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October 18, 2012 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
** (out of four) Only you can say what scares you. The audience at tonight's "Paranormal Activity 4" screening didn't tell me what scares them, but if their consistent screams were converted into words, they'd translate to, "Yes, the image of people levitating or being suddenly yanked out of bed still freaks me out!" Not me. What made "Paranormal Activity 3" such a step up from its two dull predecessors was that directors Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost (taking over for part 3 after helming "Catfish")
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October 23, 2013 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
Nearly a week after "Scandal" First Lady Mellie Grant got sloshed and told off her philandering husband, fans still are buzzing about "Drunk Mellie. " Bellamy Young is happy to hear it, but she was initially terrified about delivering the moonshine-fueled monologue on the ABC hit. "I worried so much about that scene," Young told me during a recent phone interview. "I got that speech and I got scared, 'cause acting drunk can go so wrong. But my Lord, the journey in that speech - the emotional topography - it just took work.
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November 17, 2011 | By Whizzer, RedEye
There's an old saying that goes something like this: "You can't keep a good dog down. " Actually, that's a lie. But that's what it should be. Do not adjust your glasses or your monitor, folks, what you are seeing is indeed real. I'm back. After a couple of months shooting films in Hollywood, I have returned to Chicago and my RedEye roots. Actually, that's a lie too. The Hollywood part, not the RedEye part. And I'm back to doing what I do best. Predicting sporting events.
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October 14, 2013 | By Julia Borcherts, @JuliaBorcherts and For RedEye
Just when you thought it was safe to go out to the theater, these blood-curdling comedies and dramas of doom have emerged from the grave - or, technically, from behind the curtain - to heat up your Halloween season. "Musical of the Living Dead" Bloody tap dancing, power ballads and rapping zombies appear in The Cowardly Scarecrow Theatre Company's parody of horror flicks and musical theater, during which a cast of 10 attempts to escape a ravenous horde of brain-eaters as buckets of blood - 10 gallons per show, to be exact - splatter the actors and the front row of the audience.
SPORTS
May 2, 2013 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
I can't sleep and you can't either. It's the nightmare I keep having. The curse of the Presidents' Trophy. It's awarded to the best regular-season NHL team. And it means … nothing. It rarely happens that the team that wins it wins the whole thing. In fact, I remember when the Blackhawks won the trophy last. Oh, it was 1991. I panic because that year we lost to some first-round Cinderella from … Minnesota. They were the North Stars then. Memories are memories and I'm scared.
NEWS
October 28, 2012 | By Stephen Markley, @stephenmarkley and For RedEye
Correct me if I'm wrong, but has this not been the most weirdly misogynistic election season since - I want to say - women got the vote? Here's my theory: Men are beginning to figure out that it's all over for us, and we're having a society-wide freakout about it. It's not just Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock proclaiming that God wants women to have their rape babies or Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin with his scintillating insights...
SPORTS
April 22, 2013 | By Alex Quigley and For RedEye
The Stanley Cup playoffs won't start until next week, but since the Blackhawks are locked in as the No. 1 seed in the West - and almost certainly No. 1 overall - it's only natural to start looking ahead to the postseason. Especially with this year's team, which is on pace to finish with the best points percentage of any NHL team since 1930. Heck, you may already be staking out a solid parade-watching spot. But like a bizarro farmer, the Stanley Cup playoffs enjoy stomping on your silly little seeds.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 21, 2012 | By Curt Wagner and RedEye
Check out the travels of Leslie Hope of ABC's paranormal hit, “The River,” and you get the impression that very little scares the Canadian actress. Long before “The River” came along, when she was playing Teri Bauer on “24,” Hope trekked deep into the Amazon River basin to live for a week with the Huaorani Indians. She's traveled to Iceland, Peru, the Faroe Islands, Turkey, China and Laos. A 2003 trip took her to Cambodia, which inspired her to make the award-winning documentary short about street kids called “What I See When I...
NEWS
July 30, 2012 | Stephen Markley
It's climate week on Off the Markley (read yesterday's post on the disastrous summer of 2012 ), and we're going to use today's post to talk about why delaying action on our climatological experiment is not really an option. In all my writing on the state of our climate emergency, I keep running into two dangerous myths that perpetuate themselves even among smart, relatively informed people (well, three if you count people who still think that “climategate” was a thing that meant everything is just fine)
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September 19, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
*** (out of four) When John (Sam Rockwell) accidentally shoots and kills a woman in the woods and finds a box of money nearby, there's no moral choice to be made, only a practical one. He can't afford not to take it - and obviously hasn't seen “No Country for Old Men” for a look at the likely consequences. John's out of work and thinks maybe the cash influx will help him reunite with his estranged wife (Kelly Reilly of “Flight”) and young son. At one point in “A Single Shot” the boy is babysat by a naked woman and her creepy hookup who declares,...
