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Production Stills Surface For George A. Romero’s ‘Diary of the Dead’

CHICAGO – The Weinstein Company has released 11 new production stills for George A. Romero’s “Diary of the Dead,” which will show at the Sundance Film Festival later this month and hits limited U.S. theaters on Feb. 15.

Theater: ‘Bird Dog Sedition’ Billed as ‘Most Dangerous Play in Chicago’

Bird Dog Sedition

CHICAGO – With Chicago’s art gallery district as its conversational and thought-provoking backdrop, the free-thinking “Bird Dog Sedition” is written, directed and performed explicitly to dangerously deconstruct theatrical conventions.

Katie Holmes, Tom Cruise, Diane Keaton Walk ‘Mad Money’ Red Carpet

CHICAGO – “Mad Money” rolled out a glitzy red carpet in Los Angeles on Wednesday and we have the photos to show it.

Paramount Pictures Releases 25 New Production Stills For ‘Cloverfield’

CHICAGO – “Cloverfield” continues on its tear not this time with more viral marketing but with a “monster” amount of new production stills. In fact, there are so many we had to create an image gallery just to hold them all. There are 25 new images in total. The J.J. Abrams-produced film opens on Jan. 18.

Darker Director For Darkest ‘Harry Potter’? Guillermo del Toro Hopes So

CHICAGO – So, Warner Bros.: Yes or no? Darker director Guillermo del Toro (“Pan’s Labyrinth”) wants to direct “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” so badly he bought the final J.K. Rowling book for his daughter and latched onto it himself so she had to say: “When are you going to give it to me?”

He solidified his position of passion for the gig to MTV on Tuesday.

Golden Globe Telecast Canceled; Awards Become Highest-Profile Casualty of Writer’s Strike

CHICAGO – The organizers of the 2008 Golden Globe Awards on Monday announced the cancellation of its telecast. The move earned the title of the highest-profile casualty of the writer’s strike.

Following last week’s declaration to protest the event in defense of striking WGA writers, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) and NBC on Monday said the typically high-profile telecast will be substituted with a mere press conference.

Jack Black Drops Biblical ‘Year One’ Bomb in ‘Be Kind Rewind’ Interview

CHICAGO – Though actors aren’t supposed to chat it up about their other films when they’re being interviewed specifically for one, every now and then they do and the focus of the interview changes entirely. When Collider.com on Saturday published an interview with Jack Black about his Feb. 22 film “Be Kind Rewind,” details willingly slipped about his upcoming film “Year One”.

Attempted J-Horror ‘One Missed Call’ Instead Grudgingly Makes Us Laugh

CHICAGO – Hello, J-Horror. Please hang up and dial again. In fact, the message “please hang up and dial again” should have given to Eric Valette before accepting Takashi Miike’s remake “One Missed Call” as his American directorial debut.

Hollywood’s successful calling to remake mediocre J-Horror films has finally ended with this tragic interpretation of “Chakushin Ari” in which an evil spirit haunts the cellular phone network for a group of bad-acting college friends.

Redesigned From Scratch, HollywoodChicago.com Launches Version 2.0 Publication

CHICAGO – After months of hard work and feedback from scores of people, we’re pleased to announce the launch of the entirely new, entirely redesigned and entirely revamped HollywoodChicago.com.

Report: ‘Transformers 2’ Moves From June 26, 2009 Open Date to ‘Unslotted’

Megan Fox in ‘Transformers’ in 2007

CHICAGO – The Hollywood Reporter published a year-end film report on Dec. 28, 2007 with a bevy of standard box-office numbers. Buried on page two of the article, though, is the real news: the lack of a number for “Transformers 2”. The sequel is again directed by Michael Bay.

Principal Photography For Untitled James Bond Film No. 22 to Begin on Jan. 3, 2008

Daniel Craig for the 22nd James Bond film

Principal photography for untitled James Bond film No. 22 will begin in the United Kingdom on Jan. 3, 2008 at Pinewood Studios, according to the comprehensive James Bond Web site MI6.

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  • Bobby Pin Girls

    CHICAGO – The “breeder years” are difficult on everyone, as the biological imperative becomes overwhelming and the couplings that result yield both discovery and misadventure. Nothing Without a Company’s new play “Bobby Pin Girls” highlight two such Millennial women, roommates who are having man trouble, although the argument can be made that it’s eternally “boy trouble.” The show has a Thursday-Sunday run at the Chicago Mosaic School through December 10th, 2017. Click here for more details, including ticket information.

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    CHICAGO – Knock me over with a feather kids, but I enjoyed “Transformers: The Last Knight.” Maybe it was in comparison to the others or maybe director Michael Bay has beaten me into submission, but this one had the right story elements and casting to make it work, with exceptions of course. It’s goofiness is its charm, and it was released on Blu-Ray/DVD on September 26th, 2017 (Digital HD already available).

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