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TV News: ‘Breaking Bad,’ ‘Modern Family’ Top 2014 Emmy Awards

26 August 2014 5:45 AM, PDT

Los Angeles – It was one more lap around the victory track for the AMC-tv show ‘Breakling Bad,’ as the gritty drama about a teacher turned meth dealer took home six Primetime Emmy Awards at the 66th ceremony on August 25th. ‘Modern Family’ took home the statue for Outstanding Comedy Series for a a fifth straight year.

Julia-Louis Dreyfus Wins Her Second Emmy Award in a Row for ‘Veep

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Repeats dominated the awards. Besides the win for ‘Modern Family,’ Jim Parsons took home Outstanding Lead Actor for ‘The Big Bad Theory” for the fourth time. Julia Louis-Dreyfus won Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy for ‘Veep’ for the second year in a row. Julianna Margulies got her second Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama for “The Good Wife,” and Bryan Cranston took one more bow as Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama for “Breaking Bad.”

Other notable winners »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Exclusive Portraits: Michael Rooker of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

25 August 2014 10:36 AM, PDT

Chicago – “Guardians of the Galaxy” returned to the top of the box office this weekend, and Michael Rooker – as Yondu Undonta – was a vital part of the film. Rooker also was in Chicago recently, to promote the Illinois Department of Transportation video campaign, “The Driving Dead,” which refers to TV’s “The Walking Dead.”

Michael Rooker at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago. August 21, 2014

Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com

“The Driving Dead” is a video series aimed at 21 to 34 year old male drivers, and features Michael Rooker, who had a prominent role in “The Walking Dead.” The campaign is designed for the Labor Day weekend, to crack down on drunk drivers as part of the State of Illinois “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Department of Transportation initiative. Rooker was at The Music Box Theatre in Chicago to help kick off the campaign, and there »

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Film Review: ‘Are You Here’ Feels Like Mashup of Two Different Films

25 August 2014 8:27 AM, PDT

Chicago – You would think that a film written and directed by Matthew Weiner – the creator of “Mad Men” – would be worthwhile company, especially when the cast includes Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson and Amy Poehler. It is disappointing to note that not only was this cliché-ridden mess unpalatable, but it also switched gears two-thirds of the way through to evoke a different mood, and that schizophrenia didn’t help the overall product.

Rating: 2.5/5.0

The story of two dysfunctional friends who go to the country because one of them has inherited the farm sounds ho-hum just in that description, and everything that happens seems wedged in by presenting a series of assigned stereotypes instead of interesting characters. Owen Wilson, now pushing 50, is again portraying his familiar puppy dog womanizer character, which is now as creaky as his standard tousled hair cut. Zach Galifianakis again plays the puffy and confused stoner manboy, but »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 20 Pairs of Passes to Psychological Thriller ‘As Above, So Below’

24 August 2014 5:39 PM, PDT

Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 20 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the new psychological thriller “As Above, So Below”!

“As Above, So Below,” which opens on Aug. 29, 2014, stars Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman, Edwin Hodge, François Civil, Marion Lambert, Ali Marhyar, Cosme Castro and Hamid Djavadan from writer and director John Erick Dowdle and writer Drew Dowdle.

To win your free “As Above, So Below” passes courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Thursday, Aug. 28, 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!

Preferably, use your computer to enter rather than your smartphone.

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