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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 15 Pairs of Guaranteed ‘Unsullied’ Passes From NFL Star Simeon Rice

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Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 15 pairs of guaranteed anytime movie tickets up for grabs to the new horror/thriller “Unsullied” from NFL superstar, Super Bowl champion and future Hall of Famer Simeon Rice! Pick your own theatre and time throughout Chicago/land!

Unsullied,” which opened on Aug. 28, 2015 and is rated “R,” introduces Murray Gray and also stars Rusty Joiner, James Gaudioso, Erin Boyes, Cindy Karr, Nicole Paris Williams, Malone Thomas and Gene Michael from writer and director Simeon Rice and writer John Nodilo. Note: You must be 17+ to win these “R”-rated tickets.

These guaranteed anytime passes are valid at any Regal Theaters location in Chicago/land during the film’s theatrical run. These passes will be snail mailed to our winners.

To win your free “Unsullied” passes courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! The more social actions you complete, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Film Review: Lily Tomlin Fuels the Journey Depicted in ‘Grandma’

28 August 2015 9:05 AM, PDT

Chicago – There is a circumstantial and frank presentation of abortion in the new Paul Weitz film “Grandma,” and it probably could not have resulted the way it did if the story wasn’t anchored by the great Lily Tomlin. She portrays the title character, helping her granddaughter get to the procedure.

Rating: 3.5/5.0

There are some clunky scenes along the way to the clinic, but the film does point toward the emotional element in the choice women make, above and beyond the abortion “issue.” By using Lily Tomlin’s character – a representative of the 1960s, when abortion was illegal – as a contrast to her granddaughter’s fate, is almost to have the whole history of the debate portrayed. The difference is it’s not done with placards and loudmouths, but through the very human decision that has to be made – difficult, unfortunate and vital to provide. Despite some über surliness by the curmudgeonly drawn Lily character, »

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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 40 Pairs of Passes to ‘Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials’ With Dylan O’Brien

27 August 2015 12:44 PM, PDT

Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 40 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the highly anticipated new film “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” starring Dylan O’Brien!

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials,” which opens on Sept. 18, 2015 and is rated “PG-13,” also stars Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Giancarlo Esposito, Barry Pepper, Lili Taylor and Patricia Clarkson from director Wes Ball and writer T.S. Nowlin based on the novel by James Dashner.

To win your free passes to “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Monday, Aug. 31, 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 of winning; this doesn’t intensify your competition!

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- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Film Review: Probable Events is the Situation in Tense ‘No Escape’

26 August 2015 3:15 PM, PDT

Chicago – In a very unstable world, and in a sense that these problems are international, we all can be stuck in war at any time – there is no way to get away from it. “No Escape” takes this notion to the extreme, with an American family – led by Owen Wilson – caught in a war zone.

Rating: 4.0/5.0

How the situation relates to us all is the film’s strength, with more tense moments than the most improbable action film. The circumstance of foreign business intervention in a fictional Asian country’s water supply spurs the population to rise up against the prime minister and foreigners, which includes a mid level engineer portrayed by Wilson. It includes Pierce Brosnan taking a role as a mysterious British operative – sound familiar? – and the veteran actor makes the most of it with a rollicking and almost mocking persona. The pulse pounding action never lets up, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Film News: 48 Hour Film Project Chicago Screenings, Awards on Aug. 27, 2015

26 August 2015 1:33 PM, PDT

Chicago – Imagine having only a two-day period to shoot, edit and score a short film. That’s the challenge behind the 48 Hour Film Project. This year’s Chicago edition of this competition concludes on Aug. 27, 2015 at the Logan Theatre when it will screen the best of the competition and present awards.

The 2015 event began on Aug. 14 and gave Chicago filmmakers that weekend period from kick-off to drop-off of the films. They were screened for the 48 Hour Film Project participants and Awards Committee – which included publisher Adam Fendelman of HollywoodChicago.com – from Aug. 18 through the 20 with final balloting over last weekend.

The top films will be screened and awards presented on Thursday, Aug. 27 at the Logan Theatre in Chicago at 2646 N. Milwaukee Ave. with a wrap party to follow.

The 2015 Chicago edition of the 48 Hour Film Project concludes on Aug. 27, 2015.

Image credit: 48 Hour Film Project

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- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 15 Pairs of Weekend Festival Passes to 2015 CineFest Backlot Block Party

26 August 2015 12:41 PM, PDT

Chicago – In this special HollywoodChicago.com Hookup, we’ve partnered with the first-annual CineFest Backlot Block Party from Cinespace Chicago Film Studios! The music and food festival features more than 30 bands (including Bret Michaels, Blue Oyster Cult and Quiet Riot) as well as Chicago’s most popular sweet and savory food trucks!

The music and food festival, which celebrates film and TV projects that have been shot in Chicago, takes place this weekend on Aug. 28, 29 and 30, 2015. The festival is located on the grounds of Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, which is one of the largest film and TV studios outside of Hollywood. Each HollywoodChicago.com winner scores a weekend pass valid for all three days! Winning passes will be available at CineFest will call under your name.

To win your free CineFest weekend pass courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! The more social actions you complete, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Interview: Actor Sam Elliott, Director Paul Weitz Visit ‘Grandma’

26 August 2015 10:38 AM, PDT

Chicago – Actor Sam Eliott will make you smile. The distinctive voice, his famous mustache and his character presence in a film or TV show increases any potential in the production. He recently was in Chicago with director Paul Weitz, as they teamed up in the film “Grandma,” starring the incomparable Lily Tomlin.

Grandma” has a very unique premise. Tomlin is the title character of Elle, who is visited by her granddaughter Sage (Julia Garner). The girl is seeking an abortion, and her feminist poet grandmother seems like the right fellow traveler on her way to the procedure. Sam Elliott portrays Karl, Elle’s ex-husband – she left him for a same sex partner – who harbors a resentment toward circumstances in their relationship. The two meet along the way to the clinic, and the resentment boils to the surface.

Lily Tomlin and Sam Elliott in ‘Grandma

Photo credit: Sony Pictures Classics

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