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February 19, 2013 | Elliott Serrano, for Redeye
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May 15, 2014 | By Julia Borcherts and For RedEye
EAT 80th Anniversary Celebration Lotties Pub 1925 W. Cortland St. 773-489-0738 Party like it's 1934 with 80-cent burgers (noon-4 p.m. Saturday) and all-day Saturday specials including $8 homemade pizzas, $5 Jameson shots and $5 Jameson Black and Stormy cocktails. Sunday, chill with 80-cent mimosas from open until close. 11 a.m.-3 a.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Sunday. No cover. Ho-Down Pig Roast Smoke Daddy 1804 W. Division St. 773-772-6656 Celebrate the Wicker Park spot's 20th birthday with an indoor-outdoor bash featuring house-smoked suckling pig served with...
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June 12, 2012 | Elliott Serrano, For RedEye
With all the talk about the second Star Trek film currently in production, Trekkies (or "Trekkers" if you're one of those Trek fans that's particular about your nick-name) have lots to talk about. You've got pics of Benedict Cumberbatch as an as-yet-unnamed villain cropping up. (Yeah, yeah I know he's rumored to be Khan, but I doubt it.) And a comic-book crossover with Doctor Who hitting store shelves! So yeah, lotsa fun stuff. And now I get to share some Trek goodies courtesy of my chumms at AllPosters.com !
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March 17, 2014 | By Julia Borcherts @Julia Borcherts and For RedEye
Have friends or family expressed wonder - or concern - about your encyclopedic knowledge of "Battlestar Galactica?" Ever passed up a date to avoid ending a role-playing game marathon? Does your idea of a perfect weekend include binge-viewing "Dr. Who"? If you answered "yes" to any of the above - or even if you just have a passionate interest in what others who don't own lightsabers or 20-sided dice might call geeky pursuits - the second annual Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival is for you. "There are just a ton of wonderful nerd comedy groups in Chicago," said Katie Johnston-Smith, who...
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August 14, 2013 | Elliott Serrano, for Redeye
For many sci-fi geeks, the name of Gene Roddenberry will always be synonymous with Star Trek and visions of the future. When the creator of the classic science fiction series passed away, his son took it upon himself to carry on his father's legacy. But it wasn't a mantle that he would readily assume. And as he explained to me in the following interview, it would take almost a decade for Rod Roddenberry to discover how important his father's creation would be to scores of "Trekkies.
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May 27, 2013 | Stephen Markley
“Star Trek: Into Darkness” bothered me in a number of ways. A warning: if you haven't seen the movie, spoilers lie ahead. If you read on, get ready for a nerded-out rant, the likes of which you've never before seen (unless you read anything else I write about movies). Movie-going in general This is more of a general complaint about the movie-going experience. With the advent of unbelievable home theater systems wouldn't you think that theaters would be attempting to make the movie-going experience more pleasurable and not make us all sit there getting...
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November 9, 2012 | Elliott Serrano, For RedEye
With all the news about Star Wars flooding the internet, it would stand to reason that Star Trek fans, aka "Trekkies" (or "Trekkers" if you're touchy about the nickname) would get a bit jealous. Well, here's a lil' sumtin' sumtin' for Star Trek nerds! Just like they did for Season One, CBS Home Entertainment is holding special screenings of two episodes from "Star Trek: The Next Generation" Season Two! (I attended the screening of Season One earlier this year with Star Trek uber-fan Shannon Downey and her...
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March 29, 2013 | Elliott Serrano, for Redeye
With all the pre-release press that has been going out about the new Star Trek game, you'd think I'd have grown immune to it all. Well, this stunt involving the original Captian Kirk (or do you call him Kirk Prime ?) William Shatner made me grin from ear to ear. Check it out!: A Showdown Four Decades Later: William Shatner Faces the Alien Gorn Again in Promo for Upcoming Release of  STAR TREK  ® : THE VIDEO GAME Reprise of legendary 1967 TV battle between Shatner's Captain Kirk and lizard-like...
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April 17, 2013 | Elliott Serrano, for Redeye
If you're a Star Trek: The Next Generation fan in Chicago, I would hope that you've been able to check out one of the previous screenings that Fathom Events have been putting on in the area. As CBS Home Entertainment has been issuing the re-mastered seasons of the show, Fathom shows select episodes from each season on a limited number of movie theaters. I've attended screenings of episodes from Seasons One and Two - which were fun - but now they're up to Season Three and will be screening a remastered version of the 2 episodes...
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January 2, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
Though he was five years removed from an Oscar nomination, in 2011 Ryan Gosling was everywhere, skyrocketing into A-list territory thanks to "Crazy Stupid Love," "Drive" and "The Ides of March. " In 2012 it was Channing Tatum, who scored three hits ("The Vow," "21 Jump Street," "Magic Mike") and delivered the best work of his career in "Mike," a movie that was much better than anyone expected. (Sorry to those who just wanted the film suggested by the ads, which was pretty much two hours of stripping.)
