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Blu-Ray Review: Ben Affleck Stars in Timely ‘The Company Men’

The Company Men

CHICAGO – John Wells has been one of the most important voices in television for the last two decades, shepherding “Third Watch,” “The West Wing,” “ER,” “Southland,” “Shameless,” and many more. It’s always hit-and-miss when a talent from one medium jumps to another and such is the case with “The Company Men,” starring Ben Affleck, Chris Cooper, Tommy Lee Jones, Maria Bello, and Kevin Costner. The great cast keeps it together and Wells has a keen ear for dialogue but the film never develops beyond a timely character study.

TV Review: Noah Wyle Fights to Survive in ‘Falling Skies’

CHICAGO – It’s the end of the world as we know it, and the ragtag resistance fighters of “Falling Skies,” starring Noah Wyle from “ER,” are defending themselves against a surprise extraterrestrial colonization of earth. Live free or die hard.

Interview: Emmy-Nominated Noah Wyle Looks to the ‘Falling Skies’

CHICAGO – Noah Wyle stars in the upcoming TNT series “Falling Skies,” a family drama dressed up like an alien-invasion series and premiering Sunday, June 19th, 2011.

Interview: Angela Bassett Takes a Leap in ‘Jumping the Broom’

CHICAGO – Angela Bassett has a quiet sophistication, when combined with her movie star presence only enhances her unique beauty. She is also a superior actor, taking on an intriguing role as a matriarch in the upcoming film “Jumping the Broom.”

Interview: Director John Wells is Hired For ‘The Company Men’

CHICAGO – John Wells is a familiar name to televisions fans. As executive producer of “ER” and “The West Wing,” his combination of drama and humanity has left a mark in TV’s evolution for nearly a generation.

New Chicago Extras Being Cast For FOX TV Cop Drama ‘Ride-Along’

CHICAGO – Chicago casting for new “Ride-Along” extras will begin in “a few weeks,” HollywoodChicago.com has confirmed with Chicago casting director Darlene Hunt of ExtraOrdinary Casting.

Exclusive Set Slideshow: NBC’s ‘ER’ Filming in Chicago With Noah Wyle on Jan. 30, 2009

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Noah Wyle (center) filming ER in Chicago on Jan. 30, 2009.


CHICAGO – HollywoodChicago.com has obtained from a reader named “Kevin” exclusive set imagery of NBC’s “ER” filming in Chicago with Noah Wyle and David Lyons on Jan. 30, 2009.

Chicago Native, Legendary Comedian Harvey Korman Passes Away at 81

CHICAGO – Legendary comedian and Chicago native Harvey Korman passed away on Thursday. He is best remembered from films such as “Blazing Saddles” and “High Anxiety” as well as a performer on the “The Carol Burnett Show”. Korman was 81.

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