June 7, 2012 |
** (out of four) Ah, there's nothing like a hookah session with grandma. Zoe (Elizabeth Olsen) and Jake (Nat Wolff) learn that from experience when they spend time in Woodstock with their mom Diane (Catherine Keener) and her mom Grace (Jane Fonda), who paints a naked dude named Jazz and refuses to name the chickens that roam around everywhere because “They're nature's children, not ours.” As Diane takes time away from the husband (Kyle MacLachlan) who just asked for a divorce, she and her kids encounter new romantic possibilities (with folks including Jeffrey...
November 29, 2011 |
It's the holiday season once again, and what kind of self-centered goon would I be if I didn't get you fine folks the gift of a rapid-fire touch-em-all column? (Note, after this year we'll have to change that phrase.) > > Firing time and the lying's sleazy: From UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel getting canned a full week before the first Pac-12 championship game (and still coaching it) to the complete farce of the Urban Meyer saga, it's that time of year where college football teams eliminate their coaches and bring in a set of fresh faces.
April 11, 2013 |
Chicago rapper St. Millie isn't shy about revealing his innermost thoughts to both friends and journalists alike. "This is my first big interview, by the way," he admitted in a recent phone interview, "So I'm a little nervous. " Born Milton McKinney III 21 years ago, the rapper is similarly unguarded on his debut mixtape, "No Religion but Up," a soulful effort packed with songs that touch on everything from Chicago gun violence ("Hello") to his mother's struggles with drug addiction ("Dear Moms")
March 19, 2013 |
We all have our skeletons, don't we? Some of us can't dance, and some of us have never seen "Die Hard. " Until last week, I had never ridden a bike. My dad tried to teach me a bunch of times, but apparently I wasn't having it. As I grew up, the concept of riding didn't appeal to me, even after all of my friends asked to teach me. (By the way: The next question out of your mouth after I tell you I can't ride a bike shouldn't be, "Well, can you swim?" It's an awkward time for everyone involved, OK?
April 25, 2012 |
John Cusack claims to have little in common with Edgar Allan Poe. But clad in an all-black outfit and answering questions thoughtfully between long drags of a cigarette in a lonely room deep in the bowels of McCormick Place during the recent Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo , Cusack could be a contemporary update of the tormented author whose Victorian-style cape the actor dons in"The Raven," opening Friday. That is, if he still had the jet-black goatee he grew for the role.
March 27, 2013 |
"Southland," "Girls," "Game Change," "Louie," "Doctor Who" and "Saturday Night Live" mastermind Lorne Michaels are among this year's Peabody Award winners honoring the best in electronic media. It's nice to see "Southland"--one of the best shows the Emmy Awards consistently overlook--in the mix. Also, "Doctor Who" would probably think this honor was cool, really cool. The 72nd Annual Peabody Awards were announced Wednesday by the University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.