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November 21, 2011 | By Ernest Wilkins, RedEye
** (out of four) I'll start this by admitting upfront that I'm not Rihanna's target audience. Hell, If we're being completely transparent, I'm the guy trying to sleep with Rihanna's target audience. Now that I've gotten that out of the way: This album is a Frankenstein monster of "I am in charge of my sexuality and you can't do anything about it" chest-thumps (the title track)  and "For the love of God, will you just do me already?" songs ("Birthday Cake" "Cockiness (Love It)"
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May 22, 2014 | By Ryan Smith and For RedEye
Set in a hyper-connected modern-day Chicago, "Watch Dogs" is full of virtual versions of real places. Between shootouts and car chases, gamers can even check in to and learn about more than 100 hot spots throughout the city, Foursquare-style.But did Canadian developer Ubisoft Montreal do Chicago justice? RedEye grabbed a controller to play watchdog on "Watch Dogs. " The Loop Willis Tower, check. Streets named for dead presidents, check. Minor quibbles aside (The Bean looks more like a giant, yogurt-covered raisin)
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May 8, 2014 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
I saw a fascinating headline this week. One that inspired me. It said simply "Niklas Hjalmarsson unable to speak, but will play. " And I thought, what if certain athletes had a "no speak, play only" clause in their contract? Say I'm a sports agent. I don't negotiate for ludicrous sums of money. I negotiate for "my client only wants to play, he doesn't want to talk" clauses. You say I'm crazy. I say look at our athletes in Chicago. Who's really good at talking? Right now, approximately … no one. Jay Cutler isn't.
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May 13, 2014 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco
With one look in the mirror, your eyes zero in on that body part you want to fix. Everyone has body issues, even Evan Shy. The owner of ShyTown Fitness has a six-pack, but still wants to improve his abs. His other so-called problem areas? His lower back, lats and legs. "I'm not even close to achieving the physique that I am aspiring to achieve," said Shy, 28, who lives in Streeterville. What may seem nitpicky to some is the personal trainer's way of gearing up for bodybuilding competitions.
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August 28, 2012 | Ernest Wilkins, @ErnestWilkins
This past weekend, I came across a letter I wrote in 2007 as a senior at Florida State. Here it is below in full with annotated notes from me in 2012. Send this to your little brother or sister. As i sit here, blowing off my International Organizations Final, I think back on the past 4 years, and what lessons i learned. Let's get into it, eh? ~Gentlemen, getting a girl to date you isn't hard. Here's how it works.   You see that hot girl over there? Yeah, her. Go say hey.   Stop being nervous.
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December 7, 2011 | By John Giokaris, For RedEye
Imagine if national politics were a Bears game. The Democratic Senate is the elusive running back, the Republican House of Representatives is the loud and brash wide receiver and President Obama is the quarterback who makes it all come together. They may not all get along in the locker room, but they're on the same team. And don't look now, but it's late in the fourth quarter and the home team is down by a touchdown. You thought the Bears had a hard time scoring 7 against Kansas City on Sunday?
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August 11, 2013 | By Evan F. Moore and For RedEye
When Michelle Harris, the Bulls' director of entertainment, has the floor, she means business. "Buckle up and be ready," Harris told the 225 estimated women who came to the United Center on Saturday in hopes of becoming a member of the Luvabulls. They hail from different backgrounds - teacher, account executive and personal trainer, to name a few. But they all have one goal: to land one of the 20 open spots on the Bulls' dance team, which is in its 35 t h season. The first rounds of cuts were made this weekend, and the squad will be finalized later this week.
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September 3, 2013 | By Stephen Markley, @stephenmarkley and For RedEye
I find Martin Luther King Jr. an infuriating historical figure. Not because of anything the good doctor did in his lifetime, which was monumental and inspiring, but because of the way his mantle, image and aura have been appropriated so vapidly. Gun advocates cite him to further proliferate firearms. Advertisers employ his image to sell consumer goods. Pretty much everyone left, right and center appropriates his mantle to advocate whatever position they're hocking. Yet the uncomfortable truth about King is that he was a radical, widely reviled before his death for telling...
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April 26, 2012 | By Dana Moran and RedEye
The on-screen ladies might be hoppin' for "Five-Year Engagement" star Jason Segel, but it hasn't really been the case in real life. How do we know? He's been vocal about it -- very, very vocal. Check out our timeline of some of Segel's best quotes on his love life, up to his new romance with Michelle Williams. Warning: They may make you want to be his best friend -- or lovah.  April 2009 "I just like people, if that makes any sense. If I meet a dude at a bar, I love just talking to the dude about his life or whatever.
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March 21, 2012 | Anna Pulley and RedEye's sex columnist
My boyfriend and I are having sex. It's great sex. But lately he has wanted me to beg before he enters me. I don't know what to say. I try and try to come up with something he'd like. I beg by saying "master" but he doesn't want me to use master. He said it's a turn off. What should I say? —Clueless What do you want, a script? Erotic dialogue costs extra, my friend. The advice part, however, is free. And as you no doubt know, beggars can't be choosers. Although, maybe you don't know that since you're asking me how to beg. When it comes to dirty talk,...
