"Living my life like it's golden..."
Jill Scott, from the Chicago-based movie "Beauty Shop"
Amid the star-studded, red carpet laden awards season, which started with the People's Choice Awards last month, there is only one that has "Chicago" in its title.
Drum roll, please! On Saturday night, the Muvico Theatre in Rosemont will be turned into Hollywoodland as the Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA) presents its 24th Annual Awards Show. The show, under the direction of CFCA President Dann Gire, the Daily Herald movie critic, honors the best of Chicago's contributions to the movie industry and serves as a precursor to the Academy Awards on February 24.
And, by heading to the link below, you, too, can rub shoulders with celebrities and film critics alike at the Hollywood-themed Muvico Theatres in Rosemont this Saturday night.
Thanks to ChicagoNow writer Jen Knoedl, all those using the following link can received $25 off the price of VIP and Basic admission tickets to Chicago's premiere event. Tickets for the 2013 CFCA Awards Show are $75 and include red carpet arrival; premier balcony seating and awards show presentation. The VIP tickets are $125 and include main floor seating and entry to Après party. $50 dinner before the show (5:30-7pm) at Bogart’s restaurant includes dinner and a celebrity toast. To purchase tickets and for more details, visit http://www.muvico.com/CFCA_AwardsShow.aspx. Use the code "25off." Information on the Chicago Film Critics Association can be found at www.chicagofilmcritics.org. There's a chance you could meet Chicago-style royalty turned Hollywood celebrities.
Lynch will receive the Association's 'Comedia Extraordinaire' Award. And making her alter-ego right at home, Lynch will be serenaded with a musical number by the Show Choir from Buffalo Grove High School. And she'd better NOT have much to complain about, because the show choir, The Expressions, is comprised of 42 singer/dancers, 13 band members and four crew members, under the direction of Debora Utley and choreographed by Randy Sage. They've won the Grand Champion, Best Vocals and Best Band in 3 of their 4 competitions and Best Choreography in all 4 competitions this year. Watch out Ms. Lynch!
I'll predict that she'll wither their young spirits like so many petals off a rose.
In real life, Lynch is an Emmy, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild award-winning actress. She is famous for her hilarious turns in Christopher Guest's mockumentaries "Best in Show," and "A Mighty Wind," and Judd Apatow's "The 40 year-old Virgin," has also earned awards recognizing her activism with LGBT groups and causes.
The show’s host is Downers Grove native Mark DeCarlo, correspondent for ABC/7’s Windy City Live and the Food Network, former host of the game show "Studs," and the voice of claymation character Jimmy Neutron, in The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron.
Personal note: I knew Mark DeCarlo for his two years at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. He never talks about those days. And no, we didn't ever date. But he was a hell of a funny guy! He was majoring in Radio/TV there, under the direction of Mike Havice, who also trained WGN-TV's technowizard Jon Walgren, whose name can be seen all over Chicago Cubs and White Sox broadcasts, and ABC7 reporter John Garcia.
The star-studded night will also include a virtual Who's Who of celebrated movie critics, including Roger Ebert, Richard Roeper, Bill Zwecker, Dann Gire, Michael Wilmington. Also, the CFCA announced they will partner with Columbia College, this year’s recipient of the Big Shoulders Award, for the inaugural “Emerging Film Makers Award.” The winning entry will be honored on stage Saturday, Feb. 9th at the CFCA’s awards ceremony.
The movies they made in Chicago include Barbershop,
Barbershop II, Soul Food, Beauty Shop and Roll Bounce. Tillman produced Chicago-made Nothing like the Holidays also directed Men of Honor and Notorious.
Comedian/actor Joe Piscopo (Saturday Night Live) will join DeCarlo in the music arena a comedic edge. DeMarco is putting together a Blues Band for the show with some of the town’s top talents.
Columbia alumni George Tillman and Bob Teitel will be honored with a Commitment to Chicago Award for the films they made in the Windy City, including the Barbershop and Beauty Shop films and Soul Food. They also produced and directed Men of Honor starring Robert DeNiro and Cuba Gooding, Jr.
Alumna Nadine Velazquez of Flight will make the presentations.
Joe Piscopo of Saturday Night Live fame will entertain with a comedy segment. Watch for Sue Sylvester to critique!
Tickets for the 2013 CFCA Awards Show are $75 and include red carpet arrival; premier balcony seating and awards show presentation. The VIP tickets are $125 and include main floor seating and entry to Après party. $50 dinner before the show (5:30-7pm) at Bogart’s restaurant includes dinner and a celebrity toast. Proceeds from the ticket sales benefit the 2013 emerging filmmaker scholarship fund.
The event is presented by Muvico Theatres 18 Rosemont, Perillo BMW Intercontinental Chicago O’Hare Hotel, Chicago Sun-Times, Crystal Cave, Event Creative, Total Vision Video, Paterno Group Graphics, and Jumpmaster Productions.