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Blu-ray Review: James Brown Biopic ‘Get on Up’ Has No Soul

Get On Up

CHICAGO – When people yawn about the dullness of movies based on life stories, they are certainly referring to films like “Get On Up,” an absurdly uninteresting portrait of a key figure of music, or so this movie claims. From the “The Help’s” vanilla visionary Tate Taylor, this 140-minute ode to James Brown is a half-assed argument about his nonpareil greatness, and full evidence that the biopic may be the weakest genre in film.

TV News: ‘24: Live Another Day’ to Premiere on FOX in Summer 2014

24

CHICAGO – Jack’s back! FOX announced today that Jack Bauer is returning to the network in “24: Live Another Day,” to premiere in Summer 2014 with 12 episodes representing 24 hours. We don’t know much more than that at this point other than Kiefer Sutherland will return, reunited with showrunner Howard Gordon.

Film News: Cirque du Soleil to Perform at Oscars While Muppets Will Only Present

The Muppets

CHICAGO – In a move that I can only describe as head-scratching, the 84th Academy Awards producers Brian Grazer and Don Mischer have invited Cirque du Soleil to perform at this year’s Oscar ceremony. The decision is not head-scratching because Cirque du Soleil is a bad act, but because they have cancelled other performances that actually pertain completely to this year’s awards to make room for other parts of the telecast.

Film News: Billy Crystal Takes Over as Oscar Host

Billy Crystal Oscars

CHICAGO – A day after Eddie Murphy dropped out as the host of the next Academy Awards Ceremony, Billy Crystal announced on his twitter that he would take over the hosting duties. Crystal will host the Oscars for the ninth time on February 26, 2012.

Interview: Vince Vaughn, Ron Howard, Winona Ryder, Jennifer Connelly, Channing Tatum of ‘The Dilemma’

CHICAGO – After a 12-year hiatus from comedy (his last was “Edtv” in 1999), the legendary (and typically dramatic) director Ron Howard is back to crack you up with “The Dilemma”.

Red-Carpet Slideshow: ‘The Dilemma’ Stars Vince Vaughn, Kevin James, Winona Ryder, Jennifer Connelly

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Jennifer Connelly


CHICAGO – The world premiere of the new Chicago-filmed dramedy “The Dilemma” was shown in Chicago on Thursday following a red carpet with stars Vince Vaughn, Kevin James, Winona Ryder, Jennifer Connelly, Channing Tatum, Amy Morton and Chelcie Ross.

HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 15 Pairs of Chicago Passes to ‘The Dilemma’ With Vince Vaughn

CHICAGO – In our latest comedy edition of HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 15 admit-two passes up for grabs to the advance Chicago screening of the highly anticipated new film “The Dilemma” with Vince Vaughn, Kevin James, Winona Ryder and Jennifer Connelly!

Slideshow: Nine-Image Gallery of Chicago-Filmed ‘The Dilemma’ With Vince Vaughn From Ron Howard

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Left to right: Winona Ryder, Kevin James, Jennifer Connelly and Vince Vaughn.


CHICAGO – Universal Pictures on Wednesday released new production stills for the new film “The Dilemma,” which was filmed in Chicago. The film, which stars Vince Vaughn, Kevin James, Winona Ryder and Jennifer Connelly from director Ron Howard, opens on Jan. 14, 2011.

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  • Spike Heels Stage Play

    CHICAGO – If you can remember the 1990s outside of childhood, you are in the glow of middle age, so congratulations. The Brown Paper Box Co. theater ensemble takes us back to those thrilling days of yesteryear with “Spike Heels,” a relationship comedy centering on the co-mingling antics of two couples, with a slight nod toward George Bernard Shaw and the play “Pygmalion” (or its musical counterpart, “My Fair Lady”).

  • Book of Merman, The

    CHICAGO – One potential theater-goer loves the “The Book of Mormon.” The other would rather stay home and watch old Ethel Merman YouTube videos. Pride Films & Theater offers the ultimate solution by combining both in a campy musical, “The Book of Merman.” Yep, two Elder characters from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints meets foghorn singer Ethel Merman.

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