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December 13, 2013 | By Elliott Serrano, @ElliottSerrano and For RedEye
Since today is " Wear Star Wars/Share Star Wars Day " , I thought I'd share this fun video with all my fellow Star Wars fans! Courtesy of the funny folks of the Octavarius Comedy group comes "Stars! Wars! The Musical!" This is how it was put together according to Octavarius cast member Brian Wohl : "In March of 2012, Octavarius got a unique offer to fill a one-night-only slot at the historic Mercury Theater on Southport. We were told that we would have to load-in 2hrs before the show and we couldn't disturb the set as it was for the wedding of...
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May 22, 2014 | By Elliott Serrano, @ElliottSerrano and For RedEye
If you're a fan of Star Wars or the X-Men movies, here is a charity auction and raffle that you can enter, where you can win a unique piece of movie memorabilia or a once-in-a-lifetime experience! First up, with the release of X-Men: Days of Future Past this weekend, the folks at Charitybuzz have a set of Wolverine's claws - as used in the movie - for a that "geek who has everything" to bid on and win. The item was donated by Hutch Parker, producer of the newest installment in the X-Men film franchise.
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April 30, 2014 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
Boy, I would love to write a nice, poetic obituary for the Bulls. You know, it would talk about how much effort they gave, how much they hustled, how they shared the ball, how they lost their major stars and went on and had a great season and postseason. That, my friends, is the difference between Hollywood and Chicago. In Hollywood, the Bulls go on and have a deep run in the playoffs, maybe win the title through the magic of Tom Thibodeau's coaching. No. in Chicago, we live in the real world.
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May 21, 2014 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
Much must be said about the new Adam Sandler/Drew Barrymore romantic comedy “Blended,” but we'll save that for the review. For now, it's worth noting that the movie (opening Friday) is the first major big-screen role for 16-year-old Bella Thorne, who later this year also will release her debut album (“Call it Whatever,” due June 24) and debut novel (“Autumn Falls,” the first of a trilogy, out Nov. 11). That's in addition to appearing alongside Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner (“Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”)
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March 21, 2013 | By RedEye and RedEye
Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens and, to a lesser extent, Ashley Benson break out of their squeaky clean child star images in "Spring Breakers" playing three of four college students whose spring break in Florida takes them from parties to jail and a criminal underworld. (The fourth is played by writer-director Harmony Korine's wife, Rachel.) Best known for their roles in Disney Channel or ABC Family shows, the 20somethings have talked about transitioning into more adult roles. Selena Gomez Age: 20 Career: Started on the pre-school show "Barney & Friends" and spent her teen years...
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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...
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October 24, 2012 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
Jessy Schram laughs when I suggest she's the hardest working gal on TV these days, but she shouldn't. In the past two years, she's had plum roles in three high-profile series. The Skokie native and former Buffalo Grove resident currently can be seen at 7 p.m. Thursdays in ABC's "Last Resort" as Christine Kendal, the wife of Scott Speedman's rogue Navy officer Sam Kendal. She also stars as human-turned-alien Karen Nadler in TNT's summer hit, "Falling Skies," and played the dual role of Ashley Boyd/Cinderella in the first season of ABC's "Once Upon a Time.
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December 6, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko
At least he's wearing a Bulls jersey? Daft Punk have released a new video for 'Instant Crush' of their album Random Access Memories, and it's something. The video stars Stokes singer Juilan Casablancas, who provides vocals for the track, as a pretty creepy museum mannequin who apparently falls in love. Also, things start on fire.  Judge for yourself, but at least give props to Casablancas for repping the Bulls with a No. 23 Michael Jordan jersey.   Want more? Discuss this article and others on RedEye's Facebook...
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August 6, 2012 | By Georgia Garvey and RedEye
Squirrelfriends, the cast is out of the bag! New Now Next has released a video on its website listing the top 12 queens who'll be in the all-stars season of "RuPaul's Drag Race. " Fan fave Pandora Boxx was already announced to be one of the ladies-in-waiting for the title of America's Next Elite Drag Superstar, but the other names are new. (BTW, every runner-up contestant from the four seasons so far was picked.) The list is: 1. Manila Luzon (runner-up, season 3) 2. Mimi Imfurst (season 3)
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May 12, 2013 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
Hoping to change it prime time fortunes, NBC announced a bold new schedule Sunday filled with new shows and familiar stars. The network plans to introduce 17 new series during the season, including six new comedies, eight new dramas and three new reality shows. The schedule, announced by NBC's chairman of entertainment Robert Greenblatt, shakes up the network's schedule every night of the week except Sundays in the fall, which remains devoted to NBC's only sure thing--NFL football.