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May 8, 2014 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
I saw a fascinating headline this week. One that inspired me. It said simply "Niklas Hjalmarsson unable to speak, but will play. " And I thought, what if certain athletes had a "no speak, play only" clause in their contract? Say I'm a sports agent. I don't negotiate for ludicrous sums of money. I negotiate for "my client only wants to play, he doesn't want to talk" clauses. You say I'm crazy. I say look at our athletes in Chicago. Who's really good at talking? Right now, approximately … no one. Jay Cutler isn't.
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May 6, 2014 | By Julia Borcherts @Julia Borcherts
Spring is traditionally a time for transformation, but actor Nate Braga takes that concept a step further than most. The 30-year-old Rochester, Minn. native - who spent six years in Chicago acting and earning a musical theater degree from Columbia College before moving to New York in 2008 - floats like a butterfly but stings like a bee in "M. Butterfly," David Henry Hwang's Tony Award-winning postmodern drama inspired by the Puccini opera, "Madama Butterfly. " In the show, a French civil servant falls in love with a beautiful Chinese opera...
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April 25, 2014 | By Elliott Serrano, @ElliottSerrano and For RedEye
Among the many stars of comic books and graphic novels to appear at C2E2 (Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo) this weekend will be DC Comics' Batman scribe Scott Snyder.  I first discovered Snyder after reading his breakthrough horror title “ American Vampire ” and have been a fan ever since.  He would achieve star status with his runs on “Detective Comics” and “ Superman Unchained ”, and is currently involved in planning for...
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April 21, 2014 | By Julia Borcherts @Julia Borcherts
Sometimes, the more things change, the more they stay the same. Greenwich Village, 1967: A new generation struggles with questions about drug laws, race relations and U.S. involvement in war while attempting to navigate sex, love and friendships. Sound familiar? Chicago, 2014: American Theater Company presents the controversial classic musical about a group of young hippies who fight for civil rights and an end to the war in Vietnam during the most turbulent year in American history.
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April 21, 2014 | By Elliott Serrano, @ElliottSerrano and For RedEye
The stars of comic books, television and movies will be in town this weekend during the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), to be held at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. Among the comic celebs will be award-winning writer Brian Azzarello, known for his take on some of DC Comics' greatest heroes: Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman. With Batman currently celebrating his 75th Anniversary, Azzarello took time from his busy schedule to talk about the iconic character.
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April 14, 2014 | By Julia Borcherts @Julia Borcherts and For RedEye
Chicago native Allison Semmes is a classical singer by training - she has a bachelor's degree in opera from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - but she grew up with Motown in the house. "That was the popular music of [my parents'] time," she said. "That was like their Beyonce. " Now, Semmes, who grew up in Hyde Park, returns to Chicago to star as Diana Ross in the national tour of "Motown the Musical," which kicks off with a three-month run at the Oriental Theatre. Based on Motown founder...
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June 21, 2012 | By Anthony Roberts, For RedEye
When I was a kid, I used to ask my mom to peek into the closet and look under my bed before turning out the lights for the night. I haven't feared the shadows since then, but it seems like the more I swim laps in the dating pool, the more I have to beware of a new kind of monster. They're just as terrifying as the kind that gave me the creeps as a kid, but these are a little harder to spot at first glance. I'm talking, of course, about marriage monsters. These are people who are hellbent on speeding up the process and transforming their next date into a life partner.
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July 26, 2012 | Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
In about a week-and-a-half I'll post yesterday's very fun interview with"Celeste and Jesse Forever"star/co-writer Rashida Jones. For now, here's a snippet from the conversation that has nothing to do with the movie (opening Aug. 10) or anything else - just an enjoyable discussion about music with someone who, in my opinion, has quite good taste. Photographer Lenny Gilmore (to me): Did you listen to that new Passion Pit album? Me: Yeah, it's good. Rashida Jones: Passion fruit, what?
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March 7, 2014 | By Elliott Serrano, @ElliottSerrano and For RedEye
After heating things up as a member of the "Hottest Geek Guys of Winter 2014" , NFL pro (and former Chicago Bear) Israel Idonije cooled off by taking part in the Chicago Polar Plunge last weekend. This came on the heels of the announcement that his comic book company Athleta Comics would be going through a slight name change, to Athlitacomics, LLC . He also released a sneak peek at the cover to his company's first comic, "The Protectors" , created by Idonije and written by Ron Marz with art by Bart Sears . Add to that his...
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March 7, 2014 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
We all know her as Carrie Bradshaw, the "Sex and the City" character who had a great love affair with New York City, her friends, writing, fashion and ... shoes. Sarah Jessica Parker stopped Friday in Chicago to promote her new shoe line, the SJP Collection at Nordstrom. RedEye sat down at the Michigan Avenue store with the actress, who wore a cream dress, pearls, sheer stirrup tights and strappy nude pumps. Shoes from her new collection, priced from $195 to just under $500, have names.
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