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November 4, 2011 | By Curt Wagner and RedEye
Don't expect to catch a high-speed train when tuning in to AMC's Western "Hell on Wheels" ( 9 p.m. Nov. 6; 2.5 stars ). The new series that explores the building of the Union Pacific railroad chugs along at its own, slow pace. Set in 1865, just after the Civil War, "Hell on Wheels" is basically a story of revenge, not unlike the Clint Eastwood's spaghetti Westerns. Former Confederate soldier Cullen Bohannan (Anson Mount) is out to kill the group of Union soldiers who raped and murdered his wife.
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May 29, 2014 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
* (out of four) Plenty of stories covered in animated Disney movies have become live-action adventures. “101 Dalmatians.” “Alice in Wonderland.” “Mirror Mirror” and “Snow White and the Huntsman.” “Hook.” “The Sorcerer's Apprentice.” Next year's live-action “Jungle Book.” I wouldn't bet against a live-action “Lady and the Tramp” starring Uggie from “The Artist.” What makes “Maleficent” special is...
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November 13, 2011 | By Curt Wagner and RedEye
Christopher Heyerdahl's name is synonymous with such characters as John Druitt and Bigfoot of “Sanctuary,” Todd the Wraith of “Stargate Atlantis” and the vampire Marcus in the “Twilight” films. Add to that list The Swede, his menacing character in AMC's post-Civil War Western, “Hell on Wheels.” “Isn't he amazing? What a great character, huh,” Heyerdahl said during a recent interview, giving credit to pretty much everyone on the production but himself. Yet Heyerdahl turns in the unforgettable, Emmy-worthy performance as The Swede, who is...
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October 21, 2013 | By Kate Bernot, @kbernot and RedEye
Here's a confession: When I'm pedaling home on my Schwinn and I reach those semi-deserted stretches of Hubbard Street between Ashland and Damen avenues, I allow myself a little "Premium Rush" fantasy. I narrow my eyes and pump my legs even faster, and suddenly (completely in my head) I'm Joseph Gordon-Levitt, zigzagging through invisible traffic and flying around nonexistent curves. Thank God I'm wearing my helmet. If I were riding on a Divvy bike, it's unlikely I would be. As a cyclist, I'm generally a fan of the bike-share program that allows more Chicagoans and tourists access to an environmentally...
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November 30, 2011 | By Curt Wagner and RedEye
“Hell on Wheels” stars Common and Anson Mount sport “300”-worthy torsos during a brawl in the Western's next episode - but don't suggest to Common that those abs were spray-tanned on. “No, we don't spray, man,” the Chicago native told me, laughing, during our interview earlier in the season. “We work out, man. We don't spray.” In “Bread and Circuses,” airing at 9 p.m. Dec. 4 on AMC, Common's Elam Ferguson, a former slave now working for the Union Pacific Railroad, challenges his foreman, Cullen Bohannon (Mount)
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August 9, 2012 | By Curt Wagner and RedEye
As AMC's Western "Hell on Wheels" rides back onto TV Sunday, star Anson Mount's character, Cullen Bohannon, is a shadow of the man so driven to avenge the murders of his wife and son. Reeling after he killed the wrong man at the end of Season 1, the former Confederate soldier has hooked up with bandits who repeatedly rob the trains of his former employer, Thomas "Doc" Durant (Colm Meaney). He doesn't care if he lives or dies, Mount told reporters Wednesday during a conference call.
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October 2, 2012 | By Erin Vogel and For RedEye
A stolen or lost bike isn't always a lost cause--but doing everything possible to prevent a theft before it happens is a lot easier than jumping through a series of logistical and legal hoops to get it back once it's already been taken. Plus, if you do everything you can and it still gets stolen, at least you'll feel a (little) better knowing it wasn't totally your fault. > > Make sure you use the right kind of lock to secure your bike to something stable. U-locks that come with flat keys are the best locks because they can't be picked as easily as cylindrical keyed locks.
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May 7, 2013 | By JoVona Taylor and RedEye
Giordano's has officially joined the food truck frenzy. Known for its deep-dish pizza (and spokesman Derrick Rose of the Bulls), Giordano's announced it will be previewing its first-ever food truck by Memorial Day weekend. The 28-foot-long, 12.5-foot-wide truck will be equipped with state-of-the-art conventional ovens and refrigerators, which hold up to 400 pizzas, according to Jessica Wenson, Giordano's manager of media and community affairs. Although the menu will be simplified, offering only personal-size stuffed pizzas in four options--cheese, pepperoni, sausage and...
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June 4, 2013 | By Kate Bernot, @redeyeeatdrink and RedEye
During the summer, I like to be ready for all sorts of spontaneous weekend hangouts. I wear biking-appropriate footwear, always pack an umbrella, and - humble brag - I'm sort of a master of transporting booze to Millennium Park 's Downtown Sound concerts. Normally, beer growlers or six-packs are my go-to, but recently, portable wine packages have caught my eye. They're glass-free, so there's no need to worry about them breaking in my purse or backpack, and since they don't require a corkscrew, they're easy to bring to parties and picnics.
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March 7, 2012 | By Emily Van Zandt and RedEye
Wheel House 3553 N. Southport Ave. 773-325-0123 Rating: 2 1/2 (out of four) Take it or leave it The scene: Address look familiar? Until just a few weeks ago, Wheel House was Wrigleyville staple Messner's. The bar got a face lift on the outside, but things on the inside are looking very much the same. Expect plenty of TVs, busy waitresses and loud groups. Overheard from my table: An argument as to whether “Semi-Charmed Life” was the most annoying song of all time.
