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Derived by Chicago journalist, editor and publisher Adam Fendelman, HollywoodChicago.com delves deeper than most film critics by humanizing the stars who make the silver screens possible.
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Film Review: Connection Overcomes Handicaps in ‘The Intouchables’
2012-06-02 03:52:00
CHICAGO – One of the big movie hits in French cinema last year, “The Intouchables,” comes to our shores with a powerful and unusual redemption tale. The true story of a wealthy but quadriplegic man, and his poor but proud caregiver is the subject of a very compelling relationship. Rating: 3.5/5.0 The film flies on the performances of Francois Cluzet as the rich guy and newcomer Omar Sy as his attendant. The two have a terrific chemistry, especially in the quieter moments. Filmmakers Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano took some liberties with the real story, and in some instances the caregiver character is made to be more miraculous than his background, but overall they honor the unusual pairing with perspective on race, class, immigration and the sorrows of handicap. Represented are the overt physical limitations and the not-so-apparent psychological ones. Philippe (Francois Cluzet) is a man of wealth in France. Rendered a quadriplegic after a para-gliding accident, he has...
HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 50 Pairs of Movie Vouchers to ‘Chernobyl Dia
2012-06-01 23:15:00
CHICAGO – In our latest found-footage horror edition of HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 50 admit-two movie vouchers plus 3 grand-prize packs up for grabs to the new horror film “Chernobyl Diaries” from “Paranormal Activity” creator Oren Peli! Pick your own showing using Hollywood Movie Money! Each grand-prize pack winner will score a “Chernobyl Diaries” T-shirt and screen cleaner! “Chernobyl Diaries,” which opened on May 24, 2012, stars Jesse McCartney, Jonathan Sadowski, Olivia Dudley, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Dimitri Diatchenko, Devin Kelley, Nathan Phillips, Milos Timotijevic, Milutin Milosevic, Ivan Djordjevic, Ivan Jovic, Zinaida Dedakin, Alex Feldman and Kristof Konrad from director Bradley Parker and writers Oren Peli, Carey Van Dyke and Shane Van Dyke. These movie vouchers are valid for the “Chernobyl Diaries” showing of your choice during the film’s run at participating theaters, which includes most theater chains except for AMC. ...
Film Review: Numbingly Stupid ‘Piranha 3DD’ is BaDD
2012-06-01 21:08:00
CHICAGO – “Piranha 3D” was a flawed film to be certain but it looks like a horror/comedy masterpiece compared to the dull mess that is the virtually straight-to-DVD follow-up, “Piranha 3DD,” opening on a whopping 75 screens today and also available On Demand. The effects are significantly worse, the tone is less consistent, and the sense of gorey fun that made the first movie a silly blood-soaked ride has been replaced by a movie that barely registers at all. Not scary, not funny, not clever, “Piranha 3DD” is just a waste of time. Rating: 0.5/5.0 People seem to think that movies with extreme gore and nudity are easy to pull off. Watch Alexandre Aja’s 2010 gore-stravaganza and then follow it up with John Gulager’s brain-dead virtual remake in “Piranha 3DD” and spot the differences. As I wrote about Aja’s film. “It’s far-from-perfect and could have been with a few tweaks but “Piranha 3D” is off-the-rails crazy in ...
Blu-ray Review: Tilda Swinton Captivates in ‘We Need to Talk About Kevin
2012-06-01 15:22:00
CHICAGO – Many critics failed to take Lynne Ramsay’s “We Need to Talk About Kevin” seriously, dismissing it as an art house retread of “The Omen.” Such a simplistic label fails to take into account the film’s carefully textured portrait of a deeply fractured mother-son relationship. Though the film takes its premise to melodramatic extremes, it does harbor considerable insight into the repercussions of a disconnect between parent and child. Eva (Tilda Swinton) is the sort of mother who causes strangers to wince while passing her in the supermarket. She can barely contain the intense dislike that she feels for her child. Motherhood is a form of entrapment in her eyes, and her attempts to care for her young son lack any sense of genuine compassion. When she snaps on a hollow smile to calm her crying son, the moment is both chilling and darkly funny. It only gets funnier and more disturbing when Eva finds momentary peace when her child’s incessant screams are drowned o...
