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Interview: Mary Kay Cook Presents ‘Wednesday’s Child’ at Women in Film Chicago Event

18 March 2012 2:40 PM, PDT

Chicago – One of the best organizations in the local arts community is Women in Film Chicago. Known for their networking events, they will be highlighting three filmmakers on Monday, March 19th. The “Emerging Talent: Females in Focus” program features the short films “Fitting” (Grace McPhillips), “Off Into Space” (Anna Jung) and “Wednesday’s Child,” produced by Mary Kay Cook.

L to R: Mary Kay Cook (‘Wednesday’s Child’), Grace McPhillips (‘Fitting’) and Anna Jung (‘Off Into Space’)

Photo credit: Heather Stumpf Popio

“Wednesday’s Child” is a compelling narrative piece, an example of extreme parenting taken too far. “Fitting” is a slice-of-life, set in a bridal shop during the ritualistic tailoring of the gown and bridesmaid’s dresses. The documentary short is “Off Into Space,” a story about a Chicagoan, his 15 minutes of fame and the aftermath. The program (information below) will be at the Cultural Center in downtown Chicago. »

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Film News: ‘21 Jump Street’ Dominates Weekend Box Office

18 March 2012 12:47 PM, PDT

Chicago – Not too many surprises in the box office this weekend, as pretty much every film placed where it was predicted to finish. Lead by “21 Jump Street,” which came in at number one, the top five was rounded out by “The Lorax,” “John Carter,” “Project X,” and “A Thousand Words.”

The new comedy starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, “21 Jump Street” reeled in $35 million at the weekend box office. For a comedy based on a television drama that is rated R, this total was pretty impressive. The win comes a week before “The Hunger Games” is released, making it one of the easiest predictions to not repeat as the top earner two weekends in a row. But the makers of “21 Jump Street” can’t complain: they made $5 million more in their opening weekend than “John Carter” did in its first three days.

Speaking of “John Carter,” the $250 million budgeted film »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Film News: New Full-Length ‘Prometheus’ Trailer Released

18 March 2012 9:13 AM, PDT

Chicago – A few months ago, the first teaser trailer for Ridley Scott’s new film “Prometheus” was released. The short trailer was met with excitement and buzz for the new film, which many consider to be the blockbuster they are most interested in seeing this summer; a summer which also includes “The Avengers,” “The Amazing Spider-Man,” and “The Dark Knight Rises” among many others.

But if the teaser trailer was not enough to get you interested in “Prometheus,” the newly released full length trailer is sure to do the trick. The two-and-a-half minute trailer gives a deeper look into the story of “Prometheus,” a better look at the many stars of the film (including Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, and Idris Elba), and some new sequences with fantastic visuals.

Prometheus” is set to hit theaters this summer on June 8, but don’t miss your chance to get an early look at the film. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Film Review: ‘Footnote’ Deserves Prominence With Great Storytelling

16 March 2012 4:00 PM, PDT

Chicago – Answering the question, “Where are all the great film thrillers about Talumdic Studies?,” the awesome film “Footnote” considers that very subject, pitting the always complicated relationship between a father and son against an treasured academic prize. Even though it sounds starchy, it actually had more verve than most spy movies.

Rating: 4.5/5.0

Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the recent Oscars (losing to “A Separation”), this Israeli work defines the country and its atmospheric landscape through the plot, which is another remarkable achievement. There is more cultural acumen to be gained from viewing this film than a hundred showings of “Fiddler on the Roof” (which also gets a sharp and funny poke in the story). The pacing and the style of director Joseph Cedar uplifts the whole narrative, he touches upon the humanity of the situation in a way that maintains the dignity in all of his marvelous characters. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Film Review: Will Ferrell Experiments with Surreal ‘Casa de mi Padre’

16 March 2012 2:14 PM, PDT

Chicago – Will Ferrell can never be accused of sitting on his comic laurels, nor repeating himself. “Casa de mi Padre” is a complete set-in-Mexico Spanish language film, including Ferrell’s dialogue. Although uneven, it delivers such a peculiar vibe that it can’t help but be admired, at least for the effort.

Rating: 3.5/5.0

Essentially a Mexican film satire of the 1960s and ‘70s – think late night on a Spanish language TV station – it exposes the filmmakers particular obsession with the narrow genre, but it’s such a noble endeavor and delivers enough freakish laughs to be interesting, if not downright intriguing. Everything that is loved and made fun of in those old Mexican films are honored, most especially the difficulties in story continuity that those guerrilla filmmakers of the era seemed never to get right. What took them five crew members and an editing bay, took “Casa de mi Padre »

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TV News: ‘Grimm” Renewed for a Second Season by NBC

16 March 2012 12:15 PM, PDT

Chicago – Fans of the NBC series “Grimm” will be happy to know that there is at least another full season of the show still to come. The freshman series has officially been renewed for a second season.

