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Exclusive Portrait: Former ‘Nightline’ Anchor Ted Koppel in Chicagoland to Promote New Book

29 November 2015 1:59 PM, PST

Chicago – For 25 years, Edward James Martin “Ted” Koppel anchored the popular ABC-tv news show, “Nightline.” Since leaving the show in 2005, he has held a variety of journalistic and on-air roles, and most recently has written a new book, “Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath,” indicating that America’s electric grid infrastructure is vulnerable. He appeared at the Old Orchard Barnes & Noble in Skokie, Ill., to promote the book.

Koppel was born in England in 1940, after his parents fled Nazi Germany following the rise of Adolf Hitler, and emigrated to the U.S. when he was 13 years old. After college, he was hired by ABC Radio News in 1963, the youngest ever at that point. He was first on ABC-tv news in 1966 as a Vietnam War reporter, and thereafter had assignments for the network covering the Richard Nixon presidential campaign in 1972 and as U.S. State Department correspondent. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Film News: Midwest Ind Film Fest to Honor 2015 at ‘Best of the Midwest’ on Tuesday, Dec. 1

29 November 2015 12:57 PM, PST

Chicago – On Tuesday, December 1st, the Midwest Independent Film Festival will award their 2015 “Best of the Midwest” with a ceremony at Rockit Bar & Grill, 22 W. Hubbard, in Chicago. The evening will be hosted by Festival Director Mike McNamara, and nominees include the short film “Baby Mary” (directed by Kris Swanberg), plus feature films “Full Frame” (directed by Christopher Kelley), and “Anguish” 
(directed by Sonny Mallhi).

Presented by the Midwest Independent Film Festival

Photo credit: MidwestFilm.com

A new category is being added this year, “Best Artistic Specialization.” This honors previously unsung production titles that are vital to the look and completion of their particular films. The Midwest Independent Film Festival is a year-round movie event in Chicago that takes place the first Tuesday of every month, at the Landmark Century Centre Cinema. The festival has been recognized by Chicago Magazine in their “Best of Chicago” issue, and has become one »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Theatre Review: David Arquette’s ‘Sherlock Holmes’ Cheapens Drama With Campy, Unfunny Comedy

26 November 2015 1:32 PM, PST

Chicago – Different isn’t bad and might be great, but you’d better have an irrefutable reason to change what was never broken. Campy being the only word to accurately convey this alternate-reality version of Sherlock Holmes with an original script, writer Greg Kramer and director Andrew Shaver try too hard to be different without ever figuring out why.

Play Rating: 2.0/5.0

This Thanksgiving, spend your time anywhere but with David Arquette’s “Sherlock Holmes” at the Oriental Theatre. Thankfully, the one-week limited engagement only runs in Chicago from Nov. 24 through Nov. 29, 2015 until it tours elsewhere.

David Arquette as Sherlock Holmes (center), James Maslow as Dr. John Watson and Renee Olstead as Lady Irene St. John in “Sherlock Holmes”.

Photo credit: Starvox Entertainment, June Entertainment

Starvox Entertainment and June Entertainment’s “Sherlock Holmes” has stripped out all the mystery, intrigue, tension, drama and danger and replaced it with cheesy, cheeky and »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Film Review: ‘The Good Dinosaur’ is Pixar Studio’s Most Ordinary Film

25 November 2015 3:13 PM, PST

Chicago – The animation in Pixar Studio’s latest feature ,“The Good Dinosaur,” is nothing short of extraordinary. At times throughout the film, the images looked like they came right out of National Geographic, and I truly couldn’t believe i was watching animation. However, this delightful animation is in service to an undistinguished prehistoric buddy comedy that wouldn’t be out of place in an episode of “The Flintstones.”

Rating: 2.5/5.0

The studio’s worst film, “Cars 2,” was hitched to the comedy of Larry The Cable Guy as Mater. It was a dimwitted personality, but at least it had a personality. – this film shows almost no hints of personality at all. “The Good Dinosaur” most closely resembles one of Walt Disney Studios’ confused and rambling projects from the 1970’s. It lacks direction and overarching vision, plus much of the film seems just thrown in to see if it will work »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Slideshow: ‘Creed’ Movie Premiere in Chicago on Nov. 12, 2015

25 November 2015 7:00 AM, PST

Previous | Image 1 of 6 | NextMichael B. Jordan portrays Adonis in ‘Creed.’

Chicago – “Creed” is poised to become a contender at the box office over the Thanksgiving weekend, and the new boxing film starring Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa and Michael B. Jordan as Adonis Creed (son of ex-heavyweight champion and Rocky opponent Apollo Creed) is also in the buzz of the 2015 Oscar race. The film premiered in Chicago on Nov. 12th, 2015, with a Red Carpet event at Jones College Prep High School, where a mural was unveiled as part of the ceremony.

Creed” features Stallone and Jordan, plus Tessa Thompson as Bianca, the love interest of Adonis. The film was co-written and directed by Ryan Coogler, who released his debut film “Fruitvale” last year. Jordan, Thompson and Coogler all attended the Red Carpet opening.

Photographer Joe Arce of HollywoodChicago.com was at the Red Carpet, and took these Exclusive Portraits. Click »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Film Review: ‘Creed’ is a Champion in the Rocky Balboa Legacy

25 November 2015 5:40 AM, PST

Chicago – This is what happens when passionate filmmakers come into a known movie project – with an obvious love for the previous stories and characters – and create a new chapter that both evolves and honors its source. “Creed” does all of that, and gives the beloved Rocky Balboa one more time in the spotlight.

Rating: 4.5/5.0

Writer/director Ryan Coogler – with screenwriter Aaron Covington – are the creators, taking the universe of Rocky Balboa (the opening scene of the first film takes place 40 years ago today, on November 25th, 1975, and includes six previous films) and expanding it with the story of Adonis Creed, the son of Rocky’s first opponent, heavyweight champion Apollo Creed. The approach is straightforward and clean, borrowing from Sylvester Stallone’s last outing as the Rocky character, “Rocky Balboa,” and adding the Adonis situation to the mix. Director Coogler also used some unexpected tools in his filmmaker’s arsenal »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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