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August 22, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
***1/2 (out of four) Be honest: If you could drop everything right now and, with no consequences, go on an epic pub crawl with your best friends, you would, right? Maybe, maybe not. But Gary (Simon Pegg) discovers what most people already know: You can't always snap your fingers and recapture the glory days. All his best mates (Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine, Eddie Marsan) have grown up and made something of themselves. Only Gary drives the same car with the same tape stuck in the player and dreams of re-attempting the group's quest at "The Golden Mile," a...
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August 22, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
***1/2 (out of four) Be honest: If you could drop everything right now and, with no consequences, go on an epic pub crawl with your best friends, you would, right? Maybe, maybe not. But Gary (Simon Pegg) discovers what most people already know: You can't always snap your fingers and recapture the glory days. All his best mates (Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine, Eddie Marsan) have grown up and made something of themselves. Only Gary drives the same car with the same tape stuck in the player and dreams of re-attempting the group's quest at "The Golden Mile," a...
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November 22, 2011 | By Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
***1/2 (out of four) “Life's a happy song, when there's someone by my side to sing along.” That heartwarming chorus has been replaying in my head since I saw “The Muppets,” whose magic doesn't fade either. Star/co-writer Jason Segel has bottled joy and turned it into a movie, wrapping his arms around both Muppet memories and the beloved characters themselves. He dares to tell them that even in a cynical, ironic, disconnected world, “There is always a place for you here.” How nice it feels to be back in the land of simple pleasures, where (puppet)
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May 29, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko
He was the biggest little star of 80s TV and pop-culture. Gary Coleman -- who gained fame with his quip “Whatchu talkin' about Willis” as Arnold Jackson on 80s sitcom "Diff'rent Strokes" -- is set to be the centerpiece of a summer-long exhibit at Chicago's Museum of Broadcast Communication. The exhibit will explore the Zion, Ill. native's impact on pop culture and TV during the height of his career in the 70s and 80s. “What was it that America fell in love with?
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June 8, 2012 | By Lisa Arnett, RedEye
One of three chefs with Chicago ties on Bravo's"Around the World in 80 Plates"reached the end of the road Wednesday night. On a show of big personalities, travel agent-turned-chef Gary Walker proved himself a reliable supplier of one-liners and a steady source of entertainment for fans. The ladies of the Kappa Phi Delta sorority house at Illinois Institute of Technology, where Walker worked as a chef before filming the show, even got a shout-out when he chugged beer during a pub crawl challenge on the show's first episode filmed in London.
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May 29, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko
He was the biggest little star of 80s TV and pop-culture. Gary Coleman -- who gained fame with his quip “Whatchu talkin' about Willis” as Arnold Jackson on 80s sitcom "Diff'rent Strokes" -- is set to be the centerpiece of a summer-long exhibit at Chicago's Museum of Broadcast Communication. The exhibit will explore the Zion, Ill. native's impact on pop culture and TV during the height of his career in the 70s and 80s. “What was it that America fell in love with?
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October 23, 2012 | Stephen Markley
You'll notice that around election time many more of my posts become constructed around arguments I've had with strangers in bars (I maintain that this is not my fault; trouble finds me, not vice versa). So I was back in Ohio this past week, and somehow got into an extended conversation in a Cincinnati bar with a kid who claimed he was going to vote for Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson, which elicited a range of raving, drunken responses that I will attempt to summarize with a bit more cogence than I had the patience for at that bar. First of all, I...
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October 22, 2012 | By Ernest Wilkins and RedEye Sound Board
**1/2 (out of 4) If you regularly read music press, you've heard about Gary Clark Jr. and his vintage sound. Regarding the Texas guitarist, the word "blues" gets thrown around a lot. You're going to see a lot of reviews where people call “Blak and Blu” a "blues" album. It isn't. Clark's full-length debut is an R&B album with more guitar than you're used to hearing. On multiple times during the record, you think you're getting one style, then you're thrown for a loop on the very next song.  Creativity isn't a bad thing, but if I'm being promised the messiah of...
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December 12, 2011 | By Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
If you've seen Gary Oldman play Sid Vicious (“Sid and Nancy”), Lee Harvey Oswald (“JFK”) or Dracula (“Dracula”), you know Gary can be scary. In fact, “Scary Gary” was reportedly his on-set nickname during “Air Force One,” in which he played a terrorist. So it's quite the reality check to watch and listen as the 53-year-old, soft-spoken Englishman talks about eating Gary's popcorn (not Garrett's, I asked) and watching “The Sound of Music” in Grant Park while in Chicago to film “The Dark...
