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Blu-ray Review: The Beatles’ ‘Help!’ Given Loving HD Restoration

Help!

CHICAGO – After the massive success of “A Hard Day’s Night,” director Richard Lester was given more money and more creative freedom to direct “Help!,” a film seen as a disappointment by many at the time, including The Beatles themselves, but historically appreciated (as are most things John, Paul, George, and Ringo). The Beatles 1965 classic has been given a loving restoration, particularly in the sound department, and accompanied by interesting special features and attractive packaging. It’s a great gift idea for The Beatles fan in your family.

HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 50 Pairs of Extra-Limited Passes to ‘The Beatles: Magical Mystery Tour’

CHICAGO – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film with our unique social giveaway technology, we have 50 pairs of extra-limited movie passes up for grabs to the Music Box Theatre’s “The Beatles: Magical Mystery Tour,” which has been restored and will be shown on the big screen for the first time!

Interviews: Those 1970s Celebrities at ‘The Hollywood Show’

Denny Laine, photo by Joe Arce

CHICAGO – When “That ’70’s Show” was merely a twinkle in the eye of Ashton Kutcher’s pappy, there were real TV, film and music celebrities actually working in that disco decade. Denny Laine (of Paul McCartney and “Wings”), Eric Shea (“The Poseidon Adventure”) and Richard Anderson (“The Six Million Dollar Man”) helped to define that freak show era.

Film Review: Earth Day Honored With IMAX Film ‘To the Arctic 3D’

To the Arctic

CHICAGO – A second major Earth Day film has emerged from the weekend, along with Disney Studio’s “Chimpanzee.” The documentary “To the Arctic 3D,” narrated by Meryl Streep, is a cautionary and virtuous look at life on the ice caps at the top of the world. The IMAX film has a spectacular vision, showing a planet’s necessary ecosystem in a troubling meltdown state.

Exclusive Portrait: Denny Laine, Denny Seiwell of Rock Band Wings

Wings, photo by Joe Arce

CHICAGO – Paul McCartney’s second band, begun in 1971, was called “Wings,” and throughout the 1970s scored big hits with “Band on the Run,” “Live and Let Die” and “With a Little Luck.” Denny Seiwell was Wings first drummer, and guitarist Denny Laine joined the band on their first album, “Wild Life.”

Black Eyed Peas End the Stretch of Classic Rock Super Bowl Halftimes

Black Eyed Peas at Super Bowl XLV

CHICAGO – We all know the Super Bowl is all about predictions. Just as it’s about to happen in 2011, many handicappers have already gotten one wrong. The Super Bowl halftime show has been a classic rock lover’s scene over the last half decade. While many expected the same to continue in early 2011, the organizers have thrown us a curveball.

Film Review: Aaron Johnson as John Lennon is a Real ‘Nowhere Boy’

Nowhere Boy, Aaron Johnson

CHICAGO – The great John Lennon would have been 70 years old on October 9th, but never got to expand upon the journey that started in a small British port town called Liverpool, where a young Lennon was shuffled from home-to-home between his Aunt Mimi and his mother Julia. Aaron Johnson plays the teenage rock icon in a crucial point in his life in the poignant “Nowhere Boy.”

Video Game Review: Full Albums Available For ‘The Beatles: Rock Band’

Beatles Rock Band - Rubber Soul

CHICAGO – What better way to begin the decade than with full albums from The Beatles now available for the best music-based title of the year? Fans of the great “The Beatles: Rock Band” can now download “Abbey Road,” “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” and “Rubber Soul,” and make this amazing game even more fulfilling.

Interview: Tony Curtis is the Original Fantastic Mr. Fox

CHICAGO – Tony Curtis, who rolled into town to introduce his classic “Some Like it Hot” – December 5th and 6th at the Hollywood Palms in Naperville, IL – has a sharp and voracious intelligence, plus the adventurous life story to share.

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