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Two of our film critics are on the Tomatometer at Rotten Tomatoes. We are credible at NewsCred. Our privacy policy is here. Our global news pickups are here. Our logos are here. Our media kit is here. View our archives here. Our staff biographies in order of joining are below. Disclosure: All reviews on HollywoodChicago.com are of products provided by the publisher/studio.

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About the HollywoodChicago.com Staff

Adam Fendelman: Founder/Publisher
Patrick McDonald: Senior Staff Writer
Dave Canfield: Contributor
Brian Tallerico: Contributor
Paul Meekin: Video Game Critic
Joe Arce: Senior Staff Photographer


Adam Fendelman: Founder/Publisher
Member: Chicago Film Critics Association
Adam Fendelman, founder, publisher, HollywoodChicago.comAdam Fendelman has been a writer since the womb (and witnesses say he was scribing in his head even then). Raring to craft words professionally, he leapt out of the University of Missouri-Columbia journalism doors in 2000.

Though he doesn’t yet have kids, HollywoodChicago.com is his baby. Helmed by Adam and joined by a team of veteran critics, HollywoodChicago.com is a daily everything entertainment publication focusing on Chicago and the national scene with movie reviews and interviews along with reviews for TV, DVDs, music, Blu-rays, video games, theater and more.

These days in Chicago, he can be found daring to champion his hometown St. Louis Cardinals, attempting to work out, screening zillions of movies and supporting struggling actors everywhere. Adam has appeared on NBC’s “The Match Off,” the FOX cop drama “The Chicago Code” and was filmed in Ron Howard’s “The Dilemma” and Steven Soderbergh’s “Contagion”. He has also been heard on radio shows from Mancow to WGN Radio.

Adam lives for being moved. He backdrops his life with the stimuli that make him feel alive. Film, theater and fine fare jive especially well in his world. He thrives after the sun goes down, relishes dotting his mouth with sweets and savors foreign wheat beer if the pour’s done right.

Starting in entertainment as a Chicago theater critic for Centerstage Chicago (part of the Sun-Times Media Group), Adam is an accredited film critic with the Chicago Film Critics Association and a Rotten Tomatoes-listed film critic. Adam was the exclusive cell phones guide at About.com (part of the New York Times Company) and a writer for The Huffington Post. His IMDb page can be found here.

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Patrick McDonald: Senior Staff Writer
Member: Chicago Film Critics Association
Patrick McDonald, senior staff writer, HollywoodChicago.comIt is rumored that Pat McDonald was conceived at a drive-in during a double feature of “It Came From Outer Space” and “Touch of Evil,” which may explain his movie review perspective.

After scoring a film minor from the movie-mad Indiana University, McDonald took a detour from his Chicago advertising career to volunteer for the city’s film festival. He established an e-mail movie review newsletter in the 1990s. Following the millenium, cyberspace beckoned and the McDonald movie reviews joined the blogosphere in The Last Blog in Cyberspace.

He was discovered for HollywoodChicago.com while wearing a tight sweater and sitting at the Woolworth’s soda fountain (or at least that’s how he likes to tell it). His movie writing has also been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle and NBC 5 Chicago. As part of the HollywoodChicago.com team, he swings from both sides of the plate (whatever that means). Pat is a member of the Chicago Film Critics Association.

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Dave Canfield: Contributor
Member: Chicago Film Critics Association
Dave Canfield, contributor, HollywoodChicago.comDave Canfield has opinions. Sometimes he writes these opinions. More often than not, he has no idea if anyone cares about said opinions. Still, he keeps writing them down.

Twitch Film, Fangoria, Bloody Disgusting and the auspicious pages of Magill’s Cinema Annual are among the many places they can be found.

In addition, his work can be seen in “Hidden Horrors” (published by Kitley’s Crypt) and “The Characters of the Walking Dead” (McFarland).


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Brian Tallerico: Contributor
Member/Board of Directors: Chicago Film Critics Association
Brian Tallerico, contributor, HollywoodChicago.comBrian Tallerico has been professionally covering the entertainment industry for more than a decade. He has reviewed films, TV, Blu-rays, DVDs, video games, books and music while speaking to some of the most important people in the industry he loves.

Since graduating from Kalamazoo College, Tallerico has been published in a diverse array of magazines, newspapers, reference books and online outlets including HollywoodChicago.com, UGO, Test Pattern, Actress Archives, Screenwriter’s Voice, Screen Talk, The Deadbolt and Movie Retriever.

