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  • Entries sought for Teen Film Fest Aug 25, 2014 5:55 PM
    Original films of seven minutes or less are wanted for the Schaumburg Township District Library’s Teen Film Fest, slated for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22 in the library’s Teen Place, 130 S. Roselle Road in Schaumburg. Categories include comedy, drama, action, documentary, horror and animation. Any film that exceeds the seven-minute limit will not be accepted.

     
  • Zombie, minister, nerd: Actor from Arlington Hts. does it all Aug 25, 2014 4:03 PM
    Pat Healy, who grew up in Lake Zurich and Arlington Heights, built a career as a Hollywood actor with roles on TV shows like “NYPD Blue” and “Grey’s Anatomy,” plus movies such as “Cheap Thrills,” “Rescue Dawn” and “Magnolia.” “Versatility is important, but the most important thing in my career has been tenacity," he said. "You hang in, and things not only get better, but they’re better than they were before.”

     
  • Sunday picks: Meet a few dames to die for Aug 24, 2014 6:00 AM
    Meet and get autographs from actresses Patricia Rodriguez Vonne, Crystal McCahill and Rosario Dawson before screenings of “Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Die For” at the Hollywood Palms Cinema in Naperville. Fans of all things fantasy and sci-fi won't want to miss the Wizard World Convention Comic Con 2014 in Rosemont. And check out the Color Aloft Balloon Festival at Central Park in Grayslake.

     
  • Fisher Stevens goes on a filmmaking ‘Mission Blue’ Aug 24, 2014 5:00 AM
    When Fisher Stevens approached prominent oceanographer Sylvia Earle about featuring both her life and her work in a documentary, she resisted the idea. Turning the camera on her efforts to protect the seas was one thing, but putting herself center stage made Earle uneasy, Stevens said.

     
  • Actor-director Richard Attenborough dies at 90 Aug 24, 2014 6:46 PM
    Acclaimed actor and Oscar-winning director Richard Attenborough, whose film career on both sides of the camera spanned 60 years, has died. He was 90. Ben Kingsley, who shot to global fame for his performance as Mahatma Gandhi, recalled Attenborough’s passionate 20 year struggle to bring "Gandhi" to the big screen. The film won eight Oscars, including best picture, best director for Attenborough and best actor for Kingsley.

     
  • Disney’s ‘Guardians’ retakes top slot at box office Aug 24, 2014 11:38 AM
    Walt Disney Co.’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” reclaimed the top slot in its fourth week at the box office, beating newcomer “If I Stay” and last week’s winner, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” “Guardians” garnered $17.6 million in domestic ticket sales, Rentrak Corp. said today in an e-mailed statement.

     
  • DVD previews: ‘Belle,’ ‘Blended’ Aug 23, 2014 6:00 AM
    et in 1769, “Belle” announces its intentions straightaway with a heartfelt reunion between an English admiral and his biracial daughter, followed by an exceedingly tearful separation. But even the melodrama can’t put a damper on the remarkable history behind this true story. "Belle" is one of several movies coming to DVD Aug. 26.

     
  • Weekend picks: Keb' Mo', G-Love play the Arcada Aug 23, 2014 6:00 AM
    Celebrated blues musician Keb' Mo' shares a concert bill with G-Love and Special Sauce Saturday at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles. Fans of all things fantasy and sci-fi won't want to miss the Wizard World Convention Comic Con 2014 starting Thursday in Rosemont. Meet and get autographs from actresses Patricia Rodriguez Vonne, Crystal McCahill and Rosario Dawson before screenings of “Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Die For” at the Hollywood Palms Cinema in Naperville. And check out the Color Aloft Balloon Festival at Central Park in Grayslake.

     
  • Little bit of everything at Rosemont Comic Con Aug 23, 2014 6:22 PM
    The Wizard World Chicago Comic Con in Rosemont will continue through Sunday offering a little bit of anything for every kind of comic and science fiction fan. And people come from across the country to be part of the scene. “This is what I really enjoy doing,” said Matt Moews from Portland, Oregon.

     
  • Gire: 'Italy' good, but not as good as its predecessor Aug 21, 2014 5:30 AM
    If you loved Michael Winterbottom's highly improvised, 2010 comic travelogue “The Trip,” you will probably like its sequel “The Trip to Italy.” If you liked the first film, you might appreciate the second. For indeed, as Steve Coogan points out to his co-star Rob Brydon, a sequel never lives up to the original. “It feels like the second album syndrome!” he says.

