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TV Review: Will Ferrell, Tina Fey in ‘Saturday Night Live in the 2000s’

CHICAGO – When a TV show has been on since 1975, comparisons are bound to elicit debate regarding the different eras. “Saturday Night Live in the 2000s: Time and Again,” weighs in on the recent history of the late night legend. The two hour NBC special airs Thursday, April 15th, 9pm ET/8pm Central time.

Interview: TCM Host Robert Osborne on Their First Classic Film Festival

CHICAGO – Turner Classic Movies, the basic cable gift to film buffs everywhere, is launching their first TCM Classic Movie Festival in Hollywood, August 22nd-25th. TCM’s main movie host and face of the network, Robert Osborne, will be there.

Exclusive Portrait: Chelsea Handler at Chicago Book Signing

CHICAGO – Chelsea Handler is on a roll. With huge advance sales for her third book, “Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang,” it’s no wonder there was a large crowd to greet her during a book signing event in Chicago.

Exclusive Portrait: Nicole Richie in Chicago Launching Clothing Line

Nicole Ritchie, photo by Joe Arce

CHICAGO – Nicole Richie is turning another chapter in her “simple life” with the launch of a clothing line called “Winter Kate Collection.” She was in Chicago at Nordstrom on Michigan Avenue promoting the line and meeting admirers.

Interview: Director Eric Bednarowicz on the Premiere of ‘Carpe Millennium’

"Carpe Millennium" Eric Bednarowicz scene

CHICAGO – Eric Bednarowicz is a young Chicago filmmaker who has a long resume of production experience. “Carpe Millennium” is his short comedic film making its world premiere at the Charleston, South Carolina, International Film Festival on April 10th.

Steve Carrell, Tina Fey Go Dutch on the Laughs in ‘Date Night’

CHICAGO – In this schizophrenic film, Steve Carrell and Tina Fey portray a “normal” couple from New Jersey who somehow become Steve Carrell and Tina Fey once they go on-the-town in New York City during “Date Night.”

Exclusive Portrait: Shaquille O’Neal at Borders Book Signing in Chicago

CHICAGO – Shaquille O’Neal AKA Shaq AKA Shaq-Fu, is a famous basketballer known by many names. Currently with the Cleveland Cavaliers, he took a break to be with his mother, Lucille O’Neal, as they appeared at Borders Books.

Interview With Richard Chamberlain: From Dr. Kildare to Beyond

CHICAGO – Still regal and debonair, Richard Chamberlain has graced both the screen and television with a memorable presence that has spanned 50 years. He recently introduced “The Four Musketeers” at The Hollywood Palms in Naperville, Illinois.

Interview: Creative Director Richard Taylor of Weta, ‘Lord of the Rings’

CHICAGO – With the heralded release this week of Peter Jackson’s “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy on Blu-ray DVD, the opportunity to appreciate the epic scope of the visionary Middle Earth in the home theater has never been so highly rendered.

Exclusive Portrait: Eva Marie Saint at ‘North by Northwest’ Screening

CHICAGO – The TCM Classic Film Festival, in Hollywood from April 22nd to the 25th, made a stop in Chicago during their “Road to Hollywood” fest promotion. Legendary star Eva Marie Saint introduced the film “North by Northwest.”

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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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