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Jason Schwartzman turns off the nice in 'Listen Up Philip'

Jason Schwartzman turns off the nice in 'Listen Up Philip'

In my experience, “Listen Up Philip” star Jason Schwartzman is an accommodating, easygoing guy. Ask him what he’s been listening to, and he’ll go look at his music library (answer: Steve Gunn,...

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J.K. Simmons is the whip in 'Whiplash'

J.K. Simmons is the whip in 'Whiplash'

With a few exceptions like playing loudmouth newspaper honcho J. Jonah Jameson in the “Spider-Man” movies, J.K. Simmons’ career has included pretty low-key performances.

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What would legendary drummers think of 'Whiplash'?

What would legendary drummers think of 'Whiplash'?

You could take the torment from an ultra-demanding teacher and file it away somewhere in your memory, never to be heard from again outside of nightmares.

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Writer/director Damien Chazelle brings personal experience to 'Whiplash'

Writer/director Damien Chazelle brings personal experience to 'Whiplash'

You could take the torment from an ultra-demanding teacher and file it away somewhere in your memory, never to be heard from again outside of nightmares.

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Martin Starr embraces the zombie-killing fantasy of 'Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead'

Martin Starr embraces the zombie-killing fantasy of 'Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead'

Martin Starr underplays his heroism in “Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead,” saying during an interview with RedEye at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival that he’s “not an action hero in any traditional sense.&...

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Jocelyn DeBoer and Ingrid Haas are ready for action in 'Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead'

Jocelyn DeBoer and Ingrid Haas are ready for action in 'Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead'

Before our interview can begin, “Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead” costars Jocelyn DeBoer and Ingrid Haas press their heads together and grin. It’s the sort of bond that can be forged only while fighting Nazi zombies...

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William H. Macy directs the music of 'Rudderless'

William H. Macy directs the music of 'Rudderless'

To my surprise, before a May interview with William H. Macy about his big-screen directorial debut “Rudderless,” I was told the veteran actor and newbie filmmaker wouldn’t be able to talk much about the...

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Ger Duany and Emmanuel Jal have really lived 'The Good Lie'

Ger Duany and Emmanuel Jal have really lived 'The Good Lie'

Ger Duany doesn't want to say how many years he spent as a child soldier in South Sudan. Well, he doesn't want to say just the number.

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Boris Kodjoe and Tyson Beckford talk sex and more sex

Boris Kodjoe and Tyson Beckford talk sex and more sex

Starring in erotic roles is nothing new to Boris Kodjoe (“Baggage Claim”) and Tyson Beckford, the model/actor best known for Toni Braxton music videos and hosting “Make Me a Supermodel.”

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2014 Chicago International Film Festival reviews

2014 Chicago International Film Festival reviews

You only have so much time to see movies at the 50th Chicago International Film Festival, taking over the AMC River East Oct. 9-23. From what I've seen of the titles playing at the fest, here are some tips. -- Matt Pais,...

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'Maze Runner' stars battle on screen, bond off of it

'Maze Runner' stars battle on screen, bond off of it

Dylan O’Brien, Will Poulter and Kaya Scodelario are racing through a maze. Who comes out first?

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Advance 'Gone Girl' screening moved to Oct. 2 at Music Box

Advance 'Gone Girl' screening moved to Oct. 2 at Music Box

Update as of Sept. 23: This screening has been moved to Thursday, Oct. 2.

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Dan Stevens gets rowdy in 'The Guest'

Dan Stevens gets rowdy in 'The Guest'

Dan Stevens has not been in many fights in his life. You’d never know it from “The Guest.”

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Fall movie preview 2014

Fall movie preview 2014

If you read “Gone Girl,” by bestselling Chicago author Gillian Flynn, the schedule of movies opening between now and the end of the year is pretty much the book’s big-screen version—directed by David...

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Interview: 'Red Dawn' star Josh Peck

RedEye's Matt Pais chats with the actor over breakfast at Brunch in River North....

RedEye's Matt Pais chats with the actor over breakfast at Brunch in River North.

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