Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Liza Minnelli fine after back surgery ]]> Lead story image

Liza Minnelli is said to be resting comfortably in a California hospital after undergoing back surgery earlier this week, and she’s thanking fans for their well wishes. “I am overwhelmed with the amount of love and caring that has been sent my way from all over the world,” the award-winning actress and singer said in a statement Wednesday. Minnelli’s back injury prevented her from performing most of the year or attending the funeral of Joan Rivers in New York this month. She is expected to make a full recovery. The 68-year-old entertainer is one of the few artists to win … ]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:38:44 -0500 <![CDATA[ Clooney, fiancee arrive  in Venice for wedding ]]> Lead story image

VENICE, Italy — George Clooney vowed he would never marry again, giving hope to millions of women that they one day might get their chance at romance with Hollywood’s most eligible bachelor. And for more than two decades, Clooney’s love life has been tabloid fodder as he carried on romances with a series of models and actresses, a cocktail waitress, an Italian starlet and a former professional wrestler — before meeting his match in human rights lawyer Alma Alamuddin. Less than five months after their engagement was announced, the couple is marrying this weekend in a celebrity-studded wedding extravaganza in … ]]> Fri, 26 Sep 2014 19:43:45 -0500 <![CDATA[ John Leguizamo returns with revamped ‘Ghetto’ ]]> Lead story image

John Leguizamo is bringing his critically acclaimed, one-man autobiographical show “Ghetto Klown” back to where it all began — Chicago. ]]> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 17:26:04 -0500 <![CDATA[ Just hours before kicking off his world tour, Garth Brooks is ready for ‘game day’ ]]> Lead story image

Country superstar Garth Brooks holds court with the media today in Rosemont during a press conference just hours before he was to kick off his hugely anticipated world tour at the Allstate Arena. ]]> Mon, 08 Sep 2014 18:04:20 -0500 <![CDATA[ Keith Richards honors grandfather in new children’s book ]]> Lead story image

There’s one person who knew Keith Richards would become Keith Richards: his grandfather. ]]> Mon, 08 Sep 2014 20:09:14 -0500 <![CDATA[ No Broadway ‘tribute’ for Rivers ]]> Lead story image

Despite Long being a champion of New York theater, Joan Rivers will not be memorialized by the dimming of Broadway’s lights. The Broadway League, which represents theater owners and producers, has decided that Rivers did not meet the criteria for the honor. Rivers, who died Thursday at 81, was known primarily as a TV actress and comedian, though she often attended Broadway and off-Broadway shows and earned a Tony Award nomination. Some celebrities who have been recently granted the honor include Philip Seymour Hoffman and James Gandolfini, whose film careers often overshadowed their theater contributions. Rivers wrote and starred in … ]]> Mon, 08 Sep 2014 20:03:21 -0500 <![CDATA[ Longtime ‘Saturday Night Live’ announcer Don Pardo dead at 96 ]]> Lead story image

Don Pardo, one of TV’s best-known announcers for his work on “Saturday Night Live” and the original “Jeopardy!,” has died at the age of 96. “There was no greater thrill than hearing Don Pardo bellow your name for the first time in the opening credits of ‘Saturday Night Live,’ ” said longtime cast member Tina Fey. With his death, Fey said, “Late night will never sound as cool again.” ]]> Sun, 21 Sep 2014 06:17:57 -0500 <![CDATA[ Neil Young seeks divorce from wife of 36 years ]]> Lead story image

Neil Young filed for divorce from Pegi Young, his wife of 36 years and frequent musical collaborator, reports Rolling Stone. The magazine obtained the divorce petition Neil Young filed in San Mateo, Calif., where they live, on July 29. A hearing is set for December. A rep for Young would not comment. The magazine says the Youngs met at a diner near his California ranch, where she worked as a waitress. She was the inspiration for several of his love songs, including “Unknown Legend,” and served as a backup singer on multiple tours for years. Eventually she achieved a solo … ]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 19:52:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ The Sitdown: Seth Meyers won’t go jogging before the Emmys ]]> Lead story image

