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Podtalk: Ned McGregor on 2020 Filmscape Chicago Expo, Virtual & Online August 29-30

Filmscape Chicago Expo 2020

CHICAGO – One of the traditional Chicago film gatherings, now in its third year, will go virtual and online in this magic year of 2020. But that also gives interested parties a chance to sign up for their FREE classes from anywhere around the world. Registration for the Filmscape Chicago Expo is now open, click here to access.

Exclusive Photo: In Memoriam, Regis Philbin in His Long Career

Regis Philbin, Photo by Joe Arce

CHICAGO – In 2011, a unique award was conferred upon Regis Philbin, the talk show/game show host and sometimes actor. The Guinness Book of World Records acknowledged that Philbin had appeared on the most hours on American television, with an astounding 16,746.5 in the final tally. Philbin passed away on July 24, 2020, at the age of 88, in his home in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Film Review: On-The-Air Review of Gordon Lightfoot Documentary

Gordon Lightfoot Doc

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on July 30th, 2020, reviewing the new Video-On-Demand film “Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind.”

Interview: Singer/Songwriter Lara Bell Hits All the Right Notes

MCHENRY, ILL. – The venue D.C. Cobbs (Woodstock, Illinois) was the location for an acoustic set by 23-year-old Lara Bell, an up and coming singer/songwriter who has been performing professionally since she was 15 years old. Her rich and sultry voice, embodying a wide range of genres, was complimented by an enthralling stage presence.

Entertainment News: Virtual 2020 YippieFest Extends Registration Deadline to August 2nd

YippieFest 2020

CHICAGO – Got an act? Got a camera phone to record it? Then YippieFest wants you! The fourth annual Theater, Music, Film, Comedy and Performance festival is doing what all the hep cats are doing, going online and virtual to keep everyone safe (details closer to the actual dates of YippieFest, August 14-16, 2020).

Film Review: Memory! On-The-Air Reviews of ‘The Rental’ and ‘Cats’

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on July 23rd, 2020, reviewing the new Video-On-Demand film “The Rental” and the infamous 2019 film, “Cats” (Digital & DVD).

Film Review: Groundhog Day on Steroids! On-Air Review of ‘Palm Springs’ with Andy Samberg

Palm Springs

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on July 16th, 2020, reviewing the new HULU channel original film, “Palm Springs.”

Podtalk: Flabby Hoffman Opens Our Minds in The Extraordinarium

CHICAGO – If Willy Wonka were a slightly rumpled middle-aged anarchist, he probably would be Richard “Flabby” Hoffman. The author, musician, broadcaster and philosopher has just added “retailer” to his resume, with his amazing pop culture store, modestly called “The Extraordinarium.” It re-opened this week at 2800 N. Milwaukee in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago.

Film Review: Will Ferrell on the Music Charts? On-The-Air Review of “Eurovision: The Story of Fire Saga”

Eurovision

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on July 9th, 2020, reviewing the instant cult classic from Netflix, “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga.”

UPDATE: Music Box Theatre IS OPEN! Gene Siskel Center Continues At-Home Screenings

CHICAGO – Using safety-first precautions, the Music Box Theatre of Chicago has reopened as of July 3rd for limited seating (see link below for details). The Gene Siskel Film Center continues “Film Center From Your Sofa.”

Film Review: HollywoodChicago.com On-The-Air Review of ‘Hamilton’

Hamilton

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on July 2nd, 2020, discussing one of the most anticipated summer releases, the filmed-on-stage version of “Hamilton,” streaming from the Disney+ platform on July 3rd.

Interview: ‘Gold, Frankincense & Myrrh’ Keep on Delivering

CHICAGO – The trio of teenage sisters that are “Gold Frankincense & Myrrh” (GFM) – CJ Sanders, Maggie “Rose” and Evie “Lulu” English – create their sound by blending the melodic pop-rock of Paramore with the power and aggressiveness of Slipknot. GFM wants to use their music as a vehicle to illustrate that women and young people can create positive, uplifting music that can still rock.

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