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Despite Heath Ledger’s Death, Warner Bros. Presses on With Joker’s Viral Marketing For ‘The Dark Knight’

CHICAGO – Once the swarm of sorrow hit the world on Jan. 22, 2008 following news of Heath Ledger’s death, questions soon ensued about its impact on Chris Nolan’s “The Dark Knight” and Terry Gilliam’s “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus”.

‘Contraption’ Examines Mad-Scientist Intersection Between Invention, Insanity

Contraption

CHICAGO – There’s a fine line between being batty and being brilliant. If there’s anything the world’s most brilliant inventors have taught us, it’s that most world-altering creators blurred that very line or visited the crazy farm before the world acknowledged their genius.

Free Advance-Screening Passes For ‘Be Kind Rewind,’ ‘In Bruges,’ ‘Jumper,’ ‘Caramel,’ ‘Fool’s Gold’

CHICAGOFree advance-screening movie passes. No catch. Just click the link and RSVP.

This week, we have passes for “Over Her Dead Body,” “In Bruges” (including one screening in Chicago!), “The Hottie and the Nottie,” “Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days & 30 Nights,” “Caramel,” “Fool’s Gold,” “Penelope,” “Jumper” and “Be Kind Rewind”. These passes go quickly, so if you’re interested in a particular film, snag your free ticket now!

Despite Flawed Plot Clichés, Dancing Takes Center Stage in ‘How She Move’

How She Move

CHICAGO – Kids, it’s an old-fashioned dance off, and despite being about the contemporary and very urban stepdance craze, it has all the hope, dreams, choreography and clichés of a golden-age Hollywood musical revue.

Stallone Sports Aggrandized Violence, Weak Storyline in ‘Rambo’ Revival

CHICAGO – The best quality about the fourth “Rambo” is its “Rambo” authenticity. The worst quality about the fourth “Rambo” is its “Rambo” authenticity.

Lane’s ‘Untraceable’ Plagued With Predictable, Connect-the-Dots Plotline

CHICAGO – Gregory Hoblit’s “Untraceable” is a predictable thriller that takes us into the masterminds of cybercrime in Portland. Diane Lane plays FBI agent Jennifer Marsh and heads up a cybercrime department that’s chasing an Internet killer.

Paramount Pictures Releases Flood of New Production Stills For ‘The Spiderwick Chronicles’

CHICAGO – Paramount Pictures on Wednesday released a flood of new production stills for the fantasy film “The Spiderwick Chronicles,” which stars Freddie Highmore, the voice of Seth Rogen, Mary-Louise Parker and the voice of Nick Nolte. The film opens on Feb. 14.

History-Making ‘U2 3D’ Feature-Length Film Redefines Concert Experience

CHICAGO – Shot with more digital 3D cameras than any other film project, the feature-length “U2 3D” film production revolutionizes the concert experience on the big screen.

Josh Brolin to Play George W. Bush in Oliver Stone-Directed ‘Bush’ Film

CHICAGO – Announced during our politically charged primary elections and potentially for release around the 2008 presidential election or inauguration, the legendary Oliver Stone on Sunday revealed his next directing gig: a biopic about President George W. Bush aptly titled “Bush”.

Star Power Can’t Save ‘Mad Money’ From ‘Thelma & Louise’ Writer Callie Khouri

Ted Danson in Mad Money

CHICAGO – Whenever there’s stunt-movie casting with divergent generations of Hollywood “stars,” there’s bound to be trouble at the multiplex. This time, the “old to young” range of Diane “Annie Hall” Keaton, Queen Latifah and the increasingly annoying Katie Holmes attempt a stab at the classic heist movie in “Mad Money”.

Woody Allen’s ‘Cassandra’s Dream’ Expressly Hitchcockian

CHICAGO – Woody Allen – the most prolific American writer/director of the last quarter century – has a desire for a particular expression in this last part of his epic career.

Advance ‘In Bruges’ Screening, Director Q&A Coming to Chicago

CHICAGO – A special advance screening for the new Focus Features action film “In Bruges” is coming to Chicago on Jan. 25 along with a Q&A with director Martin McDonagh immediately following the screening. “In Bruges” stars Colin Farrell, Ralph Fiennes and Brendan Gleeson.

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  • Cher Show, The

    CHICAGO – Cherilyn Sarkisian… yes, that is her birth name… is the redoubtable Cher, and it’s perfect timing for her to have a jukebox musical tribute. “The Cher Show,” covering three eras/songs of the six-decade career of Cher, opens for a Chicago preview before its Broadway run, from June 12th through July 25th, 2018.

  • ThroatPunch

    CHICAGO – The provocative title of Sharon Krome’s new stage play, “ThroatPunch,” does not contain that particular fight technique. But it does have standout performances by the three person cast, as they make their way in Chicago, circa 1983, amid their emerging twentysomething punk rock attitude. The World Premiere of the show has a Thursday-Sunday run at the Chicago Mosaic School through June 3rd, 2018. Click here for more details, including ticket information.

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