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Film News: Final Weekend of the Season for Chicago Film Tour

Chicago Film Tour

CHICAGO – Now is your chance to experience the Chicago Film Tour during its final weekend of the season, guided by Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com. Through a special promotion, If you mention the “HollywoodChicago.com Offer” when reserving your seats, you will get half off the regular price of the tour for the weekend of November 29th and 30th, 2014 (details in the graphic below). The tour departs from the “Rock ‘N Roll” McDonalds Restaurant at 600 N. Clark, in the River North neighborhood in Chicago.

Interviews: 1980s Icons Anthony Michael Hall, Louis Gossett Jr.

Anthony Michael Hall, photo by Joe Arce

CHICAGO – Two actors who made a mark in film during the 1980s did it at different points in their lives. Anthony Michael Hall was a teen idol, channeling director John Hughes in “The Breakfast Club” and “Sixteen Candles.” Lou Gossett Jr. won a mid-career Oscar for his role in 1982’s “An Officer and a Gentleman.”

Slideshow: 34 Exclusive Celebrity Portraits at 2011 Wizard World Chicago Comic Con

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Anthony Michael Hall, star of ‘The Breakfast Club’ and ‘Sixteen Candles’

CHICAGO – The holidays are a perfect time to remember some of 2011’s great entertainment events, and one of them was the Wizard World Chicago Comic Con, which took place August 11th-14th. Celebrities such as Anthony Michael Hall, Lou Gossett Jr., LeVar Burton, Peter Tork and Bruce Campbell were there.

Blu-Ray Review: ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ Continues to Endure

Ferris Bueller's Day Off Blu-Ray

CHICAGO – John Hughes’s creative peak in the 1980s was brought about by a great deal of writing in a very small period of time. According to legend, Hughes wrote the script for his 1986 cult classic, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” in only seven days while under the threat of a writer’s strike. He was gifted at churning out films, but his prolific nature caused him to noticeably repeat himself.

Blu-Ray Review: ‘Take Me Home Tonight’ Features String of Bad Decisions

Take Me Home Tonight, Topher Grace and Matt Folger

CHICAGO – Most comedies feature a few key decisions or even just a few moments where you, the viewer, know someone made the wrong choice. Whether it’s something as small as thinking that a punchline works when it doesn’t or something major like the wrong casting decision, modern movie goers are smart enough to tell when they’re watching something dumb. “Take Me Home Tonight,” recently released on Blu-ray and DVD is very, VERY dumb.

Blu-Ray Review: HD Release For Beloved ‘The Breakfast Club’

The Breakfast Club

CHICAGO – People LOVE “The Breakfast Club.” It seems to have even jumped generations. While it likely still appeals most strongly to those of us who were at or near the age of the characters on the film’s initial release, John Hughes’ comedy seems to speak to something timeless about the high school experience. The 25th anniversary edition of “The Breakfast Club” on Blu-ray should be a hit.

Interview: 30 Rock’s Scott Adsit Goes Down the ‘Frankenhole’

CHICAGO – Last Sunday, June 27th, a new Cartoon Network show on Adult Swim premiered, by the same team that gave us “Morel Orel.” “Mary Shelley’s Frankenhole” is also produced, directed and written by Chicago area native Scott Adsit, who also does time as the harried Pete Hornberger on NBC’s “30 Rock.”

Exclusive Portrait: Good Golly, It’s Teen Queen Molly Ringwald

Molly Ringwald, photographed by Joe Arce

CHICAGO – It was nostalgia time as Molly Ringwald made an appearance at the Borders Books in Lincoln Park, Chicago, near the suburban locale of one her great collaborations with the late John Hughes, “The Breakfast Club.”

Blu-Ray Review: ‘National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation Ultimate Collector’s Edition’

Christmas Vacation

CHICAGO – Does the fact that “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” is receiving a lavish 20th anniversary edition Blu-Ray release make anyone else feel old? Just me? Whether you’re old enough to remember the first “Vacation” or young enough to know Chevy Chase as “that old guy on Community,” this is a lavish collector’s set for a great holiday film timed for holiday shopping.

Legendary Chicago Director John Hughes Dies at Age 59

CHICAGO – Influential and beloved Chicago director John Hughes has unexpectedly passed away at the age of 59.

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