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September 23, 2012 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
Emmy host Jimmy Kimmel took shots at Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and "Mad Men" star Jon Hamm's Emmy losing streak, among others, during his four-minute opening monologue. Here are some of his best jokes. "'Downton Abbey' is an amazing show ... It really gives you a sense of what it must have been like to grow up in Mitt Romney's house. " "Being a Republican in Hollywood is like being a Chick-fil-A sandwich on the snack table at 'Glee.'" "Television is an American institution, yet one out of every five actors here tonight is British.
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May 1, 2014 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
* (out of four) Full disclosure: I am not a beautiful, lonely, middle-aged woman. Yet I can say with relative confidence that someone like the person described above (who also looked like Sharon Stone) might be more discriminating than hiring a gigolo who looks like John Turturro. As for the notion that Stone's character and her friend, played by Sofia Vergara, want to have a threesome with this guy -- which may be derailed by a ridiculous romance he develops with a widow (Vanessa Paradis)
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March 6, 2014 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
** (out of four) Considering how frequently this 3-D animated comedy resorts to a subject its young viewers assuredly find hilarious, I'm surprised the filmmakers didn't kick caution in the you-know-what and call the movie, "Mr. Peabody & Sherman and Butts. " Seriously, this movie has a lot of jokes about butts. Butts! Never gets old. Actually, these gags -- including characters emerging from the back of both the Sphinx and the Trojan Horse -- improve on the pun assault from Mr. Peabody (Ty Burrell of "Modern Family")
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March 31, 2014 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
Forget April Fools' Day. It feels like the CTA is in the middle of April Fools' Year. The agency has made some eyebrow-raising headlines over the last six months. In September, there was the so-called "ghost train," an unoccupied train that traveled nearly a mile before crashing into a Blue Line train filled with riders, none of whom suffered life-threatening injuries. Two CTA workers were fired and two were suspended after investigators found the train had been left in storage in powered-up mode.
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February 21, 2014 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
In case you didn't get enough jokes and total outrageousness from "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues," get this: The film has been re-cut. It's now rated R and features 763 new jokes, since I know you really cared to know exactly how many jokes were new. You wouldn't see it if there were only 762 new ones, right? Anyway, I thought the sequel was hilarious, though it seems many were disappointed by it.  Watch Matt on “You & Me This Morning,” Friday at 6:55 a.m. on WCIU, the U mpais@tribune.com   Want more?
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June 28, 2012 | Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
**1/2 (out of four) Early on in “Ted,” the titular walking, talking teddy bear (voiced by director/co-writer Seth MacFarlane) watches “Jack and Jill” with four prostitutes at his side. Ted, who possesses a large sex drive for a creature with no genitalia, calls the Adam Sandler film “unwatchable.” Let's see here: -- Sandler movies: full of homophobic jokes. “Ted”: full of homophobic jokes. -- Sandler movies: Characters constantly crack up at the expense of people who are overweight and/or farting.
NEWS
August 23, 2012 | By Scott Bolohan, For RedEye
Comedians getting into trouble for things they say onstage is nothing new. These comedians have found themselves in hot water for their controversial material.   Lenny Bruce With undercover cops in the audience, Bruce was arrested in 1964 in New York City for using obscenities during a show. The trial lasted six months, and Bruce was found guilty and sentenced to four months in a workhouse.   George Carlin In 1972, Carlin was arrested for performing his "Seven Words You Can Never Say On Television" routine at Summerstage in Milwaukee.
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October 30, 2012 | By Georgia Garvey @gcgarvey
Hi, squirrelfriends, and welcome back to the greatest TV show on earth, "RuPaul's Drag Race," all-stars edition. When last we checked in with RuPaul and company, they were bidding adieu to a suprisingly sour Pandora Boxx and an equally surprisingly game Mimi Imfurst. At the start of this week, the remaining queens rehash the last episode. Some of the ladies felt Mimi shouldn't have been there in the first place, but they agree Pandora took their pairing  way too hard. "When you give up, you go home," Jujubee wisely intones.
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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...
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July 11, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
Zero stars (out of four) You know what? No. I won't list a lot of the jokes in “Grown Ups 2” because pathetic cracks about Chia pets and “Droolio Iglesias” speak for themselves. I won't describe all the ways the characters mock unattractive women and objectify beauties while suggesting it's normal to fear your wife. And I'm not having another online debate with a reader who insists lazy, misogynistic, pointless Adam Sandler movies epitomize innocent, stupid fun. Stupid is fine; to mistake crass and hateful for laid-back entertainment is its own, vile brand of...
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March 6, 2014 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
**1/2 (out of four) Finally! Unlike this week's "The Bag Man" and recent, ridiculous parts like Richard Nixon in "Lee Daniels' The Butler," John Cusack finally takes a role that suits him with "Adult World. " He's Rat Billings, a once-revered, now nearly forgotten poet; a quietly wounded intellectual, moderately irritated but mildly, secretly welcoming change to his routine. That loud baby bird squawking around her cage is Amy (Emma Roberts), who majored in poetry at Syracuse and wants Rat, her all-time favorite writer, as a mentor.
