy, sophisticated serial murderer Hannibal Lecter is back, alive and well-fed. And although he has gone from the big...