Starring David Giuntoli, Russell Hornsby, and Bitsie Tulloch, “Grimm” follows the story of detective in Portland, Or who has become a Grimm; a person who has the ability to see supernatural creatures. As a Grimm, he is forced to keep the balance between mankind and the mythological world.

Grimm” has been a bright spot in what has been some tough times for NBC dramas. With the struggle for ratings with “The Playboy Club,” “Prime Suspect,” “Free Agents,” and “The Firm,” “Grimm seems like an easy show to continue with. It’s most recent episode drew 5.2 million viewers and its 87% increase in the 18-49 demographic is the largest of any network series in DVR Live+7 data. »

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Film Review: Stylish, Bizarre ‘Kill List’ Challenges Genre Preconceptions

16 March 2012 11:45 AM, PDT

Rating: 3.5/5.0

Chicago – Ben Wheatley’s “Kill List” comes to U.S. shores on a tidal wave of hype and controversy. Is it the work of a genre-defying genius or an inconsistent jerk? Are the film’s jarring tonal shifts effective or idiotic? Honestly, and I know critics aren’t supposed to say this, I can see both sides of the argument. On one hand, Wheatley take some serious risks here and some of them are to be admired. On the other, “Kill List” often feels disjointed and weird just for the sake of weird. It just barely works for me by virtue of its audacity but I wouldn’t be surprised if it doesn’t do the same for you.

Kill List” is at least three films in one. It’s designed to light message boards on fire as to what it’s “really about” and the hidden meanings of »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Film Review: Jason Segel, Ed Helms in Inconsistent ‘Jeff, Who Lives at Home’

16 March 2012 11:42 AM, PDT

Rating: 3.0/5.0

Chicago – Writer/directors Jay and Mark Duplass clearly love their characters. Whether it’s the awkward man-child at the center of “Cyrus” or the title character in their new dramedy “Jeff, Who Lives at Home,” there’s a charming affection for these people. I really enjoyed spending time with the quartet of well-drawn, well-acted people in “Jeff,” which makes the fact that their story is less-structured and sloppier than it should be to be effective all the more frustrating. I So want to love “Jeff, Who Lives at Home,” but this dude is too often stuck in the creative basement.

The four characters at the center of “Jeff, Who Lives at Home” are the title slacker (Jason Segel), his brother Pat (Ed Helms), his sister-in-law Linda (Judy Greer), and his mother Sharon (Susan Sarandon). “Jeff” is essentially about how it might not always be a bad idea to let the unseen, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Film Review: Nicolas Cage, Guy Pearce Find Boredom While They’re ‘Seeking Justice’

16 March 2012 11:40 AM, PDT

Rating: 1.5/5.0

Chicago – “Seeking Justice” must have been such a juicy proposition on paper. Director Roger Donaldson is coming off his most interesting film in years (“The Bank Job”), Nicolas Cage is overdue for a quality drama, Guy Pearce is one of our most interesting actors, and the supporting cast includes a number of interesting actors with recent TV hits – Jennifer Carpenter (“Dexter”), Harold Perrineau Jr. (“Lost”), and January Jones (“Mad Men”). The only thing you’ll be wondering during this inert alleged thriller is where it all went wrong.

The premise of “Seeking Justice” is actually a decent one for this increasingly dangerous world. A man’s wife is raped. Another man comes to him and tells him that he can give him the justice he seeks. He claims to be the leader of a group of vigilantes and he wants to help, asking only a future favor in exchange. »

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TV Review: Strong Actresses Carry ‘Fairly Legal,’ ‘In Plain Sight’

16 March 2012 8:19 AM, PDT

Chicago – Two of USA’s hits return tonight with the second-season premiere of “Fairly Legal” and the fifth-and-final-season premiere of “In Plain Sight.” Both shows work largely because of the talent brought to them by their lead actresses, a welcome change of pace for a network that can often feel a little bit testosterone-heavy (“Psych,” “White Collar,” “Burn Notice” — all driven by their male protagonists). Sadly, the writing could still use some work on both dramas but no one can deny the charismatic skill of the women at their centers.

