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November 19, 2012 | Stephen Markley
My friend Phil and I both belong to the cult of Bill Simmons, the sportswriter, mostly because he's one of the few sportswriters out there who shares our slavish devotion to NBA basketball as the world's crowning athletic league achievement. This means listening to “BS Report” podcasts religiously and getting through about 2/3 of every column (Simmons' columns regularly run upwards of 7,000 words, which means if you want to read each and every one to completion you have to give up either laundry, sex, or watching the actual sports you're reading about)
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March 20, 2013 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
Al Pacino gets his freak on in HBO Film's biopic about legendary record producer Phil Spector, who definitely had a case of the crazies. Written and directed by Chicago native David Mamet, "Phil Spector" ( 8 p.m. CT March 24, HBO; 3.5 stars ) fictionalizes what went on behind the scenes before and during the music icon's 2007 trial for the 2003 murder of B-movie actress Lana Clarkson. It ended in a mistrial, but in a 2009 retrial Spector was convicted of second-degree murder and now is serving 19 years to life.
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ENTERTAINMENT
November 29, 2011 | By Curt Wagner and RedEye
You know the stars of TV Land's new sitcom, “The Exes,” from their past hits, including “Seinfeld,” “Scrubs,” “Third Rock from the Sun” and “The Starter Wife.” Keep those happy memories in mind if you tune in Wednesday. “The Exes” ( 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, TV Land; 2 stars ) is infinitely more entertaining than Fran Drescher's mediocre “Happily Divorced,” but like that TV Land show it pales in comparison to the network's “Hot in Cleveland.” “Cleveland,” by the way, returns Wednesday to unhook us from last season's cliffhanger in...
NEWS
November 19, 2012 | Stephen Markley
My friend Phil and I both belong to the cult of Bill Simmons, the sportswriter, mostly because he's one of the few sportswriters out there who shares our slavish devotion to NBA basketball as the world's crowning athletic league achievement. This means listening to “BS Report” podcasts religiously and getting through about 2/3 of every column (Simmons' columns regularly run upwards of 7,000 words, which means if you want to read each and every one to completion you have to give up either laundry, sex, or watching the actual sports you're reading about)
ENTERTAINMENT
March 20, 2013 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
Al Pacino gets his freak on in HBO Film's biopic about legendary record producer Phil Spector, who definitely had a case of the crazies. Written and directed by Chicago native David Mamet, "Phil Spector" ( 8 p.m. CT March 24, HBO; 3.5 stars ) fictionalizes what went on behind the scenes before and during the music icon's 2007 trial for the 2003 murder of B-movie actress Lana Clarkson. It ended in a mistrial, but in a 2009 retrial Spector was convicted of second-degree murder and now is serving 19 years to life.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 15, 2012 | By Erin Sarris and For RedEye
Forget the tamale guy. Late-night eaters in Ukrainian Village now have a new option thanks to a hot dog shop that opened in early February. The team behind rock music/prison-themed burger bar Lockdown has opened Phil's Last Stand (2258 W. Chicago Ave. 773-245-3287), which serves a selection of classic char-dogs, burgers and sandwiches such as grilled salami. The spot was named after 440-pound Phil Ashbach, who owned several hot dog stands and restaurants throughout his lifetime, and for whom the signature “Double Fatso”...
ENTERTAINMENT
June 3, 2013
The Old St. Pat's World's Largest Block Party will be held on June 28 & 29 at Madison & DesPlaines in the West Loop.  This is a not-to-be missed annual summer tradition in Chicago.  The outstanding talent lineup includes Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Phil Vassar, Gretchen Wilson plus many others!  Tickets can be purchased at www.worldslargestblockparty.com       Want more? Discuss this article and others on RedEye's Facebook page . 
ENTERTAINMENT
November 26, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
*** (out of four) In “Carnage,” a schoolyard argument leads to sparring adults, but verbal attacks and Kate Winslet vomiting on a coffee table don't quite qualify as a full-blown war. Things get considerably more heated in “Homefront.” After a young girl defends herself against a bully, the guy's meth-head mom (an effectively creepy Kate Bosworth) asks her brother, a drug dealer who goes by Gator (James Franco), to rough up the girl's father, Phil Broker (Jason Statham)
SPORTS
January 30, 2012
Leave your answers in the comment section. You might score an invite to appear in RedEye.   1. What would  you ask Super Bowl players on media day? 2.  Why is Costco selling Super Bowl tickets? 3. If you were an NFL player in Indianapolis, where would you hang out? 4. What's your level of tolerance for Dwight Howard right about now? 5. What advice would you give new Bears GM Phil Emery?  Follow @redeyesportsguy on twitter for information on print openings.
SPORTS
November 6, 2011
Every week before the Bears game, RedEye's sports crew gets to the point. Here's what they predict for Monday's game at Philadelphia.   Brian Moore   @redeyesportsguy Philadelphia 27, Bears 23 After the loss, Matt Forte will award himself with a contract he drew up all by himself. Might be the only one he gets.   Phil Thompson @illyphilly Philadelphia 30, Bears 17 Calling at least one safety by the Eagles D. A stitch in time saves nine, but nothing can save the Bears line from the Wide 9.   Georgia Garvey ...
ENTERTAINMENT
February 15, 2012 | By Erin Sarris and For RedEye
Forget the tamale guy. Late-night eaters in Ukrainian Village now have a new option thanks to a hot dog shop that opened in early February. The team behind rock music/prison-themed burger bar Lockdown has opened Phil's Last Stand (2258 W. Chicago Ave. 773-245-3287), which serves a selection of classic char-dogs, burgers and sandwiches such as grilled salami. The spot was named after 440-pound Phil Ashbach, who owned several hot dog stands and restaurants throughout his lifetime, and for whom the signature “Double Fatso” burger is named.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 29, 2011 | By Curt Wagner and RedEye
You know the stars of TV Land's new sitcom, “The Exes,” from their past hits, including “Seinfeld,” “Scrubs,” “Third Rock from the Sun” and “The Starter Wife.” Keep those happy memories in mind if you tune in Wednesday. “The Exes” ( 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, TV Land; 2 stars ) is infinitely more entertaining than Fran Drescher's mediocre “Happily Divorced,” but like that TV Land show it pales in comparison to the network's “Hot in Cleveland.” “Cleveland,” by the way, returns Wednesday to unhook us from...
SPORTS
December 1, 2011 | RedEye
Each week before the Bears game, RedEye's sports crew gets to the point. Here's what they see happening against Kansas City.   Brian Moore, @redeyesportsguy Bears 21, Kansas City 13 Tyler Palko is the Chiefs' starting quarterback. You'd be forgiven if you mistook him for Tyler Colvin or Steven Tyler, even.   Phil Thompson, @illyphilly Bears 27, Chiefs 17 Sorry K.C., but football players don't have names like "Tyler.
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