November 2022

Exclusive Portrait: Jessica Lange at 2022 Chicago Humanities Festival

CHICAGO – Jessica Lange’s long career as actor is on the record … from “King Kong” to “American Horror Story.” But her new book “Dérive” focuses on the photo artist in her, and she discussed it at the the 2022 Chicago Humanities Festival (CHF) on November 12th. Photographer Joe Arce of HollywoodChicago.com was there to get the Exclusive Portrait.

Film News: 20th Anniversary Screenings of ‘Concert for George’

CHICAGO – It’s been 20 years since the seminal release of the “Concert for George,” a gathering of George Harrison’s musical partners – including Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr – to memorialize his life of contributions, to the culture and beyond. George Harrison died on November 29th, 2001.

On-Air Film Review: ‘Spirited’ is Ghost of Musical Presents

Spirited

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on The Eddie Volkman Show with Hannah B on WSSR-FM (Star 96.7 Joliet, Illinois) on November 23rd, reviewing the holiday musical “Spirited,” a reimagined version of Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol, currently streaming on Apple TV+.

Ghost of Musical Presents! On-Air Film Review of 'Spirited'

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

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on The Eddie Volkman Show with Hannah B on WSSR-FM (Star 96.7 Joliet, Illinois) on November 23rd, reviewing the holiday musical “Spirited,” a reimagined version of Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol, currently streaming on Apple TV+.

On-Air Film Review: Weird Planet Inside Disney’s ‘Strange World’

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on The Eddie Volkman Show with Hannah B on WSSR-FM (Star 96.7 Joliet, Illinois) on November 23rd, reviewing the new Disney animated film “Strange World,” in theaters beginning November 23rd.

Planet Weird! On-Air Film Review of Disney’s ‘Strange World’

HollywoodChicago.com Oscarman rating: 3.0/5.0
Rating: 3.0/5.0

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on The Eddie Volkman Show with Hannah B on WSSR-FM (Star 96.7 Joliet, Illinois) on November 23rd, reviewing the new Disney animated film “Strange World,” in theaters beginning November 23rd.

Audio Film Review: Wartime Flyboys in Black & White in ‘Devotion’

Devotion

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com audio film review for “Devotion,” a based-on-truth scenario regarding Jesse Brown, a Navy black aviator who broke through barriers during the 1950s Korean War, in theaters on November 23rd.

Wartime Flyboys in Black & White! Audio Film Review of ‘Devotion’

HollywoodChicago.com Oscarman rating: 3.0/5.0
Rating: 3.0/5.0

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com audio film review for “Devotion,” a based-on-truth scenario regarding Jesse Brown, a Navy black aviator who broke through barriers during the 1950s Korean War, in theaters on November 23rd.

Audio Film Review: An Appetite for Love in ‘Bones and All’

Bones and All

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com audio film review for “Bones and All,” a delicious Bonnie & Clyde twist based on a 2015 novel by Camille DeAngelis, in theaters on November 23rd.

An Appetite for Love! Audio Film Review of ‘Bones and All’

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

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com audio film review for “Bones and All,” a delicious Bonnie & Clyde twist based on a 2015 novel by Camille DeAngelis featuring Timothée Chalamet and Mark Rylance, in theaters on November 23rd.

Audio Film Review: ‘The Inspection’ is Hoorah for Fresh Recruits

Inspection, The

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com audio film review for “The Inspection,” a based-on-his-own-life memoir film by writer/director Elegance Bratton on his experiences in Marine Corps boot camp, in theaters on November 23rd.

Hoorah Fresh Recruits! Audio Film Review of ‘The Inspection’

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

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com audio film review for “The Inspection,” a based-on-his-own-life memoir film by writer/director Elegance Bratton on his experiences in Marine Corps boot camp, in theaters on November 23rd.

Audio Film Review: Reel Spielbergo Revealed in ‘The Fabelmans’

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com audio film review for “The Fabelmans,” an autobiographical film from America’s most famous modern movie director, Steven Spielberg, in theaters on November 23rd.

Reel Spielbergo! Audio Film Review of ‘The Fabelmans’

HollywoodChicago.com Oscarman rating: 4.0/5.0
Rating: 4.0/5.0

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com audio film review for “The Fabelmans,” an autobiographical film from America’s most famous modern movie director, Steven Spielberg, in theaters on November 23rd.

Podtalk: Writer/Director Elegance Bratton Passes ‘The Inspection’

CHICAGO – The journey of Elegance Bratton took him from homelessness to the U.S. Marine Corps to to his first film … all based on his life. “The Inspection” is about Ellis (Jeremy Pope). a gay black youth who decides he has one last shot at a chance to get off the streets … if he can survive Marine boot camp.

Feature: Three Odd Chicago Connections to the JFK Assassination

JFK 2022

CHICAGO – The date of November 22nd, 1963, will always have meaning to certain generations of people as to the where-were-they-when-they-heard that President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. The City of Chicago was not immune to this event, and three odd connections became apparent as the news broke and in the subsequent associations that emerged afterward.

