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November 1, 2011 | By Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
** (out of four) Let's take a vote on what's more compelling: People facing difficult emotions and dealing with them, or staring off into space for a while and ultimately experiencing minimal conflict? Thought so. Chicago-based writer-director Stephen Cone's “The Wise Kids” boasts better performances than his recent, underwhelming “In Memoriam,” but the filmmaker still takes a disappointingly superficial approach to worthwhile situations and characters lacking interior lives.
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November 27, 2013 | By Stephen Markley, @stephenmarkley and For RedEye
After writing this column for six years now, I've realized the most under-appreciated aspect of column-writing is that you must first come up with an "idea. " You must care enough about this "idea" to go to the trouble of rendering an opinion (that's by necessity incomplete and probably wrong), an opinion which might garner you public bile, venom and occasionally gay pornographic pictures cut and pasted onto the fringes of a letter (yes, I still have it in a shoebox). You're constantly concocting and discarding ideas: some on the cusp of greatness, some at least print-worthy and most just weird...
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SPORTS
May 15, 2012 | By Scott Bolohan, For RedEye
Doesn't it seem like we were just going through this? Other than a couple of surprises during these campaigns, it's been basically the same as always. The constant competition between two sides made to seem like it is life-or-death jammed down our throats. The thing that really gets me is between the two sides, there is so much in common. I mean, in the end, we all come from the same place. We share so many values, opinions, even tastes in food. We share pride in where we come from and who we are. But this one small choice of whom we side with turns us into hate-filled, name-calling monsters.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 15, 2013 | By Dana Moran, damoran@tribune.com > | @redeyedana and RedEye
There was a time when you couldn't walk past a news stand without tripping over a new Kanye West interview. Times have changed. News stands have basically ceased to exist, and Yeezy's a little more judicious about who gets to publish his thoughts. (Also, Twitter exists.) After reading his mind-blowingly wacky interview with the New York Times, we compiled this chart of his thoughts at various points in his illustrious career. ON TAYLOR SWIFT September 2010, via Twitter I'm sorry, Taylor.
NEWS
April 16, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
The CTA is asking for rider opinion on rail car seating arrangements as it gathers information before selecting a manufacturer for the upcoming 7000-series cars. In a survey e-mailed to some CTA riders this week , the agency asks riders to weigh in on whether they prefer the aisle-facing seats on the new 5000-series rail cars to the standard seating on the older rail cars on the Brown and Blue lines. The CTA also asks riders whether they would rather see the aisle-facing cloth seats on the 5000-series cars or plastic bench seats featured in New York City subway cars.
NEWS
November 27, 2013 | By Stephen Markley, @stephenmarkley and For RedEye
After writing this column for six years now, I've realized the most under-appreciated aspect of column-writing is that you must first come up with an "idea. " You must care enough about this "idea" to go to the trouble of rendering an opinion (that's by necessity incomplete and probably wrong), an opinion which might garner you public bile, venom and occasionally gay pornographic pictures cut and pasted onto the fringes of a letter (yes, I still have it in a shoebox). You're constantly concocting and discarding ideas: some on the cusp of...
ENTERTAINMENT
June 15, 2013 | By Dana Moran, damoran@tribune.com > | @redeyedana and RedEye
There was a time when you couldn't walk past a news stand without tripping over a new Kanye West interview. Times have changed. News stands have basically ceased to exist, and Yeezy's a little more judicious about who gets to publish his thoughts. (Also, Twitter exists.) After reading his mind-blowingly wacky interview with the New York Times, we compiled this chart of his thoughts at various points in his illustrious career. ON TAYLOR SWIFT September 2010, via Twitter I'm sorry, Taylor.
SPORTS
January 11, 2012 | RedEye
Just like the rest of the world, when RedEye staffers hear the news, we have our opinions - serious or not-so-serious. Here is some of the reaction to the news that Derrick Rose has a toe sprain and is day-to-day.           Brian Moore , @redeyesportsguy Now is the time for Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah to step up and start earning those contracts.   Ernest Wilkins, @remixchicago Derrick Rose proves his workhorse status nightly.
SPORTS
July 23, 2012 | RedEye
When news breaks, the RedEye sports staff has its opinions - serious and not-so-serious. Here are their thoughts on the Penn State sanctions.   Julie DiCaro @juliedicaro I honestly cannot recall this amount of concern over "student- athletes" and a negative impact on other schools when anyone else got sanctioned. (cough, USC, cough).   Jimmy Greenfield @jcgreenx I barely stomach college football but I'm watching Penn State play next season.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 31, 2012 | By Dana Moran and RedEye
Somewhere, Ryan Seacrest is giggling to himself. Eonline.com confirmed Tuesday that judges Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger and host Steve Jones are out at "The X Factor," leaving Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid as the only survivors. Despite the fact that Simon told The Hollywood Reporter that "an audience of less than 20 million viewers would be a flat-out 'disappointment,'" the show earned an average of only 12.5 million viewers -- a far cry from "Idol's" 29.3 million. Here's how it went down -- before and after.
NEWS
April 16, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
The CTA is asking for rider opinion on rail car seating arrangements as it gathers information before selecting a manufacturer for the upcoming 7000-series cars. In a survey e-mailed to some CTA riders this week , the agency asks riders to weigh in on whether they prefer the aisle-facing seats on the new 5000-series rail cars to the standard seating on the older rail cars on the Brown and Blue lines. The CTA also asks riders whether they would rather see the aisle-facing cloth seats on the 5000-series cars or plastic bench seats featured in New York City subway cars.
SPORTS
May 15, 2012 | By Scott Bolohan, For RedEye
Doesn't it seem like we were just going through this? Other than a couple of surprises during these campaigns, it's been basically the same as always. The constant competition between two sides made to seem like it is life-or-death jammed down our throats. The thing that really gets me is between the two sides, there is so much in common. I mean, in the end, we all come from the same place. We share so many values, opinions, even tastes in food. We share pride in where we come from and who we are. But this one small choice of whom we side with...
ENTERTAINMENT
November 1, 2011 | By Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
** (out of four) Let's take a vote on what's more compelling: People facing difficult emotions and dealing with them, or staring off into space for a while and ultimately experiencing minimal conflict? Thought so. Chicago-based writer-director Stephen Cone's “The Wise Kids” boasts better performances than his recent, underwhelming “In Memoriam,” but the filmmaker still takes a disappointingly superficial approach to worthwhile situations and characters lacking interior lives.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 27, 2012 | By Julia Borcherts, @JuliaBorcherts for RedEye
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