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ENTERTAINMENT
October 31, 2011 | By Curt Wagner And Redeye
Oxygen has yet to announce a Season 2 of the reality series “The Glee Project,” but as they say in showbiz - the show must go on. Or in this case, pre-production if the show gets picked up. Officials, including casting director Robert Ulrich, will be in Chicago Sunday and Monday for open auditions. “The Glee Project”” Season 1 winner, Samuel Larsen, also is scheduled to make appearances. Those hoping to audition should visit http://thegleeproject.oxygen.com to pre-register.
NEWS
November 1, 2011 | By Tracy Swartz, Redeye
Typically, the CTA asks for your attention (please), but now you've got theirs. Hearings about the 2012 CTA budget - which calls for management reductions but no service cuts or fare hikes to close a $277 million shortfall - start this week. Riders will be able to voice their concerns about any transit issues to the CTA board Wednesday at Westinghouse High School, 3223 W. Franklin Blvd. Two budget meetings are scheduled for next week. When fare hikes and service cuts are on the table, riders pack these meetings and protesters bang drums outside CTA headquarters on the Near West Side.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 31, 2011 | By Matt Pais And Redeye Movie Critic
“It's kinda cool actually to be in an environment where people want to go off and serve their country and come back,” said “A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas” star Kal Penn. To clarify: In this case “come back” means “reprise his role as a big-screen pothead,” since Penn (Kumar) temporarily left his post in the White House Office of Public Engagement to film the third “Harold and Kumar” movie, opening Nov. 4. (Penn has since completed his two-year stint on the job in D.C.)
ENTERTAINMENT
November 1, 2011 | By Matt Pais And Redeye Movie Critic
** (out of four) Let's take a vote on what's more compelling: People facing difficult emotions and dealing with them, or staring off into space for a while and ultimately experiencing minimal conflict? Thought so. Chicago-based writer-director Stephen Cone's “The Wise Kids” boasts better performances than his recent, underwhelming “In Memoriam,” but the filmmaker still takes a disappointingly superficial approach to worthwhile situations and characters lacking interior lives.
NEWS
November 1, 2011 | By Tracy Swartz, Redeye
The CTA joined the Twitterverse on Tuesday morning. At about 11 a.m., @CTA tweeted: "An official announcement from the CTA: Hello. " The same message was posted to the CTA's new Facebook page. This is the transit agency's first official foray into social media. The CTA said it plans to tweet breaking news updates and connect with riders. "We've long kept up with what people are saying about CTA on blogs and on Twitter, but haven't been a part of that conversation until now," CTA President Forrest Claypool said in a news release Monday.
NEWS
November 1, 2011
Pack away those razors, dudes. Whether you prefer "No Shave November" or "Movember," the next 30 days are a free-for-all for guys to cease shaving their facial hair to raise awareness for prostate cancer and other men's health issues . Already participating? See if you can be crowned the hairiest of them all in a fun contest we're hosting at RedEye. Send us a Day 1 photo of your clean-shaven face, then follow up with us on Nov. 30 to send us a Day 30 shot. The guys with the best "before" and "after" shots will win some sweet, and probably useful, prizes from the RedEye team.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 1, 2011 | By Matt Pais And Redeye Movie Critic
“Don't do it,” whispers “Like Crazy” star Felicity Jones. “Stay away!” urges co-star Anton Yelchin. That's their advice for people thinking of getting into a long-distance relationship, and the actors are only sort of kidding. The romantic, sad “Like Crazy,” opening Nov. 4, demonstrates that bridging a love across London and Los Angeles isn't as easy as just knowing the other person cares about you. When British college student Anna (Jones) violates her visa to spend the summer with her American boyfriend Jacob (Yelchin, pronounced yell-chin)
SPORTS
November 1, 2011 | Redeye
Bulls fans should know by now not to take Derrick Rose for granted. Not only for his astounding hoops skills, but for the way he puts his team first and oozes humility. Sports Illustrated is taking notice, as the magazine has nominated the Bulls superstar for its 2011 Sportsman of the Year award. The winner will be announced Dec. 6, and in the meantime RedEye takes a shot at how he stacks up against the other candidates.   Derrick Rose, Bulls guard Odds: 4-1 Why he'll win: Besides his showstopping play on the court, Rose gives back to Chicago (helping to build playgrounds)
SPORTS
November 1, 2011 | By Ryan Smith, For Redeye
Bulls fans are so upset with the NBA, it's a small wonder there hasn't been an Occupy United Center protest. Recent talks between the owners and the players union to end the lockout broke down last week, prompting commissioner David Stern to cancel this month's entire slate of games. That means that we don't know when we'll get another chance to see reigning MVP Derrick Rose and his up-and-coming Bulls team take the court again. In the meantime, RedEye decided to take a look into our virtual crystal ball in the form of the video game "NBA 2K12" and simulate each game we'll be missing out on this season.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 1, 2011 | By Lisa Arnett, Redeye
In past seasons of “Top Chef,” we've had one, two or sometimes zero Chicagoans to root for. On the upcoming ninth season filmed in Austin, Dallas and San Antonio, Texas, we have a whopping half dozen -- but there's no telling how long they'll stick around.   Because everything's bigger in Texas, the producers decided to start the show with 29 hopefuls who have to cook their way into 16 cheftestant spots. In other words, mass elimination on the first episode, airing 9 p.m. CST Nov. 2. Though the bigger group was intimidating, Chicago's hopefuls were ready to bring it.  “I feel … grateful that I'm part of a season that's different than the rest.
NEWS
November 1, 2011 | By Jason Steele, For Redeye
Warning: If you encounter me before 9 a.m. on a weekday, you will most likely get a cranky, snarky Jason. See, I have PTMCD: Post-Traumatic Morning Conversation Disorder. Not too long ago, I ran into a "friend" whom we'll call Tuck who loudly told me all about the hemorrhoid surgery he had just had the week prior. In great detail. At 8 o'clock in the morning. I had to listen to Tuck go on and on and on about the surgery and the aftereffects. This would have been barely tolerable on a drunken Saturday at a bar, but before work and before coffee?
SPORTS
November 1, 2011 | By Tracy Swartz, Redeye
Curses! Cubs fans looking to wear a Theo Epstein jersey might be out of luck. Wrigleyville retailer Sports World, at 3555 N. Clark St., created a Theo Epstein jersey with the number 12 to denote 2012, the Cubs' first season under the guidance of their new president of baseball operations. But a Sports World official said Tuesday morning it cannot sell its Epstein jersey, priced at $184.95 on its website. The site indicates the jersey, originally priced at $199.95, is "out of stock.
NEWS
November 2, 2011 | By Katie Donbavand, For Redeye
Lunch has always been my favorite part of the work day. I know that isn't a very controversial stand to take - I might as well declare that the Chicago winters get pretty bad or Hugh Jackman should have taken his shirt off more in "Real Steel" - but, nonetheless, I stand by it. Lunch is awesome. Lunch is the breath that breaks up my day. It's a chance to escape my desk and clear my head. Just when my eyeballs feel like they're going to melt from overexposure to spreadsheets and Google Docs, in swoops my lunch break, like Batman after a call from Commissioner Gordon, here to save the day. I grab my lunchbox, stride into the sun-drenched kitchen, and take a seat ... alone.
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