Latest news from The Southtown Star Online en-us Wed, 28 Jul 2010 14:10:16 PDT Southtown Star logo 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Take your pick — It’s not too early to check out nearby apple orchards ]]> Lead story image

As August gets underway, it’s a great time to plan a family outing to gather up and enjoy freshly-picked apples. ]]> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 13:06:44 -0500 <![CDATA[ ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’: A giddy space oddity makes the summer sunnier ]]> Lead story image

RICHARD ROEPER: The mostly lighthearted comic-book movie boasts whiz-bang action, some laugh-out-loud moments and a wisecracking raccoon you’ll come to care about. ]]> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 02:20:21 -0500 <![CDATA[ Movie’s no whitewash, producer Jagger promises ]]> Lead story image

Mick Jagger copped plenty of moves from James Brown, and the similarities don’t end there. “James was definitely one of those guys with super drive and energy,” Jagger, 71, says of the late Godfather of Soul. “He never left the audience bored. He gave his best in every show.” Early in his career, the singer was inspired by Brown’s footwork and vocal chops. When “Get On Up” hit his doorstep, Jagger jumped. A producer of the project through his Jagged Films, he’s thrilled with the results: a music-driven non-linear depiction of Brown’s ascent from poverty and abuse to global acclaim. … ]]> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 02:21:12 -0500 <![CDATA[ ‘Get On Up’: As James Brown, Chadwick Boseman makes it funky ]]> Lead story image

RICHARD ROEPER: The ‘42’ star inhabits the persona of a larger-than-life icon without ever delving into caricature or mere impersonation. ]]> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 02:20:59 -0500 <![CDATA[ VIEWING HISTORY WITH STYLE ]]> Lead story image

Beginning Friday, the Gene Siskel Film Center presents recent features and shorts, dramas and documentaries, all “celebrating the stories, images, heritage and history of the black experience in the U.S. and around the world.” Vintage titles in the 20th annual Black Harvest Film Festival include a 35mm print of “A Rage in Harlem,” a 1991 film based on a 1957 crime novel Chester Himes penned in Paris. Director Bill Duke is scheduled to appear at the 5:15 p.m. Aug. 24 screening. The cast of this black film noir includes Forest Whitaker, Robin Givens and Danny Glover. Glover is tentatively scheduled … ]]> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 02:21:25 -0500 <![CDATA[ ‘300: Rise of an Empire’: More brilliant battles and gorgeous gore ]]> Lead story image

RICHARD ROEPER: In this sort-of sequel, the performances are uniformly good, especially Eva Green as a complex, colorful villain. ]]> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 06:15:43 -0500 <![CDATA[ Pro Wrestling: Chris Hero returns to Chicago Ridge ]]> Lead story image

It’s been more than 2 1/2 years since “Knockout Artist” Chris Hero has wrestled in Chicago Ridge, but he’ll be back there with Ring of Honor Wrestling on March 8. “Raising the Bar Night 2” marks Hero’s first Southland appearance since leaving ROH for WWE’s developmental system NXT (formerly Florida Championship Wrestling), where he spent nearly two years training as Kassius Ohno. Released from his WWE contract in November, Hero has no regrets. “I learned a great amount,” he said of his time in NXT. “I was able to spend time not only with a lot of talented people but … ]]> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 06:12:42 -0500 <![CDATA[ On new CD, solo tour, Jennifer Nettles is finding a new, empowering voice ]]> Lead story image

“This is my new chapter of rebirth,” says the Sugarland singer. ]]> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 06:13:41 -0500 <![CDATA[ Crowd Pleasers for March 7, 2014 ]]> Lead story image

Here is a look at some crowd pleasers. Suggestions include the ticket on-sale for Linkin Park’s August concert at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park. ]]> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 06:12:54 -0500 <![CDATA[ ‘Ring of Fire’ lacks soul of Johnny Cash’s life ]]> Lead story image

Revue at Theater at the Center sounds terrific but falters whenever the music stops and the attempts at dialogue begin. ]]> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 06:13:04 -0500 <![CDATA[ ‘Son of God’: The Good Shepherd in a not-so-good movie ]]> Lead story image

You feel worse about ripping some films than others. If it’s exploitative dreck or cynical torture porn or a brainless sequel, you just fire away, grateful for the opportunity to vent and to warn movie-lovers to stay away. This is not the case with “Son of God.” You almost wince when reviewing this one. The driving forces behind this miniseries-turned-feature film are the husband-and-wife team of Mark Burnett (creator of such enduring reality series as “Survivor” and “Shark Tank”) and Roma Downey (“Touched by an Angel”), two of the loveliest and most spiritual people it has been my privilege to … ]]> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 06:13:09 -0500 <![CDATA[ Local Buzz for March 7, 2014 ]]> Lead story image

Here is a look at music events. Suggestions include gigs at Blue Chip Casino’s Rocks Lounge in Michigan City, the Venue at Horseshoe Hammond, Majestic Star Casino & Hotel’s Lakeshore Lounge in Gary, and Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville. ]]> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 15:25:36 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sarah Jessica Parker launches shoe line worthy of Carrie Bradshaw ]]> Lead story image

“Sex and the City” star comes to Chicago to tout her footwear partnership with the CEO of Manolo Blahnik. ]]> Sun, 06 Apr 2014 06:10:20 -0500 <![CDATA[ ‘Jeopardy’ champ stands up for Chu ]]> Lead story image

Local “Jeopardy” champ says Arthur Chu is definitely not “an evil genius.” ]]> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:37:53 -0500 <![CDATA[ ‘12 Years a Slave’ wins top Academy Award ]]> Lead story image

The trophy for Steve McQueen’s brutal, unshrinking historical drama “12 Years a Slave” marks the first best picture Oscar-winning film directed by a black filmmaker. ]]> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 15:40:34 -0500 <![CDATA[ FYI on FMBA: Jimmy Buffett in Tinley Park ]]> Lead story image

Jimmy Buffett’s This One’s for You Tour 2014 is set for June in Tinley Park. Find out more and watch videos from the musical artist on FYI on FMBA at ]]> Sun, 02 Mar 2014 10:24:47 -0500