The Fellowship of the Ring

Interview: Sean Astin of ‘Rudy’ Fires Up During Election Week

Sean Astin, photo by Joe Arce.

CHICAGO – Sean Astin has distinguished himself through two memorable roles – that of the title character in the Notre Dame film “Rudy” and as Samwise Gamgee in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy. But not many people know that he is a passionate civic supporter, once serving as campaign manager for his friend Dan Adler, who didn’t survive a congressional ballot runoff in 2011.

Blu-ray Review: New Packages For Extended Editions of ‘The Lord of the Rings’

Lord of the Rings Blu-Ray

CHICAGO – Some Blu-ray re-releases are more essential than others. Often they add special features, remaster the video and/or audio, or offer previews of new films that might be related. There’s little of any of that with the new, repackaged, stand-alone Blu-ray versions of “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, three releases that are simply must-own…unless you already own them.

Interview: Creative Director Richard Taylor of Weta, ‘Lord of the Rings’

CHICAGO – With the heralded release this week of Peter Jackson’s “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy on Blu-ray DVD, the opportunity to appreciate the epic scope of the visionary Middle Earth in the home theater has never been so highly rendered.

Blu-Ray Review: ‘The Lord of the Rings Trilogy’ Exhilarates on Blu-Ray

Lord of the Rings Blu-Ray

CHICAGO – The first words we hear are those of the beguiling elf Galadriel, whose ethereal voice haunts an empty screen while declaring, “The world is changed.” And so it had in December 2001, when Americans were reeling from 9/11, and more eager than ever to escape into a fantasy where moral certainty was never in doubt, and pure-hearted heroes clung to the belief that there was still good in the world, and it was worth fighting for.

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  • Gospel

    CHICAGO – The roots of freedom and redemption for Black Americans in their history in this country is within the Black church and its joyful noise. PBS and Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. (“Finding Your Roots”) presents a special overview for Black History Month 2024 of the influential music not only in the Black culture but all popular music culture in the new docuseries entitled “Gospel”

  • In Quietness Red Orchid Theatre

    CHICAGO – Marriage is a complex dynamic, and the subtle but effective “In Quietness,” currently at Chicago’s Red Orchid Theatre through March 10th, jumps the nuptial institution through some unusual hoops in exploration of religion, fidelity and promises made/broken. For information and tickets, click IN QUIETNESS.

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