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TV Review: NBC’s ‘Revolution’ Could Be Next Great Network Drama

CHICAGO – Great television often comes from a “what would you do” premise. What would you do if you were one of the few survivors of the crash of Flight 815? What would you do if you were unable to provide for your family other than to cook meth? What would you do if the zombie apocalypse became reality? There’s great storytelling potential in putting viewers in fantastic situations and then grounding them in reality.

HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 25 Pairs of Advance-Screening TV Passes to J.J. Abrams’ ‘Revolution’

CHICAGO – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: TV with our unique social giveaway technology, we have 25 pairs of advance-screening TV passes up for grabs for NBC’s new TV pilot “Revolution” from “Iron Man” director Jon Favreau and executive producer J.J. Abrams!

TV Review: TNT’s ‘The Closer’ Starts Final Arc with Powerful Episode

CHICAGO – Kyra Sedgwick is in the final act of her time as one of the most popular and acclaimed stars on cable TV, and, based on the premiere, “The Closer” is going to make sure this popular character is given a riveting send-off.

Blu-Ray Review: More Symbols Than Story in ‘Red Riding Hood’

Red Riding Hood

CHICAGO – With Julie Christie as Grandma in this this new version of a familiar red cloaked fairy tale, it certainly gives a whole new meaning to the familiar “better to eat you with” routine. Amanda Seyfried gives an old fable a new spin as the title character in the Blu-ray and DVD release of “Red Riding Hood.”

Film Review: Unintentionally a Laughable Thriller, ‘Red Riding Hood’ Proves ‘Twilight’ Formula Can Flop

CHICAGO – Catherine Hardwicke, who only directed the first “Twilight” and none of the following franchise films because she felt rushed and financially constrained, has cleverly figured out how to make another “Twilight” under the guise of the name “Red Riding Hood”.

Film Review: Life’s a Grind For Nicolas Cage in ‘Drive Angry 3D’

CHICAGO – Muscle cars, kick-ass dudes and foxy ladies have been staples of the grindhouse since Detroit had a pulse. Nicolas Cage joins that parade in the over-the-top road picture called “Drive Angry 3D,” lest we mistake it for the 2nd dimension.

Film Review: New Director Finds Teeth in ‘The Twilight Saga: Eclipse’

CHICAGO – Easily the best entry in the franchise, “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” finally allows those of us unfamiliar with the books by Stephenie Meyer to understand why the saga of the vampire, the wolf, and the sullen girl in the middle has become an international phenomenon.

Slideshow: 33-Image Gallery For ‘The Twilight Saga: Eclipse’ Starring Robert Pattinson

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Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart star in the Twilight Saga: Eclipse.

CHICAGO – This 33-image slideshow contains all of the official press images for the highly anticipated “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Ashley Greene, Rachelle Lefevre, Billy Burke, Peter Facinelli, Nikki Reed, Kellan Lutz, Jackson Rathbone, Dakota Fanning, and Bryce Dallas Howard. The film was adapted by Melissa Rosenberg from the book by Stephenie Meyer and directed by David Slade. It will be released on June 30th, 2010.

DVD Review: ‘The Twilight Saga: New Moon’ Two-Disc Special Edition

New Moon DVD Thumb

CHICAGO – Only those completely unaware of any happenings in the world of film and DVD would still be unaware that “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” is hitting stores tomorrow, March 20th, 2010, with some outlets even holding parties tonight in advance of a midnight sale. Of course, we have our copy already and are here to break down what to expect when you finally get your hands on it.

Slideshow: 35-Image Gallery For ‘The Twilight Saga: New Moon’ Starring Robert Pattinson

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(Left to right) Robert Pattinson stars as Edward Cullen, Kristen Stewart stars as Bella Swan, and Taylor Lautner stars as Jacob Black in The Twilight Saga: New Moon.

CHICAGO – This 35-image slideshow contains all of the official press images for the highly anticipated “The Twilight Saga: New Moon,” starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Ashley Greene, Rachelle Lefevre, Billy Burke, Peter Facinelli, Nikki Reed, Kellan Lutz, Jackson Rathbone, Michael Sheen and Dakota Fanning. The film was adapted by Melissa Rosenberg from the book by Stephenie Meyer and directed by Chris Weitz. It will be released on November 20th, 2009.

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    Looming over “Bad Words” is the potential it could have had, as is, were it released ten years ago. With its focus of R-rated behavior poking at the projected innocence of children, along with the couple of chromosomes that keep Bateman’s Trilby from being a Vince Vaughn character, this movie is certainly a product of the comedies that have sculpted out the manchild story in the past decade.

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    The theatrical poster for “Winter’s Tale,” after promising that “It’s not a true story, it’s a love story,” made a large demand from its viewers at the bottom: “This Valentine’s Day, Believe In Miracles.” While there is indeed a difference between filmmaking and marketing, it is hard to not imagine writer/director Akiva Goldsman whispering “believe in miracles” into the ear of every executive who helped “Winter’s Tale” come to life, immediately after throwing glitter on them.

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