Film Review: ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ Dwarfed By Comatose Kristen
2012-06-01 07:18:00
CHICAGO – If you can stomach forgiving the film’s uneven acting, inconsistent pacing and a higgledy-piggledy script that feels like it’s still in draft mode, just zero in on the only newsworthy question about “Snow White and the Huntsman”: Who are those “dwarves”? Rating: 2.5/5.0 And why are there eight of them? Most important of all, why aren’t ANY of them real, you know, dwarves? Has HBO’s “Game of Thrones” made you too famous, Peter Dinklage? Admittedly, these eight dwarves steal the show in this otherwise drab and lackluster film. But examining them further leaves us with a double-edged sword of both loving and loathing them. Debut “Snow White and the Huntsman” director Rupert Sanders is very uppity about his casting decision to round up a who’s who of British acting masters. Read Adam Fendelman’s full review of “Snow White and the Huntsman”. “It was almost like casting a British gangster film,” Sanders recalls in the film’s pr...
Film News: Gene Siskel Film Center, CFCA to Hold ‘Castles in the Sky’ R
2012-06-01 00:15:00
CHICAGO – Fans of the legendary filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki and his magnificent Japanese animation studio, Studio Ghibli, have a cinematic treat in store this summer. The Chicago Film Critics Association has teamed up with the Gene Siskel Film Center at 164 N. State St. to present “Castles in the Sky”: a 15-part retrospective showcasing the studio’s best work to date. HollywoodChicago.com’s own Patrick McDonald is one of seven CFCA members scheduled to lead post-film discussion at one of eight select screenings. Movie buffs eager to join in the discussion are welcome to attend the Japanese-language versions of Miyazaki’s “Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind,” “Kiki’s Delivery Service,” “Spirited Away” and “Princess Mononoke,” as well as the English-language versions of “My Neighbor Totoro,” “Howl’s Moving Castle” and “Ponyo.” Additional films included in the screening series are Isao Takahata’s “Only Yesterday,” “Pom Poko,” and “My...
HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 60 Pairs of Chicago Passes to Emily Blunt’s
2012-05-31 21:49:00
CHICAGO – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film with our unique social giveaway technology, we have 60 admit-two movie passes up for grabs to the advance screening of the new comedy “Your Sister’s Sister” starring Emily Blunt! After the screening, there will also be a Q&A with writer and director Lynn Shelton! “Your Sister’s Sister,” which opens in limited U.S. theatres on June 15, 2012 from IFC Films, also stars Mark Duplass, Rosemarie DeWitt, Mike Birbiglia, Mel Eslyn, Jeanette Maus, Jeremy Mackie, Dori Hana Scherer, Jennifer Maas, Kate Bayley, Norman Tumolva, Steve Snoey, Evan Mosher, Kate Jarvis and Nathan M. Miller from writer and director Lynn Shelton. To win your free passes to “Your Sister’s Sister” courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, get interactive with our unique Hookup technology directly below. That’s it! This advance movie screening is on Monday, June 4, 2012 at 7 p.m. in downtown Chicago. The more s...