     
  • Gire: 3-D 'Sin City' sequel a visual sucker punch Aug 21, 2014 2:58 PM
    Nine years have passed since the original “Sin City” invaded movie theaters with its adult graphic novel sensibilities sleekly translated into surrealistic, cinematic terms. “A Dame to Kill For” reunites original co-directors Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez in a visually sizzling sequel detailing the eternal human quest for money, power, sex, violence and the meaning of existence.

     
  • Gire: 'Are You Here' doesn't step up to the challenge Aug 21, 2014 5:30 AM
    The only way that writer/director Matthew Weiner's anemic comic buddy movie could have been saved would be if co-stars Owen Wilson and Zach Galifianakis departed their comfort zones and switched their stereotyped characters. Make Galifianakis the charming, self-centered horndog and turn Wilson into the nervous, manic nut job. That would have been the most daring comic role reversal since Dan Aykroyd defied expectations with John Belushi in 1981's “Neighbors.” But nooooooooooooooo!

     
  • ‘When the Game’ sticks to cliched playbook Aug 22, 2014 10:34 AM
    Perfection is impossible. That’s the message of the fact-based “When the Game Stands Tall,” a by-the-book sports drama based on the storied De La Salle Spartans, the high school football team whose 151-game winning streak, achieved between 1992 and 2003, remains a national record. But rather than explaining how this private Catholic school in Concord, Calif., and its coach, Bob Ladouceur, achieved this remarkable feat, “Game” is more interested in what happened after the streak ended.

     
  • Gire: 'Possession' possesses underwhelming scares Aug 22, 2014 10:35 AM
    “The Possession of Michael King” offers nothing new to the “found footage” horror canon. Its scares mostly come from visual/audio ambushes, climaxed by a disappointing and underwhelming homage to “The Exorcist.” For the record, the film's single cringe-worthy moment involves King pressing a needle into the top of a finger. He doesn't feel anything. By the end, unfortunately, neither do we.

     
  • Gire: Congratulations to teen film fest winners Aug 21, 2014 8:54 AM
    Dann congratulates the student filmmakers who took home the prizes at the Eighth Annual Teen Film Festival sponsored by the Arlington Heights Memorial Library last weekend. Plus, he supplies his weekly list of movie events for the Northwest suburbs.

     
  • 'Land Ho!' either lovable or boorish Aug 21, 2014 5:53 AM
    Ten minutes into “Land Ho!,” viewers who still haven't warmed up to the character of Mitch would be advised to sneak out and get a refund while there's time. The comically boorish protagonist of the film is no more charming once you get to know him, and Mitch remains like one of those embarrassing uncles whose behavior must be tolerated lest it ruin the holidays.He's also the film's main attraction as one of an odd couple pair of retirees trying to have some fun before they're too old.

     
  • Gire: Don't 'Stay' for this disappointing film Aug 21, 2014 5:30 AM
    “If I Stay” turns a comatose teen's out-of-body experience into such a bland and pedestrian experience, it's out-of-mind soon after the closing credits.The moment Chloe Grace Moretz's voice-over narration dredges up the moldy philosophical chestnut, “Life is what happens while you're busy making other plans,” you know her movie won't be breaking new ground in the teens-confronting-death genre.

     
  • Movies, comic books, TV all share spotlight at Chicago Comic Con in Rosemont Aug 20, 2014 10:20 PM
    It's back, suburban pop-culture fans — the Wizard World Chicago Comic Con, the four-day (Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 21-24) celebration of comic books, TV shows, movies, celebrities and more in Rosemont. This year's guests include "Arrow" star (and former Aurora resident) John Barrowman, comic-book writer Marv Wolfman and horror-film auteur John Carpenter.

     
  • Weekend picks: Celebrate your fandom at Wizard World Aug 22, 2014 2:24 AM
    Fans of all things fantasy and sci-fi won't want to miss the Wizard World Convention Comic Con 2014 starting Thursday in Rosemont. Meet and get autographs from actresses Patricia Rodriguez Vonne, Crystal McCahill and Rosario Dawson before screenings of “Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Die For” at the Hollywood Palms Cinema in Naperville. And check out the Color Aloft Balloon Festival at Central Park in Grayslake. Comedian Chris DiStefano of MTV's “Guy Code” fame appears at Zanies locations in Chicago and Rosemont.

     
  • Agent gives Hollywood edgy look with ‘real’ people Aug 18, 2014 5:30 AM
    You couldn’t miss Hollywood talent agent Sid Levin’s office in the old days: It wasn’t much bigger than a closet and it was sometimes filled with burglars, bank robbers and gang members, all trying to break into the movies. These days you’ll find everyone from Gulf War veterans to a 15-time world arm-wrestling champion there, and they’re looking to be movie stars, too. Levin is the talent agent who represents the people who look like the rest of us.

     
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