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Film News: Opening Night of 'Alex/October' at La Grange Theatre on Sept. 30, 2022

Alex/October

CHICAGO – Big Opening Night tonight (September 30th, 2022) for the shot-in-Chicagoland indie film “Alex/October,” written and directed by Josh Hope. The La Grange Theatre (La Grange, Ill.) will screen the film with a Q&A to follow, moderated by Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com. Click A/O for ticket info.

Podtalk: Season 15 Asian Pop-Up Cinema Focus on South Korea, Sept. 24-Oct. 2, 2022

Mother's Place, APUC Season 15

CHICAGO – South Korea takes the spotlight at the 15th Season Asian Pop-Up Cinema (APUC) film fest, from September 24th through October 2nd, 2022. HollywoodChicago.com caught up with Sophia Wong Boccio … the Founder, Executive Director and Curator of APUC … for a preview of the South Korea Cinema Showcase and her launch of the new season so far. For more information, click SOUTH KOREA.

Podtalk: Mark Schilling, Japan Cinema World Expert, at Asian Pop-Up Cinema, Sept. 17-23, 2022

CHICAGO – It’s Japan’s turn at the Asian Pop-Up Cinema (APUC), and the guest emcee is Mark Schilling, an American from Tokyo who in the 1980s began his journey as a world expert in Japanese cinema. For more info on this weekend, click JAPAN CINEMA.

Podtalk: Mike Houlihan for Irish Movie Hooley, Sept. 16-25, 2022

Irish Movie Hooley 2022

CHICAGO – The 8th Annual Irish Movie Hooley … a Hooley is a rowdy party … will be a bit different this year. Moving from its familiar Loop location, the Hooley will screen at two historic suburban theaters on consecutive weekends.

Film News: Asian Pop-Up Cinema SEASON 15 Begins Sept. 10, 2022

CHICAGO – Out of the gate for Fall film fest time is the milestone 15th Season of the Asian Pop-Up Cinema (APUC). This season is taking “the show on the road” with screenings around Chicagoland and their diverse communities. APUC opens on September 10th with the U.S. Premiere of “I Am What I Am” (From China, CLICK HERE).

Slideshow: Prime Video Series ‘A League of Their Own’ to Premiere in Rockford, IL, July 2, 2022

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Prime Video’s ‘A League of Their Own’ will premiere in Rockford.

ROCKFORD, ILL. – It’s time for the classic film “A League of Their Own” to go back to their roots … Rockford, Illinois, home of the old timey woman’s baseball team the Rockford Peaches. To celebrate the NEW Prime Video series adaptation of “League,” and the 30th anniversary of the film, Prime Video will be premiering the series in a special Rockford screening on July 2nd, 2022.

Exclusive Portraits: Bryan Cranston Promotes ‘Dos Hombres’ Libation

CHICAGO – The binge world is abuzz with the anticipation of what actor Bryan Cranston will bring in reprising his Walter White character (‘Breaking Bad), in the prequel/sequel series ‘Better Call Saul.’ In the meantime, he has a branded tequila to promote, and photographer Joe Arce got the Exclusive Portrait.

Film News: Asian Pop-Up Cinema Season 14 Begins March 13, 2022

CHICAGO – The 2022 local film festival scene is picking up steam as the Spring Season 14 of Chicago’s Asian Pop-Up Cinema (APUC) kicks off on March 13th at AMC Niles (Illinois). The South Korean film “Heaven: To the Land of Happiness” has its Midwest Premiere, beginning nearly a month of APUC through April 10th.

Blu-Ray Review: We’re Not Worthy of Steel Case ‘Wayne’s World’

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) and the Eddie Volkman Show on Star 96.7 WSSR-FM (Joliet, IL) reviewing the new Steel Case 30th Anniversary Blu-Ray edition of “Wayne’s World” from Paramount Pictures.

Film News: ‘A Night with Anthony Michael Hall’ at Tivoli Theatre, Downers Grove, July 26, 2021

Anthony Michael Hall, photo by Joe Arce.

CHICAGO – They’ll be turning back the clock tomorrow night (July 26, 2021) in Downers Grove (Illinois) as iconic 1980s actor Anthony Michael Hall will make an appearance at the Tivoli Theatre introducing “The Breakfast Club” and doing a Q&A. The film starts at 8pm, and for all the details plus ticket purchase information, click here.

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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.

  • A League of Their Own 2022

    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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