Entertainment News: Xfinity Rewards Presents Free TV Week from Nov. 22-28, 2022

Xfinity Rewards Free TV Week 2022

CHICAGO – Comcast and Xfinity Rewards just announced the return of Free TV Week, from November 22-28th, 2022. Xfinity customers on X1, Flex and Stream can enjoy free, week-long access to thousands of shows and movies from over a dozen premium networks and streaming services, including HBO Max, Prime Video, STARZ, EPIX, SHOWTIME, AMC+ and more.

Podtalk: Louise Palanker is a Host on the ‘Media Path Podcast’

Louise Palanker, Media Path Podcast

CHICAGO – Recently topping over its 100th episode, the popular “Media Path Podcast” continues its eclectic journey through the podscape and the two host’s curiosity. Focusing on pop/media culture for boomers and beyond, Fritz Coleman and Louise Palanker covers the show biz culture of the 1960s, ‘70s and other fancies of that era.

Podtalk: Actor Anna Diop is the Title Character in ‘Nanny’

CHICAGO – Starfire from the TV series “Titans” has heroically taken on another persona. Actor Anna Diop breaks out as the title character in “Nanny,” an Amazon Studios film getting a limited release in theaters on November 23rd, before streaming on the Prime Video platform beginning on December 16th.

Audio Film Review: Chef’s Special of the Day in ‘The Menu’

Menu, The

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com audio film review for “The Menu,” featuring Ralph Fiennes and Anya Taylor-Joy in a social satire about a Chef and his unique multi-course meal plan, in theaters on November 18th.

Chef’s Special of the Day! Audio Film Review of ‘The Menu’

HollywoodChicago.com Oscarman rating: 2.5/5.0
Rating: 2.5/5.0

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com audio film review for “The Menu,” featuring Ralph Fiennes and Anya Taylor-Joy in a social satire about a Chef and his unique multi-course meal plan, in theaters on November 18th.

On-Air Film Review: How ‘She Said’ Launched a Movement

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Dan Baker on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on November 17th, 2022, reviewing “She Said,” about the New York Times breaking the Harvey Weinstein case that launched #MeToo, in theaters on November 18th.

Launching a Movement! On-Air Film Review of ‘She Said’

HollywoodChicago.com Oscarman rating: 4.0/5.0
Rating: 4.0/5.0

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Dan Baker on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on November 17th, 2022, reviewing “She Said,” about the New York Times breaking the Harvey Weinstein case that launched #MeToo, in theaters on November 18th.

On-Air Film Review: Fra-gee-lee for ‘A Christmas Story Christmas’

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Dan Baker on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on November 17th, 2022, reviewing “A Christmas Story Christmas,” a sequel to the holiday classic set 30 years after the original, currently streaming on HBO Max.

Fra-gee-lee! On-Air Film Review of ‘A Christmas Story Christmas’

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 Dan Baker on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on November 17th, 2022, reviewing “A Christmas Story Christmas,” a sequel to the holiday classic set 30 years after the original, currently streaming on HBO Max.

Red Carpet: Peter Billingsley is Back in ‘A Christmas Story Christmas’

CHICAGO – The historic Cultural Center of Chicago got a early Christmas, hosting a screening of the new holiday film “A Christmas Story Christmas.” Story developer, producer and lead actor Peter Billingsley – reprising his role as Ralphie Parker from the original 1983 classic – walked the Red Carpet on November 15th, 2022.

Podtalk: Director David Siev for His Doc on Hometown ‘Bad Axe’

CHICAGO – The combination of the divisive Donald Trump election and the pandemic affected many U.S. communities. David Siev, an American filmmaker from a Cambodian-origin family, turned on his camera to tell the story of that time in his hometown of Bad Axe, Michigan. The results became the documentary “Bad Axe.”

On-Air Film Review: ‘Aftersun’ is in Memory of Dear Old Dad

Aftersun

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Ben Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on November 10th, 2022, reviewing “Aftersun,” a UK/USA co-production about father and daughter relationships, in select theaters now.

In Memory of Dear Old Dad! On-Air Film Review of ‘Aftersun’

HollywoodChicago.com Oscarman rating: 3.0/5.0
Rating: 3.0/5.0

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Ben Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on November 10th, 2022, reviewing “Aftersun,” a UK/USA co-production about father and daughter relationships, in select theaters now.

On-Air Film Review: Dawn After Darkness in ‘Wakanda Forever’

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Ben Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on November 10th, 2022, reviewing “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” the latest chapter in the Black Panther superhero saga, in theaters beginning November 11th.

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  • Yellowstone, Season 5

    CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com audio streaming series review for “Yellowstone,” the popular Western series set in modern Montana … in Season 5. Available to stream on the Paramount Network and through Video On Demand beginning November 13th.

  • Paranormal Activity: The Ultimate Chills Collection

    CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on Eddie Volkman Show with Hannah B on Star 96.7 WSSR-FM (Joliet, IL) reviewing the new Paramount Pictures Blu-Ray Collection of “Paranormal Activity: The Ultimate Chills Collection,” containing all seven films in the series plus a documentary.

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