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May 8, 2014 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
* (out of four) If you still want to see the PG-rated “Moms' Night Out” after learning that it includes a tattoo parlor manager named Bones (played by country singer Trace Adkins) offering God-focused parenting advice in a prison waiting area, please go for it. You probably will love the movie. Me, I almost slid off my seat. Not from laughter - from being pummeled with so much manic noise that it felt like being trapped in a shrillness simulator. “Moms' Night Out” tries to have fun with three women's attempt to give themselves a break but does a remarkable job of sabotaging anyone trying to escape their own stress.
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NEWS
May 7, 2013 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ernestwilkins and RedEye
Yesterday at 11:30 a.m. I knew the following about Farrah Abraham: 1. She had a child at a young age. 2. That child helped her snag a role as a featured person on MTV's "Teen Mom," a show a lot of women I know watch to make themselves feel better about their own lives. 3. Her name is Farrah Abraham. Last night, that all changed with my viewing of "Farrah Superstar: Backdoor Teen Mom. " The celebrity sex tape game is nothing new. You can make a direct argument that it's the sole reason the Kardashian family is the omnipresent monolith that it is today.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 2014 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
* (out of four) I don't know if Playgirl Forum exists. If it does, the ridiculous story behind “Labor Day” may have been ripped straight from the archives. Despite starring Kate Winslet and being written and directed by Jason Reitman (“Up in the Air”), the film boils down to a daytime soap about Stockholm syndrome. Escaped and bleeding convict Frank (Josh Brolin) forces divorced shut-in Adele (Winslet) and her teenage son, Henry (Gattlin Griffith), to take him in. That may sound scary.
NEWS
January 21, 2013 | By Ashlee Rezin@Ashlee_Rezin and For RedEye
Like many Chicagoans, Candace Polk's day begins around 8 a.m. when she takes her daughter to school, then continues at work with continuous emails, phone calls and meetings. Unlike most Chicagoans, however, some of Polk's meetings are with local celebrities and their representatives. That's the life of an owner of an event and public relations company to the stars. Polk, 41, a single mother of four, runs Glitz PR & Marketing runs her business out of her South Loop home. "I eat, live and drink this industry," said Polk, a born-and-raised Chicagoan who started her company in 2008 (it was originally called Events By Candace and was renamed in 2011)
ENTERTAINMENT
November 26, 2012 | Elliott Serrano, For RedEye
It's probably my favorite commercial on television right now. And you have to admit that it's a brilliant piece of marketing. A man is about to leave on a business trip and is saying goodbye to his wife and two daughters. The wife holds up her Galaxy S3 phone to share a video with her husband - one that the children have made for him to "watch on the plane. " Cute, right? It's a pretty straightforward way to show how the phone can share videos instantly. But that's not the good part.
CLASSIFIED
April 16, 2012 | By Mick Swasko, RedEye
The mom who insists on sitting in during her son's job interview. The dad who calls an employer to ask why his daughter didn't get the job. These are the kinds of stories experts say are increasingly common in a sputtering economy as more parents become involved in their kids' career searches and development. As the unemployment rate hovers around 9.6 percent in the Chicago area, recent surveys show desperate moms and dads are going to extremes to give their children an edge, inserting themselves into a rite of passage that recent college graduates traditionally have undertaken on their own. Experts say parental involvement, especially in a tough job market, can sometimes work in a candidate's favor.
SPORTS
December 27, 2012 | By Jack M Silverstein and For RedEye
From Derrick Rose's Poohdini to Brian Urlacher's barbed wire to Dennis Rodman's ... entire upper body, Chicago athletes have shown a taste for tattoos. The Bears are no different, and while Urlacher's barbed wire bicep may be the best known body art among current Bears, he is barely adorned compared with many of his teammates. Among these are Gabe Carimi and D.J. Moore, who share a passion for images, meaning and ink. RedEye sat down with both players at their homes earlier this season and got the stories behind their tattoos.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 14, 2013 | By Dana Moran and RedEye
If you've seen any of Margaret Cho's stand-up, you know that she LOVES talking about her mother. Like, obsession level. On her 2001 tour, “I'm The One That I Want,” she details a message her mom left on her answering machine. “ARE YOU GAY?? ARE YOU GAY?? ... If you don't pick up the phone ... that mean you gay. Only gay ... screen call.” (This misses a lot in the translation; you really need to see the facial expressions.) Twelve years later, the 44-year-old Cho (who's married and bisexual, by the way)
ENTERTAINMENT
November 22, 2011
Some like their pizza cut in squares, while others swear by slices. For as long as we've been stuffing our faces with delicious food, there have been conflicts about the way we eat it. Addressing such fervent foodie issues, we are proud to introduce Food fight. Are you for or against canned cranberry sauce? FOR The book isn't always better than the movie adaptation, and by the same logic, fresh foods aren't always better than processed ones. When it comes to cranberries, I like them plopped in front of me with all the dazzling special effects - extra sugar, jelly coating and, yes, even that ribbed can shape.
NEWS
November 17, 2011 | By Emily Van Zandt, RedEye
Like it or not, the countdown to the holidays has begun. Between the family fights, the travel headaches and the present-budget woes, everyone could use a stiff drink. Luckily, there are plenty of new spots popping up in Chicago to accommodate the holiday blues. From comfort food like your mom used to make in Wicker Park to video games with a side of beer in Edgewater and budget-friendly cocktails in Lincoln Park, there's a little something for everyone. The Snuggery 15 W. Division St. 312-337-4349 Finn McCool's is out and The Snuggery is in at this Gold Coast location.
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