| May 22, 2014
| 11:18 AM
"Begin Again" writer-director John Carney has struck a chord, and a deal, with the Weinstein Co. The studio has acquired the Irish filmmaker's semiautobiographical movie, "Sing Street," for U.S. distribution, TWC announced Thursday.
Inspired by Carney's...
| Apr 25, 2014
| 4:00 AM
The M Word
At a struggling Los Angeles TV station, a children's show actress leads her female colleagues as new management arrives from New York on a cost-cutting mission. With Tanna Frederick, Michael Imperioli and Gregory Harrison....
| Apr 28, 2014
| 6:57 PM
Is Chicago having a big year at the movies or what? One of the spring's biggest films ("Divergent") was set here, filmed here and based on a book by a local author. Now two of summer's biggest movies, "Transformers: Age of Extinction" and "Jupiter...
| Apr 25, 2014
| 11:30 AM
Keira Knightley is used to early wake-up calls. The actress has a penchant for period films, and it takes a while to get tied into a corset.
But on the set of the modern-day romance "Begin Again," the British star's call time was decidedly later than on...
| Apr 9, 2014
| 3:13 PM
This past weekend we had a preview of summer with high 80-degree weather. Surprise, I loved it!
On Saturday night I went to see St. Francis High School's production of "Titanic – The Musical," story and book by Peter Stone with music and lyrics by...
| Apr 16, 2014
| 12:30 PM
8 p.m.-midnight April 15
New York Filmmaker Party
Local filmmakers to kick off the festival before everyone comes to town; City Hall
7:30 p.m. April 16
"Time Is Illmatic" (One9) World premiere doc that explores the roots of one of...
| Nov 10, 2013
Even among the pantheon of jazz composers, Duke Ellington looms large, his staggering output unmatched in size or breadth. Hit songs, solo piano pieces, ensemble tone poems, stage musicals, film scores, vast orchestral works — few musical formats of...
| Oct 10, 2013
"How's the heart?" says the Da of the Guy in "Once," the exquisitely crafted, gorgeously resonant and wholly not-to-be-missed Broadway musical that has arrived in Chicago for just three weeks, its newly formed (as in, this is their second week out)...
| Nov 15, 2013
| 7:24 AM
BOSTON -- There were dozens of sordid details that have helped illuminate the personality and actions of James J. “Whitey” Bulger during his two-month trial and two-day sentencing hearing. But Margaret Small paid close attention to one...
| Feb 5, 2014
| 6:00 AM
When Stuart Murdoch, the frontman for the indie pop group Belle & Sebastian, was shooting his directorial debut "God Help the Girl," he decided to offer a cautionary word to the crew.
"I told them, 'You know this movie won't open, because Belle &...
| Feb 6, 2014
| 12:30 PM
Newly minted distribution company Amplify has acquired U.S. rights to Stuart Murdoch's musical "God Help The Girl," two weeks after its Sundance premiere.
The film will open the Generations section of the 64th Berlinale this weekend. It will also be...