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  • New tricks can’t rescue ‘Expendables 3’ Aug 14, 2014 2:57 PM
    Despite some ruthless new tactics, there’s no saving “The Expendables 3,” the overpopulated third outing of Sylvester Stallone’s all-star action ensemble. Perhaps recognizing its own mortality, the film goes for a kitchen-sink approach. There’s the injection of AARP-eligible action stars like Wesley Snipes, Mel Gibson and Harrison Ford, as well the addition of some junior Expendables. But those extra bodies don’t add any oomph to the stiff dialogue or predictable plot.

  • Robin Williams’ wife: He had Parkinson’s disease Aug 14, 2014 7:18 PM
    Robin Williams was in the early stages of Parkinson’s disease and was sober at the time of his suicide, his wife said Thursday. In a statement, Susan Schneider said that Williams, 63, was struggling with depression, anxiety and the Parkinson’s diagnosis when he was found dead Monday in his Northern California home. Schneider did not offer details on when the actor comedian had been diagnosed or his symptoms.

  • ‘Let’s Be Cops’ a crime against comedy Aug 14, 2014 12:40 PM
    Like a down-market “Sharknado” of buddy-policemen movies, “Let’s Be Cops” seeks to capitalize on the success of the “21 Jump Street” franchise with lackadaisically exploitative relish: Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. play a couple of 30-year-old washed-ups living in Los Angeles. When a couple of cop costumes earn them all kinds of respect, they decide to take their impersonation as far as they can. The result is a tired, lazy film that should earn all involved a stint in movie jail.

  • Gire: 5 minutes with 'The Giver' stars Aug 15, 2014 5:50 AM
    Dann interviews Brenton Thwaites and Odeya Rush, the young stars of the new fututistic sci-fi drama "The Giver."

  • 'Giver' takes all: Ambitious sci-fi drama a dispassionate tale of dispassion Aug 14, 2014 10:11 AM
    In Phillip Noyce's futuristic drama “The Giver,” a totalitarian government becomes so adept at suppressing human emotions — excitement, fear, passion and joy — that it not only anesthetizes its population, it numbs the movie. Parts of this film, based on Lois Lowry's influential 1993 best-seller, should be utterly terrifying or heroically thrilling, but it's mostly a nice-looking tepid tale.

  • Big question about Robin Williams’ death: Why? Aug 13, 2014 10:53 AM
    Although police have now revealed that Robin Williams died by suicide, the Oscar-winning actor’s fans, friends and even family continue to struggle to understand why someone who spread so much joy throughout the world could find so little in his own life that he decided to stop living. Williams, who made no secret of his decades-long struggles with depression and substance abuse, died Monday, authorities said.

  • Bacall’s legend more than just acting and Bogart Aug 13, 2014 7:08 AM
    Lauren Bacall had one of those incredible lives. The wife and co-star of Humphrey Bogart. A Tony Award-winning actress. A National Book Award-winning author. A giant of fashion. A friend of the Kennedys. One of the last survivors of Hollywood’s studio age. A star almost from the moment she appeared on screen to the day she died, Tuesday, at age 89, at a New York City hospital. “Stardom isn’t a career,” Bacall once observed, “it’s an accident.”

  • Waukegan movie walking tour: Aug 13, 2014 8:08 PM
    The Waukegan History Museum of the Waukegan Park District and the Waukegan Historical Society have a free guided walking tour titled “Waukegan and the Movies” on Friday, Aug. 15 at 4:30 p.m., and Saturday, Aug. 23, at 10 a.m.

  • Former St. Charles resident shell-shocked by 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' role Aug 13, 2014 5:26 AM
    Pete Ploszek was born in Hinsdale and graduated from St. Charles East High School before he took his first acting class during his sophomore year at Princeton University. “It was a real sort of synergistic Aha! moment when I started acting,” Ploszek said. “This was it!” Ploszek stars as Leonardo in the movie “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” an experience he said was physically challenging.

  • 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 18, 2014 8:39 PM
    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, 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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