May 22, 2011
TV THIS WEEK SUNDAY What if a classic science-fiction scenario became fact? That possibility is imagined in the special "When Aliens Attack. " And it's all sci-fi farce when "Family Guy" completes its spoofing of the original "Star Wars" trilogy with a send-up of "Return of the Jedi. " (National Geographic, 5 and 8 p.m.; Fox, 9 p.m.) Tom Selleck and his manly mustache star in the made-for-TV thriller "Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost," while Donald Trump and his crazy comb-over pick a winner on the season finale of "The Celebrity Apprentice.
October 8, 2010
Runner's World magazine a few years ago asked an expert in music and athletic performance to recommend the best songs to listen to while running. British professor Costas Karageorghis selected songs with a particular number of beats per minute (120) and other factors to get folks moving: "The Heat Is On" by Glenn Frey; "Reach" by S Club 7; "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love" by the Blues Brothers; and "William Tell Overture" by Rossini. Really? We'll just stick with "Gonna Fly Now," a.k.a.
May 16, 2010 |
An episode of "Saturday Night Live" contains, on average, 11 sketches. Given the 35 (!) seasons of "SNL" and an average of 20 episodes per year, that makes for approximately 7,700 sketches written, rehearsed and performed on the influential comedy show. Out of that enormous trove of raw material, a handful of sketches have received the honor of being bulked up to feature-film length. After a decade-long hiatus (anyone remember 2000's "The Ladies Man," starring Tim Meadows?), "SNL" returns to the big screen Friday with the action-film parody "MacGruber," featuring cast members Will Forte and Kristen Wiig (joined by Ryan Phillippe, Powers Boothe and Val Kilmer)
October 1, 2008 |
CHICAGO -- I'm waiting for luggage at O'Hare with Jim Belushi. We're both going to be at Wrigley Field tonight. He will be the Cubs' guest, singing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" during the seventh-inning stretch. I hope they have a seat in the press box. We played together as kids in our hometown of Wheaton, Ill., climbing the same tree. Obviously Belushi is a much better climber. According to Jim, the Cubs are going to win this series. He's wearing a Cubs cap, and he's going to be the emcee at a downtown rally.
April 27, 2008 |
Think buying and selling a house these days is migraine-inducing? Multiply it times four and pass the Excedrin to Dan Aykroyd. The comic actor and his wife, Donna Dixon, paid $14.5 million in February for a 5,244-square-foot house in Pacific Palisades that wasn't listed in the Multiple Listing Service. Just two months earlier, they sold their 4,828-square-foot home on Woodrow Wilson Drive to "Vacation" star Beverly D'Angelo (you know, the actress who looks like Lauren Hutton) for $3.
February 9, 2004 |
Another hit film property is going to get new life as a stage musical. This time it's "The Blues Brothers Revival," which opens April 20 in Chicago, where the 1980 film starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd was set.