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  • Hyping the hype: ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Jurassic World’ trailers premiere Nov 26, 2014 6:00 AM
    The world loves movies, but sometimes it seems to love movie trailers even more. This weekend brings film fans their first looks at new "Star Wars" and "Jurassic Park" films as Hollywood studios are starting to market the release of their trailers with the same breathless excitement as the films themselves.

  • A new documentary explores the life of Kurt Cobain Nov 26, 2014 1:01 AM
    Kurt Cobain is the focus of a new documentary that probes the life and untimely death of the Nirvana singer-guitarist. It will be released in theaters next year and air exclusively on HBO, the network said Tuesday. Coproduced by HBO Documentary Films, “Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck” is the first documentary made with the cooperation of Cobain’s family.

  • 'Penguins of Madagascar' hatch kid-friendly plot Nov 26, 2014 6:32 AM
    "Madagascar" spinoff “Penguins of Madagascar” brings back the illustrious spy team of Skipper, Rico, Private and Kowalski. But the feathered foursome gets in over their heads when they team up with an elite squad led by Agent Classified (a charmingly zany Benedict Cumberbatch). This movie is almost exclusively and unapologetically for the under 10 set.

  • 'Horrible Bosses 2' embarrassingly silly sequel Nov 25, 2014 2:25 PM
    If Hollywood had a truth-in-titles law, “Horrible Bosses 2” would be more accurately called “Horrible Businessmen and Their Idiot Partners.” Sean Anders' witless, embarrassingly puerile sequel to his 2011 modest hit comedy struggles to be edgy and naughty. But it barely succeeds in eking out a few laughs from cast members straining so hard to be funny that their heads nearly explode.

  • Universal picks up Steve Jobs film project from Sony Nov 25, 2014 12:18 PM
    Comcast Corp.’s Universal Pictures is picking up plans to produce a film biography of Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs less than a week after Sony Corp. gave up on the movie. Universal acquired the project, based on the Walter Isaacson biography “Steve Jobs,” from Sony, Kori Bernards, a Universal spokeswoman, said in an e-mail. The studio declined to comment on the terms of the transaction. The script is being co-written by Aaron Sorkin, who won an Oscar for writing the screenplay of “The Social Network.” Last week, the film unit of Tokyo-based Sony to dropped plans for the movie. The producers had wanted to press ahead on a faster schedule than the studio could accommodate, a person familiar with the plans said at the time. Jean Guerin, a spokeswoman for Sony Pictures, declined to comment on the deal. The studio acquired the rights after Jobs’ death in 2011. The Hollywood reporter first reported the agreement with Universal Pictures. The movie project has seen various changes recently in the lineup of its cast and production team. Danny Boyle, director of the Oscar winning “Slumdog Millionaire,” is attached to the project, after it had initially been linked to David Fincher, who directed “The Social Network.” Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale have both been considered for the role of Jobs, with Michael Fassbender most recently reported in talks for the part, according to Deadline.com.

  • Wahlberg says Bay ‘freaked out’ by weight loss Nov 24, 2014 6:00 AM
    Mark Wahlberg said “Transformers” director Michael Bay “freaked out” after the actor shed 60 pounds to play a down-on-his-luck college professor in his new movie, “The Gambler.” Wahlberg began downsizing his famously muscular physique by jumping rope and sticking to a liquid diet as “Transformers: Age of Extinction” wrapped last year. He then shot “The Gambler,” set to open in theaters Dec. 19.

  • Holiday Homecoming and Electric Christmas Parade light up St. Charles Nov 24, 2014 2:33 PM
    Nothing says Christmas like a street lit up by thousands of Christmas lights. At the St. Charles Holiday Homecoming and Electric Christmas Parade, visitors can find their own piece of holiday magic.

  • How you can see the first trailer for the new ‘Star Wars’ Nov 24, 2014 4:51 PM
    The longest lines outside theaters this Thanksgiving weekend may be for the new “Star Wars” trailer. Director J.J. Abrams on Monday confirmed the release plans on Twitter. Thirty theaters across North America will show an 88-second trailer for Disney’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” starting Friday morning. The trailer will be available globally in December, according to starwars.com.

  • ‘Mockingjay, Part 1’ opens with $123 million Nov 23, 2014 11:18 PM
    “Mockingjay, Part 1” didn’t catch fire like the previous installments of “The Hunger Games,” but it still had the biggest opening of the year with $123 million at the weekend box office, according to studio estimates Sunday.

