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  • Curtain calls
    Executive director named at Timber Lake Playhouse
    It looks like Timber Lake Playhouse (TLP) will once again play host to two Chicago theater stalwarts this summer in Mt. Carroll, Illinois.This year, the season includes "Hairspray" (June 4-14); "The Big Meal" (June 18-27); ...
  • Title battle
    'Empire' name battle takes shape
    An epic battle for "Empire" played out in fiction on Fox as the TV series took off with viewers.But, now that battle may hit the courts as the name of the show is in peril. This one is not fiction and it involves Empire Distribution. It...
  • Sleep No More
    Sleep No More Review
    Broadway and off Broadway plays are so predictable. There is a story line and a program to follow. The actors perform and the audience watches. Sleep No More breaks the rules of traditional theater where the set and the audience play an important...
  • Easy win
    'Insurgent' in the same ballpark as 'Divergent'
    "Insurgent" took over the box office and grabbed the glass slipper from "Cinderella." But, it rolled out about even with last year's "Divergent.""Insurgent" had a solid win with a hearty $54 million, but...
  • Should surge
    'Insurgent' sets sights on victory
    "insurgent" opened to $4.1 million Thursday night, which was lower than "Divergent" a year ago. Those Thursday numbers do get added to Friday figures.As "Insurgent" opens, it looks like females will drive the box...
  • Off to the ball
    'Cinderella' connects with younger women
    Disney's "Cinderella" has won with ease and takes the box office, much like "Maleficent" did a year ago. If the formula seems familiar, it is.Remaking classic fairy tales is not new and with "Cinderella" taking in...
  • Heading to the ball
    'Cinderella' arrives at the ball early with $2.3 million
    In a tale that has been told time and time again, comes another "Cinderella." To many it is a tale that cannot be told enough.To others, once is enough. Which camp will moviegoers belong to this weekend? In the early showings Thursday...
  • Business of show
    Even public relations cannot save 'Unfinished Business'
    It is looking like another slow weekend at the box office. Vince Vaughn opens his "Unfinished Business" and that may be the accurate term when it plays out.However, "Chappie" could take hold with certain demographics and make...
  • More awards
    MTV nominations remind us that awards go on
    When the MTV Movie Awards nominations were announced today (March 4), one may think we have had enough. In truth, likely people have, but award season really never ends.The Oscars cap off a long award season for movies, but during that span, the...
  • Flat win
    'Focus' falls flat but wins
    The movie box office surely took a break this weekend. Whether that is award season fatigue or simply a normal breather could both be true.As moviegoers perhaps seek out a movie that won an Oscar, the bounce is not going to be a big one. Winning...
  • Tim to focus
    Box office will 'Focus': Oscars need Jimmy Kimmel
    It is now time for the box office to focus once again as the Oscars are over. "Focus" will take down "Fifty Shades of Grey" this weekend.Will Smith, once a huge box office draw, now gets a wide released at the end of February....
  • Huge drop
    'Shades' scores again but has big dip
    With all eyes on the Academy Awards, there is still box office news and a movie that made all the headlines when it was being released, fell hard."Fifty Shades of Grey" did win again, but the hype and news for it has, it seems, died down...
  • On top of Oscar
    Oscar box office goes to 'American Sniper'
    A box office total for a movie has nothing to do with its chance for Oscar glory. If it did, "American Sniper" would be the favorite.However, that is not the case as it still seems to be a battle between the two "B" movies. No,...
  • 'Grey' is red hot
    Kink goes mainstream as 'Shades' numbers indicate
    "Fifty Shades of Grey" has untied a Presidents' Day weekend record with a sizzling number. But, a deeper look at those numbers will take place.The hot movie, which is based on the popular E.L. James book, has won the weekend with $85...
  • Hot, hot, hot
    '50 Shades of Grey' is red hot right now
    For a R-rated movie to grab $8.6 million on a Thursday early showing is pretty darn impressive. So, like it or not, "50 Shades of Grey" has started hot.This is not as easy to track down as other films since the obvious "no-show"...