Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![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.” ]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 02:20:13 -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 … ]]> Sat, 23 Aug 2014 00:47:31 -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. ]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:14:00 -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 … ]]> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 02:22:03 -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. ]]> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 14:44:22 -0500 <![CDATA[ Beyonce to perform at MTV Video Music Awards; to receive vanguard honor ]]> Lead story image

Beyonce is set to have a “Flawless” night at the MTV Video Music Awards where she is nominated for 8 awards, performing, and receiving the Vanguard Award. ]]> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 15:38:57 -0500 <![CDATA[ 40 years after resigning, Nixon is ‘alive’ and well on Twitter ]]> Lead story image

Admirers have speculated that the account manager for @Dick— Nixon is a politician, a journalist or even a member of the Nixon family. But Twitter “Nixon” is, apparently, 33-year-old playwright and New York resident. ]]> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 16:49:53 -0500 <![CDATA[ Martha Stewart’s sister dies from aneurysm ]]> Lead story image

NORWALK, Conn. — Martha Stewart says her younger sister, Laura Kostyra Plimpton, has died in a Connecticut hospital of a brain aneurysm. She was 59. The home decorating business executive says on her website that Plimpton suddenly fell ill Monday morning and was taken to Norwalk Hospital. She died Wednesday. Stewart said her sister, the youngest of the six siblings, worked for her and her company for more than 25 years. She edited, researched, wrote and photographed content for Stewart’s blog and other publications. Stewart said her sister was kept on life support for her children to say goodbye and … ]]> Wed, 06 Aug 2014 18:24:53 -0500 <![CDATA[ Ella Jenkins turns 90, with a song in her heart ]]> Lead story image

In her 57-year career, the Chicago treasure has learned the value of exposing children to music. ]]> Tue, 05 Aug 2014 23:14:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ ‘American Idol’ contestant Michael Johns dead at 35 ]]> Lead story image

Michael Johns, the rock ‘n’ soul singer and Australian heartthrob who was a fan favorite on Season 7 of TV’s “American Idol” singing competition, has died. The Hollywood Reporter and other news outlets reported that Johns, 35, died Friday from a blood clot in an ankle. ]]> Sat, 02 Aug 2014 23:27:03 -0500 <![CDATA[ Trombone Shorty replaces New Orleans boy’s stolen trombone ]]> Lead story image

A 14-year-old New Orleans boy whose trombone was stolen at gunpoint has a new one thanks to musician Troy Andrews, much better known as Trombone Shorty. ]]> Sat, 02 Aug 2014 23:14:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Jury awards $1.8M to Jessie Ventura ]]> Lead story image

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A jury awarded former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura $1.8 million on Tuesday in his lawsuit against the estate of “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle. On the sixth day of deliberations, the federal jury decided that the author of the 2012 best-selling book defamed Ventura in its description of a bar fight in California in 2006. Kyle, regarded as the deadliest military sniper in U.S. history, wrote that he decked a man whom he later identified as Ventura after the man allegedly said the Navy SEALs “deserve to lose a few.” Ventura, a former Navy SEAL, testified … ]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 02:20:00 -0500