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November 29, 2011 | By Curt Wagner and RedEye
Apparently the programmers at Fox think American viewers are still buzzing in a tryptophan-fueled, post-Thanksgiving feast euphoria. What other reason do they have to subject us to “I Hate My Teenage Daughter” ( 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Fox; 1 star ) so late in the Fall TV season? Oh yeah, because they wanted to bury this turkey for as long as they possibly could. Sad to say, another round of Black Friday madness would deliver more laughs than this brainless new sitcom. Jaime Pressly and Katie Finneran are wasted as single moms and besties who are each raising a...
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August 21, 2012 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
** (out of four) Star/writer/co-director Dax Shepard's “Hit and Run” possesses such a sheepish, hey-man-I'm-trying-here charm that deriding it feels a little like poking a puppy. However, a chase movie should never be sluggish, and characters accidentally barging in on a hotel room full of naked elderly people doesn't exactly qualify as inspired comedy. It's more the result of a conversation going something like, “Wouldn't it be funny if we included some naked people who the audience doesn't want to see naked?
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August 21, 2012 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
** (out of four) Star/writer/co-director Dax Shepard's “Hit and Run” possesses such a sheepish, hey-man-I'm-trying-here charm that deriding it feels a little like poking a puppy. However, a chase movie should never be sluggish, and characters accidentally barging in on a hotel room full of naked elderly people doesn't exactly qualify as inspired comedy. It's more the result of a conversation going something like, “Wouldn't it be funny if we included some naked people who the audience doesn't want to see naked?
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November 29, 2011 | By Curt Wagner and RedEye
Apparently the programmers at Fox think American viewers are still buzzing in a tryptophan-fueled, post-Thanksgiving feast euphoria. What other reason do they have to subject us to “I Hate My Teenage Daughter” ( 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Fox; 1 star ) so late in the Fall TV season? Oh yeah, because they wanted to bury this turkey for as long as they possibly could. Sad to say, another round of Black Friday madness would deliver more laughs than this brainless new sitcom. Jaime Pressly and Katie Finneran are wasted as single moms and besties who are each raising a...
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December 8, 2011 | By Curt Wagner and RedEye
If you're one of those viewers who isn't all that gleeful about "Glee," tonight's episode of "Community" should hit all the right notes. "Regional Holiday Music," airing at 7 p.m. Dec. 8 on NBC, skewers Fox's musical comedy, mocking everything that's wrong with the show from its overdone mash-ups to its obsession with Regionals - whatever those are. And it is hilarious. Just like at McKinley High School, no one at Greendale Community College cares for the too-peppy glee club.
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May 17, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
If you missed the latest James Bond movie "Skyfall" or Oscar award-winning "Life of Pi" in the theater, the good news is you can catch up and watch the movies in a park this summer. The 13th annual Movies in the Parks, sponsored by Charter One and RCN, runs June 13 through Sept. 14 at 150 parks. For a schedule, click here. The movie series will feature 195 films ranging from Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds" to Chicago favorite "Ferris Bueller's Day Off. " There is a little something for everybody: "The Amazing Spider-Man" and "X-Men: First Class" for superhero and...
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April 3, 2014 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
"True Blood" begins its seventh season June 22, HBO announced Thursday. It's also your last chance to drink in new episodes of the vampire tale. The 10-episode season will be its last. Whether it will be worth watching has yet to be determined. But one thing has been cleared up already: Hot Norse vampire Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) will be back after sit appeared he burned up in the sun last season. HBO also announced that "The Leftovers," a new drama from Damon Lindelof and novelist Tom Perrotta, will begin its 10-episode season...
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March 1, 2012 | By Curt Wagner and RedEye
Marisol Nichols knows how to make people cry, but how to laugh? Well, she's been working on that. Best known for her dramatic work in such series as "24," "The Gates" and "Blind Justice," the 38-year-old actress has been stretching her comedic muscles in her latest TV series, "GCB," which debuts at 9 p.m. Sunday on ABC. "It's so fun," Nichols, who grew up in Rogers Park and Naperville, told me while visiting Chicago over Thanksgiving. "It's ridiculous. It's also fun just being ridiculous.
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August 19, 2012 | By Curt Wagner and RedEye
The New York City of 1864 in "Copper" rots with bank robberies, racism, police corruption, murders and economic dispair. If you think about it, those problems still plague society today, making BBC America's original scripted series, from creators Tom Fontana ("Homicide: Life on the Streets") and Will Rokos ("Southland"), and executive producer Barry Levinson ("Oz"), more than just a nostalgia trip. In telling the story of New York detective Kevin Corcoran (Tom Weston-Jones), who patrols the mean streets of the miserable Five Points neighborhood, "Copper" ( ...
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November 5, 2013 | RedEye
The Illinois General Assembly passed a gay marriage bill Tuesday, setting the stage for the state to become the 15th to legalize same-sex unions. We asked five RedEye special contributors for their reactions. A time for celebration Usually I would take this moment to rain on the parade. Typical Zach would remind everyone that same-sex marriage still is not legal across the nation, or that thousands of LGBT youths in Illinois experience homelessness each year, or a number of other depressing facts.
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March 4, 2012 | By Curt Wagner and RedEye
"Community"will return a little sooner than expected, and it'll be animated. Cast members lent their character voices to three shorts promoting the March 15 return of the comedy to NBC Thursday nights. Titled "Abed's Master Key," the three shorts kick off March 7 on NBC.com and Hulu with Part 1. Parts 2 and 3 appear March 8 and 9 respectively. Written by Dave Seger and Tom Kauffman of the Web series "Ikea Heights," the webisodes run approximately two minutes in length each.
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June 7, 2012 | Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
** (out of four) Ah, there's nothing like a hookah session with grandma. Zoe (Elizabeth Olsen) and Jake (Nat Wolff) learn that from experience when they spend time in Woodstock with their mom Diane (Catherine Keener) and her mom Grace (Jane Fonda), who paints a naked dude named Jazz and refuses to name the chickens that roam around everywhere because “They're nature's children, not ours.” As Diane takes time away from the husband (Kyle MacLachlan) who just asked for a divorce, she and her kids encounter new romantic possibilities (with...
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