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Exclusive Photo: Remembering Frank Vincent of ‘The Sopranos’ & ‘Goodfellas,’ Dead at 80

16 September 2017 2:15 PM, PDT

Chicago – Frank Vincent always looked good, no matter what role he was playing, but he mostly portrayed mafia types, and was styling as those guys as well… he even wrote a book on dress, “A Guy’s Guide to Being a Better Man.” He was best known as Phil Leotardo on the legendary HBO series, “The Sopranos,” and he passed away at age 80 in New Jersey on September 13th, 2017.

Frank Vincent of ‘The Sopranos’ in Chicago

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

He was born in Jersey, and started his career as a musician, until he began acting in 1976, making his premiere in a low budget gangster film, “The Death Collector.” That appearance caught the attention of director Martin Scorsese, who cast Vincent in “Raging Bull.” That led to a TV and film career portraying mobsters and tough guys, but Vincent stood out because of his sartorial splendor. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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HollywoodChicago.com Esp, En Español: ‘American Assassin’, 'Brad's Status' y 'mother!'

16 September 2017 8:17 AM, PDT

Chicago – Cada semana, HollywoodChicago.com le traerá las criticas de las películas que hemos visto y que están saliendo esa semana, pero en español. HollywoodChicago.com Esp no sólo representa HollywoodChicago.com Espanol, sino también Esta Semana en Peliculas. Esta semana, vamos a una misión de venganza y terminamos salvando el mundo (“American Assassin”), luego nos vamos de viaje a visitar algunas universidades mientras tenemos un colapso mental (“Brad’s Status”), y luego nos transportan a una casa que significa mucho más de lo que parece (“mother!”).

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American Assassin’, ‘Brad’s Status’ y ‘mother!’

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- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Film News: Character Actor Harry Dean Stanton Dies at 91

16 September 2017 6:21 AM, PDT

Los Angeles – He was often categorized as the ultimate male character actor, but Harry Dean Stanton stood out on his own, with a persona that added immediate recognition in any supporting performance, and was unforgettable when he stepped into a lead role. Stanton died on September 15, 2017, at age 91.

With his hang dog demeanor and distinctive voice, Stanton made his mark over a 60 year career, and appeared in character roles in notable films such as “Cool Hand Luke” (1967), “Kelly’s Heroes” (1970), “The Godfather Part II” (1974), “Escape From New York” (1981), “Pretty in Pink” (1986) and “Last Temptation of Christ” (1988). He had bigger and more up front roles in “Repo Man” (1984), “Paris, Texas” (1984), “Wild at Heart” (1990), “The Straight Story” (1999), “The Green Mile” (1999) and the upcoming “Lucky” (2017).

Harry Dean Stanton in a Recent Photo

Photo credit: File Photo

Harry Dean Stanton was born in Kentucky, and was a World War II veteran in the Navy, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Film Review: Gunplay & Violence Fuel Heroics in ‘American Assassin’

15 September 2017 4:24 PM, PDT

Chicago – There was another mass shooting (eight dead) in Texas this week, but it was underreported because it didn’t involve “undesirables” and just seemed like another week in America. This blithe attitude towards guns, gunplay and violence continues in the movies, this week with the overindulgent release “American Assassin.”

Rating: 3.0/5.0

Based on the popular best seller by Vince Flynn, “American Assassin” is a boilerplate America-Saves-the-World story, made more palatable as a pretty decent action film and the presence of Michael Keaton (as the tough-but-benign special ops trainer). It was directed by Michael Cuesta, a veteran of TV’s “Homeland,” but adapted by four writers, a sign of story killing. It is naive in its geopolitics, preferring to filter it through a bent-on-revenge ex-cia American than to make a statement about enemies. But there is still enough “undesirables” to fill the coffins. As the body count increases, it’s a »

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Awards Show Video: 2017 48 Hour Film Project at Music Box Theatre

15 September 2017 2:01 PM, PDT

Chicago – HollywoodChicago.com presents the 2017 48 Hour Film Project Chicago awards and red carpet at the Music Box Theatre on Sept. 14, 2017.

Kalopsia Films won Best Film of 2017. Their film, “Hammersmith: Hurdle of Dreams,” will go on to represent Chicago against all of the other city winners around the world at Filmapalooza 2018.

HollywoodChicago.com publisher Adam Fendelman presented the audience awards. Watch now!

The 48 Hour Film Project is a wild and sleepless adventure in which emerging filmmakers create a short film in just 48 hours. Teams draw a genre from a hat and then are given a character, prop and line to include in their films. In a wild dash to the drop-off event, the film is turned in and teams celebrate. The film is then screened at the Music Box Theatre and awards are presented.

48 Hour Film Project Chicago 2017 city producer: Jerry Vasilatos

Audience awards presenter: Adam Fendelman, Publisher, HollywoodChicago.com

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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 75 Pairs of Passes to ‘Stronger’ With Jake Gyllenhaal

15 September 2017 8:43 AM, PDT

Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 75 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the new film “Stronger” starring Jake Gyllenhaal based on the inspiring true story of the Boston Marathon bombing!

