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 – With “Shrek Forever After” also being billed as “Shrek: The Final Chapter” and being pitched as the final film in the “Shrek” franchise, it only makes sense that DreamWorks has put together a lavish box set of this billion-dollar franchise that captures the entire saga of Shrek, Donkey, Fiona, and the rest of the lovable creatures of arguably the most influential series of films of the last decade.
CHICAGO – “How to Train Your Dragon” is one of the best mainstream animated films of the last several years. After years of watching Pixar deservedly take home most of the critical acclaim in the medium, DreamWorks has produced a film that deserves mention in the same breath as the Pixar greats. With gorgeous visuals, strong voice work, and confident storytelling, “How to Train Your Dragon,” recently released on Blu-ray and DVD, works for all ages and will surely become one of the most highly-desired and purchased titles of the upcoming season.
CHICAGO – Film icon Julie Andrews greeted the HollywoodChicago.com lens before meeting fans and signing copies of her new book “Julie Andrews’ Collection of Poems, Songs & Lullabies” on Oct. 14, 2009 at the Borders in Schaumburg, Ill.
CHICAGO – Talk-show icon Larry King of “Larry King Live” on CNN posed for an exclusive HollywoodChicago.com portrait before meeting fans at the signing of his autobiography “My Remarkable Journey” on May 30, 2009 at The Book Stall at Chestnut Court in Winnetka, Ill.