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Slideshow, Podtalk: Johnny Brower on ‘Rock ’n Roll Revival' 1969, featuring John Lennon

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John Lennon, Yoko Ono and Johnny Brower (right of Yoko) meet the press.

CHICAGO – During the year 1969, in the midst of Woodstock and Summer of Soul, was the Rock ’n Roll Revival, taking place in Toronto, Canada. What makes this concert as significant as the other two – astoundingly, all three shows took place within three months of each other – is that a Canadian rock promoter named Johnny Brower snagged the biggest act of all for the show… John Lennon.

Exclusive Joe Arce Photo: Happy Birthday to M. Night Shyamalan, Another Year ‘Old’

M Night, photo by Joe Arce

CHICAGO – Happy Birthday on August 6th, 2021, to the King of the Creepy Thriller, M. Night Shyamalan. The bold-faced-name director just released his 14th feature film, ”Old”, and has had a career of thrilling and perplexing audiences with his odd and mysterious films.

Slideshow: ‘The Class’ Cast Red Carpet Photos on ‘A Night with Anthony Michael Hall’

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The focus of ‘A Night with Anthony Michael Hall.’

CHICAGO – There was a double celebration at The Tivoli Theatre in Downers Grove (Illinois) on July 26th, 2021. First, the cast and director of “The Class” – now in production in Chicagoland – gathered to support their co-star.

Exclusive Joe Arce Photo: Newsmaker Stormy Daniels in Chicago

CHICAGO – Approximately one year after Donald Trump took his oath of presidential office, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL revealed in January of 2018 that Trump attorney Michael Cohen paid Stormy Daniels $130,000 in October of 2016 to stop her from disclosing a past 2006 affair with the presumed leader. Recently, Joe Arce took an Exclusive Photo of Ms. Daniels.

Film News: Anthony Michael Hall to Star in ‘The Class’ in Chicago

CHICAGO – With films now in progress ramping up, Chicago is welcoming a new production that will be shooting here this summer. “The Class” will have a back-to-the-past familiarity for actor Anthony Michael Hall. Instead of joining “The Breakfast Club,” he will portray an assistant principal responsible for monitoring a new generation.

Slideshow: Happy Birthday Rosario Dawson! Unpublished Exclusive Photos from 2014

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Happy Birthday ... May 9th ... to Rosario Dawson!

CHICAGO – With a new film, “The Water Man,” released on Friday, May 7th, and a birthday TODAY on May 9th, what better time to showcase an unpublished Slideshow of Exclusive Photos of actor Rosario Dawson. With a career that began in 1995 with her feature debut “Kids,” Dawson has performed a variety of roles in all kinds of film genres including drama, comedy and action.

Oscar 2021: Spotlight on Best Actor Nominee Gary Oldman for 'Mank'

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CHICAGO – The great Gary Oldman is a veteran actor who has created so many memorable roles that he’s his own Hall of Fame. His surprising turn as Herman Mankiewicz, the co-screenwriter with Orson Welles on “Citizen Kane” in “Mank,” is being honored by yet another Best Actor nomination in 2021 (his third with one win).

Oscar 2021: And the Nominees Are … in a Exclusive Slideshow by Photographer Joe Arce

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Glenn Close (“Hillbilly Elegy”) in Chicago, 1998.

CHICAGO – Roll out the red carpet on Oscar Day 2021! Throughout the years, Photographer Joe Arce of HollywoodChicago has had close encounters with many of this year’s nominees and had captured them with his intrepid camera eye. Presenting a slideshow of the 93rd Academy Awards Best Acting nominations.

Oscar 2021: Top Category Predictions for 93rd Academy Awards

CHICAGO – Predicting the Oscars is like going on a blind date. You really don’t know what’s going to happen, and often you’re humiliated to boot. But here goes Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com, along with one million other online prognosticators. The 93rd Academy Awards are Sunday, April 25th, 2021, in Hollywood.

Oscar Week 2021: Spotlight on Best Actress Nominee Carey Mulligan

CHICAGO – Making an impact has pretty much defined the career of Carey Mulligan. Her film characters have had a depth and energy to them that only she can deliver. 11 years after her first Best Actress Oscar nomination (“An Education”), Mulligan is nominated in 2021 for her searing portrayal in “Promising Young Woman.”

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