Film Review: ‘I Wish’ is Moving Portrait of a Broken Home
2012-05-31 21:36:00
Rating: 3.5/5.0 CHICAGO – Hirokazu Koreeda is one of the most interesting and acclaimed international filmmakers alive and his latest drama is one of lingering power, a film that moves a bit too slowly for its own good but has remarkable cumulative strength by its emotional finale. “I Wish” is about those days in which scope is subjective. The smallest things – physical and emotional – can be given life-changing importance. And a kid can convince himself that a miracle can happen. Twelve-year-old Koichi (Koki Maeda) and younger brother Ryunosuke (Ohshiro Maeda) are products of a newly-broken home. Their parents have divorced after their mother has tired of their musician father’s lack of focus. While mom has moved in with her parents with Koichi, Ryunosoke and his father live hundreds of miles away. Ryu is young enough that he seems mostly unfazed by the situation (and Koreeda smartly draws parallels between Ryu and his more lackadaisical father and Koichi and his more...
TV Review: Interesting Behind-the-Scenes Drama of Ballet Company in ‘Brea
2012-05-31 20:20:00
CHICAGO – It’s like “Black Swan” meets “The Real World”! While that pitch line may seem a bit silly, it does get to the heart of The CW’s new reality series, “Breaking Pointe,” a modest offering that seems unlikely to register at all in the ratings (as few CW shows do lately) but should work for its target audience. TV Rating: 3.5/5.0 The producers of “Breaking Pointe” were allowed behind-the-scenes access to the young dancers of Ballet West in Salt Lake City, UT. Luckily for them, they found a number of interesting dynamics like the brothers who happen to be from a family of dancers, the couple concerned that only one may get a contract and they might therefore end up in different cities, the newcomer who may take down the seasoned veteran as the leader of the troupe, and the artistic director who knows that the best dancer is one who knows she’s expendable. Breaking PointePhoto credit: The CW If it all sounds ...
Interview: ‘50/50’ Director Jonathan Levine Appears at CineYouth Festiv
2012-05-31 19:23:00
CHICAGO – Thursday, May 31st, marks the beginning of the CineYouth Festival, sponsored by the Chicago International Film Festival. And what better way to kick it off than with a Q&A featuring director Jonathan Levine, coming off of his 2011 hit film, “50/50.” The appearance will take place at the AMC River East 21 Theater in Chicago. Levine began his career with a short film called “Shards” in 2004, and then broke out with his feature debut, “All the Boys Love Mandy Lane” in 2006. He followed that up with “The Wackness” – starring Ben Kingsley and Josh Peck – two years later, which he directed from his own screenplay. It was a chance letter to the production team of “50/50” that got him that film, and the poignant comedy was a notable hit in 2011. Levine has just finished post-production for “Warm Bodies,” which is scheduled to be released next year. Jonathan Levine (center) Directs Joseph Gordon-Levitt (left) and Seth Rogen in ‘50/50’ Photo...
Interview: Director Roger Spottiswoode Captures Spirit of China?s Past in ?
2008-06-07 23:32:00
CHICAGO ? The second Chinese/Japanese war, which was a 1937 prelude to the great conflict of World War II, is notable today mostly because modern China rose from its ashes. Largely forgotten except for the survivors, it is a backdrop for ?The Children of Huang Shi,? which is a new film from veteran director Roger Spottiswoode. Rating: 2.0/5.0 HollywoodChicago.com recently interviewed Spottiswoode to speak about the challenges of Chinese location and period shooting along with his admiration for the real-life legacy of his main character: George Hogg. ?I thought George Hogg was a fascinating character. He was very young to come to China after having been through Japan,? Spottiswoode said. ?He then becomes ingrained in China and bumps into these orphans. But he doesn?t necessarily want that life.? ?The Children of Huang Shi? director Roger Spottiswoode in Chicago on May 23, 2008.Photo credit: Patrick McDonald, HollywoodChicago.com Portrayed by Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Hogg was p...
