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Film News: Oscar Nominee Michael Clarke Duncan Dead at 54

Michael Clarke Duncan

CHICAGO – 54-year-old actor Michael Clarke Duncan, an Oscar nominee for 1999’s “The Green Mile,” has passed away according to multiple outlets, including AP and TMZ. Duncan’s fiancee, Omarosa Manigault of “The Apprentice,” confirmed the tragic news to multiple outlets. According to TMZ, the passing was related to a myocardial infraction that Duncan suffered in July.

TV Review: FOX’s Derivative ‘The Finder’ Loses Its Personality

The Finder

CHICAGO – Every once in awhile there’s a show that feels so derivative of other programs that it kind of just disappears while you’re watching it. A show that gets sucked into the fabric of TV history because it never develops a personality of its own. There have been countless failed procedurals, comedies, and dramas that tried to walk a well-trod road only to find that they couldn’t make it. We can add “The Finder” to that list.

Blu-Ray Review: Pets Deserve Better Than ‘Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore’

Cats & Dogs 2

CHICAGO – At its rare best, “Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore” recalls Looney Tunes productions with their brilliant blend of slapstick humor, wordplay, and breakneck pace. And the odd collection of TV-caliber guest stars including Fred Armisen (“Saturday Night Live”), Jack McBrayer (“30 Rock”), and Chris O’Donnell (“NCIS: Los Angeles”) along with a truly weird group of vocal performances that include Bette Midler and Nick Nolte of all people make for a film that sometimes resembles “Looney Tunes: Back in Action.” Sadly, resembling a funny movie does not make a comedy and this half-assed attempt at family entertainment should be sent to the pound.

Slideshow: 15-Image Gallery For ‘Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li’ With Kristin Kreuk

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Chun-Li (Kristin Kreuk) is a half-Caucasian/half-Asian beauty who gives up a life of privilege to become a street fighter, battling for those who cannot fight for themselves.

CHICAGO – This 15-image slideshow contains the official press images from the Twentieth Century Fox production of “Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li,” starring Kristin Kreuk, Chris Klein, Neal McDonough, Robin Shou, Moon Bloodgood, Josie Ho, Taboo, and Michael Clarke Duncan. Written by Justin Marks and directed by Andrzej Bartkowiak, the film opens on Friday, February 27th, 2009.

Interview: Directors Mark Osborne, John Stevenson Create Balance Between Action, Zen in ‘Kung Fu Panda’

Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Kung Fu Panda (4)

CHICAGO – In this summer movie season of old men with whips, gals in stilettos and superheroes a go-go, you may ask: “Where’s the cartoon?” (“Speed Racer” doesn’t count.) Indeed, the most highly anticipated animation event of the summer is “Kung Fu Panda”.

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