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April 10, 2014 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
*** (out of four) At a certain point, the backcountry stories become a blur. Even when they're well executed, and they usually are, movies like "Winter's Bone" and "Mud" and "Out of the Furnace" and now "Joe" all exist in comparable, dangerous worlds. Kids grow up fast and both booze and angry dogs frequently factor into a violent community that spends little time worrying what the law thinks of any sort of behavior. In its own, rugged landscape, though, each film carves itself into the tree.
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October 23, 2012 | Stephen Markley
You'll notice that around election time many more of my posts become constructed around arguments I've had with strangers in bars (I maintain that this is not my fault; trouble finds me, not vice versa). So I was back in Ohio this past week, and somehow got into an extended conversation in a Cincinnati bar with a kid who claimed he was going to vote for Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson, which elicited a range of raving, drunken responses that I will attempt to summarize with a bit more cogence than I had the patience for at that bar. First of all, I don't necessarily want to savage...
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October 22, 2012 | By Ernest Wilkins and RedEye Sound Board
**1/2 (out of 4) If you regularly read music press, you've heard about Gary Clark Jr. and his vintage sound. Regarding the Texas guitarist, the word "blues" gets thrown around a lot. You're going to see a lot of reviews where people call “Blak and Blu” a "blues" album. It isn't. Clark's full-length debut is an R&B album with more guitar than you're used to hearing. On multiple times during the record, you think you're getting one style, then you're thrown for a loop on the very next song.  Creativity isn't a bad thing, but if I'm being promised the messiah of...
ENTERTAINMENT
June 8, 2012 | By Lisa Arnett, RedEye
One of three chefs with Chicago ties on Bravo's"Around the World in 80 Plates"reached the end of the road Wednesday night. On a show of big personalities, travel agent-turned-chef Gary Walker proved himself a reliable supplier of one-liners and a steady source of entertainment for fans. The ladies of the Kappa Phi Delta sorority house at Illinois Institute of Technology, where Walker worked as a chef before filming the show, even got a shout-out when he chugged beer during a pub crawl challenge on the show's first episode filmed in London.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 12, 2011 | By Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
If you've seen Gary Oldman play Sid Vicious (“Sid and Nancy”), Lee Harvey Oswald (“JFK”) or Dracula (“Dracula”), you know Gary can be scary. In fact, “Scary Gary” was reportedly his on-set nickname during “Air Force One,” in which he played a terrorist. So it's quite the reality check to watch and listen as the 53-year-old, soft-spoken Englishman talks about eating Gary's popcorn (not Garrett's, I asked) and watching “The Sound of Music” in Grant Park while in Chicago to film “The Dark Knight.” The...
ENTERTAINMENT
November 22, 2011 | By Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
***1/2 (out of four) “Life's a happy song, when there's someone by my side to sing along.” That heartwarming chorus has been replaying in my head since I saw “The Muppets,” whose magic doesn't fade either. Star/co-writer Jason Segel has bottled joy and turned it into a movie, wrapping his arms around both Muppet memories and the beloved characters themselves. He dares to tell them that even in a cynical, ironic, disconnected world, “There is always a place for you here.” How nice it feels to be back in the land of...
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May 2, 2013 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ErnestWilkins | RedEye Sound Board
Now in its 4th year, the North Coast Music Festival announced what might be the strongest lineup to date. Highlights include the Wu-Tang Clan performing their seminal album "Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)" from front to back, rap legend Nas, Mac Miller, Gary Clark Jr. and other acts. (full lineup is below) As far as local representation is concerned, expect performances from JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound and more to be announced. Early Bird Tickets can be purchased here. Announced lineup so far: WU-TANG CLAN AFROJACK BIG GIGANTIC NAS THE DISCO BISCUITS ...
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April 21, 2014 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ernestwilkins and RedEye Sound Board
The lineup for the 34th annual Taste of Chicago will include AWOLNATION, Janelle Monáe, Nickel Creek, Jeff Tweedy and Aloe Blacc at the Petrillo Music Shell in Grant Park on July 9-13, the City of Chicago has announced. The City of Chicago announced the Petrillo Music Shell performances for this year's Taste of Chicago, July 9-13. Other acts scheduled include Emmylou Harris, Gary Clark, Jr., Saints of Valory and the Wailers.  More performances will be announced at a later date.
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