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Interview: NFL Star Simeon Rice Returns to Artistic Roots With New Thriller ‘Unsullied’

8 hours ago

Chicago – Chicago native Simeon Rice is well-known in the world of sports. Where the Super Bowl champion and future Hall of Famer isn’t known, though, is in Hollywood. He’s now hoping to cross over. HollywoodChicago.com recently sat down with Rice to talk about his directorial debut.

Listen to our full interview below!

After being lightning fast at the 100-meter dash (10.37 seconds from a standstill) and the 40-meter dash, Rice recalls the first time he ran the 400-meter dash. He ran track and had never lost a race before then, but not knowing how to pace it, Rice recalls the feeling of a “bear jumping on his back” as he placed dead last.

But before he got into sports, he was into art and drawing in grade school. He eventually felt compelled to focus more on sports rather than art and didn’t think they could correlate. Rice’s mom, »

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Exclusive Slideshow: Bret Michaels of Poison, ‘Rock of Love’ Fame at 2015 CineFest Backlot Block Party

13 hours ago

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Chicago – Bret Michaels of Poison and “Rock of Love” fame recently rocked the stage at the first-annual 2015 CineFest Backlot Block Party behind Cinespace Chicago Film Studios. We present these exclusive action photos from the Aug. 29, 2015 show!

This photo gallery includes shots of the Bret Michaels Band including Bret Michaels, guitarist Pete Evick, bassist Bart Harris, drummer Mike Bailey and more. These photos were taken by Adam Fendelman and Jeff Doles. Click “Next” and “Previous” at the top to scroll through them.

By Adam FENDELMANPublisherHollywoodChicago.comadam@hollywoodchicago.com

All photos © 2015 HollywoodChicago.com LLC

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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 10 Pairs of Guaranteed Passes to ‘We Are Your Friends’ With Zac Efron

16 hours ago

Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 10 pairs of guaranteed anytime movie tickets up for grabs to the new electronic music film “We Are Your Friends” starring Zac Efron and Emily Ratajkowski! Pick your own theatre and time!

We Are Your Friends,” which opened on Aug. 28, 2015 and is rated “R,” also stars Wes Bentley, Alex Shaffer and Shiloh Fernandez from writer and director Max Joseph (“Catfish: The TV Show”) and writer Meaghan Oppenheimer. Note: You must be 17+ to win these “R”-rated tickets.

These guaranteed anytime passes are valid now throughout Chicago/land through Sept. 17, 2015. They are valid at most major movie chains (excluding AMC) and some independent theaters. There is a locator code on the back of the passes where holders can search online to find valid local theaters. These passes will be snail mailed to our winners.

To win your free “We Are Your Friends” passes courtesy of HollywoodChicago. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Interview: Sir Ben Kingsley Always Steering in ‘Learning to Drive’

18 hours ago

Chicago – The presence of Sir Ben Kingsley – yes, he was knighted in his native Britain – is the first thing that commands a room. The regal and precise actor, who was awarded an Best Actor Oscar for his definitive performance in “Gandhi,” is back portraying a native of India in his latest film, “Learning to Drive.”

The film is a transition story for the two main characters. Darwan (Kingsley) is a Indian Sikh who gained political asylum in America shortly before September 11th. He is a driving instructor, and encounters a new student in Wendy (Patricia Clarkson). The woman is going through a bitter divorce, and is using the potential of learning to drive to gain more freedom. The two disparate souls help each other in essential ways, and at the same time weather the storm of some extreme life changes.

Sir Ben Kingsley as Darwan in ‘Learning to Drive

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