He’s no stranger to live TV or to the role of emcee — a skill set that will come in handy Monday when the “Late Night” host helms the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards, airing at 7 p.m. on WMAQ-Channel 5. Meyers, 40, grew up on the East Coast but returned to Evanston, his birthplace, to attend Northwestern University, where he’d take the L to improv classes at iO. His two-person show, “Pick-Ups & Hiccups,” at Live Bait Theater put him on the radar of “Saturday Night Live.” Meyers joined the “SNL” cast in 2001 and went on to become head … ]]> Fri, 26 Sep 2014 12:44:35 -0500 <![CDATA[ Father of ‘Homer Simpson’ voice actor dead at 99 ]]> Lead story image

Louis Castellaneta, who raised a creative family that includes son Dan Castellaneta, the voice of countless animated characters including Homer Simpson and Krusty the Clown on TV’s “The Simpsons,” died Friday at his home in the Chicago suburbs. He was 99. Dan Castellaneta said his father was “a wonderful, creative and talented man” — and funny, too. ]]> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 06:28:23 -0500 <![CDATA[ Gucci Mane sentenced to 39 months on federal gun charge ]]> Lead story image

ATLANTA — Rapper Gucci Mane was sentenced Wednesday to serve three years and three months in prison after pleading guilty to a federal firearms charge several months ago. The 34-year-old, whose real name is Radric Davis, pleaded guilty in May to a charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon after reaching an agreement with prosecutors. The judge also sentenced him to serve three years of supervised release with extra limitations on his travel during that time and to pay a $5,000 fine. Federal prosecutor Kim Dammers said she believes the sentence outlined in the plea agreement is … ]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:18:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Michael Cera pulls off surprise album release ]]> Lead story image

Michael Cera released an indie folk album last week — quietly, in a way almost as unassuming as the actor himself. “I would record a lot of the songs in the middle of the night just at home. I never thought anyone would ever listen to them,” he said in an interview Thursday. “It’s really nice that people are paying any attention to it because there’s a lot of stuff to listen to.” The 26-year-old, whose TV and film credits include “Arrested Development,” ”Juno” and “Superbad,” dropped the 18-song album, “true that,” on the Bandcamp website on Aug. 8. He … ]]> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:06:44 -0500 <![CDATA[ Post-KISS, Ace Frehley all about the solo work ]]> Lead story image

Eight years sober, the guitarist says his new “Space Invader” shows “that I am more focused these days.” ]]> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 20:24:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ At 68, Sylvester Stallone says he’s still viable as an Expendable ]]> Lead story image

LOS ANGELES — Sylvester Stallone has an exit strategy. Ask him: Exactly how long can you be an Expendable? “When you wear Depend-ables, you really might be expendable,” says the 68-year-old screen icon, laughing. Until then, he’s in no mind to retire. “Age is a state of mind,” says the veteran action star. “I’m not ready to sit at home and play with Pomeranians 12 hours a day. I’m just not ready. Remember in old vaudeville when there was a cane that ripped you off the stage. I’m waiting for that moment.” He’ll know when it’s time. “You get to … ]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 06:16:16 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bieber reaches plea deal in Florida drag-race case: sources ]]> Lead story image

Sources said Bieber, 20, would plead guilty to misdemeanor careless driving and resisting arrest without violence charges, rather than the original driving under the influence charge. Bieber also will agree to take an anger management course and make a $50,000 charitable donation, in addition to paying court-ordered fines. The plea agreement does not call for any jail time. ]]> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 23:00:07 -0500 <![CDATA[ Kimball Paul — sword-wielding bouncer on Chicago’s punk, new wave scene of 1980s — dead at 56 ]]> Lead story image

Kimball Paul, a sword-wielding bouncer known to also create a scene on the dance floors at the punk and new wave bars that dotted the North Side of Chicago in the 1980s, has died at 56. Paul, a Bridgeport resident who grew up in Skokie, died Tuesday of liver disease at Rush University Medical Center. He was a bouncer at clubs including Neo, Exit, Avalon and Metro. ]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:41:11 -0500