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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 15 Pairs of Guaranteed ‘Unsullied’ Passes From NFL Star Simeon Rice

CHICAGO – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 15 pairs of guaranteed anytime movie tickets up for grabs to the new horror/thrillerUnsullied” from NFL superstar, Super Bowl champion and future Hall of Famer Simeon Rice! Pick your own theatre and time throughout Chicago/land!

Film Review: Lily Tomlin Fuels the Journey Depicted in ‘Grandma’

CHICAGO – There is a circumstantial and frank presentation of abortion in the new Paul Weitz film “Grandma,” and it probably could not have resulted the way it did if the story wasn’t anchored by the great Lily Tomlin. She portrays the title character, helping her granddaughter get to the procedure.

Film Review: Probable Events is the Situation in Tense ‘No Escape’

No Escape front

CHICAGO – In a very unstable world, and in a sense that these problems are international, we all can be stuck in war at any time – there is no way to get away from it. “No Escape” takes this notion to the extreme, with an American family – led by Owen Wilson – caught in a war zone.

Film News: 48 Hour Film Project Chicago Screenings, Awards on Aug. 27, 2015

48 Hour Film Project

CHICAGO – Imagine having only a two-day period to shoot, edit and score a short film. That’s the challenge behind the 48 Hour Film Project. This year’s Chicago edition of this competition concludes on Aug. 27, 2015 at the Logan Theatre when it will screen the best of the competition and present awards.

HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 15 Pairs of Weekend Festival Passes to 2015 CineFest Backlot Block Party

CHICAGO – In this special HollywoodChicago.com Hookup, we’ve partnered with the first-annual CineFest Backlot Block Party from Cinespace Chicago Film Studios! The music and food festival features more than 30 bands (including Bret Michaels, Blue Oyster Cult and Quiet Riot) as well as Chicago’s most popular sweet and savory food trucks!

Interview: Actor Sam Elliott, Director Paul Weitz Visit ‘Grandma’

CHICAGO – Actor Sam Eliott will make you smile. The distinctive voice, his famous mustache and his character presence in a film or TV show increases any potential in the production. He recently was in Chicago with director Paul Weitz, as they teamed up in the film “Grandma,” starring the incomparable Lily Tomlin.

Film Review: ‘Mistress America’ Ultimately Wears Out Her Welcome

CHICAGO – “Mistress America” is a movie that works best in small doses. The film is chock-full of special moments, lines, and fragments of scenes, but it never really comes together as a cohesive film. I could see it easily taking on a second life once it hits streaming and YouTube.

HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 40 Pairs of Passes to ‘No Escape’ With Owen Wilson, Pierce Brosnan

CHICAGO – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 40 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the new action/thrillerNo Escape” starring Owen Wilson and Pierce Brosnan!

Exclusive Portraits: Zac Efron, Emily Ratajkowski on the ‘We Are Your Friends’ Red Carpet

Emily Ratajkowski in We Are Your Friends

CHICAGO – Credited for the birthplace of house music, Chicago on Aug. 19, 2015 was one of the first cities to premiere the new film “We Are Your Friends” about a rising DJ (Zac Efron) seeking to find his sound. HollywoodChicago.com covered the red-carpet premiere and presents these exclusive portraits of stars Zac Efron and Emily Ratajkowski.

Red-Carpet Video Interviews: Zac Efron, Emily Ratajkowski for ‘We Are Your Friends’

CHICAGO – HollywoodChicago.com presents our red-carpet video coverage of the “We Are Your Friends” premiere in Chicago on Aug. 19, 2015. We interview stars Zac Efron and Emily Ratajkowski along with writer and director Max Joseph (“Catfish: The TV Show”).

Interview: Actor Jake Johnson on Evolving in ‘Digging for Fire’

CHICAGO – Actor Jake Johnson is expanding his presence in movies, and much of that has to do with his collaboration with director – and Chicago native – Joe Swanberg. Johnson and Swanberg have teamed up for their second film, after the success of 2013’s “Drinking Buddies, and are listed as co-writers in “Digging for Fire.”

Interview: Greta Gerwig, Lola Kirke Discover ‘Mistress America’

CHICAGO – Greta Gerwig’s persona as a character actress has blossomed in the last three years, as she has taken on three women in their twenties at the crossroads of life, in that life decade of consequence. In addition to her title roles in “Lola Versus” and “Francis Ha,” her latest is “Mistress America,” which she also co-wrote.

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  • Pippin

    CHICAGO – It is the simple, timeless stories that work best when they are mounted again on Broadway, and the musical “Pippin” stays true to that assertion. Taking the concepts and the songs from a play that debuted in 1972, and featuring one of those original cast members in a key role, the National Touring revival of “Pippin” is being performed in Chicago at the Cadillac Theatre until August 9th, 2015.

  • Lori Petty, photo by Joe Arce

    CHICAGO – Lori Petty will never be predictable, nor put into some show business box. The free-wheelin’ Ms. P applies her expansive performance skills to the role of Lolly – a guest spot that turned into a recurring character – on Netflix’s hot series “Orange is the New Black,” which released its third season on June 12th, 2015.

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