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ENTERTAINMENT
July 26, 2012 | Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
*1/2 (out of four) To each their own and all, but the Chicago-made romantic comedy “Qwerty” possesses a pretty warped perception of behavior that could be regarded as charming. When Scrabble devotee Zoe (Dana Pupkin) calls her boyfriend Marty (Eric Hailey) at his DMV job, he answers the phone by saying, “What the [bleep] do you want?” This inspires only a giggle from Zoe, who first takes a shine to the guy when he stands on a department store table and screams, “You're better than your underwear!
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NEWS
August 10, 2012 | By Waymon Hudson and For RedEye
I happened to be on a vacation in Europe when the horrendous news of the shooting in an Aurora, Colorado movie theater showing Batman broke. BBC news covered the shooting of 71 people and the killing of 12 nonstop. But beyond the horror of the story itself, I was struck by the tone of the international reporting--every news story ended with incredulity that the shooter had gotten his two handguns, shotgun, assault-style rifle and high-capacity clips legally. It's not a tone seen in mainstream media reporting in the U.S., where the issue of gun control is the third rail of politics.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 5, 2012 | By Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
Michelle Williams. Elizabeth Olsen. Adepero Oduye? Yep, the star of “Pariah,” who doesn't even have a Wikipedia page, has joined those big names as a nominee for best female lead actress at the 2012 Independent Spirit Awards. Oduye, whose biggest movie role to date has been the “Crack Smoker” in “Half Nelson,” can't believe it. “It hasn't really sunk in that I'm actually a nominee, as opposed to listening and watching for other people,” says the New York-native.
NEWS
June 17, 2012 | By Georgia Garvey, RedEye
Most of us have quit a job. But how many have quit a job like Arika Kaosa did - while getting tattooed? "Pretty much in the middle of the tattoo, I just called [my boss] up and said, 'You know what? I quit,'" remembers Kaosa, 25, of Lakeview. She was 18 years old at the time and desperately unhappy. She was underpaid and in a job where co-workers in a relationship regularly fought at work, and management didn't seem to be willing to correct the problems. "I couldn't take it anymore.
NEWS
November 1, 2012 | By Georgia Garvey @gcgarvey and RedEye
A recent Cook County court ruling makes it possible for transgender people in Illinois to correct the gender on their birth certificates without undergoing genital surgery, but advocates say there's more work to do and that the current law still requires surgery that can be dangerous, expensive or unwanted. “It certainly is a step forward,” said June LaTrobe, vice chair and public policy director for Illinois Gender Advocates, about the drop in the genital surgery requirement.
NEWS
June 7, 2012 | By Leonor Vivanco and RedEye
Ever want your dream guy at your fingertips? Just within your grasp? Eating out of your hand? Well, now you can. That is, if Ryan Gosling, Robert Pattinson, Zac Efron, Joe Jonas and Pharrell are on your list. They made the cut on Chrissy Mahlmeister's list of hot and cool guys the 25-year-old Columbia College Chicago graduate came up with when she thought of putting faces on fingernails. It all started with Ryan Gosling. Thinking about Gosling. Joking about Gosling. "Oh my god, wouldn't it be amazing to have Ryan Gosling on your fingers?"
NEWS
April 16, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
After Kate Napleton heard about the explosions at the Boston Marathon, all she could think was so many people had to be hurt. That's because she knows there always are hordes of people at the finish lines. She crossed the finish line at the Chicago Marathon in 2009 and plans to do so again this October. "Obviously what happened yesterday in Boston was horrific and terrible and you're sitting there thinking, 'I want to do something. What can I do?' " said Napleton, 27, of Old Town.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 17, 2012 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
In her native England where her new album “Fall to Grace” debuted at number two, Paloma Faith performs to an average of 5,000 people. She recently played for a crowd of 40,000 as part of a BBC radio event, also featuring Emeli Sande and Jessie J. During her first U.S. tour, the remarkable 27-year-old singer (who's approaching 300,000 twitter followers) says she's playing to about 200 per night. “Which is kind of strange but also exciting,” says Faith, whose record comes out Dec. 4 in the states.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 19, 2012 | By Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
0.5 stars (out of four) When people jumped from the burning towers of the World Trade Center, no pretty piano music accompanied their fall. Yes, “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” the most insulting 9/11-related movie since Oliver Stone's “World Trade Center,” begins with a man falling slowly, gracefully, as Alexandre Desplat's score twinkles. What the man is falling from is not visible. With this, director Stephen Daldry, who last exploited the Holocaust as the painful context for an unrelated story in “The Reader,” begins his attempt to pull something disturbingly close to poetic beauty out of horror.
NEWS
July 23, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
George and Sara Aye of Logan Square are campaigning for change. The husband-wife team is trying to raise money to fund a CTA app that goes beyond Bus and Train Tracker to serve as a digital customer service agent that would tell riders what's near their station and provide alternative routes if train service is shut down. To raise the $125,000 the Ayes believe it costs to develop such an app, they turned to Kickstarter, an online funding platform that is becoming a go-to for CTA-related projects.
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