John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie was born a century ago on October 21 in Cheraw, S.C. Let's celebrate the life and music of this talented jazz trumpeter and composer this Throwback Thursday. Dizzy Gillespie, known for his "swollen" trumpeter cheeks, got his start in the mid-1930s by working in prominent swing bands, including those of Benny […]
Hollywood film star Julia Roberts turns 50 on October 28, 2017. To celebrate her birthday, we're highlighting some of her work, both past and upcoming. Julia Roberts became a star at age 23 with her romantic comedy Pretty Woman, about Vivian Ward, a beautiful prostitute who finds happily ever after with a wealthy businessman played […]
The sequel, of course, is huge in horror movies, so we knew we needed to offer a follow-up to last year's Quiz: Test Your Horror Movie IQ. Try Horror Movies, Part 2 from bloggers Amanda, Beth, Gloriane, Jeremy, Joanna and Kat for even tougher trivia and scarier scares.
Blade Runner remains one of the most evocative movies ever made. When I watched it, I was struck by how real everything felt, like I was really looking into the future. It's a little jarring to realize that it took place in 2019. That's only two years away! Philip K. Dick and Ridley Scott's neo-noir vision of […]
Thirty years ago this fall, The Princess Bride came out in movie theaters. While the movie received critical acclaim, it didn’t garner much attention from movie-goers. It wasn’t until the movie was released on VHS that its popularity grew and it became a cult classic. Featuring pirates, giants, sword fights, kidnapping, conspiracies and the perfect kiss, […]
There's no stopping the news, and whether you're a fan or not, one thing's for sure: it's hard to escape. So instead of getting bogged down by information, clickbait or the rabbit hole of the internet, give in to the world of news through movies and TV shows set in the news industry. They're made […]
Chicago's kids are busy becoming superheroes during this year's Summer Learning Challenge, but superheroes aren't just for kids. How well do you know these classic superheroes? Take our quiz to find out.
Dustin Hoffman turns 80 on August 8. The iconic actor is one of my very favorites, and he's still going strong. In recent years he's successfully tried his hand at directing (featuring a British cast to die for) with Quartet, and he's done memorable vocal work as a sage old Kung Fu master in the […]
It's a good year for Stephen King fans. Carrie, the first Stephen King film adaptation, came out over 40 years ago, and Hollywood keeps turning back to his prolific catalog for inspiration. King adaptations are so hot right now with The Dark Tower hitting the big screen this week and the much-hyped It remake coming out in early September. Sure, […]
Girls Trip, opening this weekend, brings another opportunity to see Queen Latifah on the big screen. It's a movie that promises humor and heart as four college friends (Regina Hall, Jada Pinkett Smith, Tiffany Haddish and Queen Latifah) reunite for a girls weekend. Humor and heart are two of Queen Latifah's trademarks, so let's look at some of […]