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Podtalk: ‘Summer Jobs Tour’ for SNL 3 at Chicago’s Den Theatre

CHICAGO – What does any seasonal worker do during the summer? James Austin Johnson, Devon Walker and Andrew Dismukes of “Saturday Night Live” (SNL) go on their “Summer Jobs Tour” with stand-up, characters and of course, SNL. For tickets and details SNL SUMMER.

Entertainment News: Sundance X Chicago Launches Historic Weekend

Sundance X Chicago

CHICAGO – On June 28th, 2024, two titans of film and filmmaking – Chicago and the Sundance Institute of Park City, Utah – launched a collaborative weekend that signaled a cooperation that has expansion plans. Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson was on hand for remarks, as well as Eugene Hernandez, the Director of the Sundance Film Festival.

Film Review: Yorgos Lanthimos’ ‘Kinds of Kindness’ Distinctly Unsettling

Kinds of Kindness

CHICAGO – Distinctive visions are in such short supply in Hollywood these days I suppose we should be grateful when one makes it onto our movie screens. Director Yorgos Lanthimos is nothing if not distinctive, but his films are by no means easy to watch. His latest film “Kinds Of Kindness” consists of three short stories of power and cruelty.

Pride2024: Three Audio LGBTQ+ Film Reviews for Pride Weekend

CHICAGO – Happy Pride Weekend! To bring us into this proud celebration, HollywoodChicago.com presents three reviews of LGBTQ+ themed films, with audio overviews from Editor/Writer Patrick McDonald, contributor Jon Lennon Espino and guest reviewer/Founder of Cinema Femme, Rebecca Martin Fagerhoim.

Pride2024: John Michael’s ‘Spank Bank Time Machine’ at Steppenwolf

CHICAGO – Pride Weekend is upon us, and what better way to celebrate then with “Trauma Clown” John Michael, showcasing his latest one-man performance of “Spank Bank Time Machine“ at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre from June 28th-30th, 2024. For tickets and info, click SPANK BANK.

Pride2024: Gary G. Chichester on Top Chicago LGBTQ+ History Sites

CHICAGO – Happy Pride Weekend! HollywoodChicago.com kicks it off with a revisit to one of our favorite interview subjects, LGBTQ+ activist Gary G. Chichester. But this time we gave him an assignment … provide his personal list of the top Chicago historic LGBTQ+ sites in the city. The results are in the YouTube video below.

Podtalk: Alan Washer of HomeVestors on Company Volunteerism

Friendship Center of Chicago, The

CHICAGO – As you know if you interact with this website, HollywoodChicago.com is “Everything Entertainment.” But as a alternative today, through a connection from the Dallas International Film Festival, we talked to Alan Washer from HomeVestors® of America, because of their efforts in volunteering for the community, specifically The Friendship Center Food Pantry of Chicago. For more information about that organization, click TFC.

Podtalk: Cory Grant for ‘Screams From the Tower’ at the Midwest Film Fest

CHICAGO – Happy Pride from the Midwest Film Festival of Chicago, celebrating with a special film event on June 24th, 2024 … writer/director Cory Grant’s “Screams From the Tower.” For tickets and information, click SCREAMS.

On-Air Film Review: June Squibb as ‘Thelma" is a Hero for Our Times

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on June 20th, reviewing “Thelma,” a debut for adapter/director Josh Margolin and featuring the great character actor June Squibb. In theaters on June 21st.

On-Air Film Review: Getcher Motor Running in ‘The Bikeriders’

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on June 20th, reviewing “The Bikeriders,” a new motorcycle gang film directed by Jeff Nichols (“Mud”). In theaters on June 21st.

Tribeca2024: Award Winning Films Define the Tribeca Indie Tradition

NEW YORK – Last week, the competition awards were conferred at the (click) Tribeca Festival and the top narrative films were “Griffin in Summer” (U.S.) and “Bikechess” (International). While different in story arc, both films involved individuals facing a truth they inherently knew but never expected to encounter.

Tribeca2024: That’s a Wrap with ‘The Sopranos’ & Bobby De Niro

NEW YORK – It’s over, but the memories echo. The 23rd edition of the Tribeca Festival wrapped up on June 16th, 2024, but not without a sendoff celebrating Melissa Etheridge’s new documentary, the 25th Anniversary retrospect of the iconic series, “The Sopranos,” and a nod to fest co-founder/savior of democracy Robert De Niro.

Audio Film Review: The Mechanical Landscape of ‘Robot Dreams’

Robot Dreams

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com audio film review for “Robot Dreams,” a co-directorial collaboration between Alex Thompson and Kelly O’Sullivan of 2019’s “Saint Frances,” from a Kelly O’Sullivan script. Currently in theaters, including Chicago’s Gene Siskel Film Center.

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