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In Memoriam: Nichelle Nichols, Uhura in Original ‘Star Trek’

Nichelle Nichols, photo by Joe Arce

SILVER CITY, N.M.– No more can Uhura communicate. The ground breaking actor who originated the role of Nyota Uhura, the Communications Officer on The Original Series (TOS) “Star Trek,” passed away on July 30th at her home in New Mexico. Nichelle Nichols was 89. Photographer Joe Arce of HollywoodChicago.com took this Exclusive Portrait in Chicago in 2018.

Slideshow: Molly Shannon at Chicago Humanities Festival for New Book ‘Hello Molly!'

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Molly Shannon at the Chicago Humanities Fest, April 13, 2022.

CHICAGO – Book Tour season has begun, and the Chicago Humanities Festival welcomed a prominent new author to their event. Molly Shannon, the raucous comic actor of “Saturday Night Live” fame, has written a new memoir entitled “Hello Molly!” On April 13th, 2022, Shannon appeared at the Humanities Festival with fellow SNL alum (and veteran of The Second City) Tim Meadows.

Slideshow: Road to the Oscars … Nine Exclusive Portraits for the 94th Academy Awards

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Oscar Host Amy Schumer on June 14th, 2012.

CHICAGO – Hollywood is rolling out the Red Carpet for the 94th Academy Awards on Sunday, March 27th, and before the big night it’s time for an Exclusive Oscar Portrait Slideshow.

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).

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  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture

    CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com audio review of the new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray version of 1979’s “Star Trek: The Motion Picture,” the first film of one of the most successful film franchises in movie history, spun off from the original breakthrough sci-fi TV series of the 1960s. Beam me up.

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    CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on The Eddie Volkman Show with Hannah B on WSSR-FM (Star 96.7 Joliet, Illinois) on September 2nd, reviewing the new TV series “A League of Their Own,” a parallel universe adaptation of the popular 1992 film, now streaming on Prime Video.

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