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December 20, 2012 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
Chicago's young actors might have another opportunity to further their careers--in reality TV. Emmy award-winning production company The Wolper Organization is casting actors in their 20s and 30s for a reality TV pilot called "The Nick of Time" that is set to be filmed in Chicago in early 2013. If the show is picked up by a network, it will follow the actors as they try to make it in show business. The producers are looking for charismatic young actors with great personalities, big dreams and ambitions who are serious about making acting their careers.
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December 20, 2012 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
Chicago's young actors might have another opportunity to further their careers--in reality TV. Emmy award-winning production company The Wolper Organization is casting actors in their 20s and 30s for a reality TV pilot called "The Nick of Time" that is set to be filmed in Chicago in early 2013. If the show is picked up by a network, it will follow the actors as they try to make it in show business. The producers are looking for charismatic young actors with great personalities, big dreams and ambitions who are serious about making acting their careers.
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November 4, 2011 | By Scott Bolohan for RedEye
Tracy Morgan has earned a reputation as a wild card in his performances. But there's also a serious side to him, one that often comes out in interviews. This was not one of those interviews.   The serious questions we prepared for him quickly became irrelevant. He spent most of the interview half-yelling, straddling the line of is-he-serious-or-not as only he can. You can laugh (or not) when he plays the Improv this weekend.   How's it going Tracy?   I'm good, how are you?
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November 4, 2011 | By Scott Bolohan for RedEye
Tracy Morgan has earned a reputation as a wild card in his performances. But there's also a serious side to him, one that often comes out in interviews. This was not one of those interviews.   The serious questions we prepared for him quickly became irrelevant. He spent most of the interview half-yelling, straddling the line of is-he-serious-or-not as only he can. You can laugh (or not) when he plays the Improv this weekend.   How's it going Tracy?   I'm good, how are you?
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January 13, 2013 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
Golden Globe Awards co-hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler opened Sunday's ceremony promising they wouldn't be as snarky as former host Ricky Gervais, but they managed to get off a few zingers. "Ricky Gervais could not be here tonight because he is no longer technically in show business," Fey said. Gervais, James Cameron, Quentin Tarantino and James Franco took the sharpest arrows from the real-life besties, who kept the surprises coming by "ceremony bombing" throughout the show. When the nominees for best actress in a TV movie or miniseries were announced, for example, Poehler--in fake teeth and...
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April 16, 2013 | By Julia Borcherts, @JuliaBorcherts and For RedEye
Broken Lizard co-founder Jay Chandrasekhar admits that when writing jokes, it's much easier to get raunchy than to avoid the dirt. "We try mightily to come up with bits that are clean, because it's the only way you can get on Kimmel or Letterman," he said by phone. "You can't get on with most of the bits that we write. [But] it's a struggle to come up with clean stuff. " We caught up with Chandrasekhar, a Chicago-area native who shot to fame with Broken Lizard in such cult classic movies as "Super Troopers," "Beerfest" and most recently, "The Babymakers," who...
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April 30, 2012 | By Julia Borcherts and for RedEye
"Girl walks into a bar"--sounds like the set-up of a classic joke. It's also the title of comedian and former "SNL" cast member Rachel Dratch's humorous new memoir, "Girl Walks Into a Bar--Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle," in which she dishes on everything from bad dates to getting replaced on "30 Rock" to becoming unexpectedly pregnant at 43. Dratch, who earned two "Best Actress in a Revue" Jeff Awards performing on...
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October 30, 2012 | By Georgia Garvey @gcgarvey
Hi, squirrelfriends, and welcome back to the greatest TV show on earth, "RuPaul's Drag Race," all-stars edition. When last we checked in with RuPaul and company, they were bidding adieu to a suprisingly sour Pandora Boxx and an equally surprisingly game Mimi Imfurst. At the start of this week, the remaining queens rehash the last episode. Some of the ladies felt Mimi shouldn't have been there in the first place, but they agree Pandora took their pairing  way too hard. "When you give up, you go home," Jujubee wisely intones.
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February 18, 2013 | By Julia Borcherts, For RedEye
She's a survivor - a difficult feat in show business, even if you did leap to fame at age 19 as Beyonce's sidekick. In just a few short years, Rockford native Michelle Williams went from directing church and community choirs to winning a Grammy as part of pop trio Destiny's Child. Since then, in addition to her work as a solo gospel and R&B artist, Williams has spent some serious time on stage--in the title role of Broadway's "Aida," as Roxie Hart in the London production of "Chicago" and as Shug Avery in the national tour of "The Color Purple.
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April 24, 2014 | By Julia Borcherts and For RedEye
EAT Fried Chicken Dinner Publican Quality Meats 825 W. Fulton Market 312-445-8977 Close out your weekend with comfort food courtesy of chef Chris Kuziemko, who serves up a one-night a la carte feast featuring a half fried chicken ($9.50) with multiple optional sides including grits and morels with cheddar cheese and peas ($8). 5-8 p.m. Sunday. Nomi Boutique Chocolate Pop-Up Park Hyatt Chicago 800 N. Michigan Ave. 312-335-1234 Pastry chef Meg Galus sweetens your day with French- and American-style pastries, confections, gifts and sweet...
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July 13, 2012 | Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
Originally published Jan. 15, 2010. If there is anything hard about interviewing Harrison Ford, it's that the actor has amassed such a varied filmography of legendary highs (“Star Wars,” “Indiana Jones”), genre classics (“Blade Runner,” “The Fugitive”) and some pretty big stinkers (“Firewall”). There are simply too many questions to ask in a 15-minute window. Oh, and the other thing is that Ford, who grew up in Uptown and graduated from northwest suburban Maine East High School, is simply a tough interview.
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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...
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