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May 20, 2014 | By Dana Moran and RedEye
Prince Harry actually agreeing to be on reality TV. Totally bonkers, right? Well, not to the contestants on Fox's “I Wanna Marry 'Harry,' “ which premieres at 8 p.m. Tuesday. The show finds 13 American women moving into a castle under the pretense of possibly meeting their Prince Charming. What they don't know is that said royal is actually Matthew Hicks, a 24-year-old British environmental consultant who just happens to look quite a bit like the U.K.'s cheekiest redhead. So just how convincing is this non-royal charmer?
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May 20, 2014 | By Dana Moran, @redeyedana and RedEye
What's the best part of a celebrity doing a magazine cover interview? (Hint: It's not seeing which restaurant they ate at.) No, it's reading all the ridiculous, unfiltered quotes that spew forth. Such is the case with the June issue of GQ: Cover boy and regular Joe, Channing Tatum, is at his finest. Can you spot which of the quotes below belong to Channing, and which came from one of his characters? It won't be easy.
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May 19, 2014 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ernestwilkins and RedEye Sound Board
What do Chance the Rapper, Rockie Fresh and Vic Mensa have in common, other than being Chicago rappers garnering national attention? They've all worked with Closed Sessions, meaning that Michael Kolar and Alex Fruchter, the team behind the Humboldt Park-based record label, might be the most important names you've never heard in the Chicago rap scene. Before you get your "Fire Ernest Wilkins" campaign ready, recognize that almost every important non-"drill" rap release to come from this third wave of Chicago rap (1994-'96, 2006-'07 and 2012-present)
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May 13, 2014 | By Elliott Serrano, @ElliottSerrano and For RedEye
With production of a new series of Star Wars movies now underway, interest in collectibles and memorabilia from the classic films is on the rise. And with the announcement that the cast from the Original Trilogy would be returning for Episode VII, the demand for items featuring the likes of Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher has also spiked. That's why auction events like PROFILES IN HISTORY'S 'DEBBIE REYNOLDS - THE AUCTION FINALE' is sure to attract attention from some of the most ardent Star Wars collectors.
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May 12, 2014 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
Before he wrote and starred in “Swingers” and went on to direct hits like “Elf” and “Iron Man,” Jon Favreau spent four years in Chicago learning improv at theaters like Second City, the Annoyance Theatre and Improv Olympic. “Everything came from my improv training,” says Favreau from L.A.. “It was the key to performing, it was the key to writing, to editing. The whole idea of forwarding the action, playing to the top of your intelligence, that was a big one. “I think Chicago has always been prominent in the careers of a lot...
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May 4, 2014 | By Chris Sosa, @redeyesportschi
It was useless for Minnesota to resist. The Blackhawks, with legitimate delusions of Stanley Cup grandeur, have a 2-0 lead in their playoff series against Minnesota after a 4-1 win Sunday at the United Center. Maybe it was the force - Sunday was May the 4 th , aka "Star Wars Day" - that propelled the Hawks to victory. They looked shaky at times but overwhelmed Minnesota when they had to, scoring two goals in the third period to put the game out of reach. "They're a patient team and they play well defensively, and sometimes when they do...
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July 23, 2012 | By Lisa Arnett and RedEye
In 2006, "Step Up" didn't just jumpstart the career of Channing Tatum (who's having a banner year with "The Vow," "21 Jump Street" and "Magic Mike") and introduce him to his wife, "Step Up" co-star Jenna Dewan . The film sparked a franchise whose fourth installment,"Step Up Revolution," opens Friday. "Revolution" features"So You Think You Can Dance"standout Kathryn McCormick and Ryan Guzman (a commercial actor and print model) in their first major film roles. McCormick plays Emily, aspiring professional dancer and love interest of Sean (Guzman)
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February 28, 2012 | Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
“Project X” puts you right in the center of the action - in this case, what may be the biggest onscreen party of all time. Or to put it another way, says “Project X” co-star Jonathan Daniel Brown, the movie has an “anti-authoritarian” vibe similar to the Occupy movement, “just without the whole reforming government thing. And getting drunk and meeting girls.” The R-rated teen comedy, produced by “The Hangover” director Todd Phillips, stars Thomas Mann as Thomas, whose 17th birthday celebration promises to...
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April 30, 2014 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
Boy, I would love to write a nice, poetic obituary for the Bulls. You know, it would talk about how much effort they gave, how much they hustled, how they shared the ball, how they lost their major stars and went on and had a great season and postseason. That, my friends, is the difference between Hollywood and Chicago. In Hollywood, the Bulls go on and have a deep run in the playoffs, maybe win the title through the magic of Tom Thibodeau's coaching. No. in Chicago, we live in the real world.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 29, 2014 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
Adam Driver is going from "Girls" to a galaxy far, far away as a cast member for "Star Wars: Episode VII. " After tons of speculation, Lucasfilm and Disney announced Tuesday the cast for the upcoming "Star Wars" film, but not what characters the actors will play. Expect zero plot details to be revealed as well. Driver, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the saga--Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker--in the new film.
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