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  • Robin Williams a comic force, versatile actor Aug 12, 2014 10:19 AM
    Robin Williams, who died in an apparent suicide Monday, was a comic force of nature. The world got to know him as the wild alien in “Mork & Mindy,” a comedian who elevated improvisation to an art form and also demonstrated a rare versatility in more serious roles. He moved seamlessly from comedy to drama to tragedy to comedy again during a Hollywood heyday in the 1980s and 1990s. His Academy Award as a supporting actor in “Good Will Hunting” came in a drama.

  • Screen, stage actress Lauren Bacall dies at 89 Aug 12, 2014 8:09 PM
    Lauren Bacall, a bewitching actress whose husky voice and smoldering onscreen chemistry with her husband Humphrey Bogart made her a defining movie star of the 1940s and who decades later won Tony Awards in the Broadway musicals “Applause” and “Woman of the Year,” has died at 89.

  • Robin Williams: Mourning a manic genius Aug 13, 2014 9:53 AM
    Daily Herald copy editor Sean Stangland has seen a lot in his time at the paper. But Monday's news about Robin Williams hit him as hard as anything he's experienced in his 13 years on the desk. Here's a look at the emotions he felt while putting together the news on the brilliant comedian's death.

  • Robin Williams: Filmography, video clips, pictures Aug 12, 2014 12:50 AM
    Robin Williams, who died Monday at age 63, appeared in a staggering number of films, not to mention two network TV series (“The Crazy Ones” and “Mork & Mindy”), countless TV specials and appearances, stand-up comedy tours, and pretty much anything else you can think of that can make you laugh and cry. Here's a visual tour of his filmography.

  • Famous fans, colleagues tweet Robin Williams farewell messages Aug 12, 2014 12:49 AM
    News of the death of Robin Williams prompted many of his colleagues, friends, fellow entertainers and famous fans to send heartfelt messages of remembrance Monday via Twitter. Here are a sampling.

  • Robin Williams, boisterous comedy star, dead at 63 Aug 12, 2014 7:11 AM
    He was the funniest guy in the room, something that made it all the harder for friends and fans to accept that beneath that reservoir of frenetic energy and seemingly endless good humor resided demons so dark they could push Robin Williams, 63, to suicide. It was no secret that the Oscar-winning actor had suffered for years from periodic bouts of substance abuse and depression. But word that he had killed himself Monday at his San Francisco Bay Area home left both friends and family equally stunned and grief-stricken.

  • Afghan actor links cultures as U.S. war translator Aug 11, 2014 5:00 AM
    Fahim Fazli’s screen career was beginning to take off, with roles in blockbusters like “Iron Man,” when the Afghanistan-born actor decided it was time to give back to the country that had taken him in after he fled Russian occupation a quarter century earlier. Staring at his U.S. passport, he wondered: “Do I earn this?” Fazli went to work as a translator for the U.S. Marines in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. It was a U.S. Marine who had helped Fazli track down his mother, who escaped Afghanistan in 1980, and put his family back together.

  • How Robin Williams may have saved Christopher Reeve’s life Aug 13, 2014 10:33 AM
    In 1995, “Superman” star Christopher Reeve was about to undergo an operation after a devastating equestrian accident. “At an especially bleak moment,” Reeve reported, “the door flew open and in hurried a squat fellow with a blue scrub hat and a yellow surgical gown” speaking in a hilarious Russian accent.” He, of course, was Chicago-born Robin Williams, Reeve’s lifelong friend since they roomed together at Julliard.

  • Cowabunga! ‘Ninja Turtles’ bring box-office power Aug 10, 2014 8:52 PM
    “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” sliced off $65 million at the weekend box office. Paramount Pictures’ comic-book adaptation featuring Megan Fox alongside computer-generated renditions of the pizza-eating, sewer-dwelling superheroes lunged into first place in its debut weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. The action film’s totally tubular result prompted the studio to announce plans Sunday for a sequel set for June 3, 2016.

  • LA porn permits fall, but films keep being produced Aug 10, 2014 4:30 AM
    It has been known as the nation’s porn capital for years, but if recent film-permit records are to be believed, fewer than three adult movies a month are being made in Los Angeles County this year. So where are those hundreds of films available for instant download on the Internet coming from?

