February 25, 2014 |
It's always tough saying goodbye to your heroes. And this week, an entire generation of geeks and nerds had to say goodbye to one of their greatest. As was reported by the Chicago Tribune on Monday , Harold Ramis died while surrounded by his family. I take heart in knowing that his passing was peaceful and in the presence of those who loved him most. But, it still hurts to know that the man who gave us “Stripes” , “Groundhog Day” and “Ghostbusters” - just to name a few - is no longer with us. In my youth, I found myself gravitating to the brand of humor that Ramis...
July 8, 2012 |
Here's basically what happened: I was at a 4 th of July party well on my way to having a great time, when I somehow found myself in an argument about Medicaid and the Medicaid expansion in health care reform with a few young doctors who I felt had totally eye-popping worldviews about access to health care for the poor. At some point in this argument this hypothetical was proposed to me: “What do you do for a living? A writer? How would you like it if the government told you you had to write some specific thing.
November 3, 2011 |
*** (out of four) Fortunately, “A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas” consists of more than just Santa holding a bong. Though it has that too. Cheerfully honest about the absurdity of its 3D and the gratuitousness of its nudity (cue the hot nuns in the shower and topless angels in heaven), the film's funny and playful--but only for viewers who'd attach those words to a beer pong showdown with underage kids and a breakfast-assistant toy called the Wafflebot that falls in love with Kumar.
October 31, 2011 |
“It's kinda cool actually to be in an environment where people want to go off and serve their country and come back,” said “A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas” star Kal Penn. To clarify: In this case “come back” means “reprise his role as a big-screen pothead,” since Penn (Kumar) temporarily left his post in the White House Office of Public Engagement to film the third “Harold and Kumar” movie, opening Nov. 4. (Penn has since completed his two-year stint on the job in D.C.)
April 10, 2013 |
Correction: An earlier version incorrectly stated that Harold Washington was Chicago's only African-American mayor. Mayor Eugene Sawyer served from 1987-1989. This month marks 30 years since Harold Washington was elected as Chicago's first African-American mayor. Ald. Will Burns (4th) submitted a resolution on Wednesday to the City Council to honor Washington and declare April 15 as Harold Washington Day. The council approved the resolution. "Harold is iconic for me because he showed us how we could build coalitions...
November 10, 2011 |
Apparently November is the month of getting naughty. Two of our favorite Chos, John and Margaret, have stepped back into the spotlight with "A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas," which opened Nov. 4, and "Cho Dependent," which screens Saturday at the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, respectively. This wacky duo make for some pretty crazy interviews -- so crazy, in fact, that we're not sure you'll be able to tell the difference. See if you can match the quotes below to the Cho who said them.