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January 26, 2012 | Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
**1/2 (out of four) If you're on a plane that crashes in the middle of freezing, snow-covered Alaska, it helps to be traveling with a guy who knows both the “territorial zone” and “kill zone” of wolves. Feel free to ask this of the person sitting next to you before takeoff. In “The Grey,” a blandly titled thriller that may come as a disappointment to diehard fans of “Dirty Dancing” star Jennifer Grey, the leadership and wolf-related knowledge of Ottway (Liam Neeson)
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May 26, 2014 | RedEye
Clearly, no one player is going to carry the Blackhawks past L.A. Jonathan Toews tried his best in Game 3. No go. That said, the Hawks could use more star power against the Kings. Looking at you, Patrick Kane. The Kings have shut down the Hawks sharpshooter; he had zero points in the first three games. "You could say he's been kept off," Kings coach Darryl Sutter told the Los Angeles Times. "We've done a good job against him. He's had some brilliant opportunities. Those guys like that, they only need those one or two [to get going]
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January 5, 2012 | By Bag Boy, For RedEye
Gotta love the Bears. You don't realize how bad, how messed up, how backward, how impotent and dysfunctional they really are until … they try to fix things. First off, Ted Phillips, you're next. You've contributed nothing to this fiasco except hiring the loser from Tampa Bay 10 years ago who specialized in losing. And he didn't pick his first head coach--and that was a mess. So, let's do that again. Secondly, good luck pitching this job to the next GM. Here's how that meeting goes: "So, um, you can't pick your coach, you need to draft every position and start preparing three weeks ago,...
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April 24, 2014 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ernestwilkins
These days, you might easily find yourself nodding your head before cheering on the Bulls at the United Center. The pregame groove is the handiwork of DJ Flipside. The Chicago native is actually the official music coordinator for the Bulls this season. RedEye chatted it up with him during Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. "Official Music Coordinator" sounds like a pretty intense title. Yeah, This is the first year for this position so it's been fun so far. I actually work on the job with DJ Marquis and DJ Metro.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 2, 2011 | RedEye
What is a bar-gument, you say? For as long as there have been watering holes, there have been disagreements. Some people prefer martinis with gin, some with vodka. Bar-guments is here to settle some longstanding bar conflicts once and for all. THIS WEEK: Which is more important--a clean bar seat, or a clean bathroom?   Bar seat Do I appreciate a tidy bathroom at a bar? Absolutely. But I don't select a watering hole based on the cleanliness of the room where I'm going to spend the least amount of time.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 9, 2014 | By Dana Moran, @redeyedana and RedEye
Sometimes, you just need to stop and smell the bleach. Wait, what? That appeared to be the premise behind Clorox's Ick Awards, hosted Wednesday night on Twitter by Second City alum Rachel Dratch, who performed alongside current cast members to suggestions from the Twitterverse. (You might also know her from her years on "Saturday Night Live. ") The diminutive Dratch took a few minutes backstage in a dress she deemed "resplendent" to talk to RedEye about all things yucky. You lived in Chicago for a long time.
NEWS
March 4, 2013 | Stephen Markley
Bob Woodward has been in the news lately for a silly flare-up over his self-aggrandizing misrepresentation of an innocuous email sent by Gene Sperling regarding the sequester. I won't re-litigate the whole mess here (and if you want a solid recap, read Gawker's John Cook on the whole stupid thing ). But I realized this would be the perfect opportunity to tell the story of how I met Woodward in 2005 and thought the guy was mostly an idiot. He spoke at Miami University, and members of the Honors program (which, despite my...
ENTERTAINMENT
October 25, 2012 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
* (out of four) Hokum of monumental proportions is still hokum. Watch the 6-minute “Cloud Atlas” trailer about 30 times and you'll have an idea of what it's like to sit through this epic disaster, which never bores but never rewards attention either. Pacing the nearly three-hour film as if it were a teaser for itself, Chicago-native writers/directors Andy and Lana Wachowski (“The Matrix”) and German filmmaker Tom Tykwer (“Run Lola Run”) don't deliver a single powerful sequence or profound moment.
SPORTS
April 24, 2014 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ernestwilkins
These days, you might easily find yourself nodding your head before cheering on the Bulls at the United Center. The pregame groove is the handiwork of DJ Flipside. The Chicago native is actually the official music coordinator for the Bulls this season. RedEye chatted it up with him during Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. "Official Music Coordinator" sounds like a pretty intense title. Yeah, This is the first year for this position so it's been fun so far. I actually work on the job with DJ Marquis and DJ Metro.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 11, 2013 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
I've never been much of a fan of Frank Gallagher, the patriarch of the perpetually down-but-never-out Gallagher kids of Chicago's South Side on "Shameless" ( 8 p.m. CT Jan. 13, Showtime; 3 stars ). But I love the show. It's not that William H. Macy doesn't nail the role. Frank's a deadbeat, a drunk and anything but lovable--a smart decision that keeps the show from being overly sentimental. Ever the narcissist, Frank sees his kids as a means to an end. He exploits them; he neglects them.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 9, 2014 | By Dana Moran, @redeyedana and RedEye
Sometimes, you just need to stop and smell the bleach. Wait, what? That appeared to be the premise behind Clorox's Ick Awards, hosted Wednesday night on Twitter by Second City alum Rachel Dratch, who performed alongside current cast members to suggestions from the Twitterverse. (You might also know her from her years on "Saturday Night Live. ") The diminutive Dratch took a few minutes backstage in a dress she deemed "resplendent" to talk to RedEye about all things yucky. You lived in Chicago for a long time.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 7, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
*** (out of four) The Matthew McConaughey of “Dallas Buyers Club” is not the muscular, Mr. “all right all right all right” of “Magic Mike,” a performance that contained expert and under-appreciated depth beneath the bluster. As real-life activist and AIDS patient Ron Woodroof, McConaughey looks thin. Small. He reportedly lost close to 40 pounds for the role, which isn't Christian Bale-in-“The Machinist” gaunt, but it's not far from it. When the film begins in July 1985, Ron's contributing next to nothing...
