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  • Former suburbanite returns home for film premiere Sep 24, 2013 9:29 AM
    Former Mount Prospect resident Sam Logan Khaleghi comes from a family of high achievers, namely doctors and engineers. “I could be a doctor,” he said, “but only for a day. It would be acting.” Khaleghi broke from family tradition to become a filmmaker whose new movie “Approaching Darkness” will premiere Friday at the Wilmette Theatre. He wrote it, directed it, produced it and stars in it.

  • Arlington Heights journalist finds place in Aaron Sorkin’s ‘Newsroom’ Sep 17, 2013 2:52 PM
    It was a longshot, but Margaret Judson got the job as an NBC page in New York. And it was a longshot that, while there, she met Oscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin. The chance meeting changed her life. Sorkin eventually gave Judson, of Arlington Heights, a role on the hit HBO series, "The Newsroom." A Q&A with Judson.

  • Model from suburbs now flaunting animal advocacy Sep 10, 2013 6:17 AM
    Katie Cleary's a successful model and actress -- including four years as the beauty who held case number 11 on “Deal or No Deal” -- but the Glenview native always had other plans. Founder of the nonprofit animal welfare group Peace 4 Animals, Cleary just finished producing a celebrity-filled documentary, “Give Me Shelter.” “(Modeling and acting) was fun when I was young ... . But I always thought, 'What am I going to do with animals, my passion?'” said Cleary.

  • Arlington Heights native: Movie producing ‘beats working for a living’ Sep 3, 2013 5:30 AM
    Arlington Heights native Colin Ebeling’s interest in showbiz began at John Hersey High School where two drama teachers — Ed Moon and Kyle Marquette — inspired and directed him into theater arts. Now the UCLA graduate is the producer and cowriter of a new futuristic, post-apocalyptic exploitation action movie, “Bounty Killer,” opening next weekend. “It beats working for a living,” he said.

  • Suburban native to produce new John Wayne Gacy movie Aug 27, 2013 5:37 AM
    They haven’t yet cast the roles of serial killer John Wayne Gacy and his attorney, Sam Amirante, in the feature film being made about the two. Names like Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joe Pesci have been tossed around. The only thing definite right now is that a script is being written for the movie, and that the movie will be produced by Winnetka native Patty West. “There are so many people who could be amazing (in those roles),” West said.

  • Lake Zurich native takes shorts films to Cannes and beyond Aug 21, 2013 4:20 PM
    Lake Zurich native Rebecca Norris admitted that her parents weren't too happy about her moving to Hollywood. “Now they're my biggest fans,” she said. Her comedy “On Becoming a Man” will be shown Thursday, Aug. 22, at the HollyShorts Film Festival in the legendary Chinese Theater on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles. The movie was also shown at this year's Cannes Film Festival in France.

  • Libertyville artist, rapper becomes voice of 'nerdcore' Aug 13, 2013 5:43 AM
    He wasn't a nerd when he was a student at Libertyville High School, but “nerdcore” music is what made Chris Ward famous. Nerdcore is an adult-oriented, subgenre of hip hop performed by Ward, known as “MC Chris,” who raps both serious and funny lyrics with his trademark cartoonish voice. "Nerdcore is hip hop that's sprung up post 9/11, with a lot of seeds that were probably planted before that," he said.

  • Westchester native talks about acting before teaming with Jennifer Aniston Aug 6, 2013 7:40 AM
    Westchester-born actress Kathryn Hahn says she's always had a knack for comedy. “At school, I was asked to play those comic roles, grandmothers and whatever. I was sort of the class clown,” she admitted. “But I've been lucky I've been able to swing back and forth between both worlds.” She stars in the new movie “We're the Millers” opening this week.

  • Lisle man’s monster mash is a real smash Jul 30, 2013 4:51 AM
    The art in J. Anthony Kosar’s studio is the kind of stuff you see in nightmares. Despite his dark artistic vision, Kosar, 27, of Lisle – winner of this year’s "Face Off" competition on the SyFy network – is just a regular guy: nice, good humored and charitable, especially toward art students. “I’m having fun and making monsters,” he said.

  • Hoffman Estates native goes from cop to action star Jul 23, 2013 6:26 AM
    Hoffman Estates native and Fremd High School gradute Andy McDermott had always dreamed of being an actor, but never really had the nerve to follow his dream. That changed nine months ago when he and his wife, Julie, sold their house, gave up their careers and went off to L.A. with four little kids. “Everybody in my family thinks we're crazy! Nuts!” he said.

