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Podtalk: Director Michael Caplan of the Documentary ‘Algren’

CHICAGO – When Michael Caplan began his journey creating the film biography of legendary Chicago author Nelson Algren, he was a self-described “fan” but not much else. After spending several years with the man who wrote “The Man with the Golden Arm,” Michael Caplan has certainly got to know him well.

Red Carpet: Exclusive Photo of Kenneth Branagh at 57th Chicago International Film Festival

Kenneth Branagh, photo by Joe Arce

CHICAGO – Kenneth Branagh may be the ultimate hybrid. Hie reputation as an actor is beyond the pale … he is a performer that makes a film or stage play better. But beyond that, he has just directed his 23rd and most personal film. “Belfast” is an elegy to his hometown, but it is also a remembrance of when his life changed profoundly at the tender age of nine.

On-Air Film Review: Neon Lights Are '60s! Review of ‘Last Night in Soho’

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Dan Baker on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on October 28th, 2021, reviewing the new Edgar Wright film, “Last Night in Soho” in theaters beginning October 29th.

Podtalk: Director Jacob Gentry on ‘Broadcast Signal Intrusion’

Jacob Gentry, photo by Joe Arce.

CHICAGO – In 1987, one of the oddest incidents in broadcast history took place in Chicago, when a local news sports segment and an episode of “Dr. Who” on PBS was interrupted by a bizarre video sequence featuring a man in a Max Headroom mask. This infamous event was the inspiration for the new film “Broadcast Signal Intrusion” – directed by Jacob Gentry – which was release to theaters and through Video-On-Demand on October 22nd, 2021, after playing at the 57th Chicago International Film Festival.

Via Zoom: Director Jessica Kingdon on China’s ‘Ascension’

CHICAGO – China sits across the sea as a country of sprawling expansion … economically, socially and governmentally. There is a new documentary that tries to understand all this proliferation and at the same time is a work of film art. “Ascension” is created and directed by Jessica Kingdon.

Via Zoom: David Dastmalchian Talks ‘Dune,’ as Piter De Vries

CHICAGO – The film “Dune,” an adaptation of the classic Frank Herbert sci-fi novel, is just coming off its opening weekend. One of the principle roles, Piter De Vries from the House Harkonnen, is portrayed by David Dastmalchian. DD is having a stellar 2021, coming off his triumph as Polka-Dot Man in “The Suicide Squad.” He talked to HollywoodChicago.com via Zoom.

Film Review: Despite Sandy Start and Trope Pitfalls, 'Dune' Could be the Next 'Star Wars'

CHICAGO – Everything has ‘potential’ and in examining that you reveal a little bit about yourself. Seeing the ‘potential’ in something is inherently an exercise in optimism because you take what you see and understand that it could do or be better. Criticism is also a key component when it comes to discussing ‘potential’ because without a critical eye you can’t see beyond what is to see what could be.

Podtalk: Harry Shum Jr., Kelley Mack on ‘Broadcast Signal Intrusion’

Harry Shum Jr, Kelley Mack photo by Joe Arce

CHICAGO – In 1987, one of the oddest incidents in broadcast history took place in Chicago, when a local news sports segment and an episode of “Dr. Who” on PBS was interrupted by a bizarre video sequence featuring a man in a Max Headroom mask. This infamous event was the inspiration for the new film “Broadcast Signal Intrusion,” which was release to theaters and through Video-On-Demand on October 22nd, 2021, after playing at the 57th Chicago International Film Festival.

FINALE: ‘King Richard’ at 57th Chicago International Film Festival CLOSING NIGHT, Oct. 24, 2021

King Richard

CHICAGO – It’s CLOSING NIGHT of the 57th Chicago International Film Festival (CIFF), and the fest will wrap with “King Richard, the based-on-truth journey of Richard Williams (Will Smith), the father of Serena and Venus (click KING RICHARD for details).

The Gold Hugo: ‘Memoria’ at 57th Chicago International Film Festival

CHICAGO – The Chicago International Film Festival (CIFF) is competitive, and the 57th edition presented its awards on October 22nd, 2021, as a live virtual and online event.. The winner of the Gold Hugo as Best International Film was “Memoria” (Columbia), directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul.

Red Carpet: Photo & Interview of Rebecca Hall at 57th Chicago International Film Festival

CHICAGO – Rebecca Hall is not content being one of the best actors of her generation, she also has directed her first feature film, “Passing.” Representing the film at the 57th Chicago International Film Festival (CIFF), she walked the Red Carpet … Joe Arce got the Exclusive Photo and Patrick McDonald got the interview.

Recovering Catholic Soul! On-Air Review of Netflix's ‘Midnight Mass’

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.

On-Air Film Review: Place in France! Review of ‘The French Dispatch’

French Dispatch, The

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 Wes Anderson film, “The French Dispatch” in theaters beginning October 22nd.

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  • South Side

    CHICAGO – One the brightest comedies set in Chicago is “South Side,” created by Bashir Salahuddin and Diallo Riddle. The pair moved the show from Comedy Central to HBO Max, and Season Two dropped for streaming on November 11th, 2021, with the same free-wheeling and hilarious misadventures of Simon and Kareme.

  • Colin in Black & White

    CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Dan Baker on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on November 4th, 2021, reviewing the new miniseries “Colin in Black & White” – regarding the early years of ex-NFL QB Colin Kaepernick – currently streaming on Netflix.

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