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Film Review: ‘Jack the Giant Slayer’ Has Some Fee-Fi-Fo Fun

CHICAGO – The trend of taking ancient fairy tales – “Hanzel and Gretel” and “Snow White,” for example – and converting them into computer generated mega-pictures is peculiar, and glaringly profitable (no “rights” to buy). The latest, “Jack and the Giant Slayer,” has some fun up the beanstalk again.

Blu-ray Review: ‘The Hunger Games’ Given Stellar Two-Disc Edition

CHICAGO – Can a Blu-ray be both great and a likely placeholder for a future Special Edition? “The Hunger Games” makes that case. The lack of a commentary track or deleted scenes (and Lionsgate’s double-dipping track record) lead one to believe that a Special Edition will likely hit stores in conjunction with “Catching Fire” but this is still a great release with hours of special features and a stellar HD video and audio transfer.

Film Review: Jennifer Lawrence in ‘The Hunger Games’ Delivers for Fans

CHICAGO – What is remarkable about the book phenomenon known as “The Hunger Games” is how rich, literary and symbolic the series is, considering they are for a “young adult” audience. Jennifer Lawrence, Stanley Tucci, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson and Josh Hutcherson bring the characters to life.

Interviews, Part Two: Josh Hutcherson, Isabelle Fuhrman, Jacqueline Emerson in ‘The Hunger Games’

CHICAGO – In Part Two of “The Hunger Games” interviews, Josh Hutcherson (Peeta), Isabelle Fuhrman (Clove) and Jacqueline Emerson (Foxface) talk about aspects of the business they’ve chosen, growing up with technology and more.

Interviews: Josh Hutcherson, Isabelle Fuhrman, Jacqueline Emerson Hit the Spotlight in ‘The Hunger Games’

CHICAGO – It’s the calm before the pop cultural storm. The first reviews are in, the turnstiles are greased, and the phenomenon of “The Hunger Games” is about to effect a vast audience and stars Josh Hutcherson (Peeta), Isabelle Fuhrman (Clove) and Jacqueline Emerson (Foxface).

Slideshow: 21-Image Gallery from ‘The Hunger Games’ with Jennifer Lawrence

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CHICAGO – This 21-image slideshow contains a selection of the Lionsgate-provided official stills from Gary Ross’ “The Hunger Games” with Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Stanley Tucci, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, and Donald Sutherland.

HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 10 Wristbands For ‘The Hunger Games’ Celebrity Autograph Signing

CHICAGOHot opportunity! In our latest meet the celebrity edition of HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 5 admit-two wristbands up for grabs for the highly anticipated “The Hunger Games” in-person celebrity autograph signing!

Film News: New ‘The Hunger Games’ Trailer Released For 50-Day Countdown

The Hunger Games Katniss

CHICAGO – The much anticipated release of “The Hunger Games” is officially 50 days away, and the Twitter world exploded this morning with #HungerGames50 tweets after a new trailer was released for the film. The trailer, which includes several scenes we have already seen from the first theatrical trailer, adds new conversations between Katniss and several other characters, including Prim, Gale, and Caesar.

Blu-ray Review: Underappreciated ‘Margin Call’ Deserves Larger Audience

Margin Call

CHICAGOJ.C. Chandor’s CFCA-nominated “Margin Call” is the kind of film that makes me concerned about the lack of mainstream audience for adult drama. There’s no reason at all that this excellent drama with several major actors shouldn’t have found a much-larger audience. Lionsgate needs to go back to the drawing board and figure out what’s going on with their marketing and promotions since it’s total nonsense that a critically-acclaimed work like this and their even-better “Warrior” both flopped at the box office. “Warrior” was at least given a chance. “Margin Call” never went beyond 199 screens. So you probably haven’t seen it. You should.

Film News: First Full-Length Trailer Released For ‘The Hunger Games’

The Hunger Games

CHICAGO – Fans of the hit book series and much anticipated film series “The Hunger Games” were treated to a full look inside the world of Panem this morning when Lionsgate debuted a full trailer for the new film. After a short teaser trailer premiered this past summer showing the main character, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), running through a forest during battle, the new trailer gives a full look at the modern/futuristic world.

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  • YippieFest 2022

    CHICAGOYIPPIE! It’s back. Coming off two years of cancellations, the performance event YIPPIE FEST 2022 will take place from Friday, August 19th through Sunday, August 21at at the Den Theatre, 1331 North Milwaukee, Chicago. Currently, the Fest is calling for acts, with music and stand up comedy slots already filled, but any other type of performance, sketch, improv or theatre. This is your opportunity to perform, so sign up by clicking YiPPIE FEST 2022.

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