August 31, 2013 |
When Olivia Cole, 25, was deciding where she should live with her boyfriend, she considered breaking up with Chicago. She was tired of the slow Red Line commute from her place in Edgewater to her job downtown, which affected how much she wanted to go out at night. She thought about moving to another city but didn't want to change jobs. She wanted to be near her friends who live on the South Side without being too far from the Loop. Eventually, Cole settled on the South Loop, a place she came to know and love from her time as a student at Columbia College.
July 25, 2013 |
Dennis Joseph isn't the guy he appears to be. The West Rogers Park native works a 9-to-5 job for a marketing company. Five o'clock stubble crowds his smile. His shirt is starched, pressed and clean. He's your average Joe. But you wouldn't know it this sticky afternoon. His other side surfaces. Joseph is an aspiring director. The 29-year-old is putting the final touches on his first piece, a web series-turned-TV pilot titled “Oh, Henry.” He hopes to have the all-volunteer, shoe-string-budget production completed by the first...
May 28, 2013 |
*** (out of four) The-Dream's appropriately titled fourth album, “IV Play,” opens with a song called “High Art,” a title that's almost aggressively ill-fitting. The song purposefully pokes fun at stuffy ideas of art with its chorus about drugs and sex, but it's also one of the more generic entries in The-Dream's catalog, featuring a Jay-Z verse that imitates Big Sean's flow and sounds like the kind of stilted R&B song rappers release as their album's third single. Coming from The-Dream, an artist who frequently manages to turn pop music...
April 25, 2013 |
**1/2 (out of four) Normally, Dwayne Johnson looks like a mountain. Working with Michael Bay, who shoots anything he admires (male badass/female hottie/four-wheel almost anything) as if he's gazing upwards in worship at buildings, the actor becomes a mountain on top of a building. In scientific terms, this is known as “freaking huge.” Shockingly based on a true story from mid-'90s Miami, “Pain and Gain” counts as a small movie for Bay (“Transformers”), who usually can blow $25 million (this movie's...
March 14, 2013 |
Christmas, Part I is in the books, can't wait for Part II in a month. Part I was the Bears signing free agents - my gosh, I got what I asked for! Twice! I got me a nice, big, sturdy tight end! Martellus Bennett. He can run, catch and block! He's one of those basketball/football combo players. Good, because I really think he should play for the Bulls. With no Derrick Rose, they need all the help they can get. We also have a nice, All Pro left tackle. Jermon Bushrod. It's not an episode of "The Twilight Zone," this is actually happening!
March 2, 2013 |
When Adam Rothenberg signed on to star in BBC America's hit crime drama "Ripper Street," he wasn't expecting to feel quite so special on set in Ireland. "I was for once exotic, yeah," he said, laughing. "I never really thought of myself as having an accent and being different. " Set in London's rough East End in 1890, "Ripper Street" tells the story of H Division, the police precinct charged with keeping order in the aftermath of Jack the Ripper's reign of terror. Rothenberg plays American Homer Jackson, an ex-Army surgeon and ex-Pinkerton detective...