ENTERTAINMENT
September 19, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
*** (out of four) When John (Sam Rockwell) accidentally shoots and kills a woman in the woods and finds a box of money nearby, there's no moral choice to be made, only a practical one. He can't afford not to take it - and obviously hasn't seen “No Country for Old Men” for a look at the likely consequences. John's out of work and thinks maybe the cash influx will help him reunite with his estranged wife (Kelly Reilly of “Flight”) and young son. At one point in “A Single Shot” the boy is babysat by a naked woman and her creepy hookup who declares, “My dick's a...
SPORTS
May 2, 2013 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
I can't sleep and you can't either. It's the nightmare I keep having. The curse of the Presidents' Trophy. It's awarded to the best regular-season NHL team. And it means … nothing. It rarely happens that the team that wins it wins the whole thing. In fact, I remember when the Blackhawks won the trophy last. Oh, it was 1991. I panic because that year we lost to some first-round Cinderella from … Minnesota. They were the North Stars then. Memories are memories and I'm scared.
SPORTS
April 22, 2013 | By Alex Quigley and For RedEye
The Stanley Cup playoffs won't start until next week, but since the Blackhawks are locked in as the No. 1 seed in the West - and almost certainly No. 1 overall - it's only natural to start looking ahead to the postseason. Especially with this year's team, which is on pace to finish with the best points percentage of any NHL team since 1930. Heck, you may already be staking out a solid parade-watching spot. But like a bizarro farmer, the Stanley Cup playoffs enjoy stomping on your silly little seeds.
NEWS
October 28, 2012 | By Stephen Markley, @stephenmarkley and For RedEye
Correct me if I'm wrong, but has this not been the most weirdly misogynistic election season since - I want to say - women got the vote? Here's my theory: Men are beginning to figure out that it's all over for us, and we're having a society-wide freakout about it. It's not just Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock proclaiming that God wants women to have their rape babies or Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin with his scintillating insights...
ENTERTAINMENT
October 18, 2012 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
** (out of four) Only you can say what scares you. The audience at tonight's "Paranormal Activity 4" screening didn't tell me what scares them, but if their consistent screams were converted into words, they'd translate to, "Yes, the image of people levitating or being suddenly yanked out of bed still freaks me out!" Not me. What made "Paranormal Activity 3" such a step up from its two dull predecessors was that directors Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost (taking over for part 3 after helming "Catfish")
NEWS
July 30, 2012 | Stephen Markley
It's climate week on Off the Markley (read yesterday's post on the disastrous summer of 2012 ), and we're going to use today's post to talk about why delaying action on our climatological experiment is not really an option. In all my writing on the state of our climate emergency, I keep running into two dangerous myths that perpetuate themselves even among smart, relatively informed people (well, three if you count people who still think that “climategate” was a thing that meant everything is just fine)
ENTERTAINMENT
October 23, 2013 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
Nearly a week after "Scandal" First Lady Mellie Grant got sloshed and told off her philandering husband, fans still are buzzing about "Drunk Mellie. " Bellamy Young is happy to hear it, but she was initially terrified about delivering the moonshine-fueled monologue on the ABC hit. "I worried so much about that scene," Young told me during a recent phone interview. "I got that speech and I got scared, 'cause acting drunk can go so wrong. But my Lord, the journey in that speech - the emotional topography - it just took work.
NEWS
October 14, 2013 | By Julia Borcherts, @JuliaBorcherts and For RedEye
Just when you thought it was safe to go out to the theater, these blood-curdling comedies and dramas of doom have emerged from the grave - or, technically, from behind the curtain - to heat up your Halloween season. "Musical of the Living Dead" Bloody tap dancing, power ballads and rapping zombies appear in The Cowardly Scarecrow Theatre Company's parody of horror flicks and musical theater, during which a cast of 10 attempts to escape a ravenous horde of brain-eaters as buckets of blood - 10 gallons per show, to be exact - splatter the actors and the...
ENTERTAINMENT
February 21, 2012 | By Curt Wagner and RedEye
Check out the travels of Leslie Hope of ABC's paranormal hit, “The River,” and you get the impression that very little scares the Canadian actress. Long before “The River” came along, when she was playing Teri Bauer on “24,” Hope trekked deep into the Amazon River basin to live for a week with the Huaorani Indians. She's traveled to Iceland, Peru, the Faroe Islands, Turkey, China and Laos. A 2003 trip took her to Cambodia, which inspired her to make the award-winning documentary short about street kids called “What I See When I Close My Eyes.” ...
SPORTS
November 17, 2011 | By Whizzer, RedEye
There's an old saying that goes something like this: "You can't keep a good dog down. " Actually, that's a lie. But that's what it should be. Do not adjust your glasses or your monitor, folks, what you are seeing is indeed real. I'm back. After a couple of months shooting films in Hollywood, I have returned to Chicago and my RedEye roots. Actually, that's a lie too. The Hollywood part, not the RedEye part. And I'm back to doing what I do best. Predicting sporting events.
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