| Nov 14, 2013
| 10:30 AM
On a Friday night last month at UCLA's Royce Hall, British conductor John Wilson led a 97-piece orchestra and 36-voice choir in two hours of selections from classic MGM musicals. By the end of the performance, an invitation-only crowd of 1,000 industry...
| Dec 2, 2012
| 7:15 PM
You certainly could not accuse Kyle DeSantis, the producer of the Drury Lane Oakbrook's huge new production of "Singin' in the Rain" of failing to deliver the wet stuff — as required for the title number and as immortalized by Gene Kelly in the 1952...
| Aug 27, 2012
| 8:10 AM
Theatre at the Center, the Equity-affiliated theater in Munster, Ind., has announced its 2013 season. The calendar year begins with the first Chicago-area production of "The Fox on the Fairway," the latest from farceur Ken Ludwig, and continues in the...
| May 17, 2013
| 6:00 PM
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra's Friday Night at the Movies selection this week is a doozy. No matter how many times you see "Singin' in the Rain," the iconic dance numbers by stars Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds are still a marvel to...
| Jun 27, 2013
| 10:54 AM
Turner Classic Movies is set to present the U.S. TV premiere of Mark Cousins' acclaimed 15-hour documentary, "The Story of Film: An Odyssey," beginning Sept. 2.
The cable network will show Cousins' documentary with a complementary program of 119...
| May 13, 2013
| 7:50 PM
John Gilbert was the golden boy at MGM during the final years of the silent era. He was the young studio's biggest male star, working with such top directors as King Vidor ("The Big Parade," 1925), Erich von Stroheim ("The Merry Widow," 1925) and Tod...
| Nov 15, 2012
| 9:57 AM
"Góðan daginn," says Stefan Karl, returning the "good morning" greeting in his native Icelandic language.
Karl, who stars in the holiday musical "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas," was speaking from Indianapolis by phone where he is...
| Feb 1, 2012
John D. Lowry, an entertainment technology innovator who founded Lowry Digital Images, the renowned movie restoration company in Burbank that worked its magic by returning film classics such as "Casablanca" and "Star Wars" to their pristine state for...
| Oct 5, 2011
Trumpet player in 'Chinatown' and other films
Uan Rasey, 90, a first-call trumpet player for MGM and other studio orchestras best known for his evocative solo in Roman Polanski's 1974 film "Chinatown," died Sept. 26 at Kaiser Permanente...
| Feb 15, 2012
| 10:29 AM
The Freddy Awards kick off in weekend with Stephen Sondheim's dark musical "Sweeney Todd," presented by Blair Academy in Blairstown, N.J. Thursday through Saturday.
The Freddy Awards is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year with a record number of...
| Feb 24, 2012
| 8:29 AM
The Freddy Awards is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year with a record number of schools taking part in the State Theatre's annual awards for excellence in high school musical theater. Thirty schools in the Lehigh Valley and Warren County, N.J.,...
| Feb 24, 2012
| 9:42 PM
On Sunday, Hollywood celebrates itself and honors its own. All eyes (or most of them anyway) will be on the presentations of the Academy Awards.
But do the Oscars always end up in the right hands? Opinions abound on this topic, and what follows is only...