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March 6, 2014 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
** (out of four) Considering how frequently this 3-D animated comedy resorts to a subject its young viewers assuredly find hilarious, I'm surprised the filmmakers didn't kick caution in the you-know-what and call the movie, "Mr. Peabody & Sherman and Butts. " Seriously, this movie has a lot of jokes about butts. Butts! Never gets old. Actually, these gags -- including characters emerging from the back of both the Sphinx and the Trojan Horse -- improve on the pun assault from Mr. Peabody (Ty Burrell of "Modern Family")
ENTERTAINMENT
February 21, 2014 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
In case you didn't get enough jokes and total outrageousness from "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues," get this: The film has been re-cut. It's now rated R and features 763 new jokes, since I know you really cared to know exactly how many jokes were new. You wouldn't see it if there were only 762 new ones, right? Anyway, I thought the sequel was hilarious, though it seems many were disappointed by it.  Watch Matt on “You & Me This Morning,” Friday at 6:55 a.m. on WCIU, the U mpais@tribune.com   ...
NEWS
February 16, 2014 | By Stephen Markley, @stephenmarkley and For RedEye
As a veteran of the Midwest, I say this with a long history of vitriolic loathing for snow, ice, sleet, cold and that disgusting feces-colored slush that soaks everything while we wait for spring: This has been the worst winter of my lifetime. I've spent considerable time this winter in Ohio, Chicago and Iowa, crossing the barren fields of Indiana, and stuck in post-apocalyptic traffic jams in the outer wastelands of Illinois. You've done it, winter. You broke me. You win. You are Jack Bauer and I'm a terrorist who knows the code to disarm the nuke.
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November 4, 2013 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
Chicago area native Melissa McCarthy wasn't expecting such a fuss when she decided to wear a jacket on the cover of Elle magazine in October, she tells Ellen DeGeneres. Elle named the hot actress to its 2013 list of the top "Women in Hollywood. " But some pundits cried foul about the cover shot, saying that McCarthy wearing the coat was an example of fat-shaming. "I thought, 'What is happening?" Because I picked the jacket. I was like, 'I love that coat,'" she says on Monday's episode of "The Ellen DeGeneres...
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October 24, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
* (out of four) The funniest thing about “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa” is that its old-man makeup job surpasses similar work in “legitimate” movies like “Cloud Atlas” and “J. Edgar.” In “Grandpa,” Johnny Knoxville looks passably like an 86-year-old man. How about that. Otherwise, this moron-a-thon succeeds in being dumber than the occasionally inspired, frequently disgusting “Jackass” movies, which at their best allow viewers to test the abilities of the human body without actually risking their own....
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November 27, 2012 | By Georgia Garvey @gcgarvey
Attention, fans: We have a winner, squirrelfriends, in the happiest hunger games “RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars” has to offer. And, as it turns out, I have opinions. But first, to the recap! When last we met, RuPaul was throwing all the rules out the window (or doing exactly what she'd planned to do all along, you be the judge) and making it a final four instead of a final three competition. I was happy because Juju was spared for another week, though I feared for her long-term chances.
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November 22, 2011 | By Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
**1/2 (out of four) Before “Arthur Christmas,” the theater subjected me to TWO viewings of Justin Bieber's video for “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.” So pain already was pounding my head. But the computer-animated, 3-D “Arthur” deserves blame for increasing the throbbing. This movie does not know when to take a breath. From Aardman Animations (“Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit,” “Flushed Away”) and first-time feature director Sarah Smith, “Arthur Christmas” tells many jokes for adults but...
NEWS
October 14, 2013 | By Courtney Griffin, RedEye and RedEye
Hey, what's the bright idea? Chicago Ideas Week kicked off Monday and runs through Sunday at locations throughout Chicago. Touted as an annual gathering of global leaders, the event features speakers including columnist Dan Savage, chef Mario Batali and Mayor Emanuel discussing topics ranging from literature to science to politics. The CEO of Etsy is presenting at a tech summit. The assistant managing editor of Time magazine will weigh in on a panel looking at the meaning of cities.
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July 11, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
Zero stars (out of four) You know what? No. I won't list a lot of the jokes in “Grown Ups 2” because pathetic cracks about Chia pets and “Droolio Iglesias” speak for themselves. I won't describe all the ways the characters mock unattractive women and objectify beauties while suggesting it's normal to fear your wife. And I'm not having another online debate with a reader who insists lazy, misogynistic, pointless Adam Sandler movies epitomize innocent, stupid fun. Stupid is fine; to mistake crass and hateful for laid-back entertainment is its...
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