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Exclusive Photo: Eric Roberts is the F**king Man, as His Podcast Implies

16 November 2017 8:57 AM, PST

Chicago – Yep, “Eric Roberts is the F**king Man”! That is the name of the podcast, and the mercurial actor recorded it live in front of an audience at Music Box Theatre in Chicago, as part of their Cinepocalypse Film Festival. Roberts’ filmography includes “The Pope of Greenwich Village” (1984), “Cecil B. Demented” (2000), “The Dark Knight” (2008) and “Inherent Vice” (2014).

Eric Roberts is The Man at the Music Box Theatre, Chicago

Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com

Eric Roberts was born in Biloxi, Mississippi, and his younger sibling is Julia Roberts. He began his career on the soap opera “Another World” in 1977, and made his film debut – garnering a Golden Globe nomination – with “King of the Gypsies” (1978). He was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 1985 for “Runaway Train,’ and starred on Broadway in 1987 in “Burn This!” He is known for his intensity… his catchphrase is “Charlie, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Film Review: Up Up & Away for DC Comic Branded ‘Justice League’

15 November 2017 5:13 AM, PST

Chicago – In the America of truth, justice and comic book movies, the DC brand – featuring hero icons Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman – has lagged behind their rivals at Marvel Studios. “Justice League” fills that gap admirably, after the slam-bam summer of Wonder Woman.

Rating: 4.0/5.0

The plot is what makes this first go around with the Justice League that much more palatable. It’s about getting that league together, with a trio of the heroes – the Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg – somewhat reluctantly pulled in. Ben Affleck as The Batman is the glue in this teaming, using his wealth resources (his super power, “I’m rich”) to both gather the team and defeat an ancient alien menace. The villain is what makes the film go a bit computer generated porn-ish, but it’s not as bad as other comic book films of late. It’s the personalities that guide the action, and »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Podtalk: Chicago’s Asian Pop-Up Cinema Fall Finale is Baz Poonpiriya’s ‘Bad Genius,’ Nov. 15, 2017

14 November 2017 12:52 PM, PST

Chicago – The Fall Season Five comes to a close for the Asian Pop-Up Cinema series in Chicago as they facilitate the Midwest Premiere of “Bad Genius” – directed by Nattawut ‘Baz’ Poonpiriya – on Wednesday, November 15th, 2017, at the AMC River East 21 Theatre. Inspired by a true story, the film is about intrigue surrounding a organized ring of test cheaters, procuring answers in advance of high school exams, and running a business associated with that cheating. HollywoodChicago.com got an opportunity for a Podtalk with director Baz Poonpiriya (below). For complete details and to purchase tickets, click here.

Bad Genius,’ Directed by Nattawut ‘Baz’ Poonpiriya, is the Fall Finale for Chicago’s Asian Pop-Up Cinema Series

Photo credit: AsianPopUpCinema.org

The Asian Pop-Up Cinema series – founded by Chicago film program veteran Sophia Wong Boccio – is a revolving showcase of diverse Asian films, with Hong Kong, China, Japan, Taiwan, South Korean, the Phillippines »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Podtalk: Actor Adria Dawn on ‘DorkumentaryLIVE!’ in Chicago from Nov. 15-19, 2017

14 November 2017 11:55 AM, PST

Chicago – What began as a web series has evolved to the stage. “DorkumentaryLIVE!” is the pet project of Tarleton/Dawn Productions, a husband (David) and wife (Adria) team that live and work in Chicago. They developed the series in Los Angeles, and after several episodes online decided to adapt it to the stage. “DorkumentaryLIVE!” will run from Wednesday, November 15th through Sunday, November 19th, 2017, at Stage 773 on Belmont Avenue in Chicago (see details below).

Adria Dawn in Costume for ‘DorkumentaryLIVE!’

Photo credit: DorkumentaryLIVE.com

The cast is all-female, anchored by Dorkumentary developer Adria Dawn. The show is a multimedia comedy performance show that “loosely mirrors the lives of its creators.” The cast also features Jaime Abraham and Chloe Rae Ward, and is described by Tarleton/Dawn Productions as “a contemporary variety show a la Carol Burnett and Andy Kaufman.” Featured performer Adria Dawn best known for portraying April Tuna in »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Film Review: Authentic Coming-of-Age in Expressive ‘Lady Bird’

13 November 2017 10:39 AM, PST

Chicago – In one of the best American films of 2017, Greta Gerwig went behind the camera to write and direct an autobiographical overview of her Senior Year in high school, within a directionless town and family. The result is enlightening truth, told with laugh-out-loud directness and connective empathy. The film is a total winner.

Rating: 5.0/5.0

What sets “Lady Bird” apart – the title refers to a nickname the main character wants people to call her – is that it deals with both average and underlying problems with American life in this post millennial haze. The family of Lady Bird is emotionally struggling and is in paycheck-to-paycheck mode, which adds more stress. Tracy Letts and Laurie Metcalfe, veterans of Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre, portray the parents with such gritty honesty that you could meet them at the grocery store right now. The actor who portrays the title character, Saoirse Ronan, masters the Greta Gerwig »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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