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Via Zoom: That’s a Wrap! Director Nick Celozzi on ‘The Class’

CHICAGO – One of the more high profile local film productions this summer was “The Class.” The film essentially reunites Anthony Michael Hall of “The Breakfast Club” with John Hughes-land, and brings him back to high school … this time as the assistant principal. “The Class” was written and directed by Nick Celozzi.

Slideshow: ‘The Class’ Cast Red Carpet Photos on ‘A Night with Anthony Michael Hall’

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The focus of ‘A Night with Anthony Michael Hall.’

CHICAGO – There was a double celebration at The Tivoli Theatre in Downers Grove (Illinois) on July 26th, 2021. First, the cast and director of “The Class” – now in production in Chicagoland – gathered to support their co-star.

Film News: ‘A Night with Anthony Michael Hall’ at Tivoli Theatre, Downers Grove, July 26, 2021

Anthony Michael Hall, photo by Joe Arce.

CHICAGO – They’ll be turning back the clock tomorrow night (July 26, 2021) in Downers Grove (Illinois) as iconic 1980s actor Anthony Michael Hall will make an appearance at the Tivoli Theatre introducing “The Breakfast Club” and doing a Q&A. The film starts at 8pm, and for all the details plus ticket purchase information, click here.

Film News: Patrick McDonald Hosts ‘Bathtubs Over Broadway' for AHFS on May 13, 2019

Bathtubs Over Broadway

CHICAGO – How does one man rediscover and revive an art form? This question is answered in the magnificent “Bathtubs Over Broadway,” a 2018 documentary about the quest of comedy writer Steve Young, as he saves the legacy of the “industrial musical,” a form of American corporate entertainment from the 1950s through the ‘70s. Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com will host a screening of the film on Monday, May 13th, 2019 (7:30pm), and facilitate a discussion afterward, at the Tivoli Theatre in Downers Grove, Ill. To purchase tickets, click here.

Slideshow: Al Roker of ‘The Today Show’ Promotes ‘Ruthless Tide’ in Chicagoland

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Al Roker of ‘The Today Show’ for his new book, ‘Ruthless Tide.’

CHICAGO – He has been presenting the weather segments on NBC-TV’s “The Today Show” since 1996, and now serves as co-host on the program. The inimitable Al Roker is also an author of seven books, and American History is the subject in his latest “Ruthless Tide: Heroes and Villains of the Johnstown Flood.” Roker was recently in Downers Grove (Ill.) at Anderson’s Bookshop, to greet fans and sign his new book.

Exclusive Photo: Valerie Bertinelli is Cooking With New Book ‘Valerie’s Home Cooking’

CHICAGO – She has lived “One Day at a Time” and has come into a second act that really cooks. Valerie Bertinelli has gone from child star to recipe maven with her new book “Valerie’s Home Cooking,” named after her Food Network TV Show. She came to Chicagoland to promote the book on October 22nd, 2017.

Film News: Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com to Host After Hours Film Society on March 21, 2016

Flowers

CHICAGO – The After Hours Film Society is a treasure of a cinema gathering that offers a comprehensive line-up of foreign, classic and specialty films for screening and discussion. Patrick McDonald, Editorial Coordinator and Film Critic for HollywoodChicago.com, will lead the discussion for the film “Flowers,” the 2015 Spanish film that was on the short list for the Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film, on Monday evening, March 21st, 2016, at the Tivoli Theatre in Downers Grove, Ill.

Preview: Jennifer Hudson to Perform at Art Van’s Grand Opening on July 30, 2015 in Downers Grove, Ill.

Jennifer Hudson, photo by Joe Arce

CHICAGO – Jennifer Hudson has won an Academy Award and a Grammy. Not bad for the 33-year-old singer and actress who was discovered as a runner-up on “American Idol.” She will perform in Downers Grove, Ill. this Thursday, July 30, 2015 at Art Van Furniture’s grand-opening event “The Art of WOW!”

Exclusive Portraits: New Book ‘So, Anyway’ From ‘Monty Python’ Member John Cleese

CHICAGO – John Cleese, the tallest member of “Monty Python’s Flying Circus,” has written a new book, and came to the Chicago suburbs to promote it. Anderson’s Bookshop sponsored Cleese’s appearance at the Tivoli Theater in Downer’s Grove for his memoir “So, Anyway.”

Slideshow: KISS Rocker Gene Simmons in Chicagoland

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Gene Simmons and the tongue that sold 100 million albums.

CHICAGO – Tongues were wagging as Gene Simmons, “The Demon” of the rock band KISS, made an appearance in Downers Grove, Ill., to greet fans and sign his new book “Me, Inc.: Build an Army of One, Unleash Your Inner Rock God, Win in Life and Business”. The appearance was took place on October 28th, 2014, at the Tivoli Theater and was sponsored by Anderson’s Bookshop of Napervillle, Ill.

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  • Midnight Mass

    CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on October 21st, 2021, reviewing the new miniseries “Midnight Mass,” currently streaming on Netflix.

  • Chicago Party Aunt

    CHICAGO – The funny meter of Netflix went off the scale last week, as the animated series “Chicago Party Aunt” made its debut on September 17th. What began as a Twitter account by comic actor Chris Witaske (who also provides his voice talent) has morphed into the cartoon adventures of Aunt Diane Dumbowski, her nephew Daniel, and an array of familiar Chicago-isms and characters.

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