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Taika Waititi’s Geeky, Deadpan ‘Eagle vs. Shark’ is Antidote to Slapstick

Rating: 3.5/5CHICAGO – “Playing out extreme or unusual characters in the straightest of ways is what makes deadpan serious so funny,” said “Eagle vs. Shark” director Taika Waititi. “It is the antidote to slapstick.”

Chicago Photographer Captures Bat Signal, Rooftop Set From ‘The Dark Knight’

CHICAGO – I have been alerted to new photos from “The Dark Knight” in Chicago. The first shows the bat signal. The second shows a rooftop set.

‘The Dark Knight’ Exclusive: Chicago Cell Phone Captures ‘The Dark Knight’ Batsuit

The Batsuit on set in The Dark Knight

While I was out of town this weekend, I was informed that Sarah Piper Brown captured via cell phone “The Dark Knight” batsuit on a Chicago set.

On the Set: Into the Wee Hours of the Morning, ‘The Dark Knight’ Lights Up

CHICAGOI told Phil Tadros (my on-the-street Hollywood cameraman) that his first two “The Dark Knight” video segments were good but could be better.

Indies That Might Not Suck: ‘Opie Gets Laid,’ ‘Hollywood Jerome’

CHICAGOToday’s post is dedicated to three small fries. While many of them never break through, the few who do can rock your world as much if not more than the big boys and girls in Hollywood. I like trying to sniff them out.

On the Scene: Video of ‘The Dark Knight’ Filming in Chicago

I just finished interviewing “A Mighty Heart” director Michael Winterbottom to find that my correspondent, Phil Tadros of MetroProper, has quickly delivered on my request.

News: ‘Once’ Soundtrack, ‘Ocean’s Thirteen’ Premiere Events, Robert Rodriguez to Direct ‘Barbarella’

The soundtrack album for “Once” has been released by Canvasback, Columbia Records and Sony Music Soundtrax.

New Line Records will release the soundtrack to the upcoming New Line Cinema film “Hairspray” on July 10.

‘Desert Bayou’ Delves Deep Into Hurricane Katrina’s Human Psyche

CHICAGO – When Hurricane Katrina rocked New Orleans in 2005, Chicago filmmaker Alex LeMay became fixated on the soul behind the ruin.

Comprehensive Film Release Schedule Through 2008

Updated: 5/1/07 11:39 p.m.
I have compiled as many upcoming films from as many studios as possible as I can currently confirm through 2008.

Critic’s Pick: Irish Indie Film ‘Once’ Begins 14-Day U.S. Tour

CHICAGO – While full coverage with interviews will follow a Chicago press day on May 8, 2007, I stand by the Irish indie film “Once” now as a critic’s pick.

Current Content Pipeline, Screening Schedule

Updated: 5/3/07 10:02 a.m. Here is my current content pipeline and Chicago screening schedule. Those listed under “content pipeline” have already been screened and interviewed or are planned.

Content Pipeline
1) IMAX President Greg Foster
2) “Once” director John Carney

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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 3rd, 2017. Click here for more details, including ticket information.

  • Transformers 5 front

    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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