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Interviews: Here’s the Story of The Brady Bunch, Plus 4 Female Stars

CHICAGO – Wrapping up HollywoodChicago.com’s summary of the Hollywood Collector Show in Chicago, many more television and movie stars sat down for interviews with us.

Interview: Angie Dickinson on the Big Break, The Rat Pack, ‘Police Woman’

CHICAGO – Angie Dickinson has brought her charm and magnetism to a career that has spanned from the 1950s/’60s era – she was featured, for example, in the original Rat Pack-starring “Ocean’s 11” (1960) – to grittier movie roles in such cult classics as as “Point Blank” (1967), Brian DePalma’s “Dressed to Kill” (1980) and Ronald Reagan’s last film,”The Killers” (1964).

Interview: Legendary Star Tony Curtis Likes it Hot in His Life, Career

The name of the new autobiography from Tony Curtis is perfectly descriptive – American Prince. From his hardscrabble early life on the streets of the Bronx to the glamor and glitz of Hollywood stardom, Curtis has had a journey that experienced both the heights and depths of celebrity.

Slideshow: Tony Curtis, Other Stars Shine at the Hollywood Collectors Show in Chicago

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The Legendary Star Tony Curtis

CHICAGO – Last weekend, March 21-22, the Hollywood Collectors Show was presented at the Chicago Marriott O’Hare. Among the various booths of memorabilia and collectible treasures, many notable Hollywood movie and television stars signed autographs and met their fans.

Something in the Way it Moves: Factory Theater’s ‘Mop Top Festival’ Celebrates The Beatles

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Play Rating: 3.5/5.0

CHICAGO – What has become of what John Lennon called, “The Greatest Show on Earth” (for what it was worth)? The Fab Four are still at The Beatle conventions – now called “The Fest for Beatle Fans”, which have gone on annually since 1977 in Chicago.

Interview: Writers/Directors Zach Cregger, Trevor Moore on Playboy-Centric Film ‘Miss March’

CHICAGO – Zach Cregger and Trevor Moore – best known as members of the TV comedy troupe “The Whitest Kids U’ Know” (now on the Independent Film Channel) – make their directorial feature-film debut with the release of “Miss March”.

Interview: Five Questions For Craig Robinson of New Film ‘Miss March,’ TV’s ‘The Office’

CHICAGO – Craig Robinson is one busy character actor. Besides his recurring role as Darryl Philbin in the popular NBC show “The Office’, he co-stars in the comedy film “Miss March” (releasing on Friday) as the strangely named Horsedick.MPEG.

Interview: Kenny Johnson of TNT’s ‘Saving Grace’ on Second Season, Co-Starring With Holly Hunter

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Television Rating: 3.0/5.0

CHICAGO – “Saving Grace,” which is the unusual and popular police drama on TNT, returns on Monday nights with all-new second-season episodes. Starring the Academy Award-winning actress Holly Hunter, the series focuses on her Oklahoma City detective character Grace Hanadarko.

From ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ to ‘Milk’: HollywoodChicago.com Picks the 2009 Oscar Winners

CHICAGO – Content director Brian Tallerico and staff writers Dustin Levell and Patrick McDonald have merged their movie-loving minds and come up with the ultimate Oscar preview. Win your office pool, impress your friends and propose a toast to the nominees that should have been when the 81st-annual Academy Awards are broadcast on Feb. 22, 2009 at 7 p.m. CST.

Interview: Mike McNamara of the Midwest Independent Film Festival Talks About 2009

CHICAGO – Every month, on the first Tuesday, one of the most unique ongoing film festivals in the country takes place right here in Chicago. The Midwest Independent Film Festival, now in its fifth year, showcases feature films and shorts with an angle exclusively celebrating the Midwestern filmmaker.

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  • Speech & Debate (stage play)

    CHICAGO – “Speech & Debate,” the latest production from the mighty Brown Paper Box Company, continues their tradition of thinking outside that “box” in presenting storefront theater that makes a statement and a difference. “Speech” goes inside America by showcasing the outsiders… those who create art because they can’t get it right in real life. This non-equity Chicago stage play premiere is finely tuned and wonderfully acted, and runs through March 4th, 2018. Click here for more details, including ticket information.

  • We're Gonna Be Okay

    CHICAGO – The 1960s were a time of historical social transition. The movements – civil rights, feminist, gay rights – all had roots in that tumultuous decade. The Chicago premiere of Basil Kreimendahl’s “We’re Gonna Be Okay” echoes all of those movements in its characters, and collides them against the October 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. The show has a Thursday-Sunday run at the American Theater Company through March 4th, 2018. Click here for more details, including ticket information.

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