  • Sunday picks: Rock with the Goo Goo Dolls, Plain White T's Aug 10, 2014 5:00 AM
    Rock out on the shores of Lake Michigan when the Goo Goo Dolls & Daughtry share the bill with guests Plain White T's today at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion in Chicago. Comedian Steve Byrne ("Sullivan and Son") takes the mic one more night at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg. Food demonstrations, health booths, an art show and music are part of VeggieFest Chicago 2014 at the Science of Spirituality Meditation Center in Naperville.

  • DVD previews: ‘Muppets Most Wanted,’ ‘Railway Man’ Aug 9, 2014 5:45 AM
    Kermit and company reunite for "Muppets Most Wanted." But the gang's would-be road manager and his accomplice -- an evil Kermit look-alike -- provide plenty of complications in this tale, which heads to DVD Aug. 12.

  • Weekend picks: Comedian Steve Byrne plays Improv Aug 9, 2014 5:00 AM
    Comedian Steve Byrne ("Sullivan and Son") takes the mic this weekend at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg. Food demonstrations, health booths, an art show and music are part of VeggieFest Chicago 2014 at the Science of Spirituality Meditation Center in Naperville. And find out the grand prize winner and online Fan Favorite of Suburban Chicago's Got Talent on Saturday as part of the outdoor Taste of Arlington Heights.

  • Dancing trumps depth in latest 'Step Up' Aug 8, 2014 4:41 PM
    Every dance number in “Step Up All In,” whether it takes place in a bar, a boxing ring or a Las Vegas gladiatorial arena, is a battle sequence. The mostly male crews — whose routines are a mix of break dancing, Bob Fosse musicals and Chippendales routines — mime hitting and shooting each other. In one impressively vulgar moment, the dancers simulate urinating on their opponents. The moral of all this macho territorial marking? That dancing is love.

  • Freddy Krueger among highlights of Rosemont horror convention Aug 8, 2014 8:45 AM
    Horror fans: Get ready for a screamin' good time. The Flashback Weekend Chicago Horror Convention returns this weekend at Crowne Plaza Chicago O'Hare in Rosemont. And in celebration of the 30th anniversary of Wes Craven's iconic original “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” star Robert Englund, decked out in his full Freddy makeup, will be the main attraction this year.

  • Five visual cliches movies need to deep-6 Aug 7, 2014 5:00 AM
    Balloons, fireworks and the "Wild Bunch" march: Dann presents his five most tiresome visual cliches he'd be fine never seeing again in movies.

  • What happens when Wallace meets Chantry in 'What If?' Aug 7, 2014 5:00 AM
    The moment that Wallace (Daniel Radcliffe) meets Chantry (Zoe Kazan) at a party, we know instantly they connect, hit it off, are soul mates and were meant to be together. They share the same sense of humor and politics. By the end of their first conversation, each is practically finishing the other's sentences. Yep, they're a couple. Only, they're not.

  • Thriller 'Storm' can't weather disaster clichés Aug 7, 2014 6:15 AM
    Where “Twister” swept us along on clever “Wizard of Oz” references with moviemmakers who didn't take the absurd bad weather tale too seriously, “Into the Storm” feels like an old formula Irwin Allen made-for-TV disaster film (remember “Fire”?) with superior visual and sound effects. Trailers and TV commercials don't reveal the strained and unsustainable use of the “found-footage” gimmick.

  • 'Calvary' exquisitely nuanced drama of redemption and guilt Aug 7, 2014 6:00 AM
    In "Calvary," Brendan Gleeson's performance as a man of profound integrity suffering for the sins of others is the linchpin of this immensely powerful drama, enriched by spiky black comedy but also by its resonant contemplation of faith and forgiveness. The director is utterly serious about exploring the uses and abuses of spirituality in a world of toxic disillusionment and cynicism.

  • ‘Hundred-Foot Journey’ lacks needed spice Aug 7, 2014 5:45 AM
    Take one Oscar-winning British actress. Add an appealing supporting cast. Lather on the picturesque French countryside. Sprinkle liberally with gorgeous food shots, from bubbling, spicy Indian delicacies to perfectly composed French plates of pigeon and truffles. And then heap on a heavy serving of corn. That's Lasse Hallstrom’s “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” which -- despite all its stellar ingredients -- comes off a bit bland.

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