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Film Review: ‘Papillon” Still Packs a Classic & Compelling Story

Papillon 2018

CHICAGO – The remarkable true-ish story of “Papillon” is difficult to mess up. Henrí Charriére published the “autobiographical novel” in 1969, and the first film version dropped in 1973, with Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman as the two leads no less. The latest film has Charlie Hunnam and Rami Malek in those leads, as two French prisoners constantly trying to escape.

HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 5 ‘The Way’ DVDs With Martin Sheen By Emilio Estevez

The Way with Martin Sheen by Emilio Estevez

CHICAGO – In our latest pilgrimage edition of HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: DVD, we have 5 DVDs up for grabs for the home entertainment release of “The Way” from writer and director Emilio Estevez starring his father Martin Sheen!

HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 40 Pairs of Chicago Passes to ‘The Way’ With Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez

The Way with Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez

CHICAGO – In our latest adventure/comedy edition of HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 40 admit-two movie passes up for grabs to the advance Chicago screening of “The Way” with Emilio Estevez and Martin Sheen from writer/director Emilio Estevez!

Film Review: World Conflict is a Boy’s Life For ‘Winter in Wartime’

Winter in Wartime

CHICAGO – When life collides with history, human beings are often both the perpetrators and the victims. In the excellent film “Winter in Wartime,” a boy grows up quickly when confronted with the realities of that history and life in the last days of World War II.

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  • Stephanie Buxbaum

    CHICAGO – In the history of “Reality TV” there has been periods of up-and-down popularity, shows that have been around seemingly forever (“Big Brother,” “Amazing Race”) and spinoffs to new styles like “documentary series” as networks like the National Geographic Channel emerged. In all those permutations, producer Stephanie Buxbaum has experienced it all, and has the career and stories to prove it.

  • 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.

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