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Exclusive Portrait: Ricky Martin is ‘Livin’ La Vida Satisfied’

Ricky Martin, photo by Joe Arce

CHICAGO – Ricky Martin had quite the 2010. The pop sensation who placed “Livin’ La Vida Loco” into our collective consciousness also publicly acknowledged being gay in March. This led to the publication of his new book, “Me” (“Yo” in Spanish), and an appearance at Borders Books Lincoln Park in Chicago.

Exclusive Portrait: Josh Groban in Chicago For His CD ‘Illuminations’

Josh Groban, photo by Joe Arce

CHICAGO – The mega-popular singer Josh Groban is about to add another multi-selling note to his marketability. On November 22th on the Oprah show, Groban will be named one of her “Ultimate Favorite Things” and will perform a special duet with Johnny Mathis.

Exclusive: 5-Image Gallery of Katharine McPhee From ‘American Idol’ For Macy’s Tree Lighting

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Katharine McPhee at Macy’s Department Store, State Street Chicago

CHICAGO – It’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays as Macy’s continued a Chicago tradition with the 103rd Great Tree Lighting on Nov. 6, 2010. On hand to lead the ceremony was “American Idol” runner up and singer Katherine McPhee. She was joined by Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley.

Interview: Tim Gunn on ‘Project Runway,’ New Book, Current Fashion

CHICAGO – October 28th is the season finale of Lifetime Network’s popular “Project Runway,” As contestants Andy, Mondo and Gretchen take their final designs to New York’s Fashion Week, backstage will be the show’s mentor, the inimitable Tim Gunn. His new book is “Gunn’s Golden Rules: Life’s Little Lessons for Making It Work.”

Interview: Director Chris Folkens on ‘Diversion’ Premiere at 2010 Hollywood Film Festival

Chris Folkens of "Diversion"

CHICAGO – The festival premiere of a new film is a great day for a director, and Chris Folkens is celebrating his new short film, “Diversion,” with an opening at the 2010 Hollywood Film Festival on October 23rd. Diversion is a taut thriller shot all in Chicago, as great a valentine to the city as a well-done paranoid narrative.

Exclusive Portrait: Megadeth Metal Guitarist Dave Mustaine

Dave Mustaine, photograph by Joe Arce

CHICAGO – Head banging and air guitaring was the order of the day a couple weeks ago, as Dave Mustaine of the group Megadeth made an appearance at the Borders Books in Chicago on State Street to greet fans and sign his new book, “Mustaine: A Heavy Metal Memoir.”

Exclusive Portrait: Celebrating Ozzfest With Guitarist Zakk Wylde

Zakk Wylde, shot by Joe Arce

CHICAGO – As Ozzfest, the summer music jam anchored by Ozzy Osbourne, rolls through Chicago on Tuesday, August 17th, former Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde brought his new band, Black Label Society, to rock at the fest. He also had time to greet fans here on Monday at Borders Books State Street.

Exclusive Portrait: Terry O’Quinn of ‘Lost’ at Chicago Benefit

CHICAGO – Terry O’Quinn, the strange and mysterious John Locke on the recently concluded TV series, “Lost,” was found in this exclusive portrait by HollywoodChicago.com’s ace photographer Joe Arce. O’Quinn was appearing at the Park West in Chicago for his brother Thomas’s new film “Using.”

Report: ‘Transformers 3’ Shooting Locations Unveiled in Chicago

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CHICAGO – “Transformers 3,” the third installment in director Michael Bay’s exceedingly lucrative action franchise, is set to shoot in Chicago this weekend.

Interview: 30 Rock’s Scott Adsit Goes Down the ‘Frankenhole’

CHICAGO – Last Sunday, June 27th, a new Cartoon Network show on Adult Swim premiered, by the same team that gave us “Morel Orel.” “Mary Shelley’s Frankenhole” is also produced, directed and written by Chicago area native Scott Adsit, who also does time as the harried Pete Hornberger on NBC’s “30 Rock.”

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  • Cher Show, The

    CHICAGO – Cherilyn Sarkisian… yes, that is her birth name… is the redoubtable Cher, and it’s perfect timing for her to have a jukebox musical tribute. “The Cher Show,” covering three eras/songs of the six-decade career of Cher, opens for a Chicago preview before its Broadway run, from June 12th through July 25th, 2018.

  • ThroatPunch

    CHICAGO – The provocative title of Sharon Krome’s new stage play, “ThroatPunch,” does not contain that particular fight technique. But it does have standout performances by the three person cast, as they make their way in Chicago, circa 1983, amid their emerging twentysomething punk rock attitude. The World Premiere of the show has a Thursday-Sunday run at the Chicago Mosaic School through June 3rd, 2018. Click here for more details, including ticket information.

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