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Podtalk: Director Michelle Danner Catches Up to ‘The Runner’

CHICAGO – When it comes to the passion of filmmaker Michelle Danner, there are no limits. She has five feature credits as director, a film in post production, two more in pre-production, and, oh yes, she’s an L.A. acting instructor and producer/actor. “The Runner” is her latest, and opens in theaters on August 19th, 2022.

Podtalk: Gabriel Uchida, Txai Surui on the Amazon in ‘The Territory’

CHICAGO – The Amazon Rainforest, in the country of Brazil in South America, is often called the heartbeat of the world. It’s ecosystem is a regulator for climate and nature, and it’s currently being threatened by development. This story is told in “The Territory,” represented by Gabriel Uchida (producer) and Txai Surui (Executive Producer).

Podtalk: Frank Carr on YippieFest, August 19-21, 2022, at the Den Theatre in Chicago

YippieFest 2022

CHICAGO – YippieFest, one of the great performance festivals in Chicago, is returning this upcoming weekend, August 19th, 20th and 21st at the Den Theatre in the Wicker Park neighborhood. Friday the 19th is music night, with a night of bands and groups, and Saturday/Sunday will be performance, with theatre, comedy, stand-up, dance and more.

Podtalk: Kevin Shaw on HIs Documentary ‘Let the Little Light Shine’ at Gene Siskel Film Center

Let the Little Light Shine

CHICAGO – The City of Chicago, like a number of American cities, has gone through incredible transformations in the last 25 years. Whole neighborhoods left for dead during the white flight of the 1950s-70s have been gentrified and re-settled with luxury housing … often to the detriment of those who remained there throughout many difficult years.

On-Air TV Review: Davi Abides in ‘Never Have I Ever’ Season 3

Never Have I Ever Season 3

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on The Eddie Volkman Show with Hannah B on WSSR-FM (Star 96.7 Joliet, Illinois) on August 12th, reviewing Season Three of the hit TV series “Never Have I Ever,” streaming on Netflix beginning on August 12th.

On-Air Film Review: Soulful Larceny in ‘Emily the Criminal’

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on August 11th, reviewing “Emily the Criminal,” featuring Aubrey Plaza (“Parks and Recreation). The film is in theaters beginning August 12th.

Via Zoom: Filmmaker April Wright Takes Us ‘Back to the Drive-In’

Back to the Drive-In

CHICAGO – One of the realizations that came out of the pandemic was that Drive-In movie theaters are still viable. When regular theaters closed, the Drive-In filled the void where they were available. Filmmaker April Wright has had a lifelong love for the Drive-In, and has explored their revival and challenges afterward in “Back to the Drive-In.” The documentary will have a limited two-day (April 13/14, 2022) run at the historic Music Box Theatre in Chicago, click DRIVE-IN DREAMS for showtimes.

On-Air Film Review: There’s a Place for Us in ‘Summering’

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on August 11th, reviewing “Summering,” the latest from co-writer and director James Ponsoldt. The film is in theaters beginning August 12th.

Podtalk: Richa Moorjani & Poorna Jagannathan on Season 3 of Netflix Series ‘Never Have I Ever’

CHICAGO – The groundbreaking Netflix TV series “Never Have I Ever” heads to Season Three, with the continuing adventures of Davi and her teen pals. Part of the supporting cast is Cousin Kamala (Richa Moorjani) and Mom Nalini (Poorna Jagannathan).

Via Zoom: Director James Ponsoldt on His New Film ‘Summering’

CHICAGO – Filmmaker James Ponsoldt has earned the moniker “veteran” in front of his name, after notable hits like “The Spectacular Now,” “The End of the Tour” and “The Circle” (with Tom Hanks). He’s back with a seasonal film called “Summering,” featuring four girls going through their own “Stand by Me” moment.

On-Air TV Review: The Best Things in Life are Free in ‘Loot’

Loot

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on The Eddie Volkman Show with Hannah B on WSSR-FM (Star 96.7 Joliet, Illinois) on August 5th, reviewing the TV series “Loot,” featuring Maya Rudolph. Currently on Apple TV+ with the 9th of ten episodes available to stream today.

On-Air Film Review: ‘Bullet Train’ Has the Need for Speed on Track

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on August 4th, reviewing “Bullet Train,” featuring Brad Pitt and a very fast train in Japan. The film is in theaters beginning August 5th.

On-Air Film Review: 'Luck’ Proves She’s Bad to the Zone

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on August 4th, reviewing “Luck,” an animated movie treat featuring the voices of Simon Pegg and Jane Fonda. The film will stream on Apple TV+ beginning August 5th.

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  • Never Have I Ever Season 3

    CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on The Eddie Volkman Show with Hannah B on WSSR-FM (Star 96.7 Joliet, Illinois) on August 12th, reviewing Season Three of the hit TV series “Never Have I Ever,” streaming on Netflix beginning on August 12th.

  • Loot

    CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on The Eddie Volkman Show with Hannah B on WSSR-FM (Star 96.7 Joliet, Illinois) on August 5th, reviewing the TV series “Loot,” featuring Maya Rudolph. Currently on Apple TV+ with the 9th of ten episodes available to stream today.

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