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Interview: Director Steve Conrad Elevates Chicago Setting, Sean William Sco
2008-06-07 03:41:00
CHICAGO ? Barring extreme wealth or hermetics, everyone uses the grocery store. It is the great equalizer ? the marketplace where all socioeconomic groups can co-exist side by side ? in pursuit of daily bread. Inspired by this reality, writer and director Steve Conrad turned it into his feature directorial debut. Rating: 4.5/5.0 It?s a notable comedy that was shot in Chicago with the definitive title of ?The Promotion?. Hollywood Chicago.com recently interviewed Conrad to glean his take on the dynamics of this unusual movie subject and to offer the lowdown on shooting the film in the city where he also lives. ?Well, it?s home,? Conrad said. ?To me, doing a movie in Chicago means putting Chicago natives in a part of town where they live.? ?The Promotion? writer and director Steve Conrad in Chicago on April 22, 2008.Photo credit: Patrick McDonald, HollywoodChicago.com Conrad added: ?Buildings convey stories, settings convey stories and in order to tell the story right I want to...
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Adam Sandler is White Ladies Man in Judd Apatow?s ?You Don?t Mess With the
2008-06-06 07:01:00
CHICAGO ? In the relatively anemic anthology of recent Adam Sandler flops, ?You Don?t Mess with the Zohan? hangs above with comedic charm and a nonsensically amusing plotline. The story is divisively intermingled with racial and ethnic sensitivities between the Israelis and Palestinians. Rating: 3.5/5.0 At first, it even feels like a scribe sat down for a few weeks, slammed back a few brewskies and toked daily on the good ganja while attempting to ink a forcefully novel plot. Surprisingly, its idiosyncratic nature tends to work as you build esteem for the libidinous man Adam Sandler has transformed into. While Sandler has played the full gamut of roles in recent memory, this time he?s actually a Thor who beckons women to his sexual mercy. Read Adam Fendelman?s full review of ?You Don?t Mess with the Zohan? in our reviews section.View our huge, high-resolution ?You Don?t Mess With the Zohan? image gallery. Sandler as Zohan is the white version of the legendary Tim Meadows cha...
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Interview: Directors Mark Osborne, John Stevenson Create Balance Between Ac
2008-06-06 07:01:00
CHICAGO ? In this summer movie season of old men with whips, gals in stilettos and superheroes a go-go, you may ask: ?Where?s the cartoon?? (?Speed Racer? doesn?t count.) Indeed, the most highly anticipated animation event of the summer is ?Kung Fu Panda?. Rating: 5.0/5.0 Filled with the voices of ?A?-list Hollywood stars and featuring a classic combination of well-choreographed action, laugh-out-loud comedy and feel-good philosophy, ?Panda? doesn?t pander and works on all levels. HollywoodChicago .com recently interviewed ?Kung Fu Panda? co-directors Mark Osborne and John Stevenson about putting together a major animated project for the first time and how their lead actor, Jack Black , helped shaped the destiny of the final product. After having spent 20 years in the inescapable Chorh-Gom Prison, Tai Lung (Ian McShane) makes his daring escape in DreamWorks? ?Kung Fu Panda?.Photo credit: Paramount Pictures ?There was a general desire to return to that classic, timeless sense o...
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New Millennium Theatre?s ?Villains? Scores Originality With Anti-Hero Plotl
2008-06-04 10:23:00
CHICAGO ? In an unrevealed abandoned warehouse in the seedy underbelly of Chicago ?s north side that is the Uptown neighborhood, a group of super villains met last Saturday night to plot and scheme their next attack against law-abiding society. Well, maybe not quite, but the overlooked adversaries of America?s superheroes did crack wise, bicker and whine in New Millennium Theatre ?s production of ?Villains? at Chicago?s National Pastime Theater. The result? Imagine if ?F Troop? tried to pull off a diamond heist. A scene from New Millennium Theatre?s ?Villains?.Photo credit: New Millennium Theatre This quintessential brotherhood of evil morons includes prototypes from all your typical, testosterone-packed, four-color comic books. First we have the heavy ?Slab? with superhuman strength and a love for Poppycock. Unfortunately, his powers are ineffective whenever he?s around a substance known as ?solarbrinite?. It seems (according to Slab) that stuff is everywhere. Then there is ?Heat...
