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INTERVIEW: Director Mark Christopher on "54"

Wes Hurley | Posted 06.18.2015 | Entertainment
Wes Hurley

17 years after 54 originally opened in theaters, the filmmaker, Mark Christopher, is finally able to share the movie he wanted to make in the first place. 54: The Director's Cut premiered this year in Berlin and continues to be a hit at the film festival circuit.

Mark Ruffalo Talks Openly on the Gene Siskel Film Center Red Carpet

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 06.10.2015 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

From the red carpet, minutes before the ceremony, an understated, thoughtful and genuinely approachable, Ruffalo credited his Catholic upbringing for his progressive thinking and support for the underdog.

Why I'll Never Write The F-Word

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 06.01.2015 | Fifty
Elaine Ambrose

I've written hundreds of thousands of words during the past 50 years, but I've never written the f-word. I don't need the word to communicate effectively or to get published. The English language is rich with so many other delightful, juicy, descriptive, and provocative words.

'Mad Max: Fury Road' - Stop the Presses! A Woman Edits an Action Film

Margaret Gardiner | Posted 05.24.2015 | Women
Margaret Gardiner

"Filmmaking is not for the faint-hearted," asserts South African-born film editor Margaret Sixel. The mother of two boys, Buda (19), and Tige (15), is one of a growing number of women editing the male domain of action films.

Skateboarding's First Wave: Back to the '60s in Our 60s

Colleen Turner | Posted 05.17.2015 | Entertainment
Colleen Turner

Looking back, it's hard to believe what we did on those boards as kids. What was exhilarating then now looks downright scary to me. We didn't realize at the time that we were being pioneers. We just loved skateboarding, and the more difficult the challenge, the more we liked it!

WATCH: Girl Makes Touching Movie Trailer to Show Love for Her Dog

Zorianna Kit | Posted 05.15.2015 | Good News
Zorianna Kit

My eldest daughter, Kit, made a movie trailer starring herself and Petey. It's a wonderful tribute to a wonderful dog. And she's a wonderful kid for doing it. Some days, when I miss that black-and-white face, I watch it. It makes me weep every time, but it also fills me with so much love.

Michael Douglas Talks New Film, 'Beyond the Reach'

Zorianna Kit | Posted 06.29.2015 | Entertainment
Zorianna Kit

Michael Douglas stars in and produces the new action film Beyond the Reach. It's a cat-and-mouse thriller where Douglas plays a wealthy corporate shark who turns on his young guide in the Mojave Desert.

30 Years Later, Cher's Mask Still Hits Home

Shannon Wrzesinski | Posted 06.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Shannon Wrzesinski

I have a condition called microtia. I'm grateful for wonderful biopics like Mask that give us a glimpse into other people's lives, and serve to inspire us. When you're a child born with a birth defect, whether it's severe like Rocky's or not, there are three things you learn early in life.

Last Weekend: A Masterpiece of Contemporary Cinema by Tom Dolby

Michael Ernest Sweet | Posted 06.21.2015 | Entertainment
Michael Ernest Sweet

I don't often write criticism, especially on films, but this exception has to be made. Not only is "Last Weekend" one of the best films I've seen ...

All the Doors to Hollywood and How to Open Them - Make-Up

Anne M. Strick | Posted 06.14.2015 | Entertainment
Anne M. Strick

What is it like to be a Make-Up Artist? What do you do? "I love it," says BEVERLY JO PRYOR, who suspects she's made up "over a thousand people" by now.

Hunter Killer Pulls Out of Alaska as Senate Votes to Kill Film Subsidy

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 06.14.2015 | Politics
Alaska Dispatch News

Legislators looking to kill Alaska's film subsidy program have driven away the big-budget Hollywood movie Hunter Killer and may have brought a halt to a burgeoning state industry, critics said.

Victor Levin Rallies for Romance With 5 to 7

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.03.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

At a time when the romantic drama is all but on the endangered-species list, writer-director Victor Levin tacked straight into a headwind with his new film, 5 to 7. The romance is the story of a love affair between a 25-year-old would-be writer and an older, married Frenchwoman.

Making Change: Nordic Countries And Gender Equality in Media

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.13.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Would Swedish actress and Casablanca star Ingrid Bergman have made a good producer or director? Hollywood movie fans may not know much about the Sca...

Leonardo DiCaprio To Play Multiple Personalities In New Film

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 02.28.2015 | Entertainment

Leonardo DiCaprio could play 24 different personalities in the upcoming film "The Crowded Room." According to The Hollywood Reporter, DiCaprio's produ...

The Sound of Whiplash (Video)

Crane.tv | Posted 04.25.2015 | Arts
Crane.tv

Despite the hype, the praise and critical acclaim, as part of the crew, you may dream of it, but you don't really think 'this one is going to win an Oscar.'

Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson: A Question of Character?

Dr. Jane Greer | Posted 04.21.2015 | Entertainment
Dr. Jane Greer

If you're skeptical about the movie being true to the book, and the actors doing justice with their interpretation of the characters, the best thing you can do is remain as open-minded as possible. Otherwise, you run the risk of shortchanging yourself as well as the leads in the film.

Love and Need: What's the Difference?

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 04.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

In a long-term relationship in which one partner becomes chronically ill, the other person tends for the loved one in spite of having few of his own needs met. In the absence of love, a partner is more likely to abandon his mate.

Forget 50 Shades: Feminist Adult Film Producers Pick Their Favorite BDSM Erotica

Nikki Gloudeman | Posted 04.14.2015 | Women
Nikki Gloudeman

While we have no way of knowing what the actual film adaptation of the book--coming out tomorrow--will be like, it's more-than-fair to assume it too will leave much to be desired, simply given the source material.

'50 Shades of Grey' and Sexual Exploration

Mike Domitrz | Posted 04.13.2015 | Women
Mike Domitrz

The film Fifty Shades of Grey is being released on February 13th, just in time for Valentine's Day. Sexual images are everywhere, and often the most awkward conversations involve parents talking to their children about sexual exploration and personal safety.

A Connecticut Yankee in King Steven's Court

Jerry Zezima | Posted 04.05.2015 | Entertainment
Jerry Zezima

As a Connecticut Yankee born and bred -- or perhaps I should say born and white-bread, which is how most people think of Connecticut Yankees -- I have always loved history, not just because I am old enough to be historical myself, but because I could never do algebra.

Hollywood Director, Cathryn Michon, Discusses Her New Movie, "Muffin Top: A Love Story"

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 03.22.2015 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

It is remarkable and commendable that Michon put her labor of love, Muffin Top, together on the smallest of budgets with the smallest of crews, and yet the film overlooks no detail. The result is a film that looks like it was made for 10 times the budget.

William H. Macy Talks About the New Season of 'Shameless'

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 03.14.2015 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

It was great to have Macy back in Chicago because, despite his illustrious career that has taken him to New York, Los Angeles and beyond, I think of Chicago as the city that launched him.

This Is What 2015 Will Look Like According To 'Back To The Future'

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 01.02.2015 | Entertainment

Now that it's 2015, there's one question that's on everyone's mind: Where is my hoverboard? "Back to the Future Part II" definitely filled our head...

Cyberwar or Cybervandalism?

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.21.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Does hacking into a private entertainment corporation's computer files constitute an act of war? Against whom, exactly?

Galyn Susman Talks About Pixar's First Ever Christmas Special, Toy Story That Time Forgot

Jim Hill | Posted 02.01.2015 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

So what's been going on with the Toy Story gang since we last saw Buzz, Woody & Co. on the steps at Bonnie's house, as they sadly watched Andy drive off to college? Quite a lot, actually.