| May 21, 2014
| 1:45 PM
Kyle MacLachlan is a man of many TV titles. He's the mayor on "Portlandia." He's "The Captain" on "How I Met Your Mother." (Nobody beats his readings from "H.M.S. Pinafore." Nobody.) And on "Believe," he played Dr. Roman Skouras, a renowned geneticist...
| May 29, 2014
| 11:01 AM
There are a lot of famous names out and about this summer: Sting, Michael Cera, Bruce Norris and Sandra Oh, just to name a few. The reason is partly a few Broadway tryouts and partly a few more new Chicago productions that seemed designed to attract out-...
| Jun 11, 2014
| 4:30 PM
Actress Martha Hyer, who drew an Oscar nomination for her role in 1959 for her role in Vincente Minnelli's film "Some Came Running," died May 31 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She was 89.
In "Some Came Running," based on a novel by James Jones, author of "Here...
| Apr 28, 2014
| 6:26 PM
This month marks the 75th anniversary of the publication of "The Grapes of Wrath." Which means it's time to trample out the vintage of the Grapes of Mush.
John Steinbeck's 1939 novel about migrant Central Valley fruit pickers, peopled with robustly two-...
| Apr 29, 2014
| 7:40 PM
It was 1959 when Sheila Kuehl, an 18-year-old UCLA student, first fell in love with a woman. For a year, Kuehl stashed daily letters from her in a dresser drawer at her Westwood sorority house.
One day, Kuehl walked into the sorority den and was stunned...
| Nov 11, 2013
| 2:30 AM
Decades of importing crude from the vast Arabian deserts left many people believing that America's dependence on foreign oil was as inevitable as the tide. But sweeping changes in the way oil and gas are extracted are challenging that assumption.
| Jan 20, 2014
| 1:54 PM
It's difficult to believe it has taken this long for a show like Reelz's "Hollywood Hillbillies" to enter the reality TV landscape. An unfiltered family from Georgia making their way through Tinseltown seems a no-brainer, a real-ish life version of "The...
| Nov 22, 2013
| 8:00 AM
On a balmy midsummer evening at Griffith Park, a game of TV cops and mobsters is afoot.
Guns are holstered, trench coats are cinched and bruises are being smudged onto actors. And then, in mock dramatic fashion, Frank Darabont steps out of the shadows...
| Mar 10, 2014
| 8:30 AM
As intriguing in the details as it is uncomfortable to watch, "Chrisley Knows Best," a self-consciously sitcom-like reality show, initially seems to be just another knockoff designed to cash in on the "Duck Dynasty" demo. Cut through the deep-fried window...
| Mar 16, 2014
| 4:22 PM
Even when The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band first started in 1967, it seemed to have an old soul and an educational heart. John McEuen at McCoole's Arts & Events Place So it should have been no surprise that band multi-instrumentalist......
| Dec 21, 2013
| 7:08 AM
I got the gist of the "Duck Dynasty" thing after my first and only viewing: bunch of rural jackasses who somehow struck it rich get brought into our living rooms to be laughed at by the rest of us aristocrats.
Well, all right. When the archetype...
| Dec 20, 2013
| 2:30 AM
So rednecks need to be politically correct now?
Wait, before the National Association of Rednecked Persons attacks me, let me be clear that I don't mean "redneck" as an insult. Indeed, Redneck Pride has been on the rise ever since Jeff Foxworthy got rich...