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Relax, Float Upstream With Mike Judge?s ?The Animation Show 4?
2008-06-04 08:34:00
CHICAGO ? This modern golden age of animation proceeds to entertain and astound with each passing year. Mike Judge ? the preeminent creator of cartoon legends ?Beavis & Butt-Head? and ?King of the Hill? ? presents his latest compilation of the worldwide best in animated short films. ?The Animation Show 4? isn?t your daddy?s Bugs Bunny comfort food. It?s more like a banquet for sensory perception. In more than 20 unique world views that are disguised as animated shorts, a compendium of the absurd and the surreal nature of ourselves are exposed in hilarious and even touching ways. A scene from an animated short in ?The Animation Show 4?.Image credit: ?The Animation Show 4? Using stop-motion, line-drawing and computer-animation techniques, the creators of these shorts get inside the core of humanity?s foibles and often do more in seven minutes than many 120-minute, feature-length films can accomplish. Read the full review for a rundown of our 10 honorable mentions and what not ...
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Set in Tel Aviv, New Israeli Film ?Jellyfish? Shines With Virtue, Veracity
2008-06-03 09:34:00
CHICAGO ? It has been a banner year so far for the Israeli film industry. Following the American debuts of ?The Band?s Visit? and ?Beaufort,? we now have the stunningly composed and heart-rending ?Jellyfish?. Unwinding like a Tel Aviv version of Paul Thomas Anderson?s ?Magnolia? ? but warmer ? ?Jellyfish? follows several lives steeped in moral crisis and offers redemption like an elusive brass ring. Read Patrick McDonald?s full review of ?Jellyfish? in our reviews section.View our full ?Jellyfish? image gallery. An underachieving wedding waitress with career and mother issues searches for answers while staring at the sea. An unusual 5-year-old child approaches her in a bathing suit and life-preserver ring. Since the little girl seems separated from her parents and circumstances, she adopts the other lost soul as her temporary guardian. Meanwhile, a wedding that the waitress was working at has gone wrong after the reception. The bride suffers a broken leg, which forces honeymoon ...
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Actors Awkwardly Impersonate Marilyn Monroe, Charlie Chaplin in ?Mister Lon
2008-06-02 03:51:00
CHICAGO ? The wonder of a filmmaker?s art and perspective is the ability to challenge and reflect the absurdity of our own nature back to us. Few filmmakers have done more to add provocation to that sensibility than Harmony Korine. In his first full-length feature film since ?Julien Donkey-Boy,? Korine explores the hope of miracles and the sorrow of celebrity impersonation in ?Mister Lonely?. Read Patrick McDonald?s full review of ?Mister Lonely? in our reviews section.View our full ?Mister Lonely? image gallery. Diego Luna portrays Michael Jackson as an impersonator in Paris. While performing his act, he meets a Marilyn Monroe impersonator (Samantha Morton). Monroe convinces Jackson to join her commune of other celebrity impersonators including the pope, Madonna , Queen Elizabeth, The Three Stooges, Sammy Davis Jr., Abraham Lincoln, James Dean and Charlie Chaplin (Monroe?s husband). In a separate story, a priest is bringing food to nearby villagers via airplane. While tossing ou...
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Chicago Native, Legendary Comedian Harvey Korman Passes Away at 81
2008-05-30 23:06:00
CHICAGO ? Legendary comedian and Chicago native Harvey Korman passed away on Thursday. He is best remembered from films such as ?Blazing Saddles? and ?High Anxiety? as well as a performer on the ?The Carol Burnett Show?. Korman was 81. Legendary comedian and Chicago native Harvey Korman passed away on May 29, 2008.Photo credit: BroadwayWorld.com A statement released by his family through the University of California at the Los Angeles Medical Center gives the cause of death as complications from the rupture of an abdominal aortic aneurysm four months ago. ?Everything he did on ?The Carol Burnett Show? ? especially the Mother Marcus character ? was a special favorite,? his daughter, Katherine Korman, said in a published interview on Thursday. Mother Marcus was a Yiddish grandmother played by Korman in drag. He based the character on his own real-life grandmother. Harvey Herschel Korman was born in Chicago in 1927. After serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II, he studied dra...