  • Bruce Boxleitner's acting career started at Prospect High Jul 16, 2013 3:34 PM
    Bruce Boxleitner, who grew up in Elgin, Crystal Lake and Mount Prospect, has racked up an impressive list of movies and TV shows, including a new Hallmark Channel series “Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove.” Not bad for a kid who used to work at the old Prospect Theater in Mount Prospect. "My dream was to possibly get into television or make movies. I didn't know how to do it. But I did.”

  • Grayslake man vying for 'American Ninja Warrior' title Jul 9, 2013 2:11 PM
    Andrew Lowes had lost his home and his girlfriend. So the suburban gymnastics coach decided to make an audition video and submit it to “American Ninja Warrior,” NBC's extreme obstacle course competition show. "It's been a life-changer for me," Lowes said. His tryout for Season 5 aired Monday night on NBC -- and he finished 11th out of 112 athletes. That means he's still in the running for a chance to win the “American Ninja Warrior” title.

  • Arlington Hts. writer segues from small plays to big TV shows Jul 2, 2013 6:18 AM
    Sitting alone in the basement of his home, a space he calls “The Bunker,” Keith Huff writes some of his most successful stories. It's where the Arlington Heights native wrote his latest play, “Big Lake Big City,” directed by “Friends” star David Schwimmer and now in its world premiere at Chicago's Lookingglass Theatre. And it's where he's worked on Hollywood scripts for “Mad Men” (which earned him a Writers Guild Award), “House of Cards,” and projects for Steven Spielberg, Jason Lee and Brad Pitt.

  • New Trier grad breaks into mansion for Sofia Coppola film Jun 18, 2013 2:52 PM
    To prepare for her role as the larcenous leader of “The Bling Ring,” Winnetka's Katie Chang received an unusual assignment from her director, Sofia Coppola. Chang would lead her co-stars on an actual break-in of a Hollywood mansion to steal a specific set of items. “A week before the shooting began, Sofia had us break into the house of someone she knew,” the New Trier grad said.

  • Arlington Hts. native makes it big with observational comedy Jun 4, 2013 5:21 AM
    Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco, a native of Arligton Heights, finds humor in everyday things, like going to the grocery store or talking with his old-school Italian parents. His funny take on things has made him one of the hottest comedians in the country right now. “It didn't happen at a fast rate. I didn't see an immediate change in my life. It's been marathon-like rather than a sprint,” he said.

  • Suburban ‘inspired madman’ marches to beat of his own drum May 28, 2013 4:51 AM
    Nobody suspected that Cary native Paul Wertico would grow up to become an international musician who would tour with the Pat Metheny Group from 1983 to 2001, win a kazillion music awards and become an assistant professor of jazz at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. Not bad for a guy who had to teach himself to play the drums and never earned a college degree.

  • Eve from 'Days' still a tough girl from suburbs May 21, 2013 5:01 AM
    On television, Winnetka native Charlotte Ross is often cast as an aggressive, and, shall we say, not-so-nice woman. She's no pushover in her latest role, either, as Olivia Vincent, the shrewd dance squad director on "Hit the Floor." The sexy new series debuts May 27 on VH1. "I gravitate to strong women roles," said Ross, 45. "I've played many variations of Eve Donovan.

  • Suburban man the standby star of 'Book of Mormon' May 14, 2013 5:26 AM
    Eight times a week, Rob Colletti goes down to the Bank of America Theatre in Chicago, warms up his vocals, sits in the dressing room while the hit musical "The Book of Mormon" is performed, and then goes home. Colletti, a Wheaton native, is the standby for the lead role of the nerdy but lovable Elder Cunningham. And, "it's been incredible," he said.

  • New 'Star Trek' movie beams up Fremd grad May 7, 2013 6:24 AM
    In college, Palatine native Jon Lee Brody thought his life was laid out with his girlfriend. "My plan was to marry this girl, go to law school, become a corporate lawyer and raise a family. That was the plan," he said. But when she abruptly ended the relationship, Brody moved to LA to become an actor. He plays a security guard in the upcoming "Star Trek Into Darkness."

  • Gilberts filmmaker finds the Force of ‘Star Wars’ in families Apr 23, 2013 5:20 AM
    Gilberts resident Cris Macht and his sister went with their dad to see the original "Star Wars." When "Return of the Jedi" hit the screens six years later, their father was dead. Macht has now created a film "The Force Within Us" all about how the "Stars Wars" films have bonded parents and their children. "I wanted to show the father/son thing in "Star Wars' because it's something that I was longing for myself."

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