April 25, 2013 |
History Channel's hit drama "Vikings" began with Ragnar Lothbrok and his brother, Rollo, defeating dozens of warriors in a bloody battle. But as the series ends its freshman season Sunday, the brothers probably won't be standing together. "You don't know whose side Rollo is on," Travis Fimmel, who plays Ragnar, told me earlier this season, adding that the final episodes of the season were his favorites. "There's a brotherly rivalry, you know what I mean? And great conflicts. " As Ragnar conquered the sea, raided the English and battled with his Earl--basically becoming the legend we know today--jealousy has been simmering within Rollo (Clive Standen)
April 23, 2013 |
One of 2012's best movies came and went without a shred of the attention it deserves, and it's not as if the film's some obscure, subtitled documentary only a niche audience would see anyway. It's "Not Fade Away," the tremendous feature writing-directing debut for "The Sopranos" creator David Chase, which arrives April 30 on Blu-Ray/DVD. It's a must-see for anyone who loves classic, music-driven coming-of-age stories and how the feeling of being young can excite and change on a daily basis.
April 22, 2013 |
If you played a bodybuilder whose steroid use caused size and performance issues in the downstairs region, you'd expect people to ask about that. But still. “This [female journalist] asked me, 'I've never seen a crooked, small penis. So can I see yours?' ” recalls Anthony Mackie, whose role as steroid-induced impotence sufferer Adrian in “Pain and Gain” has him co-headlining alongside Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson. “I basically looked at her and said, 'You know, the problem with that is, once you start the launch sequence, there's no abort.
April 10, 2013 |
Two rising young playwrights from very different backgrounds find their paths crossing in Chicago this week through the prestigious Joyce Awards, which provide $50,000 grants to support new works by artists of color. Philadelphia native Quiara Alegria Hudes, a 2009 Joyce Award-winner who wrote the script for Tony Award-winning musical, "In the Heights," and went on to win the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for "Water by the Spoonful," debuts "The Happiest Song Plays Last" at the Goodman Theatre.
April 9, 2013 |
Actors who portray professional baseball players are not themselves professional baseball players. So hitting home runs - or just making contact with the ball - isn't automatic. “There [were] some times when I struck out. Struck out over and over again,” says Chadwick Boseman, who stars as legendary Brooklyn Dodger Jackie Robinson in “42.” “At a certain point you wonder, 'Oh, I hope I really can do this.' ” He absolutely did it. The relatively unknown actor (seen previously on TV shows such as “Lincoln Heights” and “Persons Unknown”)
April 7, 2013 |
Throughout her 13-year professional career, Chicago Sky star Ruth Riley has been a WNBA all-star, a two-time WNBA champion, a WNBA finals MVP and a gold medalist at the 2004 Olympics. But she says the most memorable experience of her career was winning the NCAA tournament as a senior at Notre Dame. Now 33, Riley spoke with RedEye about the 2001 national championship game against Purdue, when she scored 28 points, grabbed 13 boards and blocked seven shots. Talk about the run-up to the 2001 NCAA championship game.
April 3, 2013 |
For the last couple weeks, Star Wars fans everywhere have been voting in the "This Is Madness: The Star Wars Character Tourney. " If you've been following along here at Geek To Me , special guest commentator - and fellow Star Wars geek - Ben Finfer of The Score 670 AM has been giving his predictions. I've also been giving my own, and to this point haven't missed a pick. Finfer's record is blemished only by a Clone Wars related match-up in the first round. Now we're going to bring this baby in by giving our predictions for the current "Duel of the Eights" , into the Final Four and into the ultimate championship round.
April 3, 2013 |
When Jane Levy told family and friends she'd star (and have a demon inhabit her) in the “Evil Dead” remake, she didn't emphasize that she'd spend the shoot freezing in just her underwear, vomiting blood on people. “You explain it like, 'I get to be the villain and I get to be possessed and I get to be in New Zealand, which is the most beautiful place in the world,'” said Levy by phone from her car in L.A. “All that sounds good, but the details--it starts to get not so much fun anymore.” The 23-year-old star of ABC's sitcom “Suburgatory,” who spent a short time in Chicago during her stint on “Shameless,” is the best thing in the new “Evil Dead,” opening Friday.
April 2, 2013 |
Considering my - um - history with Star Trek folks, you'd think that I wouldn't be so welcome in their universe. Let's face it, the first time I met William Shatner he tried drowning a Jean-Luc Picard Action Figure that he assumed was mine. Newsflash, Captain Kirk! It wasn't! Anyhoo... Despite my checkered past with the crew of the Enterprise , the funny folks of " Improvised Star Tre k " have invited me to be a part of their show this Friday! I'll be a contestant in "The Away Mission Game" where I will be selecting my favorite captain in a "Dating Game" style game-show!
March 29, 2013 |
With all the pre-release press that has been going out about the new Star Trek game, you'd think I'd have grown immune to it all. Well, this stunt involving the original Captian Kirk (or do you call him Kirk Prime ?) William Shatner made me grin from ear to ear. Check it out!: A Showdown Four Decades Later: William Shatner Faces the Alien Gorn Again in Promo for Upcoming Release of STAR TREK ® : THE VIDEO GAME Reprise of legendary 1967 TV battle between Shatner's Captain Kirk and lizard-like alien puts spotlight on STAR TREK: THE VIDEO GAME, set for April 23 release HOLLYWOOD, Calif.