Stronger,” which opens on Sept. 22, 2017 and is rated “R,” also stars Tatiana Maslany, Miranda Richardson, Clancy Brown and Lenny Clarke from director David Gordon Green and writer John Pollono based on the book of the same name by Jeff Bauman and Bret Witter. Note: You must be 17+ to win and attend this “R”-rated screening.

To win your free passes to “Stronger” courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Monday, Sept. 18, 2017 at 7 p.m. in Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more points you score and the higher yours odds of winning! Completing these social actions only increases »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Film Review: M is for the Many Things ‘mother!’ Gave Me

15 September 2017 7:16 AM, PDT

Chicago – In a film that is unsettlingly and regally composed with deep purpose and symbolism, “mother!” fulfills the nature of what it proposes to communicate within layers of essentially rendered storytelling and cinematic perspective. It can potentially change your overall point of view.

Rating: 4.5/5.0

Written and directed by the wild-man auteur Darren Aronofsky (“Black Swan,” “The Wrestler”), the film is nothing less than a vision of religious science fiction, presupposing our current existence with afterlife implications. This is how I experienced it, and there will be other interpretations. Everyone who takes it in will have different points of view, because the emotions that the film generates most likely will be different sensations for everyone, including perhaps that the film is a nothing burger. But even that position means that the film has an effect, and will continue to have an effect as long as the art of cinema is studied. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Film Review: You’ll Be Counting the Minutes Until You Too Can Be ‘Home Again’

12 September 2017 10:26 AM, PDT

Chicago – Seeing so many films on a daily basis, you would think that I would grow tired of them. I don’t. Instead, I begin to notice the same formulas in films, like the one in “Home Again”. Unfortunately for “Home Again” you’ll spend most of the film wondering just how much longer before you can be the same.

Rating: 1.0/5.0

The film uses the tried-and-true formula we have come to expect from many of these types of family comedies, except this one feels more tried than true. Much like Reese Witherspoon’s character in the film, we as an audience deserve better. Too long have films like this one taken us (the audience) for granted. We deserve better than these stagnant, one-sided films that ultimately don’t respect our time and leave us unfulfilled by the time they reach their predictable ends. We deserve something new, refreshing and exciting in our lives, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 50 Pairs of Advance TV Passes to Fox’s ‘Ghosted,’ ‘The Gifted,’ ‘The Orville’

12 September 2017 9:57 AM, PDT

Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: TV, we have 50 pairs of advance-screening TV premiere tickets up for grabs to the new Fox shows “The Gifted,” “Ghosted” and “The Orville”! Our winners will enjoy free concessions and will see episode one of all three shows before anyone else!

Ghosted,” which stars Craig Robinson and Adam Scott, premieres on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. Cst. “The Orville,” from Seth MacFarlane, premieres on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017 at 8 p.m. Cst. “The Gifted,” which stars Stephen Moyer and Amy Acker, premieres on Monday, Oct. 2, 2017 at 8 p.m. Cst.

To win your free passes to this Fox TV advance screening courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017 at 7 p.m. in Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more points you score and the higher yours odds of winning! »

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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 50 Pairs of Passes to ‘American Assassin’ With Michael Keaton

11 September 2017 9:14 AM, PDT

Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 50 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the new film “American Assassin” starring Michael Keaton!

American Assassin,” which opens on Sept. 15, 2017 and is rated “R,” also stars Dylan O’Brien, Taylor Kitsch, Sanaa Lathan, Shiva Negar and Charlotte Vega from director Michael Cuesta and writers Stephen Schiff and Michael Finch. Note: You must be 17+ to win and attend this “R”-rated screening.

To win your free passes to “American Assassin” courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 at 7 p.m. in Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more points you score and the higher yours odds of winning! Completing these social actions only increases your odds of winning; this doesn’t intensify your competition!

Deadline: Entries can continue being submitted through Tuesday, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Film Feature: HollywoodChicago.com Tackles Pro Football Films

10 September 2017 6:44 PM, PDT

Chicago – It’s the opening Sunday of the NFL, and what better time to celebrate the films that celebrate the sport that celebrate the ballers. Film history has a steroid-free stack of pro football films in all categories. Patrick McDonald, Jon Lennon Espino and Spike Walters of HollywoodChicago.com take on three prime examples.

Da Boyz! James Caan and Billy Dee Williams Bear Down in ‘Brian’s Song’

Photo credit: Columbia TriStar Home Video

The earliest known footage of a football game was a 1903 match-up between powerhouses Princeton and Yale, filmed by Thomas Edison. The earliest narrative films dealt with the college game, from Harold Lloyd’s “The Freshman” (1925) to the Marx Brothers in “Horse Feathers” (1932). An early example of a pro football movie is “The Cowboy Quarterback” (1939), which involves a scout for the “Chicago Packers” (gee, even in olden days screenwriters were lazy as shit).

The backfield in motion and HollywoodChicago. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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