Sh*t People Say Comes to the North Shore

The video sensation that started with “Sh*t Girls Say” has hit the North Shore. Make It Better’s own Marjie Killeen; with Anne-Marie Kovacs; and Audrey van Petegem, have made their own video, “Sh*t Middle Aged Women Say.” We say, “Hilarious.” And when you’re done laughing, check out some of our other favorite, “Sh*t People Say” […]

New Trier Teen Stars in Hallmark Movie on ABC

Peter ten Brink has been a fixture on the North Shore theater scene since he began acting at age 8. But now, a national audience will get to know the New Trier High School teen when he appears in the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie “A Smile as Big as the Moon,” airing Jan. 29 […]

8 Movies to See Before the Oscars

With the Oscars on February 26, here’s a cheat sheet of the top movies worth seeing. We’ve got something for everyone, with 6 movies to see in theaters and 2 to watch at home. In Theaters Now “The Artist” Length: 1 1/2 hours Rated: PG-13 See it with: Your husband A love note to 1920s […]

A Conversation with Jeremy Piven and His Mom, Joyce

On June 25, Evanston’s Piven Theatre Workshop will celebrate its 40th anniversary. The gala honors alums Jeremy Piven, John and Joan Cusack, and Aidan Quinn, among others. Those actors are just a few of the celebrated artists that the acclaimed theater and training center has produced (others are Kate Walsh, Hope Davis, Lili Taylor and […]

Jennifer Beals: The Chicago Native’s Next Act

Jennifer Beals traded the torn, off-the-shoulder sweatshirt look from her “Flashdance” days for a buttoned-up uniform, playing the city’s first female police superintendent in Fox’s now-defunct “The Chicago Code.” Before making her mark as a steel worker by day/exotic dancer by night at age 19, Beals grew up mostly on Chicago’s South Side (though her […]

Mother’s Day Movies: 8 Flicks for Mothers and Daughters

We looked beyond the old standards (“Terms of Endearment,” anyone?) to bring you movies that will intrigue both mothers and daughters. Minimal tissues required!   Freaky Friday Rating: PG The best way to understand your mom is to spend a day in her shoes, as we learn from this wild, family-friendly film. The original, circa […]

Marlee Matlin: Actress, Activist and North Shore Native

You might have noticed that Marlee Matlin is kicking butt in Donald Trump’s boardroom on “The Celebrity Apprentice.” Considering the career she’s had—defying the supposed limits of a disability—it’s really no surprise. In a recent episode, she led her team to victory in a charity competition, raising $1 million for her organization of choice, the […]

Lake Forest Filmmaker Explores Post-College Life During the Recession

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, only 20% of 2010 college graduates had jobs waiting for them after college. Considering that private 4-year universities cost around $30,000 per year for tuition (public universities start at an average of $7,000 per year), some have wondered if higher education is worth the sticker price. […]

Behind the Scenes at "The Dilemma"

The new romantic comedy “The Dilemma,” set in Chicago, features North Shore talent—Lake Forest native Vince Vaughn and Charlie Hilbrant of Winnetka, who gave us the scoop. The movie, which also stars Winona Ryder, Jennifer Connelly and Channing Tatum, tells the story of best friends Ronny (Vaughn) and Nick (Kevin James). Ronny finds out that […]

Theater Commitment Issues? TV Guide to Choosing Wisely

Want a guaranteed date night? Then put aside the remote, get off the couch and treat yourself to live theater.   Now is when 2010-2011 seasons are announced, so it’s the ideal time to lock in good seats at the best prices—some 25 and even 30 percent less than single performance tickets. But which theater […]