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November 6, 2012 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
It's election night Tuesday, so you're not going to find a whole lot of new programming on TV other than election coverage. But just like when you vote, you have choices. And if you live in Chicago, you have three city-related choices. "Chef Race: U.K. vs. U.S. " on BBC America has a new episode called "Pizza to Go" that was filmed in Springfield and Chicago. The teams begin tonight's challenge in the state capital where they cook pizza in mobile, wood-burning ovens. They end the challenge in Chicago.
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NEWS
November 26, 2012 | Stephen Markley
I recently interviewed author Jon Ronson for The Rumpus. I'll I'm saying is he's been on "The Daily Show" twice, so it's not not a big deal. You can read the full interview here . Below is a quick excerpt from the introduction: Jon Ronson's bestselling nonfiction works include  The Psychopath Test ,  Them: Adventures with Extremists , and The Men Who Stare at Goats , which is the only one of his books to become a film starring...
ENTERTAINMENT
March 8, 2012 | By Dana Moran and RedEye
Since when did celebrity cellphones become a hacker's parad ise? Both Olivia Munn and Christina Hendricks suffered security breaches this week, eonline.com reports, joining the ranks of other starlets who just can't seem to keep their phones private. Although photos are the most commonly leaked item, we thought up some totally crazy, totally fake text messages that might also have shocked the world. damoran@tribune.com | @redeyedana Miley Cyrus "Thx for the amazeballs Marley bday cake, gurlfriend!
NEWS
November 14, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
Good morning, Chicago. Were you one of the 15,000 Ventra commuters to get a free ride during the outage yesterday? Good for you! But, that's probably the first lucky break you've gotten, huh? Here's what you need to get you where going today: 1. This Divvy rider was on LSD. Seriously, there's a video of someone on Chicago's bike share cycles literally riding down Lake Shore Drive. Language NSFW, but worth it. 2. SHOTS FIRED: Jon Stewart ripped Rahm, deep-dish pizza and hot dogs on last night's "Daily Show.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 16, 2012 | By Georgia Garvey, RedEye
Names like Jim Belushi, Chris Farley and Dan Aykroyd helped create Second City's reputation as an incubator of "destined for greatness" talent. RedEye checks in with some of the improv powerhouse's more recent alumni to see if they're still giving Chicago love. Tina Fey Second City stats: 1996 on the Chicago Mainstage in Old Town You may remember her from: "30 Rock," "Date Night," "Mean Girls" (for which she wrote the screenplay), her memoir "Bossypants," "SNL" and being the recipient of the Mark Twain humor award Chicago name-checks: Too numerous to mention.
NEWS
August 6, 2012 | Stephen Markley
Monday's RedEye column got a seriously fierce reaction. Here are the highlights: 1) I did make the same point about this Chik-fil-A nonsense as Jon Stewart on “The Daily Show”: Dan Cathy is an idiot, but you can't start banning companies and institutions run by people who say stupid stuff. Otherwise, we could never have churches, synagogues or mosques in city limits because those people are telling everyone there's a magic man in the sky making bizarre homophobic rules and looking inside their brains 24 hours a day. First of all, let me say that Jon Stewart is great for, like, society and civilization and whatnot, but really terrible if you're a writer of basically the same political persuasion.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 27, 2013 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ernestwilkins and RedEye
Hannibal Buress is a busy man. Between his writing gigs, stand-up performances all over the world, doing commercials and music videos and hosting a weekly comedy show at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, the Chicago comedian still managed to find time to appear on the inaugural Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival coming Saturday to the First Midwest Bank Amphitheater in Tinley Park. RedEye caught up with him to talk the similarities between rap and comedy shows, live comedy acts you should check out and how it feels opening up for Dave Chappelle.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 12, 2012 | Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
Consider yourself lucky, Newt Gingrich. If Rob Riggle were still on “The Daily Show,” he would be all over you. “I think there's a lot - and I don't mean this in a mean way - but I think there's just a lot of meat on the bone,” says Riggle, who plays a gym teacher at the high school infiltrated by cops Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum in “21 Jump Street,” opening Friday. There's been a lot of meat on the comedian's resume lately. Since leaving “The Daily Show” a little more than three years ago, Riggle has appeared in “The Hangover,” “The Other Guys,” “Step Brothers” and much more.
NEWS
February 9, 2012 | By John Giokaris, For RedEye
I never thought we would see the day when the Muppets would have to defend themselves against accusations of pushing a liberal agenda. But sure enough, during a press conference to promote their new movie last month, Kermit and Miss Piggy found themselves doing just that. For anyone who hasn't seen the movie, the villain is an oil baron named Tex Richman who wants to destroy the Muppet studios in order to dig for oil. Shortly after the movie debuted in November, a conservative guest on a Fox News program claimed the Muppets were brainwashing kids with anti-corporate messages.
NEWS
April 4, 2012 | Stephen Markley
People are not rational. I get that. I totally understand that we think more often based on knee-jerk emotional responso-actions than careful consideration of available facts, evidence, and logic. Even still, this media, corporate, and consumer hysteria over so-called “pink slime,” the additive with the official Orwellian name of Lean Finely Textured Beef (LFTB), quickly reached new heights of silliness. Once used only in dog food, LFTB basically consists of all the beef scraps that come off in the carving process, swept up, ground down, stuck in a centrifuge to separate meat from fat, and treated with ammonia gas to kill bacteria and pathogens.
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