Say Goodbye to Hollywood: Stars, Real and Imagined

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You know what Lisa Jakub looks like. You saw her in Mrs. Doubtfire and Matinee. But you don't see her anymore. Her book, You Look Like That Girl, explains why she walked away from a successful Hollywood career. First, however, she describes how she got into acting as a preschooler and her adventures as a child performer. […]

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Win Tickets To The Divergent Series: INSURGENT

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Teens, do you love Insurgent? Now’s your chance to win tickets to see The Divergent Series: INSURGENT before it’s released! All you have to do it take a picture with one of the Divergent Series books and post it on Twitter with #INSURGENTinChicago to be entered to win tickets to the March 16 screening at Navy Pier […]

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Paddington Rides into Theaters

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Paddington, beloved star of the classic British children's book series, arrives in theaters January 16, for his feature film debut. The film promises to capture the delightfully madcap bear's London hijinks with his adoptive family, the Browns. Paddington's story began when a BBC cameraman, Michael Bond, published A Bear Called Paddington in 1958, inspired by a stuffed bear he bought for […]

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Nothing Like a Dame: Judi Dench

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Dame Judi Dench has recently released a new book of photos and anecdotes from her long career: Behind the Scenes. The photographs are both publicity shots and ones from Dench's private collection, documenting both her professional and personal life. The most striking thing I learned from this book was that as a young actor, a […]

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Who’s Your Favorite Scrooge?

Illustration from the Christmas Carol of Scrooge and Marley's ghost

Alastair Sim isn't the first Scrooge I ever loved, but over the years he’s become my favorite. Likewise, I consider his 1951 Christmas Carol the Christmas Carol. I especially love Sim's giddy, irrepressible joy the morning after the spirits visit, when he realizes he’s been granted a second chance at life. Favorite moment? When after dancing about the room he says, “I must stand […]

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Rock Documentaries

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Some of the most powerful movies star not overpaid Hollywood actors but gloriously gifted singers and musicians. They're rock documentaries, great entertainment if you’re a fan of behind-the-music stories. One of the most moving and suspenseful rock documentaries is Searching for Sugar Man, about a Mexican-American singer-songwriter from Detroit. A 2012 Academy Award-winner for Best Documentary Feature, the movie sets […]

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Happy Turkey Day (Not That Kind Of Turkey)

The day after Thanksgiving, some film nerd friends I have get together to celebrate Turkey Day, except their "turkey" is defined by bad taste rather than good. These movies, however, are just so bad they may be good when enjoyed in witty company. If you need some fine examples of B-roll entertainment to go with […]

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An Irish Complaint

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Some consider the fight for Irish independence one of the more romantic episodes of the 20th century, and many filmmakers have thought it has cinematic potential. No less a giant than David Lean used it as a backdrop for his romance, Ryan's Daughter. Innocent Rosy Ryan marries a middle-aged schoolteacher, but falls madly in love with a […]

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Happy Birthday to a Dreamer!

Jim Hnson and Kermit

On Wednesday, September 24, we should all take a moment to remember a man whose creative genius has had an impact on our lives. Whether you grew up watching Sesame Street, are old enough to remember that he was once in the cast of Saturday Night Live or even had a Kermit Clein poster on your bedroom […]

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