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September 13, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
South Loop resident Dylan Oakes, 20, said he was surprised this week when he tapped his wallet against the Ventra card reader and was charged $5 for his CTA ride since he has a prepaid university pass through Columbia College. Instead of reading his U-Pass Ventra card, though, the Ventra reader pulled from his contactless Chase card in his wallet--a frustration that some Ventra users have shared on social media. The CTA said it aware of the complaints and is asking its riders to take Ventra cards out of their wallets and purses so unregistered debit cards are not accidentally charged.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 26, 2011 | By Curt Wagner and RedEye
The demented horror flick, “The Human Centipede,” was just ripe for a “South Park” treatment, but I didn't see this coming. In director Tom Six's film, a crazy German scientist sews together three people to form a “human centipede.” In the 15th season premiere of “South Park,” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have stitched (get it?!) the twisted 2010 tale to Apple creator Steve Jobs, who introduces a "new product that will once again revolutionize the way we use our phones and tablet devices": the HumancentiPad.
NEWS
May 9, 2013 | By Ryan Smith, @RyanSmithWriter and For RedEye
Visitors at The 3D Printer Experience in River North can have their body scanned while a tiny machine assembles a small plastic replica of their head in a half an hour. They also can design jewelry on a computer program wear it after a few quick minutes. Then there's a display area where they can see a fully functioning violin, medieval-style chainmail glove or a slipper that looks like it once belonged on Cinderella's foot--all made with the same kind of automated technology. It's a lot like being beamed up to a “Star Trek”-like world of the science fiction future, right?
ENTERTAINMENT
December 15, 2011 | By Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
*** (out of four) Tom Cruise runs like a maniac. It's kind of awesome. The much-maligned but still very commanding movie star's relentless, up-for-anything energy keeps the blood flowing and the stunts, uh, stunting in the first “Mission: Impossible” movie since 2006's great “Mission: Impossible III.” I mean, I can't say how much Cruise did or didn't do atop the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building in Dubai, but the scene...
ENTERTAINMENT
April 5, 2012 | Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
*** (out of four) Like many of us, Jiro Oro possesses an intense love of sushi. Unlike the rest of us, the award-winning Japanese chef knows first-hand the value of massaging an octopus for 40-50 minutes to give it a soft texture. I mean, when I massage an octopus, it's just for my own relaxation. In “Jiro Dreams of Sushi,” this 85-year-old master, the oldest chef to earn a three-star Michelin rating, demonstrates a formula for success through the unrelenting pursuit of perfection.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 9, 2012 | By Curt Wagner and RedEye
NBC has ordered a full season of "Chicago Fire," an "action-driven drama exploring the complex and heroic men and women of the Chicago Fire Department. " The series pilot was filmed in Chicago and, according to an NBC rep, the series will continue to be filmed in the Windy City. From "Law & Order" creator Dick Wolf, the series stars Taylor Kinney ("The Vampire Diaries"), Jesse Spencer ("House"), Monica Raymund ("The Good Wife"), former Chicagoan David Eigenberg ("Sex and the City")
ENTERTAINMENT
June 27, 2012 | By Julia Borcherts, For RedEye
EAT Gauge your interest The Gage, 24 S. Michigan Ave. 312-372-4243 Five years ago, chef Dirk Flanigan created a five-course menu featuring speck-wrapped smelt, lamb chop stew vindaloo and more for owners Billy and Catherine Lawless, which landed him the job as The Gage's executive chef. For the fifth anniversary celebration, he offers those menu items a la carte ($9-$32) plus $5 commemorative beers he co-created with Half Acre and Goose Island breweries.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 7, 2012 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
  **** (out of four) Personally, I prefer sci-fi with a relatively low quantity of sci. Writer-director Rian Johnson seems to feel the same. In his spectacular "Looper" Johnson creates a futuristic world and connects the dots as needed, but several times in the film a character says something like, "I don't want to talk about time travel [bleep]," referencing the confusion that can come from exaggerated attempts at iron-clad logic. That said, the universe of "Looper" offers imagination and purpose, rather than a thinly conceived world of shiny objects and bizarre technology.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 13, 2012 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
*1/2 (out of four) After the 12 endings that wrapped up 2003's Best Picture-winning “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King,” Peter Jackson could have parted with J.R.R. Tolkien adaptations and gone out on top. Alas. The director/co-writer instead decided to take Tolkien's “Rings” predecessor, “The Hobbit,” and turn the 300-page children's story into another big-screen trilogy totaling approximately 7,000 hours. At least that's how one feels sitting through part one of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” a nearly three-hour slog in which what was once - especially in the first “Rings” installment, “The Fellowship of the Ring” - a world to get lost in now provides only reasons to space out. In a prologue as entertaining as watching the last bits of ketchup drip out of the bottle, Bilbo Baggins (Ian Holm)
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