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Interview: Melissa Sue Anderson, ‘Little House on the Prairie’ Days

CHICAGO – The NBC TV show legend, “Little House on the Prairie,” evokes an era of the family drama that Melissa Sue Anderson, who played Mary Ingalls, says could never be on the air today. Anderson was in Chicago recently, promoting her new book, “The Way I See It: A Look Back on My Life on Little House.”

Exclusive Portrait: HollywoodChicago.com Salutes Rue McClanahan

Rue McClanahan, photographed by Joe Arce

CHICAGO – With the passing of Rue McClanahan last week, the era of “The Golden Girls” is fast fading (has Betty White had the weirdest year ever?). HollywoodChicago.com salutes Blanche Devereaux and the long career of Rue McClanahan with an exclusive portrait by our ace photographer Joe Arce.

Adrien Brody, Sarah Polley Are Scientists Creating a ‘Splice’ of Life

CHICAGO – The science of existence gets trickier everyday, and it doesn’t help when humans start creating their own competition. The new film “Splice,” featuring Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley, explores the current trend of genetic research, while at the same time paging Dr. Frankenstein.

Interview: Director Vincenzo Natali Dissects His New Film ‘Splice’

CHICAGO – The universe is sometimes blinded by science, and director Vincenza Natali explores that sightlessness in the upcoming “Splice,” a sci-fi thriller featuring Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley as rogue scientists trying to unlock the mysteries of life with experiments in human and animal gene splicing.

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.

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