Helen Mirren makes regal bow as Harry Potter quiz show host
Helen Mirren is oddly absent from the Harry Potter film franchise, but she's found her own path into its magical world. She makes her debut as a quiz host with "Harry Potter: Hogwarts Tournament of Houses," premiering Sunday, Nov. 28, on TBS and Cartoon Network.
'Queens' hopes to earn the TV respect meant for royaltyWhen Naturi Naughton read the script for ABC's new music-inspired drama "Queens," a feeling of déjà vu rushed through her. "It's definitely a little eerie to me. When I read the script, I was like, 'Oh, this is what I lived though,'" she said.
Q&A: T-Pain talks new book, embracing his musical legacyThere may be a plethora of adjectives to describe music superstar T-Pain, but boring is never included. So when the idea of writing a book was presented, he knew what he would not be writing: an autobiography. "I want to bring joy to other people," he said.
Do it yourself: Kick off the holidays by cutting your own tree at a local farmFor many families in the Chicago area, traditional Christmas celebrations start in November when they cut their own trees at a local farm.
Book review: 'You've Reached Sam' delivers an emotional YA debutIn Dustin Thao's "You've Reached Sam," Julie is a senior. She wants to go to Reed College and write for a living. She dreams of returning to big city life with her boyfriend, Sam. But Sam is dead, and Julie's uncertain future is made even more precarious when she discovers a way to talk to him again.
Things to do Nov. 26-Dec. 2: Tree lightings, holiday light shows, fests & moreFrom seasonal light shows to tree lightings to holiday parades to craft fairs to winter festivals, there's no shortage of things to do this weekend.
Dining with Santa 2021: St. Nick prepping to visit suburban brunches and dinnersCalling all kids: Do you have your wish list ready for Santa? A perfect time to share it with the Jolly Old Elf would be at one of the many Santa brunches, lunches or dinners happening in the suburbs over the next couple of weeks.
How Chicago-area theaters gave Stephen Sondheim musicals a boostChicago arts institutions played an important part in the development of two musicals by Stephen Sondheim. And the American theater legend who died Friday at age 91 also has been celebrated by suburban venues over decades.
'Ghostbusters: Afterlife' crosses the line between nostalgia and marketingA highly entertaining sequel goes to Walmart, where it becomes a feature-length advertisement.
People to be thankful for: Mount Prospect resident Joey Carbone encourages reading by building mini librariesBy his own estimation, Joey Carbone of Mount Prospect has not parked his car in his garage in two years. The space has been transformed into a workshop -- where he builds mini libraries for families who want one. He says they encourage children to read.
Best Bets: Cirque du Soleil spreads holiday cheer at the Chicago Theatre"T'was the Night Before ... by Cirque du Soleil" returns to the Chicago Theatre, Six Flags Great America hosts "Holiday in the Park Lights!" in Gurnee, and Barry Bostwick will be on hand for a 45th anniversary screening of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" at the Des Plaines Theatre Friday.
Tree lighting ceremonies mark start of holiday season in the suburbsThe holiday season is about to begin, and what better way to get in the spirit than by attending any of the holiday tree lighting events scheduled throughout the suburbs.
Sponsored | Ron Onesti: No my friends, Thank YOU!Thanksgiving is the time that I, like so many others do this time of year, truly take a few steps back and reflect upon the blessings in my life. This year, MAN, this will be hard to do! Still, I have been blessed with so much up until the pandemic hit. I feel there's still a bit of credit left in the "count your blessings" department.