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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 10 ‘Megamind’ Comic Books in Conjunction With Comic-Con

Megamind in conjunction with Comic-Con

CHICAGO – In this edition of the HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 10 exclusive comic books up for grabs to the new film “Megamind” (in conjunction with Comic-Con) starring Brad Pitt, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey and Jonah Hill!

Video Game Review: Despite Obvious Inspirations, ‘Singularity’ Delivers Original Thrills

CHICAGO – With echoes of “Bioshock,” “Resistance,” and a number of shooter hits as diverse as “F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin” and “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2,” “Singularity” embraces its derivative nature but transcends it to become one of the more surprisingly enjoyable single-player campaigns of the year.

Blu-Ray Review: ‘Insomnia’ From ‘Inception’ Director Christopher Nolan

Insomnia

CHICAGO – In many ways, Christopher Nolan’s “Insomnia,” recently released on beautiful Blu-ray, is the perfect companion piece to his new masterpiece, “Inception,” now playing in theaters. The film may not get the international attention of “The Dark Knight” but it stands as further proof that this man is one of our best living directors.

Video Game Review: ‘Naughty Bear’ Deserves Punishment

Naughty Bear

CHICAGO – On paper, “Naughty Bear” sounded like a great summer video game alternative. Where most games fit into a pretty definable niche like shooter, sports game, RPG, etc., how do you categorize a game about a maniacal teddy bear killing off his teddy bear friends in unique and blood-curdling ways? Sadly, “Naughty Bear” merely proves that originality only gets you so far. You still need to make a good game.

HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Free ‘The Oxford Murders’ Signed Poster, Magnolia DVDs to ‘Donkey Punch,’ ‘Severance,’ ‘Splinter’

CHICAGO – In this edition of the HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: DVD, one lucky winner will clean up with three DVDs from Magnolia Pictures for the movies “Donkey Punch,” “Severance” and “Splinter” plus a full-size poster for “The Oxford Murders” signed by cult-favorite director Álex de la Iglesia!

Just For Laughs Chicago: George Wendt Leads Big Cast in ‘Da Bears’

Just for Laughs Chicago, Da Bears Team

CHICAGO – Da Super Fans were out in force on a spectacular Saturday night at the Park West in Chicago, as the TBS Network’s “Just for Laughs” Festival presented “Da Bears Movie Dat Wasn’t.” George Wendt, Joe Mantegna, Horatio Sanz and Da Coach, Mike Ditka, provided the hilarity.

DVD Review: MTV’s Controversial ‘Jersey Shore Uncensored: Season One’

Jersey Shore DVD

CHICAGO – Maybe I live under a rock, but I must admit to being unfamiliar with the world of “Jersey Shore” outside of the occasional tabloid news item about a cast member and Bobby Moynihan’s now-even-more brilliant portrayal of “Snooki” on “Saturday Night Live.” When “Jersey Shore Uncensored: Season One” showed up on my desk, I cautiously approached the 3-disc set.

Blu-Ray Review: Colin Firth, Julianne Moore Shine in ‘A Single Man’

A Single Man

CHICAGO – I wonder if more people had seen Colin Firth’s incredible performance in “A Single Man” if he wouldn’t have been considered more of a frontrunner at last year’s Academy Awards. Easily one of the best male performances of last year (along with Jeremy Renner in “The Hurt Locker” and Jeff Bridges in “Crazy Heart), Firth’s work here is revelatory, displaying depth heretofore only hinted at by this already underrated actor.

‘What You Don’t Know’ is Official Title to Ron Howard’s ‘Untitled Cheating Project’ With Vince Vaughn

Queen Latifah, Channing Tatum and Jennifer Connelly in Ron Howard's Cheaters

CHICAGO – Ron Howard’s Chicago-filmed “Untitled Cheating Project” comedy (which has also unofficially been referred to as “Cheaters”) has a new title: “What You Don’t Know,” Universal Pictures confirmed with HollywoodChicago.com on Thursday. The film is slated to hit theaters on Jan. 14, 2011.

Film Review: Following ‘The Dark Knight,’ Nolan’s ‘Inception’ is a Mind-Stupefying Masterpiece

CHICAGO – After thinking it’d take “a couple months” to ink, director Christopher Nolan (of “The Dark Knight” fame) took eight years to painstakingly write the “Inception” script. And you can tell. It’s his first pure masterpiece.

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  • Ride Along with Ice Cube

    CHICAGO – Few figures have had less of an exciting domination of the world than Kevin Hart. In the past few years, the comedian has skyrocketed to leading fixture in the comedy scene, creating hit scripts out of films like “Think Like A Man” and “About Last Night,” while taking victory laps in his lacking stand-up features like “Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain”. The big problem is that these projects don’t justify his comic potential.

  • The King of Comedy

    Something always felt a bit out of place for me in Martin Scorsese’s brilliant “The King of Comedy”, just released on Blu-ray for the first time. I couldn’t put my finger on it but chalked it up to it being thematically ahead of its time in its investigation of the cult of personality that defines modern entertainment.

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