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June 4, 2013 | By Kate Bernot, @redeyeeatdrink and RedEye
During the summer, I like to be ready for all sorts of spontaneous weekend hangouts. I wear biking-appropriate footwear, always pack an umbrella, and - humble brag - I'm sort of a master of transporting booze to Millennium Park 's Downtown Sound concerts. Normally, beer growlers or six-packs are my go-to, but recently, portable wine packages have caught my eye. They're glass-free, so there's no need to worry about them breaking in my purse or backpack, and since they don't require a corkscrew, they're easy to bring to parties and picnics.
NEWS
May 7, 2013 | By JoVona Taylor and RedEye
Giordano's has officially joined the food truck frenzy. Known for its deep-dish pizza (and spokesman Derrick Rose of the Bulls), Giordano's announced it will be previewing its first-ever food truck by Memorial Day weekend. The 28-foot-long, 12.5-foot-wide truck will be equipped with state-of-the-art conventional ovens and refrigerators, which hold up to 400 pizzas, according to Jessica Wenson, Giordano's manager of media and community affairs. Although the menu will be simplified, offering only personal-size stuffed pizzas in four options--cheese, pepperoni,...
NEWS
October 2, 2012 | By Erin Vogel and For RedEye
A stolen or lost bike isn't always a lost cause--but doing everything possible to prevent a theft before it happens is a lot easier than jumping through a series of logistical and legal hoops to get it back once it's already been taken. Plus, if you do everything you can and it still gets stolen, at least you'll feel a (little) better knowing it wasn't totally your fault. > > Make sure you use the right kind of lock to secure your bike to something stable. U-locks that come with flat keys are the best locks because they can't be picked as easily as cylindrical keyed...
ENTERTAINMENT
August 9, 2012 | By Curt Wagner and RedEye
As AMC's Western "Hell on Wheels" rides back onto TV Sunday, star Anson Mount's character, Cullen Bohannon, is a shadow of the man so driven to avenge the murders of his wife and son. Reeling after he killed the wrong man at the end of Season 1, the former Confederate soldier has hooked up with bandits who repeatedly rob the trains of his former employer, Thomas "Doc" Durant (Colm Meaney). He doesn't care if he lives or dies, Mount told reporters Wednesday during a conference call.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 7, 2012 | By Emily Van Zandt and RedEye
Wheel House 3553 N. Southport Ave. 773-325-0123 Rating: 2 1/2 (out of four) Take it or leave it The scene: Address look familiar? Until just a few weeks ago, Wheel House was Wrigleyville staple Messner's. The bar got a face lift on the outside, but things on the inside are looking very much the same. Expect plenty of TVs, busy waitresses and loud groups. Overheard from my table: An argument as to whether “Semi-Charmed Life” was the most annoying song of all time.
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February 6, 2012 | By Lisa Arnett and RedEye
U.B. Dogs 185 N. Franklin St. 312-251-7009 Rating: !! (out of 4) Give it some time The scene: U.B. Dogs, a tiny counter-service spot near the corner of Franklin and Lake, provides yet another option for a quick hot dog in the Loop. While most biz is carryout, there are a dozen or so stools to hang out and eat. The food: Whereas recently opened Westminster Hot Dog skews gourmet with its sausage, this is straight-up classic. Choices include a classic Chicago-style hot dog ($2.79)
NEWS
October 21, 2013 | By Kate Bernot, @kbernot and RedEye
Here's a confession: When I'm pedaling home on my Schwinn and I reach those semi-deserted stretches of Hubbard Street between Ashland and Damen avenues, I allow myself a little "Premium Rush" fantasy. I narrow my eyes and pump my legs even faster, and suddenly (completely in my head) I'm Joseph Gordon-Levitt, zigzagging through invisible traffic and flying around nonexistent curves. Thank God I'm wearing my helmet. If I were riding on a Divvy bike, it's unlikely I would be. As a cyclist, I'm generally a fan of the bike-share program that allows more Chicagoans and tourists access to an environmentally...
ENTERTAINMENT
May 29, 2014 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
* (out of four) Plenty of stories covered in animated Disney movies have become live-action adventures. “101 Dalmatians.” “Alice in Wonderland.” “Mirror Mirror” and “Snow White and the Huntsman.” “Hook.” “The Sorcerer's Apprentice.” Next year's live-action “Jungle Book.” I wouldn't bet against a live-action “Lady and the Tramp” starring Uggie from “The Artist.” What makes “Maleficent” special is...
ENTERTAINMENT
November 30, 2011 | By Curt Wagner and RedEye
“Hell on Wheels” stars Common and Anson Mount sport “300”-worthy torsos during a brawl in the Western's next episode - but don't suggest to Common that those abs were spray-tanned on. “No, we don't spray, man,” the Chicago native told me, laughing, during our interview earlier in the season. “We work out, man. We don't spray.” In “Bread and Circuses,” airing at 9 p.m. Dec. 4 on AMC, Common's Elam Ferguson, a former slave now working for the Union Pacific Railroad, challenges his foreman, Cullen Bohannon (Mount)
ENTERTAINMENT
November 13, 2011 | By Curt Wagner and RedEye
Christopher Heyerdahl's name is synonymous with such characters as John Druitt and Bigfoot of “Sanctuary,” Todd the Wraith of “Stargate Atlantis” and the vampire Marcus in the “Twilight” films. Add to that list The Swede, his menacing character in AMC's post-Civil War Western, “Hell on Wheels.” “Isn't he amazing? What a great character, huh,” Heyerdahl said during a recent interview, giving credit to pretty much everyone on the production but himself. Yet Heyerdahl turns in the unforgettable, Emmy-worthy...
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