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Despite its Title, ?The Strangers? Actually a Familiar Repeat of Horror Fil
2008-05-30 10:29:00
Poor Liv Tyler . She?s stuck in a remote vacation home with nothing but the blank-stare acting of Scott Speedman to ?save? her. What?s a rock daughter who becomes an actress to do? First, she shouldn?t sign onto yet another version of the couple-in-terror clich. ?The Strangers? is a scary movie that has been there and done that with a few style points thrown in to distract from the ripoff. Read Patrick McDonald?s full review of ?The Strangers? in our reviews section.View our full ?The Strangers? image gallery. Tyler is Kristen McKay: a single gal who?s on the precipice of the big engagement. Speedman is James Hoyt. He?s her potential fianc: a boorish chap who thinks the big rock is a slam dunk. After they both attend a wedding, Hoyt sets up his uncle?s remote cabin (cue ominous music) to celebrate what he figured would be his betrothal. Surprisingly, though, Kristen has rejected his promise. For some reason, they?re still completing their depressing journey to the cabin. The he...
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?Sex and the City: The Movie? a Frilly University For Understanding the Hum
2008-05-30 08:46:00
CHICAGO ? To its voracious universe of cult-following fans, it feels like a television marathon that spans an entire season. To everyone else who bats an indifferent eye at the religion that is ?Sex and the City ,? it may surprise you to find that all the glam and glitz has something even for you to learn, too. The thorniest proposition for ?Sex and the City: The Movie ,? though, is opening the minds of all the anti-fashionistas (such as yours truly) and those who habitually bottle up their emotions for safekeeping. After all, ?Sex and the City? is often about a word that hurls the masses off in a scurry: feeling. For those who embrace all that is ?love and labels,? though, the film begins by succinctly flashing back on plotlines avid followers know all too well. Season watchers are nearly forced and relatively brainwashed into securing a theater seat, and unfortunately, followers and non-followers alike arrive to the theater with having already been told much too much from the traile...
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Hookup: 30 Admit-Two Early Passes to ???The Promotion??? With John C. Reill
2008-05-28 22:22:00
CHICAGO ??? In our latest edition of Hollywood Chicago .com Hookup: Film , we???re giving away 30 admit-two passes to the new film ???The Promotion ??? with John C. Reilly and Seann William Scott. The screening will take place on June 2, 2008 at 7 p.m. in Chicago. To win, just submit a comment! The first 30 people to do so are guaranteed free passes. The movie poster for ???The Promotion??? with John C. Reilly and Seann William Scott.Image credit: The Weinstein Company Here???s a description of the new film, which is scheduled to open on June 6, 2008. Oscar-nominated actor John C. Reilly (???Chicago,??? ???Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby???) and Seann William Scott (???American Pie???) lend their deft comedic touch to the story of two mid-level Chicago supermarket employees ??? Doug and Richard (a dubious new guy from Canada) ??? who compete ruthlessly for a coveted managerial post. Doug and Richard couldn???t be more different, but going head to head in a contest of wit...
Hookup: 30 Admit-Two Early Passes to ?The Promotion? With John C. Reilly, S
2008-05-28 22:22:00
CHICAGO ? In our latest edition of Hollywood Chicago .com Hookup: Film , we?re giving away 30 admit-two passes to the new film ?The Promotion ? with John C. Reilly and Seann William Scott. The screening will take place on June 2, 2008 at 7 p.m. in Chicago. To win, just submit a comment! The first 30 people to do so are guaranteed free passes. The movie poster for ?The Promotion? with John C. Reilly and Seann William Scott.Image credit: The Weinstein Company Here?s a description of the new film, which is scheduled to open on June 6, 2008. Oscar-nominated actor John C. Reilly (?Chicago,? ?Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby?) and Seann William Scott (?American Pie?) lend their deft comedic touch to the story of two mid-level Chicago supermarket employees ? Doug and Richard (a dubious new guy from Canada) ? who compete ruthlessly for a coveted managerial post. Doug and Richard couldn?t be more different, but going head to head in a contest of wits and will reveals how they have...