TV Rating: 3.0/5.0

There was a brief moment there in season two when I thought “In Plain Sight” might actually develop into USA’s best post-“Monk” show. That wasn’t meant to be. The show spun its wheels a few too many times dramatically and never found a way to play up to the strengths of its super-talented star, Mary McCormack. »

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Blu-ray Review: ‘The Adventures of Tintin’ Looks Great But Feels Hollow

16 March 2012 7:33 AM, PDT

Chicago – Being a Steven Spielberg super-fan, I looked forward to being able to re-appreciate “The Adventures of Tintin” with a beautiful HD picture and, I hoped, some special features to enhance my opinion of a film that I found pretty seriously flawed in theaters. Well, the HD transfer is a beauty — the film looks just as good as its 3D theatrical presentation — but the film is still flawed and the special features are lackluster. In theaters, it was a near-miss and my opinion has not changed on Blu-ray.

Blu-ray Rating: 2.5/5.0

Excepting for a few stand-out action scenes that, admittedly, look fantastic in HD, I still find “Tintin” dull. It’s boring. I know that’s a very American opinion (the film has been a juggernaut internationally, where Herge’s comic is much more popular) but I guess this is just the soccer of cartoons — bigger overseas.

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Film Review: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum Have Fun on ’21 Jump Street’

16 March 2012 5:04 AM, PDT

Chicago – There are various opinions about TV-to-movie remakes, mostly negative. That is why “21 Jump Street,” based on a 1980s TV show, manages some grudging respect. Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube, Rob Riggle, Nick Offerman and Ellie Kemper create some goofy laughs in this farce.

Rating: 3.5/5.0

This is not a serious effort to try and recreate the 1980s vibe of the TV show or even attempt to be serious. It is straight out buffoonery, anchored by Hill and Tatum’s absurd police recruit characters. The film also features some killer supporting players, the creme de la cremé of the ironic comedy scene. Although sometimes it veers into action movie mode, and is pretty blithe about the gunplay, Jump Street is a place worth visiting, if only to slip on a banana peel.

Jonah Hill is Schmidt and Channing Tatum is Jenko, newly minted police officers who ran with different crowds »

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Interview: Director Jay Duplass Reveals ‘Jeff, Who Lives at Home’

15 March 2012 7:58 PM, PDT

Chicago – The brother directing team of Jay and Mark Duplass have been climbing the success ladder since starting their careers as independent film darlings in 2002. After winning acclaim in 2010 with the offbeat “Cyrus,” they are back with “Jeff, Who Lives at Home,” featuring Jason Segel, Ed Helms, Judy Greer and Susan Sarandon.

The movie emphasizes the filmmakers intimate characteristic of focusing on characters which on the surface may seem ordinary, but through emotional depth creates extraordinary situations. Jason Segel portrays Jeff, who lives in his mother’s basement, rarely venturing beyond those confines. He is looking for a way to understand his life, and thinks he can find it through a series of events triggered by a wrong number, that asked for someone named Kevin.

Jay and Mark Duplass began their career with a short film called “The New Brad” in 2002. “The Puffy Chair” (2005) was their first feature film, and »

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Interviews: Ice Cube, Rob Riggle Discover ’21 Jump Street’

15 March 2012 2:21 PM, PDT

Chicago – A good comedy film lives and breathes through the right casting of character roles. In the new film “21 Jump Street,” Ice Cube is the angry police captain who guides his undercover recruits Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum as they infiltrate high school. Rob Riggle pitches in as a wacky high school coach.

Both supporting players were in Chicago a couple weeks ago, promoting their new film, and HollywoodChicago.com got to sit in on a press roundtable. “21 Jump Street” is loosely based on the 1987 TV show, and besides the buddy picture antics of Hill and Tatum, there are also the familiar comic stylings of Chris Parnell and Ellie Kemper (“Bridesmaids”).

Ice Cube, Captain Dickson in “21 Jump Street”

Ice Cube is the stage name for O’Shea Jackson, and he began as his career in hip-hop, but expanded in show business to include acting (“Boyz ‘n the Hood”), screenwriting (“Friday »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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TV Review: ABC’s Inconsistent but Intriguing ‘Missing’ with Ashley Judd

15 March 2012 12:03 PM, PDT

Chicago – I’m right on the critical median with ABC’s “Missing .” On one hand, it’s inconsistent, poorly written, and kind of just silly. It’s tempting to dismiss like an overheated Lifetime movie. On the other hand, Ashley Judd is better than most Lifetime leads, the action is actually pretty tight, and I like the creative potential of a show that’s promised viewers that it will wrap up its first story in ten episodes. Which hand wins out? You decide.

