Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ ‘Pond Stars’ from Chicago suburbs launch new series ‘Pond Stars’ ]]> Lead story image

Four guys from suburban Chicago are proud to be “Pond Stars,” water gardening experts from west suburban-based Aquascape as they create everything from backyard koi ponds and waterfalls to revamped wildlife habitats for wolves and birds at Lincoln Park Zoo. ]]> Mon, 08 Sep 2014 19:54:42 -0600 <![CDATA[ Emmy voters give parting gifts for final ‘Breaking Bad’ season ]]> Lead story image

LORI RACKL: Stars Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn and Aaron Paul are honored as Seth Meyers hosts a surprisingly entertaining ceremony. ]]> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 23:25:26 -0600 <![CDATA[ Docu-series stars transgender rocker Laura Jane Grace ]]>

Since coming out as transgender in 2012, Against Me! frontwoman Laura Jane Grace has been open about her struggles with gender dysphoria and the decision to be herself. ]]> Wed, 03 Sep 2014 15:16:21 -0600 <![CDATA[ Taylor Kinney, Jesse Spencer named grand marshals for Chicago Fire Festival ]]> Lead story image

“Chicago Fire” stars Taylor Kinney and Jesse Spencer have been named grand marshals for the inaugural Great Chicago Fire Festival, the free spectacle of fire that takes place Oct. 4 on the Chicago River. ]]> Wed, 03 Sep 2014 15:03:59 -0600 <![CDATA[ Chicago actors poised to claim lots of Emmy gold ]]> Lead story image

LORI RACKL: Though he predicts defeat, former West Sider Andre Braugher is in winning form, as are Allison Tolman, Anna Gunn and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. ]]> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 22:57:34 -0600 <![CDATA[ Emmy winners ]]>

Drama Series “Breaking Bad” Actor Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad” Actress Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife” SUpporting actor Aaron Paul, “Breaking Bad” SUpporting actress Anna Gunn, “Breaking Bad” WRITING “Breaking Bad” DIRECTING “True Detective” Comedy Series “Modern Family” Actor Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory” Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep” SUpporting actor Ty Burrell, “Modern Family” SUpporting actress Allison Janney, “Mom” WRITING “Louie” DIRECTING “Modern Family” MINISERIES/MOVIE Miniseries “Fargo” Movie “The Normal Heart” ACTOR Benedict Cumberbatch, “Sherlock: His Last Vow” ACTRESS Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Coven” SUPPORTING ACTOR Benedict Cumberbatch, “Sherlock: His Last Vow” SUPPORTING ACTRESS Kathy Bates, “American Horror Story: … ]]> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 22:00:00 -0600 <![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 -0600 <![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 -0600 <![CDATA[ Neal Brennan, a vegan comic from Wilmette, chews the fat on TV ]]> Lead story image

LORI RACKL: On his Sundance TV chatfest “The Approval Matrix,” the writer-director leads panel discussions on pop culture. ]]> Sun, 10 Aug 2014 19:52:53 -0600 <![CDATA[ Uzo Aduba, Joe Morton, Jimmy Fallon among creative arts Emmy winners ]]> Lead story image

Uzo Aduba was among the winners of creative arts Emmy awards announced Saturday. Aduba was honored for her breakout role as a prisoner known as “Crazy Eyes” in Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black.” ]]> Sat, 16 Aug 2014 23:37:27 -0600 <![CDATA[ South Side high schooler featured on CNN’s ‘Chicagoland’ series shot, wounded ]]> Lead story image

A South Side high school student who was featured on the CNN series “Chicagoland” was shot and wounded Saturday, his family said. ]]> Thu, 04 Sep 2014 06:56:08 -0600 <![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 -0600 <![CDATA[ David Suchet wraps up ‘Poroit’ series ]]> Lead story image

British actor David Suchet has spent a quarter-century bringing to life a certain fussy Belgian sleuth with a mustache as impeccable as his intellect and crime-solving skills. For Suchet’s dedication to Hercule Poirot through 70 television adaptations of Agatha Christie’s works, he has been rewarded with the sort of critical praise — “miraculous” and “splendid” are among the applied adjectives — that any fellow classically trained actor would envy. Fan reaction can be similarly fervent. “The most extreme example happened to me in Newfoundland in Canada,” Suchet recalled recently. He was there taking a coffee-shop break during production of a … ]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:46:00 -0600 <![CDATA[ ‘Dating Naked’ doesn’t faze La Grange man ]]> Lead story image

Suburban programmer ‘all in’ as he strips down for relationship show ]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 07:49:37 -0600 <![CDATA[ ‘Naked’ ambition can help you make it in reality TV ]]> Lead story image

The “Dating Naked” series is the latest example of reality television’s newest trend. Nudity is hot, no longer confined to late-night premium cable. ]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 06:14:34 -0600 <![CDATA[ ‘Sharknado’ sequel has bite and lots of laughs ]]> Lead story image

NEW YORK — Don’t worry about me. The Sharknado Evacuation map supplied by Syfy network places me, as a resident of Lower Manhattan, smack in the zone most in peril this sharknado season. But I’ll be ready. You might as well batten down the hatches, too. “Sharknado 2: The Second One” (which, if you hadn’t guessed, is an encore follow-up sequel to last summer’s campy classic) premieres Wednesday (8 p.m. CDT). The original “Sharknado” depicted a weather aberration on the Southern California coast that caused bloodthirsty sharks to rain on hapless Angelenos. But hunky beach-bar owner Fin Shepard (get it: … ]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:17:55 -0600