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October 10, 2013 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ErnestWilkins
Skinny Friedman has found his audience. According to his mixes, the NYC-based DJ wants it know that his sound is directly catering to the following groups:    35 year old soccer moms who listen to French Montana White girls that did Teach For America but still have every DMX CD  Black girls who went to art school and don't put any products in their hair  People who spent the summer hopping from club to club trying to twerk...
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May 21, 2014 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
Much must be said about the new Adam Sandler/Drew Barrymore romantic comedy “Blended,” but we'll save that for the review. For now, it's worth noting that the movie (opening Friday) is the first major big-screen role for 16-year-old Bella Thorne, who later this year also will release her debut album (“Call it Whatever,” due June 24) and debut novel (“Autumn Falls,” the first of a trilogy, out Nov. 11). That's in addition to appearing alongside Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner (“Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”)
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August 23, 2012 | By Matt Pais and RedEye Sound Board
Today Incubus singer Brandon Boyd stopped by Tribune Tower for an interview on our 22nd floor deck. If you think he's difficult and arrogant and the embodiment of what you imagine the frontman of a very successful rock band to be, you're almost certainly not an Incubus fan or someone who's ever seen/read an interview with the mellow, open, thoughtful Boyd--who appears with the California rockers Friday at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre. The 36-year-old artist/author/environmental advocate/surfer talked about everything from the band's early days playing Bar Mitzvahs to their feelings...
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May 15, 2014 | By Dana Moran, @redeyedana and RedEye
From Bryan Cranston to Ken Watanabe to Elizabeth Olsen to Sally Hawkins, there's no shortage of A-list stars in Gareth Edwards' "Godzilla," out Friday. But there's one big name who's shied away from the red carpet, avoiding all interviews and keeping a low profile: the man himself. But through the powers of our international monster contacts (read: our imaginations), we managed to land an exclusive with the world's most famous tyrant lizard, Godzilla. With the help of a translator, here's what he had to say about his latest film, his emotional journey and his favorite way to fill a tortilla.
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August 27, 2012 | Stephen Markley
Remember when I went to Iceland and said I wanted to interview the improbable mayor of Reykjavik, Jon Gnarr ? Well, I did, and it's now available on the Rumpus. I will say that Gnarr is undoubtedly the most interesting person I've ever interviewed for reasons that will quickly become obvious. Read it here .
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May 23, 2012 | Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
Check back in a few weeks for my full Q&A with Aubrey Plaza about her first starring role--in the funny, surprisingly romantic "Safety Not Guaranteed," opening June 15. For now, here's a sneak preview from today's phone interview, when I asked about the possibility of April and Andy procreating on"Parks and Recreation. " I love April and Andy's relationship on “Parks and Recreation.” What would it be like if they had a child, and how likely is that to happen? I want a child so badly on that show.
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March 7, 2012 | Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
Today I spoke with Josh Hutcherson, who stars as Peeta in the just-a-bit-anticipated big screen version of "The Hunger Games. " The full interview will post the week of the film's March 23 opening, but here's a taste. “We wanted to give him a little bit more balls,” Hutcherson said of his character. “The cave scene where Peeta's admitting his love to Katniss, in the book it can come across a little sappy. We wanted it to come across as, 'I'm gonna die. I need to tell you how I feel.'” On a scale of 1 to 1 zillion, how excited are you...
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January 15, 2013 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
Oprah Winfrey appeared on "CBS This Morning" Tuesday to talk about her interview with Lance Armstrong, but she remained coy about exactly what the disgraced seven-time Tour de France winner admitted to in his drug doping "confession. " "I would say he did not come clean in the manner that I expected," Winfrey told Charlie Rose a day after sitting with Armstrong for more than 2 1/2 hours in Austin, Texas. "It was surprising to me. I would say that for myself, my team, all of us in the room, we were mesmerized and riveted by some of his answers.
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June 12, 2012 | Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
Stay tuned for my full Q&A from today's interview with Andy Samberg of "That's My Boy," opening Friday. For now here's a small sample, including where Samberg dined in Chicago last night and if he thinks popular "SNL" guest host Justin Timberlake will ever take on a full-time role on the show. Do you have any favorites in Chicago, places you have to go when you're here? I went to Lula Café last night. It was delicious. What did you order? All kinds of schnizz.
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May 15, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
Sarah Polley's fascinating documentary “Stories We Tell,” opening Friday, offers many storylines worth discussing. The actress/filmmaker, who uses the movie to pursue the real identity of her father and the truth about her late mother's life, easily has the brains to put her mouth where her money is. Yet our interview at the Hotel Palomar comes to new and unexpected life at the mention of one of Polley's countrymen: Justin Bieber. “I feel like he's been really mistreated,” the 34-year-old director (“Away From Her,”...
