| Jul 25, 2013
| 3:57 PM
The first thing to understand about Gilberton police Chief Mark Kessler's famous machine gun is that it's an honest-to-goodness assault rifle, making it unusual in the context of the gun control debate.
Going by the photograph on the front page of The...
| Sep 5, 2012
| 8:57 PM
It somehow is appropriate Andrew Luck begins his career on a field opposite Jay Cutler.
The Bears quarterback can offer his Colts counterpart a bit of advice about following a legend when the teams hook up Sunday at Soldier Field. Hopefully, it will be...
| Jan 16, 2013
A crowded Chicago cafe. Customers sit elbow to elbow.
A man coughs.
I turn my head toward the hacker. So do several others. Our eyes aim for him like bullets.
Kill the germ spitter!
The man ignores our glares, returns to studying his laptop...
| Nov 25, 2013
About six months ago, “Philomena” star Steve Coogan—the hilarious English actor perhaps best known in America for his roles in “Tropic Thunder” and “The Other Guys”—shot a pilot called “Doubt” in...
| Jul 8, 2013
It’s not that “Pacific Rim” star Charlie Hunnam hasn’t had a chance at a breakout movie role. The English actor was nearly cast as Thor and turned down Russell Brand’s part in “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” which...
| Oct 30, 2013
| 3:39 PM
I talk to the dead.
Whenever I'm startled by the shapes and colors in the sky, I talk to my brother Bill, an artist who loved to paint the clouds.
Some days I talk to my friend Steve, usually along the lines of, "Where the bleep are you, Daley, when I...
| Jul 11, 2013
In “Dealin’ with Idiots,” Chicago native Jeff Garlin stars as a comedian who gets so fed up with foolish parents he observes at his son’s youth baseball game that he decides to spend more time with them—not to increase his...
| Apr 12, 2013
Detective April Hope stalked through the doors of the Chicago police station, shaking water off her umbrella with the fervor of a woman throttling a thief.
"Bleep," she said.
She swatted snowflakes from the long down coat that only a few days before...
| Jan 13, 2011
| 7:39 PM
It's time to hear what you guys have to say — about everything from big payouts at the Sanford airport to shoddy treatment of veterans. Plus, we have an abundance of strange and funny notes from confused readers.
Mr. Maxwell: I want to ask you...
| May 5, 2011
| 5:33 AM
For two decades you've known Richard M. Daley as mayor and boss of Chicago. As a columnist, I've been his chief critic. But there are a few things you probably don't know about the mayor and me.
I used to like him very much. And he knows it. Once he...
| Mar 26, 2012
After a career spent playing what he calls “jackasses,” Seann William Scott has no idea why he was the filmmakers' choice to star as a nice guy in “Goon.” Even if that nice guy, based on real-life minor league hockey player Doug...