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March 5, 2012 | RedEye
Misery loves company? Or, more like, companies love celebrity pitchmen. On Sunday evening, Craig Robinson of "The Office" tweeted a picture of himself with Nick Offerman of "Parks and Recreation" sporting White Sox and Cubs hats, respectively, while shooting a commercial for New Era. Robinson's and Offerman's "deadpan" expressions certainly fit with what is expected from the Sox and Cubs this season, which is to say, "not much....
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April 3, 2014 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
**1/2 (out of four) Earlier this year “The Lego Movie” reminded moviegoers that animated movies can be totally awesome, and it was much needed: The form has fallen into such a rut that Pixar (“Monsters University”) not only doesn't win the Oscar anymore, it's not even nominated. One of this year's best animated feature nominees (which inevitably lost to the just-OK “Frozen”) was the French/Belgian “Ernest and Celestine,” which gets the English language treatment thanks to Forest Whitaker, Mackenzie Foy (“The Conjuring”)
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March 1, 2013 | By Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
If you watch NBC's exceptional "Parks and Recreation," you love Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman). If you don't watch "Parks and Recreation," why the devil not? Anyway, rejoice, Offerman fans, because today promoters announced that the Illinois native and star of the upcoming "Somebody Up There Likes Me" will introduce the film before the 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. screenings March 8-9 at Music Box, as well as participate in a Q&A after the screenings. Tickets to each showing are $10, and it never hurts to buy them in advance . My interview with Offerman will run in print and online next week.
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October 17, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
**1/2 (out of four) When a young woman stands in front of her church's congregation and shouts, “There is no God!,” she's going through some business. Written and, for the first time, directed by Illinois native Diablo Cody (“Juno”), “Paradise” hinges on a loss of faith that even the sternest believer might have after a near-fatal plane crash. Lamb (Julianne Hough) half-jokingly calls herself a “Barbie that got melted by a lighter” and departs her small, conservative Montana town for the bright lights and bachelorette penis tiaras of Las Vegas.
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June 1, 2012 | By Scott Bolohan, For RedEye
Sometimes it's hard to tell the difference between Nick Offermanand his “Parks and Recreation” character Ron Swanson. Both talk in a slow, deep, deadpan manner and are unabashedly masculine. And, like Swanson, Offerman is an expert woodcraftsman and advocates a lifestyle centered around beer, meat and the outdoors. But the real Offerman comes from the small farm town of Minooka, Ill., where he would spend his hours working outside and playing sports. It's also where he came to realize his dream of acting, which led him to University of Illinois and finally Chicago, where he started Defiant...
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July 16, 2013 | By Matt Pais and RedEye music editor
 *** = Recommended shows On sale 10 a.m. Friday ***Anthony Jeselnik, Thursday, Nov. 7 ($27, 18+) at Vic Theatre. ***Nick Offerman, Thursday, Oct. 3 ($35.50, all ages) at Chicago Theatre. ***The Postal Service, Mates of State, Sunday, Aug. 4 ($40.50, 18+) at Metro. On sale noon Friday Bell X1, Wednesday, Oct. 16 ($18, 21+) at Lincoln Hall. Richard Buckner, Monday, Aug. 19 ($15, 21+) at Schubas. Centro-Matic, Monday, Sept. 23 ($10-$12, 21+) at Schubas.
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September 30, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
***1/2 (out of four) You don't have to be able to properly work a table saw (I can't) or be in the market for a custom-made chair (I'm not) to buy what “Parks and Recreation” star/woodshop owner Nick Offerman is selling in his memoir, “Paddle Your Own Canoe.” The Minooka, Ill., native represents closed-off, meat-and-potatoes manliness as Ron Swanson on NBC's fantastic comedy, but in reality Offerman demonstrates a more modulated and admirable concept of what it means to live well and...
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March 4, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
On NBC's fantastic “Parks and Recreation,” Nick Offerman has turned Ron Swanson into such a spectacular, hilarious symbol of contained emotion and old-fashioned, meat-and-potatoes masculinity that it feels necessary to establish that Nick Offerman is not Ron Swanson. “I love musicals like crazy,” says the 42-year-old Minooka, Ill., native, whose new film “Somebody Up There Likes Me” opens March 8. “I think I have a frustrated Broadway chorus member somewhere in me. And so while I can...
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October 18, 2012 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
*** (out of four) Before heading into the first grade class she teaches, Kate (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) takes a sip from the flask in her car. Then another. Eh, the kids'll never notice. Actually, they do, because she vomits in the middle of a lesson, which turns into a lie that she's pregnant, which eventually turns into her principal (Megan Mullally) throwing a surprise baby shower. Even when a bottle's not in her hands, Kate ain't holding any control. An effectively direct story about different ways to feel powerless,...
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June 6, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
*1/2 (out of four) With all due respect to “The Kings of Summer” co-stars Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally and Alison Brie: What were you thinking? I like a good coming-of-age story as much as anyone, but this inexplicable Sundance hit (which also features brief appearances from Hannibal Buress and Tony Hale) deserves a time-out, not an allowance boost. I mean, multiple jokes act as if racism's hilarious, and there's a gag in which the film's most excruciating character says he thinks he's gay because his lungs fill...
