Archive for July 2013

65th Primetime Emmy Awards Predictions and Fantasies

65th Primetime Emmy Awards Predictions and Fantasies
The Emmy Awards nominations will be announced tomorrow morning. Normally I don’t get all worked up about them because the same shows and people are usually nominated every year. The Emmy voters are very predictable. They love to pick a horse (Modern Family, Frasier, Everybody Loves Raymond) and beat it to death. The Emmy voters... Read more »

'Fruitvale Station' Review: A Powerful, Timely Drama About Senseless Violence

'Fruitvale Station' Review: A Powerful, Timely Drama About Senseless Violence
FRUITVALE STATION Genre: Drama Rating: R Running Time: 85 mins. Premise: Based on a true story, the film chronicles the last day in the life of 22 year-old Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan) on New Year’s Eve 2008, when he was shot and killed by police. Behind-the-Scenes: Originally called just Fruitvale, the movie premiered at Sundance in January to great acclaim.... Read more »

6 TV Actors Whose Deaths Were Written Into Their Shows

6 TV Actors Whose Deaths Were Written Into Their Shows
Glee actor Cory Monteith was found dead in his hotel room this weekend at age 31. While his character played a lesser role on the show in recent seasons (because sometimes people graduate from high school and stop participating in glee club; Glee is all about reality), he had remained a series regular on the... Read more »
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'Pacific Rim' Review: Del Toro Delivers the Goods on a (Literally) Monster-Sized Scale

'Pacific Rim' Review: Del Toro Delivers the Goods on a (Literally) Monster-Sized Scale
PACIFIC RIM Genre: Sci-Fi Action Rating: PG-13 Running Time: 131 mins. Premise: When giant monsters known as Kaiju emerge from the Earth’s core, humanity faces near extinction.  In order to fight the monsters, we create monsters of our own – giant robots called Jaegers, which are piloted by two humans.  Epic battles ensue. Behind-the-Scenes: Guillermo Del Toro (Pan’s... Read more »

Summer in Chicago: Beat the Heat With Free Movies for Kids

Summer in Chicago: Beat the Heat With Free Movies for Kids
ChicagoNow Bloggers are banding together today to give our readers the best of Chicago in the Summer. We will be sharing our favorite places, events, and summer activities all around Chicagoland. Get ready to experience the most comprehensive list of summer hot spots brought to you by true Chicagoans. FREE MOVIES FOR KIDS I’m an... Read more »

Justin Bieber Sucks, But Not Because of the Blackhawks Thing

Justin Bieber Sucks, But Not Because of the Blackhawks Thing
Be mad at Justin Bieber. Harp on him. Call him a twerp. Burn all your albums and your Belieber bumper stickers. But do those things for the right reasons. Do it because he was a douche who urinated in a cleaning bucket that someone else would have to clean out. Do it because of those... Read more »
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Game of Thrones Trivia for Your Ass

Game of Thrones Trivia for Your Ass
Last night I competed in a Game of Thrones trivia contest with Twitter’s own Andrew Daar on a team called “DJ Illin’ Pain.” The contest was held at The Atlantic in Lincoln Square to benefit Project 891 Theatre Company. They do this kind of thing a lot, apparently, if you’re so geekily inclined. Some of... Read more »

20 Fabulous Family Road Trip Songs

20 Fabulous Family Road Trip Songs
A few months ago, I wrote about wanting to find some good rock and roll songs for my kids (so they’d let me turn off “We Built This City” once in a while). After writing that post, I made a few CDs (I’m old) of songs for the car that I thought the kids would... Read more »

In Defense Of...The Cable Guy

In Defense Of...The Cable Guy
“In Defense Of…” is a series of posts spotlighting the overlooked, underappreciated, and unfairly maligned movies of our time.  Other films given the “In Defense Of” treatment so far include The Next Three Days, Multiplicity, Speed Racer, Meet Joe Black, Alfie (2004), MacGruber, and The Island. In 1996, Jim Carrey was on a roll.  In... Read more »
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Eat This, Nerds. I Made Mustard.

Eat This, Nerds. I Made Mustard.
I did the Goop thing for a while, but I couldn’t keep it up forever. There are so many ways I can say, “Wow, this vegan/gluten-free dessert/pasta/smoothie is surprisingly tasty and might also ruin your diet!” So, I decided to change directions a little bit. I was at the grocery store the other day with... Read more »