Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ ‘Life With Archie’ addresses gun violence in latest issue ]]> Lead story image

News recently broke that Archie dies (dies!) in the next installment of Archie Comics’ “Life with Archie.” The series, which originally ran between 1958 and 1991, was resurrected in 2010. ]]> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:05:43 -0600 <![CDATA[ ‘Technicolor’ of love — Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young co-star in ‘Joseph’ tour ]]> Lead story image

Since Diana DeGarmo first captured national attention by being runner-up to Fantasia Barrino on the third season of “American idol,” the singer and actress has gone on to Broadway success in such shows as “9 to 5,” “Hairspray” and “Brooklyn: The Musical.” DeGarmo also starred on “The Young and the Restless” soap opera and now is touring in a new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” — co-starring with her husband, Ace Young, a fellow “Idol” alum whom she met while doing “Hair.” Young famously proposed to DeGarmo on the season 11 finale of “Idol.” … ]]> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 12:04:01 -0600 <![CDATA[ Chicago, Pittsburgh history fuels Billy Gardell’s stand-up ]]> Lead story image

BILL ZWECKER: The “Mike & Molly” co-star talks about his yearning for Portillo’s, his bond with Melissa McCarthy and a sitcom blunder that would have riled Chicago baseball fans. ]]> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 06:15:15 -0600 <![CDATA[ Ben Stiller ‘got a lot of help’ directing and starring in ‘Walter Mitty’ ]]> Lead story image

To call “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” a true passion of Ben Stiller is an understatement. ]]> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 19:44:00 -0600 <![CDATA[ Love between man and OS is ‘real complex,’ says ‘Her’ director ]]> Lead story image

Spike Jonze says the movie details with the challenge of falling in love and then remaining in love. ]]> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 06:21:54 -0600 <![CDATA[ Tom Hanks a stickler, but barely a smoker, as Walt Disney ]]> Lead story image

BILL ZWECKER: The “Saving Mr. Banks” star explains his interest in the role, his lack of cigarettes and his lifetime pass to Disneyland. ]]> Sun, 12 Jan 2014 06:29:48 -0600 <![CDATA[ Behind the Scenes with Bill Zwecker: The holiday edition ]]> Lead story image

It’s that time of the year again: The holidays, and holiday productions, are in full swing. Bill Zwecker tells what to see, including the Joffrey Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker” set to Tchaikovsky’s music. … ]]> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 17:04:50 -0600 <![CDATA[ Reliving a crueler time ]]> Lead story image

CHRISTMAS TV SPECIAL Going Gaga for Muppets Lady Gaga is back doing a gig with the Muppets. The superstar and those lovable furry friends have shot a Christmas TV special for ABC, set to air this holiday season. This is not Gaga’s first outing with the Muppets. Kermit was her date at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, and Jim Henson’s Creature Shop provided props for Gaga’s “The Monster Ball” tour in 2010. Originally, Lady Gaga was supposed to have a cameo in the “Muppets” movie with Jason Segel and Amy Adams in 2011, but her part was cut when … ]]> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 20:27:21 -0600 <![CDATA[ Arsenio Hall back on late-night TV ]]> Lead story image

BILL ZWECKER: He’s baaack! Arsenio Hall, who made a groundbreaking leap into TV talk in 1989, is returning to the late-night chatfest scene with the new, nationally syndicated “Arsenio Hall Show.” ]]> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 13:13:22 -0600 <![CDATA[ Chicagoan hopes to be ‘Top Model’ ]]> Lead story image

Humboldt Park resident Kanani Andaluz, 19, is one of 16 finalists on the new cycle of “America’s Next Top Model,” returning on the CW network on Friday. ]]> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 07:04:55 -0600 <![CDATA[ Simon Cowell a dad? Friends quick to judge ]]> Lead story image

BILL ZWECKER: As reports say the “X Factor” judge is expecting a baby with his friend’s wife, Cowell associates say they’re “pretty skeptical” that he’ll embrace fatherhood. ]]> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 07:07:10 -0600 <![CDATA[ New Batman needed for ‘Man of Steel’ sequel ]]> Lead story image

BILL ZWECKER: Jake Gyllenhaal? Bradley Cooper? Guessing begins for the actor who will face down Superman. ]]> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 06:05:01 -0600 <![CDATA[ Will Paula Deen join ‘Dancing With the Stars?’ ]]> Lead story image

As rumors continue to fly about disgraced Southern cook Paula Deen being tapped for “Dancing With the Stars,” TMZ asked Mark Ballas if he or other pro dancers would object. “We don’t have the say. … You get paid to do it, and just do as you’re told,” Ballas said. — B.Z. … ]]> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 09:29:34 -0600 <![CDATA[ Very modern wedding for ‘Modern Family’ star ]]> Lead story image

“Modern Family” star Jesse Tyler Ferguson married his partner Justin Mikita Saturday in New York — joined by such famous friends as Ferguson’s TV co-star Eric Stonestreet, Jerry O’Connell and Rebecca Romijn. Award-winning playwright Tony Kushner officiated. — B.Z. … ]]> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 09:29:34 -0600 <![CDATA[ BILL ZWECKER: Snubs of ‘The Good Wife’ are Emmy’s biggest shocker ]]> Lead story image

In a year with more than the usual number of Emmy snubs, it was the one overlooking Julianna Margulies for best actress in a drama and her CBS show, “The Good Wife,” for best drama series that had Hollywood TV types’ tongues wagging. “This was a terrible oversight,” said an admiring exec from a competing network. “Given ‘The Good Wife’s’ ratings, this will not help the show’s future prospects of being renewed.” A friend of the actress shared a similar reaction to the Chicago-set legal drama being passed over. “Julianna is not one of those actresses who is obsessed with … ]]> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 08:38:01 -0600 <![CDATA[ Robert Downey Jr. tops rich actors list ]]> Lead story image

A few years ago, Robert Downey Jr.’s addiction battles seemed likely to destroy his career, but thanks to his maintenance of sobriety — and starring roles in “Iron Man 3” and “The Avengers” — Downey tops Forbes’ list of the richest actors, earning a cool $75 million in 12 months. — B.Z. … ]]> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 20:47:05 -0600 <![CDATA[ Emma Roberts arrest defies her squeaky clean image ]]> Lead story image

BILL ZWECKER: In a move one producer called ‘out of character,’ the actress (and niece to Julia Roberts) was held by cops after a fight with her boyfriend, later spotted with a bloody nose. ]]> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 11:25:14 -0600 <![CDATA[ Tina Turner marries longtime beau ]]> Lead story image

Music legend Tina Turner has married Erwin Bach, her partner of 27 years,in a civil ceremony Reuters reported took place “a few days ago” in Zurich, Switzerland. That’s near the couple’s lakeside home, where they soon will celebrate with a Buddhist ceremony. — B.Z. … ]]> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 20:53:43 -0600