CHICAGO – The issue of gender identity, especially for those who are born with a vagueness as to what to call themselves between/beyond boy and girl, has come front and center in the U.S., both with the legalization of gay marriage and the callous repudiation of identity by trying to pass laws dismissing it (the North Carolina “bathroom” laws). The performance companies of The Living Canvas and Nothing Without a Company is currently staging “[Trans]formation,” which presents gender identity art by six performers, who perform most of the play in the nude.
CHICAGO – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 50 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the highly anticipated comedy “The Night Before” starring Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anthony Mackie!
CHICAGO – Today the ubiquitous Miley Cyrus reaches the legal drinking age, and HollywoodChicago.com can say we knew her when. Cyrus visited Chicago in 2011 to appear on behalf of a retail outlet, and photographer Joe Arce dug up an outtake from that event to celebrate the pop singer’s big 21st birthday.
CHICAGO – Don’t call her Hannah Montana anymore, Miley Cyrus has broken out on her own and is forging a more personal music and performance career. Recently, she came to Chicago to promote the grand opening of The Topshop here.
CHICAGO – Miley Cyrus seems to be diving more and more into the world of film with two films already completed this year and an announcement that she will be working on a new project that she will both produce and star in, according to MTV.com.
CHICAGO – In our latest music edition of HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: DVD, we have three prize packs with DVDs up for grabs in advance of the home entertainment release of “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never”!
CHICAGO – Nicholas Sparks is the Michael Bay of touchy-feely weepies. No matter how derivative or cynically calculating his stories prove to be, they never fail to rake in the dough. Several of his books have been turned into blockbusters, the best of which benefit greatly from the strength of their cast, as in “A Walk to Remember” and “The Notebook.”
CHICAGO – Walt Disney Pictures has released a slate of images from their 2010 films including “Alice in Wonderland,” “Prince of Persia,” “Toy Story 3,” “The Last Song,” “Tron: Legacy,” “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” “Oceans,” “When in Rome,” and “Step Up 3D”.
CHICAGO – The Jonas Brothers and Hannah Montana have a popularity that’s nearly unmatched in the world of pop culture. They’re not just superstars, they are undeniable phenomena. Just go to the mall this weekend and it won’t be hard to see what I mean. While you’re there, pick up the latest Disney DVDs, “Jonas Rockin’ The House” and “Wizards On Deck With Hannah Montana”.
CHICAGO – This critic is not ashamed to admit when a teen-driven phenomenon works, having given positive reviews to most of Zac Efron’s filmography, but Disney’s “Hannah Montana: The Movie” is too absolutely for hardcore fans only. Everyone old enough to pay for the Blu-Ray themselves are likely to be turned off.