Bill Zwecker biography

From the top stars of Hollywood to Chicago's best-known celebrities like Michael Jordan and Oprah Winfrey, Bill Zwecker is the expert when it comes to …Read More

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    Ben Stiller ‘got a lot of help’ directing and starring in ‘Walter Mitty’

    To call “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” a true passion of Ben Stiller is an understatement.

    Love between man and OS is ‘real complex,’ says ‘Her’ director

    Spike Jonze says the movie details with the challenge of falling in love and then remaining in love.

    Tom Hanks a stickler, but barely a smoker, as Walt Disney

    BILL ZWECKER: The “Saving Mr. Banks” star explains his interest in the role, his lack of cigarettes and his lifetime pass to Disneyland.

  • Behind the Scenes with Bill Zwecker: The holiday edition

    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. …Read More

  • Reliving a crueler time

    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 …Read More

  • Arsenio Hall back on late-night TV

    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.”

  • Chicagoan hopes to be ‘Top Model’

    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.

  • Simon Cowell a dad? Friends quick to judge

    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.

  • New Batman needed for ‘Man of Steel’ sequel

    BILL ZWECKER: Jake Gyllenhaal? Bradley Cooper? Guessing begins for the actor who will face down Superman.

    Will Paula Deen join ‘Dancing With the Stars?’

    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 …

    Very modern wedding for ‘Modern Family’ star

    “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. …

    BILL ZWECKER: Snubs of ‘The Good Wife’ are Emmy’s biggest shocker

    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 …

    Robert Downey Jr. tops rich actors list

    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 …

    Emma Roberts arrest defies her squeaky clean 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.

    Tina Turner marries longtime beau

    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. …

    Adam Levine of Maroon 5 engaged to model

    Rock star and heartthrob Adam Levine of Maroon 5, a mentor on “The Voice,” has become engaged to Behati Prinsloo, the 24-year-old Namibian supermodel who is a Victoria’s Secret Angel. The couple have had an on-and-off relationship but clearly are back on track. — B.Z. …

    Leah Remini surprised by reaction to her Scientology split

    BILL ZWECKER: “Leah really didn’t understand how this would become a news story,” says a longtime friend. Another pal, Kirstie Alley, denies she attacked the actress.