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Jon Stewart brings Maziar Bahari's traumatic experience to the big screen in 'Rosewater'

Jon Stewart brings Maziar Bahari's traumatic experience to the big screen in 'Rosewater'

Asked how often someone told him, “I don’t think that’s a good idea” while making his first movie, “Rosewater” writer-director Jon Stewart replies with a laugh, “There were probably...

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Eddie Redmayne expands more than his mind to become Stephen Hawking

Eddie Redmayne expands more than his mind to become Stephen Hawking

Any attempt to play a real person onscreen comes with its challenges. To become legendary physicist Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything,” however, Eddie Redmayne (“Les Miserables”) had to do...

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Gugu Mbatha-Raw explores the pop-music persona in 'Behind the Lights'

Gugu Mbatha-Raw explores the pop-music persona in 'Behind the Lights'

Growing up in the south of England, “Beyond the Lights” star Gugu Mbatha-Raw never put posters of celebrities on her wall. Until RedEye sat down with her at the James Hotel, she had never heard of VH1’s...

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Ranking the reliability of 25 major filmmakers

Ranking the reliability of 25 major filmmakers

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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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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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