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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 40 Pairs of Passes to ‘The Other Woman’ With Cameron Diaz

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Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 40 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the new romantic comedy “The Other Woman” starring Cameron Diaz and Kate Upton!

“The Other Woman,” which is rated “PG-13” and opens on April 25, 2014, also stars Leslie Mann, Nicki Minaj, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Don Johnson, Taylor Kinney, Kenneth Maharaj, Alyshia Ochse and Victor Cruz from director Nick Cassavetes and writer Melissa Stack.

To win your free “The Other Woman” passes courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 7 p.m. in downtown Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more points you score and the higher yours odds of winning! Completing these social actions only increases your odds of winning; this doesn’t intensify your competition!

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- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Slideshow: 32 Exclusive Portraits from Walker Stalker Con in Chicago

22 April 2014 8:56 AM, PDT

Previous | Image 1 of 32 | NextSteven Yuen portrays Glenn in ‘The Walking Dead.’

Chicago – There was a meeting of the undead last month as Walker Stalker Con invaded Chicago on March 14th and 15th at the Donald A. Stephens Center in Rosemont, Ill. This convention is a gathering point for zombie lovers, also known as “Walker Stalkers,” to gather and meet their favorite performers from AMC’s “The Walking Dead” and other movies and TV shows.

HollywoodChicago.com photographer Joe Arce was at Walker Stalker Con, and captured 32 Exclusive Portraits from the event. Click “Next” and “Previous” to scan through the slideshow or jump directly to individual photos with the captioned links below. All images © Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com.

WALKER1: Steven Yuen portrays Glenn in ‘The Walking Dead.’ WALKER2: Lauren Cohan is Maggie in ‘The Walking Dead.’ WALKER3: Laurie Holden portrays Andrea in ‘The Walking Dead. »

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Blu-ray Review: ‘Ride Along’ is Just Another Generic Buddy Cop Comedy

21 April 2014 6:58 PM, PDT

Chicago – Few figures have had less of an exciting domination of the world than Kevin Hart. In the past few years, the comedian has skyrocketed to leading fixture in the comedy scene, creating hit scripts out of films like “Think Like A Man” and “About Last Night,” while taking victory laps in his lacking stand-up features like “Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain”. The big problem is that these projects don’t justify his comic potential.

They don’t show, like his appearance in “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” or his special “Seriously Funny,” why comedy benefits from having the hyperactive humor of Kevin Hart in its universe. Add another title to that list of disappointing successes with “Ride Along,” another box office hit (a sequel is due in January 2016), but one without a strong entertainment factor to really deserve it.

Rating: 2.0/5.0

Aside from a twist that’s actually just a surprise cameo, »

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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 30 Pairs of Passes to ‘Brick Mansions’ With Paul Walker

21 April 2014 6:10 PM, PDT

Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 30 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the highly anticipated new drama “Brick Mansions” starring the late Paul Walker!

Brick Mansions,” which is rated “PG-13” and opens on April 25, 2014, also stars RZA, Parkour expert David Belle, Gouchy Boy, Catalina Denis, Ayisha Issa, Carlo Rota, Andreas Apergis and Richard Zeman from director Camille Delamarre and writers Luc Besson and Bibi Naceri.

To win your free “Brick Mansions” passes courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 7 p.m. in downtown Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more points you score and the higher yours odds of winning! Completing these social actions only increases your odds of winning; this doesn’t intensify your competition!

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Film Review: Errol Morris’ ‘The Unknown Known’ Seeks Donald Rumsfeld

21 April 2014 3:38 PM, PDT

Chicago – The reason some people fit into government service is fairly well defined in the latest film of iconic documentary maker Errol Morris. His profile of ex-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld in “The Unknown Known” is a tale of history – affected by war, death, torture and justification.

The power of government men in suits and what happens when the power is realized flows through Rumsfeld like water through a faucet, and who or what shuts it off, is often determined by the title of the film.

Rating: 4.0/5.0

This documentary is different from the previous Morris exploration of decision making having to do with United States defense, “The Fog of War.” Whereas Robert McNamara – the Secretary of Defense during the Viet Nam era – gave eleven lessons of war in that film, Donald Rumsfeld goes over a history of memos during his reign of defense under Presidents Gerald Ford and George W. Bush. »

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Blu-ray Review: ‘Grudge Match’ is Strictly Lightweight

21 April 2014 2:10 PM, PDT

Chicago – This forgettable time waster is mildly amusing as long as you don’t let yourself go into mourning over Robert Deniro’s career. But then again that almost goes without saying these days. Likewise Stallone who has had far more interesting career choices in the last decade than this. The pair play retired boxers who comes out of retirement for one last fight. One for the paycheck. The other to settle an old score.

Rating: 2.0/5.0

Both have a hate/hate non-relationship with the other. The catalyst for their big bout is the quippy but often obnoxious Kevin Hart who was presumably cast to draw in an audience that has never heard of Rocky or Raging Bull. Alan Arkin plays the grumpy old trainer who verbally spars with Hart. There’s little energy on display here comic or otherwise. Worse, there’s a pointless subplot thrown in involving an illegitimate »

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Blu-ray Review: ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’

21 April 2014 1:55 PM, PDT

Chicago – It seems mean to pick on a movie for being merely entertaining. But when that film is part of the Lord of the Rings canon such criticism is fair. Peter Jackson manages to thrill here via some stunning action, and a truly memorable CGI Smaug. But Bilbo’s point of view seems lost in all the action, other characters and subplots. Clearly Jackson and Fran Walsh want The Hobbit to feel connected to their breathtaking Lord of the Rings trilogy but The Hobbit just doesn’t feel intimate enough. The second film in the trilogy is more entertaining but only marginally more moving.

Rating: 3.5/5.0

Even when it’s aims are low the film falters to rise anywhere near the level of it’s source material. There’s an unevenness to the CGI which at times seems almost cartoonish. Spiders in Mirkwood and elves running across the treetops are only occasionally photo realistic. »

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