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TV Review: Twisted Guilty Pleasures of ABC’s ‘666 Park Avenue’

CHICAGO – It is far from the new TV season’s most creative or engaging show (both “Last Resort” and “Vegas” are notably better) but there’s something about ABC’s “666 Park Avenue,” debuting tonight, that could make it the year’s most delightful guilty pleasure.

HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: DVD, Prize Pack For ‘Ugly Betty’ With America Ferrera, Vanessa Williams

CHICAGO – In our latest Golden Globe-winning TV edition of HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: DVD, we have one DVD and one prize pack up for grabs to two winners for the Golden Globe-winning TV show “Ugly Betty” with America Ferrera and Vanessa Williams!

Blu-Ray Review: Fans Will Love ‘Hannah Montana: The Movie,’ Others Should Stay Away

Hannah Montana: The Movie

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.

‘Imagine That’: Eddie Murphy’s Family Fare Predictable as Sunrise

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CHICAGO – Nobody expects an actor to maintain the ambitions of their early career. The manic energy of Eddie Murphy from “Raw” or “48 Hours” is as gone as an ‘80s hairdo. But the numbing sameness of family-friendly Eddie is a direction that is stultifying, and does no favors for him or the audience.

Slideshow: 21-Image Gallery For ‘Hannah Montana: The Movie’ With Miley Cyrus

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(l to r) Billy Ray Cyrus, Jason Earles, Miley Cyrus

CHICAGO – This 21-image slideshow contains the press images for Disney’s “Hannah Montana: The Movie,” starring Miley Cyrus, Billy Ray Cyrus, Emily Osment, Jason Earles, Mitchel Musso, Moises Arias, Lucas Till, Vanessa Williams, Peter Gunn, and Melora Hardin. Written by Dan Berendsen and directed by Peter Chelsom, the film opens on Friday, April 10th, 2009. It is rated G.

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    Something always felt a bit out of place for me in Martin Scorsese’s brilliant “The King of Comedy”, just released on Blu-ray for the first time. I couldn’t put my finger on it but chalked it up to it being thematically ahead of its time in its investigation of the cult of personality that defines modern entertainment.

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