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At this year's Just for Laughs Chicago comedy festival, not one of the main headliners, the people playing the Chicago Theatre and featured atop the website, is a woman. Not Bob Newhart. Not Bill Maher. Not Russell Brand or Seth Meyers. Not even any...
Jean Bach, who told the story behind a celebrated photograph of jazz luminaries in the award-winning 1994 documentary "A Great Day in Harlem," died Monday in New York City at age 94. The hourlong film chronicles an extraordinary moment in jazz history...
Tags: Music Industry, Music, Obituaries, New York City, Dave Brubeck
Jean Bach first laid eyes on the astonishing photograph more than a decade after its 57 subjects — all illustrious figures from jazz's golden age — posed on the steps of a Harlem brownstone in the summer of 1958. The photo eventually...
Every year the Cannes Film Festival pulls into its orbit a rangy group of Chicago journalists, critics, student filmmakers and programmers. The festival was different this year, though. Conspicuously and sadly, it lacked the benevolent presence of its...
During the shabby final days of the last of the burlesque houses that once dotted State Street near Congress Parkway, three of us — in possession of a few bucks and self-confidence fueled by fake IDs — entered the Follies Theater and saw a...
If Ray Harryhausen had designed only one sequence in his cinematic career, any one of his real lulus — let's start with the skeleton army battle in “Jason and the Argonauts” from 1963 — he'd still be the master of stop-motion...
Luminaries from Chicago's television, advertising and filmmaking communities filled the ballroom at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel for the 49th Chicago International Film Festival Television Awards gala April 23. More than 300 people were on hand as...
Change of SubjectLast week was fairly successful when I announced that, going forward, "Weeks in Review" posts will also serve as an open comment thread on news events of the past week that either didn't get discussed on the blog or didn't......
Mark Caro's piece on Roger Ebert (“Roger Ebert: Quintessential Chicagoan, A&E, April 4) struck a chord with me, especially the part about Ebert's approachability to the public. As a technical assistant at the Chicago International Film Festival...
Tags: Entertainment, Film Festivals, Movies, Roger Ebert
Chicago's documentary film industry is getting its own high-profile Demo Day. Running concurrently with the Chicago International Film Festival, a group of corporate and nonprofit executives will showcase up to eight unfinished documentary films at a...
Every March, seven months before the Chicago International Film Festival in the fall, the Siskel Film Center's European Union Film Festival canvasses the best available new work from the EU nations, in all their loosely tied yet gloriously disparate...
At times it felt like an exit interview — the ultimate exit interview. The details are still so surreal that when I tell people who was there, the words sound as though someone else had dreamed them: Al Pacino walked into the room. Then...
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