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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).

Film Review: Guy Pearce Delves Into Corruption in Riveting 'Animal Kingdom'

Guy Pearce of Animal Kingdom

CHICAGO – The thin line between anarchy and social peace is shriveling into a microscopic blur as sentencing and incarceration become increasingly less effective as a deterrent. The human side of this perspective is explored with an artistic elegance, featuring Guy Pearce in writer/director David Michôd’s “Animal Kingdom.”

Slideshow: Danny Masterson of ‘That ‘70s Show’ Has a ‘Need For Speed’

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Danny Masterson in his role as DJ Mom Jeans in Chicago, August 7th, 2010.

CHICAGO – The gamer world is abuzz about the upcoming release of the popular title “Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit.” On Saturday, August 7th, Chicago felt the heat at the premiere party for the game, with a special appearance by DJ Mom Jeans, also known as Danny Masterson, who portrayed Steven Hyde on “That ‘70s Show.”

Interview: Director David Michôd Explores His ‘Animal Kingdom’

CHICAGO – The gangster movie gets a nice Freudian twist in director David Michôd’s new film, “Animal Kingdom.” This Australian import focuses on a family of bank robbers whose mother is the glue that holds their criminality together. Guy Pearce (”Memento,” “The Hurt Locker”) lends his talent as Leckie, a pursuing police officer.

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