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Slideshow: In Memoriam Dawn Wells, Mary Ann of ‘Gilligan’s Island’

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Dawn Wells in a 2017 salute to her Gilligan’s Island past.

CHICAGO – To top off the end of 2020, it was announced on December 30th that Dawn Wells, best known for the girl-next-door role she had as Mary Ann on the 1960s sitcom “Gilligan’s Island,” had passed away due to COVID complications. She was 82. Dawn Wells was also a friend of HollywoodChicago.com, and had posed for the camera of photographer Joe Arce on several occasions.

Interview: Kristin Broadwell on Co-Creating ‘Paper People Play’

CHICAGO – When the world stopped in March during the pandemic quarantine, there was an online kids-and-play concept invented by two sisters that really took off. “Paper People Play” is a deceptively simple website that evolves the paper doll form, bringing it to 21st Century children. Kristin and Brooke Broadwell were the co-creators, and the story of the concept is fascinating.

UPDATE: Chicago’s Music Box Screens 'Inception,' AMC ReOpens, Plus Gene Siskel At-Home Series

Inception (10th Anniversary)

CHICAGO – An exciting opening on Friday, August 14th, 2020, for the historic Music Box Theatre (which was the first movie house to open with safety precautions last month). They will be the ONLY movie theater in America to screen the 70mm print of director Christopher Nolan’s “Inception.” AMC Theaters in Chicago and surrounding suburbs are re-opening on August 20th.

UPDATE: Music Box Theatre IS OPEN! Gene Siskel Center Continues At-Home Screenings

CHICAGO – Using safety-first precautions, the Music Box Theatre of Chicago has reopened as of July 3rd for limited seating (see link below for details). The Gene Siskel Film Center continues “Film Center From Your Sofa.”

Pride Weekend: ‘After Stonewall’ is Reviewed on ‘Reel Pride’

CHICAGO – The 2020 Pride Weekend, which occurs every year around the June 28th anniversary date of the Stonewall Inn uprising, will be remembered not for the LGBTQ+ themed parades or observances, but the cancellation of those events due to COVID-19. But the celebration continues, as the film series “Reel Pride” reviews the documentary “After Stonewall.”

Film News: Chicago’s Asian Pop-Up Cinema ‘Father’s Day Cheer’ from June 19-21, 2020

CHICAGO – The Asian Pop-Up Cinema (APUC) of Chicago, coming off their popular “Audience Choice Winners Rewind” and recent “Taiwan Cinema Online,” will present a specially curated “Father’s Day Cheer” from June 19th to 21st, 2020.

Film News: Asian Pop-Up Cinema Winners of ‘Funniest Stay-At-Home Short Film Competition’

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CHICAGO – The Asian Pop-Up Cinema (APUC) of Chicago, and their international Selection Committee, has announced the winners of the APUC “Funniest Stay-At-Home Short Film Competition. The competition took place over the last three months of the global quarantine, and attracted entries from the U.S. and the world.

UPDATE: Chicago’s Music Box Theatre and Gene Siskel Film Center At-Home Screenings

Music Box, Gene Siskel Center

CHICAGO – Both the Music Box Theatre and the Gene Siskel Film Center have continued their at-home screenings, due to the physical theaters staying closed for now. Below are the updates to their current offerings.

Film News: Chicago’s Asian Pop-Up Cinema ‘Taiwan Cinema Online’ from June 8-12, 2020

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CHICAGO – The Asian Pop-Up Cinema (APUC) of Chicago, coming off their popular “Audience Choice Winners Rewind” in May, will present a specially curated “Mini Focus,” June 5th to 12th, 2020, featuring “Taiwan Cinema Online.” All it takes to access the films – a short films program and five features – for FREE is to register at the APUC website on the day the film is schedule to stream.

Film News: Asian Pop-Up Cinema ‘Audience Choice Winners Rewind’ Finale, May 30-31, 2020

APUC Season Eight 2019

CHICAGO – The Asian Pop-Up Cinema (APUC) of Chicago is highlighting their past program line up of award-winning and culturally important films with “Audience Choice Winners Rewind” – an event that allows streaming the films on specific dates throughout the next several weeks.

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  • Young Rock
    HollywoodChicago.com Television Rating: 5.0/5.0
    Television Rating: 5.0/5.0

    CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on February 18th, 2021, reviewing the new TV series “Young Rock,” Tuesdays on NBC-TV.

  • What Did Clyde Hide?

    CHICAGO – What is one of the greatest survival instincts of the pandemic? Creativity. The Zoom web series “What Did Clyde Hide?” is the result of a creative effort from Executive Producer/Show Runner Ruth Kaufman, Producer Sandy Gulliver and Director Sean Patrick Leonard. Kaufman and Leonard talk about the series, naturally, via Zoom.

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