TV Rating: 3.0/5.0

Judd plays a character who could be called “Mama Bourne.” She looks like your average soccer mom but she’s really a killing machine in pumps. The show opens ten years ago as Judd’s Becca Winstone is speaking on the phone to her husband Paul (Sean Bean) and son Michael overseas. Without warning, her husband’s car explodes, and we learn that this happy »

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TV Review: ‘Community’ Returns with Hysterically Self-Referential Episode

15 March 2012 8:57 AM, PDT

Chicago – Leave it to the writers of “Community,” one of the best shows on television, to take TV lemons and make a tasty comedy beverage out of them. After being forced into hiatus by a network that has never known how to support or promote it, “Community” is finally back on Thursday nights, pushing “30 Rock” to the spot formerly occupied by the done-for-the-season “Up All Night.” It’s unlikely to impact the anemic ratings for NBC, but this is the most creatively powerful two hours of television on network television. And it arguably starts with its most impressive entry.

TV Rating: 5.0/5.0

“Urban Matrimony and the Sandwich Arts” is a “Shirley episode” but, as usual, the entire ensemble gets to shine. The “A plot” is about a major turning point in Shirley’s (Yvette Nicole Brown) life as Andre (Malcolm Jamal Warner) proposes again and the two re-marry. At the same time, »

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TV News: CBS Renews 18 Shows Including ‘The Good Wife,’ ‘Blue Bloods’

14 March 2012 4:30 PM, PDT

Chicago – America’s #1 TV network showed a sign of their force today by renewing Eighteen programs from their reliable hits to shows that many considered to be on the bubble. The renewals include four comedies, nine dramas, three reality series, and two newsmagazines and include programs that currently air on every night of the week. CBS really is in charge.

Technically, CBS had already renewed “How I Met Your Mother” and “The Big Bang Theory” but they’re included in the total with just-renewed comedy hits “2 Broke Girls” and “Mike & Molly.” It leaves “Two and a Half Men,” “Rules of Engagement,” and “Rob” as the only uncertain CBS comedies. Negotiations are underway with “Two” as rumors vary about the future of the show both in terms of cast and how much longer it will be on the air. “Rules” is more likely as a mid-season replacement and “Rob” is likely to be canceled. »

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TV News: HBO Ceases All Future Production on ‘Luck’ After Horse Deaths

14 March 2012 4:14 PM, PDT

Chicago – It has been a tragic week for the show “Luck,” the critical smash on HBO that stars Nick Nolte and Dustin Hoffman. After a third horse died during production of the show, it has been ceased entirely, according to a just received press release from HBO. Another David Milch show that ended far too soon.

According to the AP, a horse was injured and euthanized on Tuesday and marked the third such incident. Filming with horses was shut down at that time and it appears that all filming entirely has now been ended.

HBO’s statement:

“Safety is always of paramount concern. We maintained the highest safety standards throughout production, higher in fact than any protocols existing in horseracing anywhere with many fewer incidents than occur in racing or than befall horses normally in barns at night or pastures. While we maintained the highest safety standards possible, accidents unfortunately »

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Blu-ray Review: Catch Up with First Three ‘American Pie’ Movies

14 March 2012 12:17 PM, PDT

Chicago – For a brief shining moment, it looked like the cast of 1999’s “American Pie” would be the break-out stars of the new millenium. Sadly, 13 years have passed and most of them haven’t fulfilled on their potential with a few never topping that first film, which is still a sweet, raunchy, comedy classic. Therefore, I’m sure most of the “Pie” kids were ecstatic that a fourth film, “American Reunion,” finally got off the ground, to be released on April 2nd, 2012. Before you catch up with them in a theater, catch up at home with the release of the first three films — the great “American Pie,” the decent “American Pie 2,” and the pretty-bad “American Wedding.”

American Pie

Photo credit: Universal

All three films have been given lavish treatment as Universal clearly thinks that the new movie is going to reignite interest in them either in a nostalgic generation or a new one. »

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TV News: Comedy Central Adds ‘Community’ Off-Net Rights to Network

14 March 2012 12:09 PM, PDT

Chicago – It was only a few weeks ago when the cult favorite “Communtiy” didn’t have a home at all. Through two and a half seasons on NBC, the show was put on hiatus as the network decided what to do. Now, the hit comedy is returning to the NBC Thursday night lineup tomorrow night at 7 p.m. Cst and it has also found a new home.

Comedy Central has officially made a deal to bring the off-net rights of the show to the basic cable network. The comedy, starring Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Alison Brie, Danny Pudi, Donald Glover, Chevy Chase, Jim Rash, and several others, was created and written by Dan Harmon and the nerdy, pop-culture themes in the show make it a perfect fit for the comedy network.

David Bernath, Executive Vice President, Program Strategy & Multiplatform Programming at Comedy Central was excited to share the news: “Within »

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