“Cowboy Bebop: The Movie” Anime feature draws strength from action scenes

“Cowboy Bebop: The Movie” has nowhere near the level of sophistication exhibited in Hayao Miyazaki’s “Spirited Away,” which won the Oscar this year for best animated feature film. But the Japanese anime film, which makes its Chicago debut today, certainly has its appeal.

‘Apart’ part was Tate’s for the taking

Larenz Tate has the kind of smile that makes you believe anything he says. Sitting in a suite at the Ritz-Carlton downtown, the 27-year-old actor flashes it often as he talks. “Yeah, I think Vin [Diesel] loved my smile,” he says, jokingly. “That’s how I got the role.”