New to streaming this week: 'The Sea Beast,' early Elton John, 'Maggie'
Netflix's animated film "The Sea Beast" heads to the streaming platform Friday, July 8; Hulu comedy series "Maggie" drops Wednesday; and new music from Journey and Neil Young and a little-known Elton John album hit your platforms of choice this week.
Why cottonwood trees have inspired song lyrics over the yearsPicture yourself hiking alone on a beautiful spring evening. You pause on a bridge over a small stream. Along its banks grow elms, maples, and cottonwoods. A slight breeze moves through the trees. If you're a songwriter, you likely enjoy the cottonwoods' restful whispers.
Book review: Crime thriller debut well-executed in 'The Favor'Nora Murphy's debut novel, "The Favor," delicately but unabashedly puts a microscope to domestic abuse in modern America with the added layer of a crime thriller. The novel begins with a vignette describing a woman fleeing the scene of a murder, though it's unclear who is narrating.
Chris Pratt picks military veterans for new Amazon series 'The Terminal List'Chris Pratt, who portrays a Navy SEAL in his new Amazon series "The Terminal List," made sure he was surrounded on camera and behind-the-scenes by former members of the U.S. military.
Fan Expo convention brings 'Lord of the Rings' reunion to RosemontWill Fan Expo Chicago be the one convention to rule them all? With four Hobbits, a galaxy of stars and a fanbase yearning for the experiences they've missed the last few years, that's certainly the goal for the convention that sets up shop Thursday through Sunday, July 7-10, in Rosemont.
'Minions' set box office on fire with $108.5 million debutFamilies went bananas for Minions this weekend at the movie theater. "Minions: The Rise of Gru" brought in an estimated $108.5 million in ticket sales from 4,391 screens in North America, Universal Pictures said Sunday. By the end of the Monday's July Fourth holiday, it will likely have earned over $127.9 million.
Imagine Dragons' 'Act 2' offers light at the end of the tunnelIf you were hiding under your bed after listening to the last album by Imagine Dragons, it's time to come out. The second volume of "Mercury" is upbeat, often Caribbean-spiced and throbbing. It's the sound of a band getting its arena groove back.
TCM rocks with July series of music moviesIf rock 'n' roll will never die, neither will movies that have rock music as their basis. Many pictures of that ilk -- including some very well-known ones -- are gathered in a "History of Rock of Film" that Turner Classic Movies will run on Monday nights throughout July.
Images from Saturday's Fourth of July events in the Northwest suburbsFourth of July events abounded Saturday in the suburbs, from parades to car shows to carnivals.
Book review: 'The House Across the Lake' is a wild, improbable rideAs Riley Sager's "The House Across the Lake" opens, Casey Fletcher's drinking has destroyed her career as a Broadway performer, so she returns to her lake house in Vermont to escape the blizzard of bad publicity and to find a little peace. She doesn't. Instead, she spies on her neighbors across the lake in a nod to Alfred Hitchcock's "Rear Window."
Song by song, country star Luke Combs grows into stadiumsWith a string of 14 No. 1 hits, country star Luke Combs made the professional leap into stadiums this year on his ascent to the genre's peak. Now he's ready for his next journey -- fatherhood.
Bartlett community turns out for Sunday afternoon Fourth of July paradeThe Bartlett Lions Club Fourth of July parade marched around town Sunday afternoon. The Bartlett High School band played and the school's dance team performed. Civil War reenactors even were greeted by a "Star Wars" stormtrooper.
Sponsored | Ron Onesti: Where have all the ballrooms gone?As I continue to open my themed restaurants, theaters and speak-easies, I make sure the decor gives a nod to those classic eras when the people and the places looked upscale and gawdy. The Big Band or Swing era is one of my favorites. It was a time when class reigned, and elegance ruled.