Interview: Joachim Trier???s Debut Explores Young Angst With Exceptional Fe
2008-05-28 00:32:00
CHICAGO ??? When combined with the responsibilities of making the rent or making your way in the relationship landscape, early adulthood is often more challenging (and in different ways) than adolescence. Writer and director Joachim Trier???s new Norwegian film ???Reprise??? explores the lives of two writers in their early 20s ??? through sanity and insanity ??? addled with feelings of love so bad it can hurt. Hollywood Chicago recently interviewed the filmmaker and learned that his reflections match the philosophical objectives of his passionate and unique film. Anders Danielsen Lie (left) as Phillip and Viktoria Winge as Kari in ???Reprise???.Photo credit: Nils Vik and Miramax Films ???There is a wonderful energy to that time of life,??? Trier told HollywoodChicago.com. ???I found that in my own life there was an enthusiasm and fascination to discovers things. At the same time, what I couldn???t return to was the naivet?? regarding the romantic notions of love and the future.?...
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Interview: Joachim Trier?s Debut Explores Young Angst With Exceptional Feel
2008-05-28 00:32:00
CHICAGO ? When combined with the responsibilities of making the rent or making your way in the relationship landscape, early adulthood is often more challenging (and in different ways) than adolescence. Writer and director Joachim Trier?s new Norwegian film ?Reprise? explores the lives of two writers in their early 20s ? through sanity and insanity ? addled with feelings of love so bad it can hurt. Hollywood Chicago recently interviewed the filmmaker and learned that his reflections match the philosophical objectives of his passionate and unique film. Anders Danielsen Lie (left) as Phillip and Viktoria Winge as Kari in ?Reprise?.Photo credit: Nils Vik and Miramax Films ?There is a wonderful energy to that time of life,? Trier told HollywoodChicago.com. ?I found that in my own life there was an enthusiasm and fascination to discovers things. At the same time, what I couldn?t return to was the naivet regarding the romantic notions of love and the future.? ?Reprise? director Jo...
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???Avenue Q??? Bases Musical Self on ???Cheap Laugh is Better Than No Laugh
2008-05-27 08:40:00
CHICAGO ??? In the tradition of recent Broadway productions where touristy and crowd-pleasing scenery reigns over any type of theater substance, along comes the 2004 Tony Award-winning best musical ???Avenue Q,??? which is now in a touring version at the Cadillac Palace Theatre in Chicago . Despite any plea that this musical has nothing to do with ???Sesame Street??? or Jim Henson, ???Avenue Q??? uses similar puppets to recall the lessons of the iconic PBS series in a pleasant, adult-style sensibility. Rod and John Tartaglia in ???Avenue Q???.Photo credit: Carol Rosegg Avenue Q is a run-down street in New York City that???s ranked accordingly by its place in the alphabet. The puppet character of Princeton (who recently graduated from college) comes upon the street in search for his purpose??? and an affordable apartment. There he meets human neighbors Christmas Eve and Brian and takes an apartment supervised by child actor Gary Coleman. In the building next door, there are puppet...