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November 15, 2013 | By Elliott Serrano @ElliottSerrano and For RedEye
The temps were low, but hopes were high as aspiring actors from all over the country lined up outside Park West on Thursday for an open casting call for “Star Wars: Episode VII.” The line started at the Park West doors and went on for blocks, winding through the Lincoln Park neighborhood. It's estimated that more than1,000 showed up, all with the hope that they would be chosen for the roles of “Thomas” or “Rachel” in the highly anticipated sequel. Candidates were sorted through by casting associate Maryellen Aviano, who has worked on films including “Man of...
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August 14, 2013 | Elliott Serrano, for Redeye
For many sci-fi geeks, the name of Gene Roddenberry will always be synonymous with Star Trek and visions of the future. When the creator of the classic science fiction series passed away, his son took it upon himself to carry on his father's legacy. But it wasn't a mantle that he would readily assume. And as he explained to me in the following interview, it would take almost a decade for Rod Roddenberry to discover how important his father's creation would be to scores of "Trekkies.
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May 27, 2013 | Stephen Markley
“Star Trek: Into Darkness” bothered me in a number of ways. A warning: if you haven't seen the movie, spoilers lie ahead. If you read on, get ready for a nerded-out rant, the likes of which you've never before seen (unless you read anything else I write about movies). Movie-going in general This is more of a general complaint about the movie-going experience. With the advent of unbelievable home theater systems wouldn't you think that theaters would be attempting to make the movie-going experience more pleasurable and not make us all sit there getting...
ENTERTAINMENT
May 14, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
***1/2 (out of four) And down goes “Iron Man 3.” Touching on similar themes with far greater depth and maturity, “Star Trek Into Darkness” sets the bar for the summer blockbuster movie season. Yes, action and character development can coexist. Yes, expensive movies can embrace moral complexity. Hell yeah, a villain can be both cool and scary. He's John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch, pure dynamite), a Starfleet officer who goes rogue, unleashing terror on 23rd century London and a major threat to Capt.
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May 13, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
Capt. Kirk and his first officer, Spock, probably wouldn't belt out Bon Jovi's “Livin' on a Prayer” aboard the starship Enterprise. Yet Zachary Quinto, who returns as Spock in the exciting sci-fi/action sequel “Star Trek Into Darkness,” names that song as the hypothetical theme to Kirk (Chris Pine) and Spock's relationship. It feels appropriate - if you ignore the track's romantic implications - for the film opening in IMAX May 15. The iconic characters strengthen and challenge their bond while discovering that they're only, say,...
ENTERTAINMENT
April 17, 2013 | Elliott Serrano, for Redeye
If you're a Star Trek: The Next Generation fan in Chicago, I would hope that you've been able to check out one of the previous screenings that Fathom Events have been putting on in the area. As CBS Home Entertainment has been issuing the re-mastered seasons of the show, Fathom shows select episodes from each season on a limited number of movie theaters. I've attended screenings of episodes from Seasons One and Two - which were fun - but now they're up to Season Three and will be screening a remastered version of...
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June 28, 2012 | Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
** (out of four) Close the nominations. Contest over. The worst musical score of 2012 goes to “People Like Us,” which delivers such manipulative twinkle-twinkle-jangle-string-section compositions that even the few moments of this melodrama that would have felt authentic turn to corny mush. Cue the dramatic orchestration to express my discontent for composer A.R. Rahman (“Slumdog Millionaire”). On the plus side, the movie's two-star rating belongs almost exclusively to a four-star performance from Elizabeth Banks, breathing vibrant personality into a movie...
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March 17, 2014 | By Julia Borcherts @Julia Borcherts and For RedEye
Have friends or family expressed wonder - or concern - about your encyclopedic knowledge of "Battlestar Galactica?" Ever passed up a date to avoid ending a role-playing game marathon? Does your idea of a perfect weekend include binge-viewing "Dr. Who"? If you answered "yes" to any of the above - or even if you just have a passionate interest in what others who don't own lightsabers or 20-sided dice might call geeky pursuits - the second annual Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival is for you. "There are just a ton of wonderful nerd comedy groups in Chicago,"...
ENTERTAINMENT
April 2, 2013 | Elliott Serrano, for Redeye
Considering my - um - history with Star Trek folks, you'd think that I wouldn't be so welcome in their universe. Let's face it, the first time I met William Shatner he tried drowning a Jean-Luc Picard Action Figure that he assumed was mine. Newsflash, Captain Kirk! It wasn't! Anyhoo... Despite my checkered past with the crew of the Enterprise , the funny folks of " Improvised Star Tre k " have invited me to be a part of their show this Friday! I'll be a contestant in "The Away Mission Game" where I will be selecting my favorite...
ENTERTAINMENT
March 29, 2013 | Elliott Serrano, for Redeye
With all the pre-release press that has been going out about the new Star Trek game, you'd think I'd have grown immune to it all. Well, this stunt involving the original Captian Kirk (or do you call him Kirk Prime ?) William Shatner made me grin from ear to ear. Check it out!: A Showdown Four Decades Later: William Shatner Faces the Alien Gorn Again in Promo for Upcoming Release of  STAR TREK  ® : THE VIDEO GAME Reprise of legendary 1967 TV battle between Shatner's Captain Kirk and lizard-like...
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