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Oscar Week 2021: Spotlight on Best Actress Nominee Viola Davis

CHICAGO – Building a career role by role, Viola Davis has emerged at the top of her profession as an actress, with four Oscar nominations in her journey – and one win for “Fences” (2016) – including this 2021’s nod for her shape shifting performance as a real-life 1920s Blues Singer in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.”

Oscar Week 2021: Spotlight on Best Actor Nominee Chadwick Boseman

CHICAGO – In one of the crueler events during the cruel year of 2020, the actor Chadwick Boseman died from cancer at age 43. But he left us two prominent roles in 2020, as a pivotal character in Spike Lee’s “Da Five Bloods” and in his 2021 Oscar nominated performance as Levee in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.”

Oscar Week Flashback: How Photographer Joe Arce ‘Got the Shot’ of Oscar Winner Liza Minnelli

Liza Minnelli, photo by Joe Arce

CHICAGO – My portrait of Liza Minnelli is one of my favorites not just for what appears in frame, but equally for the story of what happened after the shutter was clicked. This was back in 1992, when my focus was on Rock and Roll photojournalism, and I had been granted access to Liza through Tower Records in Chicago. She was promoting her “Live From Radio City Music Hall” release.

Film Review: Croc Rocks! On-Air Review of ‘Arlo the Alligator Boy’

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on April 15th, 2021, reviewing the new film “Arlo the Alligator Boy,” streaming on Netflix beginning April 16th.

Exclusive Photo: Happy 74th Birthday to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, photo by Joe Arce

CHICAGO – The legendary Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is 74 years young on April 16th, 2021, and the athlete/activist is more in demand than ever. With a commitment to social justice his entire basketball career, his achievements in that pursuit shine as bright as his record-breaking days on the b-ball court. Photographer Joe Arce publishes an Exclusive Photo of Jabbar from 2016, when he appeared at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois, through Anderson’s Bookshop.

Film News: Chicago’s Asian Pop-Up Cinema Goes to the Drive-In Beginning April 15, 2021

APUC Season 12, 2021

CHICAGO – Season 12 continues for the Asian Pop-Up Cinema (APUC) series of Chicago with a series of 11 films at the Lincoln Yards Drive-In from April 15th through May 2nd, 2021. For a complete schedule and ticketing information, click here.

Film Review: Teen a-Go-Go in Space! On-Air Review of ‘Voyagers’

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on April 8th, 2021, reviewing the new film “Voyagers,” in theaters now.

Via Zoom: Day by Day with Robin Lamont of 1973’s ‘Godspell’

CHICAGO – Easter has just passed, and one of the film traditions during that holiday is the musical “Godspell.” This 1973 classic retells the story of Jesus from the Gospel of St. Matthew, through a group of hippie performers, including Victor Garber as Jesus. Robin Lamont sings the signature song in the show, “Day by Day.”

Film Review: Titans Clash! On-Air Review of ‘Godzilla vs Kong’

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on April 1st, 2021, reviewing the new film “Godzilla vs. Kong,” in theaters now and streaming on HBO Max.

Film Review: André the Giant Prankster! On-Air Review of ‘Bad Trip’

Bad Trip

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on The Eddie Volkman Show on WSSR-FM (Star 96.7 Joliet, Illinois) on March 26th, 2021, reviewing the new release “Bad Trip” streaming on Netflix beginning on Friday, March 26th.

Via Zoom: Filmmaker Kelley Kali on ‘I’m Fine (Thanks for Asking)’

CHICAGO – Filmmaker Kelley Kali just scored a major award at the recent South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival, Grand Jury Recognition for Multi-Hyphenate Storytelling, for a film that she co-wrote, co-directed and acted in the lead role. “I’m Fine (Thanks for Asking)” is a vivid portrait of another America that is happening now.

Film Review: Better Call for a Mauling! On-Air Review of ‘Nobody’

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on March 25th, 2021, reviewing the new film “Nobody,” opening in theaters on March 26th.

Via Zoom: Bradley Grant Smith on His SXSW film, ‘Our Father’

CHICAGO – Getting his debut film – “Our Father” – into the 2021 South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival was a major achievement for writer/director Bradley Grant Smith, and puts the spotlight on his emerging talent and perspective. Smith is also a musician … he provided the soundtrack for the film as well.

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    CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on February 18th, 2021, reviewing the new TV series “Young Rock,” Tuesdays on NBC-TV.

  • What Did Clyde Hide?

    CHICAGO – What is one of the greatest survival instincts of the pandemic? Creativity. The Zoom web series “What Did Clyde Hide?” is the result of a creative effort from Executive Producer/Show Runner Ruth Kaufman, Producer Sandy Gulliver and Director Sean Patrick Leonard. Kaufman and Leonard talk about the series, naturally, via Zoom.

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