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December 18, 2012 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
**1/2 (out of four) The people behind “The Guilt Trip” should feel proud, not guilty, for the places the comedy doesn't go. During an eight-day, cross-country road trip, Andy (Seth Rogen) and his overbearing mom, Joyce, (Barbra Streisand) don't, say, accidentally eat pot brownies and stay out all night. They don't hit a deer. The script from “Crazy Stupid Love” writer Dan Fogelman affectionately incorporates some Jewish humor without turning Joyce into a caricature.
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NEWS
January 3, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko
It's a New Year's Day baby boy (seal pup)! A grey seal pup was born at 7 a.m. Jan. 1 at Brookfield Zoo, the first birth of the year for the zoo and the first of its species to be born there. The zoo announced the birth Friday, noting the pup weighed 25 pounds at birth and is expected to quadruple its weight over the next month.  The pup and his mom, Lily, will remain off display at the zoo for several weeks, but the video above posted by the zoo should be enough to hold everyone over.  A 10-year-old seal named Lily is the pup mother, and the birth brings the seal population up to six.  Want more?
ENTERTAINMENT
June 7, 2012 | Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
** (out of four) Ah, there's nothing like a hookah session with grandma. Zoe (Elizabeth Olsen) and Jake (Nat Wolff) learn that from experience when they spend time in Woodstock with their mom Diane (Catherine Keener) and her mom Grace (Jane Fonda), who paints a naked dude named Jazz and refuses to name the chickens that roam around everywhere because “They're nature's children, not ours.” As Diane takes time away from the husband (Kyle MacLachlan) who just asked for a divorce, she and her kids encounter new romantic possibilities (with folks including Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Chace Crawford)
ENTERTAINMENT
September 2, 2012 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
New Fall TV shows may be getting most of the ad time these days, but I'm excited about one old favorite that's getting some new blood in its Season 3 premiere. Mother-daughter duo Tippi Hedren and Melanie Griffith guest star in the premiere as Sabrina's (Shannon Woodward) grandmother and mother, respectively. In this first look at Season 3, Jimmy (Chicago native Lucas Neff) and Sabrina are thankfully still together, so when Sabrina's Nana (Hedron) passes away, her funeral brings the Chances face-to-face with Sabrina's mom, Tamara.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 14, 2012 | By Curt Wagner and RedEye
Give me a series about a strong woman who kicks ass and my fat butt is glued to the couch. "Missing" ( 7 p.m. Thursday, ABC; 2 stars out of 4 ), sadly, may not keep it there. The new series stars Ashley Judd as Becca Winstone, who a decade ago became a single mom when her CIA-agent husband Paul (Sean Bean) was assassinated in Europe. Turns out Becca, too, was a spy, the kind that no one wants to cross, or at least lived to tell about it. When she jumps back into the world of international intrigue to find her kidnapped son Michael (Nick Eversman)
NEWS
May 9, 2012 | By Hector Luis Alamo Jr., For RedEye
It wasn't supposed to be like this. I used to be a city-dweller - taking public transportation to school, buying exotic ingredients at the open-air fruteria with my mom or grandma, living in a beautifully cramped neighborhood with huddled homes. In my current suburban phase, I mostly drive to chain grocery stores to pick up the usual ingredients. I'm lucky if I can get my hands on a decent avocado. The bus swings past at God knows when. My neighborhood is green and contemptibly peaceful.
NEWS
October 20, 2013 | By Zach Stafford, @zachstafford and For RedEye
I recently was back South to celebrate both my sister's engagement and my mom's birthday. My family decided we'd meet up in Atlanta, and planned to spend the weekend catching up and helping my sister prep for her wedding. When I arrived, I was surprised to find out the weekend was going to be FULL of wedding talk, because my brother proposed to his girlfriend while we were all together. I will spare you the mushy details, but he did the whole one-knee thing and everyone clapped. I stood next to my mother - who cried, of course.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 21, 2012 | Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
** (out of four) Like the spawn of “Felicity”-era Keri Russell and Carrot Top, Princess Merida (voiced by Kelly Macdonald) sports a tremendous crop of red-orange curls about which she feels no vanity. This Scottish girl concerns herself only with proving her archery skills and, just like Felicity Porter and countless other big- and small-screen heroines, finding her own destiny in spite of the plan her parents set out for her. Merida's mom, Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson)
ENTERTAINMENT
June 28, 2012 | Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
** (out of four) Close the nominations. Contest over. The worst musical score of 2012 goes to “People Like Us,” which delivers such manipulative twinkle-twinkle-jangle-string-section compositions that even the few moments of this melodrama that would have felt authentic turn to corny mush. Cue the dramatic orchestration to express my discontent for composer A.R. Rahman (“Slumdog Millionaire”). On the plus side, the movie's two-star rating belongs almost exclusively to a four-star performance from Elizabeth Banks, breathing vibrant personality into a movie suffering from a major case of spell-out-absolutely-everything.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 26, 2012 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
TLC continues to summon the end of civilization: The network has ordered four additional episodes of its reality hit, "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. " Yes, that's right viewers. We'll be subjected to an extra regular episode, plus three HOLLAday specials to air at Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. They'll all star 5-year-old pageant princess Alana Thompson and her redneck family. But it's your fault, America! The series averaged 2.3 million viewers in its first season, which ends the first half of its first season tonight.
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