SPORTS
September 30, 2013 | By Alex Quigley and For RedEye
The fan overreaction that follows the first Bears loss of the season is as predictable as leaves changing color and local politicians getting indicted. After reading my timeline Sunday afternoon, I'm convinced Twitterbots generate at least half the Bears-related tweets out there. It doesn't even matter what year it is. "Fire [name='current.coach.Bears']!" "Put in [name='backupQB.current' NOT IF name='grossman.rex']!" "[print='This is not TRUE BEARS FOOTBALL!!!' IF date=> 01-26-1986]"
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September 23, 2013 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
A&E Networks has release a first look promo for its upcoming "Bonnie & Clyde" that shows the gun-toting duo falling in love, robbing banks and getting sexy. All to the tune, "Bang, Bang, My Baby Shot Me Down. " The four-hour miniseries will air at 8 p.m. CT Dec. 8-9 simultaneously on Lifetime, A&E and History. Emile Hirsch and Holliday Grainger star as  Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker, the outlaws who terrorized the Midwest and South during the Depression. Oddly, the promo says "introducing Holliday Grainger," even though she has "The Borgias"...
ENTERTAINMENT
May 17, 2013 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
Showtime on Friday released its official trailer for the eighth and final season of “Dexter,” finally revealing who his main foe will be - aside from himself. Dr. Evelyn Vogel (Charlotte Rampling), a neuro-psychiatrist called in to help Miami Metro, seems to make Dexter (Michael C. Hall) a bit nervous. She's an expert on all the things that make psychopaths tick. “They have no empathy,” she and Dexter agree. She seems to figure out Dexter from the get-go, challenging him to the point where he slams her up against a...
NEWS
March 4, 2013 | Stephen Markley
Bob Woodward has been in the news lately for a silly flare-up over his self-aggrandizing misrepresentation of an innocuous email sent by Gene Sperling regarding the sequester. I won't re-litigate the whole mess here (and if you want a solid recap, read Gawker's John Cook on the whole stupid thing ). But I realized this would be the perfect opportunity to tell the story of how I met Woodward in 2005 and thought the guy was mostly an idiot. He spoke at Miami University, and members of the Honors program (which, despite my alcohol...
SPORTS
September 30, 2013 | By Alex Quigley and For RedEye
The fan overreaction that follows the first Bears loss of the season is as predictable as leaves changing color and local politicians getting indicted. After reading my timeline Sunday afternoon, I'm convinced Twitterbots generate at least half the Bears-related tweets out there. It doesn't even matter what year it is. "Fire [name='current.coach.Bears']!" "Put in [name='backupQB.current' NOT IF name='grossman.rex']!" "[print='This is not TRUE BEARS FOOTBALL!!!' IF date=> 01-26-1986]"
NEWS
August 7, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
The Tribune reported this morning on a memo circulated by a high-ranking CTA official that said trains should not linger at stations waiting for riders to board. The CTA has since discredited the memo, which was written after CTA President Forrest Claypool complained that an operator closed and opened his doors "several" times at the Sedgwick Brown Line stop before departing. Though CTA officials rejected the memo, it presents a good opportunity to talk about rush-hour boarding of trains.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 11, 2013 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
I've never been much of a fan of Frank Gallagher, the patriarch of the perpetually down-but-never-out Gallagher kids of Chicago's South Side on "Shameless" ( 8 p.m. CT Jan. 13, Showtime; 3 stars ). But I love the show. It's not that William H. Macy doesn't nail the role. Frank's a deadbeat, a drunk and anything but lovable--a smart decision that keeps the show from being overly sentimental. Ever the narcissist, Frank sees his kids as a means to an end. He exploits them; he neglects them.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 25, 2012 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
* (out of four) Hokum of monumental proportions is still hokum. Watch the 6-minute “Cloud Atlas” trailer about 30 times and you'll have an idea of what it's like to sit through this epic disaster, which never bores but never rewards attention either. Pacing the nearly three-hour film as if it were a teaser for itself, Chicago-native writers/directors Andy and Lana Wachowski (“The Matrix”) and German filmmaker Tom Tykwer (“Run Lola Run”) don't deliver a single powerful sequence or profound moment.
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