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'Titanic' actor Bill Paxton has died
By LINDSEY BAHR
Feb 26, 2017 10:58 AM
Family representative says Bill Paxton, who played an astronaut in "Apollo 13," has died from surgery complications.
The Oscars are less white, but the industry hasn't changed
By Lindsey Bahr
Feb 26, 2017 7:18 AM
After two years of intense public scrutiny over the academy's all-white acting nominations, the 2017 Oscar nominees are as diverse a group as the organization has ever seen. It's been cause for celebration, but also for reflection and heightened scrutiny of areas where there is still work to be done.
Jimmy Kimmel talks about Trump and other pre-Oscars concerns
By Sandy Cohen
Feb 26, 2017 7:00 AM
Jimmy Kimmel says he never really wanted to host the Academy Awards. "Because hosting turns out to be a lot of work, and as you know, people are very critical," he says. Kimmel will make his Oscars debut starting at 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, on ABC.
Oops La La! Envelope mix-up nearly gives Best Picture Oscar to wrong movie
By Dann Gire
Feb 26, 2017 11:52 PM
Whoa! What happened at the Oscars Sunday night? Things got a little nutty at the 89th Academy Awards in the Dolby Theater where Warren Beatty announced the wrong Best Picture -- he announced "La La Land," but it was really "Moonlight."
Sunday picks: Laugh with Piff the Magic Dragon at Schaumburg's Improv
By Scott C. Morgan & Laura Milbrath Stewart
Feb 26, 2017 8:35 AM
Costumed magician/comedian Piff the Magic Dragon ends a weekend standup comedy run at the Improv Comedy Showcase at Woodfield Mall. More on this and other fun events.
Jordan Peele's 'Get Out' scares up big $30.5 million debut
By LINDSEY BAHR
Feb 26, 2017 2:16 PM
Comedian Jordan Peele's directorial debut "Get Out" has made a splash atop the box office in its opening weekend
Images: Oscars red carpet
Feb 26, 2017 8:12 PM
Ruth Negga, dripping in responsibly sourced rubies with a custom Valentino gown to match, accessorized with something extra Sunday on her first Oscar red carpet as a nominee -- a blue ribbon in support of the ACLU. The ribbon popped up on others walking the red carpet, including Lin-Manuel Miranda.
North Central celebrates International Festival
Daily Herald report
Feb 26, 2017 5:26 PM
On Sunday, youcould step inside the Merner Field House at North Central College in Naperville and find food, music and performances from folks representing China, Germany, India, Ireland, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Spain and Bulgaria.
Who knew 'Arrival' could be so topical?
By Zachary Pincus-Roth
Feb 26, 2017 7:15 AM
"Arrival" is about overcoming divides not only between species, but also among nationalities, as Amy Adams's linguist character works with colleagues from China, Russia and other countries where the oblong ships have been parked to figure out the aliens' pictographic language.
'The Lego Batman Movie' can't escape the weight of Batman's history
By Alyssa Rosenberg
Feb 25, 2017 7:23 AM
Plenty of movie franchises run into trouble on the second go-around. "The Lego Batman Movie," the first spin-off of 2014's "The Lego Movie," is absolutely distinct from its predecessor. In escaping the specific gravity of "The Lego Movie," though, it has wandered into the orbit of other Batman movies in ways that make it less radical.
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