#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

Cat People

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?

A New Hope DVD cover

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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Ho! Ho! Ho! Holiday Horror Movies

Christmas Candle

It's the most wonderful time of the year, with the kids jingle belling and everyone telling you be of good cheer It's the most wonderful time of the year! If the lyrics of Edward Pola and George Wyle's ubiquitous Christmas single are more apt to fill you with dread than cheer, you've come to the right […]

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Top Picks: Retail Therapy at the Movies

Illustration of woman with shopping bags next to Christmas tree

The holiday season and shopping go hand in hand: a visit to Santa at the department store, finding that perfect gift, or, if you’re working retail, contending with frenzied shoppers. So it’s no surprise that many of our favorite holiday movies have retail settings or memorable retail scenes. Whether you’re gearing up to go shopping […]

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#TBT: Rocky and Other Iconic Movies of 1976

Statue of Rocky Balboa

Yo Adrian, I can't believe it's been 40 years! Rocky hit theaters in December 1976, and he's been the heavyweight champ of our hearts ever since. For this Throwback Thursday, let's look at Rocky and other iconic movies of 1976. Over four decades and seven films, we've followed Rocky's ups and downs: from trying to woo […]

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Around the Worlds

There's a neat subgenre of history that wants to tell the entire story of human civilization. A lot of the older ones are very much focused on Europe, with a chapter or two devoted to those vague people somewhere else who were doing whatever. For some reason, I find this combination of bias and ambition strangely charming, and […]

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