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Blu-ray Review: Celebrate Valentine’s Day With ‘Love Story’

Love Story

CHICAGO – It’s hard to believe that a movie that has come to personify cheesy melodrama like “Love Story” was nominated for SEVEN OSCARS, including Best Picture, Actor, Actress, Director, and Screenplay (losing the biggies to a film exactly on the other end of the dramatic spectrum, “Patton”). “Love Story” is a sweet, competent drama, but, wow, it’s easy to forget how much it took over when it was released, making over $100 million on a budget under $3 million. This movie was MASSIVE and it would make a great last-minute Valentine’s Day treat.

Farrah Fawcett of TV’s ‘Charlie’s Angels’ Dies of Cancer at 62

CHICAGO – Actress Farrah Fawcett, who rose to fame by starring in 29 episodes of TV’s “Charlie’s Angels” from 1976 to 1980, has died of anal cancer in the ICU at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, Calif., according to her representative.

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  • Spike Heels Stage Play

    CHICAGO – If you can remember the 1990s outside of childhood, you are in the glow of middle age, so congratulations. The Brown Paper Box Co. theater ensemble takes us back to those thrilling days of yesteryear with “Spike Heels,” a relationship comedy centering on the co-mingling antics of two couples, with a slight nod toward George Bernard Shaw and the play “Pygmalion” (or its musical counterpart, “My Fair Lady”).

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    CHICAGO – One potential theater-goer loves the “The Book of Mormon.” The other would rather stay home and watch old Ethel Merman YouTube videos. Pride Films & Theater offers the ultimate solution by combining both in a campy musical, “The Book of Merman.” Yep, two Elder characters from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints meets foghorn singer Ethel Merman.

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