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Limbus Inc: Review

Reviewed By Rick O’Shea

Authors: Benjamin Kane Ethridge, Brett J. Talley, Joseph Nassise, Anne C. Petty, Jonathan Maberry

270 Pages

JournalStone Publishing

Matthew Sellers, a bookstore owner receives an ominous gift from an eccentric stranger, Ichabod Templeton. Within the present is a compilation of reports centering around a most unorthodox, elusive employment agency known simply as Limbus Inc. The personnel agency is the main focus or theme of each tale. Templeton upon parting company with Sellers declares the bookstore owner is the chosen one. Is the baffled shop owner in for far more than what he’d bargained for?

The Slaughter Man: Written by Benjamin Kane Ethridge, The Sticker copes with work conditions at the local slaughterhouse. After his marriage falls apart he takes drastic measures to fulfill his potential.

The Sacrifice: Written by Brett J. Talley, is a story about Ryan who struggles from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder from time served in the military.
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The best bar in the world that I know about

The first Chicago bar I drank in was the Old Town Ale House. That bar was destroyed by fire in the 1960s, the customers hosed off, and the Ale House moved directly across the street to its present location, where it has been named Chicago's Best Dive Bar by the Chicago Tribune.

I was taken to the Ale House by Tom Devries, my fellow college editor from the Roosevelt Torch. It was early on a snowy Sunday afternoon. I remember us walking down to Barbara's Bookstore to get our copies of the legendary New York Herald-Tribune Sunday edition. Pogo. Judith Crist. Tom Wolfe. Jimmy Breslin. I remember peanut shells on the floor and a projector grinding through 16mm prints of Charlie Chaplin shorts. I remember my first taste of dark Löwenbräu beer. The Ale House was cool even then.

I returned to the North Avenue drinking scene on New Year's Eve
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The Films Of Sidney Lumet: A Retrospective

It has been a year since Sidney Lumet passed away on April 9, 2011. Here is our retrospective on the legendary filmmaker to honor his memory. Originally published April 15, 2011.

Almost a week after the fact, we, like everyone that loves film, are still mourning the passing of the great American master Sidney Lumet, one of the true titans of cinema.

Lumet was never fancy. He never needed to be, as a master of blocking, economic camera movements and framing that empowered the emotion and or exact punctuation of a particular scene. First and foremost, as you’ve likely heard ad nauseum -- but hell, it’s true -- Lumet was a storyteller, and one that preferred his beloved New York to soundstages (though let's not romanticize it too much, he did his fair share of work on studio film sets too as most TV journeyman and early studio filmmakers did).

His directing career stretched well over 50 years,
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'Scandal's' Kerry Washington a political animal by nature

Being a political animal by nature is helping Kerry Washington in her starring television series debut.

Known for such movies as "Ray," the Oscar-winning "The Last King of Scotland" and the current "A Thousand Words," the actress plays a professional "fixer" on ABC's "Scandal." Premiering Thursday, April 5, the drama is the latest project of "Grey's Anatomy" mentor Shonda Rhimes, who based the central character on crisis-management consultant Judy Smith ... earlier an aide to President George H.W. Bush.

Politically active herself, as she was during then-Sen. Barack Obama's bid for the White House, Washington deems it "very exciting" to play someone as powerful in her own way as the president (portrayed in "Scandal" by actor-director Tony Goldwyn). "I love my job, and I'm so grateful that I'm getting to do it with people at the level they're at. I feel like the luckiest broad in showbiz."