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September 30, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
***1/2 (out of four) You don't have to be able to properly work a table saw (I can't) or be in the market for a custom-made chair (I'm not) to buy what “Parks and Recreation” star/woodshop owner Nick Offerman is selling in his memoir, “Paddle Your Own Canoe.” The Minooka, Ill., native represents closed-off, meat-and-potatoes manliness as Ron Swanson on NBC's fantastic comedy, but in reality Offerman demonstrates a more modulated and admirable concept of what it means to live well and be a man. He adores his wife (Megan...
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September 19, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
***1/2 (out of four) In the sort of role Tobey Maguire would make wide-eyed and bland, Jonathan Groff (“Glee”) shines as “Samuel” in “C.O.G.,” a part and a movie that stare down a high degree of difficulty and win. Adapted by writer-director Kyle Patrick Alvarez from an essay by David Sedaris, the film observes Samuel, whose real name is David, as he leaves behind a privileged life to pick apples in Nowhere, Ore. He's looking to...
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July 16, 2013 | By Matt Pais and RedEye music editor
 *** = Recommended shows On sale 10 a.m. Friday ***Anthony Jeselnik, Thursday, Nov. 7 ($27, 18+) at Vic Theatre. ***Nick Offerman, Thursday, Oct. 3 ($35.50, all ages) at Chicago Theatre. ***The Postal Service, Mates of State, Sunday, Aug. 4 ($40.50, 18+) at Metro. On sale noon Friday Bell X1, Wednesday, Oct. 16 ($18, 21+) at Lincoln Hall. Richard Buckner, Monday, Aug. 19 ($15, 21+) at Schubas. Centro-Matic, Monday, Sept. 23 ($10-$12, 21+) at Schubas.
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June 6, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
*1/2 (out of four) With all due respect to “The Kings of Summer” co-stars Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally and Alison Brie: What were you thinking? I like a good coming-of-age story as much as anyone, but this inexplicable Sundance hit (which also features brief appearances from Hannibal Buress and Tony Hale) deserves a time-out, not an allowance boost. I mean, multiple jokes act as if racism's hilarious, and there's a gag in which the film's most excruciating character says he thinks he's gay because his lungs fill with...
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May 7, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
Apropos of nothing, Craig Robinson is singing R. Kelly's “I Believe I Can Fly.” The Beverly native best known as Darryl Philbin on “The Office” is in the next room prepping for an interview about “Peeples,” his biggest chance at flying - er, being a leading man. (Actually, first he entered the room saying, “All right, RedEye, baby! Now this is for real.”) Obviously, the higher stakes haven't diminished his personality. When prompted, the die-hard Sox fan doesn't hesitate to revive his rivalry with Illinois native and Cubs...
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March 8, 2013 | RedEye
Another special screening of Nick Offerman's "Somebody Up There Likes Me" has been added to the Music Box's schedule this weekend. There will now be a 5:15 p.m. Saturday after which Offerman will conduct a question-and-answer session. Offerman will be present for four other special showing, but the Saturday shows are sold out. Tickets for tonight's shows are going quickly, so buy them now at musicboxtheatre.com. Tickets cost $10. There will be screenings of the film at the Music Box without Offerman present until March 14. Want...
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May 7, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
Apropos of nothing, Craig Robinson is singing R. Kelly's “I Believe I Can Fly.” The Beverly native best known as Darryl Philbin on “The Office” is in the next room prepping for an interview about “Peeples,” his biggest chance at flying - er, being a leading man. (Actually, first he entered the room saying, “All right, RedEye, baby! Now this is for real.”) Obviously, the higher stakes haven't diminished his personality. When prompted, the die-hard Sox fan doesn't hesitate to revive his rivalry with Illinois native and Cubs fan Nick Offerman or teach me a dance...
ENTERTAINMENT
September 19, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
***1/2 (out of four) In the sort of role Tobey Maguire would make wide-eyed and bland, Jonathan Groff (“Glee”) shines as “Samuel” in “C.O.G.,” a part and a movie that stare down a high degree of difficulty and win. Adapted by writer-director Kyle Patrick Alvarez from an essay by David Sedaris, the film observes Samuel, whose real name is David, as he leaves behind a privileged life to pick apples in Nowhere, Ore. He's looking to...
ENTERTAINMENT
March 4, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
On NBC's fantastic “Parks and Recreation,” Nick Offerman has turned Ron Swanson into such a spectacular, hilarious symbol of contained emotion and old-fashioned, meat-and-potatoes masculinity that it feels necessary to establish that Nick Offerman is not Ron Swanson. “I love musicals like crazy,” says the 42-year-old Minooka, Ill., native, whose new film “Somebody Up There Likes Me” opens March 8. “I think I have a frustrated Broadway chorus member somewhere in me. And so while I can watch 'The Sound of Music' and 'Singin' in...
ENTERTAINMENT
March 1, 2013 | By Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
If you watch NBC's exceptional "Parks and Recreation," you love Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman). If you don't watch "Parks and Recreation," why the devil not? Anyway, rejoice, Offerman fans, because today promoters announced that the Illinois native and star of the upcoming "Somebody Up There Likes Me" will introduce the film before the 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. screenings March 8-9 at Music Box, as well as participate in a Q&A after the screenings. Tickets to each showing are $10, and it never hurts to buy them in advance . My interview with...
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