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Lost & Found: 10 Movies Proud to Be American

CHICAGO – With the release of “The American,” it’s time to rally ‘round the flagpole and see if it waves.

Film Review: Drew Barrymore, Justin Long Short of ‘Going the Distance’

CHICAGO – Drew Barrymore no doubt is working hard to become Queen of the Romantic Comedy. She has done over ten of them, more if you count “Bad Girls.” (kidding) When recycling themes even the best of them can get redundant when seeing the same actress involved. “Going the Distance” is not even among the best of them.

Film Review: George Clooney Does it Italian Style in ‘The American’

CHICAGO – What if the most dangerous and pursued assassin in the world began to develop a flaw in his delivery, due to the vulnerability of simple human contact? Where does religion, carnality and love fit in that connection? George Clooney plays that assassin-type in “The American,” holed up for one more job, the job that might answer both of those questions.

Interview: Oscar Winner Rita Moreno on Her Life in America

Rita Moreno, photo by Joe Arce.

CHICAGO – The former Rosa Dolores Alverio, better known to audiences as Rita Moreno, has had a glorious and tempestuous journey through life and show business. One of her most notable roles is as Anita, the fiery friend of Maria in the film version of “West Side Story,” in which Moreno stops the show with the song “America.”

Interview: Director Nanette Burstein is ‘Going the Distance’

CHICAGO – Nanette Burstein, known mostly for her excellent documentaries “The Kid Stays in the Picture” and “American Teen,” makes her narrative feature film director debut with the comedy “Going the Distance,” with Drew Barrymore, Justin Long, Jason Sudeikis, Christina Applegate and Jim Gaffigan.

Slideshow: 28 Celebrity Portraits From Wizard World’s 2010 Chicago Comic Con

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Claudia Wells, the original Jennifer in ‘Back to the Future,’ poses with an old friend at the Chicago Comi Con.

CHICAGO – It was Chicago’s turn for Comic Con action the weekend of August 20th-22th, and even ex-Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich showed up to greet fans and sign autographs. Adam West, Burt Ward, Julie Newmar, Lindsay Wagner, Micky Dolenz, John Savage and Linda Blair were also among the celebrities gracing the show.

Film Review: Something’s Gotta Give With T.I., Matt Dillon in ‘Takers’

CHICAGO – The ensemble cast is decent, the story fits the action/adventure essence of the heist film and one of the hottest music stars of the moment, Tip “T.I.” Harris, has a prominent role. Then why is the new film “Takers” such a seen-it-all-before exercise in action blandness?

Movie News: 2010 Chicago International Film Festival Announces First 20 Films

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CHICAGO – Cinema/Chicago is proud to announce the first 20 new films scheduled to appear at the 2010 Chicago International Film Festival, October 7th – 21st. The Chicago festival continues to combine the films of established directors/talent with promising newcomers. Expect some foreign and domestic film surprises.

Chicago Red Carpet: T.I. Channels His Acting Side in ‘Takers’

CHICAGO – Tip “T.I.” Harris has conquered the charts and the music business as a performer, producer and entrepreneur. He was recently in Chicago at a red carpet premiere for his film “Takers,” on which he serves as executive producer and co-stars with Matt Dillon, Hayden Christensen and Zoe Salanda.

(Blank) vs. (Blank): 10 Movies That Take on the Other

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

CHICAGO – With the release of “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” there is a reminder of all the films in cinema history that dared to challenge something, within an existence that sometimes has trouble getting out of bed. Here are ten such films, filling in the holes of and taking on the mantle of (Blank) vs. (Blank).

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  • Deadbeat2

    CHICAGO – Not many web series start out as music videos, but the new online (YouTube) drama “Deadbeat 2” was just that. Created, written and directed by Danny Froze, the made-in-Chicago story recently premiered episodes five and six in the series, which features actor Kiwaun Stoutmire in the lead role of Ronnie.

  • Bill Daily, photo by Joe Arce

    CHICAGO – He was America’s sidekick in TV’s golden decades of the 1960s and ‘70s, and was a proud Chicago-born-and-bred performer. Bill Daily, better known as Major Roger Healey (“I Dream of Jeannie”) and the wacky neighbor Howard Borden (“The Bob Newhart Show”) died at his New Mexico home at the age of 91 on September 4th, 2018.

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