By the end
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Range Rover

Justin Bartha is in an enviable position. The actor, perhaps best known as the wisecracking sidekick in the "National Treasure" movies, scored a huge hit with "The Hangover" in 2009. He's also currently making his Broadway debut in an acclaimed production of "Lend Me a Tenor" under the direction of Stanley Tucci. The play runs through Aug. 13 at the Music Box Theatre in New York City. He is showing his dramatic range onscreen in the drama "Holy Rollers," now in theaters. But the actor faced several early false starts to his career—ones that might have stopped a lesser performer.Bartha thought he had won the lottery when he landed his first film role, playing a mentally handicapped man in a feature that starred top names Ben Affleck, Al Pacino, and Christopher Walken. The film was directed by Martin Brest, who helmed such hits as "Scent of a Woman" and "Midnight Run.
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Maggie Gyllenhaal Wants to Hear From Readers of For Friday’s ‘Live! with Regis and Kelly’!

Chicago – Just as the actors would be no one without their fans, wouldn’t exist without our loyal readers. As a way to say thanks, today we’re bringing you an opportunity to communicate with one of Hollywood’s hottest stars! It’s unlike anything you’ve experienced elsewhere!

And it’s fitting to present this experience to you with Maggie Gyllenhaal of “The Dark Knight” fame because it’s that same blockbuster film on which’s local coverage gained widespread awareness a couple years ago.

Maggie Gyllenhaal, who has recently been nominated for an Oscar in the best supporting actress category for “Crazy Heart” with Jeff Bridges, will be on “Live! with Regis and Kelly” early this Friday morning on ABC. Maggie will be having a conversation about her latest role and life as it is today. If you could, what would you ask her?
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Pell James--The Hollywood Interview

Actress Pell James

Pell James Takes A Hot Rod To The Dark Side In Surveillance


Alex Simon

Virginia native Pell James hit the ground running following graduation from Nyu’s drama school in 1999, mixing TV and stage work, then landing her first high-profile part in 2005’s The King, co-starring with Gael Garcia Bernal and William Hurt. Since then, James also made impressive turns in Jim Jarmusch’s Broken Flowers and David Fincher’s Zodiac, in one of the film’s most unsettling scenes, as one of the notorious Bay area killer’s victims.

Pell James shines in an entirely new light as Bobbi, a drug-addicted drifter who comes face-to-face with evil incarnate in Jennifer Lynch’s Surveillance, a smashingly original thriller hitting theaters June 26 from Magnet Releasing. She also appears in Shrink, a tableaux-like satire of life in L.A., starring Kevin Spacey, which arrives from Lions Gate on
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Interview: Ken Leung on "Year of the Fish"

  • IFC
By Aaron Hillis

38-year-old New York actor Ken Leung ("Rush Hour," "Saw," "The Squid and the Whale") may have only gigged on a single episode of "The Sopranos" (as Junior Soprano's violent protégé in a psychiatric hospital), but it was enough to inspire producers to write him into another TV pop phenomenon, "Lost." As brooding spiritualist Miles Straume, one of the elusive strangers to parachute onto the island, Leung brings to the role both quiet menace and caustic wisecracks.

Leung can also be seen in writer/director David Kaplan's rotoscope-animated indie "Year of the Fish," a contemporary retelling of the Cinderella fairytale set in a seedy massage parlor and the streets of Chinatown. Leung costars as Johnny, an accordion player who may also be the Prince Charming to disillusioned immigrant Ye Xian (An Nguyen). Notoriously shy, Leung graciously offered up a phone interview from Hawaii while preparing to shoot
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Three feted at opening of Amnesty fest

Three feted at opening of Amnesty fest
Sidney Lumet, Tom Fontana and Barry Levinson were presented with Artists for Amnesty Awards at the opening-night ceremonies of the fourth annual Amnesty International Film Festival, which kicked off its six-day run Tuesday at the DGA in Los Angeles. Strip Search -- which Lumet directed, Fontana wrote and Levinson executive produced -- inaugurated a program of 27 human-rights documentaries, shorts and feature films from 18 countries. Glenn Close and Maggie Gyllenhaal star in Strip Search, which had a one-time airing on HBO a year ago. The Amnesty festival, co-presented by the city of West Hollywood, also screens annually in Seattle, Salt Lake City, Pittsburgh and Asheville, N.C., and is starting an annual unspooling in Washington in the fall in association with National Geographic.

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