CHICAGO – Standing up at the Lyric Opera house in Chicago is unusual before a show. But in this case, it was the night after a tragedy, and the operetta “The Merry Widow” – set in Paris, France, in 1905 – was about to unfold. The orchestra struck up La Marseillaise, a reminder that we’ll always have Paris.
CHICAGO – “Saw VI” opens with two people in a race to cut off as much flesh as possible before time runs out. It’s gross. It’s nauseating. It’s exactly what fans of this franchise have been looking for and what its critics have derided. The twist is that these victims are a part of the current financial crisis, making their torture something audiences, many of which have been impacted through loss of income, would more likely cathartically enjoy.
CHICAGO – Screenwriters Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton (the upcoming ‘Saw VI’) met each other at the University of Iowa and both are originally from Illinois. Dustan makes his directorial debut with the release of ‘The Collector.’
CHICAGO – In our latest edition of HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 50 admit-one passes up for grabs to the Chicago screening of “The Collector,” which stars Madeline Zima, Andrea Roth, Josh Stewart, Daniella Alonso, Robert Wisdom, Michael Reilly Burke, Juan Fernández and Gregory Alan Williams from the writers of “Saw IV,” “Saw V” and “Saw VI”.