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Interview: Director Scott Teems on Hal Holbrook, ‘That Evening Sun’

Hal Holbrook in "That Evening Sun"

CHICAGO – Director Scott Teems has been working the film exhibition circuit hard for the past two years since releasing “That Evening Sun” in 2009. Featuring Hal Holbrook in one of his finest roles, the film has built an audience one city at a time.

Interview: Producer Richard Zanuck of ‘Alice in Wonderland,’ ‘Jaws’

CHICAGO – In Hollywood studio royalty, there might be no one as royal as Richard D. Zanuck. Besides being the son of Darryl F. Zanuck, one of the founders of the movie studio system, Richard Zanuck has made his own mark as producer of “Jaws,” “Driving Miss Daisy,” and Tim Burton’s 3-D “Alice in Wonderland.”

Slideshow: 24-Image Gallery of ‘The Karate Kid’ Chicago Premiere Event

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Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan on the Red Carpet in Chicago

CHICAGO – May 26th marked a special Chicago Premiere of “The Karate Kid,” the remake of the 1984 classic, this time around starring Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan. Smith and Chan participated in the Street Festival Event while greeting admirers. Executive Producer Will Smith even made a quick appearance.

Gary Coleman, Dead at 42, Led a Life of ‘Diff’rent Strokes’

Gary Coleman, 1968-2010

CHICAGO – Television fans from the early 1980s lost a bit of their era yesterday as Gary Coleman, Arnold Jackson from the NBC sitcom “Diff’rent Strokes,” died of a brain hemorrhage at the age of 42. Coleman is the second of the three siblings on the show to pass away, as Dana Plato, who played his sister Kimberley, took her own life in 1999.

Interview: Willie Garson as Stanford Blatch Toasts ‘Sex and the City 2’

CHICAGO – Willie Garson is one busy actor this week. When you portray Stanford Blatch, Carrie Bradshaw’s gay best friend, then the “Sex and the City 2” release will undoubtedly fill up the schedule, including his introduction of the film May 28-30th at the Hollywood Palms Cinema in Naperville, Illinois.

Interview: Sundance, Midwest Independent Film Festival Headliner Jordan Vogt-Roberts

Successful Alcoholics

CHICAGO – “Successful Alcoholics,” a new short comedy film by Chicagoan Jordan Vogt-Roberts, has been making the major film festival rounds, including the Sundance Film Festival, and will be the featured film at the Midwest Independent Film Festival in Chicago on their Comedic Shorts Night, Tuesday, June 1st.

One Sequel Too Many For Sarah Jessica Parker, ‘Sex and the City 2’

CHICAGO – “Sex in the City 2” has very little sex and even less city. That is the least of its sins. This bloated, directionless semi-narrative take the familiar foursome – Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis – into unfamiliar geographic territory, but with no dramatic arc there is simply nothing there.

Interview: Dana Delany, Dara Torres at More Magazine ‘Reinvention’

CHICAGO – One of the recent stellar events in Chicago was the More Magazine “Reinvention Convention,” a gathering of the magazine’s readers to meet and hear speakers. The featured speaker was actor Dana Delany [“Desperate Housewives”]. Signing her book at the event was Olympic Swimmer Dara Torres.

Slideshow: 30-Image Gallery of ‘Sex and the City 2’ Chicago Fashion Show

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Pre-Party Red Carpet

CHICAGO – On a summer-like night in Chicago on May 25th, a celebration of the release of “Sex in the City 2” – starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis – took place on the terrace at the Conrad Hotel. Libations, light appetizers and a fashion show entertained fans of the film, opening Thursday, May 27th.

Annette Bening, Naomi Watts Lack the Connection in ‘Mother and Child’

Naomi Watts of "Mother and Child"

CHICAGO – “Mother and Child,” with an all star cast of Annette Bening, Naomi Watts, Samuel L. Jackson, Jimmy Smits and Kerry Washington, is mindful of its subject matter, that rare and elusive connection between a mother and their offspring. However, the film has difficulties when the characters become inconsistent with their past backgrounds after that connection is introduced.

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