Paul Newman could be described as "the man who would be salad king." Join me and Buffalo Grove film historian Raymond Benson as Dann & Raymond's Movie Club rings in the new year by presenting "The Films of Paul Newman," 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 2, at the Schaumburg Township District Library, 130 S. Roselle Road, Schaumburg. Sorry, no egg-eating contests, but free admission! Go to stdl.org for details.
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•Oh, oh. Things don't look promising for Renny Harlin's "The Legend of Hercules" starring "Twilight" heartthrob Kellan Lutz as the mythical demigod. Summit Entertainment will only press screen the adventure on Jan. 9, the night before its official opening date. As they used to say back in the day, "Caveat emptor."
• Six comedies, a "big screen ball drop" and a 10:30 p.m. toga party with special host, the legendary Otis Day, will be the New Year's Eve program at Hollywood Palms Cinema, 352 S. Route 59, in Naperville on Dec. 31. "A Christmas Story," "Christmas Vacation," "The Blues Brothers," "Caddyshack," "Scrooged" and "Animal House" will be screened. Go to atriptothemovies.com for tickets and schedules.
• For alternative holiday film fare, check out the new, 35 mm. print of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" playing Saturday nights at Hollywood Blvd. Cinema, 1001 W. 75th St., Woodridge.
Theater officials report this is the original full-length motion picture struck from the 1975 negative, featuring "Super Heroes" and other scenes cut from the highly edited American release.
It is, they promise, the only theatrical print mixed in Dolby stereo. So keep those flying pieces of toast away from the projector. Go to atriptothemovies.com for tickets and schedules.
• For another New Year's Eve party idea, check out the evening of "Moulin Rouge" at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., Chicago, starting at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31. Baz Luhrmann's 2001 musical will be shown. Food, a DJ, cash bar and other amenities await. Go to musicboxtheatre.com.
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