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May 12, 2014 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
Before he wrote and starred in “Swingers” and went on to direct hits like “Elf” and “Iron Man,” Jon Favreau spent four years in Chicago learning improv at theaters like Second City, the Annoyance Theatre and Improv Olympic. “Everything came from my improv training,” says Favreau from L.A.. “It was the key to performing, it was the key to writing, to editing. The whole idea of forwarding the action, playing to the top of your intelligence, that was a big one. “I think Chicago has always been prominent in the careers of a lot of people who've made it past there.
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April 21, 2014 | By Elliott Serrano, @ElliottSerrano and For RedEye
The stars of comic books, television and movies will be in town this weekend during the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), to be held at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. Among the comic celebs will be award-winning writer Brian Azzarello, known for his take on some of DC Comics' greatest heroes: Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman. With Batman currently celebrating his 75th Anniversary, Azzarello took time from his busy schedule to talk about the iconic character.
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April 7, 2014 | By Matt Pais and RedEye music editor
Old news: The popularity of One Direction. Actual news: The exploding success of 5 Seconds of Summer, the quartet of Australian teenagers who will open for 1D during two late-August shows at Soldier Field and sold out their entire North American headlining tour, including a stop April 17 at Riviera, in a measly five minutes. If that doesn't impress you: They've already been No. 1 on the iTunes album chart in 42 different countries. Also of note: The members of 5SOS actually play instruments and write their own songs.
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March 18, 2014 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
Jason Bateman didn't want to star in his feature directorial debut “Bad Words,” opening Friday. He tried to find other actors to play 40-year-old Guy Trilby, who exploits a loophole in the rules to enter a kids' spelling bee. Had the role not fit into the highly flawed-yet-endearing fool niche Bateman has carved for himself after reviving his career with “Arrested Development” (and hits like “Horrible Bosses” and “Identity Thief”),...
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March 12, 2014 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
For his first big-screen starring role, Aaron Paul - better known as meth dealer Jesse Pinkman on “Breaking Bad” - did not flip a car or drive one off of a cliff. Ultra-dangerous stuff like that was left to the stunt crew. But in “Need for Speed,” opening March 14, that really is Paul in the car dangling from a helicopter. And driving as people fuel up the car while it's in motion. And switching seats with his passenger (Imogen Poots) while the car is moving. And catching her as she jumps from a second-floor...
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March 10, 2014 | By Matt Pais and RedEye music editor
UPDATE: The Strypes' March 24 show at Subterranean has been postponed. Stay tuned for a rescheduled date. Ross Farrelly is 16 years old. He lives with his parents. And right now, Dave Grohl, Elton John and The Who's Roger Daltrey can't get enough of him. As singer for rising Irish rockers The Strypes, Farrelly has toured with Arctic Monkeys, appeared on “Conan” and scored a Top 5 album in the U.K. with the band's debut, “Snapshot” (out March 18 in the States). The record takes inspiration from American blues...
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March 19, 2013 | Elliott Serrano, for Redeye
Today, fans of The Hobbit were able to pick up a copy of Peter Jackson's film adaptation on DVD and Blu-Ray. To commerate the event, Geek To Me was given this exclusive interview with actor Jimmy Nesbitt . If you saw the film, Nesbitt plays Bofur , the singing dwarf. In this interview, he talks about being a member of the cast, working with Peter Jackson, and being a part of the phenomenom which is The Hobbit . In the video above, Nesbitt describes the massive production that practically took over New Zealand!
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January 18, 2014 | RedEye staff
Juan Pablo Galavis, the star of this season's "The Bachelor" on ABC, is causing some controversy. And no, it's not about to whom he did or did not give a rose on the show. The star attended an ABC party Friday night in Pasadena, Calif. and interviewed with some media outlets, according to this Los Angeles Times story. But it was the interview with Sean Daly from The TV Page that sparked quite a bit of negative reaction. (Listen to the full interview here via TheTVPage.com)
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January 15, 2014 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
Perhaps not everyone - translation: most guys - would be eager to say that the way they changed between high school and college was a total increase in sexual activity. “G.B.F.” co-star Megan Mullally, on the other hand, doesn't hold back. “I had not had any sex in high school, and that all changed in college,” says the actress, 55, by phone. “I was crazily prudish. I think I made out with a lot of guys, but that's it. Capital I-T. I was not having any other hanky panky.
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