‘Manic Pixie Dream Girl’ Added to Oxford Dictionary


Chicago native and pop culture writer (AV Club, The Dissolve) Nathan Rabin recently achieved the unique accomplishment of having a phrase he coined, "Manic Pixie Dream Girl," appear in the Oxford English Dictionary. “Manic Pixie Dream Girl,” or MPDG, was Rabin’s description of a series of certain female film characters (most notably Kirsten Dunst in Elizabethtown, Natalie Portman […]

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Quiz: Test Your Chicago Movie IQ

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Chicago has been the setting and the star of more movies than we can count. How well do you know Chicago in the movies? Test your expertise with our quiz by Tuesday, November 3, and you'll enter a drawing for a free book. We're giving away three copies of The Third Coast, this year's One Book, One Chicago […]

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Watch Her: Anjelica Huston’s Biography and Filmography

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I wrote about A Story Lately Told, the first half of Anjelica Huston's memoir, in a blog post last year when it was published and mentioned how I was anticipating the second volume: Watch Me. It does not disappoint.  While much of the first part of the book deals with Huston's tempestuous (and much-documented) relationship with Jack Nicholson, […]

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#TBT: Back to the Future Day


On this Throwback Thursday, let's travel through time to Back to the Future Day. In the Back to the Future Part II, Michael J. Fox's character, Marty McFly, takes off in his DeLorean in 1985 and lands on October 21, 2015. Although it's disappointing that the movie's predictions about hovercrafts and flying cars haven't come true […]

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6 Picks for Scary Movie Night

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Every year, I like to have a scary movie night with friends. It can be fun to imagine that we're the archetypal victims, stuck in a cabin when all of the sudden the power goes out. Which one of us will survive? What is that shape over in the corner, just out of reach of […]

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Happy Birthday, Julie Andrews!

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It's hard to believe, but the ever-youthful and charming Dame Julie Andrews is celebrating her 80th birthday on October 1. Her incredible career has spanned many decades, and as the saying goes, she's not just getting older, she's getting better! I will never forget seeing her as the feisty nanny in Mary Poppins. The story of a […]

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#TBT: James Dean’s Final Ride

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James Dean rocketed to fame in the early 1950s with three iconic roles playing angry and disillusioned young men. He was a Midwestern boy with dreamy Hollywood looks and the rebellious nature of the Beat Generation. Dean's career came to a sudden end when he crashed his Porsche Spyder on a California highway on September 30, 1955. For this Throwback Thursday, […]

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The Muppets Get Real

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If you've read US Weekly recently, you know there's trouble brewing on the set of the new reality show The Muppets. Most notably, Kermit and Piggy broke up. OMG! In even juicier gossip, Kermit is now dating a new pig, Denise, who works in marketing at ABC. I prefer to remember this frog and swine during their golden times as […]

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The Suspect: 5 Articles About Robert Durst


Jinx, The - The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst, which aired on HBO earlier this year, will be released on DVD this month. You've probably heard of the chilling documentary mini-series even if you have not yet watched it. It’s a fascinating true-crime story with a bizarre real-life protagonist, Robert Durst, a suspect in the […]

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Remembering Wes Craven

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Wes Craven, a master of the horror and suspense genres, constantly challenged his fans and faithful filmgoers to push the boundaries of the real and the imaginary. With his passing this weekend at 76, Craven leaves behind a rich legacy of films that have opened the way for generations of horror fans, writers and filmmakers. Today we're […]

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