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Audio Film Review: Blast-Off From the Past in ‘Fly Me to the Moon’

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com audio film review for “Fly Me the Moon,” an alternative history satire about the Apollo 11 first-msn-on-the-moon mission, featuring Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum and Woody Harrelson. In theaters on July 12th.

Podtalk: Richard Knight Jr. for His Music Appearance at Evanston's SPACE on July 15, 2024

Richard Knight Jr. at SPACE

CHICAGO – Singer/songwriter Richard Knight Jr. believes that “Love is Possible,” so that is the title of his latest album. He will be performing selections from that album and more as he appears at SPACE in Evanston, Illinois, on Monday July 15th, along with Gerald Dowd. For tickets and details, click SPACE.

Podtalk: Brittani Ward for ‘Single Car Crashes’ at Gene Siskel Film Center July 12-14 & 16, 2024

Single Car Crashes, Siskel Screenings

CHICAGO – Writer/director Brittani Ward is bringing her made-in-Chicagoland feature, “Single Car Crashes” back home to the Gene Siskel Film Center for a special screening run on July 12th-14th & 16th, 2024, after the festival circuit with Cinequest (New Vision Award) and the Midwest Film Fest. For tickets and details, click SCC SISKEL.

Podtalk: Exec Director Karen Cardarelli of FACETS on 2024 So Far

Karen Cardarelli, 2023

CHICAGO – It’s been an exciting year so far for the gem of film exhibition, FACETS Cinema in Chicago’s DePaul Neighborhood. And spearheading that excitement is Executive Director Karen Cardarelli, who began in that position in the pandemic year of 2020 and has shepherded FACET’s growth and new programming, in addition to becoming a leader in Chicago’s film scene.

Podtalk, Review: Actor KiKi Layne on Blossoming in ‘Dandelion’

CHICAGO – Growth from a young and rising actor is defined by KiKi Layne. After getting her big break as Tish in “If Beale Street Could Talk” from 2018, she has build her resume in both independent (“Native Son”) and tentpole (“Coming 2 America”) films, and showcases her music talent as the title character in “Dandelion,” which opens Friday, July 12th.

Film News: Launch of ChicagoScreens.org Highlights Film Fests & Series


CHICAGO – Right before the historic Sundance X Chicago summit a new website was launched, two years in the making, ChicagoScreens.org. The site is the first ever one-stop destination spotlighting Chicago area film festivals (with an emphasis on independents) and film series. The site is the brainchild of the recently formed Chicago Alliance of Film Festivals (CAFF).

Entertainment News: Comcast Introduces NOW TV Latino Package

Comcast NOW TV Latino

CHICAGO – As of July 1st, 2024, Comcast has a new service package for their Xfinity internet customers. For only 10 dollars a month, they are offering NOW TV Latino, the best value in Spanish-language live TV, which includes Peacock Premium. For complete details and information on the package, click NOW TV Latino.

Theater Review: Steppenwolf’s Familial ‘Little Bear Ridge Road’

CHICAGO – The Steppenwolf Theatre of Chicago continues to provide different viewpoints on the American stage, and their latest “Little Bear Ridge Road” is no exception. Featuring ensemble member Laurie Metcalf, it’s the resonate story of a family at the crossroads. For tickets/details, click LITTLE BEAR.

Audio Film Reviews: ‘Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F’ & ‘Despicable Me 4’

Bev Cop 4 and Desp Me 4

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com audio film reviews for “‘Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F” with Eddie Murphy & “Despicable Me 4 with the voice of Steve Carell, both in the fourth film in their respective series. “Cop” is streaming on Netflix since July 3rd, and “Me” is in theaters since the same date.

Audio Film Review: No One Ever Left Alive in 1985 for ‘MaXXXine’

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com audio film review for “MaXXXine,” the third film in writer/director Ti West’s overview of the 1970s/80s American Cinema porno film era, after “X” and “Pearl,” and featuring Mia Goth.In theaters since July 5th.

On-Air Film Review: 'Daddio' and 'Janet Planet' in Theaters Now

Daddio and Janet Planet

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on June 27th, reviewing new films “Daddio,” with Dakota Johnson and Sean Penn, and the A24 release “Janet Planet.” Both in theaters since June 28th.

Podtalk: Programmer Stephanie Sack on Ti West’s ‘X’ & ‘Pearl’ at FACETS

Steffi Sack Presents July 2024

CHICAGO – The same day that director Ti West’s “MaXXXine” – the third film in his “Maxine” series – is released, why not catch up with the story beforehand at Chicago’s FACETS with a double feature/discussions on the first two films, “X” and “Pearl,” presented by film programmer Stephanie Sack. Click TI WEST for tickets/details.

Podtalk: ‘Summer Jobs Tour’ for the 'SNL 3' at Chicago’s Den Theatre, July 5-6. 2024

CHICAGO – What does any seasonal worker do during the summer? James Austin Johnson, Devon Walker and Andrew Dismukes of “Saturday Night Live” (SNL) go on their “Summer Jobs Tour” with stand-up, characters and of course, SNL. For tickets and details click SNL SUMMER.

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