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Interview: ‘Nickelodeon’ Star Josh Peck Grows Up, Director Jonathan Levine Speaks Out on ‘The Wackness’

Actor Josh Peck and director Jonathan Levine in Chicago for The Wackness

CHICAGO – It’s 1994 in New York City. In an age before mobile phones, terrorist threats and a grown-up Olsen twin, there is “The Wackness”. This is the debut film of writer and director Jonathan Levine and a coming-out role of sorts for the child star Josh Peck of the popular Nickelodeon series “Drake & Josh”.

HollywoodChicago.com Podcast, Episode 3: ‘Hellboy II: The Golden Army,’ DC Comics vs. Marvel Comics, Oscar Talk

HollywoodChicago.com podcast, episode three: DC Comics vs. Marvel Comics, Hellboy II: The Golden Army

CHICAGO – In episode three of the HollywoodChicago.com podcast, staffers Adam Fendelman, Dustin Levell, Patrick McDonald and Lauren Fendelman discuss “Hellboy II: The Golden Army” (which opened on Friday), DC Comics

Following ‘Pan’s Labyrinth,’ ‘Hellboy II: The Golden Army’ Regresses From Best to Worst For Guillermo del Toro

CHICAGO – Hellboy is plugged as the world’s brawniest, kitten-loving superhero. While that paradox is supposed to be both funny and action packed, “Hellboy II: The Golden Army” from famed writer and director Guillermo del Toro falls flat on the funny front and instead winds up on the funny farm.

Robert Downey Jr. Confirms Sherlock Holmes Role With Guy Ritchie Directing For Warner Bros.

CHICAGO – While the leap from 2008 blockbuster film “Iron Man” to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s titular mega sleuth wouldn’t seem the most logical next move for “A”-lister Robert Downey Jr., he will indeed play perhaps the most famed detective in literary history: Sherlock Holmes.

Hookup: 50 Admit-Two Passes to Two Screenings of Sundance Hit ‘American Teen’ in Chicago

CHICAGO – In our latest edition of HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 50 admit-two passes up for grabs to two separate Chicago screenings of the Sundance Film Festival hit film “American Teen” from writer, director and producer Nanette Burstein.

Chicago’s Goodman Theatre Sings Lively New Tune With Fats Waller’s ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’’

Ain't Misbehavin' is based on an idea by Murray Horowitz and Richard Maltby Jr. with music by Fats Waller
HollywoodChicago.com Comedy/Tragedy Rating: 4.0/5.0
Rating: 4.0/5.0

CHICAGO – If you were to visit Harlem in the 1920s, you might have found yourself in a nightclub exploding with hot keys, cold booze and swingin’ dances about as far from the stylings of “So You Think You Can Dance” as possible.

Wizard World Chicago 2008 Contest: How Many Pictured Superheroes Can You Guess?

CHICAGO – Greetings, true believers! Another year of Wizard World Chicago has come and gone. To help hold you off until next year, HollywoodChicago.com is hosting a contest to see who knows their masked crusaders best!

Hookup: 25 Admit-Two Passes to VIP Chicago Party, Screening For Kyra Sedgwick’s ‘The Closer’ on TNT

CHICAGO – In this unique HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: TV, 25 admit-two VIP passes will be given away to an exclusive Chicago screening party kicking off season four of the hit TNT television show “The Closer,” which stars Golden Globe winner Kyra Sedgwick.

Superhero Film ‘Hancock’ With No Superhero Ancestry Proves Bold But Deadly Decision

CHICAGO – With superhero films as hot in 2008 as psychedelics were in the 1960s, the new blockbuster superhero film “Hancock” fits in with the label but without any of the ancestry.

Director Guy Maddin Contemplates His Canadian Hometown in Dreamlike ‘My Winnipeg’

CHICAGO – The distinct, gauzy style of director Guy Maddin has created unique cinematic prisms to look through including his depression-era meditation in “The Saddest Music in the World”. In his latest film, which is a documentary of sorts, Maddin explores his own life through his hometown of Winnipeg.

‘Superior Donuts’ From Pulitzer Prize-Winning Playwright Tracy Letts a Chicago Dish, Albeit a Stale One

Ensemble member Jon Michael Hill (left) and Michael McKean in Superior Donuts from Tracy Letts
HollywoodChicago.com Comedy/Tragedy Rating: 3.0/5.0
Rating: 3.0/5.0

CHICAGO – I wouldn’t have wanted to be Tracy Letts on Saturday afternoon. After winning both the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award for his opus “August: Osage County,” he had to have been feeling the tremendous pressure being placed on his newest work and first comedy “Superior Donuts”.

Interview: ‘My Boys’ Stars Michael Bunin, Kyle Howard, Reid Scott Kick Off Season Two on TBS

CHICAGO – “My Boys,” which is a set-in-Chicago television comedy series on TBS, recently began its second season. The popular comedy stars Jordana Spiro as P.J. Franklin. She’s a Chicago Sun-Times sports writer who filters her life through bonding with her male buddies.

Three of the “boys” – Michael Bunin (Kenny in the show), Kyle Howard (Bobby) and Reid Scott (Brendan) – were recently interviewed by HollywoodChicago.com.

Amy Ryan of ‘Gone Baby Gone,’ ‘The Wire’ Signs Onto New Episodes of NBC Hit TV Show ‘The Office’

Amy Ryan of Gone Baby Gone, The Wire, The Office

CHICAGO – Amy Ryan’s star just keeps rising. The breakout actress from HBO’s “The Wire,” who was nominated for a Golden Globe and Academy Award for her role in “Gone Baby Gone,” will be featured in at least five episodes on this coming season of NBC hit TV show “The Office”.

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