In his time in the industry, Tallerico has written and edited thousands of pieces of entertaining content. He has built a reputation with every single studio and network and has interviewed some of the most high-profile people in front of and behind the camera.

Along with contributing to HollywoodChicago.com, he’s an assistant editor at RogerEbert.com and the editor of the notable textbook/reference guide Magill’s Cinema Annual, which is used in libraries and classrooms around the world. Tallerico also appears weekly on WGN-AM Radio 720 on Bill Moller’s radio program to talk about the world of TV. He contributes monthly to the VideoHound reference book and serves as the PlayStation guide for About.com (part of The New York Times Co.). He previously served as the Content Director at HollywoodChicago.com.

Tallerico is not only a proud member of the Chicago Film Critics Association but also serves on its board of directors. He never forgets that none of what he has accomplished would be possible without the support of his wife, Lauren, and every day is brightened by the smiles and laughter of his two sons: Lucas and Miles.

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Paul Meekin: Video Game Critic
Paul Meekin, video game critic, HollywoodChicago.comPaul Meekin has been obsessed with all forms of media since he learned Big Bird was not a real animal. Motivated by PBS’ betrayal, he endeavored to devour everything he could about how TV and film worked. Paul even made his Power Ranger Zords and Transformers toys battle to create his own stop-motion movies with his dad’s camcorder. Upon realizing the “Bushhh Pshhhh” noises he made with his mouth would likely never earn him any sort of professional accolade, he put his toys down because supper was ready.

One day, he decided to go “all in” and move to Chicago to pursue a career in film and TV. (He blames “The West Wing” and Mick Foley’s autobiographies). At Columbia College Chicago, Paul spearheaded the creation of “The Price of Admission” for the college’s TV station alongside former “At the Movies” producer Janet Lamonica.

During this time, he wrote movie reviews for Starpulse.com (where Ray Romano once repeatedly referred to him as ma’am during a phoner) Chicago’s Streetwise Magazine and also hosted the irreverent “Meekin’s Minutes” .

After graduating from Columbia College, Paul was brought in as an intern for WTTW’s nationally broadcast “Ebert Presents at the Movies”. After being promoted to production assistant and social media manager, the show unfortunately went on hiatus in Jan. 2012.

Despite his legendary run as an almost movie critic, Paul’s true first love has always been the delicate art of interactive media (perhaps even more so than movies and TV). Having written about games for TheBestGameApps.com, The Brockton Enterprise’s blog and Scott’s Blog of Doom, he’s also reviewed movies for Indiewire, contributed work to Fandor.com, edited video for Roger Ebert and produces professional wrestling in his spare time.

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Joe Arce: Senior Staff Photographer
Joe Arce, senior staff photographer, HollywoodChicago.comFor more than two decades, Joe Arce has been one of Chicago’s premiere celebrity publicity photographers. He has captured and crafted the candid images of more than 350 major celebrities.

Listed in the prestigious Library of Photography, Arce’s award-winning work and Web site are a virtual who’s who of Hollywood, fashion and the world of arts and entertainment. His noted “beyond the glitter” brand of celebrity portraiture offers up the viewer a rare and often-humorous glimpse of unguarded moments peeking behind the limelit curtain or backstage door.

Initially a frustrated guitarist, Arce began the 1980s shooting publicity for other Chicago bands as a favor. It wasn’t long before the flash from his camera rather than his fingers began opening backstage doors and eventually landed him on the tour buses of his childhood rock idols. Before he was old enough to rent a car, his world-famous tour mates were now likewise hanging his photos on their walls and inviting him cross country to shoot their kids’ birthday parties.

After a short stint as senior staff photographer for Backstage Pass Magazine and numerous tours as a personal band photographer for Lynyrd Skynyrd (among other such major headliners), Arce opened his first studio and began shooting fashion. He began with the portfolios of the model girlfriends of several of his former rock-star clients.

Next came national ad campaigns and work with rising young designers. It wasn’t long before major agencies on both coasts were sending their models and actors to Arce for testing. Switching his focus to arts and entertainment and notably celebrity publicity, Arce became a freelance fixture within the Chicago media as both a still photographer and later as a writer, producer and talent booker for a prime time independent Chicago arts and entertainment weekly.

Away from the limelight when he’s not busy enduring the horror of shooting some nude potential Playmate rolling across his studio floor, HollywoodChicago.com’s resident lens master reclusively hides away with his large collection of handmade celebrity publicist voodoo dolls while working on his future behind-the-scenes tell-all and watching hair metal videos on YouTube. Arce is still waiting for Heather Locklear to call.

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