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November 6, 2011 | By Stephen Markley, For RedEye
I recently sold the movie rights to my memoir, "Publish This Book," which basically means two things: 1) I don't have to eat cans of that weird generic soup from Aldi that always seem to have minor deformities in the carrots anymore and 2) It is now possible that someone will make a movie of my life and thus hire an actor to play me. This is disturbing on quite a number of levels. Do I want someone better-looking than me, thereby causing people to be extremely disappointed when they meet the real me?
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August 2, 2012 | Andy Downing for RedEye
This Is Cinema's debut EP "Cycles" sounds like it could be the work of a sprawling collective. Yet the album, which incorporates everything from sweeping string sections to squiggly electronic textures alongside the usual array of guitars, drums and synthesizers, is largely the work of just two musicians: Logan Square residents Ben Babbitt and Theo Karon. Babbitt's upbringing (both of his parents are professional musicians) inspired much of the art-pop duo's lush, ornate sound. "I grew up surrounded by the music my parents were playing, which consisted mainly of orchestral and classical music," he said.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 2, 2012 | Andy Downing for RedEye
This Is Cinema's debut EP "Cycles" sounds like it could be the work of a sprawling collective. Yet the album, which incorporates everything from sweeping string sections to squiggly electronic textures alongside the usual array of guitars, drums and synthesizers, is largely the work of just two musicians: Logan Square residents Ben Babbitt and Theo Karon. Babbitt's upbringing (both of his parents are professional musicians) inspired much of the art-pop duo's lush, ornate sound. "I grew up surrounded by the music my parents were playing, which consisted mainly of orchestral and classical music," he said.
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November 6, 2011 | By Stephen Markley, For RedEye
I recently sold the movie rights to my memoir, "Publish This Book," which basically means two things: 1) I don't have to eat cans of that weird generic soup from Aldi that always seem to have minor deformities in the carrots anymore and 2) It is now possible that someone will make a movie of my life and thus hire an actor to play me. This is disturbing on quite a number of levels. Do I want someone better-looking than me, thereby causing people to be extremely disappointed when they meet the real me?
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May 20, 2013 | By Julia Borcherts @Julia Borcherts and For RedEye
EAT Finch's Beer Dinner Pl-zen 1519 W. 18th St. 312-733-0248 Local brewery Finch's is the star of a four-course dinner - served all night - featuring duck carnitas tacos paired with Finch's Threadless IPA; short rib sliders with garlic chips, caramelized onions and horseradish mayo served with Fascist Pig red ale; and more. Stick around for free Finch's educational presentations at 7 and 9 p.m. 5 p.m.-midnight. $30. RSVP recommended: plzenrest@gmail.com . Ramp Menu Sola 3868 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-327-3868 Ramps - a spring onion variety - are the highlight of this...
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December 19, 2013 | By Dana Moran, @redeyedana
To Gillian Flynn, dread is "that sense that you've got a rope around your middle and it's pulling you toward something. " That's what the author of "Sharp Objects," "Dark Places" and the breakout hit "Gone Girl" wants you to feel while reading her work, rather than old-fashioned fear. "To me, dread is always the more potent feeling that I like to talk about," she said in a phone conversation from her Ukrainian Village home, where she lives with her husband and son. Here are five quick hits with Flynn.
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November 14, 2012 | Stephen Markley
I warn you: the wrong nerd debate has broken out over the upcoming film “World War Z.”  After the trailer debuted , I was dismayed beyond consolation. The highly anticipated Brad Pitt film based on the insanely popular book by Max Brooks, is going to be massively disappointing, and that disappointment will tip over to the point of it “sucking.” It takes a lot for a movie to suck. Most bad movies are just “Meh, I wish I hadn't paid $11 to see that.” Because you can tell within five seconds of the majority of most movie previews that they will suck,...
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December 12, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
*** (out of four) At some point in “Saving Mr. Banks,” which is inspired by the true story of Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) convincing author P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) to license the film version of “Mary Poppins,” you may want to shout, “They said one spoonful of sugar, not two!” And, yes, it will help if you say that with the accent of an old British lady. A double dose of sweetness probably can be expected when the Walt Disney company makes a movie about the Walt Disney company making a movie.
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April 4, 2013 | By Andy Downing and RedEye
Singer/guitarist Marnie Stern's evaluation of her discography sounds a bit like Goldilocks reviewing porridge. "With the first record I thought, 'Oh, it's too experimental,'" she said. "With the second record I thought, 'Oh, it's too rock.' With the third record I thought, 'Oh, it's too emotive.'" The musician has similarly clashing views of her new record, "The Chronicles of Marnia," a more mature effort that tones down Stern' trademark guitar shredding and places more influence on her voice.
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