| Nov 17, 2011
Given the choice, Americans of all political stripes generally prefer their leaders not to have been groomed for greatness, nor to find their greatest comfort in briefing papers or bankers. A history involving hard work and the land — the tougher,...
| May 30, 2012
| 6:58 AM
It remains to be seen if Charlie Sheen will in fact participate in Saturday’s Dash for Detection 5K Walk/Run for Pancreatic Cancer Research in Grant Park. The controversial actor tweeted earlier this month that he would take part, but his status was...
| Sep 20, 2012
As a teenager the New Zealand-born Melanie Lynskey came to international attention opposite an equally young and skillful Kate Winslet in the Peter Jackson true-crime drama "Heavenly Creatures."
More recently she enjoyed (at least financially) a long,...
| Mar 19, 2013
Lots of good reasons I shouldn't be doing this. I'm not even a little bit Kenyan. I've undertrained. After an hour, we haven't really even left downtown and appear to be circling back to where we started, Dodger Stadium.
This is my first marathon. And my...
| Dec 30, 2012
| 1:18 PM
Alewives are the stinky fish that used to wash up en masse on Lake Michigan beaches. So it is that we bring you the 17th annual Alewife Awards to commemorate the rankest cultural flotsam and jetsam to hit our shores over the past year.
Memo to vendors:...
| May 15, 2013
| 1:43 PM
Predictability and the arts-and-entertainment world have an uneasy relationship.
Predictability is a given — like the mouthfeel of a Big Mac — when it comes to, say, the punch lines on "Two and a Half Men" or the beats of your average...
| Nov 19, 2012
In reality, “Red Dawn” star Josh Peck says, Twitter would be the No. 1 communication tool during a foreign invasion.
“#holy[bleep],” says the actor, best known for Nickelodeon’s “Drake and Josh” series and...
| Feb 2, 2013
Don't think of it as rush hour. Think of all those burning brake lights on the 101 as your own little red-light district, as beacons to fun and conviviality.
Follow them to Ventura Boulevard, off Coldwater, then left, to a nondescript storefront,...
| Aug 4, 2010
| 4:33 PM
Billy Gardell and Melissa McCarthy in "Mike & Molly." When Melissa McCarthy heard about "Mike & Molly," she wanted no part of it."Before I read it, just the thought of it upset me," said the 39-year-old actress and Plainfield native said in a recent...
| Aug 29, 2012
| 4:46 PM
Charlie Sheen is going to be busy for the next couple of years with “Anger Management.” FX announced Wednesday that it had ordered an additional 90 episodes of the sitcom based on the ratings for the first 10 episodes. Chuck Saftler, executive...
| Oct 12, 2012
| 4:39 PM
Joe Biden, left, and Paul Ryan at their debate. Photo credit: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images THIS POST HAS BEEN UPDATED: The vice presidential debate was widely seen in Central Florida. The night's most-watched program was the Fox News coverage of the Joe...