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Podtalk: Charles Coleman on FACETS Chicago 47th Anniversary

CHICAGO – Last week FACETS Multimedia Chicago began their 47th anniversary celebration, and throughout the month of May will have special programming associated with that milestone. Film Program Director Charles Coleman talks about these programs and more about FACETS with HollywoodChicago.com.

Podtalk: Emma Cooper on Netflix's ‘The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe ... '

CHICAGO – The movie star Marilyn Monroe, arguably the brightest star in the history of Hollywood, led a life of triumph and tragedy, up to and including her death in 1962. The recent Netflix release of “The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe: The Unheard Tapes” – directed by Emma Cooper – is a documentary that seeks truth, through never-heard-before audio interviews.

Podtalk: Music Supervisor Cait Rappel for ‘Relative,’ at Midwest Film Fest, April 5, 2022

Cait Rappel, Midwest Film Fest 2022

CHICAGO – The made-in-Chicago film “Relative” … written and directed by Michael Glover Smith … will get its city/Midwest premiere at (appropriately) the Midwest Film Festival on April 5th, 2022. The sold out show at the Gene Siskel Film Center will also have a Q&A, moderated by Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com.

Podtalk: The ‘Daniels’ on ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’

CHICAGO – One of the more “strap in and enjoy” movie experiences of 2022 is in theaters on April 1st. “Everything Everywhere at Once” is about the multi-universes, but not in the superhero realm and not what you’d expect. This surreal treat comes from the “The Daniels” … co-writers and directors Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert.

Oscar Week: Producer Gigi Pritzker on Jessica Chastain in ‘The Eyes of Tammy Faye’

CHICAGO – The Oscars are this upcoming Sunday, March 27th, and one of the great performances of the year – nominated for Best Actress – is Jessica Chastain as Tammy Faye Bakker in “The Eyes of Tammy Faye.” The producer of the film is Gigi Pritzker.

Podtalk: Ashton Swinford About to Start Production on ‘Wizdom’

CHICAGO – In a sure sign that production is ramping up in Chicago once again, the pilot sci-fi film “Wizdom” – the first step in a larger project – will film in the city the week of February 21st, 2022. “Wizdom” is co-created and co-written by Ashton Swinford, who also will portray the lead role.

Podtalk: Filmmaker Jude Klassen is Back with ‘Stupid For You’

CHICAGO – Ethereal Canadian writer/director Jude Klassen is back with her second film – after “Love in the Sixth” – a combination of relationship angst and music passion, “Stupid For You.” The film has been launched into the fest circuit, and premiered at Montreal’s Image+ Nation Film Festival in November 2021.

Podtalk: My Convo with Wallace, Part Two of Wallace Shawn

CHICAGO – When an interview opportunity comes up with Wallace Shawn, and it lasts more than 15 minutes, a conversation can be born. In our own version of “My Dinner with Andre,” I got an expansion with the actor, writer and one of the most famous dinner guests in cinema history (he is the “My” in “My Dinner … “ ).

Podtalk: Actor Elena Anaya on Her Career & ‘Rifkin’s Festival’

CHICAGO – Elena Anaya has had an adventure in her career of over 50 films … from the role of Dracula’s Bride in “Van Helsing” to notable work with director Pedro Almodóvar in “The Skin I Live In,” and up to her current role as Dr. Jo Rojas in “Rifkin’s Festival,” she has embraced the journey with a grateful enthusiasm.

Podtalk: Actor Wallace Shawn Celebrates ‘Rifkin’s Festival’

CHICAGO – The distinctive voice and presence of Wallace Shawn has been in the show business firmament for over 40 years. From his legacy film “My Dinner with Andre” through cultural icon in “The Princess Bride” to “Young Sheldon,” Wally Shawn has endured and prospered. He stars as the title character in “Rifkin’s Festival, opening January 28th, 2022.

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  • Offer, The

    CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Dan Baker on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on May 5th, reviewing the new miniseries “The Offer,” about the creation of the classic film “The Godfather,” currently streaming on Paramount+.

  • Murder on Horizon

    CHICAGO – Time to get back to live stage shows! The Otherworld Theatre of Chicago (Wrigleyville Neighborhood) presents an immersive sci-fi experience – AKA audience participation – on a space station, enticingly titled “Murder on Horizon.” The audience is part of solving the mystery as a futuristic gumshoe goes from suspect to suspect to find the killer of a prominent scientist.

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