November 17, 2011 |
**1/2 (out of four) George Clooney goes to Hawaii in “The Descendants,” but no one should expect a movie as light and amusing as “George Clooney Goes to Hawaii” would be. (Memo to studio heads: I expect a producer credit when you move forward on this as-of-yet non-existent documentary idea.) Rather, director/co-writer Alexander Payne's first feature since 2004's “Sideways” takes place against a beautiful island backdrop where the family drama has all the stress-free glamor of Cleveland.
March 4, 2013 |
Before the advent of Daily Deals, coupons were only good for making collages, keeping grandmothers busy and lining your pet monkey's cage. Invest in Chicago's best-known online coupon maker with today's Groupon: $3 billion for purchase of the company, down from its $17 billion valuation in 2011 (a $14 billion value!). HURRY, ONLY 1 AVAILABLE! P.S. Please buy us. Just kidding. Groupon isn't actually listed for sale, and I don't advise walking up to its Chicago headquarters and trying to use the above fake Groupon.
August 6, 2012 |
The Muskegon Yacht Club on Lake Michigan is a small, white, rectangular building on Muskegon's Lakeshore Drive, and at 6:30 a.m. on the morning of Aug. 1, the loudest sound coming from the club was the jangling bells of the docked boats. On the backside of the building the letters MYC in bright neon lighting mirrored the early morning sunrise bouncing off the lake. All the boats were still, save one around the building's side in the parking lot. The boat was a single-occupant rowboat called Liv, custom built for long-distance solo rowing.
February 13, 2013 |
So much for best-laid plans. A few years ago, a man asked his girlfriend to take a tour of Sixteen restaurant as they dined there. She wouldn't budge. Nervous, the man excused himself from the table. It was time for Plan B. He expressed concern to Keith Mallini, who was working at the Near North Side restaurant at the time. They regrouped, and the man returned to the table. Soon, the woman left the table to go to the bathroom. When she returned, there was dessert, champagne and rose petals.
March 4, 2012 |
I'm not going to try to persuade anyone that Bruce Springsteen is better than religion, but devotees of his music know what I mean. We talk about discovering his canon the way people talk about religious conversions. As someone I was particularly fond of once told me, "I figured you can't be that bad of a person because you like Bruce. " Springsteen's unparalleled career will hit yet another peak Tuesday with the release of his new album, "Wrecking Ball," and I'm happy to report it's absolutely terrific, as lyrically powerful and musically...
March 10, 2013 |
It's a whole different kind of shame for goalies who get penalized in hockey. Even when they commit a penalty, somebody else gets sent to the box while he stays on the ice to face a power play. To get the goalie's take on the "sin bin," RedEye caught up with the Blackhawks' Corey Crawford. Have you ever been put in the penalty box? Corey Crawford: I started as a forward and then I was a [defenseman] before I became a goalie. So, yeah, I've been in the box. Do you feel guilty about another player serving your penalty?