August 27, 2013 |
For his breakout documentary “Super Size Me,” Morgan Spurlock ate nothing but McDonald's for 30 days. For his concert doc “One Direction: This Is Us,” the filmmaker listened to nothing but the boy band while following and filming Harry, Zayn, Niall, Liam and Louis for six months. How do those two experiences compare? “It's addictive,” says Spurlock with a laugh. “Once it gets in your brain it doesn't go away. I can't tell you how many nights I woke up singing One Direction songs.” To most people who aren't teenage girls, that may sound brutal.
August 15, 2013 |
** (out of four) “Kick-Ass 2” co-star Jim Carrey recently denounced the film due to its extreme violence. Though someone who starred in “Mr. Popper's Penguins” and “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” hardly qualifies as a reliable judge of quality, Mr. Carrey has a point, not necessarily about the extent of the violence but its tone. Example: Before leading a band of vigilantes into a den of evil to brutally attack some gangsters, Colonel Stars and Stripes (Carrey) says, “Try to have fun; otherwise, what's the point?
June 12, 2013 |
He was a Belieber, but he had been fooled. When a suburban man saw a Craigslist ad for tickets to Justin Bieber's July concert at the United Center, he decided to snap up four for $800, according to Cook County Criminal Court records. But he later learned the tickets were fake after visiting the United Center box office. The man who sold the forged tickets, police said, was Charles Patterson, a teenager from Garfield Ridge on the Southwest Side. Patterson, 19, was arrested Monday evening in Bronzeville...
June 5, 2013 |
As two of YouTube's most successful rappers--their "Epic Rap Battles of History" channel has more than 1.2 billion total video views and almost 5.4 million subscribers--Nice Peter and EpicLLOYD (Peter Shukoff and Lloyd Ahlquist to the historical record) met while freestyle rapping. Except it wasn't at some park bench or open mic event; it was during a party at Ahlquist's house in Chicago, where both had moved to pursue improv comedy. Shukoff, who also performed musical comedy around the city, eventually joined the group...
May 15, 2013 |
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,” “Take...
April 15, 2013 |
What do CTA President Forrest Claypool and teen pop sensation Justin Bieber have in common? They're both track stars who are offering prepaid debit cards. Bieber last week began a video campaign for SpendSmart prepaid debit cards marketed to teenagers. Claypool has been promoting the upcoming Ventra fare payment system. One of the options is a prepaid debit card. Both prepaid cards have been criticized for their fees, which include balance refund check for Ventra ($6) and replacement charge for SpendSmart ($7.95)