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Interview: Hitting the Links with the Collaborators of ‘The Squeeze’

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Chicago – Golf and gambling go together like the 19th hole and tall tales. The green grass of the course isn’t the same without a little wagering, and the new film ‘The Squeeze’ – written and directed by Terry Jastrow – follows the game from small town America to the big stage of Las Vegas.

The film boasts an all-star cast, and is co-produced by Oscar nominee Anne Archer. The excellent character actor Michael Nouri, the steady Christopher McDonald and the very funny Katherine Lanasa are joining forces with newcomers Jeremy Sumpter and Jillian Murray. The odyssey of a young hot prospect and two gambling legends – based on a true story – are teed up to create a viable comedy about colorful characters, the essence of the links and who-will-outdo-who on the fairway and in the rough of life.

Katherine Lanasa and Christopher McDonald Check Out the Golfer’s Life in ‘The Squeeze »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Film Review: There are Future Consequences in ‘Ex Machina’

19 April 2015 9:26 PM, PDT

Chicago – The title “Ex Machina” is a play on Deus ex machina, the stage/scenario term meaning god from the machine, or the basic happy ending. By cutting out the “Deus” in the phrase, the film is left with just the machine, and the humans.

Rating: 4.5/5.0

This is a weird meditation, part indictment of a the megalomaniac worship of technology, and a path towards what that ultimate tech – the creation of androids that look like human women – would feel like in the real world. Two men face off in this story, the strange Bill Gates-like creator of the androids and the nerdy technician plucked from obscurity to test the “waters” of the electronic beings. Sci-fi screenwriter Alex Garland (“28 Days Later…”) makes his directorial debut with an incendiary and ultimate touching allegory on interconnection, the blowback from playing God (or Dr. Frankenstein) and even the image of women’s bodies, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Film News: Second Week Highlights of the 31st Chicago Latino Film Festival

19 April 2015 5:32 PM, PDT

Chicago – It’s the second week of the 31st edition of the Chicago Latino Film Festival which continues through Thursday, April 23rd, 2015. It concludes on that evening with the musical comedy film “Ciudad Delirio.” All films are at the AMC River East 21 in Chicago.

The energy has been strong so far throughout the festival, with filmmaker appearances, event receptions and representative films from all over the Latino world. The closing night film “Ciudad Delirio” will be followed by a reception at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Chicago. For details and to purchase tickets click here.

Ciudad Delirio’ is the Closing Night Film at the 31st Chicago Latino Film Festival

Photo credit: Chicago Latino Film Festival

The Closing Night Capsule and the highlights of Week Two are as follows…

Closing Night: “Ciudad Delirio

Thursday, April 23rd, 6pm

This delightfully romantic, highly energetic, and ultimately fun musical comedy proves that salsa is alive and well in Cali, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 50 Pairs of Passes to ‘The Water Diviner’ With Russell Crowe

19 April 2015 5:31 PM, PDT

Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 50 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the new war drama “The Water Diviner” starring Russell Crowe (his directorial debut!) and Olga Kurylenko!

The Water Diviner,” which opens on April 24, 2015 and is rated “R,” also stars Jai Courtney, Isabel Lucas, Megan Gale, Damon Herriman, Ryan Corr, Jacqueline McKenzie, Cem Yilmaz and Yilmaz Erdogan from director Russell Crowe and writers Andrew Knight and Andrew Anastasios! Note: You must be 17+ to win and attend this “R”-rated screening.

To win your free “The Water Diviner” passes courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 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 »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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