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?Avenue Q? Bases Musical Self on ?Cheap Laugh is Better Than No Laugh? Adag
2008-05-27 08:40:00
CHICAGO ? In the tradition of recent Broadway productions where touristy and crowd-pleasing scenery reigns over any type of theater substance, along comes the 2004 Tony Award-winning best musical ?Avenue Q,? which is now in a touring version at the Cadillac Palace Theatre in Chicago . Despite any plea that this musical has nothing to do with ?Sesame Street? or Jim Henson, ?Avenue Q? uses similar puppets to recall the lessons of the iconic PBS series in a pleasant, adult-style sensibility. Rod and John Tartaglia in ?Avenue Q?.Photo credit: Carol Rosegg Avenue Q is a run-down street in New York City that?s ranked accordingly by its place in the alphabet. The puppet character of Princeton (who recently graduated from college) comes upon the street in search for his purpose? and an affordable apartment. There he meets human neighbors Christmas Eve and Brian and takes an apartment supervised by child actor Gary Coleman. In the building next door, there are puppet roommates Nicky and R...
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Exclusive: HollywoodChicago.com Photographs Biograph Set For John Dillinger
2008-05-25 03:12:00
CHICAGO ? The Biograph Theater on Lincoln Avenue is an iconic and historical Chicago landmark. As has been well documented in our active ?Public Enemies? discussion thread, the area is currently made over by the production team for the film ?Public Enemies? to how it looked the night of July 22, 1934. See our exclusive slideshow here. ?Public Enemies? filming in Chicago on May 23, 2008 at the Biograph Theater.Photo credit: Patrick McDonald, Hollywood Chicago.com It was the night when John Dillinger (played by Johnny Depp in the film) was killed by the FBI. The film that was showing at the theater that evening was the classic 1934 film ?Manhattan Melodrama? with Clark Gable. The Biograph is still in use for stageplays. These HollywoodChicago.com pictures were photographed on May 23, 2008. Thanks to reader Gerry Bakker for the tip. See the exclusive HollywoodChicago.com ?Public Enemies? slideshow. By PATRICK McDONALDStaff WriterHollywoodChicago.compat@hollywoodch icago.com 2...
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Exclusive: HollywoodChicago.com Photographs Biograph Set For John Dillinger
2008-05-25 03:12:00
CHICAGO ??? The Biograph Theater on Lincoln Avenue is an iconic and historical Chicago landmark. As has been well documented in our active ?????Public Enemies????? discussion thread, the area is currently made over by the production team for the film ?????Public Enemies????? to how it looked the night of July 22, 1934. See our exclusive slideshow here. ???Public Enemies??? filming in Chicago on May 23, 2008 at the Biograph Theater.Photo credit: Patrick McDonald, Hollywood Chicago.com It was the night when John Dillinger (played by Johnny Depp in the film) was killed by the FBI. The film that was showing at the theater that evening was the classic 1934 film ???Manhattan Melodrama??? with Clark Gable.?? The Biograph is still in use for stageplays. These HollywoodChicago.com pictures were photographed on May 23, 2008. Thanks to reader Gerry Bakker for the tip. See the exclusive HollywoodChicago.com ???Public Enemies??? slideshow. By PATRICK McDONALDStaff WriterHollywoodChicago.comp...
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After 19 Years, ?Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull? Phenom
2008-05-22 07:00:00
CHICAGO ? After such a long respite from the beloved film progression, I was initially just as skittish about seeing Harrison Ford back in the Indy saddle as I was watching Sylvester Stallone back in the ring in ?Rocky Balboa? in his 2006 comeback and then again in 2008 in his ?Rambo? return. Ultimately, though, I had faith in director Steven Spielberg not to royally torpedo the monolithically anticipated ?Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,? which resurrects the Chicago -born, 65-year-old Harrison Ford as one of my favorite film characters of all time. Spielberg delivers. Thank the heavens. In grappling with Ford?s real-life age, David Koepp?s screenplay comically writes in subtle jabs to wrangle with the reality. Just like Stallone didn?t try to hide it in ?Rocky Balboa? and he instead decided to honestly portray it, so did Ford?s character grow older. Read Adam Fendelman?s full review of ?Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull? in our reviews section....
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