June 2020

Film News: Carl Reiner of ‘The Dick Van Dyke Show,’ Dies at 98

LOS ANGELES – If there ever was a living embodiment of show business history from the mid 20th Century to now, it was Carl Reiner. The producer, director, writer and sometimes actor worked in the business from 1938 to the present, and is probably best known for creating “The Dick Van Dyke Show” (1961-66). He died of natural causes in Los Angeles on June 29th, 2020.

Podtalk: Gary G. Chichester, on First Chicago Pride March, June 27, 1970

CHICAGO – 50 years ago today (June 27th, 2020), a young activist got together with a group of marchers – with no permit – and showed the City of Chicago the actual faces of gay liberation. Gary G. Chichester, board member of the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame, was part of that first gay pride march … and 50 years later he remembers the freedom and history of that magic day.

Pride Weekend: ‘After Stonewall’ is Reviewed on ‘Reel Pride’

CHICAGO – The 2020 Pride Weekend, which occurs every year around the June 28th anniversary date of the Stonewall Inn uprising, will be remembered not for the LGBTQ+ themed parades or observances, but the cancellation of those events due to COVID-19. But the celebration continues, as the film series “Reel Pride” reviews the documentary “After Stonewall.”

Film Reviews: HollywoodChicago.com On-Air Reviews of ‘7500’ & ‘Da 5 Bloods’

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CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on June 11th, 2020, discussing new VOD releases “The King of Staten Island” and “Working Man.”

HollywoodChicago.com On-Air Reviews of ‘7500’ & ‘Da 5 Bloods

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Rating: 3.5/5.0

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on June 18th, 2020, discussing new film releases “7500” (Amazon Prime) and “Da 5 Bloods” (Netflix).

Interview: Sister Act ‘Larkin Poe’ on New Album ‘Self Made Man’

CHICAGO – Larkin Poe features sisters Rebecca and Megan Lowell, who are singer/songwriters and multi-instrumentalists creating their own brand of rock ’n roll … rooted in grit, soul, and their southern heritage flavor. Originally from Atlanta and currently living in Nashville, they are descendants of tortured artist and creative genius Edgar Allan Poe. 

Film News: Chicago’s Asian Pop-Up Cinema ‘Father’s Day Cheer’ from June 19-21, 2020

CHICAGO – The Asian Pop-Up Cinema (APUC) of Chicago, coming off their popular “Audience Choice Winners Rewind” and recent “Taiwan Cinema Online,” will present a specially curated “Father’s Day Cheer” from June 19th to 21st, 2020.

Interview Flashback: Perspective Through Filmmaker Lonnie Edwards

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CHICAGO – Back in 2017, I had the honor to talk to one of my favorite Chicago filmmakers, absorbing his highly tuned perspective. Lonnie Edwards broke out in 2014 with the award-winning short film “Parietal Guidance,” and from there has commented on black and societal issues with his films “A Ferguson Story,” “Exodus: Sounds of the Great Migration” and his latest “Periphery.”

Film News: Asian Pop-Up Cinema Winners of ‘Funniest Stay-At-Home Short Film Competition’

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CHICAGO – The Asian Pop-Up Cinema (APUC) of Chicago, and their international Selection Committee, has announced the winners of the APUC “Funniest Stay-At-Home Short Film Competition. The competition took place over the last three months of the global quarantine, and attracted entries from the U.S. and the world.

Interview: Author Lorraine Evanoff, on Career & New Book ‘Pinot Noir’

CHICAGO – It’s no mystery that author Lorraine Evanoff – who just released her second “Louise Moscow Novel,” entitled “Pinot Noir” – loves the genre of intrigue, for her life has mirrored the adventures of her fictional super spy character. Where Louise Moscow begins is where Lorraine Evanoff has been.

Film Review: On-Air Reviews of ‘The King of Staten Island’ & ’Working Man’

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on June 11th, 2020, discussing new VOD releases “The King of Staten Island” and “Working Man.”

HollywoodChicago.com On-Air Reviews of ‘The King of Staten Island’ & ’Working Man’

HollywoodChicago.com Oscarman rating: 3.5/5.0
Rating: 3.5/5.0

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on June 11th, 2020, discussing new VOD releases “The King of Staten Island” and “Working Man.”

UPDATE: Chicago’s Music Box Theatre and Gene Siskel Film Center At-Home Screenings

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CHICAGO – Both the Music Box Theatre and the Gene Siskel Film Center have continued their at-home screenings, due to the physical theaters staying closed for now. Below are the updates to their current offerings.

Interview: 2020 DePaul University Actor Graduate Eamon Hurd

CHICAGO – The Class of 2020 certainly got the rawest of deals, as the Coronavirus quarantine shut down college campuses all over the country, depriving Seniors of their final days. This included Chicago’s DePaul University, affecting one of their Class of 2020 actor grads (BFA), Eamon Hurd.

TV Review: HollywoodChicago.com On-AIr with Netflix’s 'Space Force'

CHICAGO – Seemingly ripped from the headlines, by way of “Dr. Strangelove,” the new Netflix TV series “Space Force” debuted on May 29th, 2020. Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com reviewed the series during the Eddie Volkman Show (Star 96.7 FM in Joliet, Illinois) on June 5th, 2020.

Film News: Chicago’s Asian Pop-Up Cinema ‘Taiwan Cinema Online’ from June 8-12, 2020

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CHICAGO – The Asian Pop-Up Cinema (APUC) of Chicago, coming off their popular “Audience Choice Winners Rewind” in May, will present a specially curated “Mini Focus,” June 5th to 12th, 2020, featuring “Taiwan Cinema Online.” All it takes to access the films – a short films program and five features – for FREE is to register at the APUC website on the day the film is schedule to stream.

Interview: Pino Farina (and His Band) Are Huntley Hometown Heroes

HUNTLEY, ILL – Electrician by day and rockstar by night, hometown hero Pino Farina brings the northwest suburbs together through bi-weekly Facebook live performances. With a virtual jukebox of covers and original songs, Pino exudes a positive vibe, passion and talent that has helped fill these empty quarantine nights with lasting memories.

Film Review: HollywoodChicago.com Reviews of ‘The High Note,’ ’The Vast of Night,’ Bonus

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CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on May 29th, 2020, discussing new releases “The High Note” (VOD) and “The Vast of Night” (Amazon Prime) and BONUS review.

HollywoodChicago.com On-Air Reviews of ‘The High Note,’ ’The Vast of Night’ & Bonus

HollywoodChicago.com Oscarman rating: 3.5/5.0
Rating: 3.5/5.0

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on May 29th, 2020, discussing new releases “The High Note” (VOD) and “The Vast of Night” (Amazon Prime) and BONUS review.

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  • Space Force

    CHICAGO – Seemingly ripped from the headlines, by way of “Dr. Strangelove,” the new Netflix TV series “Space Force” debuted on May 29th, 2020. Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com reviewed the series during the Eddie Volkman Show (Star 96.7 FM in Joliet, Illinois) on June 5th, 2020.

  • Adriana Leonard & Carley Marcelle

    CHICAGO – When two passionate content creators got together, they sought not only to produce a work of entertainment, but a higher philosophy within it. Co-Writers/Directors and Executive Producers Adriana Leonard and Carley Marcelle have created “Beta” A Digital Series, and they are about to launch it.

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