#TBT: Twin Peaks and Other Hits of 1990

The long-awaited continuation of the iconic television series Twin Peaks is set to debut on Showtime this month. When it first premiered in 1990, David Lynch's lush, atmospheric drama had everyone wondering, "Who killed Laura Palmer?" The series was short-lived, producing only two seasons and the movie Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, but it influenced a whole […]

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#TBT: Star Wars Premieres in May 1977

Darth Vader

The year was 1977. Jimmy Carter was president, the first Apple II computers were on the market, disco was at its peak, and punk music from the Ramones, Sex Pistols and Elvis Costello was challenging conventional norms. Then, a pop culture phenomenon was born: Star Wars: Episode IV, A New Hope was released on May 25. For this Throwback Thursday, […]

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Delicious Documentaries: Food on Film

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This season’s One Book, One Chicago theme is “Eat, Think, Grow” and this season's book, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, tells the story of Barbara Kingsolver and her family as they plant a garden and grow their own food for a year. If you love stories about food, you may enjoy watching these food-related documentaries. Just Eat […]

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3 Key Movies Every Fan of La La Land Should See

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Most movies have their influences in earlier movies, but like the work of Quentin Tarantino, La La Land wears its influences on its sleeve. Set in Hollywood and featuring an aspiring actress as a character, it's a MOVIE-movie that whispers in your ear, "Let's keep these cool old classics alive. Have you seen this one? What about […]

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#TBT: Happy Birthday, Sidney Poitier!

Academy Award-winning actor Sidney Poitier celebrates his 90th birthday on February 20. For this Throwback Thursday, explore the star’s life and career—including a Chicago connection. In 1959, Lorraine Hansberry’s play set in Chicago, A Raisin in the Sun, opened at the Blackstone Theater on Michigan Avenue for a tryout before heading to Broadway. Poitier led […]

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Monstrous Love: Lovesick Movie Monsters

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As Valentine's Day approaches, tales of first kisses, secret admirers and first loves abound. But relationships aren't always candy hearts and chocolate kisses. In fact, in these cinematic classics, love turns downright monstrous. Dracula: "There are far worse things awaiting man than death," Count Dracula warns the beautiful Mina Harker. Eternal loneliness is inevitable when you just can't stop […]

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#TBT: Happy 80th, Vanessa Redgrave!

Born to British theater royalty Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson, Vanessa Redgrave has had a long and successful career, both on stage and on screen. Her birth—80 years ago, on January 30, 1937—was even announced by Laurence Olivier during the curtain call of Hamlet; the actor added, "tonight a great actress is born." Redgrave has more than […]

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Farewell, Carrie Fisher

Book cover for The Princess Diarist

Beloved actress and author Carrie Fisher has died at age 60. She will be greatly missed by her legions of fans and admirers. Let's take a brief look back at her career highlights for those still catching up with her or wanting to revisit her work. Fame came to this daughter of Hollywood legend Debbie […]

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Quiz: How Well Do You Know Star Wars?

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The latest installment of the Star Wars adventure, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, opens Friday. Before you go, brush up on Star Wars trivia with this quiz from bloggers Michelle and Stephen. Good luck, and may the Force be with you.

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