  • Will serious fare freeze out feel-good films this season? Nov 23, 2014 6:30 AM
    One of the paradoxes of holiday films is that they often have little to do with peace and good will toward men, or any other gender. But this year we have at least two family-friendly animated features, plus a modernized remake of a time-tested Broadway musical to lesson the seriousness of a season that has become an annual campaign for studios to lobby for awards and critics’ top 10 lists.

  • Swank says Jones is a softy and he agrees Nov 22, 2014 6:45 AM
    Academy Award winner Tommy Lee Jones wears more than one cowboy hat in his new Western, “The Homesman,” giving him full control of, well, everything. He co-wrote, co-produced, directs, and co-stars with fellow Oscar winner Hilary Swank. Jones is known to play tough guys and has built a reputation as someone you wouldn’t want to cross. Yet after spending endless hours with Jones, Swank developed a new appreciation for the man of few words.

  • DVD previews: ‘November Man,’ ‘Expendables 3’ Nov 22, 2014 6:30 AM
    Roger Donaldson makes efficient hack work of a script adapted from a book by former Daily Herald columnist Bill Granger. "The November Man" stars former James Bond Pierce Brosnan as a former CIA agent lured back into duty. The movie hits DVD Tuesday.

  • Gire: 5 essential Mike Nichols films Nov 20, 2014 7:52 PM
    Mike Nichols’ influence in entertainment and culture was staggering, bold and widespread. But in the movies he created iconic pieces of entertainment. Here are the essential five.

  • Master of all mediums Mike Nichols dead at 83 Nov 21, 2014 9:18 AM
    A legend of film, theater and comedy in nearly equal measure, Mike Nichols was an unquestioned fixture of smart, urbane American culture across a relentlessly versatile, six-decade career that on stage or screen, reliably coursed with sparkling intelligence.

  • Reel life: 4 questions for Darryl Roberts Nov 20, 2014 6:00 AM
    Chicagoan Darryl Roberts, director of “America the Beautiful 3,” says he took up women’s issues because he knew nothing about them. “I’ve been shallow all of my life when it came to women and relationships. And I missed out on some pretty good relationships because of that... Making the film, their pain became mine. It sucked me into this thing of becoming an activist for women’s issues.”

  • 'Foxcatcher' a dark autopsy of the American dream Nov 20, 2014 5:45 AM
    In “Foxcatcher,” you can't really tell that Steve Carell plays billionaire John du Pont. His appearance — graying hair, pudgy posture, sallow face, beady eyes staring down a snooty enhanced nose — is so startling that it takes you a few seconds to realize it's Carell, perfecting a transformative performance that ranks with Robert De Niro's Jake LaMotta and Anthony Hopkins' Hannibal Lecter. The story centers around the shocking 1996 murder committed by du Pont, who one day abruptly pumped three bullets into beloved former Olympic wrestler Dave Schultz, for no apparent reason.

  • ‘Homesman’ reverses the Western’s course Nov 20, 2014 6:00 AM
    “The Homesman” is a Western parable, told with handsome John Ford classicism, about how we care for our ill, our mad and our dead. Directed by and starring Tommy Lee Jones, it's the tale of an ornery rascal (Jones) and a pious spinster (Hilary Swank) taking three deeply troubled women from the Nebraska Territory to Iowa. But, as with the women, something is off with "The Homesman."

  • ‘Beautiful 3’ holds a mirror up to nation’s culture Nov 20, 2014 6:00 AM
    Chicago filmmaker Darryl Roberts is fairly blunt about what he wants us to take away from his doc “America the Beautiful 3: The Sexualization of Our Youth.” 1. Girls think they have only two options in relationships with boys: be desirable or be invisible. 2. Boys are being raised in an increasingly sexualized culture that embraces online pornography and makes conceptualizing healthy relationships with women extremely difficult, if not irrelevant.

  • What to watch now that you’ve seen ‘Interstellar’ Nov 20, 2014 6:00 AM
    “Interstellar” joins a legacy of thoughtful sci-fi epics that began in 1968 when Stanley Kubrick changed the movie landscape forever. Here are some of Sean Stangland's favorites.

  • Massive movie poster collection going to auction Nov 20, 2014 6:20 AM
    A massive single-owner collection of vintage movie posters covering nearly the entire history of feature films — from 1907 to the present — is going on the auction block as one lot next month. It belongs to Morris Everett Jr., who began collecting posters and lobby cards 53 years ago. The collection includes 196,000 posters and lobby cards representing 44,000 titles for some of Hollywood's greatest films.

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